The Beautiful Complexity of Animal Hands
The Beautiful Complexity of Animal Hands
There is something that touches us about hands. Of all our body parts, fingertips have some of the most densely packed nerve endings, provide the richest source of tactile feedback, and come with the best positioning capabilities – and not just while hovering over a keyboard. picked by bornbad 2 weeks ago
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  Dads Are Key to Making Us Human
Dads Are Key to Making Us Human
Some 95 percent of male mammals have little to no interaction with their children. Homo sapiens are one of the most notable exceptions, leading some scientists to think fatherhood is an important part of what makes us human. picked by bornbad 2 weeks ago
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 Fighting Fire in the Forest
Fighting Fire in the Forest
How forest blazes start and spread, and what Canadians do to fight them. picked by chinook 2 weeks ago
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 The plant that pretends to be ill
The plant that pretends to be ill
A plant that pretends to be ill has been found growing in the rainforests of Ecuador.

The plants feigns sickness to stop it being attacked by insect pests known as mining moths, which would otherwise eat its healthy leaves. picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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 Female ducks fight back against 'raping' males
Female ducks fight back against 'raping' males
Some female ducks and geese have evolved complex genitalia to thwart unwelcome mating attempts, according to a new study.

Males of some species, such as mallard, have a notorious habit of "raping" females. picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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  Construction Begins on Spaceport America
Construction Begins on Spaceport America
After years of planning, ground is officially being broken in New Mexico for the world's first interstellar airport. picked by bornbad 2 weeks ago
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 Sunspots Revealed in Striking Detail by Supercomputers
Sunspots Revealed in Striking Detail by Supercomputers
In a breakthrough that will help scientists unlock mysteries of the Sun and its impacts on Earth, an international team of scientists led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has created the first-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots. The resulting visuals capture both scientific detail and remarkable beauty. picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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 First direct evidence of lightning on Mars detected
First direct evidence of lightning on Mars detected
For the first time, direct evidence of lightning has been detected on Mars, say University of Michigan researchers who found signs of electrical discharges during dust storms on the Red Planet. picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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 Midnight sun: Night-shining clouds light up dark skies of Britain
Midnight sun: Night-shining clouds light up dark skies of Britain
With the sun dappled across these white clouds and a deep blue sky, it appears dawn is about to break.

But this remarkable photograph of an English rural landscape near was taken at midnight and shows the rare phenomenon of 'night shining.' picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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 Stroke Survivors Report Loss Of Sexual Desire, Blurred Gender Roles
Stroke Survivors Report Loss Of Sexual Desire, Blurred Gender Roles
Suffering a stroke can have a profound effect on relationships and lead to significant changes in how couples relate to each other on a physical, psychological, social and emotional level, according a study in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing. picked by stinkobinko 2 weeks ago
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 Scientists Show Bacteria Can 'Learn' And Plan Ahead
Scientists Show Bacteria Can 'Learn' And Plan Ahead
Bacteria have a way of thinking things through before acting upon foreign bodies. Just another reason why the human anatomy and structure is so fascinating. picked by Sablewolf 2 weeks ago
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 The secrets of ant sleep revealed
The secrets of ant sleep revealed
Queen ants dozily dream, while worker ants are forced to get by taking power naps, the first study of the sleeping habits of ants has revealed. picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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 Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
Nasa scientists are preparing to launch a space mission from Cape Canaveral carrying a missile that will fire a hole deep in the surface of the moon. picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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 Sun's strange lull explained
Sun's strange lull explained
Scientists have been puzzling in recent months over the sun's lack of spots, which signifies very low activity. The sun is in the midst of an expected low in its 11-year cycle of sunspots and storms but the lull has gone on much longer than expected.
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Now researchers think they know why. picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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 Humans prefer cockiness to expertise
Humans prefer cockiness to expertise
EVER wondered why the pundits who failed to predict the current economic crisis are still being paid for their opinions? picked by bornbad 2 weeks ago
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 10 Fantastic Futuristic Materials that Actually Exist
10 Fantastic Futuristic Materials that Actually Exist
Even before Harry Potter tantalized us with his cloak of invisibility, we were, well, tantalized by the prospect. Evidently so were scientists, since a lot of work has been expended on the concept. picked by bornbad 2 weeks ago
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  The Terrifying Truth About Jellyfish
The Terrifying Truth About Jellyfish
Like a creative flourish from God’s paintbrush, they are a dash of colour on the high seas, bringing both beauty and death wherever they go. Largely ignored by science for decades. picked by bornbad 2 weeks ago
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 Is the Universe All in Your Mind?
Is the Universe All in Your Mind?
Biomedical researcher Robert Lanza has been on the frontier of cloning and stem cell studies for more than a decade, so he's well-acclimated to controversy. But his book "Biocentrism" is generating controversy on a different plane by arguing that our consciousness plays a central role in creating the cosmos. picked by bornbad 2 weeks ago
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 9/11 Hero Rescue Dog Cloned
9/11 Hero Rescue Dog Cloned
It's super cute and super freaky at the same time: Retired Canadian police officer James Symington received five puppies cloned from his beloved German Shepherd, Trakr, who died two months ago. Last year, Symington, who now lives in Los Angeles, won a contest from BioArts International which asked for essays on the "most cloneworthy" dog. picked by suebe 2 weeks ago
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 Japan plans underwater sponges to soak up uranium
Japan plans underwater sponges to soak up uranium
"At the moment, Japan has to rely on imports of uranium from Canada and Australia, but this technology could be commercially deployed in as little as five years" picked by kakana 2 weeks ago
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 Giant eruption reveals 'dead' star
Giant eruption reveals 'dead' star
An enormous eruption has found its way to Earth after travelling for many thousands of years across space. Studying this blast with ESA’s XMM-Newton and Integral space observatories, astronomers have discovered a dead star belonging to a rare group: the magnetars. picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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 Scientists Discover Magnetic Superatoms
Scientists Discover Magnetic Superatoms
A team of Virginia Commonwealth University scientists has discovered a ‘magnetic superatom’ – a stable cluster of atoms that can mimic different elements of the periodic table – that one day may be used to create molecular electronic devices for the next generation of faster computers with larger memory storage. picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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 Revealed: Why your tap has more germs than your toilet handle
Revealed: Why your tap has more germs than your toilet handle
The kitchen tap is dirtier and carries more harmful bugs than the toilet handle in millions of homes, research has found.
And 80 per cent of the cloths used to wipe down kitchen surfaces were found to contain a dangerous mix of bacteria. picked by AutumnLotus 2 weeks ago
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 Don't cut up your carrots
Don't cut up your carrots
Cooking carrots whole before chopping them up boosts their anti-cancer properties by 25 per cent, researchers say.

Leaving the vegetable intact prevents valuable nutrients from being easily washed away into the water, claim scientists. picked by bingo 3 weeks ago
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 How Colors May Affect Your Productivity and Success
How Colors May Affect Your Productivity and Success
Colors are everywhere and their impact on us shouldn’t be under-estimated. Our nervous system requires input and stimulation. And color choice is the best way to help it. picked by cactushair 3 weeks ago
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