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October 28, 2014

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11:59 PM | Sleeping with more than 20 women in a lifetime linked to lower prostate cancer risk
Around 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. But a new study - which is likely to be welcomed by many men - claims that having more than 20 female sexual partners in a lifetime may significantly reduce the risk of developing the disease. Sleeping with more than 20 men in a lifetime, however, is associated with increased risk of prostate cancer. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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11:01 PM | When your Eyebrows are more Obvious than your Face
  Tuesday 21st October 2014 Words: have disappeared It is over a week since I have found time to commit anything to paper. What have I been doing? Living? No, no, no, my life is an endless stream of mayonnaise and frustration. I can’t even bring myself to reply to the bevvy of suitors on […] The post When your Eyebrows are more Obvious than your Face appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:55 PM | 15 Horror Films to Watch this Halloween I 1
With only a few days to Halloween the internet is alive with the top lists of scary films and while everyone loves lists, not everyone loves seeing the same films mentioned over and over. And while The Shining, The Exorcist, and Hellraiser are all great horror films we decided to put together a list of […] The post 15 Horror Films to Watch this Halloween I 1 appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:31 PM | People Without Symptoms Aren't Going To Give You Ebola - Here Is Why
Flying by ShutterstockBy Stephen Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania read more
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10:00 PM | Criminal investigation of MH17 tragedy – where is it at?
I thought this der Spiegel interview with Fred Westerbeke about the ongoing criminal investigation of the MH17 tragedy could be of interest. Especially as I have been accused of ignoring the “official version” of the incident. At least this investigator … Continue reading →
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9:42 PM | The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured Jupiter’s...
The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured Jupiter’s moon Ganymede passing in front of the Great Red Spot like a Jovian pupil on a stormy eye, so naturally I turned it into this.
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9:40 PM | Politics Is Quacked: How To Win Friends And Influence Ducklings
Courtesy of Guiomar ListeBy: Nala Rogers, Inside Science(Inside Science) -- When ducklings head out to bathe in a pool, they usually follow the same individual, new research has found. But do they visit the pool that’s best for everyone, or just the one their chief prefers? This puzzle has made it hard for farmers to know how to provide for all their ducks equally, and for biologists to know what social animals really want.   read more
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9:12 PM | Pair bonding reinforced in the brain
In addition to their song, songbirds also have an extensive repertoire of calls. While the species-specific song must be learned as a young bird, most calls are, as in the case of all other birds, innate. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Seewiesen have now discovered that in zebra finches the song control system in the brain is also active during simple communication calls. This relationship between unlearned calls and an area of the brain responsible for learned […]
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9:09 PM | Politics can interact with evolution to shape human destiny
Politics can have unintentional evolutionary consequences that may cause hastily issued policies to cascade into global, multigenerational problems, according to political scientists. "Most western democracies look at policies as if they are bandages, we fix what we can and then move on," said Pete Hatemi, associate professor of political science, Penn State. "But we need to consider generational policies so that we can fix what we can now, but also be prepared for what comes next." […]
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8:46 PM | Halloween Buzz
It’s Halloween week (YAY) and there’s plenty to do around town. I’d personally recommend watching The Witches (I can’t believe that we were allowed to watch this in second class), followed by Hocus Pocus (while eating Banshee Bones), then heading to a gaff party dressed-up in a cumbersome cardboard costume. But if you plan on heading into town, […] The post Halloween Buzz appeared first on HeadStuff.
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8:38 PM | Everyone Hates Daylight Savings Time - But It Might Improve Public Health
It's not easy to blame childhood obesity on sunsets but scholars at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Bristol say that later daylight couldn't hurt - and they even defend daylight savings time, which most people can't find much good to say about. The scholars analyzed the lifestyles of over 23,000 children aged 5-16 years in nine countries; England, Australia, USA, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Switzerland, Brazil and Madeira and Portugal. They looked for […]
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8:21 PM | Does Flopping Work In Basketball?
In the United States, professional basketball, the NBA, opens its regular season tonight. That means at this time tomorrow there will be talk that some player 'flopped' - fell on the ground to draw a foul and get a chance at a free basket. A new analysis has found that two-thirds of the falls examined by the group at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev were found to be intentional.  And it happens a lot. It happens so much because there is insufficient punishment for […]
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8:00 PM | Groove is in the hive
Bees have long been famous for their “waggle dance”, a series of moves telling other bees where good food can be found. But do you know just how intricate this dance is? It turns out bees have a complex language and we know how to eavesdrop onto their conversations.
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7:57 PM | We Can Restore Cognition By Manipulating Where The Body Meets The Mind
Targeting cognition through the body. Cognition by ShutterstockBy Michal Schwartz, Weizmann Institute of Science; Aleksandra Deczkowska, Weizmann Institute of Science, and Kuti Baruch, Weizmann Institute of Science read more
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7:49 PM | Run Up To 25 MPH With These Bionic Boots (Video)
Since he was a teenager, Keahi Seymour has admired the incredible speeds of the Ostrich and other land-dwelling two-legged creatures. With ostriches able to reach top speeds of up to 45 mph, Seymour was determined to unlock the secret to their quickness. His solution: super boots that (literally) add a spring to your step, increasing your force and speed. According to Popular Science… “Many years and a dozen prototypes later, Seymour came to Maker Faire (Sept. 2014) to […]
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7:39 PM | Three breakthroughs that have finally unleashed AI on the world
A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long-overdue future of artificial intelligence. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
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7:27 PM | How To Win Friends And Influence Ducklings
How should you treat your ducks? The answer is mired in duckling politics.
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7:26 PM | Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk By Sleeping With Lots Of Women - But Not Men
Men who have had sex with more than 20 women have a 28% lower risk of getting prostate cancer than those who have had only one partner  - but males having more than 20 male partners face a 100% higher risk of getting prostate cancer than those who have never slept with a man.  The results were obtained as part of the Montreal study PROtEuS (Prostate Cancer&Environment Study), in which 3,208 men responded to a questionnaire on, amongst other things, their sex lives. Of these […]
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7:15 PM | Organic Movement Rejects Science, Embraces ‘Natural’ Ebola Cure
As the death toll of Ebola continues to rise, especially in the hard-hit West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the need for a viable cure is growing more and more urgent. Even more concerning is the possibility that once approved, vaccines may not be widely available for several months.As often happens in times of medical crises, fringe groups come out from hiding–in this instance, organic activists in the form of the most high profile organic lobby group in the […]
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7:02 PM | sci-universe: The “Hendo Hoverboard” is far from being a...
sci-universe: The “Hendo Hoverboard” is far from being a consumer device.But we have to start from somewhere, right? So there’s this Kickstarter campaign for the “Hendo Hoverboard”, similar to the one we all wanted after seeing Back to the Future. First of all, yes, I was freakin’ excited for this! But you gotta do research before thinking you can float around on this thing tomorrow. The magic science behind the hoverboard lies in four electromagnets on the […]
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6:43 PM | pbsdigitalstudios: Everything you ACTUALLY need to know about...
pbsdigitalstudios: Everything you ACTUALLY need to know about ebola. Specifically the last gif.  SPECIFICALLY THE LAST GIF Watch the full video here:
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6:38 PM | The Chemistry of The Colours of Blood
Halloween’s almost here, which, for a large number of costumes, will require a liberal dousing of fake blood to complete the look. You probably already have a pretty good idea of the reasons behind the red colouration of human blood that fake blood mimics. However, red is not the only blood colour available – it also […]
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6:09 PM | Emily Willingham, David Robert Grimes: Joint Winners Of Maddox Prize Defended Science Despite Threats
Standing up for science. Credit: Sense About ScienceBy Lydia Le Page, University of EdinburghThe 3rd annual John Maddox Prize has been awarded to Emily Willingham, a science writer in the US, and David Robert Grimes, a physicist at the University of Oxford, in recognition of their work in the face of public hostility. read more
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6:01 PM | Deforestation And Industrial-Scale Farming Could Lie Behind Ebola Outbreak
Ebola: EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, CC BY-SABy Richard Kock, Royal Veterinary CollegeThe still growing Ebola virus outbreak not only highlights the tragedy enveloping the areas most affected but also offers a commentary on they way in which the political ecology in West Africa allowed this disease to become established. read more
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6:00 PM | Picture of the Week: Egyptian Mummy
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5:30 PM | NPR disbanded its climate and energy team--and nobody noticed.
It seems nobody noticed until last Friday, but National Public Radio has disbanded its four-member climate and energy team. In January, Vikki Valentine, the team's editor, was reassigned to lead global health and development coverage. (NPR's media relations director, Isabel Lara, said that "includes global climate and environment stories.") In March, one of the team's reporters, Richard Harris, abruptly switched to medical coverage. In June, reporter Elizabeth Shogren was laid off. The last […]
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4:41 PM | Facing death-10: Dying without illusions
In post #9 in this series, I discussed the fear that people have of dying while the rest of the world continues without them. I think it is better to face death without illusions. This does not mean that one has no regrets. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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4:32 PM | One giant leap for preservation: protecting moon landing sites
Who will preserve the first lunar landing site at Tranquility Base for future generations? It seems an odd question given the fact that this extraordinary archaeological site was created on July 21, 1969 – less than 50 years ago. Although its remoteness has protected the site for almost a half century, it is not immune to future adverse impacts – and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t think that it is a place important to humanity. So how should […]
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4:26 PM | Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer
So the time has come, the new “teaser” trailer for the sequel to the third highest grossing film of all time, 2012’s The Avengers, has hit the web. (I’m not delighted that this is referred to as the teaser trailer as at over two minutes long, it shows an awful lot of the movie. But […] The post Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:22 PM | Boosting Vitamin D levels could help manage asthma attacks
Asthma, which inflames and narrows the airways, has become more common in recent years. While there is no known cure, asthma can be managed with medication and by avoiding allergens and other triggers. A new study by a Tel Aviv University researcher points to a convenient, free way to manage acute asthmatic episodes — catching some rays outside. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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