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December 20, 2014

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10:44 PM | Why do we have Pubic Hair? Contains adult themes. Greg Foot...
Why do we have Pubic Hair? Contains adult themes. Greg Foot looks at why humans have pubic hair - investigating the hormones that cause growth, and the benefits of shaving vs letting it grow. By: Head Squeeze.
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9:54 PM | Ants: Super Soldiers Take a microscopic look at an army of tiny...
Ants: Super Soldiers Take a microscopic look at an army of tiny but ruthless creatures: ants. Chemical warfare and aggressive military-style strategies help them accomplish their one mission in life: ensure the survival of the colony at all costs. By: Earth Touch.
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7:27 PM | Why Do We Eat Spoiled Food? MinuteEarth provides an energetic...
Why Do We Eat Spoiled Food? MinuteEarth provides an energetic and entertaining view of trends in earth’s environment — in just a few minutes! By: Minute Earth. Support on Patreon: www.patreon.com/minuteearth
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7:00 PM | How We Found The World's Deepest Fish – And Why We Must Keep Exploring
Scientists exploring the deepest place on Earth — the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — recently acquired footage of a strange, never-before-seen fish at a record depth of 26,722 feet. Here, one of the team members describes how they found it, and why it's vital to continue plumbing the ocean's depths.Read more...
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6:46 PM | Antidepressants and the effects on your unborn child
Think you know what causes depression? Well unfortunately scientists don’t have the exact answer, surprised? That’s not the only problem, there is an ever growing concern that we live in […]

Altieri SC, Yang H, O'Brien HJ, Redwine HM, Senturk D, Hensler JG & Andrews AM (2014). Perinatal vs. Genetic Programming of Serotonin States Associated with Anxiety., Neuropsychopharmacology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25523893

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6:46 PM | Antidepressants and the effects on your unborn child
Think you know what causes depression? Well unfortunately scientists don’t have the exact answer, surprised? That’s not the only problem, there is an ever growing concern that we live in […]

Altieri SC, Yang H, O'Brien HJ, Redwine HM, Senturk D, Hensler JG & Andrews AM (2014). Perinatal vs. Genetic Programming of Serotonin States Associated with Anxiety., Neuropsychopharmacology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25523893

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6:38 PM | 9 Tips To Save Your Life Sitting can be lethal - here’s...
9 Tips To Save Your Life Sitting can be lethal - here’s how to counteract it! By: AsapTHOUGHT.
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3:46 PM | A Year in Review: Scientific Advancements of 2014
As we wrap-up another year, it seems appropriate to take some time to think about the scientific advancements made in the past twelve months. From landing on comets to discovering new species in the deepest parts...
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3:16 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/12/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:16 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/12/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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1:57 PM | World’s Second-Longest Insect Discovered in Vietnam
The fascinating creature, a stick-insect, can reach up to 32 cm in body length and 52 cm with forelimbs stretched out. It has reportedly been found in northeast Vietnam. In the jungles of Vietnam, biologists Dr Joachim Bresseel and Dr Jerome Constant from Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have discovered two new species and [...]
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12:37 PM | The Ethics of Joke Science
What happens when scientists publish papers that aren't meant to be taken seriously? Is ironic, satirical and joke science all in good fun, or can it be dangerous? This is the question asked by Drexel University researchers Maryam Ronagh and Lawrence Souder in a new paper is called The Ethics of Ironic Science in Its Search for Spoof. The British BMJ journal is known for an annual Christmas special issue filled with unusual articles. For example, two years ago they explored the questio

Ronagh M & Souder L (2014). The Ethics of Ironic Science in Its Search for Spoof., Science and engineering ethics, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25510233

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11:02 AM | The best medicine books of 2014 | @GrrlScientist
Today’s “best of” list are my choices of books published in 2014 that focus on the topics of human biology, psychology and medicine.Today’s list of “best of” are my choices of books published in 2014 that focus on the topics of human biology, psychology and medicine. This genre always produces a large and (mostly) excellent collection of books, so it was difficult to limit my choices to just “a dozen or so” titles that I think you will enjoy. […]
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10:44 AM | Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters deep underground around the world: Waters could support isolated life
A team of scientists has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometers beneath Earth’s surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. Common in Precambrian Shield rocks — the oldest rocks on Earth — the ancient waters have a chemistry similar to that found near deep sea vents, suggesting these waters … Continue reading →
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10:41 AM | Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs may have nearly knocked off mammals, too
The classic story is that mammals rose to dominance after the dinosaurs went extinct, but a new study shows that some of the most common mammals living alongside dinosaurs, the metatherians, extinct relatives of living marsupials, were also nearly wiped out when an asteroid hit the planet 66 million years ago. Metatherian mammals — the … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Joint hypermobility and links to psychiatry
"The relationship between JH/HDCT [joint hypermobility / heritable disorders of connective tissue] and mental disorders merits further attention in order to improve current knowledge and clarify a possible common etiology."There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.That was the conclusion reached in the paper by Carolina Baeza-Velasco and colleagues [1] looking at the possibility of some interesting connections, outside of just physical presentation, when it […]

Baeza-Velasco C, Pailhez G, Bulbena A & Baghdadli A (2014). Joint hypermobility and the heritable disorders of connective tissue: clinical and empirical evidence of links with psychiatry., General hospital psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25459977

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December 19, 2014

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10:44 PM | Nature vs Nurture
The recent gun attacks in Sydney and Pakistan have cast a shadow as 2014 comes to a close. But they’ve also got me thinking: Is conflict natural for human beings? Wars have been a constant fixture in the news for as long as you or I have been around. In fact, there are cave paintings […]
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9:35 PM | Birds clear out of breeding ground as severe weather approaches
After a 5,000 mile migration, an impromptu 1,500 mile reversal.
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8:59 PM | Marine Biologists Capture Footage of World’s Deepest-Dwelling Fish in Mariana Trench
The world’s deepest fish has been captured on film by scientists from the University of Hawaii, Schmidt Ocean Institute and the University of Aberdeen using a diving vehicle called Hadal-Lander. The video footage shows a type of snailfish at depths of 8,145 meters deep – the greatest depth a fish has ever been observed, beating [...]
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8:16 PM | Are You Sitting Too Much? by asapscience: Sitting too much can...
Are You Sitting Too Much? by asapscience: Sitting too much can literally be lethal. So here’s an excuse to take more breaks at work - just tell your boss “science said so!” There’s also some tips on how you can prevent these problems!
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7:27 PM | Deep Sea Fish Farming in Geodesic Domes: Upgrade In this...
Deep Sea Fish Farming in Geodesic Domes: Upgrade In this episode of Upgrade, Motherboard goes to Baja California, Mexico to get a firsthand look at these free floating pods, and to get an understanding for why we need better ways to cultivate our future food sources. Whether it’s found on a plate of sushi, grilled in our backyard, or thrown on pasta, seafood is a staple for many diets around the world, and demand is growing. And as the commercial seafood industry booms, fish stocks […]
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6:38 PM | Misunderstood Geniuses: William Harvey Phlegm? Bile? Having too...
Misunderstood Geniuses: William Harvey Phlegm? Bile? Having too much of each used to be the source of all your health problems…or so people thought, until William Harvey came on the scene and blew those ideas to smithereens. All but forgotten now, Harvey was a trailblazer, fighting against 1500 years of established scientific dogma, virtually by himself. He ruffled a lot of feathers, but eventually became a major influence on modern medicine. Remember the work of one of history’s […]
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6:05 PM | 10 Animals That Trade Sex For Favors
Humans didn't invent the idea of combining sex and commerce. Plenty of animals are willing to mate, but only if the price is right. Here are 10 animals who will offer sex for reasons other than just preserving the species.Read more...
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3:43 PM | GMO-free crop “refuges” limit bugs’ ability to develop resistance
But bugs that can eat pesticide-producing crops still evolve.
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3:30 PM | UC Berkeley Study Says Migratory Birds Use Infrasound to Avoid Storms
It’s well-known that daylight length is an important migratory trigger, but a new study from UC Berkeley finds birds use infrasound, or tones lower than the normal range of human hearing, to flee bad weather.
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3:21 PM | Songbirds Can Sense Tornado-Producing Storms, Ornithologists Say
While tracking a population of golden-winged warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) in Tennessee in April 2014, a team of ornithologists led by Dr Henry Streby of the University of California, Berkeley discovered that the birds fled their breeding grounds days ahead of the arrival of severe, tornado-producing storms. “The most curious finding is that the birds left [...]
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3:14 PM | Viking women were most certainly not stay-at-home moms
The boats weren't just filled with hairy men in helmets.
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2:20 PM | A Bizarre New Species Of Fish Has Been Discovered At A Record Depth 
Scientists exploring the deepest place on Earth — the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — have captured footage of a never-before-seen fish at a record depth of 26,722 feet (8,145 meters). Read more...
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12:43 PM | The stench of compatibility: How otters identify one another, and potential mates by smelling their poop
Otters don’t tend to be very visible to us, but they are more abundant than we might perceive them to be. Otters mostly live in isolation of one another, yet they manage to remotely communicate to one another without the aid of modern technology that so often depend upon for communication. On this blog, I previously wrote how […]

Kean, E., Chadwick, E. & Müller, C. (2014). Scent signals individual identity and country of origin in otters, Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2014.12.004

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12:43 PM | The stench of compatibility: How otters identify one another, and potential mates by smelling their poop
Otters don’t tend to be very visible to us, but they are more abundant than we might perceive them to be. Otters mostly live in isolation of one another, yet they manage to remotely communicate to one another without the aid of modern technology that we so often depend upon for communication. On this blog, I previously wrote […]

Kean, E., Chadwick, E. & Müller, C. (2014). Scent signals individual identity and country of origin in otters, Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2014.12.004

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