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Sugar Found In Space

Sugar Found In Space

Astronomers have made a sweet discovery: simple sugar molecules floating in the gas around a star some 400 light-years away, suggesting the possibility of life on other planets. The discovery doesn't prove that life has developed elsewhere in the universe—but it implies that there is no re

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New Genitalia-Headed Fish Is Evolutionary Mystery

New Genitalia-Headed Fish Is Evolutionary Mystery

Phallostethus cuulong is only the 22nd known species of its family, Phallostethidae, all of which bear their copulatory organs just behind their mouths. As with all Phallostethus—"penis chest" in Greek—species, the male uses its bony "priapium" to clasp a female while he inserts spe

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Mother's milk promotes a healthier gut

Mother’s milk promotes a healthier gut

The benefits of breast milk have long been appreciated, but now scientists have found yet another reason why mother's should try and use their own milk rather than formula. A team at Duke University Medical Center found newborns fed breast milk develop a healthier gut compared to those on infant

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Gibbons and Opera Singers Use the Same Voice Tools

Gibbons and Opera Singers Use the Same Voice Tools

It’s an old party trick—sucking helium from balloons so you can sing like a Wizard of Oz munchkin. When gibbons inhale this non-toxic gas, researchers can detect much more sophisticated impersonations. It turns out that gibbon vocalization techniques mirror those of highly trained sopr

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Madagascar Gets Biggest Lemur Park

Madagascar Gets Biggest Lemur Park

Good news for lemurs: Officials in Madagascar have created the island's biggest protected wildlife park. Named Makira Natural Park, the area is larger than the state of than the state of Rhode Island, and it provides a habitat for the highest diversity of lemurs on the planet, the Wildlife Conservat

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Some Birds use a Hurricane to Fly Fast

Some Birds use a Hurricane to Fly Fast

Migrating Whimbrels — a type of shorebird — may struggle for hours against winds when trying to cross the Caribbean during hurricane season but get a huge boost as they fly out of storms, report researchers from the Center for Conservation Biology in Williamsburg, Virginia. Ahead of

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Virus That Twists Snakes Into Knots Revealed

Virus That Twists Snakes Into Knots Revealed

Scientists have finally found the cause of a mysterious disease that makes snakes tie themselves up into knots, stare off into space, and waste away—the reptiles are infected with an Ebola-like virus, a new study says. The fatal condition known as inclusion body disease (IBD) was first di

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First UK hydrogen train takes passengers for a ride

First UK hydrogen train takes passengers for a ride

It may not be the most luxurious of trains, but the first hydrogen-powered locomotive in the UK has now shown that it can haul up to 4 tonnes for 2.7 kilometres. Built by a team led by Stuart Hillmansen from the University of Birmingham, UK, for a competition, the hybrid design uses a hydrogen

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New Rat Species Is Nearly Toothless

New Rat Species Is Nearly Toothless

A new species of rat that has practically no teeth has been discovered. But no worries, the rat hardly needs them since it feeds on a diet of soft earthworms. The rat, dubbed Paucidentomys vermidax, is a type of shrew rat that lives on Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. It's the first known rodent

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meditation can help reduce loneliness

meditation can help reduce loneliness

Meditating for just half an hour a day can help the elderly feel less lonely, research suggests. Learning to focus on the present instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future can stop people from feeling alone and unloved, a study says. A spokesman for the researchers said the

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