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The Roots of Violence

By | November 23, 2011

Scientists discover the earliest evidence of human-on-human aggression etched in an ancient skull.

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Why We Yawn

By | November 17, 2011

Rather than fatigue or boredom, researchers propose that yawning may cool an overheated brain.

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Birth Control Pills and Prostate Cancer

By | November 16, 2011

A new study suggests a possible link between the use of oral contraceptives and rising prostate cancer rates.

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Endangered Snails Accidentally Frozen

By | November 15, 2011

Hundreds of rare giant land snails held in captivity in New Zealand froze to death after the temperature probes in their containers failed.

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Prenatal Stress Ages Offspring

By | November 9, 2011

High stress during fetal development could  cause premature aging, according to a study in chickens, which published today (November 9) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 

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Prescription Drug Pollutants

By | November 7, 2011

Are pharmaceuticals in the environment affecting human health?

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Ladybug Zombies

By | October 31, 2011

Wasps inject their larvae into ladybug abdomens, where they feast on the bugs’ insides.

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How Probiotic Yogurt Works

By | October 26, 2011

Researchers show that the bacterial species in probiotic, fermented dairy products may alter gene expression and metabolism in native gut microbiota.

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Deadly Bat Fungus Nailed Down

By | October 26, 2011

Scientists have made a definitive link between a recently-discovered fungus and a lethal disease wiping out bat populations in eastern North America.

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Orangutans Have Culture

By | October 25, 2011

A study shows that different populations of the Southeast Asian ape display and transmit specific behaviors through generations in a way similar to human cultures.

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