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Cute Killers? Gray Seals Maul, Suffocate Seals and Porpoises, Studies Say

Long thought to be fish-eaters, the big-eyed animals have been observed taking on bigger prey in the North Sea.<p>It seemed a heart-warming sight: two seals apparently frolicking in the sea before slipping below the waves off the German island of Helgoland (map) in 2013.<p>Then an ominous sheet of red …

Marine Mammals

We Computer-Simulated The Deflategate Football Scandal

Yes, the balls were under-inflated. But did it really make much of a difference?<p>Last week, after the New England Patriots destroyed the Indianapolis Colts by a whopping 38 points, "anonymous league sources" accused the team of under-inflating footballs. Thus Deflategate was born.<p>With the Patriots …

NFL

How green tea targets cancer cells - Futurity

A compound found in green tea can kill oral cancer cells without damaging healthy cells, and now scientists think they've figured out how it works.

Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

One of these days, there could well be a simple blood test that can help diagnose and track cancers. We aren't there yet, but a burst of research in this area shows we are getting a lot closer.<p>In the latest of these studies, scientists have used blood samples to identify people with lung cancer.<p>At …

California bill would ban orca shows at SeaWorld

A California state legislator is proposing to ban the captivity of killer whales for entertainment at SeaWorld in the wake of CNN's controversial documentary "Blackfish."<p>"It is time that we embrace that the long-accepted practice of keeping orcas captive for human amusement must end," state …

The Scent Of Your Earwax May Yield Valuable Information

Warning: It doesn't get any less gross from here.<p>As an Asian lady, I can't get over that people of African and European descent have moist earwax. I learned this years ago. I still can't get over it! I assumed everyone had earwax like me, so it was just too weird to learn otherwise.<p>Don't know what …

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Putin Says Sochi Criticism Is the New Containment Policy

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin is blaming early criticism of the Sochi Winter Games on a lingering …

What's The Environmental Cost Of The 2014 Winter Olympics?

So much for "no waste."<p>Athletic events are well underway at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which means that their environmental toll is halfway to forgotten.<p>When world athletes gathered for the 2012 Summer Games, host city London won praise for many of its sustainability efforts, such as the remarkably …

Engineering The Ideal Olympian: Personalized Skeleton Sled

The secret weapon to winning<p>Of all the events at the Winter Olympics, the skeleton is perhaps the most terrifying. Athletes hurtle down the bobsled track on specially designed sleds, headfirst and at speeds exceeding 80 mph. Losing control could mean serious injury or death, so four companies have …

Engineering

Neanderthal DNA lives on in our skin - Futurity

A substantial fraction of the Neanderthal genome can still be found in the DNA of modern humans, new research suggests.

Humanity

Newly-discovered virus has voracious appetite for anthrax

The newly-discovered anthrax-devouring Tsamsa virus, found in a zebra carcass in Namibia, could lead to new ways to combat deadly anthrax bacteria.<p>An …

Environmental Health

Texas hospital acknowledges brain-dead status of pregnant woman

Fort Worth hospital keeping Marlise Munoz alive despite family's wishes heads to court but admits fetus is no longer viable<p>The hospital keeping a pregnant Texas woman on life support, against her families wishes, acknowledged for the first time on Friday that she is brain-dead and that the fetus in …

9 Fashion Risks To Take Before You Die

Are you in a fashion rut? Do you rotate the same outfits every week, shop at the same stores and rely on the same colors and silhouettes? Welp, it happens to the best of us.<p>Instead of chucking your entire wardrobe and starting from scratch, why not do a few small things to spice up your closet? …

Sea giant fossils hint at ancient turtle's color - Futurity

Fossilized pigment from three marine reptiles suggests that ancient leatherback turtles also used darkly colored skin to stay warm.

Zoology

The Mystery of Sloth Poop: One More Reason to Love Science

<b>Correction appended Jan. 23, 2014</b><p>Among the greatest mysteries of the tropical rainforest are the pooping habits of sloths. Really. Those furry, …

Flies with brothers make gentler lovers | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Flies who play the mating game while also living with their brothers are gentler to females during sex and tend to hassle them less, according a study by British scientists.<p>The study found that unrelated male flies compete more fiercely for female attention than related flies, …

Men forget more than women do, says study

Nine out of 10 men have problems with remembering names and dates, according to new study on gender differences in memory.<p>If your husband is …

The Brain

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!<p>After …

Astronomy

Tested: An App That Authenticates You By The Shape Of Your Ear

A taste of the biometric future<p>How unique are your ears? Maybe only Mom ever noticed them before, but, according to Michael Boczek, the particular way your ear touches your phone when you use it is unique to every person. Boczek's startup, Descartes Biometrics, has developed an app that lets you …

Sloth Fur Might Yield New Drugs

Microbes living in the beasts' coats could be deadly to malaria and cancer cells.<p>Sloths are cute. Take this video of baby sloths being washed:<p>Until today, this video might represent sheer joy. But a new study causes a different reaction: NOOOO! DON'T KILL THE FUR FUNGI!!!<p>New research, you see, has …

Microbiology