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Brain Scans of Transgender Youth Could Put an End to Gender Dysphoria

Brain imaging could change everything for transgender youth.<p>Approximately 1.4 million Americans are transgender. Despite scientific evidence to the …

LGBTQI

Spermbots Offer a Promising New Way to Target Cancer

Chemotherapy is brutal. The drugs are delivered in near-toxic doses to penetrate tumor ­tissues, indiscriminately vanquishing the patient’s appetite, …

Cancer

French Bulldog owners should expect lifetime of expensive vets bills, warns Royal Veterinary College

They are beloved of sports stars and socialites such as The Beckhams and Millie Mackintosh.<p>But anyone considering buying a French Bulldog should be prepared for a lifetime of expensive vets bills because the animals are so unhealthy, the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has warned.<p>The breed has …

Pets

Huge Sperm Whale Reduced to Empty Carcass After Ingesting 64 Lbs of Plastic

The ocean's trash problem is getting out of hand.<p>Indigestion can be crippling, leaving one toilet-bound for days. In the ocean, however, it can send …

Scientists found a new type of water in diamonds, holy crap

Scientists have found a new type of water known as Ice-VII from diamonds deep in the Earth's crust. This type of ice is about 1.5 times as dense as …

How Some U.S. Ape Sanctuaries Fail Their Animals and Staff

Staff complaints at a chimp sanctuary whose founder had no formal training in primate care point to problems compounded by weak oversight.<p>Kaleigh Rhoads recalls that cloudy afternoon in May 2015. She’d just picked up a new intern from the airport when she received a disturbing call: A chimp named …

Ethnology

Mirrors have revealed something new about manta rays – and it reflects badly on us

As a shark biologist, I enjoy nothing more than going scuba diving with sharks in the wild. However, I realise it’s an immense privilege to do this as part of my work – and that for the vast majority of people experiencing the underwater world in such a way is simply not possible.<p>Nevertheless, even …

Cognition

How Cells Pack Tangled DNA Into Neat Chromosomes

A human cell carries in its nucleus two meters of spiraling DNA, split up among the 46 slender, double-helical molecules that are its chromosomes. …

Do Psychiatric Service Dogs Really Help Veterans with PTSD?

I’ve seen the toll that war takes on the human psyche. During the Vietnam War, I was an Army medic working on a psychiatric ward in a military …

Here’s how to keep your pup safe from the dog-flu outbreak

Unfortunately, humans aren’t the only beings susceptible to the flu. Your dog can get it too—but luckily there are plenty of ways to ensure your …

Pets

Sheep-Human Hybrids Made in Lab—Get the Facts

The breakthrough moves researchers a small step closer to growing human organs for medical transplant.<p>Building on a controversial breakthrough made in 2017, scientists announced on Saturday that they have created the second successful human-animal hybrids: sheep embryos that are are 0.01-percent …

University of Maryland

Why Snakes Have Two Penises and Alligators Are Always Erect

From spiky penises to an extra clitoris, reptile reproductive parts don’t lack for variety.<p>More than 10,000 reptile species in every shape and size scurry and slither across Earth, from garter snakes to crocodiles — and their nether regions are just as wildly varied.<p>From spiky penises to multiple …

Zoology

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) Fitzpatrick Referrals

What is Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)?<p>The term “Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome” (BOAS) refers to a group of …

Dental Care

Microplastic pollution poses particular threat to filter-feeding rays, sharks and whales

Microplastics pose a huge threat to aquatic life – particularly large filter feeders such as whale sharks, manta rays, and baleen whales. Filter …

Pollution

"Walking Fish" Discovery Scraps Evolutionary Theory of Human Locomotion

Forget what you learned in high school biology.<p>Walking is a lot more complicated than putting one foot in front of the other. For that to happen, …

Will Alternative Technologies Make Animal Testing Obsolete?

On Jan. 26, 2018, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the agency, after an internal investigation, had …

What are mitochondria?

Mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouses of the cell. They help turn the energy we take from food into energy that the cell can use. …

Scientists Have Discovered How Traumatic Experiences Actually Rewire The Brain

This is why they're so hard to forget.<p>For many people dealing with traumatic memories, cognitive behavioural therapy is the best shot at living an …

The Brain

Why do dogs have floppy ears?

Charles Darwin knew it had something to do with domestication.<p>Charles Darwin was intrigued with so many evolutionary puzzles. One thing that vexed …

Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives

Antibiotics have enabled us to combat diseases that were once untreatable. But bacteria have fought back, evolving into superbugs resistant to even …

Microbiology

When giraffes fight, slamming their heads and necks against each other, the impact can be heard from a hundred meters away https://t.co/thfOU1Vu8U

Seeing snow leopard cubs in their den is very rare—and will probably make your heart melt https://t.co/DGPEoKtXdZ

Plastic pollution: Scientists' plea on threat to ocean giants

<b>Scientists say there needs to be more research into the impact of plastic pollution on sharks, whales and rays.</b><p>A study, in the journal <i>Trends in Ecology and Evolution</i>, says the creatures may be swallowing hundreds of tiny bits of plastic a day.<p>Microplastic pollution has the potential to further …

Pollution

Experts answer: Should you be allowed to create your own clone?

To Clone or Not to Clone<p>Earlier this month, Chinese scientists cloned two female macaques. Although it wasn’t the first time primates had been cloned …

Genetics

Why Dogs Have Floppy Ears: An Animated Tale

Tuesday is an anniversary worth noting: On Jan. 30, 1868, Charles Darwin published a follow-up to his masterpiece <i>On The Origin Of Species.</i> This less-popular tome (897 pages!) contained a vexing puzzle:<p>Why do pets and livestock tend to have "drooping ears?"<p>Wolves, for example, have perky, upright …

Pets

New research links human consciousness to a law that governs the universe

Human Entropy<p>Our species has long agonized over the concept of human consciousness. What exactly causes it, and why did we evolve to experience …

Consciousness

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

When my colleague Corinne Purtill bought her doll-loving daughter an engineering kit, she had to laugh when the then-three-year-old used the present as a hairbrush. For all Corinne’s efforts at gender-neutral parenting, her daughter clearly enjoyed some traditionally feminine toys.<p>A study published …

Social Sciences