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Severe Depression Vanished In Four New Mothers After They Took This Drug. Is It For Real?

In the months after their children were born, all four women plunged into severe, debilitating sadness. Antidepressant treatments didn’t work. They were admitted to the hospital. The women’s average score on a questionnaire called the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression was 26.5; severe depression …

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Babies seem to know who’s going to be buddies

Even before babies have language skills, they can infer whether others are likely to be friends by observing their likes and dislikes, according to a …

Psychology

Y chromosome is not doomed to shrivel away to nothing, say researchers

Reports of the coming death of the male sex chromosome are greatly exaggerated, say scientists, whose work will raise a collective cheer from at least half the population. The fate of the Y chromosome, which carries the genetic switch that sends a developing embryo down the route to maleness, has …

Talking To Babies In Their Own Language

Here’s an experiment you may have seen in real life: take a college-educated professional and put them in front of a cooing baby. All of a sudden, their erudite language turns to mush as they try to communicate with an infant.<p>Infant-directed speech, also known as motherese (or parentese for gender …

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Students describe their theses in a single self-mocking sentence

"Summing up years of work in one sentence." That's the tagline for Lol My Thesis, where PhD candidates (Edit: and undergrads) make fun of their own …

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

Girl Crouching (Grief)

Girl Crouching (Grief)<p>Paul-Albert Bartholomé, 1885–98<p>Allen Memorial Art Museum

Perfectly preserved 1.8 million-year-old skull 'could re-write history of human evolution'

Scientists have revealed one of the most dramatic discoveries in human origins with a perfectly preserved fossilised skull of an ape-like man who …

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Bijin and cat, 19th century, Japan, by artist Toyokuni

A Skull Made Of Cocaine And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Purple Sweet Potato A Contender To Replace Artificial Food Dyes

We've grown accustomed to choosing our food from a spectacular rainbow — care for an impossibly pink cupcake, a cerulean blue sports drink or yogurt in preppy lavender?<p>But there's a growing backlash against the synthetic dyes that give us these eye-popping hues. And now scientists are turning to …

Montana Duelling Dinosaurs could fetch $9m at auction

They died about 67m years ago, locked in combat in what is now Hell Creek in Montana. Their entwined bodies were covered by layers of soil and rock, they decayed, became fossilised and lay hidden until, in 2006, a dinosaur hunter found the bones sticking out of the hillside on a ranch.<p>The Montana …

"Miracle" Ocelot Kitten Born at Cameron Park Zoo

An Ocelot kitten born at the Cameron Park Zoo is being called a “miracle baby” because it was born to a mother who was beyond the known breeding age …

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #14

It has been a while since the last post… Come again and explore the wilderness with us. We are rediscovering that only through sharing will we save this magnificent planet. Social media gives us the ability to share photographs, thoughts, ideas, and knowledge almost instantaneously with powerful …

Snow Leopard Cub Born at Brookfield Zoo

The Brookfield Zoo is proud to share the birth of a male Snow Leopard cub, born on June 13. The cub was born to first time mom Sarani and her mate, …

Curious Lynx Kittens Show Their Climbing Cred at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s three curious, climbing Lynx kittens have been spotted exploring their public exhibit. Born on May 8, 2013, the two males and …

Sleepy Caracal Kitten Naps with Mom at Exmoor Zoo

In the final photo, mom and kitten are peeking over at the next enclosure where the father is living separately.<p>Caracals, sometimes called the Desert …

Pictures: Jaguar Kills Caiman in "Spectacular" Attack

New pictures show a jaguar stalking and killing a caiman in Brazil, an experience the photographer called "spectacular and horrific."

Wildlife photographer of the year competition – 2013 commended entries

Stunning photos of gorillas, dugongs and mushrooms were among the 43,000 entries from 96 countries to the 2013 wildlife photographer of the year competition. The Natural History Museum will announce the overall winners in October

Ancient Romans' Color-Changing Goblet Was Feat of Nanotechnology - D-brief

By Lisa Raffensperger | August 29, 2013 2:40 pm<p>Anyone who lived through the 90s knows color-change technology—from T-shirts to free cereal spoons to …

DNA reveals details of the peopling of the Americas

The first people to settle the Americas had a distinctive genetic style, and additional waves of migrants added regional flair, a new analysis of …

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Ancient Egyptians ‘made outer space jewellery’

Ancient Egyptians crafted jewellery from pieces of outer space meteorites, according to a new study.<p>Rather than being fashioned from iron ore as was …

Anxious People Prefer More Personal Space

Because they perceive threats as closer, according to a new study.<p>How close can something get to your face before you blink? That's basically the method scientists use to determine "defensive peripersonal space," the safety bubble of personal space around the body. When something potentially …

'World's oldest Torah' scroll found in Italy

<b>The University of Bologna in Italy has found what it says may be the oldest complete scroll of Judaism's most important text, the Torah.</b><p>The scroll was in the university library but had been mislabelled, a professor at the university says.<p>It was previously thought the scroll was no more that a few …

Gallery of Edwardian female drunks banned from pubs

A gallery of female drinkers who have been barred from pubs has been unveiled, more than 100 years after it was first published.<p>The black and white mugshots show a series of women banned from their local pubs for anti-social behaviour during the early 1900s.<p>Authorities in Birmingham drew up a …