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Sorry, Cat Haters, Science Isn't On Your Side

What research actually says about felines<p>Some people just don't like cats. That's okay. Some people don't like pizza. Or dogs. Or Harry Potter. But some cat-haters aren't satisfied with not owning cats themselves. They need to drag the rest of us down with them.<p>The first thing you notice when you …

Pets

If Cats Could Speak Human, What Would They Say?

The attempt to translate cat behavior and sounds<p>Chelsey Coombs doesn’t understand her cats. Her 18-month-old male tuxedo cat, Creature, “follows you into the bathroom—you can take a bath or a shower and he just sits there and watches,” she says. He jumps around a lot, meowing insistently whenever a …

Pets

Fossil unearthed in Spain sheds light on ape evolution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The well-preserved partial skull and skeleton of a gibbon-like creature that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain is shedding new light on the evolutionary history of modern apes.<p>Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery in Catalonia of fossil remains of a small, …

Dinosaurs

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Water Too Warm for Cod in U.S. Gulf of Maine, Stock Near Collapse

A rapid warming of the Gulf of Maine off the eastern United States has made the water too hot for cod, pushing stocks towards collapse despite deep reductions in the number of fish caught, a U.S. study showed on Thursday.<p>The Gulf of Maine had warmed faster than 99 percent of the rest of the world's …

Global Warming

Do Men Have Hormonal Cycles?

Short answer: Ever heard of man-struation?<p>Men do go through hormonal cycles. That much is established. Their testosterone levels tend to peak first thing in the morning, perhaps in concert with circadian rhythms, and then diminish over the course of the day—though exercise can cause fleeting …

Stunning Nasa images capture hints of Saturn moon's underground ocean

A Nasa spacecraft that dived through a geyser plume on one of Saturn’s moons, closer to the surface than ever before, has delivered the first images and data from its “taste” of an underground ocean.<p>The Cassini spacecraft made its lowest pass over Enceladus on Wednesday, flying only 30 miles above …

Astronomy

Warm Water May Spell the End of New England’s Iconic Cod

New England’s stocks of cod—the fish that fed colonists and launched the United States’ first industries—have collapsed almost past the point of recovery, despite aggressive catch restrictions that should have allowed them to rebound.<p>On Thursday, scientists speaking at a conservation event in …

Biodiversity

Heat-seeking cancer drugs could target tumours and spare healthy tissue

Bubbles containing cancer drugs which burst on contact with tumours are being developed by scientists<p>Miniature heat seeking ‘grenades’ full of cancer drugs which target tumours without damaging healthy tissue, have been created by scientists.<p>Researchers at Manchester University have repurposed …

Cancer