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Ocean Acidification Caused The Largest Mass Extinction Ever

And acidification is on the rise again<p>252 million years ago, massive volcanic eruptions sent a vast amount of lava flowing out onto the earth, and spewed huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the air, chemically altering the oceans in a series of events that would change life on earth forever.<p>It …

Bundle Of Joyful Microbes: Mom's DNA Alters Baby's Gut Bacteria

Right after birth, trillions of microbes rush into a baby's gut and start to grow. Most of these critters come from the mom's skin, birth canal and gut.<p>But exactly which types of bacteria take up residence in an infant's gut can depend on the mother's DNA, scientists reported Thursday.<p>The study, …

Microbiology

If you remember this story, another memory will die off

Remembering makes us forget as the process of recall actually causes people to lose other memories<p>Remembering makes us forget as the process of recall actually causes people to lose other memories, a study has found.<p>Researchers at Birmingham University and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences unit …

Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists, not poets, can tell you the truth about love

Boffins are poring over brain scans of people in, out of, and never touched by the mysterious force we call love. But what on earth do they hope to learn?<p>"She was filled with a strange, wild, unfamiliar happiness and knew that this was love… Never before, not even in dreams… had she felt anything …

Relationships

A meandering tale: the truth about pi and rivers

Of the many weird and wonderful facts about pi, one of my favourites is a surprising connection between the number 3.14 and the world around us.<p>It’s about rivers. Or more precisely, the bendiness of rivers.<p>As you will know, some rivers are relatively straight while other rivers twist and turn …

Mathematics

How 'clean power' dams actually damage the environment

From an environmental standpoint, you might not immediately think about removing dams. Hydroelectric power, after all, is a renewable energy source — right? Not so fast.<p>“Hydropower is really not a renewable resource in the most strict sense of the term,” explains Jason Rainey, the executive …

The Power of Sleep

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Sleep

Predicting earthquakes: why seismologists have a mountain to climb

Like many of you thinking you had the good sense to book your summer holiday during term time to cash in on good deals and avoid screaming kids, I am waiting to see if my travel plans will yet again be scuppered by an Icelandic volcano with an unpronounceable name (bow-r-tha-boon-ga?). But it seems …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …