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A record number of West Coast whales were entangled in crab fishing gear

An unusually large number of whales dining in areas off the West Coast also prized by the fishing industry is contributing to an alarming surge in the number of cetaceans entangled in crabbing gear.<p>Environmental groups are urging state fisheries managers to implement immediate reforms to protect …

No Fish Tale: Specimen in Lab Freezer Identified as Rare Pocket Shark

Fisheries

Scientists Can Trick You Into Thinking You’re Invisible

The illusion could one day help people conquer their fears<p>It looks like Muggles have finally caught up with the wizarding world. Neuroscientists from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet gave 125 study participants the illusion of being invisible.<p>The researchers described the invisibility illusion in the …

Catchy tune caught in your head? Try chewing gum

A new study suggests that if you want to get an annoying song out of your head, chewing a piece of gum might help.<p>It turns out that just the mechanical act of moving one's jaw up and down can reduce the number of times people think about a catchy song, as well as how often they "hear" that song …

MIT Invention Turns Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

It could help farmers in developing countries<p>From plants to people, every living thing on this planet needs water. But getting enough to survive, and survive comfortably, that can be a little tricky. Just look at the furor around California's new water restrictions. If a state as wealthy as …

What’s the real deal with shark attacks?

Sharks are incredibly unlikely to bite you. They’re even less likely to kill you. However, we remain fascinated with their ability – and occasional …

Centers for Disease Control

Male And Female Stegosaurus May Have Had Different Plates

Size (and shape) matters<p>T. rex has its big head and tiny arms, triceratops has horns, and brontosaurus (yes, brontosaurus) has its super long neck. The stegosaurus, on the other hand, has a tiny brain and the equivalent of a set of China plates set in long lines running down its back. It turns out …

50th Anniversary of ‘The Sound of Music’

Can alternating feast and famine boost health? - Futurity

Imagine eating just 650 calories one day and 4,550 the next. That type of diet may mimic some of the benefits of fasting, report researchers.

Wellness

The myth of the eight-hour sleep

<b>We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.</b><p>In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people …

Medical Journals

Brain age tests to be offered to middle-aged in battle against dementia

Experts welcome computer-based examination, that analyses patients’ lifestyle to calculate risk to brain health<p>Doctors are to offer middle-aged patients the opportunity to take a computer-based test designed to show how their “brain age” compares with their biological age as a way of encouraging …