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Surprise! Scientists discover that sperm cells can slither

Scientists have discovered that sperm have a previously unrecognized skill – they can swim in a "slither" mode when they are close to the wall of their environment.<p>The motion of a slithering sperm cell resembles that of a snake wriggling across the desert floor – the head of the sperm points in one …

Biology

The dumbest U.S. foreign policy question asked this century

What do U.S. politicians really mean when they say they want to save Syria?<p>Who lost Syria? This is perhaps the dumbest U.S. foreign policy question so far this millennium.<p>For starters, was (and is) Syria really America’s to lose?<p>The American right – which on this issue reaches into the Clinton wing …

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10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy | Inc.com

It's easy to think of happiness as a <i>result</i>, but happiness is also a <i>driver</i>.<p>One example: While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve personal productivity (whether a one-day burst, or a lifetime, or things you should <i>not</i> do every day), probably the best way to be more productive is to just be …

Happiness

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Changes in the brain's myelin distribution might be an unrecognised form of neuronal plasticity.<p>Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance …

This Solar-Powered Plane Could Stay In The Air Indefinitely

Switzerland has unveiled a solar-powered plane that could potentially stay in the air indefinitely. The newly finished aircraft will undergo its first tests in May and June, and plans to fly around the world in 20 days, spread out over three months.<p>The Solar Impulse 2 is an improvement over a small …

Russia Ships The World's First Load of Offshore Arctic Oil

The untapped Arctic reserves of petroleum have been tapped.<p>Russia has announced its first shipment of Arctic offshore oil. Russian President Vladimir Putin watched oil loading from the Prirazlomnoye drilling platform onto a tanker Friday via video link, according to state-run ITAR-TASS, and …

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Debunking Captivity: 3 Reasons Not to Keep Dolphins in a Tank

Wildlife<p>A bottlenose dolphin in the wild. (Photograph by Maddalena Bearzi)<p>I have spent much time in the company of wild dolphins over the last twenty-something years. I’ve built a career following their everyday movements and observing their behavior both from shore and from research boats. When I …

Your reality is actually 15 seconds long

The present moment, as you are experiencing it this very instant, is directly influenced by the previous 15 seconds of your life, reports <i>Quartz</i>. Researchers from MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, have dubbed this phenomenon the "continuity field," and according to a study they …

Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing

Ke$ha says that to start the day she'll brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey. Nicki Minaj likes to "have a drink, have a clink" of Bud Light. And the party-rockin' hip-hop duo LMFAO like Ciroc, and they love Patron. "Shots, shots, shots, shots everybody!"<p>All that name-checking of …

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Will we ever… detect other universes?

Is there anything outside our Universe? Many physicists think it’s possible, says Marcus Woo, but could we one day know for sure?<p>We think of our Universe as everything there ever was, is, and will be.<p>But according to some researchers, there might not just be many universes, but an infinite number …

Dark Matter

Science Says: Here's The Truth About Aggressive Dogs

Science

Electric Stimulation To Spine Gets Paralyzed Patients Moving Again

Four men who had been paralyzed for two years or more were able to move their legs, knees, ankles and toes.<p>After you've injured your spinal cord, getting a "motor complete" diagnosis means you're unable to move your legs—or anything on your body, below the injury—under your own volition. Stay …

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