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Brassiere Support Is A Lie, Say French Scientists

Strapping breasts down won't keep them from their inevitable journey south, according to the preliminary results of a 15-year study.<p>In a 15-year study from the University of Besançon in eastern France, sports science professor Jean-Denis Rouillon found that wearing a bra may not actually keep a …

A Harvard Neuroscience Scheme To Change Decisions In Your Brain

A researcher wants to reverse your choices before you even know you've made them.<p>This week at the British Neuroscience Association, Harvard scientist Gabriel Kreiman described a rather diabolical-sounding experiment: He wants to reverse someone's decision to push a button before the person is even …

Ape-like human ancestor stirs debate

<b>BOSTON U. / DUKE (US) —</b> New analysis of a pair of 1.98 million year old fossil proto-humans discovered in a South African cave in 2008 has yielded …

Human Ancestor Reconstructed, Halfway Between Chimp And Human

A recent descendent of Homo gets a complete skeleton.<p>In 2008, researchers found remains of a few early human-like beings in a cave in South Africa. Now, they've pieced them together into one of the most complete skeletons of a human ancestor ever made.<p>The skeletons belong to a new species of …

Stephen Hawking Says Humans Won't Survive Another 1,000 Years On Earth

Physicist Stephen Hawking, speaking at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said if humans don't migrate from the planet Earth to colonize other planets, they'll face extinction in 1,000 years. So, phew, we're good, guys. We've got like 900-plus years to just sit on this. That's a …

What You Need To Know About The New Bird Flu

The H7N9 avian flu virus outbreak in China has already killed 11 people. Here's what's up with it.<p>There have been some new developments in China's struggle with bird flu over the past two days, including another confirmed death and a scientific report from Chinese researchers about the first three …

Was Marina Chapman really brought up by monkeys?

Marina Chapman says she isn't as mobile as she once was. It's not so easy to climb trees these days, let alone swing from them. Well, she is about 60 …

New Earthworms Discovered in Gobi Desert

Two new sub-species of earthworms, <i>Eisenia nordenskioldi mongol</i> and <i>E. n. onon</i>, have been discovered in the Gobi Desert. <i>E. nordenskioldi mongol's</i> name …

How Exercise And Other Activities Beat Back Dementia

The numbers are pretty grim: More than half of all 85-year-olds suffer some form of dementia.<p>But here's the good news: Brain researchers say there are ways to boost brain power and stave off problems in memory and thinking.<p>In other words, brain decline is not necessarily an inevitable part of …

What If Darwin Had Never Existed?

Imagining a world without the father of evolution<p>Imagine a dark, stormy night in the South Atlantic at the end of December 1832. Aboard the Royal Navy survey vessel HMS Beagle a young naturalist, racked with seasickness, staggers on deck. A sudden wave makes the ship heel violently, and he is …

How Much Booty Do People Want? Just A Little More Than The Neighbors

Sex is like money: The more you think the Joneses have, the worse you feel.<p>Having sex makes us happy. But what makes us even happier, apparently, is having sex more than someone else.<p>A study from Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, looked at the …

Moms with elite education opting out of careers

<b>VANDERBILT (US) —</b> Female graduates from top-ranked universities who become mothers are working less despite the promise of higher wages, new research …

4,500-year-old harbor structures and papyrus texts unearthed in Egypt

Archaeologists have stumbled upon what is thought to be the most ancient harbor ever found in Egypt, along with the country's oldest collection of papyrus documents, Egyptian authorities say.<p>The harbor goes back 4,500 years, to the days of the Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) in the Fourth Dynasty, the Egypt …

Life on Earth… but not as we know it

Across the world's great deserts, a mysterious sheen has been found on boulders and rock faces. These layers of manganese, arsenic and silica are …

Why do humans cry? A new reading of the old sob story

When it came to solving the riddle of the peacock's tail, Charles Darwin's powers of evolutionary deduction were second to none – the more …

Poland’s Underground Salt Cathedral

Located 135 meters (443 ft) underground is the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine in southern Poland. Entered into the UNESCO First World Heritage List in …

17 Stress-Less Travel Lessons

I love making up little rules for myself when I travel, even if I break most of them. ("Just 30 more minutes online and then I'll go outside.") There is, though, one rule I come back to, over and over again, and it's flexible enough that it can be applied to almost any travel quandary: Be where you …

Will open access to research achieve transparency? Your responses, please

The UK's minister for universities and science has taken a special interest in open access to journal articles. He chooses to talk about access to …

Google Searches For Mental Illnesses Increase During The Winter

A new study suggests seasonal changes have a much bigger impact on mental health than previously thought.<p>Psychiatrists have known about seasonal affective disorder--a mood disorder in which otherwise healthy people experience depression during the winter or heightened anxiety during the …

After 30 Years Off The Market, A Morning Sickness Drug Is Making A Comeback

Nauseous pregnant women in the U.S. can finally have access to the morning sickness drug Canadians have been using for years.<p>More than 30 years after it was removed from the U.S. market, a morning sickness drug originally sold under the name Bendectin has been approved by the FDA.<p>In the early …

Poop in space revisited: Apollo 10's floating turds pop up 44 years later

Bathroom rituals in outer space are a perennial favorite, particularly when they go wrong — as evidenced by the latest wave of hilarity over the runaway poop that prompted rude remarks during the Apollo 10 round-the-moon mission in 1969.<p>A 500-page-plus transcript of the declassified mission log …

Homeopathy on the NHS is 'mad' says outgoing scientific adviser

The use of homoeopathy by the NHS has been described as “mad” by a former government scientific adviser who retired from his post last week.<p>Professor Sir John Beddington criticised the Government for ignoring his advice against the use of homoeopathic remedies by GPs and NHS run hospitals.<p>Sir John, …

We cannot afford to keep research results locked away in ivory towers

The UK government is committed to greater transparency across the board. That is partly because, as David Cameron says, sunlight is the best …

Technique to create transparent brains could transform neuroscience

The blockbuster finding that'll yield see-through, 3D brain samples for mappers of the mind<p>The mysteries of the human mind might soon be revealed, now that a consortium of experts has figured out how to render entire brains transparent — meaning that researchers will be able to analyze grey matter …

Dinosaur embryos twitched in their eggs like those of modern birds

Dinosaur embryos moved around inside their eggs and grew in much the same way as those of modern animals such as birds, say scientists who have …

GAME OF THRONES Straying Further From The Books Than I Like (Spoilers)

Learn How the 'Jurassic Park' Dinos Were Built and Where They Got Their Voices – /Film

Twenty years later after its original release, it’s still tough to top <b>Steven Spielberg</b>‘s <i>Jurassic Park</i> for believable movie dinosaurs. While we’ll …

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Madonna accused of 'blackmail' as spat with Malawi leader turns nasty

A spat between Madonna and the President of Malawi has taken an abrupt turn for the nasty, with the Malawian leader accusing her of "bullying" and "blackmail" while the pop star alleges that the President is using her office to promote her family's financial interests.<p>The bitter exchange of highly …