Shelby Stevenson

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Powerful Photos of Majestic African Elephants Highlight Their Familial Bond

Photographer Peter Delaney captures majestic African elephants in a series of gorgeous and candid images. The South African transplant catches the creatures trotting along the plains, dusting themselves, and drinking water from a shallow pond. With a cloudless sky and little shade, you get a sense …

Wildlife

Why do we pick our nose?

Poking around inside our nostrils is disgusting, unhygienic and potentially harmful, so it’s baffling that it’s as common as it is, says Jason G Goldman.<p>Most of us do it, but few of us will admit to it. If we get caught red-handed, we experience shame and regret. And we tend to frown upon others …

Gender

How mitochondrial donation involved in three parent babies works

The debate for allowing IVF babies to be born with DNA from three different people is entering a critical stage<p>MPs will tomorrow decide whether mitochondrial donation allowing IVF babies to be born with DNA from three different people should be made legal.<p>The technique involves replacing DNA in an …

Professional Cuddlers Embrace More Clients

The Snuggling Industry Takes Off, but Clothes Stay On; Spooning or Tickling Sessions for a Fee<p>Kimberly Kilbride is a professional cuddler.<p>For $80 an hour, or up to $400 for an overnight gig, the 33-year-old mother of three dons flannel pajama bottoms, puts away her family pictures and two pit bull …

Lifestyle

This new antibiotic is cause for celebration - and caution

The discovery of teixobactin could pave the way for a new generation of drugs, but we need to move faster<p>In a grim week, reports of a new antibiotic [Ling et al., Nature] are a bright flash of urgently needed news.<p>The utility of existing antibiotics is being eroded alarmingly. Put simply, they …

Microbiology

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

High-Definition

Age of stars is pinned to their spin

<b>Astronomers have proved that they can accurately tell the age of a star from how fast it is spinning.</b><p>We know that stars slow down over time, but until recently there was little data to support exact calculations.<p>For the first time, a US team has now measured the spin speed of stars that are more …

Universe