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Measure Your Heart Rate Using Headphones

It works with pretty much any cheap pair of earbuds.<p>At a medical device exhibition in Yokohama, Japan last week, researchers from the Kaiteki Institute Inc. and Bifrostec Inc. demonstrated a prototype technology that can turn $8 earbuds into a heart rate monitor.<p>The microphones in a pair of earbuds …

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New dolphin species spotted swimming off Australian coast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A newly discovered species of humpback dolphin has been seen swimming off the northern Australia coast, an international team of scientists reported this week.<p>All humpback dolphins have a characteristic hump just below the dorsal fin, but there are several distinct species in …

The Startling Surge of the Siberian HIV Strain

In public health, epidemiologists could be best regarded as microbial detectives. They are tasked with the unenviable position of having to examine an outbreak to determine not only the cause but also the potential consequences if the culprit is not controlled. At one time, the tools were limited …

Kepler telescope discovers Earth-like planet Kepler-78b - video

Scientists have found the first planet beyond the solar system which is the same size, and has the same proportions of iron and rock, as Earth. Kepler-78b, named after the Kepler space telescope that discovered it, is 400 light years away. It orbits very close to its host star, completing an orbit …

Babies remember melodies heard in womb, study suggests

Newborn babies can remember melodies played to them while they were in the womb, according to a study.<p>Scientists found that the brains of babies who heard a specific melody just before birth reacted more strongly to the tune immediately after they were born and at four months.<p>In the study involving …