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Telomere length: a new measure of chronic stress in wildlife?

Two independent studies find a positive relationship between social environment and telomere length. The first study -- that nearly everyone has heard about -- is in children. The second study -- that few have heard about -- is in pet grey parrots. The second study raises the question: might …

How a Leopard Seal Fed Me Penguins

Photographer describes assignment that "will stay with me forever."<p>While documenting leopard seals in Antarctica for a 2006 <i>National Geographic</i> magazine story, photographer Paul Nicklen had an experience that he says "will stay with me forever" (see Nicklen's photos). That experience has recently …

Statins have no side effects? This is what our study really found …

Our paper on the side effects of statins used the right method to address an important issue, but our data was flawed<p>I was surprised to see a study I'm a co-author on getting some front page media play on Thursday, under the headline "Statins 'have no side effects'". That's not what our paper …

Alarming Video Shows Arctic Ice Disappearing

Old ice in the Arctic is vanishing. That's a problem, since it's more resistant to melting than young ice.<p>You've probably heard that ice in the Arctic is melting. But you may have never seen it shown this clearly. A video from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration shows 27 years of ice …

Global Warming

Night Broken

• <b>Author:</b> Patricia Briggs<p><b>#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Fiction Vixen). Now, Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a threat unlike anything she’s ever known.</b><p>An unexpected phone call heralds a new …

An Angel's Purpose

• <b>Author:</b> Kristie Cook<p><b>The phenomenon that began with A Demon’s Promise continues in Book 2 of the Soul Savers series.</b><p><i>Change is coming.</i><p>Having learned to cope with her grief, Alexis has settled into a quiet and predictable life. Until now, when a vampire appears in her room, ordering her to stop …

Acetaminophen in pregnancy linked to ADHD in kids, study finds

Pregnant women have long been assured that<p>acetaminophencan treat their aches, pains and fevers without bringing harm to the babies they carry. Now researchers say they have found a strong link between prenatal use of the medication and cases ofattention-deficit hyperactivity disorderin children.<p>The …

In Tibet, Dogs Breathe Comfortably With Less Oxygen

Tibetan Mastiffs have evolved to tolerate high altitudes.<p>See Spot run. See Lassie save Timmy from a well. See Tibetan Mastiffs climb 4,500 meters above sea level on the Tibetan Plateau. The ever-so-fluffy Tibetan Mastiff, which commonly serves as a guard dog for the plateau's residents, is able to …

Biology

Meet the Stylist Behind Some of Fashion’s Most Iconic Images

Thirty years ago, Lori Goldstein tried her hand at styling on a whim. Today she is known for some of the most unforgettable images to grace fashion’s …

Sad Faces Make People Support Social Campaigns

Any face. Even on a trash can.<p>At the end of last year, the international aid organization Oxfam decided to dramatically change their advertising tactics in their campaign to fight hunger in Africa, replacing pictures of sad, starving children with happier landscapes featuring the continent's …

Psychology

All About TESS, NASA's Next Planet Finder

Harvard-Smithsonian astronomer David Latham won a 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for his work with the Kepler space telescope, which revealed that the Milky Way is jam-packed with planets. Now Latham is focusing his energies on TESS, a next-generation planet finder scheduled for launch …

How Much Water Actually Goes Into Making A Bottle Of Water?

Environmental activists have long claimed that bottled water is wasteful. Usually, they point to the roughly 50 billion (mostly plastic) bottles we throw away every year.<p>The International Bottled Water Association, ever sensitive to criticism that it's wasting precious resources, has commissioned …