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The Dark Side Of The Love Hormone Oxytocin

New research shows oxytocin isn't the anti-anxiety drug we thought it was.<p>Oxytocin, the feel-good bonding hormone released by physical contact with another person, orgasm and childbirth (potentially encouraging monogamy), might have a darker side. The love drug also plays an important role in …

What Is 10 Trillion Times More Powerful Than A Heartbeat?

It was July 15, 2009, in Ottawa when it happened. You didn't have to be there, you could have been blocks away. Kiss, the band, appeared on stage and made what some say is the loudest sound ever produced in a live music concert. Their onstage speakers blasted music at 136 decibels, which, says …

The Surprising Origin Of Earth's Gold

New observations suggest your jewelry may have originated from colliding stars. Twinkle, twinkle!<p>Pirates have hunted it. Monarchs have exploited it. Jewelers have sold it. But where did gold come from?<p>Research by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) suggests that the Earth's supply …

If The Sun Went Out, How Long Could Life On Earth Survive?

Don't worry, you'll have time to post your goodbye selfies to Facebook.<p>If you put a steamy cup of coffee in the refrigerator, it wouldn't immediately turn cold. Likewise, if the sun simply "turned off" (which is actually physically impossible), the Earth would stay warm—at least compared with the …

Volvo's Fold-Out Solar Charger Looks Like Sci-Fi Couture

A beautifully practical solar sculpture<p>Solar panels are great, but they can be a bit... well, bland sometimes. We can't argue with their benefits, but unless you've a keen eye for photography, they aren't really works of art.<p>Apart from Synthesis Design + Architecture's (SDA) solar pavilion of …

Why freshwater organisms survived the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs

An asteroid impact caused the extinction of most dinosaurs and half of ocean-dwelling species. Meanwhile, life in inland freshwater ecosystems …

Researchers Use Sound to Levitate a Chemical Reaction

<i>BBC News</i> reports that researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) used acoustic waves to make objects, such as particles and …

Astronomers Want To Fire Giant Bullets At Jupiter's Moon Europa

Hey aliens, you have about 10 years to reveal yourselves before we launch a science missile.<p>Scientists at University College London have designed a 44-pound bullet that could gather scientific information on Jupiter's moon Europa. Last week, a prototype of the bullet slammed through a 10-tonne …