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30 never-before-seen species of flies discovered in Los Angeles

Scientists have found 30 never-before-seen species of flies buzzing about in the city of Los Angeles.<p>The discovery suggests that we know less about the diversity of our winged neighbors than was previously thought.<p>The flies are all members of the phorid family, and were captured in 30 insect traps …

Zoology

Why painful memories linger with us

If we didn’t forget pain, women would never go through childbirth twice – or so says the myth. But the truth is that agonising memories don’t always diminish.<p>If you visit someone with a newborn baby, their description of the pain of childbirth often includes the phrase “never again”. One friend …

18 Things You Should Know About Sleep, According To A Sleep Doctor

"The brain craves routine for good sleep."<p>For more on this topic, feel free to browse the Reddit thread or check out Dr. Verma's blog PeerWell.

Here’s What Your Voice Tells Others About You

People judge you by your voice in many ways.<p>Via Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior:<p>The result: speakers with higher-pitched …

Psychology

The Future Of Zoos Is Being Nice To The Animals–Not Making It Easy To Watch Them

Zoo exhibits are being redesigned for the animals’ physical and psychological well-being. As the trend continues, zoos may one day be unrecognizable.<p>For a decade, Winky and Wanda were the Detroit Zoo’s only Asian elephants. In the summer months they would kick around in the dirt of their limited …

Analysis: An HIV 'game changer'?

<b>There is excited talk today that we have reached a "game changing" moment in controlling the HIV epidemic.</b><p>This is not a cure or vaccine, but a highly effective way of preventing transmission of the virus.<p>The idea is to give HIV drugs to gay men having unprotected sex while they are still uninfected.<p>…

Watch: Stealthy Octopus Leaps From Water and Attacks Crab

The predator's "sheer aggressiveness" surprised even an octopus scientist.<p>Elusive creatures known mainly for their eight arms, ink blast, and high intelligence, octopuses are also fearsome predators with a variety of natural weapons at their disposal.<p>Porsche Indrisie learned that firsthand recently …

Longer Eyelashes May Be Sexier, But Not Always Better

Experiments reveal the recipe for perfect lashes: a "golden ratio" that best protects eyes.<p>Sure, eyelashes are good for batting. But the delicate hairs have a serious purpose: protecting the eyes and keeping them moist.<p>What's more, a recent study—perhaps the most rigorous study of eyelash …

Is the Paleo diet really Paleo?

The Paleo diet purports to “get back” to the way our Paleolithic ancestors ate. The only problem with the diet—besides being environmentally …

Paleo Diet

Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions

While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, each of these is only part of a more elusive whole.<p>When Paul Ekman was a grad student in the 1950s, psychologists were mostly ignoring emotions. Most psychology research at the time was focused on …

Everything I know about a good death I learned from my cat

Dorothy Parker — Dottie, to her friends — is a cat I adopted in Brooklyn from a local vet; she made the cross-country hop with me to Oakland with minimal fuss. Her attitude, most of the time, is that of a 14-year-old Marxist in a Che Guevara T-shirt. One of her favorite moods is <i>murder</i>. She likes …

Health Care

Nature and Sex Redefined - we have never been binary | Vanessa Heggie

Photograph: Guardian<p>Tests for Barr bodies can easily be performed on cheek cells taken by a simple oral swab - the simplicity of the test is probably part of the reason it lasted for so long in international …

Pics

Dogs Know What That Smile on Your Face Means

Weird & Wild<p>A new study lends further proof that your pet can read your emotions.<p>Whether it's with a sympathetic tilt of the head or the excited sweep of a tail, dogs seem to be saying they can sense exactly what we're feeling.<p>Science is still undecided on the matter, although evidence in favor of …

Pets

4 Clever (and Kind of Sad) Ways Animals Adapt to Humans

From songbirds to manatees, some animals are taking advantage of how people change their environment.<p>Their habitat is disappearing due to widespread logging, but orangutans seem to have found at least one tiny silver lining: traveling on timber roads instead of the more challenging tree …

On the Origin of Colourful Monkey Faces

“Can you hear that?” says James Higham.<p>I can. It’s a loud screeching noise in the background of our phone call.<p>“That’s a female rhesus freaking out,” he says.<p>Rhesus macaques have featured heavily in lab experiments, but this particular loud female is part of a wild group, living in Puerto Rico. …

Bald eagles poisoned after animal shelter dumps euthanized pets in Florida landfill

Wildlife officers were baffled two years ago when a bald eagle was found poisoned and dying at a Florida landfill.<p>Tests revealed the bird, which is …

The dog who thinks he's a human: Rupert the Whippet poses running a bath in his dressing gown, doing the ironing and fixing a car in series of hilarious pictures

• <b>Rupert the whippet just loves dressing up and posing for the camera</b>• <b><br>Owner Janet Burton, 56, has snapped him in a variety of hilarious scenarios</b>• <b><br>The dog</b> …

Mackerel could give birth to Tuna: Japanese scientists experiment to boost sushi fish stocks

Sushi diners could soon be eating hybrid mackerel as a substitute for threatened Pacific bluefin tuna.<p>Fish specialists at Tokyo University of Marine …

Endangered monkey eaten by otters at British zoo

LONDON -- A British zoo says an endangered monkey that accidentally fell into a pond was eaten by otters.<p>Bristol Zoo Gardens say the rare golden lion …

Mother Nature's Misfits: Photos of Strange and Unusual Animals

We tend to love animals even from a very young age. Some of the first words we learn (and first things we recognize) are “dog,” “cat,” and other …

Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Revelations about animal suffering at a federal animal research facility have sure gotten the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.<p>They've also prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the facility through its Agricultural Research Service, to name its first ever animal welfare …

Weird Amphibians Join List of At-Risk Oddities

<b>January 22, 2008—</b>A man holds a Chinese giant salamander, one of ten species to garner conservation attention as part of the EDGE Amphibians program announced today by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The initiative is dedicated to preserving what the group says are some of the world's …

Watch: Bird Mimics Caterpillar (and Other Animal Imposters)

Several animals have evolved to masquerade as very different species.<p>In nature, it doesn't always pay to be yourself. In fact, pretending to be something you're not can keep you alive.<p>Take the cinereous mourner <i>(Laniocera hypopyrra)</i>, a bird that lives in the Amazon rain forest. Chicks of this …

Freshly Eaten Snake Makes Amazing Escape—Find Out How

Newly published photographs show a snake fleeing from the belly of another.<p>A snake remarkably escaped from a larger snake that swallowed it whole on the Greek island of Corfu, according to recently published photographs.<p>In 2011, the wild reptile, a Dahl's whip snake <i>(Platyceps najadum)</i>, wriggled its …

A Black Panther May Not Be What You Think

As the superhero of the same name sets box-office records, learn more about the misunderstood big cats.<p>As theatergoers around the world marvel at the new superhero movie <i>Black Panther</i>, we here at National Geographic wanted to share some facts about these real-life fascinating felines.<p>First things …

By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

<i>Fear is one of the strongest and most basic of human emotions, and it's the focus of Fearless, the second episode of</i> Invisibilia<i>, NPR's new show on the invisible forces that shape human behavior.</i><p><i>This segment of the show explores how a man decided to conquer his fear of rejection by getting rejected</i> …

Mind

Whale testicle beer outrages conservationists

A year after outraging conservationists with a whale-meat beer, an Icelandic microbrewery is back with another outrageous marine mammal brew — this one flavored with smoked whale testicles.<p>For the annual month-long winter celebration of <i>Thorri</i>, honoring the Norse god Thor, Stedji Brewery is whipping …

Evolution: Why do we have lips?

Human beings are unusual in that our mouths are surrounded by hypersensitive, easily-hurt pink tissue – why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>They kind of flap around on the front of your face, get dried out and chapped in the winter, and occasionally get caught up between your teeth and mistaken for …

Lips

Another Australian animal slips away to extinction

Last July, the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, announced the appointment of Gregory Andrews as Australia’s first Threatened Species …

Extinction

The Challenging Consequences of Co-Infections

During anyone’s lifetime, there is always the risk for demise. In some cases, this may occur not through the deterioration of natural health, but by the unwanted presence of an alternate entity wishing to seize the combined assets for its own use. This action, a takeover, can result in dire …