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Not tonight dear, I have a headache: science behind the excuse

Chronic pain diminishes a woman's sexual desire but has no impact on a man's, according to a study published in the journal of Neuroscience<p>The old excuse 'not tonight dear, I have a headache' might actually have a scientific basis, it has been revealed.<p>Chronic pain can kill women's sex drive but …

Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet

You may have heard that dollar bills harbor trace amounts of drugs.<p>But those greenbacks in your wallet are hiding far more than cocaine and the flu. They're teeming with life.<p>Each dollar bill carries about 3,000 types of bacteria on its surface, scientists have found. Most are harmless. But cash …

Unique Mineral Discovered In Australia

The new substance is called putnisite.<p>A previously unknown mineral has been discovered in a remote location in Western Australia. The mineral, named putnisite, appears purple and translucent, and contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, a very unusual combination.<p>…

'Upside-down planet' turns out to be self-lensing stars - Futurity

Astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the first "self-lensing" binary star system.

Asteroids cause dozens of nuclear-scale blasts in Earth's atmosphere

Asteroids caused 26 nuclear-scale explosions in the Earth's atmosphere between 2000 and 2013, a new report reveals.<p>Some were more powerful – in one case, dozens of times stronger – than the atom bomb blast that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 with an energy yield equivalent to 16 kilotons of TNT.<p>Most …

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Previews 'Augmented Reality' Display and Gesture Control

Concept cars aren’t what they used to be.<p>Take the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, recently unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, for example. There was a time when some of its high-tech features, such as the ability to use hand gestures for different functions inside the vehicle, …

Land Rover

Touch lets babies pick out words to learn - Futurity

A caregiver's touch could help babies find the "edges" of words in a continuous stream of speech, new research shows.

Physiology

Milky Way's structure mapped in unprecedented detail

Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like.<p>It may seem odd that a comprehensive understanding of the Milky Way's structure has so far eluded researchers. But it's tough to get a broad view of the galaxy from within.<p>"We are fairly …

Q&A: What Is Feminist Biology?

A new fellowship seeks to fund biology research that's been overlooked because of gender bias.<p>The University of Wisconsin-Madison is looking for a particular kind of biologist: a feminist one. The university has set up a fellowship, administered by its women's studies department, for life sciences …

Biology

From liability to viability: Genes on the Y chromosome prove essential for male survival

Despite a well-documented history of dramatic genetic decay, the human Y chromosome has over the course of millions of years of evolution managed to …

HQ-17: A Classic Russian Missile With A New Chinese Twist

The Tor M1 “SA-15 Gauntlet” is a 12km ranged Russian air defense missile specifically designed to attack enemy fighters, helicopters, smart bombs and cruise missile; China has bought at least 25 vehicles. Its Chinese license production is designated HQ-17 with key differences including an …

Eastern Arsenal

Popular Science Blogs<p>Monitoring China's growing military might—and what it means for the world. By Jeffrey Lin & Peter W. Singer<p>Eastern Arsenal<p>China's opening a factory to build engines for hypersonic missiles and spaceplanes<p>Reconnaissance and strike capabilities of aircrafts with these engines …

Czech deer still wary of iron curtain boundary

Almost 25 years after the iron curtain came down, central European deer still balk at crossing areas where there used to be electrified fences, scientists have found.<p>A seven-year study in Sumava national park, in the Czech Republic, discovered that red deer were still wary of spots where the then …

A Deer Migration You Have to See to Believe

Mule Deer Migration<p>Hall Sawyer Research Biologist<p>It’s 2013, and for large mammals around North America, especially the Lower 48, we typically think we know what’s going on. And here we have hundreds of animals migrating 150 miles across private and public lands, right underneath our noses, and we …

Sponsor a fish and save Canada’s experimental lakes

<i>Posted on behalf of Brian Owens.</i><p>Fans of environmental science can now have a direct role in helping Canada’s unique Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) …