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The Face Wash Ingredient in Your Fish

Microbeads may only be few millimeters in size, but the tiny pieces of plastic found in cosmetic products wreak some serious environmental havoc.<p>A …

'Share a Coke with obesity': Group hijacks campaign to highlight dangers of soda

Coca-Cola’s “Share a Coke” campaign invites consumers to submit a name online and, for $5, purchase a bottle labeled with said name. A typical bottle might read “Share a Coke with Michael” or “Share a Coke with Mom.” But now some provocative designs are floating around that aren’t so innocent. They …

Agriculture

'Living fossil' or no, this strange, rare fish has a lung

Here's a breathtaking finding: Scientists say they've discovered an ancient vestigial lung in the coelacanth, a lobe-finned fish that's related to the ancient swimmer that went on to evolve into all tetrapods, humans included.<p>The find, described in the journal Nature Communications, helps to fill …

2015 Arctic sea ice minimum 4th lowest

The 2015 Arctic sea ice minimum summertime extent is the 4th lowest since observations from space began, according to a NASA analysis of satellite …

Global Warming

Climate change is bringing more mosquitoes to the Arctic

That's not good for the caribou in the region<p>Warming temperatures in the Arctic are causing mosquitoes to show up earlier and spread faster, according to a new study published in the <i>Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences</i>. This is bad news for the area’s caribou population — the …

Global Warming
Astronomy

Children without gardens more likely to be obese

Youngsters who do not have a garden to play in are at greater risk of putting on excess weight which can bring a string of health problems<p>Children with no access to a garden between the ages of three and five are far more likely to be overweight or obese by the time they reach seven, a study showed.<p>…

Banning trans fats in Britain would save lives, research suggests

Banning the fats from processed foods could save 7,200 lives over next five years, experts say<p>Banning trans fats in Britain would save 7,200 lives over the next five years, research suggests.<p>The artificial fat is used to improve the taste, texture and shelf-life of processed foods, although trans …

Birds in love produce more babies, study shows

A new study finds that birds who freely choose their own mates have 37 percent more offspring than those which were paired up by researchers in a sort of avian ‘arranged marriage’ — findings that have far-reaching implications for conservation and captive breeding practices<p>Birds who freely choose …

The secrets of living to 200 years old

Ageing is not an inevitable fact of life – many animals have already found ways to delay death. Their clues might help us all enjoy longer and healthier lives.<p>Just 30 years after the publication of Moby Dick, a group of Alaskan whalers attempted to tame their own ocean giant. Their target was a …

Biology

Pedro Barata transforms shipping container into "world's biggest periscope"

Architectural firm Pedro Barata e Arquitetos Associados has created a 12-metre-tall periscope in Brazil using a shipping container stood on its …

Brazil