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Are you damaging your hearing without realising it?

Many of us use earphones throughout the day to drown out noise in our commutes and at work. But is it prematurely damaging our hearing? Molly Crain investigates.<p>It starts gradually. The guitars in your favourite song no longer seem to sound loud enough, so you crank up the volume. You struggle to …

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Inside D.C.’s first cat cafe, where you can cuddle by the hour

You probably won’t get a chance to pet Olivia. The gray-and-white spotted kitty is the current favorite at Crumbs & Whiskers, the Georgetown cat cafe that opens Saturday. But because Olivia is so friendly — making her way from lap to lap, purring and mewing and begging for a scratch behind the ears …

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Top 5 Essential Nutrients for Men’s Health

June is Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day is right around the corner, so this week we’re talking nutrients to keep you men and fathers out there …

Articles about raising level and getting new roof basic bungalow becomes modern gem on Dwell.com - Dwell

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, is a new player on the local scene that has become the...<p>There's something fascinating that happens when creative types are placed in a new geographical context.<p>In need of new accommodations for its campers, Wildwood State Park …

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How to Give Give Your Shots the Cinematic Look in Lightroom

We all love the movies. It's not only the feel of sitting in a cinema watching on a big screen, it’s the skill of the director and cinematographers …

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Why do cats purr?

These comforting sounds are good for them and for us, too.<p>It's easy to assume that cats purr because they're happy. After all, when your kitty …

Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …

Ranking the Types of Bear Species

What makes each bear species stand out against the rest?<p>Updated:<p>There are a lot of bear species and numerous subspecies that live all over the world. We've never met a bear we didn't like, but let's face it, some types of bears are better than others. Find out what makes each bear species …

Let Them Eat Wood! (If It's Turned Into Starch)

For Percival Zhang, growing up in China meant learning to appreciate just how critical a stable food supply is to avoiding social unrest and disasters like famine.<p>When he became an associate professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, he got to thinking just how risky growing food …

The Bayon, a Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Photo by Matador Network community member Ritu Saini: http://bit.ly/11YuR4s

"BYO Breakfast at Heron Island." Photo and caption via Visit Queensland, Australia

Got A Wound? Science Says Rub Some Dirt In It

Antibacterial clays can kill antibiotic-resistant E. coli and MRSA, researchers found.<p>The colloquial medical advice "rub some dirt in it" appears to have some merit. Researchers at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have been experimenting with different clays, and it appears in …

Peering at bright screens after dark could harm health, doctor claims

Watching TV or using computers, tablets or smartphones after dark may cause sleep loss and resultant health problems, a leading doctor has …

The world's first emergency face transplant a success, say Polish surgeons

A 33-year-old Polish man whose face was brutally maimed during a workplace accident has become the first patient in the world to undergo a life-saving face transplant procedure. Surgeons today announced the successful results of the emergency undertaking, which occurred a mere three weeks after the …

Dreaming of animals and other warning signs of neurodegeneration

The latest issue of <i>Nature</i> contains an Outlook supplement about the health impacts of poor sleep, including a feature I wrote about the link between …

Cloned Human Embryo Study Comes Under Fire

An anonymous commenter has pointed out four different problems in last week's breakthrough paper.<p>A week ago, scientists from Oregon Health and Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center announced that they had successfully used human skin cells to clone embryonic stem cells. …

Scientists Find One Gene Responsible For All White Tigers

And it's our fault that they're super inbred.<p>Science may not be totally sure how the tiger got its stripes, but at least they've got this figured out. One team of biologists says it has uncovered the genetic mutation responsible for white tigers.<p>White tigers have black or brown stripes, white fur, …

Why is China a hot zone for the deadliest strains of bird flu?

H7N9 continues to spread — and experts warn it isn't the last outbreak we'll see out of China<p>As influenzas go, the H7N9 virus at first seemed relatively benign: in late March, the Chinese government reported that three individuals had contracted the illness, and that two had died. The disturbing …

Scientists Invent Nanosponges to Soak Up Toxins in Bloodstream

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a nanosponge they say can help soak up dangerous toxins from the bloodstream. The …

The African coelacanth genome provides insights into tetrapod evolution

Altmetric: 642<p>Citations: 248<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Chris T. Amemiya<br>• , Jessica Alföldi<br>• , Alison P. Lee<br>• , Shaohua Fan<br>• , Hervé Philippe<br>• , Iain MacCallum<br>• , …

New strain of avian flu in China is deadlier to humans than birds, researchers report

Researchers in Japan and the US have analyzed the genes of a new strain of avian (bird) flu that's killed at least 17 people in China in recent weeks, and discovered that some of the new H7N9 viruses have mutated to be more effective and deadlier in humans than they are in birds. The findings …

To harness HIV, make it get 'naked' - Futurity

EMORY (US) — A new understanding of how HIV “gets dressed” in the human cells …

Homeopathy is nonsense, says new chief scientist

The NHS is spending millions of pounds every year on "nonsense" homoeopathic treatments which are not supported by a shred of evidence, the government's new chief scientist has said.<p>The health service spends about £4 million a year on homoeopathy, which is based on the unproven theory that patients …

What’s special about the shape of a Nautilus shell?

The early mathematician Fibonacci introduced Arabic numerals to the West. He also discovered a number sequence that’s in everything from daisies to …

Sick idea: how rabies spawned vampires and zombies

“What disturbs me is I smashed his mouth off, I smashed his teeth in, but he still wanted to continue in the attack mode. I was terrified at [its] resilience.”<p>This gory description could have been one of many zombie survivor stories from the novel <i>World War Z</i>, but it’s actually a man’s factual …

A Monkey-Bird Mashup And Other Amazing Images From This Week