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When We See Something Cute, Why Do We Want to Squeeze It?

Weird Animal Question of the Week<p>The aggressive urge some people get when they see an adorable animal or baby may be connected to our emotional health.<p>The first step is admitting you have a problem. A very cute problem.<p>“Why, when something is adorable, do we get the urge to squeeze it and squish …

Portuguese scientists discover why pendulum clocks swing together

Pair of physicists bust a 350-year-old conundrum in a report that proposes a transfer of energy through a sound pulse causes clocks to synchronise<p>Almost 350 years ago, Dutch inventor and scientist Christiaan Huygens observed that two pendulum clocks hanging from a wall would synchronise their swing …

Physics

Cientistas descobrem causa de misterioso distúrbio do sono no Cazaquistão

Cientistas descobriram as causas de um estranho distúrbio do sono que afeta moradores de dois vilarejos no Cazaquistão há mais de dois anos. Segundo …

Miniature brain in a dish reveals an outsized secret about autism

Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism have grown a passel of miniature proto-brains in a lab, using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain's earliest days of development. From these small creations have come potentially big insights into autism, a diabolically complex …

Autism

EXAME

São Paulo – O que é estudado pode ser facilmente esquecido, mas o que é vivenciado é, certamente, lembrado. Esta máxima é a chave que abre as portas …

Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Yogurt is a truly living food. The bacteria that transform milk into this thick and sour food also provide a sense of mystique.<p>For Atanas Valev, they carry the taste and smell of his homeland, Bulgaria. "It's just the smell of the fermented milk. It's tart, tangy tart. That's what yogurt should …

Pluto's Spots Turn Into Weird Splotches in New View from New Horizons

Space<p>LAUREL, Md. — Remember those weird black spots that showed up on Pluto's surface a couple of weeks ago in pictures from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft? Now that the piano-sized probe has closed in to a distance of less than 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers), the spots look like even …

Johns Hopkins University

Fossilized whale bone in African desert holds clues to human evolution

A 22-foot beaked whale that apparently took a wrong turn up an African river about 17 million years ago may offer clues to the climate-change forces that shaped human evolution.<p>Lost for more than 30 years, the fossilized beak with part of the jaw bone helps determine that the East African Plateau …

Long Tails May Save Luna Moths From Hungry Bats [Video]

A new reason to shake your tail feathers<p>For butterflies, distinguished wing markings can be great for confusing predatory birds, either by scaring them or by luring them away from vital body parts. Now, it turns out that moths, the nocturnal cousins of the butterfly, may use a similar strategy to …

Students Engineer Help For Bats Fighting White Nose Syndrome

Kevin Keel would rather not infect bats on purpose. A veterinary pathologist at the University of California at Davis, he studies white nose syndrome, a disease that is decimating bat populations across the United States. To do it, he needs to take tissue samples from healthy bats and study them …

University of California

Mysterious Martian haze baffles planetary scientists

Scientists are wrestling with the identity of strange, giant plumes that mysteriously appeared and later vanished high above the surface of Mars. Such plumes, described in the journal Nature, defy scientists' expectations of how the Red Planet's atmosphere works.<p>In two separate events, a strange …

Astronomy

Noise pollution is making us oblivious to the sound of nature, says researcher

Gift of hearing birdsong and trickling water is being lost to a process of ‘learned deafness’, says US scientist, as people screen out background noise<p>The tranquil chorus of the natural world is in danger of being lost to today’s generation as people screen out the noises that surround them, a …

The (Not So) Sad Story of Peggy, Saturn’s Newest Moon

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p><b>[Updated December 14, 2016]</b><p>Peggy, the small Saturn moon caught in the act of being born, is still alive.<p>First observed in 2013, Peggy is about 1.2 miles wide and lives near the edge of Saturn’s A ring. The tiny moonlet’s fate was an open question two years ago, …

Peggy

Natural History Museum dinosaur ‘Dippy’ switched for blue whale skeleton

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s beloved dinosaur cast, is to be moved from his spot and replaced by a blue whale skeleton<p>He was erected in the aftermath of the Winter of Discontent and has stood tall through the governments of six prime ministers.<p>But now Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s …

Skull discovery suggests location where humans first had sex with Neanderthals

Photograph: Israel Hershkovitz, Ofer Marder & Omry Barzilai<p>The excavation area of where the skull was found in western Galilee in a cave that had collapsed around 30,000 years …

This skull may provide a new link between Neanderthals and modern humans

It's history frozen in time: an expansive cave in Northern Israel where early humans lived for thousands of years, locked away and preserved after its entrance collapsed some 30,000 years ago. It's in this time capsule of human evolution that researchers say they've found a partial skull that …

X-Rays Reveal Snippets From Papyrus Scrolls That Survived Mount Vesuvius

Buried by a volcano, the scorched papyri may yet yield their secrets.<p>The charred scrolls of ancient Herculaneum may yet yield their secrets, suggests an x-ray analysis released Tuesday of one previously impenetrable roll of papyrus.<p>The volcanic Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., destroying the …

New device allows deaf people to 'hear with their tongue'

Cochlear implants are expensive, invasive and are occasionally unsuitable for elderly patients - so scientists are working on a device which sends small electric shocks to the wearer's tongue and allows them to 'hear' sounds<p>Cochlear implants have had great success in restoring hearing to deaf …

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

How big do ocean ‘giants’ really get?

How do you measure the tentacles of the largest jellyfish? How about determining the length of the largest whales? It’s tough.<p>Many of the world’s …

Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents …

World Health Organization