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Paying women to breastfeed won’t work

After cutting its breastfeeding awareness program in 2011, the UK now has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world. The government is hoping to lure new mothers to breastfeed their babies for a full six months with offers of £200 ($319) in shopping vouchers. The declining rates are even …


Fossil Find Clears Up Big Cat Origins

Asian bones fill a big gap in the fossil record.<p><b>Don't miss our Google+ Hangout to Cause an Uproar with big cat experts, conservationists, and photographers on Tuesday, December 3 at 12:30 p.m. ET.</b><p><b>Paleontologists have long sought the answer to where and when big cats—mighty predators like lions,</b> …

The Messy, Messy Relationship Between Income (and Race) and Obesity

Antarctic iceberg the size of Singapore heads out to sea

A NASA satellite image snapped on Wednesday shows open water between Pine Island Glacier and its massive iceberg.<p>After lingering in its birthing bay for nearly six months, an Antarctic iceberg the size of Singapore is finally heading out to sea.<p>Strong winds blowing off the continent are pushing the …

Global Warming

St. Louis Zoo to the Harlequin Toad Rescue

Changing Planet<p>The <b>St. Louis Zoo’s</b> WildCare Institute is drawing attention to an endangered group of frogs.<p>Also known as stubfoot toads, harlequin toads represent a beautiful, but vanishing frog taxon from Central and South America.<p>The Zoo has partnered with Ecuador’s Jambatu Center for Research and …

Meteorite's age at center of Mars history debate

Planetary scientists dream of sending a geologist to Mars to study its rocks by hand. Until then, they have to settle for examining meteorites — chunks of the Red Planet that land on Earth after hurtling through space and surviving the searing fall through our atmosphere.<p>Though a little banged up, …


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7 of the World's Longest-Running Experiments

These scientific research projects certainly didn't happen overnight.<p><b>When physicists at Trinity College, Dublin, started a viscosity experiment in 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president of the United States, World War II was well underway, and Meet Me in St. Louis was tearing up the box</b> …

Why Cities Are Safer Than Rural Areas: 5 Surprising Facts

A new study analyzes risk of car accidents, shootings, and other injuries.<p><b>For years, people have moved to the country to escape the dangers of big city life. But new research suggests that they may be better off staying put.</b><p>A study called "Safety in Numbers: Are Major Cities the Safest Places in …

Opinion: Bright Nights, Big Problems

Why we should turn off the lights and appreciate the dark.<p><b>We live immersed in artificial light.</b><p>Astronomers rate the darkness of our skies on a scale (the Bortle Scale) of 9 (brightest) to 1 (darkest). Most of us spend our lives in the radiance of levels 5 through 8, only rarely venturing into areas …

Space Pictures This Week: A Celestial Dumbbell and a Dying Star

An astronaut says "cheese" during a spacewalk, a star dies, and storm clouds gather in this week's best space pictures.

Study Finds Only 28 Percent of Millionaires Think They're Rich

If you had investments worth a million dollars, would you consider yourself rich? How about $5 million? Well, hold on to your wallet because a new …

Don't Let Bankruptcy Fool You: Detroit's Not Dead