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Mike Vago Mike Vago Jul 15, 2019 at 20:11.

Totally ripped worm named after Henry Rollins

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Dangerous Minds reports that scientists at the University of Bristol have named a newfound species of extinct fireworm after singer/actor/lecturer Henry Rollins. While it’s impossible to tell whether Rollinschaeta myoplena was hardcore or more post-punk, it does seem to have had one thing in common with the former Black Flag and Rollins Band frontman: muscles.

Just as Rollins is known for...

Patrick Hogan Patrick Hogan Jul 15, 2019 at 17:38.

This interactive video shows what the sky would look like if you could see all the asteroids near Earth

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We are not alone, as long as you count rocks.

Astronomer Scott Manley created this video that shows what the sky would look like if you could see the thousands of asteroids in our corner of the solar system. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says there are at least 12,754 near-Earth asteroids in the vicinity of our planet that we know of, with 872 of them larger than a kilometer.

Asteroids are...

Jul 15, 2019 at 15:22.

The story behind ‘Greetings to the Universe,' the 55 recordings of 'hello' sent into space

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In 1977, NASA sent two probes—Voyager 1 and Voyager 2—on an interstellar mission. The Voyagers were to go where no probes had gone before: Beyond our solar system, to travel the cosmos forever until they fell apart. NASA described the mission like this:

Both Voyagers are headed towards the outer boundary of the...

Katie McDonough Katie McDonough Jul 15, 2019 at 15:11.

This health care bill Congress is about to pass seems too good to be true. That's because it is.

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Naming a piece of legislation is partially a marketing exercise, and the 21st Century Cures Act is a hell of a brand name.

The bill, which passed the House on Wednesday with a strong bipartisan majority and is expected to do the same in the Senate next week, has been described by its Republican sponsor, Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, as "a transformational bill to bring our health infrastructure...

Isha Aran Isha Aran Jul 15, 2019 at 12:49.

Psychedelics don’t boost risk of mental health problems

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Those who indulge in the grooviest drugs of all, psychedelics, can take solace in knowing that researchers have found no link between the most popular varieties and mental health disorders—despite what that leprechaun with 31 eyebrows may have said the last time you dropped acid.

In a new study, researchers from Norway's University of Science and Technology in Trondheim analyzed...

Sophie Weiner Sophie Weiner Jul 15, 2019 at 12:36.

More Great News About Vaccines!

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A new paper shows a link between the rise of populism in Western Europe and the number of people who are skeptical of using vaccines, according to The Guardian.

The study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, found that places where measles outbreaks and deaths have risen in recent years map closely onto countries where populism has taken hold, including in Greece and...

Katie McDonough Katie McDonough Jul 15, 2019 at 11:01.

Why Don't We Talk About Suicide Prevention When We Talk About Gun Control?

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Just two days after the Republican-controlled Senate rejected four measures aimed at regulating access to guns, 60 House Democrats staged a sit-in to demand a vote on gun reform. The House protest, leading Democrats said Wednesday, is a response to renewed calls for change in the wake of a shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53 others at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Fla. and a

Jul 15, 2019 at 11:00.

What alcohol does to your brain

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You had a few too many Manhattans. You're less coordinated. Your reflexes aren't as sharp as usual. Your speech is slightly slurred, but making conversation seems easier. Suddenly the dude sitting across the bar looks more like Ryan Gosling than Steve Buscemi. So, of course you catwalk...

Jen Sorensen Jen Sorensen Jul 15, 2019 at 02:55.

Science for Sale: Should a Koch brother be funding the Smithsonian?

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I suggest reading this ThinkProgress article for background on the questionable Smithsonian exhibit, which reportedly presents a far too cheerful and uncomplicated view of the challenges posed to humanity by climate change.

An interactive game (depicted in the third panel) actually asks visitors to design a future human body adapted to "really hot" temperatures. "How do you think your...

Isha Aran Isha Aran Jul 15, 2019 at 01:58.

Want to be more attractive to the opposite sex? Just walk normally

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What do you find attractive in another person? Their jawline? A rugged angry 11 that graces a furrowed brow? Or perhaps you prefer that booty?

Sure, it’s easy to list a bunch of static features you dig, but a new study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior calls our attention another aspect of attraction: movement. More specifically, how your individual movement suits your body...

Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 15, 2019 at 01:38.

Want to enjoy your food more? Eat it upside down, or something

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We’ve heard numerous times that eating mindfully can help us enjoy our food more and potentially curtail overeating. Of course that sounds great in theory, but when I have six minutes before I need to be out the door, and the dog still needs to be let out, and my phone’s beeping at me, mindful eating gets tossed in favor of cheese cubes stuffed in my face straight from the fridge drawer. Even...

Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Jul 14, 2019.

USDA approves edible cotton, which apparently tastes like hummus

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Yesterday, the U.S. Department Of Agriculture gave a preliminary go-ahead to an edible cotton product, paving the way for farmers to grow cotton as not just a textile but a food. Before you, like me, get too fixated on the fascinating image of popping cotton poofs into your mouth like, well, cotton candy, that’s not exactly what edible cotton will look like. It’s the cotton seeds that would...

Jul 14, 2019.

Science is embarrassingly white. That's a huge problem.

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Type the word scientist into Google image search, and you'll overwhelmingly get a bunch of white faces in return. Even the cartoon scientists are white.

Sadly, this is a microcosm of the state of science today. Researchers are largely monochromatic. It's no matter that the country is becoming more multicultural and interracial. What that means is that science—the very thing that's supposed...

Isha Aran Isha Aran Jul 14, 2019.

Not a morning person? Blame your genes, scientists say

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If you’re a night owl, you probably know that no matter how much coffee you chug in the morning you'll never function as well as you do after the sun sets. And early birds feel the same way about the evening. But instead of feeling guilty for your lack of round-the-clock awesomeness, blame your genes, says a group of researchers at the University of Leicester.

For the first time ever,...

Jul 14, 2019.

Super Bowl cheerleaders pitch something really sexy: Ph.D.s

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When a group of cheerleaders gather in Arizona on Friday in preparation for the Super Bowl, they'll come armed with something far more attractive than hot pants and pom-poms: advanced degrees in math and sciences.

Cheerleaders from the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will perform in front of the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix, replacing standard cheers with stanzas...

Isha Aran Isha Aran Jul 14, 2019.

Are you a moody bitch? What to know about medicating emotions

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As the acclaimed writer Virginia Woolf famously said that one time, "Bitches be moody." It's simply in our nature. Women have evolved to be more emotionally nuanced than men, which our patriarchal society has deemed a weakness. Well, screw that.

In her new book Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making...

Patrick Hogan Patrick Hogan Jul 14, 2019.

Bed bug DNA offers clues into keeping increasingly-resilient pests out of our beds

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Bed bugs are not signatories of the Geneva Convention, and scientists are putting genetic warfare on the table.

A study published this week in Nature Communications sequenced the genome of the common bed bug, revealing possible ways the increasingly-hardy parasite could be kept out of people's homes.

One of the principal findings of the study is that bed bugs are easier to kill early on in...

Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jul 14, 2019.

Science continues its war on grammar, says ending texts with a period is bad

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In news that should continue to make anyone with even a passing familiarity with Mssrs. Strunk and White positively dyspeptic from frustration, those sick bastards collectively known as “science” have determined to strip the English language of what few bulwarks remain against the encroaching darkness of linguistic flim-flammery. The Washington Post reports that researchers led by Binghamton...

Jul 14, 2019.

How soft robots will help sick kids walk and make the elderly stronger

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The SRI International campus is nestled on a quiet tree-lined Silicon Valley street, down the road from a high school and a seminary. The commuter train runs nearby. Its buildings are nondescript brick constructions that harken back to the 1970s. By all accounts, it’s a rather unimpressive place.

But within its walls, scientists are building the future. SRI has been at the forefront of...

Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Jul 14, 2019.

Your dog totally understands what you mean by “good boy”

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Although The Secret Life Of Pets purported to show us what our fuzzy best friends get up to when we leave them for the day, the movie omitted any and all scenes dedicated to dogs’ mastery of syntax and semantics. We know that sounds far-fetched, but bear with us here. NPR has shared a new report from the Science journal that indicates canine brains function “amazingly similar to how human...

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