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{FD} The oldest DNA from giant pandas was just discovered in a cave in China

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Scientists in China found a fossil from a giant panda that lived 22,000 years ago. Until they excavated the fossil, reassembled it and analyzed its mitochondrial DNA, biologists had no idea this panda lineage even existed. Continue reading

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{FD} How a tick bite could harm your heart

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People with a rare red meat allergy may have a higher risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Will you catch the flu? Answer could be in your blood

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During last winter’s severe flu season, you may have found yourself worrying about whether you’d catch the notorious virus. Continue reading

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{FD} US spy agencies want to store data on DNA computers

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Government intelligence agencies have a plan to build computers that store information inside DNA and other organic molecules. Continue reading

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{FD} Antarctica is losing an insane amount of ice. Nothing about this is good.

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Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tons of ice in the past 25 years, and that ice loss has accelerated rapidly over the last five years. Continue reading

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{FD} What causes uncombable hair syndrome?

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Taylor McGowan, an 18-month-old from outside Chicago, is being called a mini Einstein because her hair—like the late physicist’s—is wild and sticks up from her head. Continue reading

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{FD} 3 baby alien planets detected around newborn star

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Three exoplanets are in the process of being born around a young star that’s not too far from the sun, two new studies report. Continue reading

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{FD} Psychedelic drugs may change the structure of brain cells

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It’s no surprise that psychedelic drugs such as LSD and ecstasy alter brain function, leading to the drugs’ “trippy” effects  and possible hallucinations. Continue reading

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{FD} Incas mastered the grisly practice of drilling holes in people’s skulls

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If you had a hole drilled through your skull in historical times, the odds of surviving the ordeal were far better in the ancient Inca Empire of South America than they were in North America during the American Civil War, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Decapitated snake head bites man. But how?

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Shortly after a man killed a rattlesnake in his backyard, the rattlesnake’s severed head bit and injected venom into the man, seriously injuring him, according to news reports. Continue reading

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{FD} This wily wolverine threw scientists for a loop

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We were not expecting a familiar face as we cracked open the wooden box trap we’d carefully set on the remote north slope of Alaska. Continue reading

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{FD} Here’s what happens to a styrofoam cup under the deep sea’s crushing pressure

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Marine scientists were crushing it on Twitter last week, sharing photos of highly decorated — and very squished — Styrofoam cups, which had been deformed and compressed by pressures encountered in the deep sea. Continue reading

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{FD} Blood test could predict preterm labor 2 months before it happens

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Two newly developed blood tests may help moms-to-be accurately answer this ever-popular question: When is your baby due? Continue reading

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{FD} 500 million-year-old claw-faced sea monster was a killing machine

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if you could dip your head into the oceans of Earth as they appeared 500 million years ago, you might see what looked like a spiny, disembodied claw cruising through the depths while trying to stuff an unfortunate piece of prey into its circular, fang-… Continue reading

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{FD} Honeybees know a lot about nothing

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Humans aren’t the only species that can ponder abstract mathematical concepts like nonexistence. In addition to some other animals, honeybees understand that the number zero is less than 1, according to a new study. Continue reading

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{FD} Why does artificial intelligence scare us so much?

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When people see machines that respond like humans, or computers that perform feats of strategy and cognition mimicking human ingenuity, they sometimes joke about a future in which humanity will need to accept robot overlords. Continue reading

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{FD} Archaeologists dig up mass grave of soldiers crushed by Napoleon’s troops

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DEUTSCH-WAGRAM, Austria —Just under the topsoil of the farm fields in this small town northeast of Vienna, there are traces of one of the biggest battles of the Napoleonic Wars. Continue reading

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{FD} Scientists find dozens of hidden earthquakes buried under Antarctica’s ice

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Hundreds of hidden earthquakes may be buried beneath Antarctica’s ice, new research suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Toxic toad could end up killing the predators on Madagascar

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Talk about toxic relationships. An invasive species of toad in Madagascar is even more dangerous to local wildlife than previously suspected — its poisonous slime is deadly to just about any local predator, including endangered lemurs, that tries to ea… Continue reading

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{FD} Climate change killed the aliens, and it will probably kill us too, new simulation suggests

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Did climate change already kill all the aliens we’ve been searching for? Continue reading

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{FD} Earth’s magnetic field is a ruthless, solar-wind-shredding machine

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As Earth cruises through the black sea of space at about 67,000 mph (108,000 km/h), the planet’s magnetic field pushes aside solar wind — the constant stream of plasma particles ejected by the sun — the same way the bow of a speeding motorboat pushes a… Continue reading

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{FD} Teen’s sore muscles actually life-threatening condition

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A Texas teen who felt extremely sore after a hard gym workout turned out to have a rare and potentially life-threatening condition called rhabdomyolysis. Continue reading

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{FD} A major physics experiment just detected a particle that shouldn’t exist

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Scientists have produced the firmest evidence yet of so-called sterile neutrinos, mysterious particles that pass through matter without interacting with it at all. Continue reading

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{FD} Lost city of Irisagrig comes to life in ancient stolen tablets

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Hundreds of ancient stolen tablets, seized from the company Hobby Lobby and returned to Iraq, provide clues about what a lost 4,000-year-old city called Irisagrig was like. Continue reading

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{FD} Aliens are real, but humans will probably kill them all, new paper says

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If you’ve ever looked up into the unfathomable night sky and wondered, “Are we alone?” then you are not alone. Continue reading

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{FD} How long do tardigrades live?

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Tardigrades are probably the most paradoxical animals on the planet. Continue reading

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{FD} 4,000-year-old jar contains Italy’s oldest olive oil

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An egg-shaped ceramic jar covered with ceramic “rope” once held a prize delicacy: the oldest olive oil on record in Italy, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} One-third of new heroin users become dependent on it

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Every day, an estimated 300 to 520 people in the U.S. try heroin, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Continue reading

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{FD} A giant blue whale just turned up in the Red Sea

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A blue whale has turned up in the Red Sea, the long spit of water separating Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea from the Arabian Peninsula. Continue reading

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{FD} The oldest-known tree in Europe is having a growth spurt

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Perched high on a cliff in southern Italy, a bone-white pine tree has watched the Renaissance come and go, seen dozens of wars rage and resolve, and stood by as thousands of less-persistent organisms lived and died on the rocky slopes below. The tree, … Continue reading

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{FD} Clothes treated with ‘hot feet’ coating could keep ticks away

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Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) think they can fight the scourge of tick-borne diseases  by encouraging people to douse their clothes in a chemical called permethrin. Continue reading

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{FD} Is eating seafood the key to getting pregnant?

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Couples may have an easier time conceiving if both the man and the woman eat seafood more frequently, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Can you make up for lost sleep on the weekend?

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Not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to your health; many studies even link the lack of Z’s to higher odds of dying during a certain time period. Continue reading

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{FD} This mysterious, deep-sea jellyfish looks like the ghost of an alien

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A beach-ball-size jellyfish that looks like a cross between an alien ghost and a pinkish cosmetic bag was captured in a rare video taken by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in the inky depths of the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading

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{FD} New controversial idea about Stonehenge has archaeologists shaking their heads

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The towering rocks at Stonehenge are so heavy that, according to a new controversial idea, a glacier, rather than Neolithic people, may have carried them from western Wales and dropped them off at Salisbury Plain in England, where the ancient monument … Continue reading

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{FD} Hawaii volcano: The science behind Hawaii’s surprising 2018 volcanic eruption

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Kilauea volcano is spewing lava and belching hazardous gases on Hawaii’s Big Island, forcing more than 1,700 people to evacuate their homes. Continue reading

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{FD} Wireless ‘robofly’ looks like an Insect, gets its power from lasers

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A new type of flying robot is so tiny and lightweight — it weighs about as much as a toothpick — it can perch on your finger. The little flitter is also capable of untethered flight and is powered by lasers. Continue reading

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{FD} Moon dust could give astronauts permanent DNA damage, study finds

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In space, they say, no one can hear you sneeze. But Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt was doing a lot of that inside the Challenger command module when he visited the moon in 1972. Continue reading

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{FD} Smallpox-related virus found lurking in Texas rodents

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A never-before-seen virus that’s a relative of the notorious smallpox virus has been found lurking in rodents in Texas, according to a new study. Continue reading

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{FD} Could reviving Woolly-Mammoth genes fight the effects of global warming?

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Woolly mammoths have been extinct for more than 4,000 years, but with new gene-editing techniques, they could help mitigate the effects of a modern problem: climate change. Continue reading

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{FD} How 3,000-pound dinosaurs sat on eggs but didn’t crush them

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Imagine a giant, bird-like dinosaur that was so heavy, it weighed as much as a modern-day rhinoceros. Given its heft, how did this bulky, feathered beast sit on its eggs without crushing them to smithereens? Continue reading

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{FD} Earliest version of our alphabet possibly discovered

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The earliest example of our alphabet — a possible mnemonic phrase that helped someone remember “ABCD” — has been discovered on a 3,400-year-old inscribed piece of pottery from ancient Egypt, a scholar believes. Continue reading

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{FD} How man’s donated blood saved millions of babies

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A man in Australia helped save the lives of more than 2 million babies by donating his “special” blood, which was used to make a medication that can prevent life-threatening problems in newborns. Continue reading

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{FD} Scientists sucked a memory out of a snail and stuck it in another snail

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A new study strongly suggests that at least some memories are stored in genetic code, and that genetic code can act like memory soup. Suck it out of one animal and stick the code in a second animal, and that second animal can remember things that only … Continue reading

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{FD} This may be the best evidence yet of a water plume on Jupiter’s moon Europa

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The case for a giant plume of water vapor wafting from Jupiter’s potentially life-supporting moon Europa just got a lot stronger. Continue reading

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{FD} Meet Kim, the first spider to jump on demand

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A tiny but proficient jumper named Kim is the first spider ever trained by scientists to leap on demand. Continue reading

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{FD} 34 million-year-old ancient whale would have ripped you to shreds

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This ancient, gummy whale is breaking all the rules. Continue reading

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{FD} Why the heck do so many koalas have chlamydia?

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One of the leading killers of Australia’s endearing koalas is a debilitating bacterial infection: chlamydia. Continue reading

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{FD} Man’s lurking parasitic infection ‘woke up’ in his brain

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A large mass in a man’s brain turned out to have an unusual cause: a parasitic infection lurking in his body that had “reawakened” in his brain, according to a new report of the case. Continue reading

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{FD} Alien shocker: Congress wants to spend millions searching for ET

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A climate denier may be the reason the S-word is back in vogue in Congress. Oh yeah, not that S-word, the other one: SETI. Continue reading

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