Category: Science

Junk Food And Tainted Water: People Ingest A Credit Card Worth Of Nanoplastics Weekly, Study Says

By Joseph Golder Bottled water or tap? How you answer that question could have some major implications for your long-term health, a new study into the health effects of ingested plastic particles shows. That study also contained this startling fact: People are eating the equivalent of one plastic credit card every week in their diet.

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Scent Back: Süskind’s Perfume Could Come To Life As German Scientists Recreate Smells From The Past

By Georgina Jadikovskaall Fans of the novel “Perfume” by German author Patrick Süskind may one day be able to experience some of the pong and stench of the 18th-century world he described as scientists have revealed plans to recreate odors of the past. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

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VIDEO: Heating Up: Scientists Race To Find Cause Of Alarming Polar Heatwave

By Georgina Jadikovskaall An international research campaign involving over 100 scientists from 12 countries has begun investigating the dramatic warming in the Arctic — at an estimated rise of two to three degrees Celsius, or about 3.5 to 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit — over the last 50 years. The campaign, named HALO-(AC)3, is a joint research

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Sense Of Direction Depends On Where You Grew Up

By Martin M Barillas Suburbanites and country people have an unheralded advantage over city dwellers, who show less ability in orienting themselves, according to a study. A research team has published a new study in the journal Nature, finding that childhood influences a sense of direction into adulthood. With participation from 400,000 participants in 38

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Shell Of A Find: Scientists Find Massive Haul Of 80-Million-Year-Old Titanosaur Eggs

By Joseph Golder Scientists found about 20 large 80-million-year-old dinosaur eggs when they unearthed a titanosaur nesting site in Brazil. The dinosaur egg nest, which dates back to the Cretaceous period, approximately 145 to 66 million years ago, was discovered in an abandoned limestone mine in the rural area of Ponte Alta, in the southeastern

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Mammals ‘Put Brawn Before Brains To Survive The Post-Dinosaur World’

By Anamarija Brnjarchevska Mammals put brawn before brains to survive the post-dinosaur world, according to new research. Prehistoric mammals bulked up, rather than develop bigger brains, to boost their survival chances once dinosaurs had become extinct and were “fairly dim-witted” compared to mammals today, say Scottish scientists who led the study. For the first 10

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Venomous Sea Snail Could Be Key To More Effective Painkillers With Lower Risk Of Addiction

By Anamarija Brnjarchevska A venomous sea snail could hold the key to developing more effective painkillers with a reduced risk of addiction, researchers say. Deadly venom produced by cone snails has occasionally killed humans, and there is no antitoxin available. However, a team led by researchers from the University of Glasgow is trying to learn

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Stroke Of Genius: Electric Brain Shocks Could Help Stroke Patients Recover, Say Scientists

By Georgina Jadikovskaall German researchers have discovered that paralyzed stroke patients could recover significant mobility after receiving an electric current to their brains. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, the University Medical Center Halle and the Charite-Universitaetsmedizinin Germany’s capital, Berlin, revealed that such noninvasive brain stimulation could

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