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December 30, 2015


PAST NEWS - 2014

Physicists study how balloons burst
Frame-by-frame analyses point to two dis­tinct types of bursts, de­pend­ing on what caused the pop. (Nov. 2, 2015)

Warming helped decimate New England cod stocks, study finds
Even harsh fish­ing re­strict­ions have failed to slow a plunge in fish pop­u­la­tions. (Oct. 29, 2015)


Comet detected dumping alcohol into space
The finding adds to ev­i­dence that com­ets could have been a prov­ided com­plex mol­e­cules needed for life to emerge. (r="#CCCCCC">Comet C/2014 Q2 ()

Brain uses matching rhythms to process music, study finds
Research sug­gests a new­found role for rhyth­mic repe­ti­tions of nerve cell ac­ti­vity in the brain. (Oct. 28, 2015)

Think lions are scary today? You haven’t seen the Pleistocene epoch
Packs of huge li­ons and oth­er preda­tors helped limit pop­u­la­t­ions of mam­moths and others, re­search sug­gests. (Oct. 26, 2015)


Most Earth-like worlds have yet to form, study says
But many fu­ture civ­il­iz­a­tions may arise so late that they won’t be able to fi­gure out how the uni­verse was born. (Oct. 21, 2015)

In court, genetic defense may win sympathy—and no shorter sentence
“De­fen­dants should be wary about us­ing a ge­net­ic de­fense be­cause it’s a dou­ble-edged sword,” a re­search­er said. (Oct. 22, 2015)

Early Earth wasn’t so hellish—and life was here, scientists say
New research sug­gests life may tend to form more easily than once thought. (Oct. 19, 2015)


Researchers find brain switch said to turn dreams on and off
Neu­ro­sci­en­tists say they can send a sleep­ing mouse in­to dream­land at the flip of a switch. (Oct. 15, 2015)

Differences in longevity may show up at middle age
Research in ti­ny worms sug­gested life­span-boosting genes may start to show their effects most strong­ly in mid­dle age. (Oct. 14, 2015)


Birds flew over dinosaurs’ heads, study suggests
Mus­cles con­trolling the main wing feath­ers of an an­cient, toothed bird suggest it could fly as well as many mod­ern birds, scient­ists say. (Oct. 7, 2015)

Study: women born in summer more likely to be healthy
Au­thors of a study say more sun­light, and thus vit­a­min D ex­po­sure, in preg­nan­cy might ex­plain the ef­fect. (Oct. 13, 2015)

Ancient tsunami claimed to be almost as high as Chrysler building
A disaster 73,000 years ago may have gen­er­at­ed waves that would dwarf any in hu­man history, a study says. (1, reached abou)


Finding “appears to confirm” liquid water on Mars
Re­search­ers de­tected sig­na­tures of min­er­als as­so­ci­at­ed with wa­ter on slopes where mys­te­ri­ous streaks are seen. (Sept. 29, 2015)

“Test run” planned for mission to push asteroid off-course
Scientists want to change the course of a mini-aster­oid in order to pre­pare for what some day might be an Earth-sav­ing miss­ion. (Oct. 1, 2015)

Comet watched by probe is actually two in one, scientists say
Two com­ets crashed long ago to cre­ate the dumb­bell-shaped Com­et 67P/Chur­yu­mov-Ge­ra­si­men­ko, say sci­en­tists. (Sept. 30, 2015)


“Missing” space-time waves leave scientists puzzled
The fluc­tu­ations are an inte­gral part of Al­bert Ein­stein’s well-backed-up equa­tions. (Sept. 24, 2015)

Some fish found to “stand on lookout” for each other
Fish were previously con­sid­ered, in a word, too dumb to coop­er­ate like that. (Sept. 25, 2015)

Cycle of ice turning to gas may feed comets’ tails
Data from the Eu­ro­pe­an Space Agen­cy’s Ro­set­ta space­craft con­firms exist­ing ideas, sci­ent­ists say. (Sept. 23, 2015 )


“Most complete” Arctic dino found; said to have endured nasty conditions
A study de­scribes a type of duck-billed di­no­saur that roamed Alas­ka’s North Slope in herds. (Sept. 22, 2015)

Oral histories found to go back almost 10,000 years—often accurately
Traditional stories de­scribe long-ago changes in the Aus­tral­ian coast­line that ac­tu­ally oc­curred, re­search­ers say. (Sept. 18, 2015)


Cow-sized beast may be earliest known to walk upright on all fours
The “pre-reptile” is est­i­mated to have lived around 10 mil­lion years be­fore the age of the di­no­saurs. (Sept. 17, 2015)


Ocean said to underlie whole surface of Saturn moon
Re­search­ers con­clud­ed that the dis­tinc­tive, tiny wob­ble of En­cel­a­dus must be due to a body of liq­uid sit­ting be­neath the out­er ice shell. (Sept. 16, 2015)


Birds “in love” found to be more successful breeders
Biologists tried to find out the evo­lu­tion­ary func­tion of love without dragging hu­mans in­to the study. (Sept. 14, 2015)

Remote cave chamber yields huge trove of human fossils
The find­ings represent a pre­viously known hu­man species, ac­cord­ing to some sci­entists. (Sept. 10, 2015)


Study uses fictional planet to try to probe people’s real views on society
Re­search­ers asked par­ti­ci­pants about the causes of in­equa­lity on the plan­et “Teeku.” (Sept. 9, 2015)

Brain protein seen elevated in depressed people
The find­ings pro­vide more ev­i­dence that de­pres­sion is a phys­i­cal ill­ness, say the re­search­ers be­hind the stu­dy. (Sept. 8, 2015)


Giant sea scorpion fossils turn up
A pre­vi­ously un­known spe­cies meas­ured an es­ti­mated 1.5 me­ters (5 feet) or more in length. (Sept. 2, 2015)

Chimp attacks drone with stick, wins
The incident at a Dutch zoo de­mon­strates an ab­ility to both plan ahead and use tools, re­search­ers say. (Sept. 4, 2015)

Sex buyers, sexually aggressive men often the same people, study finds
The study auth­ors say their find­ings should give pause to ad­voc­ates of legal­ization. (Sept. 1, 2015)


Parrot found able to “conclude by excluding”
Gof­fin cock­a­toos can choose a cor­rect an­swer by rul­ing out al­ter­na­tives, a study finds. (Aug. 26, 2015)

Better friendships in teen years may lead to better health in adulthood
Giving in to peer press­ure is not with­out its bene­fits, re­search sug­gests. (Aug. 31, 2015)

Fewer than half of psychology papers met replication test, study finds
Only 39 out of a sam­ple of 100 re­cently pub­lished sci­en­tif­ic re­ports stood up to an at­tempt to rep­li­cate the find­ings. (Aug. 27, 2015)


Move over, Spiderman: actual spider excels at thread-free air stunt
Rain­forest spi­ders known as “flatties” know how to han­dle fall­ing from a tree, a stu­dy says. (Aug. 20, 2015)

Researchers make people indecisive by tweaking brain waves
The in­tens­ity of com­mu­nica­t­ion be­tween brain re­gions dic­tates wheth­er we’re in­de­ci­sive, sci­ent­ists claim. (Aug. 24, 2015)

Report: head lice are evolving tougher, harder to zap
Sci­en­tists re­port that lice popula­t­ions in at least 25 states have de­vel­oped re­sist­ance to over-the-coun­ter treat­ments. (Aug. 19, 2015)


Massacres may have riled European life at dawn of farming
A roughly 7,000-year-old mass grave re­veals mur­der, mutil­ation and may­hem and is not the first such find, re­search­ers re­port. (Aug. 18, 2015)

Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientists think
A study reports on the sim­ple but un­u­sual vocal abili­ties of Ko­ko, a go­rilla who has lived among hu­mans for de­cades. (Aug. 14, 2015)


“Fireworks” begin on comet under spacecraft’s eye
A com­et un­der a space­craft’s close watch is start­ing to give off out­bursts as its path takes it near the Sun, sci­ent­ists re­port. (Aug. 11, 2015)

Study: cat competition has rocked dog family for ages
A study finds that cat-dog ri­val­ry has been deadly for mil­li­ons of years, with dogs, es­pe­cial­ly, get­ting the short end of the stick. (Aug. 12, 2015)

Planetary rings follow “beautiful” law wherever they are
The par­t­i­cles mak­ing up rings around plan­ets fol­low a universal law of size dis­tri­bu­tion, a stu­dy claims. (Aug. 10, 2015)

Study: vaccine skeptics persuadable—if you avoid calling them wrong
Many peo­ple who are skep­ti­cal of vac­ci­nat­ing their chil­dren can be coaxed to do so, psych­o­lo­gists say. (Aug. 4, 2015)


In earliest complex life forms, clever reproductive strategy discerned
A strange creature known as Fracto­fu­sus could settle new areas with sur­pri­sing ef­fi­ciency, re­search sug­gests. (Aug. 3, 2015)

Bias against female leaders found as early as teen years
Bi­as against fe­male lead­ers is common even am­ong teen­agers—and some of it comes from girls as well as moth­ers, a study finds. (July 29, 2015)


Plant wars: vampire weeds use chemical “radar” to stalk victims
Cer­tain par­a­sit­ic plants have seeds that don’t bother grow­ing until they de­tect host plants nearby, a study re­ports. (July 30, 2015)

Premature babies may risk becoming withdrawn adults
Ba­bies born very prem­a­ture or se­verely un­der­weight can be­come so­cially with­drawn adults, re­search sug­gests. (July 27, 2015)


Four-legged snake fossil reported found in plain sight
The ob­ject could help re­veal how snakes, thought to have e­volved from liz­ards, lost their legs. (July 23, 2015)

Possibly Earth-like planet reported near Sun-like star, another first
The find­ing is a first in that the star is much like our Sun, astron­omers say. (July 24, 2015)


First Pluto close-ups show mountains of ice, scientists say
NASA released additional photos of Pluto and its moon Charon after their first visit by a spacecraft. (July 15, 2015)

Robotic telescope joins huge search for signals from aliens
A robotic tel­e­scope a­bove San Jose, Calif. will under­take an in­ten­sive search for la­ser sig­nals from ex­trater­res­trials. (July 22, 2015)


New Pluto images released with historic flyby
NASA released new images with the first close flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. (July 14, 2015)

Giant black hole “outgrew its galaxy”
The find­ing runs counter to most ob­serva­t­ions about black holes. (July 10, 2015)


Scientific dissenters predict “mini ice age” in 2030s
Some researchers pre­dict the return of a a solar calm spell that co­in­cided with un­usually cold win­ters in the mid-1600s. (July 11, 2015)


“Earth-like” planets out there even more Earth-like than thought, simulation finds
Great­er chem­ical si­m­i­lar­ity might en­hance the like­li­hood of life on some of these worlds. (www.world-science.net/othernews/150709_mineralogy.htm)

Monster black holes said to come out of hiding
En­er­get­ic X-rays have helped un­veil a pos­sibly large popula­t­ion pre­vi­ously hid­den black holes, as­tro­no­mers say. (July 8, 2015)


Comet may be developing sinkholes
The deep, round pits are evi­dence that a com­et is con­stantly chan­ging, sci­ent­ists say. (July 2, 2015)

24 dinos may have perished with “babysitter”
Re­search­ers say the animals seem to have been hit by a mix­ture of mud, wa­ter, rock and junk after a vol­can­ic out­burst. (July 7, 2015)

To reproduce, bizarre flatworm may have sex with own head
Zoologists reported the “first de­scribed ex­am­ple of hy­po­der­mic self-injection of sperm in­to the head.” (June 2, 2015)


Bird said to re-arrange sounds to create meaning—like people
Only hu­mans were thought ca­pable of mak­ing new mean­ing by re­ar­rang­ing mean­ing­less el­e­ments, scient­ists say. (July 1, 2015)

Rats may dream about finding treats
When rats rest, their brains sim­u­late jour­neys to a de­sired fu­ture such as a treat, new re­search finds. (June 30, 2015)

Universe may be ringing like crystal glass, scientists say
The expansion of the uni­verse seems to be re­peat­ed­ly speeding up and slowing back down, cos­mol­o­gists claim. (June 28, 2015)


Planet zips around its sun sporting comet-like tail: study
Sci­en­tists at­trib­ute the ef­fect to high-energy light from the star that is push­ing hy­dro­gen off the plan­et’s up­pe­r at­mos­phere. (June 26, 2015)

Consciousness no “decider,” just “interpreter,” theory claims
Con­scious­ness is like the In­ter­net in a way, ac­cord­ing to a team of scient­ists. (June 23, 2015)


Human may have had Neanderthal great-great-grandparent
An anatomi­cal­ly mo­dern per­son known only from a jaw­bone had re­cent Ne­an­der­thal an­ces­try, scien­tists say. (June 22, 2015)

Study could solve controversy over ancient skeleton
An 8,500-year-old ske­l­e­ton found in 1996 in Wash­ing­ton State has been the fo­cus of a bit­ter dis­pute. (June 18, 2015)


Ancient Mars mostly icy, not wet, study claims
Despite lots of water, the Mars of 3 to 4 bil
­lion years ago might have been in­hosp­it­able to life. (June 16, 2015)

Pedophilia may be innate
A study linked pedo­philia to a higher like­li­hood of certain types of facial flaws as­sociated with pre­natal develop­ment. (June 10, 2015)

New analysis downsizes record-breaking dino
A study re-evaluates a fossil hailed last year as representing the heaviest dinosaur whose weight could be reliably calculated. (June 10, 2015)


Newfound dino resembles Triceratops with frills
Scientists are reporting the discovery of a close relative of the horned dinosaur Triceratops. (June 6, 2015)

Glass in Martian crater could trap bits of past life, study says
Meteor strikes often form glass in the searing heat of the impact. (June 8, 2015)

Why do political disagreements get nasty while others don’t?
A group of social scientists say answers may lie in their new research. (May 29, 2015)


The oldest evidence of murder?
Lethal wounds on a Neanderthal skull may point to a bloody encounter some 430,000 years ago, scientists say. (May 28, 2015)

For homely men, a pass—but less room for error
Women don’t mind a phys­ically un­attract­ive man, but woe to that man if he does some­thing wrong, a study sug­gests. (May 27, 2015)

Robot is designed to learn actions through trial and error
Researchers turned to a new branch of artificial intelligence known as deep learning. (May 26, 2015)


New action plan to save rarest ape
A new report outlines steps needed to save the Hainan gibbon, of which only 25 remain. (May 20, 2015)

Stone tools pre-dated “man,” study finds
Scientists dated the artifacts, found in Kenya, to 3.3 million years ago. (May 20, 2015)

School cell phone bans found to raise test scores
Banning cell phones reaps the same benefits as extending the school year by five days, according to a study in the U.K. (May 19, 2015)


Scientists weigh in on optical illusion that went viral
Psychologists claim to have an explanation for why viewers see sharply different colors in a photo that spread across the Internet. (May 18, 2015)

Astrology not so off the mark about personality types, study claims
Correlations between birth season and personality really exist, though not necessarily for the reasons astrologers claim, a study says. (May 14, 2015)


Scientists re-engineer bird beak to ancestral “dino” state
Research aimed to retrace some of the evolutionary steps that gradually transformed dinosaurs into birds. ()

Chemical process in Saturn moon could help spark life, scientists say
The sixth planet’s sixth largest moon, Enceladus is thought to have a liquid water ocean beneath its icy surface. (May 7, 2015)


Image said to show planets forming, in first
A recent and famous image from space is the first that shows planets forming, according to a study. (May 6, 2015)

Peer bullying may cause more damage than adult maltreatment: study
Children bullied by peers have similar or worse long-term mental health outcomes, a study says. (May 1, 2015)


First evidence of changes on a “super-Earth” reported
Massive volcanism may be disrupting a rocky planet in the constellation Cancer, astronomers think. (May 5, 2015)

“Runaway galaxies” found
We know of runaway stars and a run­away star cluster, but whole ga­la­xies would be some­thing new. (April 27, 2015)


Scientific “outsider” anticipated Darwin’s ideas, research finds
The Scots­man Pat­rick Mat­thew de­scribed evo­lu­tion in 1831 but got lit­tle credit, ac­cord­ing to a new stu­dy. (April 21, 2015)

Brain glitch causes people to live “in the third person”
Peo­ple with the con­di­tion can learn any­thing about their own past—they just can’t per­son­al­ly rec­all it, sci­ent­ists say. (April 24, 2015)

Some Neanderthals chopped up their dead—reasons unknown, study says
Scientists are considering can­nib­al­ism or cere­mony as possible ex­plan­ations, but say evidence for can­ni­bal­ism is thin. (April 20, 2015)


Study looks at why we have chins
Humans are the only spe­cies with chins, an en­dur­ing puzzle that re­search­ers claim to have now solved. (April 14, 2015)

Hunt for alien-filled galaxies yields nothing “obvious,” but some “interesting”
Astronomers are continuing a search for galaxies that might be thoroughly populated by aliens. (April 15, 2015)

Persistent “warm blob” in Pacific linked to strange weather
Global warm­ing isn’t the whole rea­son for strange weather that has struck the United States in re­cent months, some scien­tists say. (April 10, 2015)


Re­instate Bronto­saurus as its own di­no, study de­clares
The so-called “thun­der liz­ard” has long been con­sidered wrong­ly named, but some sci­ent­ists now dis­pute that. ()

Women and men may answer moral dilemmas differently
Would it be right to kill Adolf Hitler when he was still a young artist to save millions of lives? Wo­men and men have different takes on such ques­tions, a study finds. (April 6, 2015)

Scientists claim to rescue early- aging mice with new method
Wheth­er the find­ings would apply to hu­mans, and even nor­mal ag­ing, is un­clear, but there are some prom­is­ing signs, they add. (April 1, 2015)


Galaxies may have formed in groups as “fireworks”
Astronomers ident
­ified dra­ma­tic act­i­vity in pos­sible pre­curs­ors of vast galaxy clusters seen today. (April 1, 2015)

Global warming doesn’t cause extreme winters, study says
That a warm­ing trend doesn’t cause cold snaps might seem ob­vious, but re­cent events had raised the ques­tion. (March 28, 2015)

Study ties education, not just genes, to IQ
A study com­pared the in­tel­li­gence test scores of Swed­ish twins raised in dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments. (March 25, 2015)


Colliding stars could explain 17th-century mystery explosion
A “new star” that Eu­ro­pe­an as­tro­no­mers saw in 1670 was ac­tu­ally a stel­lar smash­up, a study pro­poses. (March 23, 2015)

Little fish found to kill smaller ones by posing as family
The dusky dot­ty­back’s dis­guise—ac­com­plished by chang­ing col­ors—al­so helps pro­tect it from its own preda­tors, ac­cord­ing to the stu­dy. (March 19, 2015)


Jupiter moon may conceal ocean with more water than Earth’s
Glowing ribbons of gas called au­ro­rae give it away, scien­tists claim. (March 17, 2015)

Music can affect your genes, study finds
Lis­ten­ing to clas­si­cal mu­sic can en­hance the ac­ti­vity of genes in­flu­enc­ing the flow of brain chem­i­cals, learn­ing and mem­o­ry. (March 15, 2012)


New findings suggest Mars had an ocean
A study sought to measure how much wa­ter must have been lost to space, based on char­act­er­ist­ics of Mar­tian wa­ter now. (March 5, 2015)

Do heroes win sexiness points? Only if they’re soldiers, male—and decorated, study finds
Perhaps any
­one can be a hero. Get­ting re­warded for it is an­other mat­ter. (March 12, 2015)

Millions of modern men found to be descendants of 11 kingpins
Ge­neti­cists have found that mil­lions of mod­ern Asians de­scend from 11 pow­er­ful dy­nas­tic lead­ers who lived up to 4,000 years ago. (March 9, 2015)


First-ever photo said to capture light acting as both particle and wave
Quan­tum me­chan­ics tells us that light can be­have as a par­t­i­cle or a wave, but both aspects have never been seen at once. (March 2, 2015)

Thoughts of “God” found to increase risk-taking
Find­ings sug­gest peo­ple are will­ing to take these risks be­cause they think of God as a pro­tect­or, re­search­ers say. (Feb. 26, 2015)


A land where strange crocs proliferated
The swampy wa­ters of what is now north­east­ern Pe­ru were very different 13 mil­lion years ago, new re­search finds. (Feb. 24, 2015)

Mystery of early black holes deepens with huge new find
The discovery of a too-large, too-ancient black hole does­n’t square with stand­ard the­o­ries of cos­mic ev­o­lu­tion. (Feb. 25, 2015)

Study: publicizing hospital ratings doesn’t always spur improvement
The well-intentioned idea of rating health cent­ers is having show­ing dis­ap­point­ingly lit­tle bene­fit so far, sci­ent­ists say. (Feb. 23, 2015)


Little star probably grazed our solar system, astronomers conclude
The event could have trig­gered a deadly “com­et show­er” had the star come much clos­er, a study sug­gests. (Feb. 18, 2015)

Fire ants spread globally on 17th-century ships, study finds
Some lit­tle ant con­querors, too, put hu­man­kind’s Age of Disc­overy to good use, scient­ists re­port. (Feb. 20, 2015)

Strange cloudy features high over Mars baffle scientists
Sci­en­tists can’t fig­ure out the cause of mys­te­ri­ous plumes pho­to­graphed high over Mars by am­a­teur as­tro­no­mers. (Feb. 17, 2015)


Dogs can tell apart human facial expressions, study finds
Ev­i­dence also sug­gests dogs pre­fer to ap­proach “hap­py” rath­er than “an­gry” pho­tos, ac­cord­ing to the re­search. (Feb. 12, 2015)

Study finds first stars were born “late”
New findings are based on the cosmic micro­wave back­ground, light believed to have been tra­vel­ing toward us since almost the dawn of time. (Feb. 11, 2015)


Satellite to check alien skies for traces of life
It’s the “first mis­sion ded­i­cat­ed” to study­ing these at­mo­spheres, said pro­ject leader Gio­van­na Tinetti of Uni­vers­ity Col­lege Lon­don. (Feb. 10, 2015)

Student scientists find partially drug-resistant germs, scraps of anthrax DNA—all in subway
High school students sam­pled some of the smaller liv­ing things crowded into New York City's sub­way system. (Feb. 6, 2015)


Sea slug turns itself into plant-like creature by eating algae
A bright green sea slug man­ages to live like a plant and skip meals thanks to genes it steals from the al­gae it eats, sci­en­tists say. (Feb. 4, 2015)

Zoo chimps said to learn grunt for “apple” from each other
Cap­tive chimps can learn grunts from each oth­er that re­fer to spe­cif­ic foods, a study has found. (Feb. 5, 2015)

Mining the Moon becomes a real prospect, report says
Companies and nations dream of obtain­ing rocket fuel and rare-earth ele­ments from the Moon's re­sources. (Feb. 2, 2015)


New find spotlights super-long-necked dinos
An unusual dino­saur lin­eage known as ma­men­chi­saur­ids may be more di­verse than pre­viously realized. (Jan. 29, 2015)

Study: war-for-oil “conspiracy theorists” are often right
While many claims are simp­lis­tic, research­ers say, sta­tis­tics show oil does mo­ti­vate coun­tries to inter­fere in conflicts. (Jan. 28, 2015)


Star found to have little planets over twice as old as our own
Find­ings raise the poss­i­bil­ity of life far more ancient than Earth it­self, scientists say. (Jan. 27, 2015)

“Kindness curriculum” may boost success in preschoolers
An experimental pro­gram was de­signed to cul­ti­vate “mind­ful­ness” and com­pas­sion in 4-to-6-year olds. (Jan. 26, 2015)


Craft closes in on dwarf planet, takes pictures
NASA is pre­par­ing for what would be a space­craft’s first visit to a dwarf plan­et. (Jan. 20, 2015)

Jellyfish not just drifters, study finds
At least some jel­ly­fish can swim strong­ly ag­ainst a cur­rent, researchers re­port. (Jan. 22, 2015)

Could our galaxy be a wormhole?
It could conceiv­ably be a short­cut through space­time, a study con­cludes, though that path may or may not be nav­i­ga­ble. (Jan. 21, 2015)


Brain wiring may reflect gender identity
A study ex­am­ined our self-per­cep­tions as male or fema­les, as dis­tinct from our phys­i­cal form. (Jan. 12, 2015)

Top U.S. research institute accused of coverup
A professor's law­suit claims Cal­tech pro­tected an aca­demic sus­pected of ille­gally shar­ing U.S. Defense De­part­ment-funded tech­nol­ogy. (Jan. 16, 2015)

Ocean wildlife may collapse soon, study warns
The same pat­tern of events that led to the col­lapse of wild­life popula­t­ions on land is now hap­pen­ing in the sea, a report says. (Jan. 15, 2015)


Study links lifespan, solar activity
Talk about a rough start in life. Be­ing born when the sun is stormy might cut your lifespan, research says. (Jan. 9, 2015)

Study: a computer can figure you out as well as your spouse
A com­put­er can read your per­son­al­ity as well as your spouse if you give it 300 Face­book “Likes” to an­a­lyze, a study has found. (Jan. 14, 2015)

Part of our reactions to music may be “universal”
Wheth­er you’re from the Con­go­lese rain­for­est or a big city, some as­pects of mu­sic will tou­ch you in the same ways, a study sug­gests. (Jan. 7, 2015)


Scientists study whale that lives 200 years for clues
Changes in genes linked to cell di­vi­sion, DNA re­pair and more may help the bow­head live long, researchers say. (Jan. 5, 2015)





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