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Spectacular New Images Show Enormous Glacier On Mars

The Mars Express usually devotes its time to taking glorious, top-down photos of Mars’ surface. However, it decided to spice things up a bit with a sweeping panorama over the planet’s surface, including the southern polar ice cap. This white patch on the surface definitely looks out of place on the dusty, red surface. This…

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Compound In Red Wine Might Help Alzheimer’s Patients

Supplements of a compound found in red wine appear to stabilize the blood levels of a protein associated with Alzheimer’s. Since this protein – amyloid beta 40 (Abeta40) – usually builds up in the brain as the disease develops, it’s assumed that levels consequently drop in the blood. But those with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s who were given the compound did not…

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Hundreds Of Fossilized Songbirds Identified In Peruvian Tar Seeps

Researchers have puzzled together hundreds of songbird fossils excavated from what’s now a Peruvian desert dotted by just a couple species of birds. According to their findings published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, some 15,000 years ago, these tar seeps were grassy, forested areas home to dire wolves, saber-toothed cats, and at least 21 species of…

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Small Birds Warring Over Nests Resort To Parasitism

Little yellow birds called great tits are at war with smaller birds called blue tits. Great tits are stealing the nests of blue tits, and to retaliate, blue tits are sneaking their eggs into the nests of great tits, forcing them to raise chicks that aren’t their own. The two tits resort to these tactics…

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PhD Student Finds Two Massive Stars With Magnetic Fields In A Binary System

As many as half of all stars in our galaxy come in pairs called binary systems – meaning they are composed of multiple stars orbiting a common center. In a new study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Matt Shultz – a Canadian Ph.D. student at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada – announces the discovery of a unique stellar object: Two massive stars…

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Why The Hell Is This Pig’s Flesh Bright Blue?!

When a couple out on their ranch in Morgan Hill, California, saw a wild pig roaming the brush, they decided to shoot it and take it home for meat. After transporting the pig back home and draining its blood, the pair cut open the pig ready to skin and portion it, only to find this wild hog…

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Neolithic Skeleton Reveals Ancient Case Of Rickets

The skeleton of a small, pigeon-chested woman with misshapen limbs found on the Scottish island of Tiree has been dated to the Neolithic Era. The discovery marks the earliest known case of rickets in the U.K., and is riddled with “unusual” findings. The work is published in the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Rickets is a disease in…

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How Much Sleep Do We Need?

The amount of sleep adults need has once again come under the spotlight, with a recentWall Street Journal article suggesting seven hours sleep is better than eight hours and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine drawing up guidelines surrounding sleep need. So, what should the guidelines say? Unfortunately, when it comes to the amount of sleep adults require…

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Why Screen Time Before Bed Is Bad For Children

Sleep is an essential part of our development and wellbeing. It is important for learning and memory, emotions and behaviours, and our health more generally. Yet the total amount of sleep that children and adolescents are getting is continuing to decrease. Why? Although there are potentially many reasons behind this trend, it is emerging that screen…

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Perfectly Pink Dolphin Looks Like Something From A Fairytale

Pink dolphins are the sort of thing you might find in a fantasy novel, but one seems to have slipped out of the pages and jumped right into Earth’s rivers. Introducing Pinky, the perfectly pink dolphin that has been seen happily frolicking in the waterways of Louisiana, America. She was first spotted in 2007 by Captain Erik Rue, who was sailing…