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Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy: U.S. study

By Curtis Skinner (Reuters) – Dogs are a man’s best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way. Dogs are capable of feeling a basic form of jealousy, according to a study published in … Continue reading

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Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, study finds

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a large trial published on Thursday. … Continue reading

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U.S. scientists to map interior of Mount St. Helens volcano

By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) – A series of explosions set off by a team of scientists were expected to rattle Washington state’s Mount St. Helens on Wednesday as researchers map the interior of the volcano, whose 1980 eruption was … Continue reading

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NASA puts out call for satellite communication services – on Mars

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – In what may be the ultimate in long-distance telephone service, NASA on Wednesday put out a call for a commercially owned and operated satellite network on Mars. The U.S. space agency needs … Continue reading

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NASA Spacecraft Just One Year Away from Pluto

Less than a year from now, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make the first-ever visit to Pluto, potentially revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of the dwarf planet. Because Pluto is so far away — it orbits the sun at an average distance of … Continue reading

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Got Cavities? Ancient Teeth Reveal Bacteria’s Evolution

Ouch! The bacterium that causes toothaches has become more diverse over the course of human history, a new study finds. Streptococcus mutans is a nasty little bacterium that lurks in the mouth, frequently causing tooth decay and cavities. Now, a new … Continue reading

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Survival of the Flight Test: Airplanes Evolve, Too

Living creatures aren’t the only things capable of evolution. Airplane designs are constantly evolving, too, a new study suggests. Traditionally, people have thought it impossible to witness biological evolution, since it takes place on timescales much longer than a single … Continue reading

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Weird! Robot ‘Emotions’ Mirrored by Humans

Without thinking, humans tend to mimic the facial expressions of others. When other individuals smile, people smile and feel warmth. When others frown, people frown and share their sadness. This empathetic response is so strong that people might even instinctively … Continue reading

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Elephants Can Outsniff Rats and Dogs

Elephants are known for their impressively long trunks, but perhaps less well known is the large number of genes that code for their sense smell. In a study of 13 mammals, African elephants were found to be superior sniffers, possessing … Continue reading

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Supersonic missile downed Malaysia Airlines plane, photos suggest

New photographic evidence of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 suggests that a Soviet-era supersonic missile most likely took down the Boeing 777 jetliner over Ukraine last week. Photos published by the New York Times yesterday (July 21) offer … Continue reading

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