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Blind Cavefish Froze Its Internal Clock to Save Energy

Some creatures will go to great lengths just to save a little energy. Take the blind Mexican cavefish; this super-efficient animal uses almost 30 percent less energy to survive than its counterparts in surface waters, and it accomplishes this in … Continue reading

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Why Deadly Japan Volcano Erupted Without Warning

The death toll at Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano climbed to 36 today (Sept. 29), with rescue crews still searching for missing people. The eruption caught the hikers by surprise this weekend. More than 250 people were exploring shrines and resorts … Continue reading

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‘O’ My: Ring-Shaped Cloud Spotted Over the Pacific (Photo)

Clouds come in all shapes and sizes — they can look like tubes, waves, faces, top hats and even spaceships. But a NASA satellite recently captured an image of a cloud that is almost a perfect circle. The agency’s Terra … Continue reading

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Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday. The conservation group’s … Continue reading

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Hints of Mysterious Dark Matter Revealed by Cosmic Rays

A particle detector floating 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth has analyzed 41 billion cosmic-ray particles, and the data have revealed new insights into the mysterious and invisible dark matter that physicists believe makes up 27 percent of the universe. … Continue reading

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Strange New Type of Brain Cell Discovered

The discovery of a new shape of brain cell has neuroscientists scratching their heads over what the function of these neurons might be. Though neurons come in different shapes and sizes, the basic blueprint consists of a cell body, from … Continue reading

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Best Birth Control for Teens: Implants, IUDs

For teens, the first choice for birth control should be the long-acting forms of birth control, such as intrauterine devices and progestin implants, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Once implanted in a teen’s body, … Continue reading

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Apple’s Health App Tracks Almost Everything, Except Periods

Apple has finally released its much-anticipated health app, but some are asking why the app has no feature for tracking a woman’s menstrual cycle. The HealthKit app lets users track a slew of data about their bodies. The app can … Continue reading

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Americans Respect (But Don’t Always Trust) Scientists

Scientists might have a PR problem in the United States. In the eyes of the American public, scientists are seen as respectable and competent — but not necessarily trustworthy, according to a new study. If scientists want to soften their … Continue reading

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Scientists grapple with ethics in rush to release Ebola vaccines

LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak … Continue reading

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