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Mouthless ‘zombie worms’ use acid to drill into whale bones

A species of faceless, mouthless so-called zombie worm makes its home in the bones of whale skeletons on the ocean floor. According to Discovery.com, these worms use acid to bore into the bones, where they mate and feed on the nutrients inside. Osedax worms, which are the subject of a…

Scientists think key to a longer life might be in the brain

Scientists said Wednesday they had found a brain region that controls physical ageing, and could target it to manipulate the lifespan of lab mice. The findings may be a step towards finding the holy grail of slowing human ageing, but have yet to be tested in human subjects. The research,…

Engineers build bug-eyed camera that sees the world as flies do

Taking their cue from Nature, engineers have built a camera using stretchable electronics that scans the world like a fly’s compound eye — with a wide field of view and no distortion, they said Wednesday. The digital device, which has a multitude of tiny, pliable lenses like those found in…

Steady stream of space debris rains down on Earth

Low Earth Orbit is the region of space within 1,200 miles of the Earth’s surface. It is the most concentrated area for orbital debris. Photo by NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. On a January night in 1997, Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Okla., was strolling through the park with friends…  …

Green labels scare conservatives away from energy efficient products

Conservatives are less likely to purchase products labelled as environmentally friendly, according to research published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “A popular strategy for marketing energy efficiency is to focus on its environmental benefits,” Dena Gromet of the University of Pennsylvania, the lead author…

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis: study

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis in women, said a study Wednesday that urged a thorough probe into the potential health risks of this type of cosmetic surgery. In a review of 12 earlier studies of breast cancer patients, a team of epidemiologists from Canada found that women with implants…

Warming up to people: Physical warmth promotes cooperation

Those with a friendly disposition are often described as warm. Recently published research suggests the link between temperature and trust may be less of an abstract metaphor and more of an actual psychological phenomenon. “[E]xperiencing physical warmth leads directly to increased feelings of interpersonal warmth and, in turn, to cooperation,”…

Researchers develop happiness sensor based on Twitter activity

Take all the comments expressed on Twitter, crunch them with an analytics program and you can get a sense of the mood of a city, state or country. US researchers say they have come up with such a tool, called a “hedonometer,” which is effectively a happiness sensor. The project…

Physicists announce breakthrough in quest to answer dark matter questions

Physicists announced a breakthrough Tuesday in their quest to answer one of science’s great questions: do the same laws of gravity apply to antimatter — the obscure counterpart of matter as we know it? Though antimatter is thought to have existed in equal quantities to matter at the moment of…

Study finds women perceive men with heavy stubble most attractive

Gentlemen, put down the razors. Put them down and back away. For once, there is good news about facial hair. A study in the May edition of the journal Evolution & Human Behavior finds that, among a test group of 351 women and 177 heterosexual men shown a series of…

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