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Sea animal has grow-again penis

Scientists reported Wednesday on the bizarre sex life of a sea slug that discards its penis after copulation. Then grows a new one. “No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such ‘disposable penes’,” Japanese biologists wrote in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, describing the behaviour as “extremely…

Lung cancer worsening threat for European women: study

Cancer rates in Europe are generally falling, but lung cancer is poised to overtake breast cancer as the disease’s biggest killer of women, a study published on Wednesday said. In 2013, about 1.31 million people — some 737,000 men and 576,000 women — will die of cancer in the 27-nation…

Pre-pregnancy folic acid linked to lower autism risk

Children born to women who started taking folic acid supplements four to eight weeks before pregnancy appear to be at a lower risk of autism, a study showed Tuesday. Pal Suren of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and colleagues looked into the use of folic acid supplements before and…

French environmental scheme targets farting cows

A French cattle feed company on Tuesday unveiled a novel form of carbon credits aimed at incentivising farmers to stop cows from emitting climate-changing farts. Grass-chewing farm animals are an often-overlooked contributor to global warming, as their emissions are of methane, a gas that is two dozen times more efficient…

Experts: Research fails to address environmental factors in breast cancer causes

An interagency panel tasked with studying how the U.S. spends money in the study and prevention of breast cancer said on Tuesday that more money should be spent to study environmental causes of the disease as well as how women can prevent it. According to the New York Times, the…

Researchers find gene that boosts digestibility of sorghum grain to make it a famine-beater

Agricultural researchers on Tuesday said they had found a gene that boosts the digestibility of sorghum, transforming a humble grain into a potential famine-beater. Sorghum (Latin name Sorghum bicolor) is a tough tropical cereal grown in dry regions of Africa, India and the southern United States. The plant is drought-tolerant…

Cost of world’s first super telescope jumps to $530 million

The estimated cost of the first construction phase of the world’s largest radio telescope has jumped to 400 million euros ($530 million), the project’s director general said Tuesday. The increase of 50 million euros takes six years of accumulated inflation into account, and the figure could escalate further once additional…

The Sea Shepherd takes battle with Japanese whalers to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Sea Shepherd conservation group asked the US Supreme Court on Monday to lift an order forcing it to steer clear of Japan’s whalers, who are seeking legal reprisals over harassment at sea. Since 2002, Sea Shepherd has annually disrupted Japan’s contested hunt in the Southern Ocean but a US…

2.2 gallon a day Coca-Cola habit a factor in woman’s death: coroner

A New Zealand woman’s 10-litre (2.2 gallon) a day Coca-Cola habit was a major factor in her death, a coroner found Tuesday, urging the soft drink giant to put health warnings on its caffeinated products. Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old mother of eight from Invercargill in southern New Zealand, drank huge…

Objectification suppresses women’s desire to engage in social activism, study finds

A new study has shown that objectification can make college-aged women more accepting of the status quo and less likely to engage in social activism, potentially contributing to gender inequality. “My research focused on self-objectification, which is a self-perspective that many women adopt as a primary consequence of regular encounters…

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