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Study reveals children’s cells may benefit mother’s body long after birth

A new study has shown that the bond between mothers and their children may be even more elemental than common wisdom and centuries of art and literature would have us believe. According to Scientific American, new research by the National Institute of Health indicates that mothers’ and children’s cells may…

University math society develops perfect Christmas tree decoration formula

Mathematics has provided an answer for those striving for the perfect Christmas tree, Britain’s University of Sheffield says. The university’s Maths Society was set the challenge of decorating a tree so that greenery and glitz are in harmonious proportion, resolving the problem of a tree that is either too barren…

NOAA: Arctic lost record amounts of snow and ice last year

Findings from US science agency Noaa suggest widespread and irreversible changes because of a warming climate The Arctic lost more snow and sea ice between October 2011 and August 2012 than any year other on record, a premier US science agency reported on Wednesday, delivering the fullest picture to date of…

Beer is good for you: study finds anti-virus powers

Consuming large quantities of a key ingredient in beer can protect against winter sniffles and even some serious illnesses in small children, a Japanese brewery said citing a scientific study. A chemical compound in hops, the plant brewers use to give beer its bitter taste, provides an effective guard against…

Scientists say NASA’s budget inadequate for its goals

NASA suffers from a “mismatch” between its goals and the budget it has been given to achieve them, according to a panel that said the US space agency may need a complete overhaul. The National Research Council, which convened an independent group of top US scientists, urged the White House…

Dogs can sniff out lung cancer, pilot study shows

Dogs are surprisingly adept at sniffing out lung cancer, results from a pilot project in Austria published on Wednesday suggested, potentially offering hope for earlier, life-saving diagnosis. “Dogs have no problem identifying tumour patients,” said Peter Errhalt, head of the pulmonology department at Krems hospital in northern Austria, one of…

‘Citizen science’ fundraisers offer personal stool analysis

A pair of new fundraisers offer prospective donors the chance to find out “who’s in your gut” by analyzing stool samples or other bodily fluids in as part of open-sourced microbiome studies. According to The Associated Press, the two projects, American Gut and uBiome are seeking people to contribute stool,…

Climate change will more than double the number of malnourished children

Food prices set to more than double if climate change not checked and developing countries not helped to adapt farming Food prices will more than double and the number of malnourished children spiral if climate change is not checked and developing countries are not helped to adapt their farming, food…

Australian scientists develop coconut-tasting pineapple

Australian researchers are working on a new breed of pineapple — one that is not only sweet and juicy but which has the added tropical taste of coconut. In what is thought to be a world first, the Department of Agriculture in Queensland state is in the final stages of…

Sperm count of French men falls by one-third: study

The sperm count in French men dropped by nearly one-third between 1989 and 2005 and the quality of sperm also declined, a study said Wednesday. The sperm count fell at a rate of about 1.9 percent a year, said the authors of the report covering more than 26,600 men over…

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