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NASA explains the ‘supermoon’ of May 5

In a video uploaded to YouTube in March, NASA explained the “supermoon” phenomenon that occurred the night of May 5. “The scientific term for the phenomenon is perigee moon,” the video explained. “Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. The Moon follows an…

Ritalin use soars fourfold in U.K. as psychologists warn of untested drug cocktails

Prescriptions of Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have quadrupled in a decade, prompting fears it is being pushed on children at the expense of alternative treatments and without appreciation of long-term effects. Figures released by the NHS business services authority to the Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt reveal the…

Fertility treatment babies prone to ‘serious defects’

Children conceived with the aid of fertility treatments are more likely to be born with serious physical defects, according an Australian study published on Saturday. Conception using treatments like ovulation induction, in-vitro fertilisation or the injection of sperm directly into an egg, resulted in serious defects in 8.3 percent of…

Yogurt diet leads to ‘swaggering’ mice with larger testicles

Researchers who recently undertook a study with mice in hopes of confirming earlier reports that eating yogurt can help prevent age-related weight gain have discovered a number of unexpected side-effects in their rodent subjects. First, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists realized that the yogurt-eating mice had shinier, silkier, and…

TransCanada proposes new oil pipeline through Nebraska

A Canadian firm has reapplied for a US permit to build a multi-billion dollar Canada-US oil pipeline, after its first proposal was rejected over environmental concerns, both sides said Friday. The US State Department said it is “committed to conducting a rigorous, transparent and thorough review” of the northern leg…

9-month-old babies demonstrate racial bias in face recognition

Racial biases in face recognition seem to appear in infants as young as 9 months old, according to a blog post from “Live Science.” A study conducted by psychologists at Massachusetts, Amherst has shown that while babies younger than 9 months are equally able to recognize faces and their expressions…

East Asians nearsighted from snubbing outdoors: study

Snubbing the outdoors for books, video games and TV is the reason up to nine in ten school-leavers in big East Asian cities are near-sighted, according to a study published on Friday. Neither genes nor the mere increase in activities like reading and writing is to blame, the researchers suggest,…

Antarctic waters changing due to climate: study

The densest waters of Antarctica have reduced dramatically over recent decades, in part due to man-made impacts on the climate,Australian scientists said Friday. Research suggests that up to 60 percent of “Antarctic Bottom Water”, the dense water formed around the edges of Antarctica that seeps into the deep sea and spreads out through the world’s…

Patient with terminal cancer ‘more at peace’ after mushroom trip

Artist Norma Loring, a patient with incurable stage 4 cancer, described her life-transforming experience with the powerful psychedelic drug psilocybin to CNN on Thursday. “It is kind of a wonderful visual world of colors and figures and motion, and more profound than that, for me, was the feeling of maybe…

Contraception use on the rise as more teens delay sex: Study

More US teenagers are postponing sex than in 1995, and hormonal contraceptive use is up among those who are sexually active, said US health authorities on Thursday. However, disparities in safe sex practices remain, with white teenagers more likely to regularly use contraception than African-Americans or Hispanics, said the report…

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