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Before they can speak, babies make friends: study

Babies still too small to speak know how to make jokes and form friendships, say researchers at an Australian university who have spent two years filming the behaviour of young children. Academics at Charles Sturt University are studying how children interact with other infants while in childcare using footage obtained…

Diet soda tied to heart attack, stroke risks: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Diet soda may benefit the waistline, but a new study suggests that people who drink it every day have a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke. The study, which followed almost 2,600 older adults for a decade, found that those who drank diet soda…

Insurance eligibility improves medical care: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new study suggests young adults are more likely to get care and see a doctor when states extend the time they can stay on their parents’ health insurance — a measure also mandated by the 2010 federal health care law. The laws are meant…

Study questions antidepressant-suicide link

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The Food and Drug Administration has a blanket warning on antidepressant medications stating they increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among kids and young adults, but a new review of clinical data finds no link between suicide and at least two of the…

Fukishima radiation ruled out, for now, as cause of Alaska seal deaths

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Preliminary tests appear to rule out radiation from Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant as the cause of mysterious deaths and illness that struck scores of Alaska seals last year, federal officials said on Friday. Preliminary tests of tissue samples from animals that fell victim to…

Theory suggests Stonehenge built to duplicate a sound-based illusion

Scientists have known for a long time that sound waves coming from opposite directions can cancel each other out, creating areas of relative quiet. This is not just a laboratory effect, but can be observed, for example, if two pipers play their pipes as they walk around a field. Now…

Judge rules treasure-hunters must return sunken booty to Spain

MIAMI — A Florida company that found sunken treasure from a 19th century warship must return more than a half-million silver and gold coins to the Spanish government by next week, a federal judge in Tampa ruled Friday. In addition, Spain does not need to reimburse the deep sea recovery…

New Hampshire lawmaker suggests the pill causes cancer in men

A New Hampshire lawmaker thinks she has found one more reason for health insurance not to cover contraception for women. During a Thursday hearing on a resolution calling for President Barack Obama to exempt religious institutions from covering birth control, state Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack) made the surprising claim that…

China to launch manned spacecraft this summer

China will launch a manned spacecraft between June and August on a mission to take three astronauts to the Tiangong-1 module currently orbiting the Earth, state media reported Friday. The trio will blast off on board the Shenzhou (“Divine Vessel”) IX which will manually dock with the module, Xinhua news…

Tasmanian devil genome mapping may help humans too

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Scientists have mapped the genome of Australia’s endangered Tasmanian devil for the first time and found that deadly facial tumors decimating the species evolve very slowly, making it possible help might be found before the animals vanish forever. Not only that, scientists at Australian National University said…

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