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10 horrifying parasites that may be living inside you

Insects, spiders, snakes. There are so many creepy-crawlers that freak people out, and just the thought of them induces a feeling of itchiness that’s really not there. But while thinking about these, many of us forget that there are more disturbing animals to consider: parasites that live inside us.…

Jupiter and Venus will align almost completely on Monday night

The closest conjunction of Venus and Jupiter since 2000 will be visible from even fairly low vantage points Look up. A flurry of UFO “sightings” is expected early on Monday morning when a spectacular “double star” is created as the two brightest planets in the sky align almost completely. In…

Struggling SeaWorld plans new tanks for killer whales, pledges $10 million for new research

US theme park operator SeaWorld said Friday it would build new, giant tanks for its killer whales, whose captivity has caused uproar and hit the company’s earnings. SeaWorld also pledged $10 million in funds for killer-whale research and announced a multi-million-dollar ocean health partnership, but animal rights groups were quick…

Inspirational doctor Hunter ‘Patch’ Adams brings humor therapy to Peruvian cancer patients

Bubbling with optimism and energy, the US physician who was the inspiration for the Robin Williams film “Patch Adams” will do anything to elicit a soothing laugh. Even something as bawdy as flatulence is not out of bounds for Hunter Adams. He addressed that earthy issue this week during a…

Toxic chemicals in everyday products pose a serious risk to expectant mothers

By Jake Jacobs, The Conversation After decades of use in some of the most well-known hygiene and cleaning products in our bathrooms and kitchens, concerns about the safety of triclosan – an anti-germ chemical used in products including Colgate Total toothpaste – means it is being phased out by some…

Vaccine for painful mosquito-borne chikungunya virus shows promise in human trial

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An experimental vaccine being developed by U.S. government scientists to prevent the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya has shown promise in its first human trials but remains years away from approval for widespread use. In a study published on Thursday in the Lancet medical…

Scientists may have figured out a way to defend Earth from a massive asteroid impact

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT) have made a novel discovery that may potentially protect the world from future collisions with asteroids. …

Study reveals Antarctic minke whales feeding ‘frenzy’

ntarctic minke whales engage in an underwater feeding frenzy, filling their huge mouths up to 100 times an hour as they gorge on prawn-like krill during the summer, new research showed Friday. The Australian Antarctic Division said it was the first time that the feeding behaviour of the animals under…

Endangered, extremely rare crocodiles Crocodylus mindorensis survive in Philippine ‘Noah’s Ark’

A chorus of chirps filled the room as one of the Philippines’ top crocodile breeders checked on his wards in an overcrowded ‘Noah’s Ark’ for one of the world’s most endangered animals. The chick-like cries came from metal tanks holding the baby Philippine crocodiles, artificially hatched by incubators from eggs…

Junior high sex education book featuring bondage pulled after outcry from Calif. parents

Your Health Today removed from classrooms in Fremont, with anatomical drawings and passages on ‘erotic touch’ slammed as ‘borderline pornography’ at school board meeting A sex education book has been pulled from classrooms in Fremont, California, after more than 2,000 protesters objected to its “inappropriate” coverage of sex. The textbook,…

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