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Blue Halo: Flowers Use Optical Effects To Attract Pollinators

The symbiotic relationship of flowers and pollinating insects is evidently more complex than initially thought. As it turns out, some flowers developed the 'blue halo' as a means of communicating with pollinators.

Earth/Environment

Ex-Inmate Sues For Negligence Over Mocked 91-Hour Erection Caused By Unidentified Pill

A former inmate is suing multiple people for failing to provide medical attention to his painful 91-hour erection. His ordeal began after taking an unidentified pill from a fellow inmate.

Medicine

Fear Of Spiders And Snakes Stems From Our Ancestors

Our ancestors coexisted with spiders and snakes for 40 to 60 million years. As a result, we evidently evolved an innate aversion to such creatures.

Animals

This New Zealand Bird Gets Aggressive Toward Rivals That Are Better Singers

Tui are notoriously aggressive songbirds with loud voices. According to new research, their strong reaction to other birds intensifies when they are capable of singing longer and more complex songs.

Animals

9.7 Million-Year-Old Teeth From Unidentified Ancient Primate Found In Germany

Researchers found teeth believed to belong to a mystery primate that could be very distant relatives of humans. However, experts are not convinced that this is another link in the human evolution mystery.

Ancient

Canadian Monster? New Eight-Legged Species Found Underneath Arctic Ice

A new 'monster' species was discovered in the waters of the Canadian Arctic. Such creatures are hard to find, but this discovery was actually unintentional.

Animals October 21, 2017

California Faces Largest Person-To-Person Hepatitis Outbreak Since 1995

California is currently struggling with a hepatitis A outbreak that has already claimed 19 lives. What are the challenges that authorities are facing in their quest to control the outbreak?

Public Health October 20, 2017

Dogs Use Facial Expressions To Communicate With Humans

A new research finds that dogs' facial expressions are not mere involuntary reactions to stimulus. Their responses to human attention show possible deliberate attempts to communicate with humans.

Animals October 20, 2017

British Great Tits Are Evolving Longer Beaks Because Of Bird Feeders

The said British national pastime of bird feeding may have caused British tits to rapidly develop longer beaks. The birds with the longer beaks evidently visit automated bird feeders more often that those with shorter beaks.

Animals October 19, 2017

Last Common Ancestor Of Humans And Apes As Small As Gibbons

Researchers of a new study found that a gibbon-sized primate was likely the last common ancestor of humans and apes, not a chimpanzee-sized primate. The new research sheds light into the complex human family tree.

Ancient October 15, 2017

'Motherese': Baby Talk Is Consistent Across 10 Languages

New research has found that mothers shift the timbre of their voices when they're talking to adults and when they're talking to infants. The shift is so distinct that an algorithm can differentiate the speech with just a one-second recording.

Neuroscience October 15, 2017

Wife Claims Excessive Energy Drink Consumption Left Hole In Husband's Skull

A new mother claims her husband suffered from brain hemorrhage and was left with a hole in the skull from excessive consumption of energy drinks. What are the potential dangers of energy drink consumption?

Public Health October 15, 2017

Magic Mushroom Compound May Reset Brain Of Depressive People

Researchers found that the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms is effective in lessening the symptoms of depression among patients with treatment-resistant depression. Participants used terms such as 'reset,' 'reboot,' and 'defrag' to describe the drug's effect on their brains.

Neuroscience October 14, 2017

Yellowstone Volcano May Erupt Sooner Than Expected: Here's What Could Happen

Researchers reveal decades, not centuries, of waiting for supervolcano eruption once critical changes in Yellowstone begin. Here's what could happen should a supervolcano eruption occur.

Earth/Environment October 14, 2017

New Mom Loses Limbs From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Giving Birth, Sues Hospital

A new mother in Canada is suing a hospital and five doctors for negligence for their contributions to her ordeal with flesh-eating bacteria. Lawyer says her ordeal could have possibly been prevented had she been assessed properly at the hospital.

Public Health October 14, 2017

Captive Orcas Chew On Concrete And Steel Out Of Boredom And Anxiety

Researchers found that orcas in captivity incurred significant damage to their teeth from chewing on concrete and steel. The behavior is likely amplified by boredom and anxiety from captivity.

Animals October 13, 2017

Avocados And Bananas In Diet May Help Prevent Heart Disease

Potassium-rich foods like avocados and bananas were seen to be effective in preventing vascular calcification. This suggests that high-potassium diets could possibly prevent heart disease and death from heart disease.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 8, 2017

Study Finds Women To Be Just As Risk-Taking As Men

Researchers have devised a new way of measuring risk-taking in such a way that does not lean toward masculine stereotypes. As it turns out, women are as equally as risk-taking as men.

Life & Style October 8, 2017

Lake Vampire: Invasive Sea Lampreys Abundant In Lakes Superior And Erie

Populations of invasive sea lampreys continue to thrive in Lakes Erie and Superior. Authorities are continuous in their efforts to save the lakes and the $7 billion Great Lakes fishing industry.

Animals October 8, 2017

Extremely Rare Or Non-Existent? World's Most Elusive Bird May Not Have Existed After All

The Liberian Greenbul is thought to be one of the world's most poorly known bird species. As it turns out, the Liberian Greenbul species does not exist as it may just be a variant of an already named species.

Animals October 8, 2017

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