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Close Your Eyes for Better Memory Recall

Closing your eyes can help you remember things, a new study shows. This works for both audial and visual information.

Life January 18, 2015

Sharks Sink in Fresh Water, Stay at Sea

Sharks sink in fresh water because their oily livers are not suited to float in those situations, a new study shows. Five percent of all sharks spend part of their time in freshwater environments, but these sharks are less buoyant than their marine relatives.

Earth/Environment January 17, 2015

Sea Turtles Can Follow Magnetic Fields to Find Home

Adult sea turtles use magnetic fields to guide their way across oceans, a new study shows. Sea turtles regularly make thousand-mile migrations across oceans.

Earth/Environment January 16, 2015

Ocean Life Facing Mass Extinction: Study

The ocean may be on the brink of a mass extinction, a new study shows. Human activities such as oil drilling, fish farming, and pollution are devastating the ocean's life.

Earth/Environment January 16, 2015

Feeling Cold Is Contagious: Study

Looking at people who are cold can actually make the observer cold. A new study explores the empathetic reaction caused by seeing someone else shiver.

Life January 16, 2015

Searching Icy Waters for Antibiotics: Can the Arctic Help Fight Antibiotic-Resistance?

With antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the rise, scientists are looking to new sources to fight these bacteria. One team, PharmaSea, thinks the solution might lie deep in the Arctic Ocean.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 16, 2015

Contracting Muscle Grown in Lab for the First TIme

A team of engineers at Duke University has created the world's first human-made human muscle that can respond to stimuli. The muscle tissue can contract when exposed to electric and chemical stimuli.

Life January 14, 2015

Latest Exoplanet-Hunter Brought to Life in Chile

A new array of telescopes set to detect exoplanets launched today. The NGTS mission is located at the ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Space January 14, 2015

Potential Toxic Leak at Space Station Prompts Evacuation, Crew Safe

Earlier today, NASA reported a possible ammonia leak on the ISS. We now know that all astronauts aboard the station are safe, and that there may not have been a leak.

Space January 14, 2015

Floating Marine Debris Can Be Deadly for Cetaceans

Plastic debris is deadly to cetaceans, new research shows. Up to 22 percent of whales, dolphins and porpoises who swallow plastic face increased risk of death.

Earth/Environment January 13, 2015

What Do Religious Experiences Look Like in the Brain?

What do the brains of religious Mormons look like during prayer? The scientists behind the Religious Brain Project hope to learn more about the neuroscience of religion by having Mormons pray in an MRI machine.

Life January 13, 2015

Scientists Create Effective Nicotine Vaccine to Help Smokers Quit

A team of scientists working on a nicotine vaccine improved their success by taking the handedness of nicotine into account. The researchers found that by focusing on the left-handed form of nicotine rather than both left and right forms, they could increase antibody production by as much as 40 percent.

Life January 13, 2015

Adorable Baby Orphan Bats Wrapped in Blankets Are Impossible Not to Love

Watch an adorable video of baby bats being swaddled. These bats were orphaned recently during an extreme heat event in Australia, but they were taken in by the Australian Bat Clinic.

Life December 2, 2014

Hospitals Dramatically Reducing Amount of Drug Mix Ups and Infections

A new study shows that there was a 17 percent reduction in hospital errors from 2010 to 2013. However, the overall rate of mistakes made by hospitals is still 10 percent, which is "too high," the report says.

Life December 2, 2014

Can Scientists Explain Sleep to 11-Year-Olds? Alan Alda Poses New Flame Challenge Question

Alan Alda challenges scientists to answer "What is sleep?" in a way that excites 11-year-olds. This is part of Alda's yearly Flame Challenge contest.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 2, 2014

The Vast Legacy of Alan Turing

A new movie based on Alan Turing was released in the US recently. The "Imitation Game" focuses on Turing's code breaking during World War II, one of his many accomplishments.

Life December 2, 2014

How Did Asteroids Affect Life on Earth? Hayabusa 2 Mission to Look for Answers

The Hayabusa 2 mission will study a carbonaceous chondrite asteroid for clues about the formation of life on Earth. This mission picks up where the original Hayabusa mission left off.

Space December 1, 2014

Skip Over Scooters on the Christmas List: It's the Leading Cause of Toy-Related Injuries

Razor scooters and other foot-powered scooters are the highest toy-related cause of injury in children, a new study shows. If you get your child a scooter for Christmas this year, use safety precautions like a helmet, the authors of the study recommend.

Life December 1, 2014

Bay Area Bans Wood Burning For a Day

The Bay Area is holding a Spare the Air day today on Wednesday, November 26. On Spare the Air days, the burning of wood and other solid fuel is banned for 24 hours.

Earth/Environment November 26, 2014

Gray Seals Behind Porpoise Massacres, Scientists Warn

Gray seals killed thousands of harbor porpoises off the coast of the Netherlands and other areas, researchers say. Scientists are now warning humans against swimming with the cute, but deadly, seals.

Earth/Environment November 26, 2014

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