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New research finds that bonobo mothers take action to ensure their sons will become fathers.

In many social animal species individuals share child-rearing duties, but new research from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, finds that bonobo mothers go the extra step and actually take action to ensure their sons will become fathers. This way bonobo mothers increase their sons' chance of fatherhood t | Read more...

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Amazing Plastic-Eating Microbes Could Help Clean Up The Terrible Trash in Our Oceans

Scientists have created a substance capable of “eating” plastic that could help tackle the world’s pollution problem. The substance is based on an enzyme – a “biological catalyst” – first produced by bacteria living in a Japanese recycling centre that researchers suggested had evolved it in order to ea | Read more...

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Researchers discover placental stem cells that can regenerate heart after heart attack

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have demonstrated that stem cells derived from the placenta known as Cdx2 cells can regenerate healthy heart cells after heart attacks in anima | Read more...

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HPV Virus Causes Rise in Throat Cancer

"Throat cancer is still relatively rare, and though it is not an epidemic, the rate of increase is alarming." says surgeon Scharukh Jalisi, MD, Chief of Otolaryngology and Medical Director of the Head and Neck Cancer Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medic | Read more...

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Marijuana improves couple intimacy, new research suggests

New studies suggest positive benefits of marijuana use by couples. Whether one or both use it, relationship intimacy ca | Read more...

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Creativity is not just for the young, study finds

If you believe that great scientists are most creative when they're young, you are missing part of the story. A new study of winners of the Nobel Prize in economics finds that there are two different life cycles of creativity, one that hits some people early in their career and another that more often strikes late | Read more...

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Boy Or Girl? It’s In The Father’s Genes

A study of hundreds of years of family trees suggests a man's genes play a role in him having sons or daughters. Men inherit a tendency to have more sons or more daughters from their parents. This means that a man with many brothers is more likely to have sons, while a man with many sisters is more likely to have | Read more...

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A new way of diagnosing and treating disease — without cutting skin

Researchers have developed a specialized microscope that has the potential ability to both diagnose diseases that include skin cancer and perform incredibly precise surgery -- all without cut | Read more...

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Escaped pet parrots are now naturalized in 23 US states, study finds

Research data on bird sightings finds that 56 different parrot species have been spotted in 43 states, and 25 of those species are now breeding in the wild in 23 differe | Read more...

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Owning a Dog? It May Be in Your Genes

Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic variation explains more than half of the variation in dog ownership, implying that the choice of getting a dog is heavily influenced by an individual's geneti | Read more...

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