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Is Yawning as Contagious in Bonobos as it is in Humans?

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Try to get through this post without yawning! Researchers comparing the “yawn contagion” effect between humans and our closest evolutionary cousins found that both species are just as quick to catch a yawn from strangers or mere acquaintances. A chummy relationship between individuals, on the other hand, is more important to feeling empathy than the fact that the individuals might be from the same species. 

The ability to experience someone else’s emotions is hard to quantify. To measure the most basic form of empathy — called <a href="https:/ Continue reading Is Yawning as Contagious in Bonobos as it is in Humans?

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New Research Shows How To Trap Cancer By Turning Your Body Against The Tumour

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Cancer happens when cells in the body start growing uncontrollably. But what if the tissue surrounding a tumour could be enlisted to stop the cancer spreading? New research gives the first evidence of how this might be possible by treating mice with a new drug that made cancer cells less likely to grow in other parts of the body.

Many cancer researchers believe that targeting the spread of cancer to other organs, otherwise known as metastasis, holds the key to successfully <a hre Continue reading New Research Shows How To Trap Cancer By Turning Your Body Against The Tumour

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Ancient Carnivorous Leaves Discovered in Amber

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Working with Baltic amber from the Eocene epoch, researchers have discovered fossilized carnivorous plant traps for the first time ever. These leaves from insect-eating flowering plants are between 35 and 47 million years old, and they likely belong to the same family as a South African flypaper trap plant. The findings were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. 

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Have Researchers Really Found Life Within Earth’s Mantle?

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An international team of scientists, having just returned from a 47-day-long expedition to the mid-Atlantic, have announced in a statement that they have found microbial life dwelling in mantle rocks. Despite several headlines declaring or implying that life has been found within the molten mant Continue reading Have Researchers Really Found Life Within Earth’s Mantle?

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Women Preferred For STEM Professorships As Long As Theyre Equal To Or Better Than Male Candidates

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Since the 1980s, there has been robust real-world evidence of a preference for hiring women for entry-level professorships in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM). This evidence comes from hiring audits at universities. For instance, in one audit of 89 US research universities in the 1990s, women were far less likely to apply for professorships only 11%-26% o Continue reading Women Preferred For STEM Professorships As Long As Theyre Equal To Or Better Than Male Candidates

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Hidden Housemates: Australias Huge And Hairy Huntsman Spiders

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Youre driving along and you open the sun visor. Youre cleaning at home and bump a painting hanging on the wall. Suddenly, out runs a huge, hairy spider. Australias huntsman spiders are the stuff of myths and nightmares.

But these are also the most interesting of their family, and deserve their place in the pantheon of Australian wildlife.

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Sixteenth Century Church Re-Emerges From The Water After Drought

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Beautiful photos of the Mexican Temple of Santiago have been circulating online, showing the church reappear from the water like a lost ruin of Atlantis.

The Grijalva river in Chiapas, Mexico has been suffering from a drought over the past yearwhich has caused the water level in Nezahualcoyotl reservoir to decrease by 25 meters (82 feet). The “silver lining”of this drought has been another chance to see this snapshot of historywhich was thought to be lost to a water Continue reading Sixteenth Century Church Re-Emerges From The Water After Drought