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Parts of India Ban Daytime Cooking as Hundreds Die of Heat

April 29, 2016 9:09 am | by Associated Press, Nirmala George and Indrajit Singh | News | Comments

With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials said Friday they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires.

Reptiles Share Same Sleep Patterns as Mammals, Birds

April 29, 2016 9:04 am | by Max Planck Society | News | Comments

A new study shows for the first time that reptiles experience REM sleep and slow-wave sleep stages similar to humans and other mammals. The research team specifically looked at Australian bearded dragons.

Postponing Retirement May Lead to a Longer Life

April 29, 2016 8:53 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Working past age 65 could lead to longer life, while retiring early may be a risk factor for dying earlier, a new study from Oregon State University indicates.

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Google Doodle Honors Hertha Marks Ayrton, British Explainer of Ocean Ripples

April 28, 2016 3:32 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Before Hertha Marks Ayrton, no one could explain a simple phenomenon: the ripples created by ocean waves crashing on a beach. The British engineer and inventor also pioneered techniques harnessing the electric arc.

Subtle Rewards Encourage Junk-food Eaters to Go Healthy

April 28, 2016 2:42 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

According to new Cornell University research, the most effective strategy for influencing healthy food choices is not calorie counts and reduced prices, but rather more subtle incentives that reward healthy eating behavior.

Insect Outbreaks Reduce Wildfire Severity

April 28, 2016 2:37 pm | by University of Vermont | News | Comments

Forest scientists have found an unexpected ‘silver lining’ to the insect outbreaks that have ravaged millions of trees across western North America. While insect outbreaks leave trees looking like matchsticks, a new study finds these hungry critters significantly reduce wildfire severity.

Waterfront Views Linked to Better Mental Health

April 28, 2016 2:33 pm | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

Here's another reason to start saving for that beach house: New research suggests that residents with a view of the water are less stressed. The study is the first to find a link between health and the visibility of water, which the researchers call blue space.

New Tool to Combat Dust Inspired by Geckos

April 28, 2016 2:29 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Micrometric and sub-micrometric contaminant particles—what most of us call "dust"—can cause big problems for art conservators, the electronics industry, aerospace engineers and others.

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Bison May Soon Receive Title of 'National Mammal' in U.S.

April 28, 2016 11:21 am | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The bison is officially on its way to join the bald eagle and the oak tree as one of America’s classic symbols. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Bison Legacy Act on Tuesday, with the intent to honor the bison as the National Mammal of the United States.

Neolithic Mother Cradles her Child, 4,800 Years after Death

April 28, 2016 10:38 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A mother who died some 4,800 years ago was unearthed from a Neolithic site in Taiwan. The woman was still cradling her child, millennia later, according to a news report.

Experimental Drug Counteracts Effects of Intellectual Disability in Mice

April 28, 2016 10:12 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

A researcher who studies the most common genetic intellectual disability has used an experimental drug to reverse — in mice — damage from the mutation that causes the syndrome.

Cactus-inspired Skin Could Boost Performance of Electric Cars

April 28, 2016 10:05 am | by CSIRO Australia | News | Comments

Inspired by the humble cactus, a new type of membrane has the potential to significantly boost the performance of fuel cells and transform the electric vehicle industry.

Farmed Fish Found to be Hard of Hearing

April 28, 2016 9:52 am | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

New research has revealed for the first time that half of the world's farmed fish have hearing loss due to a deformity of the earbone. Farmed fish are 10 times more likely to have the deformity than wild fish, according to the study.

Friendships 'Better than Morphine' Study Shows

April 28, 2016 9:36 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

People with more friends have higher pain tolerance, Oxford University researchers have found. The study sought to determine whether differences in our neurobiology may help explain why some of us have larger social networks than others.

U.S. Oil Field Leaking 250,000 Tons of Ethane a Year

April 28, 2016 9:19 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A single U.S. shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade's increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage air quality and impact climate, according to new study.

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