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Rare and massive corpse flower about to bloom in Berkeley

By |July 25th, 2015|

Author: Johanna Silver

Photos: Chris Malcom and James Gaither

Trudy, the corpse flower, smellable from half-a-mile away, is about to bloom at the U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden. Known botanically as Amorphophallus titanum—Titan Arum for short—its name should give you some indication that the flower itself is also, um, large. But it’s the stench of rotting flesh that really makes […]

I Can Haz Productivity? Why You Should Look at Cute Animals at Work

By |July 12th, 2015|

by Megan Gannon, News Editor   |   September 27, 2012 12:43pm ET

Here’s a defense for when your boss catches you watching kitten videos on the job: New research shows looking at cute images of baby animals may actually improve your work performance, inspiring more fine-tuned attention and careful behavior.

Perhaps unsurprisingly this new study comes from researchers […]

Why June 30 will get an extra second

By |June 28th, 2015|

The mean solar day — the average length of a day, based on how long it takes Earth to rotate — is about 86,400.002 seconds long.
That’s because Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, due to a kind of braking force caused by the gravitational tug of war between Earth, the moon and […]

This tiny chip could end animal testing

By |June 28th, 2015|

A small chip like this can mimic an entire human organ. (Photo: Wyss Institute at Harvard University)

Article by: Laura Moss

Source: Mother Nature Network

A plastic chip about the size of a thumb drive could be the end of animal testing.

The technology, which was recently named “Design of the Year” by London’s Design Museum, is called organs-on-chips […]

Eating 100 g of chocolate daily linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk

By |June 16th, 2015|

Eating up to 100 g of chocolate every day is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk, finds research published online in the journal Heart.

There doesn’t seem to be any evidence for cutting out chocolate to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, conclude the researchers.

They base their findings on almost 21,000 adults taking part […]

Fields Medal mathematics prize won by woman for first time in its history

By |June 5th, 2015|

Author: Ian Sample

Photograph: Stanford University

It will go down in history as the moment one of the last bastions of male dominance fell. A woman has won the world’s most prestigious mathematics prize for the first time since the award was established nearly 80 years ago.

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian maths professor at Stanford University in California, […]

‘Love hormone’ has similar properties to alcohol

By |June 2nd, 2015|

The researchers say both alcohol and oxytocin can cause people to become more aggressive, boastful and envious of others.

Author: Honor Whiteman

Source: Medical News Today

Oxytocin has established a reputation as the “love hormone,” playing a significant role in sexual arousal and maternal bonding. But a new study claims there may be a darker side to oxytocin; […]

Children often have a closer relationship with their pet than their siblings

By |May 24th, 2015|

Kids are more inclined to turn to their pets than their siblings for support when faced with adversity. This is even though they know their pets don’t actually understand what they are saying.
Credit: © EpicStockMedia / Fotolia

Matt Cassels’ research shows children often have a closer relationship with their pet than their siblings.

It is really surprising […]

Genes may influence leadership in the workplace

By |May 20th, 2015|

Summary: A researcher has found that the dopamine transporter gene DAT1 can have both positive and negative effects on leadership in the workplace. The researchers found that people who had the 10-repeat allele in the dopamine transporter were most likely to engage in adolescent mild rule-breaking behavior, which is positively associated with leadership. Such mild […]

Canadians at risk from drug-resistant organisms, auditor general says

By |May 17th, 2015|

The federal government is not doing enough to contain the spread of drug-resistant organisms, putting the health of Canadians at risk, auditor general Michael Ferguson said in a report released Tuesday.

Credit: ADRIAN WYLD / CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

By: Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau, Jennifer Yang Global health reporter

Published on Tue Apr 28 2015

OTTAWA—A federal watchdog’s warning that […]