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Excessive Body Fat Linked to Smaller Gray Matter Volume, New Study Says

A team of researchers in the Netherlands has found that higher levels of body fat are associated with differences in the form and structure of the brain, including smaller volumes of gray matter. “We found that having higher levels of ...

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Two New Species of White-Eyes Discovered in Indonesia

Two new species of the bird genus Zosterops (white-eyes) have been discovered in the forests of the Wakatobi Archipelago, Sulawesi, Indonesia. White-eyes as a group have spread and speciated more rapidly than any other birds. They are adaptable, feeding on ...

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Helium Hydride Ion Spotted in Space for First Time

When the Universe was still very young, only a few kinds of atoms existed. Astrophysicists believe that around 100,000 years after the Big Bang, ionized hydrogen and neutral helium atoms combined to make the helium hydride ion (HeH+) for the ...

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Carnivorous Mammal Larger than Polar Bear Once Roamed Kenya

A gigantic meat-eating mammal has been discovered — after its jaw, portions of its skull, and parts of its skeleton spent several decades sitting in a museum. Dubbed Simbakubwa kutokaafrika (means ‘Big lion from Africa’ in Swahili), the gigantic carnivore ...

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Hubble Celebrates Its 29th Anniversary with Stunning View of Southern Crab Nebula

In celebration of the 29th anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers captured this colorful look at the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula. On April 24, 1990, Hubble was launched on the space shuttle Discovery. It has ...

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Leonardo da Vinci was Ambidextrous, Researchers Say

Leonardo da Vinci was left-handed, but he wrote and painted with both hands, according to new research from the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence, Italy. Dr. Cecilia Frosinini, art historian and conservator at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of ...

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Hubble Observes Globular Cluster Messier 75

NASA has released an absolutely beautiful photo taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the globular cluster Messier 75. Messier 75 lies in the constellation of Sagittarius, around 67,000 light-years away from Earth. Also known as M75 or NGC ...

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Vibrotactile Device Improves Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms in Pilot Study

Application of a vibrotactile device to the cymba concha of the external ear improves disease symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a pilot study conducted by bioelectronic medicine scientists from the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the ...

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Astronomers Detect Giant Stellar Flare on Ultracool Dwarf Star

A team of astronomers from the United Kingdom and Germany has spotted a superflare coming from an L-dwarf star approximately 250 light-years away that’s estimated to be 10 times more powerful than any such event emitted by the Sun. L-dwarf ...

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Emperor Penguin Population Sees Steep Decline in Antarctica’s Second-Largest Breeding Ground

(WASHINGTON) — For the past three years, virtually nothing has hatched at Antarctica’s second biggest breeding grounds for emperor penguins and the start of this year is looking just as bleak, a new study found. Usually 15,000 to 24,000 breeding ...

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