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Sleep talkers are more likely to swear than be polite

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Sleep talkers are often plagued by night-time conflicts, with profanities, interrogations, and verbal abuse accounting for much of their speech. But, according to a new study, they often tend to remain ‘grammatically correct’ throughout these tense exchanges. In a new study tracking sleep-associated speech in 232 adults, researchers in France have found that sleep talkers Read More

Amazon farmers domesticated wild rice 4,000 years ago 

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Amazonian farmers discovered how to manipulate wild rice so the plants could provide more food 4,000 years ago – long before Europeans colonized America.  Archaeologists discovered that ancient South Americans learned how to grow bigger rice crops with larger grains, but this expertise may have been lost after 1492 when the indigenous population was massacred.  Read More

Coal formation almost plunged Earth into a snowball state

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In today’s world, coal is associated with Earth’s rapid warming – but, millions of years ago, its formation nearly turned our planet into a massive ‘snowball.’ Roughly 300 million years ago, much of the world was covered in the vast forests of the Carboniferous and Permian periods. And, as these ancient trees died off, the Read More

Conservationists take average of nine flights each year

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They constantly implore us to do what we can to save the planet. But a wide-ranging study of the habits of green activists has found that many do not practise what they preach. Researchers found that conservationists ‘often engage in environmentally harmful behaviour’. This included taking an average of nine flights a year – far Read More

Newborns exposed to BPA more likely to have gut issues

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Exposing your child to BPA right before or after they are born could lead to stomach problems for them down the road, a study as revealed. The report from the American Society for Microbiology found that such exposure could throw off the balance of good and bad bacteria in their stomach. Avoiding the chemical after Read More

Childbirth is not prolonged by an epidural

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Women don’t take longer to give birth if they have an epidural – despite NHS warnings that the pain relief jab can prolong labour by an hour. Those who had the injection during the second stage of labour were told the delay could raise the risk of excessive bleeding and infection, or their baby being Read More

Mass extinctions shape the distribution of future species

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Two of Earth’s five mass extinction events – times when more than half of the world’s species died – resulted in the survival of a low number of ‘weedy species’, new research has found.   These so-called weedy species spread around the world as Earth recovered from these dramatic mass extinctions, which involved suspected volcanic Read More

Dogs adapted to malaria to survive as our companions

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Once domesticated thousands of years ago, dogs spread across the globe wherever humans migrated and settled. As ancient humans expanded from Eurasia, they developed genes to help them survive the harsh climates and diseases of their new homelands. Now a study has shown that dogs taken to tropical regions adapted the same protective gene as Read More

Mindfulness affects on physical and mental health

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There is not enough evidence to show mindfulness is beneficial to someone’s mental and physical health, a study claims.  A panel of 15 health experts led by a clinical psychologist at the University of Melbourne, Australia, analyzed mindfulness and if it actually helps with problems such as stress, depression, addiction and pain. They found no Read More

NASA image reveals possible area where Mars sand is formed

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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has spotted a potential sand-producing region that could be feeding the red planet’s stunning expanse of dunes. In a breathtaking new image, the space agency has revealed a look at the sloping sediments near the boundary of Mars’ Southern highlands and Northern lowlands. The image shows dark material is being eroded Read More