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Article ID: 692264

Like Human Societies, Whales Value Culture and Family Ties

Florida Atlantic University

Through a detailed genetic study of kinship, an international team is the first to demonstrate that just like human societies, beluga whales appear to value culture as well as their ancestral roots and family ties. They have demonstrated that related whales returned to the same locations year after year, and even generation after generation.

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Article ID: 691658

Dining Out Associated with Increased Exposure to Harmful Chemicals Called Phthalates

George Washington University

Dining out more at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets may boost total levels of potentially health-harming chemicals called phthalates in the body, according to a study out today.

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28-Mar-2018 9:10 PM EDT
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Article ID: 691103

Humans Flourished Through Super Volcano 74,000 Years Ago

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Humans not only survived a massive volcanic eruption 74,000 years ago, they flourished during the resulting climate change that occurred, a new study by UNLV geoscientist Eugene Smith and colleagues found.

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14-Mar-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 690946

Fossils Found of Giant Flying Creatures Wiped Out with the Dinosaurs

University of Portsmouth

Fossils of six new species of pterosaurs, giant flying reptiles that flew over the heads of the dinosaurs, have been discovered by a team of researchers.

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12-Mar-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 690374

“Supercolony” of Adélie Penguins Discovered in Antarctica

Stony Brook University

For the past 40 years, the total number of Adélie Penguins, one of the most common on the Antarctic peninsula, has been steadily declining—or so biologists have thought. A new study however, is providing new insights on this species of penguin.

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1-Mar-2018 1:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 690159

NASA Finds a Large Amount of Water in an Exoplanet's Atmosphere

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Scientists using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have found a larger than expected amount of water in the atmosphere of WASP-39b, a hot, bloated, Saturn-mass exoplanet located about 700 light-years from Earth. Though no planet like this resides in our solar system, WASP-39b can provide new insights into how and where planets form around a star.

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1-Mar-2018 1:00 PM EST
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    22-Feb-2018 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 689960

Earliest Cave Paintings Were Made by Neanderthals, Scientists Discover

University of Southampton

Scientists have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals made cave paintings, indicating they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own.

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22-Feb-2018 8:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 689814

Ancient DNA Tells Tales of Humans’ Migrant History

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Fueled by advances in analyzing DNA from the bones of ancient humans, scientists have dramatically expanded the number of samples studied – revealing vast and surprising migrations and genetic mixing of populations in our prehistoric past.

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20-Feb-2018 9:45 AM EST
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Article ID: 689190

One Hour of Video Gaming Can Increase the Brain’s Ability to Focus

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Researchers at the University of Arkansas and the Ministry of Education of China studied expert and non-expert video game players and observed that both groups showed an increase in visual selective attention after only one hour of video game play.

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8-Feb-2018 5:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 689335

Middle Earth Preserved in Giant Bird Dung

University of Adelaide

While the giant birds that once dominated New Zealand are all extinct, a study of their preserved dung (coprolites) has revealed many aspects of their ancient ecosystem, with important insights for ongoing conservation efforts.

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12-Feb-2018 8:00 AM EST
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