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      June 30, 2009Environment

      Gray wolf returns to endangered list in northern Midwest

      After just a couple months off the endangered species list, the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes is back to “threatened” status. A government reversal, not a sudden drop in the 4,000-plus wolf population, put the animals back on the protected list, the Associated Press reports...
      January 17, 2012Health

      Childhood and Adult Obesity not Budging Much in the U.S.

      The rates of obesity in the U.S. are holding steady, despite ongoing efforts to curb the epidemic, according to two new reports, published online Tuesday in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association ...
      May 2, 2011Biology

      Welcome to 'Bring Science Home'

      As a kid, I often spent an afternoon after a big rain storm with my brothers tromping down to a local drainage stream to see what the water had washed in.
      April 24, 2012Health

      Cocaine Habit Ages Brain Prematurely

      Although cocaine makes people feel more alert and on top of things in the moment, it can leave users vulnerable to a much slower brain in the long run.
      March 12, 2012Health

      Circumcision Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk

      Circumcision might reduce a man's risk of developing prostate cancer by 15 percent, according to new research published online March 12 in Cancer .Of 1,754 men surveyed who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, fewer—percentage-wise—had been circumcised than the 1,645 men who did not have prostate cancer...
      March 21, 2013Evolution

      Mimic Octopus Makes Home on Great Barrier Reef

      Of all the amazing octopus species out there, the mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus , is perhaps the most bewildering. While most known octopuses are able to change color and shape for camouflage, mimic octopuses can also impersonate other animals to deter would-be predators...
      November 23, 2011Evolution

      Monarch Butterfly Genome Gives Clues about Slew of Migration Mysteries

      The millions of monarchs ( Danaus plexippus ) that flit on fragile wings from the a particular area of fir forest in Mexico—as far as 4,000 kilometers—are making the journey for the first time."They have never been to the overwintering sites before and have no relatives to follow," Steven Reppert, a neurobiologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, said in a prepared statement.So how to do these insects know where to go?...
      March 7, 2014Octopus Chronicles

      Amazing Mimic Octopus Caught in Thailand [Video]

      The mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) eluded formal description until 2005. Perhaps it was this banded cephalopod’s incredible impersonation abilities that kept it from science for so long...
      March 31, 2014Biology

      Elusive Dwarf Octopuses Hatch in Captivity

      In the dark of night, between Monday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 18, dozens of fully formed baby octopuses burst forth from their outsized eggs.
      September 24, 2010Health

      Avandia restricted in U.S., banned in Europe

      The use of frequently prescribed diabetes drug Avandia will be severely restricted in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday.
      December 10, 2009Evolution

      Italy science council funds creationist book

      After hosting a panel earlier this year to discuss supposed flaws in evolutionary theory, Italy's science agency the National Research Council (CNR) reportedly put up thousands of dollars to help with the publication of a follow-up book, Evolutionism: The Decline of an Hypothesis ...
      January 7, 2009Health

      A perk for coffee lovers: Java may lower oral cancer risk

      Raise high the coffee bean! Good news, coffee-drinkers: a new study shows your beverage of choice may lower your chances of getting oral, esophageal and pharyngeal (back-of-the-throat) cancer...
      January 12, 2009Environment

      Is that olive oil organic? Check with the ladybugs

      Organic isn't only winning over the eco-chic set. It turns out that ladybugs (a.k.a. coccinellids ) also have an affinity for the sustainable. 

      Researchers from the University of Granada in Spain have discovered that friendly pest-chomping ladybugs prefer pesticide-free olive orchards to conventional ones, paving the way for them to be used as markers of organic crops...
      August 3, 2010Biology

      Confused circadian rhythm could increase triglycerides

      Having a mixed up body clock has been linked to a vast array of ailments, including obesity and bipolar disorder. And researchers are still trying to understand just how these cyclical signals influence aspects of our cellular and organ system activity...
      November 5, 2009Evolution

      Frozen Antarctic lakes yield new viruses

      In the chilly depths of one of Antarctica's freshwater lakes, a surprising number of novel viruses thrive.

      Researchers braved frigid temperatures to collect water samples from Lake Limnopolar, located on Livingston Island near the Antarctic Peninsula, and sequenced the genomes of the collected species...
      September 28, 2009The Sciences

      Uganda embarks on bubonic plague prevention program

      As reports of bubonic plague in the Democratic Republic of Congo have filtered into neighboring Uganda, the Ugandan government is taking preemptive action, according to Uganda's Daily Monitor and reported by ProMED-mail...
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