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      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, 2014Environment

      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.
      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, 2009Sustainability

      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...
      April 7, 2009Sustainability

      Tornadoes, prepare to be demystified

      Storm chasers, get your cameras: Tornado season is here. From April to June, more tornadoes spin up across the U.S. than during any other period. And although they've been the topic of both scientific and cinematic fascination for decades, researchers still have a lot to learn about how these deadly storms form...
      April 8, 2009Sustainability

      Twitter revolution: 10,000 protesters organize in Moldova via Facebook, Twitter and texts

      While people in the U.S. were twiddling their thumbs, Twittering about plans to see Fast and Furious or run to the grocery store yesterday, thousands of Moldovan youth were busy using the social messaging network to assemble a massive rally in response to Sunday's election results and the country's bust economy...
      May 11, 2009Health

      Drug company swag sways med students

      Can something as small as the logo on a pen sway a doctor to write a prescription for one drug over another? You bet. Medical students, at least, fall prey to the influence of drug company trinkets, says a study published today in Archives of Internal Medicine ...
      January 20, 2009Health

      Is Obama right that technology can lower health care costs?

      Millions of people in the U.S. and around the world watched the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as he vowed to rebuild and reunite a fractured nation facing war, economic turmoil and other major challenges...
      June 10, 2009Sustainability

      Report: Climate change will force millions to move, prompting "tensions and violence"

      Flooded farmland has already forced thousands of Bangladeshis to higher ground, but that's just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, of the numbers of people who will need to move because of climate change in the coming decade, according to a report released by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, the United Nations University and CARE International today...
      June 12, 2009Health

      Foul fowl: Chicken tops government list of most frequently sickening fare

      Chicken takes the cake as the most common source of food poisoning in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released today. The report, which analyzed data from 2006's outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in the U.S., found that chicken caused 21 percent of the 27,634 reported cases of food poisoning...
      March 30, 2009Evolution

      Massive lions prowled North America not so long ago

      Large lions roamed North America and Europe as recently as 13,000 years ago, according to a new study published in Molecular Ecology . "These ancient lions were like a super-sized version of today's lions, up to 25 percent bigger," study co-author Ross Barnett, a researcher at the Ancient Biomolecules Centre at the University of Oxford's department of zoology, said in a statement...
      August 13, 2009Space

      Bizarre Planet Found to Orbit Backward

      In the search for planets beyond our solar system, the UK's Wide Area Search for Planets (WASP) has stumbled upon a bizarre-o world that is orbiting its star in reverse. 

      "I have to say this is one of the strangest planets we know about," Sara Seager, an astrophysicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told
      July 17, 2009Sustainability

      SEC may mandate corporate climate disclosures

      Just as Wal-Mart’s plan to start eco-labeling its products is splashing down into the summer corporate news kiddie pool, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is in talks about making companies do some serious environmental reporting of their own...
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