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Wild new study suggests blindness may protect against mental illness

February 15th, 2019

Schizophrenia is a puzzling disorder for medical professionals. It’s a mental illness that can be treated but nobody really knows what causes it in the first place, posing a challenge from a preventative standpoint. Nobody knows what signs to look for early on that reliably predict the development of the disorder, but a new study …

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Adults sleep better when they’re rocked to sleep like babies

January 25th, 2019

Everyone knows that an easy trick to calming a restless infant is to rock them back and forth. For whatever reason, the gentle side-to-side motion seems to soothe small children and lull them off to dreamland. You wouldn’t exactly expect the same thing to work for a grown adult, but a new study suggests that …

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This bizarre new wasp species steals the minds of spiders

November 29th, 2018

Wasps are annoying and sometimes painful for us humans but they are even more of a problem for insects that they prey upon. One particularly creepy new discovery made by insect researchers reveals that a a newly-discovered species of wasp in the Amazon basically zombifies spiders to do its bidding. The research, which was published …

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Scientists ate Legos to see how long it takes to poop them out

November 27th, 2018

Pediatricians have to deal with all kinds of interesting situations in their daily work with children, and kids eating random objects is of them. Children just love to stick stuff in their mouths and while parents do their best to keep tiny toys away from eager eaters there’s always a chance that something like a …

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Wombats poop cubes, and now science knows why

November 20th, 2018

The shape of animal poop isn’t something that normally makes science news headlines, but when it comes to wombats, things are a little bit different. Wombats are celebrated poopers due to the fact that their feces is a very bizarre shape. Now, researchers finally have an explanation. Wombat turds aren’t like most in the animal …

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Your taste for coffee is buried in your genes, new study says

November 15th, 2018

If you’re a regular coffee drinker there’s a good chance your first taste of black coffee wasn’t an entirely pleasant one, at least according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. The research, which aimed to explain why some individuals develop a taste for coffee, reveals that love of coffee is actually linked to …