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New Childhood Genetic Disorder Identified

Researchers with the U.S. National Institutes of health today announced the discovery of a new genetic disorder. The disease is known to affect young children, causing fever, rashes, and strokes that can cause severe disability. It has been dubbed DADA2 for deficiency of adenosine deaminase 2. Doctors at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) used genome sequencing to provide …

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Pimple-Causing Bacteria Named After Frank Zappa

Researchers this week revealed that they have found a new version of the P. acnes bacteria, an organism responsible for acne in humans. This new type of P acnes has evolved to rely on grapevines for survival. In an odd twist to the otherwise bland announcement, the discoverers of the bacterium have partly named the discovery after singer-songwriter Frank Zappa. …

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New Research Reveals Supernova Secrets

Supernovae seem easy enough to understand. Stars age, using up all of their fusion fuel and burst in a fiery display that helps to create the wide variety of elements seen throughout the universe. The trouble is, astronomers don’t yet actually understand the fine details that well. Today astronomers got a bit closer to unravelling the mysteries of these stellar …

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Asteroid 2014: Cosmic Monster Missed Earth This Morning

A couple million miles may not sound like much of a “close call” with an asteroid. But compare it to the vast and empty light years upon light years surrounding this oxygenated rock ball we ride around on in infinite space, and 1.6 million miles isn’t much wiggle room between us and a structure racing past at 27,000 miles per …

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Cortisol Linked to Depression, Especially in Young Men

Researchers today announced that the first biomarker for clinical depression has been identified. A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has linked cortisol and depressive symptoms to clinical depression. This biomarker is especially strong in indicating whether young men may develop clinical depression. Cortisol is a hormone sometimes known as the ‘stress hormone.’ The …

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Americans Seen Turning Against Animal Testing

The gap in opinion between young and old in the U.S. can often be wide. The country has seen significant movement on political issues such as gay marriage and marijuana legalization in recent years, much of it due to the entrance of younger people on the political scene. Now it appears that American opinions on animal rights are set to …

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More Chemicals Linked to Child Brain Disorders

A new study out of Harvard has identified six new chemicals that may be related to spikes in brain disorders in children. Researchers are concerned that toxic chemicals may be part of the rise in autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and dyslexia diagnoses over the past few decades. The study, published this weekend in the journal Lancet Neurology, has labeled …

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Pizza MREs May Finally Exist After Years of Demand

I’m not, nor have I ever been, in the military. But I can tell you, with complete certainty, that one of the things I would miss the most about having to subside on MREs for months would be a nice slice of pepperoni pizza. Apparently, we’re closer than ever to giving our soldiers just that – MRE pizza. The AP …

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Proximity to Fast Food Linked to Childhood Obesity

Fast food restaurants are ubiquitous in the U.S. Small-town streets across the country are lined with a variety of junk food, displaying the troubled American relationship with food that has helped cause obesity levels health researchers now refer to as an epidemic. In case there was any doubt that fast food is strongly linked with being overweight, a new study …

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Review: Porn Addiction Isn’t a Real Thing

The internet has laid human sexuality bare, putting it on display for anyone who cares to type a few letters into a search engine. However the wealth of stimulation available online is certainly more than humans have evolved to deal with, leading some people to value porn more than real intimacy. Good news, then, that these same people are not …

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Seattle Mammoth Tusk Discovered At Construction Site

Experts from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture claim that a recently discovered mammoth tusk might be the largest found in the entire Seattle area. The tusk, which is also believed to have come from an Ice Age mammoth, was unearthed by several construction workers conducting an excavation in the Lake Union area of Seattle. According to a …

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3,600-Year-Old Mummy Unearthed In Luxor Egypt

A routine dig in Luxor, Egypt has resulted in the discovery of a sarcophagus – with a mummy inside and intact. The team of Egyptian and Spanish archeologists that led the excavation were working on a tomb when they unearthed an elaborately painted and well preserved sarcophagus carved with a human face. It is believed to be 3,600 years old. …

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