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Not that there are many reasons for improving the efficiency of reproduction in cockroaches, but a new study has determined that nothing beats a gentle touch to get the process in high gear. Researchers at North Carolina State University used duck feathers as artificial antennae to determine whether their touch could speed up reproduction in...

The annual energy flow charts released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory illustrate how much energy is being used by the nation. The sheets released for 2013 show that Americans increased their energy use last year by 2.3 quadrillion thermal units, in comparison with the usage in 2012. In addition, the carbon dioxide emissions for...

The Golden Guides, which were originally titled Golden Nature Guides, were widely available in the 1950s. They were primarily intended for children who were inclined toward science. Written by experts and profusely illustrated, the series covered subjects such Birds (1949), Flowers (1950), Fishes (1955) and Mammals (1955), and then expanded to a wider range of...

IBM recently announced that its Watson supercomputer, which grew to fame on the TV game show Jeopardy, will be teaming up with the New York Genome Center (NYGC) to help doctors develop personalized treatments for cancer patients based on their genetic makeup. Genetic information obtained though genome sequencing has the potential to help clinicians tailor treatment...

Fruit flies have long been used for all types of studies. Many species exist, and only one has been identified as being a crop pest. Researchers from the University of California recently explained the similarities and crucial differences between this species and the others. They also expanded on the idea of why another close relative...

Researchers claim that they have discovered evidence that proves the universe was created in only a matter of a split second. The discovery is based on an idea called “Cosmic Inflation” -- a different take on the Big Bang theory. The experiment that led to the discovery was conducted by a team of astronomers with...

The discovery of a 3,000 year-old human skeleton is proof that cancer is not a modern-day illness. Originally reported in the academic journal PLOS ONE, the discovery was made by a Durham University PhD student in a tomb in modern Sudan in 2013. The most complete skeleton this old with metastatic cancer dates back to...

When it comes to advancing medical technology, the family dog isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But that is exactly what is on the mind of Professor Daniel Mills from the UK’s University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences and his colleague Dr. Sophie Hall. In an article that appeared in a recent...

Some species of birds have long been a mystery in their behaviors. Thanks to a discovery made by University of Akron researchers, there is now believed to be an explanation for how sea birds fly over 80,000 miles during their migration from the North Pole to the South Pole, and the Emperor penguin is able...

While most of us realize that there are different smells that we are familiar with, both good and bad, a new study has shown that humans are capable of distinguishing at least 1 trillion different odors. This number is exponentially greater than the largest guestimate of 10,000. The results of the study was printed in...