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Man’s Best Friend: Scientists Uncover Bonding Hormone Between Dogs and People

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The bond between a dog-lover and their pooch is one of the strongest bonds in the world. Now, a team of researchers from Japan believe they have uncovered the science behind this phenomenon. During a recent study, scientists from Azabu University found that when a dog owner stares into their dog’s eyes, that person experiences a rush of a hormone called oxytocin. According to The Guardian, “The same hormone has been shown to spike in mothers’ brains when they look into their

German Court Forces Anti-Vaxxer to Pay $106,000 After He Loses Measles Bet

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Despite the tireless efforts of doctors, scientists and the more level-headed members of society, the anti-vaccination movement has been stubbornly resilient. The latest chapter of this frustratingly ridiculous argument took place in Germany, where a recent measles outbreak has put the anti-vax discussion at the forefront of public discourse. Stefan Lanka, a German biologist and vocal anti-vaxxer, refuses to believe that measles is a virus (which is why he opposes vaccination). Instead, Lanka insists that the disease is a psychosomatic illness that occurs when,

This Time-Lapse of A Tarantula Molting Is Both Creepy and Strangely Beautiful (Video)

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Tarantulas, like many other species of wildlife, have an exoskeleton that must be shed periodically as the tarantula grows – the process is known as molting. During this molting, which can last anywhere from a few hours to a full day, tarantulas break through their old exoskeleton and then slowly wriggle themselves out of the shell it leaves behind. The tarantula in the video below is a Xenesthis sp White – a species native to Columbia. It took about 10 hours to

Snorkeling Couple Takes Us Underwater to Swim With Humpback Whales (GoPro Video)

Ever wonder what it would be like to snorkel up close and personal with a humpback whale? Well, snorkelers Cecil and Mallory Johnson recently teamed up with GoPro to do just that. Humpback whales often live near coastlines and feed mainly on plankton, krill (a small crustacean closely related to shrimp) and small fish. An average-sized humpback consumes anywhere from 2,000-3,000 pounds of food per day during feeding season! Humpbacks are also known for their incredible ability to produce “whale calls”, sequences of moans, cries and

New DNA Evidence Shows That Early Humans Survived Through the Last Ice Age

Europe’s earliest humans managed to survive the extremely harsh climate fluctuations that occurred during the last Ice Age, which lasted from roughly 60,000 to 20,000 years before the present day. The findings come after researchers from Cambridge University carried out a genetic analysis on the remains of a European man who lived around 37,000 years ago. The remains were found near the village of Kostenki in what is now western Russia. The researchers found that the man’s DNA was actually very similar to that of modern-day

This Student Designs Jewelry That Turns Your Veins Into A Power Source (Video)

We’ve all been there: running out of power on your cell-phone with no prospect of a charger in the near future. It’s one of the most frightening possible scenarios for a lot of people these days. Naomi Kizhner, an Israeli graduate student, may have solved that problem. Naomi is designing jewelry that could theoretically harness your body’s energy to generate electrical power. Some of her devices are a little bit creepy- they are embedded into the wearer’s veins, and, in theory, would use

Did You Know… That Dogs Poop In Alignment With Earth’s Magnetic Field??

As crazy as it sounds, I promise this study is for real. A few years ago, a group of scientists and researchers from universities in the Czech Republic and Germany came together to carry out one of the strangest experiments you’re likely to ever hear about. A number of organisms around the world are known to spontaneously align their bodies with Earth’s magnetic field when they relieve themselves, and the researchers had a hunch that dogs did the same. To test out

Scientists Just Created A New Material- A Spoonful Can Suck Up All the Oxygen In A Room

Scientists from the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark have created oxygen-absorbent crystals that can easily and conveniently store and release oxygen at high concentrations. Although humans require oxygen to survive, the air we breath is only 21% oxygen, the other 79% being comprised almost entirely of nitrogen. However, there are plenty of instances where it’s necessary to have oxygen available in considerably higher concentrations, such as lung patients with oxygen machines and fuel

What Are These Strange Creatures and Why Are They Washing Up On the Shores of Monterey Bay?

Meet the velella velella. These odd creatures, which are often called by-the-wind sailors, are a species of invertebrate closely related to Portuguese Man-o-wars. Basically, they’re jellyfish that spend the entirety of their adult lives on the surface of the water. Their only form of navigation is the sail on their back, which is how they got their nickname. When winds get violent, velella velellas are pretty much at the mercy of the ocean, and are often stranded by the thousands along beaches

What’s A Bobcat In 60 Seconds

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are a mainly nocturnal animal and like most feline are very elusive, so they aren’t often seen by humans. A mammal part of the cat family “Felidae”, bobcats first appeared around 1.8 million years ago.  Bobcats have adapted to thrive in many different habitats, such as forests, swamps, deserts, and even urbanized areas. They inhabitat regions from southern Canada all the way to northern Mexico and can be found all throughout the United States. There are an estimated 1 million bobcats living

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