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Russia Just Announced Plans to Close 40% of Its Universities. Here’s Why

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On Friday (4/17), Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov caused quite a stir when he announced that Russia would be closing 40% of its universities by 2016. The government also plans to cut the number of university branches by 80%, Livanov said. According to data from the Ministry of Education and Science, Russia has 593 state universities (with 1,376 branches) and 486 private universities (with 682 branches). According to Livanov, there are five times as many universities in Russia today than there were during the time of

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

Migraines: How They Happen and How to Treat Them Without Drugs (Infographic)

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If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know just how miserable they can be. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, roughly 36 million Americans suffer from recurrent migraines; 90% of these sufferers report being unable to work or function normally during an attack. While most people only have attacks once or twice a month, the MRF reports that a whopping 14 million people experience headaches on an almost daily basis. This great infographic — created Christine McMahon at WholesomeOne.com — gives you the

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Has Discovered Liquid Water Below the Surface of Mars

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For years, scientists thought that the freezing temperatures and extremely dry climate on Mars made it impossible for liquid water to exist there. Now, all that has changed. New measurements taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover indicate that there is actually liquid water just below the Martian surface. “The evidence so far is that any water would be in the form of permafrost. It’s the first time we’ve had evidence of liquid water there now,” says Andrew Coates, head of planetary science at

The World’s First Head Transplant – Medical Breakthrough or Mad Science?

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On Wednesday, April 8th, a 30-year-old Russian computer scientist named Valery Spiridonov volunteered to be the first person ever to undergo a full head transplant. The idea was first proposed two years ago by Italian neuroscientist and surgeon Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. The seemingly far-fetched concept arose from a discussion Canavero and his colleagues had about how to improve the situations of those suffering from severe muscle and nerve damage. In February of this year, Canavero outlined the transplant technique he

German Company Designs Robotic Butterflies (Video)

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The German robotics firm Festo has designed a small, super-light drone that mimics the look and movements of a butterfly. The unique bot is capable of flying solo, but it also has the ability to coordinate its movements with other butterfly bots, creating an interconnected group of fluttering machines. The flying robots — known as “eMotionButterflies” — aren’t for sale to consumers. Instead, Festo uses these devices to do research for their Bionic Learning Network, which has experimented with a number of different robotic insects. Check out the eMotionButterflies in action

An 11-Year-Old Just Drew An Entire World Map To Scale From Memory

An 11-year-old with autism recently dazzled a college class, doing something that most of them will likely never be able to. According to Bored Panda… “A professor in New York whose 11-year-old son has autism recently invited him to her class, where he got up on a chair and drew a detailed, accurate map of the world completely from memory.”   According to Distractify… “Redditor bobitis was sitting in on the class (which his daughter is enrolled in) and couldn’t help

New Terminator-Inspired Method Makes 3D Printing 25-100 Times Faster (Video)

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In the climax of the movie “Terminator 2″, the Terminator’s arch-nemesis — the evil T-1000 — is melted down into a puddle of metallic goo. Unfortunately for Arnold and company, the robot re-emerges seconds later, rising fully-formed from the puddle of molten metal. It was this scene that inspired a group of scientists at a company called Carbon3D to completely rethink our current methods of 3D printing. The company, which had been keeping the project a secret during the past two years of development, revealed their new method in

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,

Find Out What Happens When Lava Is Poured Directly Onto Ice (Video)

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A few years ago, some folks at Syracuse University had an idea to create the “Lava Project”, in hopes of sparking interest in the Arts and Sciences. According to their website… “The goals of the project include scientific experiments, artistic creations, education, and outreach to the Syracuse University and City communities.”   By involving professors from a number of different departments, the project offers a wide variety of scientific experiments to engage faculty and students. One of the most notable and intriguing of these

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