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This week in obvious science Or research we cant believe

In this week’s (duh) installment of This Week in Obvious Science, we discover that babies have feelings, alcohol is a contributing factor to alcohol-related ailments, why (possibly) weather forecasts aren’t always accurate, and that money is a great incentive to get pregnant women to quit smoking.

Horrific pre-historic shark makes a rare appearance in

A fishing crew in Australia had a surprise guest in their catch recently, after snaring a rarely seen shark with 300 teeth and a terrifying, pre-historic appearance that was enough to make even Australian fisherman go all sissy.

Baleen whales hear through their bones

Be quiet in the ocean; whales can hear you. Scientists have discovered that baleen whales can hear through their very bones, and this discovery could be a massive help in whale conservation efforts.

Archaeologists uncover crude medical devices from

Excavating Blackbeard’s flagship vessel, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, archaeologists have uncovered a large amount of medical supplies, indicating that the famous pirate worked hard to keep his crew in good health.

Rare footage captured of elusive Saharan cheetah

Scientists have been able to capture scientific data on the endangered Saharan cheetah for the first time, and they also were able to collect rare images of the cheetah in its natural habitat.

Paleontologists discover new dragon of Qijang dinosaur

Using fossilized bone remains from China, palaeontologists from the University of Alberta (UA) in Canada have identified a new species of a long-necked, "dragon" dinosaur they're calling Qijianglong guokr.

Chimps with higher-ranking moms more likely to win a fight

When two kids get into a verbal sparring match on the playground, they often taunt each other about how tough their respective dads are, but when it comes to chimps, new research indicates that success in a fight tends to be more dependent upon the moms.

Fossil skull reveals human emigration out of Africa

A skull from that “Out of Africa” era was recently discovered in Israel and it appears to be the earliest known evidence of that emigration, according to a new study in the journal Nature. The skull, dated to around 55,000 years ago, was found in the Manot Cave, located in Northern Israel.

SOLVED Why Easter Islands inhabitants disappeared

The decline of the Rapa Nui culture predated the arrival of Europeans on Easter Island in 1722, indicating those explorers were not the catalyst that led to their demise, according to new research appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers unboil an egg to untangle proteins

In a feat once deemed impossible, researchers at the University of California at Irvine have figured out how to reverse the tangling of proteins that occurs when egg whites are boiled.

Psychopaths may not learn from punishment study finds

Among violent offenders, psychopaths have the highest rate of recidivism, and a new study has found a potential reason for this: the brain of a psychopath may not be wired to understand punishment.

Scientists discover underwater Mayan shrine

Researchers have found an underground Mayan water shrine complete with human remains, and it gives us an idea of their weather patterns.

New fossils reveal snakes are older than we thought

Fossilized remains of four ancient snakes that are at least 140 million years old reveal that the serpents have been slithering around the Earth for far longer than experts had realized, according to new research published online Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

Pollution may damage polar bear penile bones

To put it plainly: human activity makes life difficult for polar bears. Climate change is destroying their habitat and dictating their diet. And now, as it turns out, we're also hurting their penises.

UKs South Georgia says bye to rats

Phase 3 of the UK's rat-killing expedition in South Georgia to protect local wildlife is about to commence.

Hadrosaurs would have run cross country in dino high school

In the struggle to survive against big meat-eating dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus rex, some smaller dinosaurs evolved the ability to sprint, while others developed long-distance running abilities.

Obama proposes 12-million-acre Alaskan wildlife refuge

On Sunday, President Barack Obama called for the new Republican-led Congress to create what would be the biggest protected wilderness area in United States history along Alaska’s coast.

VIDEO When hawks attack

A tiny camera is attached to a hawk's head and it records how its prey narrowly escapes.

Antarctic volcano rifting apart continent Part I

In this three-part series, University of Alberta geophysicist Martyn Unsworth records his expedition to Antarctica's volcanic Mount Erebus, and how it's rifting apart the continent.

Winston Churchill champion of science

A new exhibition in London focuses on Winston Churchill's wartime scientific discoveries that aided in WWII.


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