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Why It's So Hard to Ignore a Baby's Cry, According to Science

Why It's So Hard to Ignore a Baby's Cry, According to Science | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As is the case with any primal vocalisation, crying evolved to have a specific impact on listeners.
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Hmm, this is one that got me thinking. How would the blood work of neonatal nurses differ from those working with older children? Would those squalling babies cause an increase in oxytocin levels by the end of the day that would transfer over into the rest of life with much caring or an exhaustion of the oxytocin production mechanism which would result in less bonding with others outside of work. How about that effect over time? Another related question: Do men with babies at home do less well at sports? Especially aggressive sports? That could be studied retroactively by looking at performance records as correlated to say football players' wives pregnancies. Anyway you cut it, the interplay of science and behavior fascinates me. 
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New Microscope Shows Coral Colonies Kissing, Fighting and Eating

Scientists use a new underwater microscope to observe coral in its natural habitat for the first time.
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These underwater, microscopic pictures put the world of coral into a new light. Kissing, cooperating, and competing: they behave like the tiny animals they are. 
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Greater than the sum of its parts

Greater than the sum of its parts | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It is rare for a new animal species to emerge in front of scientists’ eyes. But this seems to be happening in eastern North America
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The coywolf, a new species or just a hybrid? Either way a major new player in the ecology of eastern North America.

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Scientists reveal bizarre method sea turtles use to find their way home

Scientists reveal bizarre method sea turtles use to find their way home | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For decades, scientists have been stumped over how sea turtles can locate their birthplace after having traveled thousands of miles. Now, a new study may have found the answer.
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While I am fascinated by this answer, it still leave me unhappy. I was sure they just called SpongeBob for directions. Now a real question, with all the microwaves flowing through the atmosphere, will this affect turtle navigation? I can imagine them making their labored way to some secret government installation and being mistaken for cyber-warfare ninja turtles.

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Sandalwood Scent Can Help Heal Wounds, Study Says

Sandalwood Scent Can Help Heal Wounds, Study Says | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By activating olfactory receptors in your skin
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So some aromatherapy claims may have merit. Besides which, we already know that pheromones are important and related to similar cells. To say nothing of how powerful odor can be, for example in generating dejá vu.

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Evolution Takes a Detour in Comb Jellies

Evolution Takes a Detour in Comb Jellies | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Some days the science news just turns me on. How about this one? This seems like a good argument for evolution. I don't think a god would have bothered with an entirely different branch of life just for ctenophores.

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Scientists are calling Luca 'the ancestor of all living things'

Scientists are calling Luca 'the ancestor of all living things' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists have generated a genetic portrait of a four-billion-year-old organism that they say may be the oldest common ancestor of all living things.
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The beginnings of life. This is the kind of science that makes my nose itch with excitement. 
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Bionic leaf converts energy from our sun better than nature does

Bionic leaf converts energy from our sun better than nature does | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers at Harvard have created a device that mimics the natural process of photosynthesis, taking solar energy and converting it into chemical energy or liquid fuel.
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This is potentially a great breakthrough not only in storing solar power, in effect creating a bio-battery but also in using carbon dioxide in a positive way. 
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Scientists have discovered the first fully warm-blooded fish

Scientists have discovered the first fully warm-blooded fish | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Other fish, like tuna, have only a limited form of warm-bloodedness.
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I kept tropical fish as a kid and have always been fascinated by the creatures who live in the deepest oceans. So I share this fascinating story with you.

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Meerkats' sinister side is secret to their success, study shows

Meerkats' sinister side is secret to their success, study shows | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The darker side of meerkats -- which sees them prevent their daughters from breeding, and kill their grandchildren -- is explained in a new study.
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Everybody loves meerkats. But there is a darker side to those happy families.

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Fossil With Proto Jaws Finally Found. In the Burgess Shale, Naturally.

Fossil With Proto Jaws Finally Found. In the Burgess Shale, Naturally. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, weird fish ruled the world. The oceans teemed with primitive vertebrates that lacked eyes, ears, and even fins. Fish ate by sucking up water and debris from the ocean floor, filtering out the goodies, and then releasing the rest through their gills. Once fish evolved jaws,...
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A fascinating link in the chain of evolution.

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Scientists find more precise way to turn off genes, a major goal of treatments that target cancer

Scientists find more precise way to turn off genes, a major goal of treatments that target cancer | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists have found a more precise way to turn off genes, a finding that will speed research discoveries and biotech advances and may eventually prove useful in reprogramming cells to regenerate organs and tissues.
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A very promising bit of science news.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, March 10, 2013 3:28 PM

 "The idea is to reprogram cells to do the things we want them to do," Lim said. "We are still unlocking the secrets of the genome to harness the power of cellular reprogramming."

 

WOW! Reprogramming cells for regenerative medicine - Sounds like something out of a SyFy movie!