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Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?

You genuinely gotta feel for the koala. It lives exclusively on poisonous eucalyptus leaves, which limits its feeding alternatives. Habitat destruction has splintered the species into isolated populations. And as if that weren’t enough, koalas are suffering a chlamydia epidemic. All told, Australia’s iconic tree-dwelling marsupial is in serious trouble. What appear to be disparate …

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Archeologists say early Caribbeans were not ‘savage cannibals’, as settlers wrote

Researchers in Antigua hope to correct speculative and erroneous colonial accounts that depict the Carib people as ferocious man-eaters For centuries, historians is of the view that the Caribbean’s earliest inhabitants were peaceful farmers who were wiped out by the ferocious man-eating Carib people. But archaeologists in Antigua say new evidence from one of the …

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The Subtle Nudges That Could Unhook Us From Our Phones

Enough. It’s time. You’ve decided to reclaim your morning commute by spending it on something substantive. No more bottomless Instagram feeds and auto-playing YouTube videos for you! So out the door you stride with that week’s New Yorker wedged beneath your arm, a new episode of Flash Forward playing in your ear, or the latest …

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Dopamine fasting: why Silicon Valley is trying to avoid all forms of stimulation

Its the most recent developments trend in the worlds tech capital. But is it really possible to cut yourself off from everything in life that excites you and can it be any good for you? They have done biohacking, clean sleeping and the keto diet, but now Silicon Valley types have coined a new health …

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Here’s why it’s ok for Taylor Swift to use literally, figuratively | David Shariatmadari

Linguist Stephen Pinker is among those who have implied the vocalist was wrong, says Guardian novelist and editor David Shariatmadari In a frank interview with the Guardian at the weekend, Taylor Swift revealed just how traumatic the summer of 2016 was for her.” I was literally about to break ,” she confided. As fans lapped …

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The human microbiome: why our microbes could be key to our health

Studies indicate the microbes inside us could hold the key to treating a plethora of conditions. Nicola Davis explains why What are microbiomes ? Both inside and out, our bodies harbour a huge array of micro-organisms. While bacteria are the biggest players, we also host single-celled organisms known as archaea, as well as fungi, viruses …

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The rise of Big Sperm: does the tech world have the answer to our semen crisis?

Sperm counts in western humen are falling, and nobody is sure why. But relax because help is here, with everything from home-testing kits to sperm-freezing Lads, chaps, chaps, dislike to interrupt, but how’s your ejaculate? Would you struggle to fill half a teaspoon? And your concentration, please: are we talking 20 m-plus little swimmers a …

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Hit the mute button: why everyone is trying to silence the outside world

Uber is trialling a feature that allows customers to stop their drivers from talking. But theres growing evidence that cutting ourselves off like this isnt healthy The mute button was invented in 1956 by Robert Adler, an Austrian-born engineer working for the Zenith Radio Corporation in Chicago. It was one of the four buttons on …

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Obese couples could be risking health of future infants, studies say

Diet and lifestyle during the pre-conception period can profoundly affect the childs growth, researchers find Couples who are obese, as well as those who smoke and beverage alcohol, could be risking the health of their future infants, say experts who are calling for far more awareness of the effects of modern lifestyles on newborns in …

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