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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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Why Tracking Your Symptoms Can Make You Feel Worse

Katie Golden began a symptom diary when she was first diagnosed with chronic migraines eight years ago. She recorded her pain score, what she ate, where she went, the weather and barometric pressure–anything that would unlock the possible triggers of her recur headaches and help ease the pain. But here’s the problem with meticulous tracking …

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Black hole at centre of galaxy is getting hungrier, say scientists

Scientists say Milky Ways Sagittarius A* has been more active in recent months Unseeable and inescapable, black holes already rank among the more sinister phenomena out in the cosmos. So it may come as embarrassing news that the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way appears to be growing hungrier. Astronomers monitoring …

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Weight loss linked to healthy eating not genetics, study finds

Participants who ate the most vegetables and ingested the fewest processed foods, sugary beverages and unhealthy fats shed the most kilograms The amount and quality of food and not a person’s genetics will lead to weight loss, a US study has found. It has been suggested that variations in genetic makeup make it easier for …

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Modern myths about cancer- from’ chemicals’ in food to wifi

The idea that lifestyle changes have constructed the disease more common is a gross exaggeration but increasingly prevalent. We separate fact from fiction Cancer is not up there with the most likely explains for what caused the mass extinction 66 m years ago of the T rex and the triceratops. That said, at least one …

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The Plan to Grab the World’s Carbon With Supercharged Plants

In humanity’s battle against man-made climate change, the Earth itself provides one of its important weapons, a natural system that breathes in Earth-warming CO 2 and breaths oxygen. Yes, I’m talking about plants, engineered by nature itself over the course of millennia to harness the Earth’s natural conditions to turn sunlight and CO 2 into …

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Chemicals in packaging, carpets and non-stick pans ‘may contribute to obesity’

Studies have also connected compounds called perfluoroalkyl substances to cancer, high cholesterol and immune problems Science Chemicals in packaging, carpets and non-stick pans ‘may contribute to obesity’ Studies have also connected compounds called perfluoroalkyl substances to cancer, high cholesterol and immune problems Ian Sample Science editor @iansample Tue 13 Feb 2018 14. 00 EST Last …

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