Is science pretending both sexes have the same brain?

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Neuroscientists have found a key molecular difference between males and females in how synapses are regulated in the hippocampus. The findings suggest that female and male brains may respond differently to drugs, such as...

Should reducing food waste start with meat?

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Approximately 31 percent of food produced in the United States, or 133 billion pounds of food worth $162 billion, went to waste in 2011, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Although America...

Test for repetitive behaviors flags autism in adults

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A new self-assessment that measures the frequency and severity of repetitive behaviors could help diagnose autism in adults. These behaviors include common habits and routines, such as lining up objects or arranging them in patterns,...

Rosetta’s big day in the Sun

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ESA’s Rosetta today witnessed Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko making its closest approach to the Sun. The exact moment of perihelion occurred at 02:03 GMT this morning when the comet came within 186 million km of the...

‘Alien’ genome reveals octopus secrets

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Scientists have discovered striking differences between the octopus and other invertebrates. The fist whole genome analysis of an octopus also reveals widespread genomic rearrangements and a dramatic expansion of a family of genes involved in...

Passionate kisses are not the norm in most cultures

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Researchers looked at 168 cultures throughout the world to better understand where kissing does and doesn’t occur, and found romantic kissing was the norm in only 46 percent. “We hypothesized that some cultures would either...

Trusty, not rusty, pipelines owe a debt to space

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When a Dutch company working on soil pollution teamed up with ESA to build a better, bacteria-based air filter for space, they also created the foundation for a new way of keeping iron pipelines...

Ariane 6 and Vega C begin development

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Today, ESA signed contracts for the development of the Ariane 6 new‑generation launcher, its launch base and the Vega C evolution of the current small launcher. The contracts, signed at ESA’s Paris Head Office with Airbus...

Comet’s firework display ahead of perihelion

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In the approach to perihelion over the past few weeks, Rosetta has been witnessing growing activity from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, with one dramatic outburst event proving so powerful that it even pushed away the incoming...

Wildfires push plants to move north

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As California wildfires burn tree canopies and forest floors, plants commonly found in more southern areas of the western United States are moving in. For example, a forest floor strewn with lupine and violets—typically found...
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