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The Secret Life of Emus and More Emus Science and Nature 

The Secret Life of Emus and More Emus

Australia (Sputnik) – You probably haven’t stopped to wonder how Australia’s flightless emus go about their daily lives. Emus are almost as tall as ostriches, measuring up to 1.9 meters (6’2″) in height. They reach this height when they are just six months old. They can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph). This report prepared by Sputnik

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Superfetation: When Already Pregnant Women Get Pregnant Again Health 

Superfetation: When Already Pregnant Women Get Pregnant Again

World (Sputnik) – Birth is often described as a miracle. However, “superfetation” – an already pregnant mother becoming pregnant again – genuinely stretches the bounds of possibility. The phenomenon is so rare, only 10 cases have ever been documented worldwide. In technical terms, superfetation is the fertilization of an ovum and subsequent development of another embryo, when one fetus is already present in a uterus, the result of fertilization of ova during different menstrual cycles. Usually when someone’s pregnant, ovaries stop releasing eggs into the uterus after hormonal releases signal the body to prepare for growing a baby. However, in superfetation, the body releases another egg at this point. The first fertilized Read More

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Cryptocurrency Pioneers: 90 Days On Bitcoin Featured Technology 

Cryptocurrency Pioneers: 90 Days On Bitcoin

United States (FEE) – Utah is known primarily for its annual Sundance Film Festival, its abundant Mormon population, and an affinity for Jell-O salad that even its residents don’t fully understand. But what is less known about the Beehive State is that it is often on the cutting edge of technological breakthroughs, and cryptocurrency has been no exception. The newlyweds were about to spend the next three months living solely on Bitcoin. In fact, the University of Utah was one of the first colleges to join ARPANET—an early form of the internet created exclusively for the Department of Defense— Read More

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Postpartum psychosis: “I’m afraid of how you’ll judge me, as a mother and as a person” Featured Health 

Postpartum psychosis: “I’m afraid of how you’ll judge me, as a mother and as a person”

United Kingdom (Mosaic) – After giving birth, Catherine Carver became convinced that her baby had been swapped and that social workers were plotting to kill her. She recounts her terrifying journey into postpartum psychosis, and how she found healing in unexpected ways. I have a story to tell you, but I’m afraid I’m a less than perfect narrator because there are crevasses in my mind that I fall through whenever I try to tell it. Let’s begin with a memory that is on solid ground: I can pin my finger firmly on the moment I began to wonder if Read More

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WE CAN NO LONGER OUTRUN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. SO, HERE’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO INSTEAD. Health 

WE CAN NO LONGER OUTRUN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. SO, HERE’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO INSTEAD.

World (Ensia) – Researchers are tackling the problem of antibiotic resistance head on — by hunting for the genes that enable bacteria to become resistant to life-saving medications. From the muddy bottoms of deep ocean trenches to Komodo dragon blood, scientists have scoured Earth’s remote corners in search of molecules that could yield the world’s next antibiotic. They hope to discover powerful new medicines against which bacteria have not yet evolved defenses. It’s a high-stakes pursuit. Disease-causing bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics more quickly than we’re discovering new ones. That’s a big problem for humans. Infections that throughout the 20th Read More

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Venezuelan Citizens Help Each Other Overcome Internet Censorship Activism Technology 

Venezuelan Citizens Help Each Other Overcome Internet Censorship

Venezuela (Global Voices) – On the evening of June 28, Internet users from various cities in Venezuela reported that multiple websites and social media platforms — including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Periscope — were inaccessible. According to the digital activism organization Venezuela Inteligente: “The DNS servers of state internet service provider CANTV were not responding to DNS requests for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Periscope, denying access to the users. Around an hour later [from 11 pm], the blockages were lifted and access to the sites was back. Countless reports of network users indicate that the blocking was conducted through the ISP’s DNS Read More

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Smile for the Camera: Apple Wants Next iPhone to 3D-Scan Your Face Technology 

Smile for the Camera: Apple Wants Next iPhone to 3D-Scan Your Face

World (Sputnik) – Apple, Inc. is reportedly testing a new security system for its redesigned, soon-to-be-released iPhone 8 that will unlock the device using a facial scan instead of fingerprint detection. Using a 3-D scanner, iPhone users will be able to log in and conduct secure activities like authorizing payments quite quickly as the sensor’s accuracy and speed allows the smartphone to unlock within a few hundred milliseconds and can even work if the phone is facing downward using a dual rear facing camera, according to Bloomberg. The facial scan, which may not appear on the new phone as it is still in the testing phase, would be more secure than the Read More

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Transgenic Fish Are Ready For Us, But Are We Ready For Them? Featured Food Science and Nature 

Transgenic Fish Are Ready For Us, But Are We Ready For Them?

North America (Ensia) – After decades of regulatory and legal challenges, AquaBounty aims to bring genetically engineered salmon to U.S. and Canadian markets next year. On a hill above the cold waters around Prince Edward Island, technicians painstakingly create fertilized Atlantic salmon eggs that include growth-enhancing DNA from two other fish species. The eggs will be shipped to tanks in the high rainforest of Panama, where they will produce fish that mature far more quickly than normal farmed salmon. More than 20 years after first seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, AquaBounty Technologies of Maynard, Massachusetts, plans Read More

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The Highs and Lows of One Hectic Day in Northern Ireland’s Abortion Struggle Health Human Rights 

The Highs and Lows of One Hectic Day in Northern Ireland’s Abortion Struggle

Ireland (Conversation) – The deal struck by the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up Theresa May’s Conservative minority government in London has led to unprecedented interest in the politics of Northern Ireland. This interest intensified on June 29, when several key developments in the debate around access to abortion occurred at once. Northern Ireland has one of the most restrictive and punitive abortion laws in the world. Abortion is prohibited unless pregnancy poses a threat to the woman’s life or a serious permanent or long-term threat to her physical or mental health. Breach of this criminal prohibition could result Read More

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Go On, Have Dessert: New Study Finds Chocolate Helps Memory, Cognitive Function Food Health 

Go On, Have Dessert: New Study Finds Chocolate Helps Memory, Cognitive Function

Italy (Sputnik) – Go on, treat yourself. A recent Italian study has found that eating chocolate not only helps improves memory and cognitive function in the short term – it can even help prevent cognitive decline as we age. The study, published in May in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, focused on cocoa flavanols, the chemical compounds in cocoa beans, and their effect on brain function, both right after ingesting the flavanols and as a result of regular consumption. Researchers Valentina Socci and Michele Ferrara of the University of L’Aquila reviewed the available literature on a variety of studies and found that eating cocoa — which is, of course, the foundation of chocolate — boosts memory performance, Read More

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