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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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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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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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Skirts Are The New Shorts: Men Donning Skirts In Protest of Uniform Policies Culture 

Skirts Are The New Shorts: Men Donning Skirts In Protest of Uniform Policies

World (Sputnik) – Problem: it’s hot outside, and the boss won’t allow you to wear shorts. Solution: wear a skirt! However unconventional, for a Swedish driver it worked perfectly well. Göran Sandberg from the city of Umeå found his own solution to the heat in the driver’s seat when he chose to wear a skirt at work, when he found that shorts were banned by his employers.Working for the local bus company Transdev, 49-year-old Sandberg found the summer heat unbearable, with the scorching Nordic sun shining through the large glass surfaces and the air conditioning not working as it should when the doors keep opening and closing all the time. Read More

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Underage? No Social Media, Proposes Finnish Government Politics Technology 

Underage? No Social Media, Proposes Finnish Government

Finland (Sputnik) – Finland is poised to adopt new age restrictions for social media from 2018. Finnish officials hope this effort will help safeguard youngsters’ privacy and help them communicate in a more orderly fashion. In 2018, Finland will introduce a national age limit for the use of social media services, in order to ensure compliance with the EU’s new data protection regulation. According to Finland’s data protection ombudsman, the aim is to shield the children from the pressure to share personal information without their full understanding of the possible consequences.The exact age threshold, however, has not been set yet, with propositions ranging from 13 and 16 years. “In terms of the data Read More

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Get It On To Stay Sharp: Research Shows Regular Sex Boosts Brain Activity Featured Health 

Get It On To Stay Sharp: Research Shows Regular Sex Boosts Brain Activity

World (Sputnik) – New research from scientists at Coventry and Oxford Universities indicates that people over 50 can boost their brain activity, particularly visual memory and verbal fluency, by having sex regularly. Key processes that help neurological function are activated at the point of orgasm, according to scientists at New Jersey’s Rutgers University, as the brain floods with nutrients, oxygen and blood. Along with mood-enhancing properties, there’s evidence that people who don’t maintain active sex lives live shorter lives than those who do, with cardiovascular advantages for women who have sex regularly and decreased chances of prostate cancer for men. A 10-year study at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital found that sexually active Read More

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Feminist Mosque Opening In Norway, Challenging Traditional Islam Religion Women 

Feminist Mosque Opening In Norway, Challenging Traditional Islam

Norway (Sputnik) – While your garden-variety Islam is known for being conservative and holds patriarchal values in high esteem, there is always room for reform. In a planned “feminist” mosque in the Norwegian capital city of Oslo, men and women will be allowed to pray in the same room, with female priests leading the prayer. The mosque will be located in Oslo city center and will be called Masjid Al-Nisa, which means “the female mosque,” the Norwegian news outlet Vårt Land reported. “I want to start a feminist mosque where women will have as much room as men. Both men and women will Read More

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Berlin Aims To Ban Sexy Advertising Culture Featured 

Berlin Aims To Ban Sexy Advertising

Germany (Sputnik) – Politicians in Berlin have moved a step closer to a complete ban on “sexist advertising,” which aims to stop half-naked women from appearing on the city’s billboards. Advertisers in Berlin may have to depart from the “sex sells” mantra if they want to promote their products in the German capital, after local politicians moved a step closer to banning “sexist advertising.”A new proposal aims to prohibit the sale of billboard space for ads which are deemed to be degrading to women. The bill, which wants to ban “sexist, discriminatory and misogynist advertising,” was proposed in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district of Berlin, by politicians from the leftist Die Linke party. It seems likely to pass, since local Read More

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Study Shows Fever While Pregnant May Increase Risk of Autism Health 

Study Shows Fever While Pregnant May Increase Risk of Autism

World (Sputnik) – A new study from Columbia University shows that women who come down with a fever during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with autism. Researchers analyzed data on 95,754 Norwegian kids born between 1999 and 2009, and found that 583 of 15,701 children whose mothers reported having fevers during pregnancy were diagnosed with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to the study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, a fever of 99 degrees Fahrenheit or more, at any time during pregnancy, means a 34-percent higher risk of autism, while fever in the second trimester increases the risk by 40 percent. “This study, using a large, well-characterized Read More

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