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Monarchs’ Demise: US Scientists Discover New Victim of Hurricanes Environment 

Monarchs’ Demise: US Scientists Discover New Victim of Hurricanes

United States (Sputnik) – Researchers have determined that the raging storms and hurricanes that have recently hammered the US and Mexican coast have also dealt a severe blow to the population of monarch butterflies. US and Mexican scientists have learned that the biggest threat to the local population of monarch butterflies may be the powerful storms and hurricanes which are becoming more frequent in the region. The researchers made their discovery while studying the butterfly colonies in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve located on the border of both Michoacán and the State of Mexico, which contains most of the overwintering sites of the eastern population of the monarch butterfly. Read More

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To Hell With Body Shaming: Aussie Model and Entrepreneur Posts ‘Real’ PHOTOS Badass Women 

To Hell With Body Shaming: Aussie Model and Entrepreneur Posts ‘Real’ PHOTOS

Australia (Sputnik) –  In the world of Photoshop and Instagram there is one brave young woman who is trying to stop body shamers and online bullying. Sherlyn Tan, 30, is using her internet fame to educate followers on body image by posting natural photos of herself. Melbourne based entrepreneur Sherlyn Tan created a $4 million fashion company, from a secondhand clothing brand, called Twenty3AU. She often poses for photographs in her own clothes, but she does it differently than most of the fashion models do today A post shared by 🦄 Sher 亚雪琳恩 🦄 (@sherlyn_fitness) on Aug 16, 2017 at 6:43pm PDT “Being the founder Read More

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US President Donald Trump Pardons Reviled Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Politics 

US President Donald Trump Pardons Reviled Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Washington DC (Sputnik) – On Friday, US President Donald Trump granted a pardon to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A political ally of Trump, Arpaio dubbed himself “the toughest sheriff in America.” He was pardoned less than a month after being convicted in a criminal contempt case stemming from his department’s racial profiling activities. Trump strongly hinted that he would pardon Arpaio in an August 14 interview with Fox News, saying he was “seriously considering” it. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him,” the president said. At Read More

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Jack the Ripper May Have Been Notorious US Serial Killer Dr. Death Culture Featured 

Jack the Ripper May Have Been Notorious US Serial Killer Dr. Death

United States (Sputnik) – A new suspect has emerged for the world’s most infamous unsolved case – Jack The Ripper. A theory has emerged which links the series of killings in Victorian London with the first serial killer to emerge in the United States. Dr. Henry H. Holmes built a hotel in Chicago in time for the World’s Fair, which was held in 1893. But the hotel was in fact a labyrinthine torture chamber and the guests would book in, but never leave. Holmes — who was born as the rather more prosaic Herman Mudgett — confessed to killing 27 people in his “murder castle” and was hanged in 1896. “I was born Read More

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No Man’s Land: Sweden Unveils Girls-Only Festival to Avoid Rape Featured Women 

No Man’s Land: Sweden Unveils Girls-Only Festival to Avoid Rape

Sweden (Sputnik) – The sexual assaults and rapes that have plagued Swedish summer festivals for several years have spurred the authorities into action. A Swedish municipality is poised to arrange a “man-free” festival to avoid any harassment whatsoever, which goes against the grain of Sweden’s egalitarian, inclusive and gender-neutral ways, many argued. Earlier this summer, comedian and program leader Emma Knyckare proposed arranging a festival without men amid a seemingly incessant wave of sexual assaults, which earned Sweden, which sees itself as having “the world’s first feminist government,” the unflattering moniker of “the rape capital of Europe.” “What do you think of holding a super-cool festival Read More

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South Pacific Trash Island May Be a Million Square Miles in Area Environment 

South Pacific Trash Island May Be a Million Square Miles in Area

South Pacific (Sputnik) – Researchers were shocked to discover that a trash island floating in the South Pacific Ocean may be close to a million square miles in area. The current has gathered millions of tons of waste into one spot in the ocean to form a garbage pile that, if it were a country, would be the 30th largest in the world. Trash islands are formed by ocean gyres, which are circulating ocean currents that gradually pull matter to their center. The South Pacific Gyres has slowly sucked in human-made garbage dumped in the water by Pacific-facing countries, forming the massive island of garbage. Read More

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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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