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No Decline in Sperm Counts After All, Danish Data Show

In the dystopian book and film Children of Men, human beings suddenly stop being able to have children. There's no real explanation given for the change--though there's talk of a precipitous decline in sperm count quality--but the loss of the ability to reproduce essentially robs humanity of its future, and leads to the utter collapse of society.

from Time

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Waste Slime Turns Jellyfish Into Ecological Vampires

That waste is useful is one of the animal kingdom's cardinal principles. One creature's discards are another's dinner, and so continues the circle of life. But jellyfish, it would seem, bend the rule.

from Wired Science

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Cow Methane Proof 'Is in the Pat'

Research suggests the amount of methane that ruminants such as cows produce is correlated to quantities of a molecule in their faeces called archaeol.

from BBC News Online

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Brand New Telescope Captures Omega Nebula in All its Glory

A spectacular stellar nursery shines through the gas and dust clouds of the Omega Nebula 5,500 light years from Earth in the heart of the Milky Way.

from the Guardian (U.K.)

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Hungarian Natural History Under Threat

Looking for a new home: 200 human mummies from the eighteenth century, the remains of rare European dinosaurs and 10 million other artefacts currently at the Hungarian Natural History Museum, which is facing eviction later this year. The Hungarian government plans to turn the historic Budapest building given to the museum after the fall of communism in 1989 into a university to train the military or the police.

from Nature News

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Were Ancient Human Migrations Two-Way Streets?

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) -- The worldwide spread of ancient humans has long been depicted as flowing out of Africa, but tantalizing new evidence suggests it may have been a two-way street.

from ABC News

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Drugs Hailed as a 'Major Breakthrough' in Treating Skin Cancer

Two new drugs can significantly increase survival in patients with metastatic melanoma, the advanced and generally lethal form of skin cancer, researchers reported.

from the Los Angeles Times (Registration Required)

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Moving Mirrors Make Light From Nothing

A team of physicists is claiming to have coaxed sparks from the vacuum of empty space. If verified, the finding would be one of the most unusual experimental proofs of quantum mechanics in recent years and "a significant milestone," says John Pendry, a theoretical physicist at Imperial College London who was not involved in the study.

from Nature News

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VIDEO: From Biology to Military History: Patterns in Animal Weaponry

What are the parallels between an ancient war ship and a dung beetle? More than you would think, actually! Douglas J. Emlen, PhD, has a unique perspective on animal weaponry that looks at patterns in military history.

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