My picks from ScienceDaily

Duck-billed Dinosaurs Outgrew Predators To Survive:

With long limbs and a soft body, the duck-billed hadrosaur had few defenses against predators such as tyrannosaurs. But new research on the bones of this plant-eating dinosaur suggests that it had at least one advantage: It grew to adulthood much faster than its predators, giving it superiority in size.

Massive Numbers Of Critically Endangered Western Lowland Gorillas Discovered In Republic Of Congo:

The world's population of critically endangered western lowland gorillas recently received a huge boost when the Wildlife Conservation Society released a census showing massive numbers of these secretive great apes alive and well in the Republic of Congo.

Less REM Sleep Associated With Being Overweight Among Children And Teens:

Children and teens who get less sleep, especially those who spend less time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, may be more likely to be overweight, according to a new report.

Why The Slow-Paced World Could Make It Difficult To Catch A Ball:

BBSRC researchers at the University of Birmingham have uncovered new information about the way that we perceive fast moving, incoming objects - such as tennis or cricket balls.

Why Some Smokers Become Addicted With Their First Cigarette:

New research from The University of Western Ontario reveals how the brain processes the 'rewarding' and addictive properties of nicotine, providing a better understanding of why some people seemingly become hooked with their first smoke.

Acidification Of Sea Hampers Reproduction Of Marine Species:

By absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and from the human use of fossil fuels, the world's seas function as a giant buffer for the Earth's life support system. The chemical balance of the sea has long been regarded as immovable.

Next Generation Tool For Visualizing Genomic Data Introduced:

Researchers are collecting vast amounts of diverse genomic data with ever-increasing speed, but effective ways to visualize these data in an integrated manner have lagged behind the ability to generate them.

Hot Peppers Really Do Bring The Heat:

Chili peppers can do more than just make you feel hot; the active chemical in peppers can directly induce thermogenesis, the process by which cells convert energy into heat, according to a new study.

Female Guppies Risk Death To Avoid Sexual Harassment:

Sexual harassment from male guppies is so bad that long-suffering females will risk their lives to escape it, according to new research from Dr Safi Darden and Dr Darren Croft from Bangor University.


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