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Findings

This month’s scientific progress—good, bad, or simply strange.

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Vanuatu was struck by fatal diarrhea, lumpy skin disease debuted in Albania, camel pox broke out among Israeli and Palestinian dromedaries, and glanders was causing panic sales of studs across…

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FMRI studies of white Americans watching white people and black people being poked by a needle and rubbed by an eraser confirmed the well-established differential empathic activation for race (DEAR…

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Men and women perceive female faces with makeup as more attractive than those without, but men see such faces as more “prestigious” and women see them as more “dominant.” Singers…

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Americans experiencing a medical emergency in public receive assistance from bystanders 4.2 percent of the time if they are white and 1.8 percent of the time if they are black,…

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A study of 4,494 Swedish twins found gay men to be better at theater. Young adults approve of mama’s boys, but think they should act less feminine. Male–male same-sex genital…

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Researchers found that birthrates in the United States are positively correlated with Google searches for “before you get married,” “pregnancy workout,” “baby diarrhea,” and “baby car seat”; and are negatively…

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Primatologists described an episode among Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) wherein Ekko, a male, sexually inspected Sidony, an old female, then changed his mind and began to mate with Kondor,…

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Conservative voters value deep voices and square jaws, whereas liberal voters prefer feminine faces. Government instability leads both white and black Americans to favor light-skinned politicians. Dying black people may…

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Researchers debuted the Geek Culture Engagement Scale, which quantifies participation in such activities as Renaissance faires, screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and B.D.S.M. Female U.S. college students with…

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It was determined that nine of ten Canadians who kill their minor stepchildren are men, that the U.S. health-care system is not equipped to address the needs of pregnant men,…

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A jaguar named Salman was sent away from the Delhi zoo for being too fat to mate, and a former meerkat expert at the London Zoo was ordered to pay…

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The universe is still dying but Earth is not, after all, about to run out of helium. The planet was found to have 3 trillion trees, not 400 billion; humanity was found…

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Stem-cell researchers achieved totipotency. Officials denied that dildos hanging from the power lines of Portland, Oregon, presented an imminent threat. Men whose masculinity was threatened by scientists claimed nearly twice…

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An Orange County, California, man accused a dolphin of punching his daughter, and scientists dismissed fears that the pacu fish, recently sighted in New Jersey, has a taste for testicles.…

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Studies continued to find that e-cigarettes are harmful in numerous ways, and the degree of harm varies among Banana Pudding (Southern Style), Hot Cinnamon Candies, and Menthol Tobacco flavors. Airplane…

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For every percentage point the foreclosure rate increased during the subprime-mortgage crisis, the average block in mixed black and white American neighborhoods gained 9.6 black residents and lost 4.5 white…

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Older U.S. kindergartners do better than their peers when they reach elementary and middle school but are more likely to drop out of high school and become felons. Approximately 3.6…

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Psychologists warned against treating autism with antifungals, antivirals, bleach enemas, camel’s milk, chelation, chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, dolphins, extended breast-feeding, Floortime, gluten- and casein-free diets, horses, hyperbaric oxygen, hypnotherapy, magnetic shoe…

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Penguins have lost the ability to taste fish. A South Korean woman’s hair was eaten by a robot, and U.S. conservatives were found to be culturally East Asian. Americans who…

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Researchers who spent sixteen months observing an Illinois cardinal who is half white and half red, and correspondingly half female and half male, announced that the bird does not mate…

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H.I.V. was found to be evolving toward mildness, male Ebola survivors were urged to handle their semen with care, and an extensive review of scientific literature confirmed that loneliness is…

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The Swedish authors of the Human Protein Atlas designated the testes, in which 999 proteins are more active than they are anywhere else in the body, as having the most…

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Autistic children sit for an extra seventy minutes per day; have extra, unpruned synapses in the brain, which may be prunable with drugs that restore brain cells’ autophagy; and exhibit…

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A Thai woman fed herself to crocodiles. Invasive Japanese stiltgrass, in preventing wolf spiders from finding and cannibalizing one another, was causing the spiders to eat more young American toads.…

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Researchers announced that a pedestrian visiting Las Vegas is one thirtieth as likely to be killed by a car as is a homeless person living in Las Vegas, that rhesus…

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Polish biologists described a long-term pattern of recurrent fellatio between two castrated brown bears. During six years of observation at a Croatian zoo, the recipient-bear and provider-bear never switched roles.…

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Octopuses possess a chemical that prevents self-sucking, and can differentiate other octopuses’ severed tentacles from their own, which they rarely eat. Piscivory was reported among spiders on all continents save…

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Four new carnivorous sponges, fourteen new dancing frogs, twenty-four new caterpillar-mummifying wasps, and one new nickel-hyperaccumulator plant were described. Three subspecies of yellow-shouldered bat were elevated to species. Hawfinches (Coccothraustes…

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