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Number of known black holes expected to double in two years with new detection method
19th December 2016 | Space

Researchers from the University of Waterloo have developed a method that will detect roughly 10 black holes per year, doubling the number currently known within two years, and it will likely unlock the history of black holes in a little more than a decade.

Launch of mini-satellites gives forecasters eye into hurricanes
19th December 2016 | | Tech

Eight small satellites, designed to improve hurricane forecasts by detecting the wind speeds within storms, blasted off on Thursday aboard an air-launched Pegasus rocket, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

This flying robot is the newest expert inspecting your city’s bridges
19th December 2016 | Tech

Imagine strapping on a harness and dangling yourself over the side of a bridge, 100 feet in the air—the wind whipping past you, the earth far below. It might sound like a scene from a spy movie, or a fun idea for a vacation activity. For a bridge inspector, however, it’s just another day on the job.

Amazon makes first drone delivery
19th December 2016 | | Tech

Retail giant Amazon has made its first commercial delivery using a drone, in the UK.

The package arrived safely at its destination in Cambridge, 13 minutes after being ordered.

Related: Amazon just launched a cashier-free convenience store

Experimental Spinal Implant Improves Mobility and Grip 300% in Quadriplegics
19th December 2016 | Tech

In an experimental new treatment, a 32-electrode stimulator was implanted near the C-5 vertebrae in the middle of a patient’s neck, below the site of his spinal injury.

This procedure was first used on two cervical spinal-cord injury patients who displayed a 300% increase in finger mobility and grip strength.

Reindeer are shrinking: warming threatens Christmas icon
19th December 2016 | Animal Life

If Santa is recruiting helpers to haul Christmas presents around the world this year he had better take a few extra, said researchers Monday who warned that reindeer are shrinking.

Over the past 16 years, the weight of adult reindeer in Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic has dropped by 12 percent

When horses are in trouble they ask humans for help
19th December 2016 | | Animal Life

Research Fellow Monamie RINGHOFER and Associate Professor Shinya YAMAMOTO (Kobe University Graduate School of Intercultural Studies) have proved that when horses face unsolvable problems they use visual and tactile signals to get human attention and ask for help. The study also suggests that horses alter their communicative behavior based on humans’ knowledge of the situation.

Tibetan dogs can survive at high altitudes, thanks to ancient breeding with wolves
19th December 2016 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Tibetan mastiffs thrive where most dogs and people can’t: in the thin, frigid mountain air above 4000 meters. A new study suggests they acquired this talent by interbreeding with gray wolves that already ranged to such heights more than 20,000 years ago. Intriguingly, Tibetan people received their high-altitude fitness via the same mechanism—by interbreeding with now extinct humans known as Denisovans.

Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness
19th December 2016 | | Animal Life, Humans

Any pet owner will tell you that their animal companions comfort and sustain them when life gets rough. This may be especially true for people with serious mental illness, a study finds. When people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder were asked who or what helped them manage the condition, many said it was pets that helped the most.

Here’s What a Rat Looks Like When It’s Happy
19th December 2016 | Animal Life

Do rats feel joy? It can be hard to tell, since they can’t exactly greet us with a grin.

But now, for the first time, scientists have spotted the rat equivalent of a smile—and it’s all in the ears.

Alt: Study suggests rats smile with their ears

British people are nearly twice as happy as they think they are
19th December 2016 | | Humans

Joyful Brits underestimate the nation’s happiness by 45 per cent, according to a new poll on public perception.

Despite their gloomy estimations, nine in 10 British people consider themselves to be “very or rather happy.”

Number of teens who report doing drugs falls in 2016
19th December 2016 | | Humans

Fewer teenagers in the United States used drugs in 2016 than in previous decades. The positive news comes from an annual survey of almost 45,500 U.S. students in grades eight, 10 and 12.

Teens benefit from later high school start times
19th December 2016 | | Humans

Later high school start times are associated with positive outcomes among teens, including longer weekday sleep durations and reduced vehicular accident rates, research suggests.

Driving after less than five hours sleep is as dangerous as being drunk behind wheel
19th December 2016 | | Humans

Sleeping less than five hours a night and then getting behind the wheel is as dangerous as driving while drunk, a major study has found.

Related: Jet lag increases risk of liver cancer, new study suggests
Related: Australian researchers make major breakthrough in understanding cot death

Aging Is Reversible—at Least in Human Cells and Live Mice
18th December 2016 | | Animal Life, Humans, Tech

New research suggests it is possible to slow or even reverse aging, at least in mice, by undoing changes in gene activity—the same kinds of changes that are caused by decades of life in humans.

Alt: Scientists Say the Clock of Aging May Be Reversible

New, complex call recorded in Mariana Trench believed to be from baleen whale
18th December 2016 | | Animal Life

A sound in the Mariana Trench notable for its complexity and wide frequency range likely represents the discovery of a new baleen whale call, according to the researchers who recorded and analyzed it.

Orcas seen hunting and killing rare whales for the first time
18th December 2016 | | Animal Life

Killer whales off Australia have been seen killing and eating rare beaked whales – a behaviour never observed before.

Since 2014, a small team including Rebecca Wellard of Curtin University in Perth has been going out with commercial whale-watching boats to study killer whales off Australia’s south coast.

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