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Extreme Winters: Advance Warning

Severe UK winters, like the 'big freeze' of 2009/10, can now be better forecast months in advance using the Met Office's latest model. A new study, published today, Friday 14 September, in IOP...

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Disgusting! Sexual Arousal Makes Us Less Squeamish

Well, we've all done things in the heat of passion that, in other circumstances, would seem a touch yucky (now give that hairbrush a good wash, madam). Actually, in the cold light of morning, the...

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Sex and Women, It’s a Magazine Thing. Or not.

"Our results suggest that the complex and sometimes conflicting representations of female sexuality proliferating in the mass media and popular culture could potentially have both empowering and...

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Glass Half Full?

The speed at which an alcoholic beverage is drunk will influence the level of intoxication experienced, and also the number of drinks consumed in a single drinking session. Therefore, slowing...

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Extra Terrestrial Life, on Earth?

Results from an expedition to far eastern Russia that set out to find the origin of naturally occurring quasicrystals have provided convincing evidence that they arrived on Earth from outer space....

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Playmates: How playfulness attracts partners

playfulness may serve an evolutionary role in human mating preferences by signaling positive qualities to potential long-term mates. Just as birds display bright plumage or coloration, men may...

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Mega-wasp, coming to a litterbin near you

Mega-wasp, coming to a litterbin near you...

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Hangover? Might Be Better Than You Think

Alcoholic drinks aren't generally put into the category of health food, but in some cases they might be just the cure for nasty parasites. That's according to a study published online on February 16...

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Computers sing to a better tune

Now, Akio Watanabe and Hitoshi Iba have turned to evolution to help them devise a novel algorithm that compares the frequency curves from real human performances and uses them to home in on a more...

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Soft Generators: Goodbye Batteries of Old

One revolutionary concept being pursued by a team of researchers in New Zealand involves creating "wearable energy harvesters" capable of converting movement from humans or found in nature into...

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