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Dinosaur Eggs Took a Long Time to Hatch; This May Have Contributed to Their Doom

New research on the teeth of fossilized dinosaur embryos indicates that the eggs of non-avian dinosaurs took a long time to hatch--between about three and six months.

The Mystery of the Earless Toads

More than 200 species of “true toads” have fully functional inner ears, but cannot fully use them because they have lost their tympanic middle ears, the part of the ear which transmits sound air pressures from the outside world to the inner ear. These “earless” toads rely on sounds to communicate, so why would they lose a sense that is key to their survival and reproduction?

(Embargo expired on 05-Jan-2017 at 00:00 ET)

Big Data Shows How What We Buy Affects Endangered Species

The things we consume, from iPhones to cars to IKEA furniture, have costs that go well beyond their purchase price. What if the soybeans used to make that tofu you ate last night were grown in fields that were hewn out of tropical rainforests? Or if that tee-shirt you bought came from an industrial area that had been carved out of high-value habitat in Malaysia?

Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk of Chronic Headache

Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of chronic headache, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The findings were published in Scientific Reports

Researchers Uncover Mechanism for Cancer-Killing Properties of Pepper Plant

– UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have uncovered the chemical process behind anti-cancer properties of a spicy Indian pepper plant called the long pepper, whose suspected medicinal properties date back thousands of years.

Additive Manufacturing: A New Twist for Stretchable Electronics?

Electronic components that can be elongated or twisted – known as “stretchable” electronics – could soon be used to power electronic gadgets, the onboard systems of vehicles, medical devices and other products.

New Study Estimates Frequency of Flight-Disrupting Volcanic Eruptions

Holidaymakers concerned about fresh volcanic eruptions causing flight-disrupting ash clouds across Northern Europe might be reassured by a study setting out the first reliable estimates of their frequency

Gambling Addiction Triggers the Same Brain Areas as Drug and Alcohol Cravings

Gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, suggests new research.

Foods Rich in Resistant Starch May Benefit Health

A new comprehensive review examines the potential health benefits of resistant starch, a form of starch that is not digested in the small intestine and is therefore considered a type of dietary fibre.

(Embargo expired on 05-Jan-2017 at 00:00 ET)

Hubble Detects 'Exocomets' Taking the Plunge Into a Young Star

Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! The comets are plunging into the star HD 172555, which resides 95 light-years from Earth. The comets were not seen directly around the star. Astronomers inferred their presence when they used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to detect gas that is likely the vaporized remnants of their icy nuclei.

(Embargo expired on 06-Jan-2017 at 15:15 ET)

Consumption of Grilled Meat Linked to Higher Mortality Risk Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Findings indicate that higher consumption of grilled, barbecued, and smoked meat may increase the mortality risk among breast cancer survivors.

Changing Antarctic Waters Could Trigger Steep Rise in Sea Levels

Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that led to the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets and a three metre rise in global sea levels.

Cosmic Source Found for Mysterious ‘Fast Radio Burst’

Cornell University researchers and a global team of astronomers have uncovered the cosmological source of a sporadically repeating milliseconds-long “fast radio burst.”

New Model Shows Companies How to Tailor Call Center Service to Different Customer Types

Call centres can be expensive as well as the source of lots of consumer angst. But companies can get more bang for their buck by doing a better job of coordinating marketing decisions that drive customers to call centres with operational ones about handling them once they get there, says a new study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

Medicaid Expansion Boosts Michigan’s Economy and Will More Than Pay for Itself

Michigan’s Medicaid expansion has boosted the state’s economy and budget, and will continue to do so for at least the next five years, a new study finds.

(Embargo expired on 04-Jan-2017 at 17:00 ET)

Radar Reveals Meltwater's Year-Round Life Under Greenland Ice

Exploring where liquid goes, even in winter

Increasing Rainfall in a Warmer World Will Likely Intensify Typhoons in Western Pacific

An analysis of the strongest tropical storms over the last half-century reveals that higher global temperatures have intensified the storms via enhanced rainfall. Rain that falls on the ocean reduces salinity and allows typhoons to grow stronger.

Postholiday Blues: Financial Planners Share Tips to Start Now for Better Budgeting

Kristy Archuleta and Sonya Britt, both associate professors in the Institute of Personal Financial Planning, offer tips for starting now to ensure financially merrier holidays in 2017.

Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map for Voyagers' Galactic Trek

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have measured the material along the Voyager 1 and 2 probes' trajectories as they move through space. Hubble data, combined with the Voyagers, have also provided new insights into how our sun travels through interstellar space.

(Embargo expired on 06-Jan-2017 at 11:15 ET)

Re-Wired: great stories you might have missed

This week's highlights of the week include: New insight on dinosaur eggs; Changing Antarctic waters and what that means; A warning for breast cancer survivors who eat grilled meat; Mystery of the Earless Toads; Source of those mysterious ‘Fast Radio Bursts’; and the frequency of flight-disrupting volcanic eruptions.