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Monday, October 27, 2014

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

Icelandic volcano sits on massive magma hot spot

Posted: 24 Oct 2014 11:20 AM PDT

New research shows that high mantle temperatures miles beneath the Earth's surface are essential for generating large amounts of magma. In fact, the scientists found that Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano lies directly above the hottest portion of the North Atlantic mantle plume.

Relationships benefit when parents, adult children use multiple communication channels

Posted: 24 Oct 2014 11:20 AM PDT

Adult children's relationship satisfaction with their parents is modestly influenced by the number of communication tools, such as cell phones, email, social networking sites, they use to communicate, research has found.

Jetpacks and flamethrowers: Team infuses science into 'Minecraft' modification

Posted: 24 Oct 2014 09:07 AM PDT

The 3-D world of the popular "Minecraft" video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, "Polycraft World."

Cat dentals fill you with dread?

Posted: 24 Oct 2014 08:19 AM PDT

Over 50 percent of final year veterinary students in the UK do not feel confident either in discussing orodental problems with clients or in performing a detailed examination of the oral cavity of their small animal patients, a survey published has found. Once in practice, things don't always improve and, anecdotally, it seems many vets dread feline dental procedures.

Roman-Britons had less gum disease than modern Britons

Posted: 23 Oct 2014 04:35 PM PDT

The Roman-British population from c. 200-400 AD appears to have had far less gum disease than we have today, according to a study of skulls by a periodontist. The surprise findings provide further evidence that modern habits like smoking can be damaging to oral health.

Males of great bustard self-medicate to appear more attractive to females

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 11:36 AM PDT

Males of great bustard consume small doses of poison with a dual purpose: to eliminate internal parasites and, especially, to look healthier and stronger before females, allowing them to achieve a greater reproductive success. A team of researchers has now suggested for the first time that this function of self-medication could be a mechanism of sexual selection.

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