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Sperm stored in space makes healthy baby mice on Earth

Lengthy stays on board the International Space Station don’t seem to hurt sperm fertility. In a new study, mice on Earth successfully gave birth to litters of pups after being fertilized with sperm that had been freeze-dried for nearly a year on the ISS.

The point of this study …

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The brain starts to eat itself after chronic sleep deprivation

In the short term, this might be beneficial – clearing potentially harmful debris and rebuilding worn circuitry might protect healthy brain connections. But it may cause harm in the long term, and could explain why a chronic lack of sleep puts people at risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological …

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Trump Budget Would Slash Science Programs Across Government

US President Donald Trump released a revised budget plan on May 23 that would slash science spending across the federal government in 2018. Biomedical, public-health and environmental research programs are among those that would be pared back.

Those cuts, along with deep reductions in programs for the poor, are balanced …

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Alien Megastructure Star is dimming its light again

The “Alien Megastructure” star is acting up again, and scientists around the world are puzzled. On Thursday morning, astronomer Matt Muterspaugh noticed something different with KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby’s Star or the Alien Megastructure star.

The Kepler data showed that the star experienced some extreme fluctuations in …

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Mount Everest: Bodies of four climbers found in tent

Four climbers have been found dead inside a tent on Mount Everest, taking the death toll this season to 10.

This season has also claimed the lives of an Australian, Francesco Marchetti; an Indian, Ravi Kumar,; and 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan, who died as the world's oldest person to reach …

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Zimbabwe hunter 'crushed to death by shot elephant'

A professional big-game hunter was crushed to death by an elephant that had been shot, according to reports in South Africa. Mr Botha's website says he began leading hunting safaris on private ranches in 1989, having previously served as a sergeant in the South African infantry.

His website lists various …

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Flamingo balancing act saves energy

Now, a team from the US has shown that flamingos employ no active muscular effort when they're unipedal, meaning they are also expending less energy. A passive mechanism is engaged in the one-legged position, allowing flamingos to stand proud while having a doze.

Now, Prof Young-Hui Chang, from the Georgia …

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Google's surprisingly fun $5,000 ‘whiteboard’

Google's Jamboard is a digital, internet-connected “whiteboard” that looks like a blown-up children’s tablet.

The product is expensive at nearly $5,000 (though $4,000 less than Microsoft's Surface Hub), and it only includes relatively basic functionality. But the Jamboard already feels like a fun, useful way to work …

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