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Pluto may have deep seas, ancient faults

In July 2015 we get our first close look at the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon, Charon — a fact that has scientists hypothesising more than ever about what we might see there. One of the latest ideas put forward is that perhaps the collision that likely formed Pluto and Charon heated the interior of Pluto enough to give it an internal liquid [...] Read more

Eurycea subfluvicola: New Species of Salamander Discovered in Arkansas

Researchers from the University of Tulsa and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announced today the discovery of a new and unique species of aquatic salamander found at Lake Catherine State Park, near Hot Springs. A scientific paper describing the two-and-a-half inch long amphibian was recently published in the journal Zootaxa. The Ouachita [...] Read more

The Cradle of Thought: Growth, Learning, Play and Attachment in Neanderthal Children

A new study reported in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology challenges the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was short, difficult and dangerous. The traditional perception of the toughness of Neanderthal childhood is based largely on biological evidence, but archaeologists led by Dr Penny Spikins from the University of York also studied [...] Read more

Early Data in E-Cigarette Study May Raise Safety Concerns

A laboratory study presented early this year reported that the nicotine-laced vapor generated by an electronic cigarette promoted the development of cancer in certain types of human cells much in the same way that tobacco smoke does. Researchers involved in the little-noticed study emphasized that their findings were preliminary and that the study [...] Read more

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