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High-Tech Toothbrush Corrects Common Brushing Errors

More commonly, people hold their toothbrushes perpendicular to their teeth and gums, said Alexander Kandemir, inventor of the new iBrush 365. The gums should make a tight seal with the teeth, but holding a toothbrush perpendicular to the teeth pushes the gums upward and makes them start to pull away, he added.


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Get in the Action: 'Transformers' Director Tackles Virtual Reality

It looks like Michael Bay is jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon. The director, known for Hollywood blockbusters such as "The Rock," "Armageddon" and "Transformers," is joining forces with The Rogue Initiative, a production studio that specializes in creating interactive virtual reality experiences. The partnership was announced today (June 15), with Bay and the Los Angeles-based studio saying they will create immersive virtual reality (VR) content that blends traditional storytelling in filmmaking with action sequences that viewers will be able to experience up close with VR tech.


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Sharks' Evening 'Rush Hour' Discovered

If sharks at the Pacific atoll of Palmyra used Google Maps, they'd see a lot of red dashes for traffic between 7 and 8 o'clock every evening. "Sharks are in trouble worldwide, so we need to be thinking about new tools and new technologies for studying them, and this one — which wasn't designed for scientific applications — worked very well," lead study author Douglas McCauley, a marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, said in a statement.


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Apple's New App: Can Deep Breathing Lower Stress?

A new app from Apple coaches you through breathing exercises, but do these exercises really help reduce stress? This week, Apple announced a number of new features for the Apple Watch, including an app due out this fall called Breathe, which will "encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction," the company said in a statement. The watch can track a user's heart rate, and so at the end of a session, users will see a summary of their heart rate data, Apple said.

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Procrastinators Beware: Insomnia Linked with Putting Things Off

People who procrastinate may be more likely to have insomnia, according to a new study. The new results show that sleep problems may be an important and overlooked outcome of procrastination, the researchers said in their study, which will be published in the October issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

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Satellite tags aim to shed light on endangered hawksbill sea turtle migration

By Matthew Stock June 16 (Reuters) - Scientists are tagging hawksbill sea turtles in a key South Pacific breeding ground, hoping that information fed to satellites will help them better understand the endangered species' nesting, feeding and migration patterns. With Thursday marking World Sea Turtle Day, environmental organization Nature Conservancy said it and local conservation officers are carrying out the project in the Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area in the Solomon Islands, the largest hawksbill rookery in the South Pacific. Turtle tagging is not new but a hawksbill satellite program on this scale has never previously been done in the Arnavons, Richard Hamilton of the Nature Conservancy said in a video release.

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Freaky! New Frog Mating Position Discovered

A new frog mating position, only the seventh type ever observed, has been discovered in the monsoonal forests of India. "Species such as the Bombay night frog, which are endemic to small regions (most often outside protected areas and threatened with anthropogenic activities), definitely require conservation prioritization," study leader Sathyabhama Das Biju, an amphibian researcher at the University of Delhi, told Live Science in an email. This made fieldwork a "very challenging experience," Biju said.


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Mysterious Earthen Mounds Discovered in Ancient Cambodian Cities

Using airborne laser-scanning equipment, archaeologists have discovered vast fields of dome-shaped earthen mounds, arranged into gridded patterns, in 1,000-year-old Cambodian cities. The scientists are puzzled as to what these vast "dome fields" (as archaeologists sometimes call them) would have been used for around 1,000 years ago, calling them "the most enigmatic features" from this archaeological landscape. In addition to the dome fields, archaeologists also found mounds shaped into geometric patterns, such as spirals.


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The Science of Mass Shooters: What Drives a Person to Kill?

Just days after a gunman opened fire in a gay club in Orlando, Florida, a complex and sometimes contradictory picture of his motivations is emerging. He called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to the jihadist group ISIS and its rival, the al-Nusra Front, according to the FBI. He was known to spew hatred against women, Jews, black people and gays, but apparently used gay dating apps and visited Pulse (the nightclub he would later attack) regularly for years, according to multiple people who knew him before the shooting.  

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