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Nature Documentaries May Help Ease Aggression in Prisons

Now, a new small study suggests that showing nature documentaries to inmates may help to ease aggression in prisons. The study took place in the Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon, in a maximum-security unit housing 48 inmates. Over a year in which half of the inmates had an opportunity to watch nature videos projected in a recreation yard, those who saw the videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent infractions than those who didn't.


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Strange Beasts: Why Human-Animal Chimeras Might Be Coming

The federal government may soon lift its ban on funding research that uses so-called human-animal chimeras. Yesterday, the National Institutes of Health announced it plans to consider funding research that would inject human stem cells into animal embryos. Previously, the NIH had issued a moratorium on funding this type of research while the institute considered whether new regulation policies were needed.

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Are People More Likely to Cheat at the 'Danger Age' ?

Do other studies of infidelity back up this claim? In 2014, researchers Adam L. Alter and Hal E. Hershfield at New York University and the University of California, Los Angeles, respectively, performed six studies to investigate the behaviors of adults during their "9-ending ages" (ages 29, 39, 49, etc.), including their propensity for extramarital affairs. The researchers obtained data from an online dating site similar to Illicit Encounters, where users are already in supposedly monogamous relationships.

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Woman's Deadly Infection Linked to Horse Riding

The 71-year-old woman had visited her daughter, who operates a horse boarding and riding center in King County, Washington, the report said. The report is published in the Aug. 5 issue of the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Women Held Important Role in 'America's 1st City,' Burial Mound Reveals

The remains of women and a child have been discovered at a burial mound at Cahokia, considered North America's first city, which previously was thought to hold only men, researchers say. A closer look at a grave at Cahokia, located in Illinois near St. Louis, Missouri, has revealed that a blanket of beads is intertwined around a man and a woman of high status. Archaeologist Melvin Fowler, who died in 2008, discovered the enormous burial ground in 1967 during the excavation of an unusual mound with a ridgetop.


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Unseen Singles: How Science Misrepresents the Unmarried

The science of singles is sorely lacking, said Bella DePaulo, author of "Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2007). "There are so many false beliefs out there about single people and single life," DePaulo told Live Science ahead of a talk today (Aug. 5) at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Denver.


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May the Best Drone Win: Vehicles Race in First-Ever Liberty Cup

Drone racing, a cross between Formula 1 (F1) auto competitions and a real-life wireless Nintendo game, is poised to become the next big sport — with a high-tech twist. This past week, the Liberty Science Center hosted the first-ever Liberty Cup, a drone competition taking place in Jersey City, New Jersey, just miles (and one river) away from New York City. Pilots donned first-person view (FPV) goggles, which allowed the contestants to see the aerial course from a drone's-eye view.


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Rare 'Whale Fall' Spotted by Deep-Sea Scientists

A rare sight was recently captured by scientists aboard a deep-sea exploration vessel: the skeleton of a fallen whale. "Coming across a natural whale fall is pretty uncommon," a Nautilus researcher said in the video. The ecological impacts of a whale fall are far-reaching.


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