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Antibiotic resistance found in microbes in Svalbard soil

Researchers have found that microbes from the thawing soil of Svalbard have anti-biotic resistant genes, according to research they published in the journal Environment International. Advertisements

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Autralopithecus sediba status as a species confirmed

According to the University of the Witwatersrand, three new papers have confirmed that autralopithecus sediba was in fact a distinct species. All three papers have been published in the open access journal PaleoAnthropology, along with an introduction focusing on sediba. The fossils were first found in the Cradle of Humankind in August of 2008. At […]

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Men disadvantaged over women in the first world? Looking at that study

According to the Metro UK, a new study has found that men are actually disadvantaged in comparison to women in the first world. You can read the actual study on PloS One. The Metro reported that the study’s authors claimed that previous research had focused on women’s issues, and thus produced biased results. Instead this […]

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Air pollution reduces productivity: Study

According to research by economists at the National University of Singapore air pollution reduces worker productivity. The team spent over a year getting information from China’s factories – interviewing managers in a dozen firms over four provinces. Finally they managed to get access to data from two textile mills, one in Henan and another in […]

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Springer Nature editors, what’s your job?

Recently biologist Jerry Coyne noted a paper in Springer Nature which appears not to have been edited, never mind peer reviewed. Errors that Coyne points out include the claim that humans and neanderthals never interbred (genetic evidence shows that they did), the claim that there are no intermediate species in the fossil record (there are) […]

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Spare the rod, the rod is what’s spoiling the child: Research

New research by the University of Michigan has looked into the effects of spanking children in poorer countries. According to the university they took data collected by UNICEF in 62 countries, focusing on three-to-four-year-olds. About a third of the caregivers said they believed physical punishment was necessary, and amongst the children studied 43% were spanked, […]

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