Science & Health

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Male ducks have some of the weirdest junk in nature -- a ludicrously long, corkscrew-shaped member that evolved on account of an ongoing battle of the sexes. New research shows that the social environment in which the male duck finds himself in has a pronounced effect on the length of his penis, a finding that may finally put the "size matters" debate to rest. For ducks.

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"I don't know" and "yes" are very different things. "I don't know if my child is allergic to peanuts" does not mean, "yes, I should feed my child peanuts." "I don't know if this berry is poisonous" does not mean, "yes, I should eat this berry." And "I don't know if light drinking will harm my pregnancy" does not mean, "I should drink alcohol while I'm pregnant."

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On Monday, a team of scientists in Australia announced an exciting breakthrough: For the first time, researchers were able to turn light into sound on a microchip. But -- as crazy-sounding new physics applications tend to be -- it's probably going to be a long time before you see one of these chips on a computer you can buy. More importantly, what the heck does "turn light into sound" even mean?

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Online dating apps, pornography, advertising, and the continued existence of the human race all testify to a healthy, ongoing interest in sex among human beings, despite the fact that millennials appear to be having less of it. Until the day pills or radiation extinguish the last embers of human horniness, sex will likely continue to shape and govern society in all kinds of ways.

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At 6am AEST this morning, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake at a shallow depth of 51km occurred 7.2 km south east of Izúcar de Matamoros, in the Puebla region in Mexico.

The quake has led to building collapsing seemingly out of nowhere after the event.

Dr Behzad Fatahi, Associate Professor of Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering at The University of Technology in Sydney explains exactly what is happening.

Shared from Lifehacker Australia

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Last week, Australians began to receive postal survey forms enabling them to have their say on whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalised. For some people, this is a matter of conscience and human rights but for others, the vote is based on their religious beliefs.

The various churches and faiths of Australia have all taken different stances and provided different reasons for how their constituents should vote. We've collated the views of eight major faiths: from Hillsong Church to the Australian National Imams Council.

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You may not know the name Gin D. Wong, but you definitely know his work. He's responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, including the Theme Building at the Los Angeles Airport (pictured above), and he even inspired the designers of the legendary 1962 animated TV show The Jetsons. Wong died on September 1 at the age of 94.

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6,500 home battery systems were installed across Australia in 2016. In the first half of 2017 alone that number has jumped to 7,000 - with analysts predicting at least 20,000 battery installations by the end of the year.

The cost of battery system installations has dropped - mainly due to increased competition among wholesalers - but only by five per cent. So what is causing the sudden and significant uptake? The rising cost of electricity, apparently.

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A new study from researchers at Western Sydney University shows how radio astronomy can help our understanding of how galaxies form and evolve - and could change everything about how we study the universe.

The team believes we are on track to uncover "strange new objects" and phenomena never seen before, by harnessing the power of radio astronomy to map the sky and make it accessible online.

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Spiders are typically thought of as solitary creatures that don't partake in social pleasantries unless it has something to do with mating. But as new research shows, the African velvet spider is an exception to this rule. Mother spiders are assisted by closely-related virgin females who, in addition to engaging in child-rearing tasks, offer themselves up as a sacrificial meal for the spiderlings.

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From a young age, human children learn that a rattle won't make a noise until it's shaken, and that placing fingers on a hot stove is a terrible idea. New research suggests that wolves, like humans, have a knack for identifying these kinds of cause-and-effect relationships, but that domesticated dogs do not. This finding suggests that domestication may have debilitated doggie brains, but there are other possible factors to consider as well.

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Holy shit, stop, please stop. When a crazy person says something crazy in real life, we ignore them. But for some reason on the internet we decide that every crazy person is worth listening to, news outlets with large audiences write about their fever dreams, and less crazy people suddenly get concerned because now every news outlet is the National Enquirer spewing hot garbage about some made-up astronomy bolstered by someone's ridiculous fake religious enlightenment.

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Over the weekend, a confusing back-and-forth between the White House and the Wall Street Journal briefly reignited hopes that the US would remain an active participant in the Paris Climate Agreement. Following a climate change conference in Montreal, which the US was not attending in an official capacity, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete told the WSJ that "The US has stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement".