Behold, the face of a Neolithic dog

He was a very good boy.

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Surprising Science
  • A forensic artist in Scotland has made a hyper realistic model of an ancient dog.
  • It was based on the skull of a dog dug up in Orkney, Scotland, which lived and died 4,000 years ago.
  • The model gives us a glimpse of some of the first dogs humans befriended.
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Dubai to build the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant

Can you make solar power work when the sun goes down? You can, and Dubai is about to run a city that way.

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Technology & Innovation
  • A new concentrated solar plant is under construction in Dubai.
  • When it opens next year, it will be the largest plant of its kind on Earth.
  • Concentrated solar power solves the problem of how to store electricity in ways that solar pannels cannot.
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'Swallowing sperm' linked to lower risk of recurring miscarriage, researchers say

Don't get too excited, there is a catch to the study.

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Sex & Relationships
  • A new study finds a relationship between how often women gave their partners oral sex and the number of miscarriages they'd endured.
  • While it demonstrates correlation, the study does not prove causation.
  • The study will undoubtedly be the catalyst for further studies into this area.
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High-fructose corn syrup fuels growth of cancerous tumors, new research suggests

A new study has some disturbing implications for rodents who like a nice soda.

A doctor locates cancer in a tumor present in the tissues of a breast fragment. Photo credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP / Getty Images
Surprising Science
  • A new study finds that mice who drink the equivalent of one can of soda a day grew larger tumors than other mice who drank water.
  • All of the mice in the study were predisposed to developing cancer, so it is unknown if the corn syrup had any effect on the rate at which they got the disease.
  • The results may be applicable to humans, but it is far too early to say that for certain.
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