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10 Mysterious Phenomena That Science Can’t Explain — Aliens, Yawning and Spooky Rocks

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Science can explain a lot of things — why women need more sleep; why waist trainers are bullshit; why you should be sleeping naked; why certain foods can make you better in bed. But it can’t explain everything. There are a number of commonplace phenomena that continue to stump scientists.

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10 Mysterious Phenomena That Science Can't Explain — Aliens, Yawning and Spooky Rocks

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This New Discovery Could Lead to a Cure for Parkinson’s Disease

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The cells in your immune system eat 100 billion dead cells in your body every day. 

But sometimes, your body eats living cells, too — even though it’s not supposed to. Scientists don’t know why, but a new study from a team at the Salk Institute says that cellular barbarism might be the key to treating a host of neurodegenerative diseases.

Most people think by the time you’re an adult, you’re done making new neurons. But some parts of your brain are molecular busybodies and want to keep making them, so you end up with a lot more neurons than you need, and they end up dying.

To keep the neurons in check and not turn your body into a big neural graveyard, your immune system uses what are called microglia to clean out the dead neurons. Microglia are pretty much the trash collectors of your central nervous system. Unlike synaptic pruning, which just nibbles off the connections between neurons, this process — called phagocytosis — involves eating entire cells.

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This New Discovery Could Lead to a Cure for Parkinson's Disease

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Losing Someone You Love Can Literally Break Your Heart

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It turns out that being brokenhearted after the death of a loved one isn’t just a euphemism — it’s possible that the loss of a partner may actually trigger an irregular heartbeat, according to a new study, especially when the loss is sudden.

“People are more likely to develop an irregular heartbeat following the death of their spouse or life partner, particularly if they’re younger or the loved one died unexpectedly,” reported HealthDay on Wednesday, citing a study conducted by Danish researchers and published Tuesday in the journal Open Heart.

The study found that the risk of atrial fibrillation, a kind of heart arrhythmia, was 41 percent higher among people whose partners had died compared to those who hadn’t experienced the death of a partner, HealthDay reported, and an unexpected death seems to play an even greater role in that risk. 

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Surgeons Have Completed the First HIV-Positive Organ Transplants — Here’s Why It Matters

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Every year, around 17,000 kidney transplants and 6,000 liver transplants are performed in the U.S. But there was something special about two recent kidney and liver transplants performed at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center.

The kidney and liver came from a deceased donor with HIV, and they were transplanted into patients who also have HIV. They’re the first HIV-positive organ transplants since the 2013 repeal of an outdated law banning people with HIV from donating their organs.

“This is an unbelievably exciting day for our hospital and our team, but more importantly, for patients living with both HIV and end-stage organ disease,” Dr. Dorry L. Segev, professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a statement. 

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“Hobbits” Were Real and We Might Have Killed Them, Sorry

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Middle Earth-dwelling hobbits may not be a total fantasy: It turns out that smallish, probably hairy humans lived many years ago, and new scientific evidence suggests that our Homo sapiens ancestors may be the reason they’re not around today.

Scientists first discovered Homo floresiensis, a small “primitive hominin species” in Indonesia during excavations that took place from 2001 to 2004, according to an article published in Nature this week. Standing at about 3 feet tall, their size earned the newly discovered species the nickname “hobbits,” after the race of small people in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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Lizard Found Preserved In Amber Is 99-Million-Years-Old, Scientists Say

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A fossilized lizard found in Southeast Asia preserved in amber dates back some 99 million years, Florida scientists have determined, making it the oldest specimen of its kind and a “missing link” for reptile researchers.

The lizard is some 75 million years older than the previous record holder, according to researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History, who announced the finding this week.

It was found decades ago in a mine along with other ancient, well-preserved reptile fossils, but the U.S. scientists were able to analyze the finds only recently.

“It was incredibly exciting to see these animals for the first time,” Edward Stanley, a member of the research team, said on Saturday. “It was exciting and startling, actually, how well they were preserved.”

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Manmade Earthquakes Are Putting Even More Of The Country At Risk

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  • This is the first USGS hazard report to factor in manmade earthquakes.
  • The oil and gas industry is considered the primary cause of such quakes.
  • Seven million Americans risk facing one in 2016.

Millions of Americans live in areas that could be affected by manmade earthquakes in the next year, according a new assessment from the U.S. Geological Survey. 

The oil and gas industry’s wastewater disposal methods are putting about 7 million people at risk, the federal agency announced Monday in an earthquake hazard report. It’s common for companies to dispose of a drilling byproduct called wastewater by injecting it underground. This practice puts additional pressure on faults in the ground and drives them apart, scientists have observed. 

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