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10 reasons making music is good for your brain

Turns out Mom and Dad were right: those piano lessons and the endless hours in school band practice were good for you. From making you smarter, to diminishing the effects of brain aging, to improving emotional stability, it seems that…

Huge freshwater aquifer found under the ocean

Scientists have found a giant aquifer under the Northeastern U.S., estimated to hold at least 670 cubic miles of freshwater. If it was on the surface, they say, it would create a lake spanning 15,000 square miles, which is twice…

Scientists Suggest Turning Methane Into Carbon Dioxide Could Reduce Global Warming – Forbes

A group of climate researchers from Stanford University have proposed that an effort to turn one of the worst greenhouse gases, methane, into carbon dioxide – not the worst greenhouse, but much more abundant – could still work out positive for the…

How octopus arms make decisions

Researchers studying the behavior and neuroscience of octopuses have long suspected that the animals’ arms may have minds of their own. A new model is the first attempt at a comprehensive representation of information flow between the octopus’s suckers, arms and brain, based on previous research in octopus neuroscience and behavior, and new video observations conducted in the lab.

Greenland Ice-Loss Predictions Are Clouded By Clouds

Predicting where, how and how quickly Greenland’s ice will melt is difficult. Projections by the best models are cloudy, and new research suggests clouds are doing the clouding. Currently, models of Greenland’s melting ice sheet put the greatest emphasis on…

Famous rescue dog Frida earns her retirement

[embedded content] Wearing serious goggles, all-terrain boots and a khaki padded vest, Frida the search and rescue dog is a social media hero. But it’s her amazing life-saving work and not her style that has earned her accolades. In her…

Community rallies to reunite man and dog

Mr. Williams walked into an animal shelter in metro Atlanta on Friday afternoon with a heavy heart. His best friend, Lucky, walked faithfully by his side, no idea what was in store. The pair had been evicted from their home…