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  • Men have limited options for birth control. Now, researchers have developed a new compound that slows down sperm to the point where they can no longer swim, potentially paving the way for a male contraceptive that doesn’t affect natural hormones and is reversible.
  • Although familiar in our own homes, scientists have for the first time discovered which insects pollinate Venus flytraps in their native environment, and why they appear to be getting away from being the plant’s next meal.
  • ​Someday in the not-too-distant future, getting rid of those unwanted "love handles" may be as easy as applying skin patches to your lower abdomen. In experiments on obese mice, researchers have successfully used such patches to slim the creatures down.
  • ​When it comes to obliterating blood clots, doctors have at least two options: intravascular ultrasound tools or tiny diamond-tipped drills. Unfortunately, both approaches have drawbacks. A new ultrasound "drill," however, may strike the perfect balance between the two.
  • We already knew that fat could accumulate pretty much anywhere on our bodies, but we kind of thought our bones, at least, were a fat-free zone. Sadly, it turns out that's not at all the case. But just like all our other pudge, bone fat can also be blasted by exercise.
  • ​​From bacteria to butterflies, creatures have long relied upon the Earth's magnetic field to navigate. Eels are another animal that possess this fascinating ability​, but researchers have discovered that they use the talent in a unique way that lets them travel far with minimal energy.​
  • Hyper-responsiveness might be something you'd like from your cell phone company. But in the lungs, hyper-responsiveness is a major hallmark of asthma. Researchers believe they may have found a protein that can combat this extreme reaction of the lungs, which could one day wind up in an inhaler.
  • Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that kills most patients within two years of diagnosis. Tests on mice last year showed that stem cells can hunt down the tumors, and now the process has worked with human cells, and can be quick enough to beat the ticking time-bombs.
  • Could proponents of microdosing, the Silicon Valley productivity trend that involves taking tiny hits of LSD, be on to something? A new study revealing the reason acid trips last such a long time suggests maybe.
  • According to the CDC, every year 60,000-100,000 people die in the US alone from blood clots formed from conditions known as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolisms. Now, a new patch developed by researchers in North Carolina could help battle these life-threateners in a novel way.
  • When people suffer from conditions such as Alzheimer's, autism or schizophrenia, however, that function can be compromised. Now, scientists have discovered that help for such individuals may lie in the form of zapping their brains while they sleep.​
  • Researchers are using drone technology to track shark behaviour along coastal waters, a project that could not only teach us more about the animals and their environments, but one day protect beachgoers, too.
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