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From your life history in poop to jealous pups, here are the most interesting stories in Science this week. Check 'em out.
Travelling and getting sick changes the composition of the bacteria in the gut. A recent study looked at gut and saliva bacteria over twelve months to discover how stable microbiota are.
[Full Story: Is Your Life Story Written in Your Poop?]
And cat poop:
Researchers are working to harness an immune system response triggered by the Toxoplamsa gondii parasite to attack and fight tumors. This parasite is commonly found in cat poop.
[Full Story: Your Cat's Poop Could One Day Treat Cancer]
While searching for life in the Universe, astronomers should look for atmospheric pollution on alien planets. A new study says using the James Webb Space Telescope to detect CFCs in alien atmospheres, life could be found.
[Full Story: Alien Smog: How Pollution Could Help Locate E.T.]
Oldest near-death experience report:
The report of a near-death experience from 1740 was randomly found by Dr. Phillip Charlier while looking into the history of 18th century medicine. The report, written by Pierre-Jean du Monchaux, expresses a modern description of near-death experience when most views of that time period explain the event through a religious lens.
'Uncontacted' tribe catches flu:
Authorities are concerned that a group of people who have lived in isolation from the developed world may have contracted the flu after voluntarily making contact with a neighboring people. Seven people from the secluded tribe became sick shortly after dealing with the outsiders.
[Full Story: 'Uncontacted' Amazon People Treated for Flu]
Is Antarctica getting icier?
Scientists surprisingly are reporting Antarctic ice is expanding. Yet, a more recent report indicates the noted expansion may be due to an error in new data processing and recording techniques.
Dogs get jealous:
New studies indicate jealousy is not an emotion humans alone feel. The new finding suggests jealousy is a primitive emotion experienced by other animals, including dogs.
[Full Story: That's My Owner! Dogs Get Jealous, Too]
Terrorizing tyrannosaur gangs:
The discovery of several parallel t-rex tracks in Canada backs the arguable premise that the menacing monsters hunted in packs.
[Full Story: Tyrannosaur 'Gangs' Terrorized Ancient Landscape]
Egyptian carving discovered:
An Egyptian carving dating more than 3,300 years ago was recently discovered in an tomb. The figure had been defaced and then later restored.
The physics of great guitar playing:
David Robert Grimes wanted to understand in depth how working guitar strings maniuplates the pitch. Grimes created equations for creating different pitches and believes the findings of his research could be useful for instrument manufacturers.
[Full Story: String Theory: The Physics of Master Guitar Playing]