New Report Lists 36 Diseases Cats Can Give Us — and How to Prevent Them

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Our feline companions can pass parasites, pathogens and more on to us. (Credit: Lario/Shutterstock) A good snuggle with a cat can improve anyone’s day — well, assuming you don’t have allergies. But like any other animal, our domestic felines can carry disease, and sometimes those illnesses pass to us. Updated guidelines from the American Association of Feline Practitioners include a list of which diseases cat owners might be at risk for. Zoonotic Worries The 36 ...read more

Boosting Testosterone Helps Women Run Longer, Study Finds

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Caster Semenya (right) competes during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Semenya filed a discrimination lawsuit against the International Association of Athletics Federations, challenging a rule that female athletes' testosterone levels must be below a certain limit. (Credit: CP DC Press/Shutterstock) New research finds that women with boosted testosterone levels develop more lean muscle mass and can run longer before getting tired. Though some researchers and activists think t ...read more

Jupiter Shields Europa from Cosmic Rays That Could Erase Evidence of Life

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(Credit: Britney Schmidt/Dead Pixel VFX/Univ. of Texas at Austin) Europa, one of Jupiter’s four largest moons, has an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy crust. In the coming years, scientists hope to send probes to the world to study the chemistry of its ocean and look for possible signs of alien life. One challenge in this quest is figuring out whether radiation hitting Europa would tamper with potential chemical evidence of life. Luckily, it seems that scientists won’t ha ...read more

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