Dr. Karen Lindfors, a professor of radiology and chief of breast imaging at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, examines the mammogram of a patient. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Health

Routine mammograms do save lives: The science

The majority of research suggests the benefits of mammography screening greatly outweigh the harms for women over age 40.
The new species has a smaller head, and a distinctly ‘cinnamon’ colour compared with other orangutans. Maxime Aliaga

Environment

How we discovered a new species of orangutan in northern Sumatra

A group of fewer than 800 orangutans in northern Sumatra has been recognised as a new species - and they are already under threat from deforestation.
Is coconut oil all it’s really cracked up to be, or is it just another fad? Sebastien Gabriel/Unsplash

Science

Five claims about coconut oil debunked

Coconut oil is being hailed as the new "superfood", helping us lose weight and kill harmful bugs. But how do the claims stand up to scientific scrutiny?
When we sit, we accumulate calories and excess fat which can cause obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and death. The solution may be as simple as counting. (Shutterstock)

Health

How to stop sitting yourself to death

If you sit all day at work, then cancer, diabetes, heart disease and death are the likely outcomes. A cardiologist explains how the simple act of counting can reverse this evolutionary trend.
Masturbation is a natural and normal part of healthy sexual development. Eileen McFall

Sexuality

Happy news! Masturbation actually has health benefits

Conduct an Internet search for “masturbation,” and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of slang phrases for the act. This proliferation of slang phrases suggests people want to talk about masturbation…
A young breast-cancer patient in her home. Fototip/Shutterstock

Health

Is cancer just a question of ‘bad luck’?

Two US researchers have traced the majority of cancers to DNA replication errors during our natural cell replacement. Their finding asks for a renewed inquiry into the role of "chance" in cancer.
Climate change could severely impact the world’s coffee-producing nations and turn a cup of decent java into a luxury in the years to come. (Shutterstock)

Agriculture

How the coffee industry is about to get roasted by climate change

By 2100, more than 50 per cent of the land now used to grow coffee will no longer be arable. Climate change is changing the game to such an extent that Canada could one day become a coffee producer.
In the last four years Indonesia has rapidly increased its academic publications output. But it still has a lot of catching up to do to be on par with other countries in the region. Andreas Hie/www.shutterstock,com

Research

Indonesia’s knowledge sector is catching up, but a large gap persists

Indonesia has the potential to make important contributions through academic research and the dissemination of knowledge emerging from Indonesian universities.

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