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Ants can save each other’s limbs, new research shows

Surgeons amputate a limb when a traumatic injury causes extensive tissue destruction, or in cases of severe infection or disease. But humans aren’t the only ones who perform such procedures. New research shows that some ants amputate limbs from injured comrades to increase their chances of survival. The behavior was documented in Florida carpenter ants — scientific name Camponotus floridanus …

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Scientists think they know why people live so long: mothers

Why do people live so long? A new study suggests that caring for a mother may be a key part of it. The study, from Cornell Universitysays that the reason humans and other primates live so long can be at least partly explained by the mother-child bond. Maternal care leads to the evolution of “long, slow lives,” noted the studypublished …

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