Study Suggests Wolves Show Empathy Through Yawning

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_1a722d7c55.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Not only are wolves social animals, similar in some ways to humans and chimpanzees, but according to a new study, they may also share a propensity for contagious yawning, just like primates. According to the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, wolves do yawn contagiously, but perhaps more interestingly, they are more prone to do so around other wolves with which they are closely bonded.

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A Look Inside a Slum Cut Off by the Ebola Outbreak

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_b304165c89.jpgDr. Richard Besser/ABC News (MONROVIA, Liberia) -- The streets outside West Point are empty of pedestrians. Shops normally bustling with activity are boarded up. This poor community in the capital of Liberia, one of four West African countries affected by the worst-ever Ebola outbreak, has been quarantined – barricaded off from the rest of the region by barbed wire fences patrolled by police and military personnel.

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Surgeons Get 'Dress Rehearsals' with 3D-Printed Body Parts

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_5ebe9c0c27.jpgCourtesy Boston Children's Hospital (BOSTON) -- Though doctors spend decades perfecting their crafts, they don’t exactly get dress rehearsals when it comes to performing complex surgeries on one-of-a-kind patients. Enter the 3D printer. At Boston Children’s Hospital, doctors perform practice surgeries with replicas of their patients’ body parts.

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Obese Boys Start Feeling Bullied at Age 6

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_ea9082e229.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) -- The social problems for kids who are overweight or obese include bullying, which many assume begins in later grades of primary school or in high school. However, Dutch researchers from Erasmus University Rotterdam contend that obese boys who are bullied and those who become bullies are actually stigmatized starting at around age 6.

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Short Sleepers Aren't Short on Happiness

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_92c6510674.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (SALT LAKE CITY) -- Six hours of sleep a night doesn’t sound like a lot, especially when health experts say that adults should get at least seven or eight hours of shuteye to be at their best the next day. Wishful thinking perhaps, since an estimated 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia. However, there are people who not only function on a regular six hours of sleep but actually demonstrate no problems at all.

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