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We don't remember what it was like to be a fetus. We don't remember what we heard or smelled, and we certainly don't remember what we saw. So fetuses, their development and their experiences are a natural curiosity. When and how do fetuses start taking part in the human experience? Can they recognise faces from the womb?

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A lot of the stuff you'll see online right now is pretty depressing, possibly concerning how the world is falling apart or how we could randomly go to war at any second. But you know what isn't depressing? This video of cheetah cubs doing their very best to let out some little roars.

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Now I'm not a baby, but I can imagine it would be really cool if my parents just knew it was diaper changing time without me crying about it and disturbing everyone within a thirty-mile radius. A team at Ritsumeikan University in Japan gets it — they're working on a urine-powered diaper sensor that can tell when it's time for a changing.

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A teenage pregnancy prevention programme involving a baby simulator does not appear to have any long-term effect on reducing the risk of teenage pregnancy, according to the first randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of this intervention.

In fact, the study found that teenage girls who took part were more, not less, likely to become pregnant compared to girls who did not take part. Oops.

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Like any person scared shitless about the prospect of keeping a fragile new human alive, as soon as I found out I was pregnant I started googling the important questions. Among them: "What is the best baby monitor?"

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In 1985, a premature baby was born in Maryland who needed surgery to tie off a dangerous blood vessel near his heart. The newborn, Jeffrey, died weeks after the procedure. His family learned afterwards that none of the procedures had been performed with analgesics; the only drug administered was a muscle relaxant.

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Video: The video starts slow, just a magnified view of the belly of a female scorpion. Be patient. Something amazing is about to happen. Slowly, as you watch, she'll push her first baby out of her genital opening into the embrace of her "birth basket" — made by flexing her front two pairs of legs.