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Month: February 2015

Earth Has A Second Moon: Cruithne With A Horseshoe Orbit

How many satellites does the Earth have? Most of us would mention the moon and only the moon. However, truth is we might be having more than one satellite. Back in 1997, it was discovered that another heavenly body known as 3753 Cruithne practically orbits around the Earth. It is an asteroid orbiting the sun in a

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Anti-HIV Vaccine Is Successful On Monkeys

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According to a team of scientists from the US, monkeys were protected from deadly HIV via a vaccination. Vaccines have never worked against HIV which affects the very immune system of the host while vaccines are to assist the latter to deal with infections. To counter this predicament, the researchers modified the DNA of the

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Red Dwarf Star Passed Through Solar System 70 000 Years Ago

A red dwarf star commonly known as Scholz’s star has caught the attention of astronomers. It is almost imperceptible, according to the reports of the scientists. An artist’s depiction of Scholz’s star. Photo credit: Michael Osadciw/ University of Rochester.  A team of astronomers have concluded from their studies that a red dwarf star passed at 0.8

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New Lethal Virus Species, The Bourbon Virus, Identified

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A new tick-borne virus, named Bourbon virus, has been identified. It has been found to be of the same family as all the influenza viruses. The Bourbon virus caused the death of a man last year after the latter was exposed to ticks. His blood was later analysed and the presence of the previously unknown

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Dark Matter Triggered Mass Extinction of Species of the Earth

Throughout the history of the Earth, more than 99 % of that living species that ever walked on its surface were wiped out. Ecological reasons and tragic calamities hitting the Earth, for instance in the form of comets, are said to have led to the mass extinction of those species. A recent study has suggested

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Large Manganese Nodules Discovered on Atlantic Seafloor

Setting out to look for deep-sea creatures, a team of researchers were in for a surprise to find mysterious objects on the seafloor of the Atlantic waters around 5 000 meters deep. While exploring the seafloor and taking pictures, they noticed that their gear, known as an epibenthic sled, that was used to collect samples

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How Coffee Consumption Protects Your DNA

Coffee is associated with various health benefits, from providing protection to the heart to guarding against diabetes; a new study adds a new one: helping to keep the DNA intact. The authors of the new research found that coffee contributes to a decrease in oxidative damage of white blood cells that also harms DNA. Participants

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Bionic Leaf & Bacterial Species Work Together to Produce Biofuel

Scientists have produced a bionic leaf imitating the natural process of photosynthesis that works in concert with a bacterial species to manufacture a biofuel known as isopropanol. In a world where the hunger for fuel remains insatiable, research to finding alternative sources of energy is perhaps being funded to a larger extent than endeavours to

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Penguins Cannot Taste Fish, Says New Study

Penguins cannot taste fish, according to a new study, in spite of the fact that they feed on fish that thrive in their environments. Penguins hunting for fish in polar waters We have been endowed with the ability to enjoy and find pleasure in quenching our basic need for food: while our bodies are adapted

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Mysterious Plume Observed Over Mars: Cloud Or Aurora?

Images of a mysterious plume observed above planet Mars back in 2012 by amateur astronomers have been documented by scientists and published in the journal Nature. The haze is said to have appeared two times before disappearing. a: first event on 22 March, 04:12 UTC. Photo credits: W.J. b: second event on 13 April, 20:03 UTC. Photo

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New Deadlier HIV Variant Discovered in Cuba

Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, well, it does. A new variant of HIV spotted in Cuba, which is more aggressive that the former versions of the deadly virus, has recently been documented by researchers in a paper published in the journal EBioMedicine. Generally, HIV spreads around the body gradually, until the

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