Month: March 2015

Possible Cause of Alzheimer’s: Rogue Protein Tau

A new study whereby a team of scientists analysed over 3500 brains that were donated suggests that rogue protein known as tau, as opposed to another protein, amyloid, is the trigger for the cognitive decline in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Tau has previously been suspected to be the main drive of the decline. Alzheimer’s

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Mixing Different Colors of Lettuce Is The Best Way To Eat Lettuce

Lettuce is known for its rich antioxidant content. A new study has recently pointed out that lettuce varieties differ in their antioxidant effects though. The research led by Usue Pérez-López of the Department of Plant Biology and Ecology of the UPV/EHU’s Faculty of Science and Technology is an exposé as to how the speed at

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How Often Should One Wash One’s Hair?

The ideal number of times the hair should be washed differs from person to person. But, generally, washing the hair everyday is not recommended; it is even thought to be harmful, according to dermatologists. So, how often should we wash our hair?! The answer to the million dollar question is based on the anatomy of

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A Sugar-Cane A Day Keeps Obesity Away

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You must have heard the famous one liner “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But now scientists from the University of Srinakharinwirot in Thailand have come up with an unbelievable conclusion that eating raw sugar cane can actually prevent obesity. The new study lead by Professor Khon Kaen Nor has showed that the

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Oldest Evidence for Breast Cancer Found in the Remains of An Ancient Egyptian Woman

The 4,200-year-old remains of an adult woman who lived at the time of the 6th Pharaonic Dynasty discovered in Egypt allegedly constitute the oldest evidence for breast cancer. The Egyptian woman whose skeletal remains were made the subject of scrutiny by researchers from the University of Jaen, Spain, was an aristocrat from Elephantine, situated in

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Scientists Manipulated The Memories Of Sleeping Mice

Manipulating memories perhaps sounds too good to be true. But, scientists from the National Center for Scientific Research (CRNS) in France have succeeded in tampling with those of sleeping mice by inserting false cheerful memories using electrode stimulation. The findings have been published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The team of researchers created positive feelings

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Your Poop Is A Goldmine of Precious Metals #StopFlushingYourPoop

Ladies and gentlemen, not only can your poop power vehicles and be used as fertiliser, but it can also constitute a source of precious metals. Your poop might just be invaluable. A new study presented at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society has revolutionised the role of human faeces. According

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Massive Asteroid 2014-YB35 Near Earth Tomorrow 27 March 2015

A massive asteroid known as ‘2014-YB35‘ will pass by our planet tomorrow, when it is expected to be in very close proximity to us – within 2.8 million miles. It will not so much as touch us (hopefully). However, we cannot help but wonder about the dramatic devastation it would have triggered had it collided with

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Ingredient of Distant Past Life Discovered on Mars By NASA

Traces of nitrates have been spotted on the surface of the red planet, Mars. This discovery made by NASA’s Curiosity Rover indicates that the possibility of life having ever existed on Mars is not that far-fetched. The findings have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mars Man’s ambitious nature knows

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Shape Shifter Frog With Amazing Ability To Change Its Skin Texture

Camouflage is essential for a number of species to escape potential attack from their predators; it allows them to blend in their environment without being noticed so that they do not fall prey to other organisms in their ecosystems. New to the list, a species of frog named Pristimantis mutabilis with the ability to change

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Jupiter’s Early Journey Destroyed Many Super-Earth Planets

The set-up of our solar system, which is believed to be unusual as per the galactic planetary census, is said to have been markedly different billions of years ago from what it is now. A new study has attempted to explain how it evolved into its present state in terms of the journey Jupiter undertook in

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Strange Crystal Found in Ancient Meteorite

An ancient meteorite that crashed on Earth thousands of years ago, in a region located in Russia, has revealed a precious surprise: a group of scientists have discovered a crystal with a puzzling arrangement of atoms in its midst. The crystal, called a quasicrystal, is the second of its kind to have been found. The findings

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