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Month: May 2015

The First Documented Murder of Humanity

The earliest known homicide known to, and documented by, scientists allegedly occurred in Spain. They might have solved the mystery after analysing a 4,30,000-year-old skull. The researchers explain that studying the lethal wounds identified on the skull also indirectly provides evidence for possibly the earliest funeral procedures. The findings are published in the journal PLOS

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Mediterranean Diet Reduces Womb Cancer Risk By 57%

The Mediterranean diet is often praised for its huge benefits pertaining to one’s health. Recently, a new study has put forward the idea that the diet can lower the risk of women to develop womb cancer by 57 %. The findings are published in the British Journal of Cancer. The diets of more than 5,000

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Dietary Fibre In Large Amounts Lowers Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

A new study further highlights the importance of dietary fibre: the consumption of large amounts of dietary fibre lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The results are published in the journal Diabetologia. The researchers of the new study have assessed the links between total fibre together with fibre obtained from cereal, fruits and

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New Study: Obesity During Adolescence Linked With Bowel Cancer Later In Life

Obese teenagers have twice the risk of developing bowel cancer by the time they are middle-aged, according to a new study published in the journal Gut. Obesity and inflammation among adults have been linked with an increased risk of bowel cancer; this type of cancer affects mostly men. But, little information is available about how

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Iris Recognition System Identifies Individuals From 40 Feet

Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in the US have brought forth the latest innovation in the field of biometric technology. They have shown that iris recognition can be used to identify drivers using an image of their eye captured from the side mirror of their vehicle. This would be faster than traditional ways of identifying

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Common Ancestor of Modern Snakes Had Ankles & Toes

A new study suggests that the common ancestor of modern living snakes had vestigial limbs: ankles and toes. The findings have been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. What did the common ancestor of modern snakes look like? Snake evolution has been a challenging research area because of the fragility of the skeletons of the creatures

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Biodegradable Wood-Based Computer Chip Invented

A team of scientists have recently invented the world’s first biodegradable wood-made semiconductor chip. As electronics have gained ground in our contemporary societies, so has e-waste. As a matter of fact, when we dispose of used electronics, they do not get biodegraded; they thus constitute a waste of space, as well as pollutants in the

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SIRV2 Virus, Potential Candidate To Kill Anthrax Pathogen

The SIRV2, a virus infecting a certain microbial species, is thought to be a potential candidate to tackle diseases brought about by harmful spores, like those causing anthrax. The researchers found similarities between SIRV2 and these spores, which are able to resist high acidity; they believe the virus might be used to gain knowledge as to how to destroy

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Earth Fact: Humans Would Go Extinct Without Microbes

Life without microorganisms would probably be hell – a new study published in PLOS Biology entertains the idea and explains the repercussions. The aim was to “promote discussion about the value of microbial services supporting life on this planet”.  Scientists Jack Gilbert and Josh Neufeld set out to explore the possibilities in a microbe-free world, and

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Myth that vampire blood heals might not be totally baseless

The myth that vampire blood heals might not be totally baseless. A new study has shown that young blood can mend old broken bones at a faster rate when it flows in the systems of older individuals. A new research published in Nature Communications has shown that young blood has the potential of speeding up the

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Canadian Breaks Guinness Record For Farthest Flight on A Hoverboard

Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru has broken a Guinness World Record when he successfully travelled on his propeller-based hoverboard up to a height of 5 meters, covering a distance of 275.9 meters. He has thus won the title for Farthest flight by a hoverboard. Catalin Alexandru Duru flying his hoverboard You can see him achieving

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