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Month: June 2015

Manipulating A Single Gene Suppresses Colorectal Cancer Completely

A new research in genetics shows how manipulating certain genes of mice reversed colorectal cancer. The cancer cells were modified into normal ones within days – the tumour growths were thus changed. The scientists now wish to do the same in humans. The findings have been published in the journal Cell. The trouble with colorectal tumours

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Proof: Kids With Better Memory Are Better Liars

Kids performing well at verbal memory tests are more likely to have their pants on fire. As per the results of a hidden-camera experiment, children who are good at memorising words are better at concocting lies. The findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, available on online database ScienceDirect. Children of 6 and

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Smart Insulin Patches Invented To Replace Injections

Newly-invented smart insulin patches could soon replace insulin injections. The patches are extremely small in size, and contain insulin in microscopic storage units as well as glucose-sensing enzymes. When the blood level is sensed to be too high, the insulin is released into the bloodstream. This method, as opposed to insulin injections, is not painful

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Humans Will Soon Go Extinct According To This New Study

A new study has voiced out one of the worst fears of humanity: humans are allegedly now at risk of being eliminated completely. According to a group of biologists, vertebrates are currently going extinct more than ever before – the fastest rate of disappearance since the dinosaurs were wiped out. Humans might be next. The

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Starfish Observed To Push Out Deeply Embedded Foreign Objects Through Its Arm Tip

Yet another talent of the starfish (Asterias rubens) has been unveiled by biology students from the University of Southern Denmark: the creature can squeeze foreign particles out of its arm tips. This new research is expected to help explain how some animals can heal themselves relatively quickly. A starfish seen squeezing a foreign object through the

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Scientists Concoct The Coldest Molecules In The Known Universe

Physicists from the US have created the coldest molecules in the known Universe. The group of researchers hailing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have caused a cluster of molecules to reach 500 nanokelvins, which is only 500-billionths of a degree above absolute zero (-459.67 degrees Fahrenheit, or -273.15 degrees Celsius). The findings have been published

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Diets Mimicking Fasting Slows Down Ageing and Reduces Cancer Risks

A new study led by Valter Longo from the University of Southern California (USC) demonstrates that occasionally sticking to a diet that yields similar effects to those of fasting may generate beneficial effects to the health. The findings have been published by Cell Metabolism. According to the new study, a 5-day diet that mimics fasting

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High Consumption of Dietary Trans Fat Is Worsening Your Memory

A new study has revealed that dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA) is linked with impairment of memory function. The findings have been published online, on PLOSONE. dTFA (also known as trans fats) is commonly used in processed foods with the aim to enhancing taste and texture, as well as to make the food last longer. Health

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Bill Gates Sponsors Research of Single-Dose Contraception For Women

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced that it has granted $5 million to fund a research carried out by scientists from the Oregon Health & Science University to produce a single-dose contraceptive for women without requiring surgery. In its announcement on its website, the purpose of the work is said to be to

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Adorabilis: World’s Most Adorable Octopus Looks Like Pacman

An undocumented form of “flapjack octopus” deemed extremely cute and adorable by both scientists and people of the Internet might soon be named Opisthoteuthis adorabilis. Opisthotheusis Adorabilis. Photo credits: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. A mysterious cephalopod, described as a type of flapjack octopus, might soon be named Opisthoteuthis adorabilis. Can anyone deny that the

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Watching Cat Videos Stimulates Positive Emotions

The winner of the Internet definitely is the cat. Anyone familiar with social online media can attest to the fact that cat videos (and pictures, for that matter) have invaded all of them; Facebook itself has so many Pages dedicated to the felines only. Well, guess what researchers have recently found out! Assistant professor Jessica

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Cinnamon Might Help Protect Against Cancer

Past studies have hinted at the potential beneficial effects of cinnamon on health. A new study has now suggested that it might help against cancer. One of its compounds known as cinnamaldehyde which confers on the spice its characteristic flavour has demonstrated colorectal cancer-inhibiting ability in mice. The findings have been published in Cancer Prevention Research.

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