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Month: June 2015

Teenager Discovers New Exoplanet Outside Our Solar System

Tom Wagg became one of the youngest individuals to have detected a planet in our universe: 2 years ago, at only 15 years of age, he was able to identify one outside of our solar system, according to a press release from Keele University in the UK. A sketch of what Wagg’s planet looks like;

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Green Jet Fuel Made From Sugarcane

A group of scientists have developed a procedure to make a ‘green’ fuel for aircrafts from sugarcane. The researchers explain that components obtained from the crop can be used to make jet fuel and lubricants. The findings have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Airplanes are expected to increasingly account for

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New Study: Extroverts Tend To Be Less ‘Green’

A new study investigating personality types of individuals and their attitude towards green lifestyles. The results showed that extroverts are less likely to incline towards green options like switching off lights when not in use, and using their own bags when shopping. The study is available on ScienceDirecte. The habits of 204 people over the

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New Bacterial Species Breathe & Thrive In Uranium

A new species of bacteria from the class betaproteobacteria has been discovered in an abandoned radioactive site in Colorado. The organism is deemed to be remarkable because of its ability to breathe in uranium and to thrive in harsh radioactive environments. The findings are described in a paper entitled “Spatial Distribution of an Uranium-Respiring Betaproteobacterium

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Microsoft’s Project Premonition: Using Drones To Detect Harmful Viruses & Mosquitoes

Microsoft’s new project – Project Premonition – has recently been launched to use drones to detect viruses as a means of prevention of infectious diseases. The pathogenic organisms will be identified by a group of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) before they infect people. Ethan Jackson, the Microsoft researcher behind the project, with a drone for

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Creativity And Psychiatric Disorders Might Have Common Genetic Causes

According to a new study, one of the downsides of being creative is the alleged associated link with mental illness. The findings published in Nature Neuroscience claim that creativity and psychiatric disorders might have common genetic causes. The new research suggests that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are linked with creativity through a set of genes.

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Chinese Surgeon Performs Head Transplant on Mice & Aims For Monkeys Now

Ambitious Chinese surgeon Dr. Xiaoping Ren who claims having performed around 1,000 head transplants on mice intends to carry out the same procedure on monkeys. His long-term aim is to extend the practice to humans. His statements have, unsurprisingly, received opposition from other researchers. As reported by Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the mouse receiving the

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Each Stroke Steals 8 Years From Your Brain’s Lifetime

A new study has shown that a stroke causes the brain function to age by around 8 years. The researchers were led to this conclusion after they evaluated the cognitive test results of the participants which represented a decline in memory capacity and thinking speed. The results are to be published in the July issue

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Type O Blood Protects Against Alzheimer?

According to a new study published in the journal Brain Research Bulletin, O type blood might confer on people protection against factors causing cognitive decline as in Alzheimer’s disease. The scientists behind the research found that these people might be having more grey matter in their brain than people with other blood types (A, B,

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When Will You Have Your First Child? Your Genes Has The Answer

A new study published in PLOS ONE suggests that genetics has a say in the timing women nowadays have their first babies. According to the results of the research, evolution has shifted fertility of women to a younger age, even if women nowadays still choose to have children at a later age. The researchers of

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Rich Humans Will Transform Into Cyborgs Within 2 Centuries From Now

A historian from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yuval Noah Harari, claims that wealthy people living 2 centuries from now will have grown into “god-like” immortal cyborgs. Also, according to him, poor people alive in that era will eventually die out. Yuval Noah Harari, the author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind, states

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