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Month: October 2015

Rosetta Spacecraft Discovers Molecular Oxygen on Comet 67P

Scientists have announced a surprising finding yesterday: measurements from the Rosetta probe suggest that the comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko contains great amounts of oxygen on its surface. Researcher Andre Bieler from the University of Michigan says that the finding challenges many theories relating to the formation of our Solar System. The oxygen molecules that were spotted in

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Do We Lack Sleep or Darkness?

Given our fast-paced lifestyles packed with activities, sleep deprivation is often mentioned as one of the ills societies are exposing themselves to. A new study, on the other hand, questions whether we are really lacking adequate sleep; perhaps, the real issue has to do with darkness-deprivation. The researchers of the new study, led by Jerome

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Why Do Most Alcohol Drinkers Also Smoke?

A team of scientists from the School of Medicine of the University of Missouri have discovered that nicotine wears out alcohol’s sleep-inducing properties, which might explain why smoking and drinking alcohol often come together. The paper is published in the Journal of Neurochemistry. Why do cigarette smokers often also tend to drinking alcohol, and vice-versa? Is

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Mysterious Space Debris (WT1190F) Falling On Earth In November

Scientists expect a mysterious piece of space debris to hit our planet on November 13. Named WT1190F, it will apparently land off the coast of Sri Lanka. WT1190F is most probably artificial in origin. Researchers do not yet have a clear idea of its make-up. Its presence was detected by the Catalina Sky Survey of

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Bacteria on ISS Found And They Are Potentially Harmful

New research published in the journal Microbiome shows that the International Space Station houses trillions of microorganisms, including fungi and bacteria. The latter have been detected in the air and on the surfaces of the space lab. Furthermore, some of these might even be harmful. For the new study, the researchers did DNA sequencing to

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Snake Venom Used To Make Hydrogel To Help Clotting of Wounds

Researchers of a new study have used snake venom to make a hydrogel named SB50 to stop bleeding efficiently. It has been shown to work well even with anti-coagulant medications. The paper is published in ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Scientists from Rice University, US, have transformed the way the world will view snake venom:

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Crocodiles Keep An Eye Open While Sleeping To Watch Out For Prey & Predators!

Crocodiles can apparently keep an eye open while asleep to guard their pack and watch for predators and potential prey. A new study, published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, has revealed that crocodiles have a ‘to-die-for’ talent. They have the ability to switch to a state called unihemispheric sleep whereby half of the brain is

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December Is The Best Time To Conceive While June Is A Toxic Month

The stars might not affect one’s destiny, but researchers are increasingly putting forth the concept of month of birth impacting upon one’s life. According to a new paper, December might be the best time of the year to conceive while June is described as a “toxic month”. The findings, presented at the American Society for Reproductive

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China’s Largest Aircraft, The Yuanmeng, Can Fly For Up To 6 Months!

China’s biggest aircraft named Yuanmeng (which means “dream”) had its maiden flight this month. Making 75 metres in length, it reached a near-space altitude of 20 kilometres during a 48-hour test flight last week. When it is fully inflated, its volume is around 18,000 m³. With a height of 22 metres, it can carry from 4.5

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Double Star System Could Turn Into A Double Black Hole

What would happen 160,000 light years away from us would once stay in that part of the universe. Not anymore! Thanks to the European Space Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope, 2 very distant stars caught in a system that has been named VFTS 352 were observed in a dynamic interaction that could ultimately result in

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Men’s Ageing Hearts Are Physically Different From Women’s

It appears that the hearts of men and women are not different in the figurative sense only. A new study published in the journal Radiology suggests that the left ventricle of the pumping organ ages differently in the two. The left ventricle is the main pumping chamber of the heart. Its ageing varies between the

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Birth Order Has Only Small Effects On Personality

Our personality is not primarily affected by being the first-born or last-born, suggests a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). It seems that we are who we are, regardless of our birth position among our siblings. Psychologists from the universities of Mainz and Leipzig, Germany, wanted to determine whether birth

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