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Month: November 2015

Marine Mollusc Has Multiple Eyes Spread On Its Hard Shell

What do you do if you have an armour as protection and you also need to see potential predators? Chitons, molluscs with living tissues embedded in their shells, have an astounding way to reconcile the two needs: their armour is riddled with eyes! The armoured shells of chitons, therefore, serve both the purpose of protection and

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Bats Use Their Heavy Wings To Land Upside Down

Have you ever wondered how do bats land upside down on a ceiling? This maneuver of theirs has puzzled scientists for long now. A new study led by Brown University researchers has fortunately shed light on the amazing ability of the creature. The paper entitled “Falling with Style: Bats Perform Complex Aerial Rotations by Adjusting

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Human Share 70% of Their Genes With Marine Acorn Worms

Humans share thousands of genes with deep-sea worms, say scientists who have recently analysed the genome of two species of marine acorn worms. Their paper is published in the journal Nature. Genes were taken from two acorn worms –namely Ptychodera flava from Hawaii, and Saccoglossus kowalevskii from the Atlantic Ocean –for analysis. The worms are

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World’s First Cyborg Plant: A Rose Embedded With Electronic Circuits

The vascular system of roses has been used to construct electronic circuits by scientists from the Linköping University in Sweden. The findings are published in Science Advances. Roses might just have another use – the birthplace of analogue and digital electronic circuits. Researchers from Linköping University put together different electrical components (wires, and digital logic,

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Graphene Creation Just Became Cheaper Than Ever

Scientists from Scotland have come up with a much cheaper method for the production of graphene. Their findings are hoped to fuel other research works entailing the creation of innovative devices. The paper is available in Scientific Reports. The advantages of graphene – strong, light, flexible, able to conduct heat and electricity – seem to

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Going To Work When Ill Is Detrimental To Both Employees & Employers

Going to work when one is ill is actually a bad idea for the employer himself: the organisation pays the cost of low productivity when the performance of employees is compromised. Working when ill (‘presenteeism’) comes with negative effects on both the employee and the firm. Not only can the workers worsen their health, but

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Two Cell Clocks Associated With Ageing & Cancer Progression Discovered

Two cellular “clocks” that tick-tock synchronically with the process of ageing and the progress of cancer have been discovered by a team of researchers from the UK and the US led by scientist Michael Stratton. The paper, entitled “clock-like mutational processes in human somatic cells”, is published in the journal Nature Genetics. Michael Stratton and

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Energy Drink Linked With Increased BP & Stress Hormone Levels

Drinking around 0.5 litre of energy drink cause rises in blood pressure and stress hormones levels to a great extent, says a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015 today. The scientific paper is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The apparent effects of energy drinks on blood pressure

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New Study Suggests An Unknown Life Form Is Living In The Human Gut

The human gut houses a great quantity of living organisms in the form of bacteria that generate a number of effects on the body. A new study now suggests that some of these living things might constitute a different life form altogether; one that does not fall into the 3 main broad categories, namely bacteria,

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Ants Form A Superorganism When Threatened By Predators

Ants are capable of coming together as “one body” in the face of danger, thereby constituting a protection against threats. The scientific paper is published in PLOS ONE. Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered that ants are endowed with the ability of exceptional coordination such that they form one entity – a ‘superorganism’

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Origin of Our Earth’s Oceans Is Not A Comet, Says New Study

Ever wondered as to the origin of the water we have on Earth? A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Hawaii suggests that water was present at the formation of our planet, and that our oceans did not necessarily come later from external sources such as comets. The paper is published in Science.

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Mars’ Moon, Phobos, Is Slowly Being Dismantled

Phobos, one of the natural satellites of planet Mars, might soon become a thing of the past; long and shallow depressions have been observed on its surface that might cause its destruction. The findings of a new research highlighting its imminent failure were presented at the annual Meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of

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