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Day: January 15, 2016

100 of the Fastest Runaway Stars Spotted In the Milky Way

The fastest stars in the Milky are moving about at more than 80,000 km/h. Scientists have recently spotted around a hundred of them that were hitherto undocumented. The paper is published in The Astrophysical Journal. The universe is always buzzing with activities involving heavenly bodies proceeding to some destination at tremendous speeds. Our Milky Way

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Do Humans Have Free Will? Study Provides New Insight

A new study focusing on human free will has brought forth results suggesting that the freedom is much less restricted than what has been argued by scientists in the past. The paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Does the human species have free will? Philosophers have attempted to find

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World’s First Olfactory Alarm Clock Wakes You With The Smell of Hot Croissants!

Imagine having alarm clocks that stimulate our sense of smell instead of that of hearing – wouldn’t it be wonderful to be awakened by the lovely smell of delicious food like freshly-baked croissants and coffee?! A new technology by Sensorwake caters for just this: an olfactory alarm clock. “Beeping days are over!” Sensorwake, a start-up based

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Modern Humans Owe Enhanced Immunity & Allergies To Neanderthals

New research from two papers suggests that mating between two human species led to modern humans having the ability to resist infection. However, this might have had a downside: our vulnerability to allergies could have also increased. Both reports are published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. The human immune system is extremely powerful, able

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10-Meter-Long Giant Crocodile Fossils Found in Tunisia

A 10-meter-long crocodile lived in the ocean back in the early Cretaceous period, around 130 million years ago. The fossil of a 10-meter-long crocodile who used to live in the ocean has been discovered in lower Cretaceous sediments in Tunisia. It is the largest marine crocodile ever to be found. The ‘new’ species, albeit extinct,

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Science Proves: Dogs Can Recognise Human Emotions

A new study suggests that dogs have the intrinsic ability to recognise human feelings on top of emotional cues from other dogs. It appears that their exposure to humans, and coexistence, for thousands of years has caused them to evolve this characteristic, maybe as a way to fit in better. Is it any surprise that dogs

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WOW Signal Was Left By Comets, And Not Aliens!

The “Wow!” signal that was detected back in 1977 by astronomer Jerry Ehman was not the result of aliens trying to contact us, after all. Apparently, its source was but a pair of comets. The paper discussing the theory will be published in the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences. Jerry Ehman detected an

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