Month: January 2016

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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Vitamin D Supplements Might Be Harmful

Taking vitamin D supplements might be a bad idea, says Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology from Kings College, who cites a number of new research in an article on The Conversation. He lays great emphasis on studies linking high doses of the nutrient and increased risk of falls and fractures. Past studies have shown that

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Bearing More Children Slows Ageing, Says New Study


Good news for women with many children! A new study published this year (January 5) on PLOS ONE suggests that the greater number of children a woman bears, the slower does she age. Apparently, the reason is that those who give birth to more surviving babies have longer telomeres. Want to slow ageing? Have longer telomeres

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Giant Icebergs Keep Great Amount of Carbon Locked in the Ocean

A new study, conducted by scientists from the University of Sheffield and led by Professor Grant Bigg, has added to the growing body of research focusing on global warming and the carbon cycle. According to the findings, the storage of up to 20% of the carbon in the Southern Ocean is due to huge icebergs. The

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Cancer Risk Increases For Twin If Other Twin Has Been Diagnosed With Cancer

A study spanning over 23 different cancer types and around 200,000 twins suggests that a twin sibling who developed cancer increases the risk of the other twin to have any form of cancer. The paper is published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). A team of researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of

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Portable Protein-Making Bioreactor Can Bring Medication To Remote Areas

Desperate situations have often brought about remarkable inventions. Such was how the challenges in providing medication to people living in remote regions of the globe fuelled the creation of a small, portable, protein-making bioreactor. Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory describe the device in the journal Small. The bioreactor has been made such that it can produce a

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The Universe In A Single Picture: Artist Pablo Carlos Budassi At Work

Our universe is so vast and moving at such high speeds that we cannot ever grasp its beauty in one shot. However, when we have art, we can at least depict it from our imagination with a little help from science. Artist Pablo Carlos Budassi has created an illustration based on NASA images and logarithmic

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Expressing Emotions Influences Brain’s Creativity Network

Artists actively expressing their emotions are linked with modifications in neural circuits associated with creativity in a new study focusing on jazz pianists. The paper is published in Scientific Reports. While previous research has linked creativity with neural circuits, suggesting that certain networks in the brain have to be deactivated or activated to explain creativity,

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Periodic Table’s 7th Row Completed With 4 Newly-Discovered Elements

The scientific world has much to celebrate: the famous periodic table has finally had its 7th row filled with the addition of 4 new elements discovered by different teams of researchers. Following the discovery of 4 new elements, the periodic table’s 7th row has finally been filled. The possible existence of the elements in question

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