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Month: February 2016

The Dodo Was Not Stupid, Says New Study

A new study suggesting that the dodo might have been moderately intelligent while also having an enhanced sense of smell challenges the common notion that the extinct bird of Mauritius was stupid. The findings are published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. It is often said that the dodo (Raphus cucullatus) must have

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150-km-Long Ancient Wall In Jordan Mapped

Khatt Shebib, an ancient wall in Jordan extending over 150 kilometres in length, has been puzzling archaeologists for a while now. When was it built, who built it, and what was it used for?! Researchers behind the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan (AAJ) are analysing its remains using aerial photography. The findings show that Khatt Shebib has

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Exposure to Air Pollution Linked With Increased Weight

Exposure to highly polluted air has been linked with weight gain, and cardio-respiratory and metabolic anomalies in a new study published in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). The researchers of the study conducted their experiments on pregnant rats and their offspring. The rats were divided into two groups:

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Economic Insecurity Linked With Increased Physical Pain

Financial stress might cause physical pain, says a new study published in Psychological Science. Feeling financially insecure linked with pain Individuals experiencing financial problems might feel more physical pain than those who deem themselves financially secure. This might arise because of the feeling of not being in control of one’s life. Lead researcher Eileen Chou

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Consuming Almonds Daily Boosts Diet Quality

Yearning to feel healthier? A handful of almonds would do the trick, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida, and published in the Journal of Nutrition Research. Many are those who want to improve their diet but don’t know where to start. The findings of the new study might

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Bats’ 24/7-Activated Innate Immunity Might Help Combat Ebola

Bats are able to carry lethal diseases without being affected by them, reveals a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). This special ability of theirs might potentially be used to combat diseases affecting humans, say the researchers. Maybe, that explains part of why vampires do not get sick.

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Apollo 10 Astronauts Heard A Strange Music On Moon’s Far Side

Apollo 10 astronauts heard strange music while visiting the far side of the moon. Recordings dating back to 1969 show a hitherto-unknown aspect of the Apollo Astronauts’ mission to the moon: they had allegedly heard “music” on the far side of our satellite. The sound transmission lasted for around an hour according to a classified

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Why People Can’t Stay Away From Facebook For Long

Why can’t people stay away from Facebook for long? We all know that one Facebook-friend (or, we might even be one ourselves!) who deletes or deactivates his account, swearing to never return, but ultimately finds himself drawn back to the online social network. Why is that?! A new study published in Social Media + Society suggests

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Amazonian Boiling River Documented By Scientist Andrés Ruzo

The boiling river of the Amazon that is often mentioned in legends and folklore is actually real. Researcher Andrés Ruzo discovered it in 2011, but he explains that it was already known by Amazonian communities. He has been working on elucidating the nature, and source of the heat of the water-body which he has, many

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Rabbit or Duck? This Calculates Your Creative Ability

You already know how crazy things can go viral on social media, right? Last year, it was the photograph of the blue dress that made the Internet people go bonkers. Now, it is an optical-illusion picture of a duck. Or a rabbit. Or, maybe, both… Okay, so, what do you see? Are you able to

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Asteroids Killed Before They Can Commit Suicide Diving Into The Sun

It is generally thought in the world of science that near-Earth asteroids die when meeting the sun. However, a new study published in the journal Nature suggests that their deaths will usually happen when they are moving about in space before they can get to the sun. A team of researchers studying near-Earth objects (NEOs) (including

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What Are Gravitational Waves?

The announcement of the observation of gravitational waves for the very first time ever has been all over social media in the past few days. It is being described as one of the greatest discoveries, confirming the theory of general relativity that was concocted by Einstein himself decades and decades ago. Scientists promise that the new

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