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Month: March 2016

Italy: Sacred Text In Mysterious Language Discovered on Ancient Stone

A sacred Estruscan text has been discovered in Tuscany, Italy. The archaeologists who made the discovery refer its origin back to the 6th century BCE. The inscription was spotted amidst the foundations of an ancient temple by archaeologists from the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project at the Poggio Colla site. Known as a stele, it is

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Interstellar Cloud Killed The Dinosaurs, Not An Asteroid As Previously Claimed

What cataclysm wiped out the dinosaurs from the surface of the Earth? A dense interstellar cloud passing over the planet, say Japanese researchers! Their paper is published in the journal Gondwana Research. The most popular opinion pertaining to the extinction of dinosaurs is probably the one about some impact event that caused the formation of

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How Uncertainty Can Affect Stress and Pain?

Uncertainty causes much more stress than unavoidable pain, says a new study published in Nature Communications. Uncertainty regarding the potential experience of pain is more dangerous than actually being certain of ultimately experiencing the pain. This is what has been discovered by a team from UCL. In situations where the participants of the study knew

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Moon’s Poles Changed Location Billions Of Years Ago

The poles of Earth’s moon were not always in their current position, according to a paper, entitled “Lunar True Polar Wander Inferred From Polar Hydrogen”, published in Nature. The moon’s poles might not have always been in their current position. Rather, they are likely to have shifted spot throughout the last billions of years, according

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Gut Bacteria Change How Your Mind Works!

Gut bacteria – those useful, good little guys that live inside and on you — have the capacity to change how your mind works! This is what is increasingly being pointed out by new research. The human body works in concert with its gut microbiota that assists it in processes like digestion and protection from infections. These

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Japanese Diet Linked With Increased Longevity

Sticking to Japanese diet protects the heart, and is thus associated with longer life, says a study published in The BMJ. Japanese diet might be the answer to the growing problem of cardiovascular diseases. A team of researchers at the head of which was Kayo Kurotani from the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine

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Save Your Brain From 10 Years of Ageing By Exercising

Exercising protects your brain as you get older, says a study published in Neurology. The benefits of exercise have been extensively documented by researchers, and the particular advantages it confers on the brain have also been highlighted in the past. A new study adds further to the growing evidence of the salubrity of physical activity, arguing

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Modified Maggots To Boost Healing of Wounds of Diabetics

Genetically-modified fly larvae can be used to boost the healing process of non-healing wounds sustained by diabetics, says a new study published in BMC Biotechnology. The use of lab-grown green bottle fly larvae for maggot debridement therapy (MDT) is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The maggots are placed on non-healing wounds of

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Beware: Contact Lenses Change Eye Bacteria For The Worst

Beware: Wearing  contact lenses change the eye’s bacterial populations for the worst, says a new study published in mBio®, an online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. This might explain why lens-wearers are more prone to infections. The human body generally contains more bacterial cells than its own. This intimate coexistence is based

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Fastest Space Wind Discovered From Black Hole

The fastest space wind has been identified from a black hole. The findings are published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. A super-enormous black hole is generating ultraviolet winds that are swirling around at speeds reaching up to 200 million km/h — the fastest ever recorded (around 20% the speed of light,

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The Mere Smell of Alcohol Can Negatively Affect Behaviour

The smell of alcohol can lower a person’s self-control, says a paper published in the journal Psychopharmacology. Alcohol is known to impair human judgement if it is consumed in excessive amounts. This is why people are forbidden from driving after having had some drinks because they will no more be able to control their behaviour and

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