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Month: April 2016

Trees Exchange Carbon Via Tiny Intimately-Bound Creature

Forest trees exchange carbon with each other using a creature intimately connected to them. The surprising new findings are published in Science. Nature is not selfish; rather, generosity and giving are among its core values. A new study shows how forest trees do not use carbon for themselves only: they will exchange great amounts thereof

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1,500-Year-Old Mummy Wearing Adidas Shoes Suggests Time Travel is Real

A 1,500-year-old Mongolian mummy discovered in Siberia sporting a pair of ‘Adidas shoes’ has triggered the rumour of time-travel being a thing. The patterns on the shoes (pictured above) do look familiar, right? Much like those on Adidas sneakers. Are they really evidence of time travel being real? To whom did this mummy wearing Adidas

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Watch Out For Huge Meteor Shower from April 20 to May 21 2016

As the Earth is going to pass through the tail of Halley’s Comet, a most wonderful heaven show is going to open up to us: a shower of meteors lasting from April 20 to May 21 2016. The end of this month will be punctuated by a shower of meteors. What better way to end

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Cause of Déjà-vu: Clues in Epilepsy Studies

Why and how do we experience déjà-vu? I am sure you must have asked yourself this question at least once in your life. Unless you’re among the 20-40% of people who are unaware of the phenomenon. Déjà-vu is a French term which basically means “already-seen”. It is used to describe the very brief experience where

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Zika Linked With Other Diseases in New Study

The Zika virus might be more complicated than we initially thought. A new study suggests that it might be linked with another disease: an autoimmune disorder that affects the brain. The paper will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology this week. Previous studies linked Zika with microcephaly, a condition

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Mysterious Alignment of Black Holes Discovered by Astronomers

Enormous black holes somewhere in the distant universe are emitting unidirectional radio jets because of mass fluctuations in the early universe. The paper is published in the Royal Astronomical Society. It all started with the identification of an alignment of jets of galaxies over a large area in space. The original aim was to look

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Solution to Myopia: Spend More Time Outside

Myopia that has grown to be an epidemic in children can be curbed by increasing exposure to sunshine. Sometimes, sunshine is the answer to life woes. A new study conducted by optometrists from Australia indicates that exposure to outdoor light will help decrease cases of myopia in children. If children spend around two hours outside

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The Sugar Which Removes Cholesterol From Arteries

A particular sugar might be the answer to cleansing your arteries from bad cholesterol! This finding is documented in a paper published in Science Translational Medicine. This ‘miracle sugar’ is called cyclodextrin. It has been demonstrated, in a study conducted by immunologist Eicke Latz and colleagues, to clear cholesterol that has accumulated in the arteries

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Marijuana Can Affect Male Fertility, Suggests New Study

Marijuana might be harmful to males in terms of sperm production, says a new study published in The FASEB Journal. The study focusing mainly on finding ways to enhance male fertility has found that a ‘marijuana receptor’ called CB2 (a cannabinoid receptor) is linked with the regulation of sperm production (a process named spermatogenesis). This might sound

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Cancer Cells Feeding More on Fats Than Sugar?

What is generally thought of as the reason of the rapid growth of cancer cells might not be that accurate, says a new study published in Cell Chemical Biology. What accounts for the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells? A team of researchers led by Gary Patti, associate professor of chemistry at Washington University based in

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Smart Contact Lenses Take Photographs With Blink of an Eye

Samsung’s smart contact lenses serving as cameras might be the next technological hype! Myopic people must dread the thought of living in an era when glasses and contact lenses did not yet exist. Thankfully, science has undergone much headway that allows for them to see. If this was not already enough, researchers want to push

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