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Month: December 2016

December 31, 2016, Will Be A Second Longer!

December 31, 2016 will be one second longer, says US-based Naval Observatory’s Master Clock Facility. A “leap second” will be added tomorrow, December 31. The ‘extension’ will be done at 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). WHY? Why would a leap second be inserted into our clocks? The modification is

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Wanna Live Longer? Care For Others, Says Science!

Care for others, and show them emotional support, to live longer! New findings suggesting this effect are published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. The secret to living longer—if there is any, that is—has kept mankind on its toes. Perhaps, the key would be in focusing on one’s behaviour and attitude, instead of just on

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Music’s Effects on Mood Based on Genetics

Sounds like noise and music affect us emotionally, but in different ways, a variability possibly based on genetics. Such are the findings of a new paper published in Neuroscience. Humans are not indifferent to sounds. We are living beings who hear, with not only the ability to respond but with also susceptibilities. Previous research has shown

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Early Risers Not Meant to Work at Night

Early risers are not made to work at night, suggests a new study published in Experimental Brain Research. Reason? They will make more mistakes in their tasks. What’s with early risers and the night? Can they ever see eye-to-eye? They probably never will, suggests a new study conducted by researchers from Higher School of Economics

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Pregnancy Causes Brain Structural Changes, says New Study

Pregnancy causes long-term brain structural changes, says a new study published in Nature Neuroscience. Pregnancy comes with its fair share of changes: no woman who has ever been pregnant will testify to the opposite. A new study extends this general principle to much beyond what our eyes can see—to the inside of the brain. The

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Baby Star Ejects Powerful Whirlwinds

A powerful whirlwind shooting out of a young star has been observed by scientists using the ALMA telescopes. Even better: the researchers can explain the very formation of the massive wind. The findings have been documented in a paper published in the journal Nature. Young Star Seen Ejecting Powerful Whirlwind Upon contemplating the early stages

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Boosting Confidence By Manipulating the Brain

Self-confidence can be enhanced through the manipulation of brain activity, says a new study published in Nature Communications. Curing Depression By Boosting Self-Confidence? Without self-confidence, we will most likely not succeed in our endeavours. It is, indeed, a fundamental trait to be developed so that we can bring to fruition what we set out to

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Ageing Increases DNA Mutations In Important Stem Cells

Ageing might be causing numerous DNA mutations in an important type of stem cell, says a new study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. We all know that ageing sucks—the body is no more as it used to be, neither inside nor outside. A new study provides further insight into the changes that occur during

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Famine Might Lead to Diabetes Generations Later

Prenatal exposure to famine might increase the risk of both hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes for individuals of the next generation, says a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Data from Great Famine of China Researchers from Brown University and China’s Harbin Medical University came together to analyse data obtained from

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Walking on Your Heels Gives You Longer ‘Virtual Limbs’

Walking on your heels gives you longer ‘virtual limbs’! A new study explains why humans walk on their heels instead of their toes; the paper is published in The Journal of Experimental Biology. Humans have a ‘heel-first walking’, as opposed to many other organisms in the animal kingdom (cats and dogs, for instance) who use

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Sugar or Sweetener—Which is Better?

Does it matter whether you consume sugar-free drinks (with sweeteners) or those with sugar? A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity offers insight into the topic of sugar and sweeteners. The war between sugar and sweeteners has been raging since some time now. A new study looks into the way both types

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Our Days Are Getting 1.8 Milliseconds Longer

Days on Earth get longer by 1.8 milliseconds every century, says a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. The data gathered by the team shows that the spin was slowing down to a lesser extent centuries and centuries ago—3,000 years ago, it used to be only by 2.3 milliseconds per 100

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