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Month: February 2017

Live Longer By Eating Less?

How do I stay young for longer? Or, another way to put it: how do I slow ageing? A new study, published in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, says the answer lies in eating less. Eating less might be the secret to a long life—as simple as that. The new research explains how cutting calories

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Google’s DeepMind AI Gets Aggressive to Win!

Google’s DeepMind AI system can take to aggressive behaviours when such strategies benefit itself, shows a new research. Google’s new AI aggressive ‘behaviour’ is reminiscent of what movies have taught us: that artificial intelligence/ robots will always turn against us. This has been drilled into our minds, from the Terminator movies to the Avengers: Age

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Baby’s Sex Affects Pregnant Mother’s Symptoms

The sex of a baby is associated with differences in morning sickness, and other symptoms pregnant women generally face. This would be the effects on the expecting mother’s immune system, suggests a new study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Women worldwide have reported differences in their reactions to pregnancy based on whether

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3D Artificial Heart Created by Scientists

Scientists have succeeded in making 3D heart tissue that is able to beat in synchrony. The artificial ‘heart’ is meant to assist scientists to better understand cardiac function. The findings are documented in a paper published in Scientific Reports. People have tried building heart tissues in the past—tried and not exactly succeeded. The majority of

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Newly-Discovered Microorganism Named After Gandalf From Lord of the Rings

A new species of microorganism amoeba has been discovered and named after Lord of the Rings’ famous wizard, Gandalf, because of its carapace resembling the character’s hat. The findings are published in the journal Acta-Protozoologica. A Gandalf-ian amoeba! Gandalf, one of the main characters of the novel Lord of the Rings authored by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Consuming Whole Grains Linked With Loss of Calories & Increased Metabolism

Eating whole grains increases calorie loss, says a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Consuming whole grains in the place of refined grains increases calorie loss through a combination of lesser retention of calories during digestion, and accelerated metabolism. The health benefits of including whole grains in the diet are not

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Children Spending Too Much Time Indoors May Develop Myopia

Spending too much time indoors might be the cause of myopia in children, says a new study published in the journal Current Biology. Myopia affects over a billion people from all over the world, and its incidence is on the rise. Researchers are, therefore, putting in more and more efforts to understand the causes to

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Harmful Gut Bacteria Cause Hypertension

Bacteria living in the intestines might be causing hypertension, suggests a new study published in the journal Physiological Genomics. Our alimentary canal (the gut) contains innumerable species of bacteria, collectively called the gut microbiota. Normally, the latter assists us in the process of digestion. But, are they always harmless? Some of these microorganisms, more specifically

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You’re A New Person Every Time You Wake Up!

A new person every time you wake up? A new study suggests that your brain resets itself during sleep. The findings published in the journal Science. Our brains are reset during sleep, the latter being the price we pay to have brains that are able to accommodate for the assimilation of new things—a theory called the

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White Blood Cells Blow Large Holes in Your Blood Vessels

White blood cells, our body’s first line of defence, blow holes into blood vessels to get the job done. These new findings are published in the journal Cell Reports. White blood cells, also known as leucocytes, form part of the immune system which groups together tissues protecting the body by fighting against harmful foreign bodies.

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Humans’ Oldest Ancestor: Bag-Like, Microscopic Sea Creature

Meet your oldest ancestor: a bag-like, super-tiny creature of the sea. Wearing a big mouth on its elliptical body, it was a frightening little fellow. It has been documented in the journal Nature. You’re a Creature of the Ocean Prepare to be horrified. Your oldest ancestor was no more than a millimeter in size. It

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Lost Continent Under Mauritius Discovered by Scientists

Mauritius is hiding a lost continent underneath itself, says a team of researchers whose paper has been published in the journal Nature Communications. Lost World in the Indian Ocean—A Piece of Gondwana The existence of a lost continent in the Indian Ocean, lying beneath the volcanic island of Mauritius, has been confirmed by a group

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