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Month: April 2017

Instagram Food Photos Help With Healthy Eating

Food photos are helping Instagram users to adhere to healthy eating, suggests a new study to be presented at the CHI 2017 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems next month. We are in the era of social media, and we can’t get enough of posting our pictures online. Of course, this is not to

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3D-Printing An Entire Building—Watch Video!

We can now 3D-print an entire building! New findings demonstrating such a system at work are published in the journal Science Robotics. Revolutionising the world of construction with a 3-D printing robotic system that can generate the basic structure of an entire building—this is what a team of MIT researchers has aspired (and succeeded) to

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‘Diet’ Foods Can Lead to Weight Gain & Brain Inflammation

‘Diet’ foods loaded with sugar might be leading to weight gain, suggests a new study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior. The negative consequences may also include brain and gut inflammation. Obesity remains an epidemic in our contemporary world. The blame is usually placed on the consumption of high-fat foods. However, they are not

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Venomous Fish: The Secret To Treating Pain & Cancer?

When we hear of venomous animals, we will, most likely, immediately think of snakes. But, did you know that thousands of fish species are also venomous, capable of inflicting severe pain? Even more interestingly, separate teams of scientists are endeavouring to find out how we can use specific fish venoms to treat pain, cancer, and other medical

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Wax Worm Eats Plastic: New Waste Management Method?

The wax worm (caterpillar) has been found to eat plastic. The discovery, documented in a paper published in Current Biology, might pave the way to a fast and effective method to get rid of polluting plastic. Plastic: Food for Worm Turns out there is a type of plastic that can be easily biodegraded. New scientific

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Diet Sodas are Bad for your Brain & Heart

Diet sodas are bad for your brain, and your heart, suggests two studies published by the same authors in the journals Alzheimer’s & Dementia and Stroke respectively. Sodas damage both your brain and your heart. Consuming excess sugar, mostly in the form of fructose found in these drinks, has been linked with higher risks of

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Hobbits of Indonesia Came From Africa, Says Science

The little hobbits of Indonesia that lived a long, long time ago came from Africa, suggests a new study published in the Journal of Human Evolution. The hobbits of Indonesia were a species of humans. They are thus called because of their tiny stature. Their scientific name is Homo floresiensis, and they were discovered back in

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Scientists Turn Naked Mole-Rats Into Plants!

Naked mole-rats ‘turn into’ plants when they are deprived of oxygen, shows a new study published in the journal Science. We all absolutely need oxygen to live. But, not naked mole-rats, apparently, suggests a new study. When a team of researchers from the University of Illinois deprived a group of naked mole-rats from the essential gas,

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Runny Nose All Year Round? Blame Air Pollution!

You have a runny nose throughout the year, regardless of season? The culprit might be air pollution, suggests a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. Exposure to dirty air can lead to chronic inflammation of the nasal and sinus tissues, according to the new study conducted by Johns Hopkins

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Huge Landslides on Ceres Reveal Ice

Ceres contains water ice, a feature apparently revealed by massive landslides similar to those that occur on Earth, suggests a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Landslides are not unique to Earth: they also occur on other heavenly bodies, and that includes dwarf planet Ceres. New findings documenting the feature add to the

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Large Asteroid To Fly Close to Earth on April 19

An asteroid named 2014 JO25 will be flying past Earth on Wednesday, April 19, from a distance of around 1.8 million kilometres. Asteroid 2014 JO25 was discovered in May 2014, and will soon fly by our planet. Now, the question you must all be asking yourselves, will it hit us? NASA scientists explain that it

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