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New Glass Frog Shows You its Heart!

S u m m a r y : You know how some people wear their heart on their sleeves, right? Well, we now have a frog that wears its heart for all of us to see! Literally! And, it’s not just its heart that we can contemplate. The new findings are published in ZooKeys. A

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Treating Heart Attacks With Photosynthetic Bacteria

S u m m a r y : Photosynthetic bacteria protect the heart from damage caused by a heart attack, suggest new findings published in the journal Science Advances. Saving hearts (lives) with photosynthetic bacteria Heart disease claims thousands of lives throughout the year. Researchers are always trying to find better treatment methods to undo

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Love Hormone: Why Moms Risk Their Lives to Protect Their Children

S u m m a r y: The love hormone oxytocin might be behind the courage of parents who are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect their offspring if the need arises, suggests new research published in the journal eLife. A parent’s heart is unlike others’ While the animal (and human) instinct is to

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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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Monster Worm With Big Jaws Discovered in Canada

A giant, extinct monster-worm with threatening jaws has been discovered in the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada. The findings are documented in the journal Scientific Reports. An enormous, primordial worm of unknown species has been found in the Canadian museum by an international team of researchers. The remains of the worm were discovered in an ancient

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Sleeping Bacteria Found in Huge Cave Crystals in Mexico Suggest Life Might Exist Beyond Our Planet

Unknown bacteria have lived in enormous cave crystals in Mexico for 50,000 years under harsh conditions, says a new study. This discovery suggests that life beyond our planet—where the environment would be similarly extreme—might exist. The findings were presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston. A group of bacteria

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Father’s Diet Affects Son’s Sperm’s Performance

A father’s diet can boost his son’s sperm’s ability to outcompete a rival sperm following mating, says a new study published in Biology Letters. Do males only transmit genetic material to their offspring, as goes the common belief that they don’t contribute anything else, or is there any other effect that they pass on? Biologists

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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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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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Viruses Plot Together to Invade Humans

Viruses might be plotting together to invade humans! A new study published in Nature shows that the organisms communicate with one another via messages to decide as to the next step of infection in their hosts. If viruses were not already scary, a new research has shown a spookier side of theirs: they can leave messages

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Newly-Discovered Human Organ Documented!

Your body has a new organ, says a new study published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology. A new organ in the human body—how could we have missed it? You’d think that we would have been able to lay our fingers on all of our organs by now. New findings show that this is far

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