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Scientists Use Gene Editing Tool CRISPR To Engineer Pigs Immune To Costly PRRS Disease

Using CRISPR, scientists removed a small section of a gene that makes pigs vulnerable to PRRS, a disease that causes costly pig deaths and reduced productivity. Scientists said that the gene-edited animals showed complete immunity.

Animals June 25, 2018

Is This A Van Gogh Painting? Chaotic Clouds Of Jupiter Appear Like Stunning Oil Painting In Color-Enhanced Image

Citizen scientists used data from Junocam imager to create a color-enhanced image of the clouds of Jupiter. The image was captured during the 13th close flyby of the Juno spacecraft.

Space June 25, 2018

Smithsonian National Zoo's Panda House Closed For Possible Pregnancy Of Mei Xiang Giant Panda

Smithsonian's National Zoo announced it is closing its giant panda habitat because the female panda Mei Xiang shows symptoms of pregnancy and pseudopregnancy such as building a nest and sleeping more. What is pseudopregnancy?

Animals June 24, 2018

Experiment To Create Coldest Spot In The Universe May Pave Way For Powerful Quantum Computers

Scientists will create the coldest spot in the universe using the Cold Atom Laboratory device at the International Space Station. Results of the experiment may speed up development of quantum computers and improve the precision of instruments.

Space June 23, 2018

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Captures Image Of Blue Dune On Red Planet

The HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an image of a blue dune on Mars' Lyot Crater region. The image was enhanced to provide a better look at the surface features of the Red Planet.

Space June 23, 2018

Grandmother Of China's First Emperor May Have Kept This Extinct Gibbon As Pet

An extinct species of gibbon was likely kept as pet by Lady Xia, grandmother of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang. What caused the extinction of this ape long before the industrial age?

Animals June 22, 2018

Can Playing Video Games Cause Addiction? Here's What Makes A Substance Or Behavior Truly Addictive

Excessive gambling is a behavior classified by American Psychiatric Association as addiction. Can playing video games also lead to brain changes and addictive illness caused by drugs and alcohol?

Neuroscience June 22, 2018

Florida Teen Is First Known Case Of Mosquito-Borne Keystone Virus Infection In Humans

The 16-year-old boy was tested for Zika and other related viruses. It took more than a year of testing and analyses before he was diagnosed of Keystone virus, which had not been previously found in humans.

Public Health June 22, 2018

Intense Stress And Autoimmune Diseases: Trauma May Raise Risk Of Immune System Disorders

Trauma may increase a person's risk of developing autoimmune diseases by 36 percent. People who experienced severe emotional reaction as a result of stress can reduce their risk of developing immune system disorders. Here’s how.

Public Health June 20, 2018

Globular Clusters Not As Ancient As Previously Thought: These Star Clusters Formed About 4 Billion Years After Big Bang

Researchers used BPASS models to study binary star systems believed to be as old as their host clusters. Findings showed globular clusters could be 4 billion years younger than previously thought.

Space June 20, 2018

Light Pollution Linked To Decline In Insect Population: Here's How Artificial Lighting At Night Can Affect You

Light pollution has contributed to the declining population of insects. Exposure to artificial light at night has also been associated with a range of impact on human health.

Earth/Environment June 19, 2018

Neutron Star Experiment May Test Hypothetical Fifth Force Between Normal Matter And Dark Matter

A fifth force may pull or push standard matter away from dark matter. Astronomers from Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy said that binary pulsars provide a new way of testing this hypothetical force.

Space June 19, 2018

Astronomers Find Best Evidence Of Elusive Intermediate-Mass Black Hole

Astronomers detected a flare of radiation in a distant galaxy that was emitted as a star is being devoured by a black hole. The intermediate-mass black hole candidate has a mass about 50,000 times that of the sun.

Space June 19, 2018

WHO Classifies Video Game Addiction As A Mental Health Problem: What Are The Symptoms Of Gaming Disorder?

Gaming disorder is classified as a mental health problem in the new draft of the 11th edition of the ICD. What are the symptoms of this condition and does this affect many gamers?

Public Health June 18, 2018

This Species Of Bacteria May Help Humans Breathe On Planet Mars

A species of low-light adapted cyanobacteria can be sent to Mars to produce oxygen for colonists. These organisms can thrive in harsh environments and could make the Red Planet breathable to humans.

Space June 18, 2018

Extinct Frog Trapped In Amber Hints Where These Amphibians Lived During Cretaceous Period

Frogs today commonly live in wet tropical forests. A prehistoric frog trapped in amber holds clue to the habitat of these amphibians before the mass extinction at the end of Cretaceous Period.

Animals June 17, 2018

Large Hadron Collider Upgrade To Allow Exploration Beyond Standard Model Of Particle Physics

CERN has started the upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider. The High-Luminosity LHC project will boost the capacity of the world's most powerful accelerator, and shed more light on the Higgs boson and physics beyond the Standard Model.

Energy June 16, 2018

Major Mediterranean Diet Study Is Flawed: What Was Wrong With The Landmark Research?

A landmark Mediterranean diet published in 2013 was flagged for its questionable data. The researchers discovered the problem after digging through their records. Did this change the findings of the original study?

Healthy Living/Wellness June 15, 2018

More High School Students Are Depressed, Attempting Suicide: How To Recognize Signs Of Teen Depression

CDC's National Youth Risk Behavior Survey revealed that fewer teens do sex and drugs but many have persistent feelings of hopeless and sadness. What are the signs of teen depression?

Healthy Living/Wellness June 15, 2018

Videos Capture Professor Teaching Students Moon Landing Was Fake, Other Conspiracy Theories

A sociology professor was caught on video telling students about conspiracy theories on the moon landing and the holocaust. This is not the first time he is being investigated for his claims.

Feature | Science June 15, 2018

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