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Planets That Contain Oxygen Don't Necessarily Support Life

Scientists simulated the different atmosphere of exoplanets that are common within the Milky Way Galaxy to prove that oxygen is not a telltale sign that life also existed there. Some planets might have oxygen, but no life.


Israeli Scientists Add Final Touches To Lunar Spacecraft

SpaceX moved the launch on Israel's first moon lander from December to February. The company did not provide an explanation, but officials of SpaceIL on Monday added a time capsule to the spacecraft.


Breathing In Lunar Dust Can Be Very Bad For Humans Says Study

Inhaling moon dust can be dangerous to health. Researchers found that, when it interacts with human cells, moon dust can create chemicals that have been linked to lung cancer.


Magnesium Can Boost Effectivity Of Vitamin D, Says Study

Scientists found that taking vitamin D alone might not improve deficiency. Magnesium has been found to raise vitamin D levels in people who are deficient and lower it in people who have too much vitamin D.


Paleontologists Unveil New Herbivore Dinosaur Discovered In New Mexico

Researchers recently presented a new dinosaur species Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii, a ceratopsid or a horned dinosaur. The animal lived up to about 73 million years ago.


Scientists Find Stalagmites That Could Be 'Holy Grail' Of Carbon Dating

View from the Hulu Caves in China. Scientists found a pair of stalagmites that push the limits of radiocarbon dating. The stalagmites were found to be 54,000 years old and offered an unbroken atmospheric record.

Ancient December 14, 2018

Asian Self-Cloning Tick Invader Could Wreak Havoc In US

A new study revealed the areas in the United States and Canada that have the most suitable climate and environment for Asian longhorned ticks. The creatures have already been found in nine states.

Public Health December 14, 2018

UNAIDS Head Asked To Resign Following 'Culture Of Bullying' Scandal

Michael Sidibe announced that he will end his term as executive director of UNAIDS in 2019. A recent report called out Sidibe and the agency for fostering a culture of bullying and harassment.

Public Health December 14, 2018

Scientists Figure Out Simple Rules For CRISPR Genome Editing In Human Cells

A new set of rules that could predict the outcome of gene editing might pave the way for the wider use of CRISPR/Cas9 to treat diseases. According to scientists, after a thorough analysis, they found a pattern that foresees mutations.

Public Health December 14, 2018

Current Era In Geological History Will Be Remembered For Broiler Chickens, Say Experts

Humans breed chickens to eat more and grow faster to be ready for slaughter in a shorter span of time. Scientists revealed in a new study that modern broiler chickens have become the marker of the Anthropocene.

Earth/Environment December 13, 2018

Contaminated Stethoscopes May Be Spreading Infections, Says Study

Stethoscopes used in the intensive care unit have been found to be contaminated with bacteria, including Staphylococcus. Doctors and nurses are encouraged to disinfect their equipment regularly to prevent the spread of infection.

Public Health December 13, 2018

Problematic Medical Devices Force FDA To Change Rules

An explosive report forced the U.S. FDA to reconsider its application system for new medical devices. The overhaul was a response to thousands of injuries from medical devices based on older technology.

Public Health December 13, 2018

NASA Solar Probe Takes Photo From Within Sun's Atmosphere

NASA's daring spacecraft flew closer to the sun from Oct. 31 to Nov. 11 and reached the outer atmosphere of the star. The Parker Solar Probe will continue making close encounters with the sun until its mission ends in 2024.

Space December 13, 2018

Team Adam Levine Loses Last Member On 'The Voice' Following Online Backlash

Team Adam Levine's final singer, Reagan Strange, left on Tuesday's episode after she had received backlash on social media. The young singer was eliminated despite having her coach's full support during last week's elimination.

Movies/TV Shows December 12, 2018

Latest Eruption Kilauea's Biggest In 200 Years

Three months after the volcano's eruption, scientists released data from this summer's major event. The eruption, which started in May, lasted for three months and completely changed the landscape of Hawaii.

Earth/Environment December 12, 2018

Scientists Crown Tiny Ant As Having The "Fastest Animal Movement" On The Planet

A Dracula ant unseated cheetahs as the fastest animal in the world. The insects' jaws can move up to 200 mph or 5,000 times faster than a blink of an eye.

Animals December 12, 2018

Criminalizing Sex Workers Ups Risk Of Violence And STDs

Criminalization of sex work and purchase of sex further make sex workers vulnerable to abuse, violence, and sexually transmitted infections and diseases. A research that gathered data from 33 countries found that criminalizing sex work causes more harm than good.

Public Health December 12, 2018

Corals Are Developing Resistance To Heatwaves, Says Study

Researchers found that more individual coral reefs survived last year's mass bleaching event compared to 2016. They found that the 2016 marine heatwave killed more susceptible species, leaving the resilient ones to survive.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2018

Decade-Long Study Reveals Massive Microbial Ecosystem Deep Under The Earth

Researchers found a diverse microbial ecosystem under the ground that remains largely unaffected by human activities. Samples of the microbes were collected from underwater drilling sites and boreholes 5 kilometers deep.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2018

Scientists Play Around With Man-Made Lava To See How It Works

In a new study, researchers experimented with adding surface water to lava to understand the basic physics behind the interaction. They found that it does not take much to trigger a dangerous explosion.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2018

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