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NASA Radar Captures Images Of Asteroid Resembling ‘Dungeons And Dragons’ Dice

2017 BQ6 was more angular than many asteroids and NASA’s radar images prove it. It’s so angular, in fact, that it closely resembles the dice used in 'Dungeons and Dragons.'

Space February 11, 2017

Giant Pterosaurs Dominated Ancient Transylvania, Suggests New Research

Pterosaurs ranged in size but researchers have found that those that flew over ancient Transylvania were particularly gigantic with 32-feet wingspans. Their massive size made it highly likely that they were the region’s dominant predator.

Ancient February 11, 2017

New Material Can Cool Structures Without Consuming Water And Energy

Researchers have come up with a new material that can cool structures without using water and energy, offering an eco-friendly alternative to current cooling systems in place.

Material Science February 11, 2017

Huggies Launches Diapers Specially Designed For Preemies Weighing Less Than 2 Pounds

Being born before 37 weeks puts preemies at high risk of health complications. Huggies is helping ensure the well-being of the smallest of preemies by developing diapers for babies weighing less than 2 pounds.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 11, 2017

White Dwarf Star Containing Life’s Building Blocks Discovered 200 Light-Years Away From Earth

For the first time, scientists have discovered a white dwarf star featuring life’s building blocks: water, nitrogen and carbon. The results of their work spur hope of finding life in other objects in the universe.

Space February 10, 2017

Corticosteroid Emflaza Receives FDA Approval As Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Treatment

A new drug approved by the FDA has been shown to delay loss of walking ability for patients diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Emflaza is marketed by Marathon Pharmaceuticals.

Medicine February 10, 2017

Planning Algorithms Add Human Intuition, Get Performance Boost

Planning algorithms are on a level all their own when it comes to solving problems but MIT researchers have discovered that there’s still room for improvement when human intuition is added to the equation.

Robotics February 9, 2017

600-Year-Old Starlight Helps Physicists Address Quantum Theory Loophole

An international team of researchers just took on a quantum theory loophole, addressing the issue with some help from 600-year-old starlight. Their work specifically addresses the freedom-of-choice loophole in tests of Bell’s inequality.

Space February 8, 2017

Poor Thigh Muscle Strength May Increase Risks Of Knee Osteoarthritis In Women

Women are likelier to develop osteoarthritis in their knees if they have poor strength in their thigh muscles, say researchers. According to their study, however, the same cannot be said for men.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 8, 2017

Terahertz Transmitter Under Development Capable Of Data Rates 10 Times Faster Than 5G

With a terahertz transmitter in place, faster data rates can be expected. This will mean easier-to-download mobile content, which will allow users to enjoy content on wireless devices with more ease.

Material Science February 7, 2017

Licorice Bad For Pregnant Women: Sweet Treat Harmful To Fetal Development, Finds Study

It may seem like a harmless piece of candy but licorice is actually dangerous to pregnant women. According to researchers, the sweet treat can negatively impact fetal development.

Public Health February 7, 2017

Grapes Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Improve Attention And Memory, Says Study

Looking for another reason to eat more fruits? Researchers are saying that eating grapes every day can help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, improving attention and memory levels in individuals with early memory decline.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 7, 2017

Researchers Uncover Clues To Protect Quantum Computing Networks Against Hackers

To understand how to protect quantum computing networks from threats, researchers from the University of Ottawa became hackers themselves, uncovering clues in the process to bolster hacking protection for next-generation computing systems.

Material Science February 7, 2017

Zimbabwe’s Rare ‘Cave Squeaker’ Frog Spotted For The First Time Since 1962

Zimbabwe’s rare frog 'cave squeaker' got its name from its preference for Chimanimani Mountain’s caves. It was last seen in 1962 and its rediscovery brings hope for amphibian conservation around the world.

Animals February 6, 2017

Doctors Trained Abroad Offer Better Care Than US Medical Graduates: Study

Where your doctor graduated from might now also be a factor in the kind of care you get. According to researchers, doctors who went to medical schools abroad offer better care than those trained in the United States.

Public Health February 6, 2017

Cancer Drug Promotes Heart Tissue Regeneration, Could Double As Heart Disease Treatment

A cancer drug in development has been found to promote heart tissue regeneration, showing promise as a potential treatment for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of death in Americans.

Medicine February 4, 2017

Want To Lose Weight And Keep It Off? Be Mindful Of People Around You, Says Study

It takes hard work to lose weight and keep it off. According to a study, you should be also mindful of people around you and how you relate to them, as personal relationships play a role in maintaining weight loss.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 4, 2017

Researchers Turn To ‘Brute Force’ In Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Sometimes, brute force is the answer. Researchers have found that existing antibiotics can be modified to take advantage of 'brute force' in dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Medicine February 4, 2017

Animal Study Shows New Zika Vaccine Effectively Protects With A Single Dose

Based on mRNAs, a new vaccine candidate against Zika has been shown effective against the virus. According to preclinical results, just one dose of the vaccine offers protective benefit.

Public Health February 3, 2017

Bad With Social Cues? MIT Researchers Built A Wearable For You

MIT researchers are developing a wearable AI system that can function as a social coach to aid socially challenged individuals figure out social cues with ease.

Life & Style February 3, 2017

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