Science Update

South Korea Confirms Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) at Hog Farm

March 31, 2018
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           South Korea, a country with a recent history in Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreaks, has reported an outbreak in pigs after 2 years of tranquillity on the pig side. The outbreak was found on a swine farm near Gimpo in the province Gyeonggi, the area located directly around Seoul in the country’s north. The outbreak was […]

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There’s a chemical in coffee that may cause cancer — here’s how worried you should be

March 30, 2018
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            A California judge ruled this week that Starbucks and other businesses that sell coffee will have to include warnings saying it contains a substance that could cause cancer. Coffee contains acrylamide, a chemical byproduct of roasting coffee beans. We have reason to think that acrylamide, in high doses, can cause cancer and could be toxic. But […]

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The enemy within: Gut bacteria drive autoimmune disease

March 18, 2018
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           Bacteria found in the small intestines of mice and humans can travel to other organs and trigger an autoimmune response, according to a new Yale study. The researchers also found that the autoimmune reaction can be suppressed with an antibiotic or vaccine designed to target the bacteria, they said. The findings, published in Science, suggest […]

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Children as young as 3 have brain network devoted to interpreting thoughts of other people.

March 12, 2018
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           Study finds early signatures of the social brain Humans use an ability known as theory of mind every time they make inferences about someone else’s mental state — what the other person believes, what they want, or why they are feeling happy, angry, or scared. Behavioral studies have suggested that children begin succeeding at a […]

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For Heart Disease Patients, Think Exercise, Not Weight Loss

March 8, 2018
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            For people with coronary heart disease, losing weight will not prolong life, a new study reports, but increasing physical activity will. To their surprise, Norwegian researchers found that in some coronary heart disease patients — those of normal weight — weight loss actually increased the risk for death. The study, in the Journal of the […]

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127 million year old baby bird fossil sheds light on avian evolution

March 5, 2018
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             The tiny fossil of a prehistoric baby bird is helping scientists understand how early avians came into the world in the Age of Dinosaurs. The fossil, which dates back to the Mesozoic Era (250-65 million years ago), is a chick from a group of prehistoric birds called, Enantiornithes. Made up of a nearly complete […]

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Just the two of us: Holding hands can ease pain, sync brainwaves

March 4, 2018
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            Reach for the hand of a loved one in pain and not only will your breathing and heart rate synchronize with theirs, your brain wave patterns will couple up too, according to a new study. The study, by researchers with CU Boulder and University of Haifa and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of […]

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A Friendly Arctic Fox Greets Explorers | National Geographic

March 4, 2018
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           A Friendly Arctic Fox Greets Explorers | National Geographic .

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9 ‘Bad’ Habits That Can Actually Be Good for You

March 4, 2018
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                1. COMPUTER GAMES They isolate children socially and distract them from learning, right? Think again. Researchers have found that kids who clock up regular console time can improve their hand-eye coordination, their grip on science, even their IQ. A British study of 700 children found that simulation games developed children’s strategic thinking and […]

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Here’s how viruses inactivate the immune system, causing cancer

March 3, 2018
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           Interestingly, while viruses certainly have the ability to edit human DNA — most obviously by inserting their own genetic code into DNA so that the new viruses are built alongside DNA replication — the review article explains that viruses do not necessarily turn off the immune system by editing genes. Instead, viruses mute the immune […]

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LIVE: Wild Discovery Channel Animals | We Caught Giant Snake Anaconda | Animal Documentary BBC 2018

March 3, 2018
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1          1ShareLIVE: Wild Discovery Channel Animals | We Caught Giant Snake Anaconda | Animal Documentary BBC 2018 .

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Rare and mysterious ‘ghost shark’ boated off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

March 2, 2018
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33          33SharesTourists from Minnesota were plying the waters off the Mexican resort destination when they discovered a bizarre-looking fish that represents the polar opposite of glamorous.                                                     © File Photo File […]

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Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

February 28, 2018
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           Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France. This study looked specifically at the effect of alcohol use disorders, and […]

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