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New heat-storage material may end your winter blues

New heat-storage material may end your winter blues

In what may be a solution for your cold-weather woes, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), through a new heat-storing material, claim to have prepared a dress that could release heat to keep you warm during the winter months.

The heat could be stored by the newly developed dress material, a transparent polymer film, which can capture solar energy and then release it at a later stage triggered by different stimuli.

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Humans Pushing the planet into a New Geological Epoch

Humans Pushing the planet into a New Geological Epoch

A report prepared by 24 geologists was released on Thursday and revealed a revolutionary judgment by geologists. They believe Earth has been modified to such a great extent by humans that its outcomes will be evident in the present as well as future geological records.

The report proposed that it’s time that we take into consideration the fact that Earth has entered a new geologic epoch, known as Anthropocene. The new epoch started around 1945-64.

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Periodic table’s seventh row completed with man-made four new chemical elements

Periodic table’s seventh row gets complete with man-made four new chemical elements

After complete verification by scientists in Russia, America and Japan, periodic table’s seventh row has been finally completed with the addition of four new elements. Discovery of four super-heavy chemical elements make science textbooks around the world go out of date.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year challenge is to build AI assistant like Iron Man’s Jarvis

Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year challenge is to build AI assistant like Iron Man’s Jarvis

Mark Zuckerberg is quite impressed with Jarvis, Iron Man’s trusty digital assistant, wants to build such an artificial intelligence bot to help him run his life more efficiently. Zuckerberg is known to take up an exciting challenge every year and this year’s is to build an AI assistant can help him in home and at work.

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Archaeologists Find 150-Year-Old Road

Archaeologists Find 150-Year-Old Road

Maps provided by the Environment Agency (EA) have helped a team of amateur archaeologists to find an old Roman road in the northwest countryside of England. The maps are often used to determine the risk for floods in the areas. The EA has been using the technology of creating maps by laser scanners fitted over the aircraft. The technology has been utilized over decades to map the landscape of England.

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Dietary sugar accelerates breast cancer risk

Dietary sugar accelerates breast cancer risk

Those who eat sugar-rich Western diets face a significantly increased likelihood of development of breast cancer and metastasis of tumors to the lungs, a new study cautioned.

A team of researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center demonstrated that fructose and sucrose, which are found in table sugar and corn syrup and serve as key ingredients in Western diets, accelerate growth of breast tumors and also make it spread to some other parts of the body.

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Carpenter Ant Colonies in Florida Exhibit Pronounced Differences in Social Behavior

-Carpenter Ant Colonies in Florida Exhibit Pronounced Differences in Social Behavior

Not all, but little of you must have heard of the word Epigenetics, which means the study of stable, or persistent, changes in gene expression that occur without changes in DNA sequence. Epigenetic regulation has been observed to affect a variety of distinct traits in animals, including body size, aging, and behavior. In a new study published today in Science, a multi-institution team anchored at University of Pennsylvania found that carpenter ant colonies in Florida exhibit pronounced differences in social behavior throughout their lives.

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Gene-editing technique treats Duchenne muscular dystrophy in mice

Gene-editing technique treats Duchenne muscular dystrophy in mice

A latest technique is full of promise, however, it has been used just in mice. Researchers have used a gene-editing technique, CRISPR-Cas9 to improve faulty genes in adult mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The technique resulted in improvements in mice muscle function.

Usually, muscular dystrophies are genetic diseases, whose symptoms include weakened muscle tissue. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is defined as the weakened skeletal and cardiac muscle that is caused by the lack of a structural protein called dystrophin.

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U.S. Department of Justice: Investigation at Blue Bell Creameries for Listeria Contamination Begins

U.S. Department of Justice: Investigation at Blue Bell Creameries for Listeria Contamination Begins

New Year ’s Eve is the time when a woman wants to be kissed by the lover of her life, and the men want to be there to solidify their relationship with their woman. It is the time when everyone unites together and welcomes the New Year by dining together and eating Ice creams. But, how bad it would be for an ice cream company that has to face criminal investigation on being charged for contamination during the festive season? Similar case happened with Blue Bell Creameries which is facing criminal investigation by the U.S.

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New Law Effective from January 1 Allows Pharmacists-Prescribed Birth Control Pills in Oregon

New Law Issued on January 1 Allows Pharmacists-Prescribed Birth Control Pills in Oregon

New Year has come up with greetings for people in Oregon and California with Oregon being the first US State to issue a law that allows pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills. As per the law starting January 1, women in Oregon can now get birth control pills from pharmacists leaving behind the need to visit doctors every time they need. It has been reported that after Oregon, California will be following up with the suit in March.

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