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Sales of Elephant ivory in California Banned

Sales of Elephant ivory in California Banned

The conservation bill signed by Governor of California, Jerry Brown, has put down Chinatown shopkeepers in San Francisco and Los Angeles at stake, as nearly all the sales of elephant ivory have been banned. Wildlife and conservation groups are contented about the decision.

Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly, passed an Assembly Bill (AB) 96 which will make the selling of elephant ivory or rhino horn in California illegal after 1 July.

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Researchers used Mushrooms to improve Lithium-ion Battery

Researchers used Mushrooms to improve Lithium-ion Battery

You must have seen lithium-ion batteries in devices like electric cars and smartphones. They come with a number of benefits, but like almost everything, they have disadvantage too. Lithium-ion batteries don’t last forever. With the time, anodes of the batteries deteriorate. Some researchers have decided to overcome the limitation by using portabella mushrooms.

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A Surgeon Who Thinks Differently About Breast Cancer

A Surgeon Who Thinks Differently About Breast Cancer

Dr. Laura J. Esserman, 58, a breast cancer surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, has a different view of looking at the breast cancer. Her philosophy that breast cancer screening brings with it overdiagnosis and overtreatment is controversial, but last month her approach was given a boost by a long-term study.

The study published in the journal JAMA Oncology was analysis of 20 years of patient data, which made the approach to treating a condition known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), for which the current practice includes only surgery.

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Synthetic clothing fibers found inside Fish caught off Northern California coast

Synthetic clothing fibers found inside Fish caught off Northern California coast

It has been reported in a new study by environmental scientists at UC Davis that a huge amount of synthetic clothing fibers is there inside some of the fish they caught off the Northern California coast. These fish are consumed by locals.

According to lead researcher Chelsea Rochman of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, it was found that nearly a quarter of the 64 fish bought at fish markets in Half Moon Bay and Princeton and examined for the study consisted of pieces of synthetic clothing in their guts.

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Paralyzed man uses his brain-power to walk

Paralyzed man uses his brain-power to walk

A 26-year-old man got an injury 5 years ago, after which, he lost his ability to walk. But now, he took his first steps with the help of his own brain-power, as per a report in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.

This is for the first time ever when a person, who couldn’t walk because of a spinal cord injury (SCI), has firmly operated a non-invasive brain computer interface (BCI) system for over-ground walking in real time. This instance has given a hope for the possibility of developing BCI brain implants to help out SCI people in walking.

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Environmentalists say wolf’s return in California a cause for celebration

Environmentalists say wolf’s return in California a cause for celebration

Wolves have reached California, where last month, a pack of wolves was seen for the first time in decades. Their arrival has brought conservationists against ranchers who are worried that the predators will prey on livestock.

In August, still pictures of seven gray wolves, including two adults and five frolicking pups, were captured on a trail camera in Siskiyou County near the Oregon border. The pack was discovered 4 years after a single radio-collared wolf was spotted crossing into California, for the first time ever since the animal last existed in the Golden State in 1924.

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University of California Researchers Successfully Test ‘Invisibility Cloak’

University of California Researchers Successfully Test ‘Invisibility Cloak’

Researchers at the University of California on Thursday said that they have successfully tested an ultra-thin invisibility cloak. The cloak is made up of microscopic rectangular gold blocks that take the shape of an object.

According to a study published in Science, the ultra-thin invisibility cloak is layered with several thousands of nanoscale dots that alter any reflected light to make the object under the cloak appear flat.

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US Forest Service to Spend About $200 Million to Combat Wildfires

US Forest Service to Spend About $200 Million to Combat Wildfires

The US Forest Service is breaking some old records. The agency has spent nearly $243 million in August while dealing with more than 75 wildfires in the West. The service will spend $200 million more in coming weeks as the fire season deepens, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Scott Vail, an incident commander in California, said, “With the current fire situation in the West, we’ve stretched the capacity, so we rely on the private contractors to fill in that gap between what we have and what we need”.

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Coastal Clean Up Day to See Massive Participation of Cleaning Volunteers this Saturday

Coastal Clean Up Day to See Massive Participation of Cleaning Volunteers this Saturday

The California Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday will see more than a thousand volunteers taking up the cleanup job by picking up waste and litter along the beaches and make them cleaner.

The initiative is a brainchild of Costa Mesa environmental group Orange County Coastkeeper. It has been sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District. The volunteers have pledged to move around 91 miles of coastline and perform the cleaning task. The purpose is to prevent the litter from entering the ocean.

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Scientists provide first estimate of number of small, primordial galaxies in early universe

Scientists provide first estimate of number of small, primordial galaxies in early universe

The University of California astronomers have said they have generated the most precise statistical description of faint, early galaxies till date. These galaxies were present in the universe 500 million years after the Big Bang.

The team, in a research paper published in Nature Communications, has described a new statistical method for analyzing Hubble Space Telescope data captured during lengthy sky surveys. The deep-sky survey belongs to a bigger Hubble-based study project known as the Cosmic Assembly Near-Infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey.

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