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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Uber Customers in Shock with Huge Increase in Fares on New Year’s Eve

Uber Customers in Shock with Huge Increase in Fares on New Year’s Eve

Whether it would be your or me, we all will be shocked when we will have to pay three to four times the amount for a ride. Similar incident happened with people across the US and Oklahoma, who were to pay four times the actual sum of the money for the ride on Uber on the New Years’ Eve. Customers who took a ride during some surge hours of Uber on New Year complained that they were not being notified of the increase in prices.

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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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LG will Showcase First Production-Grade 8K Model at CES 2016

LG will Showcase First Production-Grade 8K Model at CES 2016

At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 carnival, LG is coming up with spectacular new feature in its TV services. Now forget all the hype about 4K and welcome the new highlights of the first production-grade 8K model, the UH9800. Whether it is a big venture or a small business company, the CES at Las Vegas offers the best stage platform to present new technology and tricks. Same goes with the Korean giant, which is hoping to give best competition to its one-up TV rivals with both improved HDR colors and an 8K model.

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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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Study: High Fructose Intake Increases Risk of Breast and Lung Cancer

Study: High Fructose Intake Increases Risk of Breast and Lung Cancer

You need to be little cautious if you love eating western diet rich in high sucrose and fructose levels. As per a new study, researchers have found increase in risk of developing breast and lung cancer in women who eat more of western diet including sugary content. Researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center conducted the research on mice and found increased risk of breast and lung cancer in mice who consumed high sucrose and fructose levels.

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Astronomers develop new technique for detecting habitable planets around distant stars

Astronomers develop new technique for detecting habitable planets around distant stars

A team of astronomers claimed to have developed a new tool to find habitable planets in other solar systems by measuring the surface gravity of the stars that are too distant to be studied with conventional methods.

Astronomers have already identified at least a dozen “Goldilocks” planets in other solar systems that are neither too hot nor too cold, but just right to support life. But a planet’s likelihood to support life depends on its star’s properties. Determining the star’s surface gravity can suggest the size and other details of the planets in its system.

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Quadrantid meteor shower 2016 will be stunner: astronomers say

Quadrantid meteor shower 2016 will be stunner: astronomers say

The imminent Quadrantid meteor shower, the annual cascade of shooting stars produced by the debris stream from asteroid 2003 EH1, will be a stunner, astronomers predicted.

According to U.S. space agency NASA, the Quadrantid meteor shower will peak in the pre-dawn hours of Monday, January 4, 2016, as the debris stream from asteroid 2003 EH1 will enter Earth’s atmosphere.

Usually, the Quadrantids take place in early January and peak around Jan. 3 or 4, producing up to 100 or even more shooting stars per hour. It is the first major annual meteor shower of the year.

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‘Spare The Air Alert’ issued for Bay Area for 24 hours

‘Spare The Air Alert’ issued for Bay Area for 24 hours

In a bid to contain rising levels of air pollution, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) on Friday issued a “Spare the Air Alert” for the entire area for Saturday.

Bay Area residents will not be able to burn wood or any other solid fuel like manufactured fire logs for 24 hours, neither in their homes not outside. BAAQMD officials noted that air pollution from wood smoke poses a significant risk to residents’ health.

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