Alaska acting as Ideal Laboratory for Scientists to know effects of Climate Change

Alaska acting as Ideal Laboratory for Scientists to know effects of Climate Chan

Scientists has perfect name for Alaska, ‘an ideal laboratory’. They have said it so as Alaska has witnessing everything ranging from wildfires, melting glaciers and massive changes in animal behavior. Its environment is changing faster than anywhere else on earth.

It would not be wrong to say that Alaska is centre of attentions for many. On Monday, President Obama flew to Alaska to focus on climate change issues and also rename the tallest peak in Alaska from McKinley to Denali.

NASA officials have also announced of new programs of air flights, satellite passes and on-the-ground field work in Alaska. Through these programs, the officials want to know about what is actually happening, at what pace and why.

New Horizons’ Next Target is 2014 MU69

New Horizons’ Next Target is 2014 MU69

On Friday afternoon, NASA has announced about the next target of New Horizons spacecraft. After making a flyby of Pluto in July, the spacecraft’s next mission is 2014 MU69, which is nicknamed PT 1 or ‘potential target 1’.

The icy body is located nearly a billion miles farther into the Kuiper Belt region beyond Neptune. It is 1.6 billion kilometres farther away than Pluto. The Kuiper Belt contains thousands of icy objects that differ in size, some are quite small and others are big enough to be considered as dwarf planets like Pluto.

Evidence found of giant scorpion-like animal that lived 450 million years ago

Evidence found of giant scorpion-like animal that lived 450 million years ago

Researchers have found fossils of a giant scorpion-like animal that used to roam the seas hundreds of millions of years before the dinosaurs. The species has been named Pentecopterus decorahenis. The first word because it looks like early Greek warships ‘penteconters’ and the latter word is a reference to Decorah, Iowa, near where the fossils were found.

The species, which is the earliest known of an extinct group of animals called eurypterids, has lived around 450 million years ago. Though majority of eurypterids of that time were quite small like around two inches, it was not small as could grow up to 6 feet long.

90% of all seabirds have eaten Plastic

90% of all seabirds have eaten Plastic

Researchers from CSIRO and Imperial College have unveiled that around 90% of all seabirds alive today have eaten plastic of some kind. The researchers came to know about the same after going through all the published research papers dating back to the early 1960s.

The researchers said nearly every bird will have eaten plastic by 2050. As per the research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, less than 5% of seabirds were having plastic in their bodies in early 1960s. But the scenario changed drastically after that.

Neurotic People More Creative, Finds Study

Neurotic People More Creative, Finds Study

Researchers in a recent research have found that people who feel broody, fell anxious more often or are usually neurotic could possibly be artistic genius. Neurotic people are often found behaving strangely, and are worried and nervous.

The part of the brain responsible for self-generated thought is highly active in neuroticism, which yields both of the trait’s positives (creativity) and negatives (misery), researchers said.

Jeffrey Grey during character check found that individuals who rated excessive on neuroticism scales usually tend to have unfavorable ideas and emotions of all kinds, had trouble to deal with unsafe jobs, and expertise psychiatric issues inside their lifetime.

Teenager who contracted brain-eating disease dies

Teenager who contracted brain-eating disease dies

A Texas teenager who was attacked by brain-eating amoeba after swimming in a lake with his track team on August 13 has died. On Saturday, family of Michael Riley Jr., announced on their Facebook page about the sad news.

The family shared the news on Saturday night on their Facebook page on which they regularly updated about the condition of Michael. “It is with a heavy heart, that we let everyone know that Michael John Riley Jr. lost his battle on this earth but won a victory for his place in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ”, said the family.

Goth Teens more vulnerable to depression

Goth Teens more vulnerable to depression

A research was carried out to examine the mental health implications of group identity in British teens. Out of all teen sub-cultures, Goths were found to be more vulnerable when it comes to being into depression by the age of 18.

The research paper published the journal Lancet Psychiatry, has found that Goths were getting into depression almost twice the rate as children who identified themselves as skaters or loners. Teenagers who called themselves sporty were least likely to be depressed at the age of 18. In fact, they were in the last of the list to harm them.

People give Mix Response to Mistake of Mom Who Left Kid In Shopping Cart

People give Mix Response to Mistake of Mom Who Left Kid In Shopping Cart

Cherish Peterson, 27 from Gilbert, Arizona, who was rushing around a Fry's grocery store on Monday, buying sweets for nephew's birthday, left her two-month-old baby boy Huxton in the shopping Cart. Now response of people on social media about this mistake of the mother was quite extraordinary.

Peterson who left her baby in a shopping trolley by mistake has insisted that she is a good mother. She said she was rushing around at the store buying sweets for nephew’s birthday when the incident occurred.

She had three of her four young children were with her when she left the store. But she mistakenly forgot her two-month-old baby boy Huxton in the shopping cart when she left the cart at the front of the shopping mall.

Ebola-hit nurse joins hospital that saved his life

Ebola-hit nurse joins hospital that saved his life

The first British healthcare worker who caught and survived Ebola has started working in the hospital that helped save his life. He is working as an NHS nurse there. While working nights in A&E at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, he talked to the BBC.

In the interview, Will Pooley said all should ‘honor and remember’ the African healthcare staff, the ones who fought the disease. Last year, he was taken back the UK from Sierra Leone in an RAF airlift.

The 30-year-old Pooley was in a special isolation unit at the Royal Free for a week. There he was treated with the experimental drug ZMapp.

He had a quick recovery and in October, went back to Sierra Leone to help efforts to contain the virus. Last year, the virus took over 11,000 lives in West Africa.

Study identifies suicide-risk behavior patterns

Study identifies suicide-risk behavior patterns

According to a major psychiatric study, there are many symptoms that can indicate that someone is going to try to commit suicide. The study hasn’t used the standard set of symptoms used earlier. It can prove very useful as a means of prevention.

The huge study collected information from the UK, US, France, Spain, Russia, Italy and Switzerland. It is going to be presented in a report to the conference of the European College of Neuropscyhopharmacology (ECNP), held in Amsterdam this week.

Consumption of water or meals after heavy drinking does not prevent hangovers

Consumption of water or meals after heavy drinking does not prevent hangovers

Generally individuals consume water or meals immediately after a session of heavy consuming to avoid hangover but in a new analysis it is found that this technique give no assurance that your head will be free from aching the following morning.

The most common signs of hangover include complications, fatigue, nausea and thirst wide. Researchers analyzed the consuming habits of scholars from Canada and the Netherlands for the research. They also pointed out that nobody is resistant to hangovers, no matter how much they say that they by no means expertise them.

Research analysis was introduced on the European School of Neuropharmacology (ECNP) convention in Amsterdam within the Netherlands.

Minnesota mother gives birth to conjoined twins; one survives

Minnesota mother gives birth to conjoined twins; one survives

It was a tough decision for Minnesota resident Amber McCullough as the doctors had informed her that the situation was critical. The mother of conjoined twins knew before delivering the girls that only one would survive. She delivered twins at the Children's Hospital of Colorado.

The doctors performed 5-hour surgery to separate the girls. One child, named Olivia, could not survive. The second child, named Hannah is still in critical condition. The doctors said that her condition is stable at the moment. The girls were joined through their abdomen.

Oliver Sacks, author of "Awakenings", dies at 84

Oliver Sacks, author of "Awakenings", dies at 84

According to reports, Oliver Sacks, author of "Awakenings" and a well-known neurologist, has passed away at the age of 82. According to his assistant, Kate Edgar, Sacks died as a result of cancer. His death has been confirmed in a statement on Sacks' website.

Sacks, professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine, made an announcement regarding a rare eye tumor in February. He told at that time that he was in the stages of terminal cancer.

NASA begins its Mission to Simulate Life on Mars

NASA begins its Mission to Simulate Life on Mars

With new developments every day, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is proving that Mars is its ultimate mission in near future. Now, the space agency has started its mission to simulate life on the Red Planet. Six individuals of the agency have been put into a dome in Hawaii. The year-long mission will help the agency to prepare for mission to the fourth planet from the Sun.

The team of recruits has started the isolation experiment on August 28. The team will live in the dome for 365 days without food and fresh air. The team of six recruits includes four Americans, a French astrobiologist and a German physicist. The dome in Hawaii, where the team will spend a full year, is just 11 meters in diameter, while it is six-meter-tall.

Early Results of Novel drug to reduce Cholesterol turn out to be Positive

Early Results of Novel drug to reduce Cholesterol turn out to be Positive

With just a few injections every year, this drug will be able to bring a significant decline in cholesterol level. The drug, in its early development, is hoped to generate billions of dollars in sales.

The drug is completely different working in comparison to its rival antibody-based PCSK9 medicines that work in the blood. The new drug is basically under-the-skin injection that stops the synthesis of the protein linked to bad cholesterol in the liver.

For now, the drug is known as ALN-PCSsc and was created by Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and is now being developed by the Medicines Company. Clive Meanwell, MD of The Medicines Company said that the drug is phase 1 and they can expect anything as the drug moves forward to the rigorous testing.

Orion Parachute System Test Successful, announces NASA

Orion Parachute System Test Successful, announces NASA

In a statement on Wednesday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said that test of the parachute system created for the Orion spacecraft was successful. Researchers replicated the failure scenario to check one of two parachutes used to control the speed of capsule at a high altitude, and one main parachute used to slow down the module to landing, NASA added.

According to the US space agency, Orion capsule is going to play a major role in Mars mission. The capsule has the special ability to take humans to the Red Planet in near future. The parachute performance of the Orion is very hard to model with the help of computer, the agency added.

Apple’s Ad Blocking is likely to be a nightmare for Publishers

Apple’s Ad Blocking is likely to be a nightmare for Publishers

pple Inc.'s initiative to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads has troubled publishers and heightened tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors. With the upcoming version of Apple's mobile-operating system, users will be able to install apps that prevent ads from showing up in its Safari browser. The version is going to be out next month.

Apple's move of putting such 'ad blockers' within reach of a huge number of iPhone and iPad users has threatened to disrupt the $70 billion yearly mobile-marketing business. There are many publishers and tech firms that look up to generate far more revenue from an increasing mobile audience. As a result if less number of users will see ads than publishers etc. will get to collect very less revenue.

Google's self-driving cars don’t know how to handle a not-quite-stationary bike

Google's self-driving cars don’t know how to handle a not-quite-stationary bike

One Austin-based cyclist has reported an encounter in which one of the autonomous cars got comically uncertain of how to act when it noticed him doing a track stand at an intersection. Whenever his bike made even a slight movement, the car lurched forward and quickly hit the brakes. Though nothing happened out of it but it become quite clear that Google's self-driving code didn't have any idea about how to handle a not-quite-stationary bike.

While talking about the whole affair, Google told the Washington Post that this is the type of a real-life input it wanted to get as it is developing its intelligent vehicle tech. This affair has also come up as a frank reminder of how far autonomous vehicles have to go.

Next Apple TV could be double in price, says new report

Next Apple TV could be double in price, says new report

According to reports, on September, a new Apple TV is likely to be shown at Apple’s big iPhone event. Reports suggested that it could be more than double in price. 9to5Mac has reported that you need to spend between $US149 and $US199 for the next generation Apple TV. It would probably translate to around $250 in Australia. It’s a huge hike as compared to the present cost that is $US69 in the States and $109 locally.

If we take a look over the price hike then it would mean that Apple’s streaming box is notably going to be more costly in comparison to Google’s Chromecast and even Telstra’s soon to hit the market gadget, Roku based Telstra TV which is likely to cost around $100.

Human-Caused Global Warming Has Worsened California’s Drought: Study

Human-Caused Global Warming Has Worsened California’s Drought: Study

A team of researchers in a recent study found that global warming caused due to human activities have worsened the California's extreme four-year drought by nearly 25%.

The study conducted by Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory suggests that within the span of few decades, the recurrently rising temperature and loss of moisture will drag California into even a far more persistent drought.

As per experts, the current drought, which scientists call as the worst on record, sparking wildfires and devastating the state's agricultural sector are caused due to natural weather variations.

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