Like humans, birds too can interpret looks and gestures

Like humans, birds too can interpret looks and gesturesWashington, Apr 3: Think birds are just some “high-flying, cute looking” species? Well, it’s time you jiggle your thinking and respect their mental abilities, for a new study has found that jackdaws can interpret looks and gestures in the same way as humans.

According to a study reported online on April 2nd in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, jackdaws—birds related to crows and ravens with eyes that appear similar to human eyes—can change their behaviour when someone is looking their way.

Baby birds can do arithmetic

Baby birds can do arithmeticLondon, Apr 2: Baby birds can count and perform basic arithmetic, say researchers.

The study, conducted by scientists from the universities of Padova and Trento, has shown chicks'' ability to add and subtract objects as they were moved behind two screens.

Lucia Regolin, the study''s author, said the animals "performed basic arithmetic" to work out which screen concealed the larger group of objects.

In the study, scientists found that the baby animals could distinguish between two and three and in tests consistently picked the higher figure.

Vehicular pollutants stick to the lung more than other smoke, dust particles

London, April 2: In what may lead to a change in the way air pollution is evaluated, scientists at Lund University in Sweden have shown that the tiny particles from traffic fumes are far "stickier" than other smoke and dust particles.

Research leader Jakob Londahl came to this conclusion after measuring how many airborne particles stay behind in the lungs.

For that purpose, the researchers used a new device called RESPI, which brings air being inhaled in through one chamber, and exhaled air out through a second chamber.

The device helped the researchers analyse particle number and size in both chambers.

Exposure to anesthesia during first three years increase risk of learning disability

Exposure to anesthesia during first three years increase risk of learning disability

Recent study revealed that children exposed to anesthesia during first three years of their life are at higher risk of developing learning disabilities when they grow up. Previous studies have shown that anesthetic drugs can lead to abnormalities in the brains of young animals.

Research team led by Randall Flick, a paediatrician at Rochester's Mayo Clinic analyzed data collected from studied the medical records of 5,357 children from Olmsted County who were born between 1976 and 1982.

Oxidized linalool in shampoos and soaps can cause eczema

Oxidized linalool in shampoos and soaps can cause eczemaRecent study revealed that many people are allergic to air oxidized form of the linalool, a fragrance ingredient. Linalool is added in many shampoos, skin conditioners and soaps but it is naturally found in lavender, mint, and other plants.

Researchers found that 5 percent and 7 percent people out of 3,000 study subjects were allergic to that oxidized linalool. Eczema can lead to rashes, swelling, itching and cracking.

Scientists try to mend ''broken heart syndrome''

Scientists try to mend ''broken heart syndrome''Washington, Mar 27: Love surely hurts - in fact you really can die from a broken heart, say a new research, which has shed light on "broken heart syndrome".

The condition, known medically as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, was first described by Japanese researchers in the early 1990s. However, it is still a mystery to many in the medical community.