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UCLA: Sitting too much linked to higher risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Sitting too much linked to higher risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Sitting too much could raise the risk of memory related chronic ailments like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a freshly published by researchers at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). For majority of people in office jobs, long sitting hours has become a norm. As jobs have shifted from manual work to office work, the workforce sitting in front of computer is at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and higher blood pressure. The current study was led by Prabha Siddarth of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

Ancient Oceans on Mars Could Have Formed After Massive Volcanic Eruptions: Research

Ancient Oceans on Mars Could Have Formed After Massive Volcanic Eruptions: Research

The shallow oceans on Mars could have formed due to massive volcanic eruptions on the Red Planet in the past, suggests a new research paper released by University of California, Berkeley researchers. Scientists suggest that shoreline-like structures on Mars could have been formed due to shallow oceans but there wasn’t an easy explanation about where the water disappeared. The research paper published in the journal Nature also points that massive volcanic eruptions could have changed the climate to such an extent that water couldn’t exist in liquid form.

The Law of Determinism breaks down for some Black Holes: UC Berkeley Mathematician

The Law of Determinism breaks down for some Black Holes: UC Berkeley Mathematician

Black holes have remained a topic of debate among astronomers and our information about black holes is still considered limited. While astronomers and physicists have been trying to find more about Black Holes, a has found some types of black holes for which the Law of Determinism breaks down. Determinism is the philosophical theory that all events, including moral choices, are completely determined by previously existing causes.

New Study Links Moderate Alcohol and Coffee Consumption to Long Life

New Study Links Moderate Alcohol and Coffee Consumption to Long Life

Moderate consumption of wine or beer and coffee can increase lifespan, new study conducted by researchers at University of California-Irvine has found. However, the study team stressed that consumption of alcoholic drink and coffee should be moderate. The study team worked with a group of subjects in age group above 80 years.

Hand dryers spread germs: University of Leeds Research

Hand dryers spread germs: University of Leeds Research

Hand dryers generally used in public toilets have a major role in spreading germs, as per a new study conducted by research team at the University of Leeds. Earlier studies have also suggested that air dryers spread germs further compared to paper towels or napkins. Air dryers spread germs into the air and even people who don’t air dryers can get infected due to germs spread by strong stream of air.

The research team noticed 27 times more germs in the air around air dryers compared to air around paper napkin dispensers.

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights up California Sky and some residents thought it was UFO

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights up California Sky and some residents thought it was UFO

SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket and the launch event was witnessed by many Californians as an amazing light show in the sky. While some people found the images spectacular, some were freaked out as they thought of the rocket as an unidentified flying object (UFO). Soon after the launch event, many people shared images of rocket launch on social media. SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Sierra Nevada Mountain Range registered 24 mm rise during drought years

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range registered 24 mm rise during drought years

Sierra Nevada mountain range in California witnessed a rise by 24 millimeters (one inch approximately) during the drought years in the state. A research conducted recently has noticed that the rise was witnessed between October 2011 and October 2015. The study conducted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists added that the natural phenomenon occurred due to loss of water from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The study team evaluated data from 1,300 sensors placed at different locations in the mountain range in California, Oregon and Washington.

Young whale finds way out of Ventura Harbor into the open ocean

Young whale finds way out of Ventura Harbor into the open ocean

A young humpback whale that had become stuck in Southern California’s Ventura harbor was on the move again on Sunday as it found its way back to the open ocean.

The U.S. Coast Guard officials said in a statement that the juvenile humpback was last seen at 1 a.m. on Sunday heading out of the Ventura Harbor into the open waters.

It was the first time when a young humpback whale entered the Ventura Harbor.

Hundreds of Leopard Sharks dying in San Francisco Bay

Hundreds of Leopard Sharks dying in San Francisco Bay

An alarming number of sharks have been found dead in San Francisco Bay this year, and biologists in the region are still scratching their heads to figure out the cause. Since mid-March, hundreds of sharks, including bat rays, halibut and leopard sharks, have been found along the shorelines of Foster City, Redwood City, Alameda, Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, and San Francisco. Some dead sharks were found on beaches in Marin County as well.

California proposes plan to tax rocket launches by miles

California proposes plan to tax rocket launches by miles

As the technology sector is increasingly investing bigger amounts of money into the aerospace start-ups, California has proposed a noteworthy plan to tax space rocket launches from its coast. Many private companies are working on technology to reduce cost of space missions and make them commercially viable for many organizations planning to launch satellites.

As per the proposed plan, the Golden State’s tax payments will be determined by how rockets fly the 62 miles or 100 kilometers from a launch pad at the state’s coast to the edge of space to transport tourists or goods.

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