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Cheetahs could soon be defined as “endangered” species as numbers dwindle

Conservationists want cheetahs to be defined as “endangered” species

The fastest running animal on land is facing high risk of extinction as the number in the wild has reduced to nearly 7,100. There were more than 100,000 cheetahs in Africa in the start of last century. The research paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has urged for status of cheetah to be converted to 'endangered'. Amid persistently shrinking populations of cheetah across Africa and other historic habitats around the world, conservationists have sounded alarm bells for the fastest animal on land.

Possibility of finding new particle bleak: LHC scientists

Possibility of finding new particle bleak: LHC scientists

Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have cleared at the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP) that the discovery of new particle might be many years away.

The scientists were quite disappointed, as there was a lot of excitement when they started LHC to collect data as it showed a bump, but in the latest results they did not see any signs of a bump. David Charlton of Birmingham University said that the two separate LHC detectors, Atlas and CMS, have picked up matching bumps. But it could be considered only as a pure coincidence.

Human activities have severely impacted global biodiversity: Study

Human activities have severely impacted global biodiversity: Study

A new study carried out to know the level of biodiversity on earth has found that around 58% of land on the planet has dropped below the biodiversity limits. The drop is mainly due to human land use practices and population growth which needs additional land.

Biodiversity as per study’s lead researcher Tim Newbold from the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research at University College London does not only impacts ecology, but also leads to changes in food production and personal well being.

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Google's DeepMind to use AI to diagnose eye diseases

Google's DeepMind to use AI to diagnose eye diseases

With the help of patient data from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, Google’s AI Wing, DeepMind, will teach computers to diagnose eye disease. DeepMind hopes to improve diagnosis of two conditions known as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, both of them could lead to sight loss.

If both these conditions are detected early enough then patients’ sight can be saved. The hospital performs 3,000 optical coherence tomography scans to diagnose these vision problems. The scans produce large quantity of data and it is a very slow process to assess the same.

One of the Closest Supernovas to Earth in Recent Decades Discovered

One of the Closest Supernovas to Earth in Recent Decades Discovered

Students and faculty at the University of London Observatory have discovered one of the nearest supernovas to Earth in recent decades.

Dr. Steve Fossey said that the students have found the exploding star in galaxy Messier 82. The discovery led a 10-minute telescope workshop change into a several hours of efforts to know more details of the star.

Due to the cloudy weather, Dr. Fossey changed the lesson plan from taking practical astronomy class to give demonstration of how to use the CCD camera on one of the telescopes of the observatory.

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Best Preserved Nervous System in an Anciet Fossil Found

Best Preserved Nervous System in an Anciet Fossil Found

A research published in the journal Nature has revealed about the best preserved nervous system in an ancient fossil. The research has been carried out by a group of researchers from the Natural History Museum in London.

As per the study researchers, it has been found that the fossil dates back 520 million years. It is said that fossil has feature of spider. Study researchers have affirmed the same due to nerve cords running through the creature's trunk.

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Pesticides Likely Causing Stress amongst Bees

Pesticides Likely Causing Stress amongst Bees

A latest study conducted by the Royal Holloway University of London's researchers has suggested how bees tended to face physiological stress due to pesticides.

The team of researchers suspected that the population of bees was probably being indirectly affected by the pesticide levels. The normal bee behaviour, according to Dr. Nigel Raine's belief, was impacted hugely by pesticides.

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