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Artificial light threatening pollination: Experts warn

Artificial light threatening pollination: Experts warn

A new study by a team of ecologists at the University of Bern has cautioned that artificial light is disrupting nocturnal pollination, threatening reduction in fruit production.

Almost everyone knows that small creatures like bees play a key role in pollination. However, few people are aware of the fact that nocturnal insects like beetles and flies also play a crucial role in the process.

LSD study claims to reveal what makes music meaningful

LSD study claims to reveal what makes music meaningful

A new research from Switzerland claims to have explained what makes things we experience, including music, meaningful.

In the small study, a team of researchers asked individuals to take the drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and then they were able to determine how the participants’ brains ascribed meaning to certain factors, like songs, in their surroundings.

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Giraffes facing silent extinction: IUCN

Giraffes facing silent extinction: IUCN

Giraffes are apparently facing a silent extinction as the global population of the iconic animal has drastically declined in the past three decades, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned in its latest report.

According to the newly released IUCN report, the global population of giraffes slipped from around 155,000 in 1985 to fewer than 97,000 in 2015.

IBM‘s artificial neuron may create computers that mimic processing design of organic brains

IBM‘s artificial neuron may create computers that mimic processing design of organic brains

IBM has developed a working artificial neuron. Not one or two, but 500 of them have been created by IBM’s research center in Zurich. The faux neurons have been developed from well-known materials, which can be reduced to the scale of a few nanometers.

In the case of organic neurons, there are membranes present that act as signal gates that take certain amount of energy to absorb. In the case of neurons developed by the IBM, the above mentioned role is taken up by a square of Germanium-Antimony-Tellerium (GST).

Bird’s feathers, reptile’s scales and mammal’s hair may have come from common origins

Bird’s feathers, reptile’s scales and mammal’s hair may have come from common origins

Do you think there would be any link between a bird’s feathers, a reptile’s scales and a mammal’s hairs? Most of you would say no, but as per a new research, there is a link. These skin appendages might have come from common origins.

As per the research paper published in the journal Science Advances, the mechanism behind the embryonic development of the skin appendages is very similar. All these three have originated from a common reptilian ancestor.

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Scales, feathers and hair evolved from common ancestor 320 million years back

Scales, feathers and hair evolved from common ancestor 320 million years back

Putting rest to debate on the evolutionary link between hair in mammals, feathers in birds and scales in reptiles, a new research has unveiled that all of them are homologous. The researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland means that they share a common ancestry.

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FDA-approved Pregabalin may cause major birth defects

FDA-approved Pregabalin may cause major birth defects

A drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat a variety of disorders and generally used for anxiety and other mental health issues, has been found to be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects.

Pregabalin, most commonly known for its brand name Lyrica, comes with several side effects, which include tiredness, vomiting, weight gain, shortness of breath and chest pain. But the new study has a big concern that it may also lead to birth defects.

Swiss researchers develop rescue drone that can autonomously recognize and follow forest passageways

Swiss researchers develop rescue drone that can autonomously recognize and follow forest passageways

Swiss researchers have come up with a rescue drone which can autonomously identify and follow passageways via the undergrowth and rough terrain, with the help of sophisticated artificial intelligence.

The ultimate envision of the scientists is an entire fleet of the rescue drones that can swarm forests seeking missing people, functioning along with their human counterparts.

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Scientists Discover Photon Pairs Carrying Around 750 Gigaelectronvolts of Energy

Scientists Discover Photon Pairs Carrying Around 750 Gigaelectronvolts of Energy

A team of scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, the largest particle accelerator of earth, said that the machine might have produced another brand new particle.

The detection of proton pairs with high energy could be an indicator of discovery of new particle, which could be new to nature. Researchers said this new particle could be around four times more massive than the heaviest particle ever discovered i.e. the top quark and almost six times heavier than the Higgs.

Kangaroos produce methane comparable to cows

Kangaroos produce methane comparable to cows

It was considered for long that Kangaroos produce less amount of methane because they have Archaea, a unique microbe in their foregut. But now a new study has a complete different finding to share that there is nothing such case and Kangaroos produce a lot of methane when they fart.

According to study's lead researcher Adam Munn of the University of Wollongong, "The idea that kangaroos have unique gut microbes has been floating around for some time and a great deal of research has gone into discovering these apparently unique microbes".

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