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Jupiter to be at its closest point to Earth tonight

Jupiter to be at its closest point to Earth tonight

NASA astronomers have predicted that Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system, will reach its point of opposition tonight, 7th of April.

The gaseous giant will position itself in the constellation of Virgo almost in a straight line from the Sun, lighting up brightly in the night sky.

In addition, the planet will be at its closest point to Earth. According to a statement released by NASA astronomers, Jupiter will rise in the east along with the Sun and trudge across the heavens, eventually setting in the west at sunrise.

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British climate scientists raise concerns over Trump presidency

British climate scientists raise concerns over Trump presidency

British climate scientists have urged Prime Minister Theresa May to press U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to acknowledge risks being posed by climate change and support international efforts to tackle global warming.

In a letter written to Mrs. May on Monday, a group of 100 climate scientists said there were real threats to Britain’s interests from Mr. Trump’s victory in November.

Simple Urine Test Tells If a Person is Eating Healthy Diet: Research

Simple Urine Test Tells If a Person is Eating Healthy Diet: Research

UK-based researchers working on a urine test have found some specific biomarkers which can tell a lot about the diet of an individual. As human body processes fruits, vegetables, meats and other proteins, the biomarkers in urine can be checked to ascertain diet taken by an individual. The test can be used to check how healthy the meal of an individual is and can offer help in evaluating the impact of diet on overall health. Many people follow diet plans for weight loss or better health but researchers have noticed that generally, people are notoriously bad at recording their diet intake.

Scientists solve Killer Whales menopause mystery

Scientists solve killer whales’ menopause mystery

Benefits of grandmothering may have played a major role in the success of older female orcas (killer whales) but the costs of being outcompeted by their daughters apparently play a role in the emergence of their menopause, a new study suggested.

According to the study, published in the journal Current Biology, younger females are more likely to mate and reproduce than their older counterparts. They found that this trend puts off mother orcas from reproduction, which in turn make them more focused on raising their younger members of their families instead.

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Urine Test Provides Detailed Information Regarding Diet: Report

Urine Test Provides Detailed Information Regarding Diet: Report

A urine test can provide amazing information about your diet by checking for level of certain biological markers. The research team working on this urine test said that as our body processes foods like meat, fruit and vegetables, some biological markers in urine can help researchers ascertain if an individual is taking healthy diet or not. The simple urine test can provide this information within five minutes, the research team from Aberystwyth University, Imperial College London, and Newcastle University. The test provides information about intake of proteins, dietary fiber and sugar.

Scientists Solve Mystery About Menopause in Killer Whales

Scientists Resolve Mystery About Menopause in Killer Whales

Killer whales suffer menopause and this fact has kept scientists guessing about the reason for menopause among killer whales. An international team of scientists has claimed that due to complicated relationship with their daughters, killer whales undergo menopause. The research team evaluated data collected in the northwest Pacific over past four decades to reach at their conclusion about menopause among killer whales. Among mammals, only humans, killer whales and short-finned pilot whales experience menopause.

Massive chunk of Antarctica ice may break away later this winter: researchers warn

Massive chunk of Antarctica ice may break away later this winter: researchers warn

A massive chunk of ice may break away from one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves as soon as later this winter, a team of British scientists has warned.

Scientists with Project MIDAS have found that an enormous rift in the ice shelf, known as Larsen C, has been growing at an alarming rate. Since the starting of December, it has grown nearly 11 miles in length, after enlarging 13 miles earlier in 2016.

New Year to arrive late, by a second

New Year to arrive late, by a second

All would-be revelers should be careful with their countdowns this New Year’s Eve as scientists have decided to add a “leap second” to the universal clock at the end of December, delaying the arrival of 2017 by a second.

The leap second will be added in order to bring the world’s atomic clocks in sync with Earth’s own distinctive rhythm, which is determined by the planet’s rotation. The International Earth Rotation & Reference Systems Service (IERS) confirmed in a statement that it would be necessary to introduce an additional second at the end of this year.

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Flying Bugs Over British Sky Analyzed by Research Team

Flying Bugs Over British Sky Analyzed by Research Team

After analyzing insects migrating over Southern Britain for nearly 10 years, researchers have released data in a research paper published in the journal Science. The number of insects migrating over southern Britain could be in trillions and scientists estimate a combined weight of 3,200 tons for these flying bugs. The research team used using entomological radar and aerial insect catching nets to collect the data, most comprehensive estimate of flying bugs till date.

Hospitals failing to fully enforce no-smoking policy: survey

Hospitals failing to fully enforce no-smoking policy: survey

A big majority of hospitals are failing to fully enforce a no-smoking policy and crack down on the unhealthy habit on their premises, a newly published report revealed.

A fresh survey of 140 hospitals for the British Thoracic Society indicated that that merely 1 in every 16 hospitals have been able to fully enforce a no-smoking policy on their premises.

Enforcement of a no-smoking policy includes providing individuals with information on the trust’s smoke-free policy, as well as putting up “no smoking” signs and policing hospital grounds.

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