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‘Bad Luck’ Mutations Linked to Higher Cancer Risk in New Study

‘Bad Luck’ Mutations Linked to Higher Cancer Risk in New Study

Nearly 66 percent of the genetic mutations that turn into cancer are caused by ‘random replication errors’ during ongoing cell replacement process and environmental factors account for 29 percent of mutations that lead to cancer, as per a new study. The study published in the journal Science has estimated that 5 percent of mutations are inherited and environment plays a smaller role compared to what was estimated by medical researchers earlier.

Researchers propose radical overhaul of dinosaur family tree

Researchers proposes radical overhaul of dinosaurs’ family tree

Proposing a radical overhaul of the dinosaurs’ family tree, a team of researchers said that the meat-eating group of the extinct creatures that includes Tyrannosaurus rex shouldn’t be placed with the long-necked, four-legged plant-eaters like Brontosaurus.

The newly-proposed dinosaur family tree includes two reformulated categories (clades) of the extinct creatures to replace the two that have been recognized since 1888.

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Online users eagerly waiting for ‘April the giraffe’ to go into labor

Animal lovers eagerly waiting for ‘April the giraffe’ to go into labor

Thousands of animal lovers continue to watch live giraffe cam from the Animal Adventure Park as they are eagerly waiting for “April the giraffe” to go into labor.

In a recently-held question & answer session, park owner Jordan Patch said that when the giraffe will be seen stretching out and raising her tail, it will be a sign of pressure, indicating a contraction.

Thus, viewers around the world watch with bated breath every time the female giraffe lift’s her tail.

Science-slashing budget will make America weak, sick & stupid: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science-slashing budget will make America weak, sick & stupid: physicist says

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to climate science, health and the arts would make the United States “weak,” “sick” and “stupid,” renowned physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said.

Tyson also alleged that Trump was trying to transform the EPA into the “Environmental Destruction Agency,” which would thwart Earth’s life-support systems.

He further added that ignoring climate change would allow glaciers to melt at a faster rate, flooding the world’s coastal cities in particular.

‘Source X’ responsible for nasty breakup of stars discovered

‘Source X’ responsible for nasty breakup of stars discovered

A team of astronomers led by Kevin Luhman of Penn State University has discovered a pretty nasty breakup of stars in a distant star cluster within the Orion Nebula.

Nearly 540 years ago and 1344 light-years from our planet, a mysterious incident sent two stars speeding off in diverse directions. Astronomers have been observing these strange stars for decades, but they couldn’t figure out the cause behind the nasty breakup.

Europa Lander Project could be Cancelled as NASA faces 0.8% cut in budget

NASA likely to face 0.8% cut in budget

President Trump's administration has announced relatively mild budget cuts for NASA but some ambitious projects have been declined for future funding. As per recently unveiled proposed budget plans by federal agencies, space agency NASA is facing a negligible cut of cut of 0.8 per cent cut in its overall budget.

It is a relatively mild change compared to other federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but even this small reduction in budget would prompt the agency to cancel some of its upcoming missions.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying TV broadcast satellite launched

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying TV broadcast satellite launched

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the direct-to-home television broadcast satellite EchoStar 23 blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A. Powered by nine Merlin-1D engines, the Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT), turned east and started rumbling skyward, making a hurried trek across the Atlantic Ocean to place the satellite into orbit.

The launch was pushed back by nearly half an hour out of concern for unfavorable high-altitude winds. Previously, high winds forced the company to scrub the originally planned launch on Tuesday.

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Researchers discover tardigrades’ superpowers identified in their DNA

Researchers discover tardigrades’ superpowers identified in their DNA

Microscopic tardigrades, which are also known as “water bears,” have intrigued scientists for centuries due to their ability to survive in really extreme conditions. Now, a team of researchers claimed to have the discovered the special proteins in their DNA that give the microscopic creatures their superpowers.

Tardigrades are merely 0.002 to 0.05 inches or 0.05 to 1.2 millimeters in length. Thus, these creatures can’t be seen with the naked eye. But, they have rotund heads and four pairs of chubby legs tipped with grasping claws.

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President Trump Announces Minor Budget Cuts for NASA

President Trump Announces Minor Budget Cuts for NASA

NASA has escaped any major cuts in its budget in the fiscal policy announced by Trump administration. NASA officials and scientific community was concerned about budget cuts that NASA could face under Trump administration but the initial report suggests that NASA can continue with most of its projects. NASA would receive nearly $19.1 billion in top line spending, as per the fiscal policy. This amounts to 0.8 percent cut in NASA spending compared to nearly 31 percent spending cuts announced for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Researchers discover never-seen-before patterns in humpbacks’ behavior

Researchers discover never-seen-before patterns in humpbacks’ behavior

After observing the behavior of humpback whales for years, a team of marine biologists has discovered some never-seen-before patterns in their activities.

The research team studied humpback whales in a creek system on B.C.’s North Coast from 2005 to 2014, and found a “wave” pattern in their behavior. They discovered that humpback whales in the Kitimat creek system move in the wave pattern from the outer channels into the creeks in the fall.

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