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Chinese skullcap may treat cancer and liver diseases

Chinese skullcap may treat cancer and liver diseases

Chinese skullcap has been used by Chinese to treat fever, liver and lung complaints for long. In a new research paper, medical experts have informed that compound produced by the herbal plant could help in curing certain types of cancer and liver diseases. Scientifically named as Scutellaria baicalensis, the plant is known in Chinese medicine as Huang-Qin.

French vineyards producing higher quality wine due to climate change

French vineyards producing higher quality wine due to climate change

A number of studies have highlighted the threat of climate change to coastal cities and dry areas around the globe, but a new research suggests that French vineyards are enjoying the earth’s rising temperature. But how?

Dramatic rise in earth’s temperature is having an effect on the way grapes are grown and harvested, as per the study. This affect is altering the taste of French wine and making it even better, it added.

Climate Change: New Study predicts All US Forests are Vulnerable to Future Declines

Climate Change: New Study predicts All US Forests are Vulnerable to Future Declines

In an alarming study, researchers from over a dozen institutions have suggested that all forests throughout the US are experiencing the consequences of climate change and worsening drought conditions.

The West is having the most pronounced effects of the change, but the analysis shows that all forests across the country are at risk of future declines, said James S. Clark, senior researcher of the study.

Salish Sea ships generating sounds at same frequencies used by local salmon-eating killer whales: Study

Salish Sea ships generating sounds at same frequencies used by local salmon-eating killer whales: Study

A latest research has suggested that noise generated by shipping traffic in the Salish Sea extends into the same frequencies that local salmon-eating killer whales use in hunting and communication.

The focus of earlier research has been on low-frequency noise pollution generated by container ships and its impact on balleen whales, latest underwater sound measurements noted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound have disclosed that ships have also been generating high frequency noise, travelling much farther than earlier believed.

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Venus Flytrap makes count to ramp up its digestive process

Venus Flytrap makes count to ramp up its digestive process

The revelation may leave you shocked but it is true that Venus flytraps count and they can do it max up to five times. Venus flytrap counts the number of times its prey has touched its trigger hair and in return use the information to improve its digestion.

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Venus flytrap actually Counts In Order To React To Its Prey

Venus flytrap actually Counts In Order To React To Its Prey

The Dionaea muscipula, commonly known as Venus flytrap, is carnivorous plant which lures its prey through its sweet nectar. While studying it, some researchers realized the plant actually relies on the number of touches to finally respond to its prey, and that a struggling prey unknowingly assists its attacker to remain ready for its meal. The study was published in the journal Current Biology.

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ROD destroys thousands of Ohia trees in Hawaii

ROD destroys thousands of Ohia trees in Hawaii

Hundreds of thousands of iconic and native ohia lehua trees of Hawaii have been killed by an emerging tree fungus. According to researchers the trees are very critical not just to the water supply of the island, but also to scarce native birds and cultural traditions such as hula.

Known as rapid ohia death (ROD), the disease was detected for the first time in the forests of Puna, in 2014. The fungus has affected 50% of the ohia trees spread over 6,000 acres of forest since past year alone, and has been spreading at a very fast pace.

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Anti-Marijuana Campaign Attracts Online Mockery

Anti-Marijuana Campaign Attracts Online Mockery

An Australian anti-marijuana campaign, called Stoner Sloth, attracted several viewers, but also welcomed criticism and online mockery. The video posted online shows an intoxicated sloth.

The campaign shows a sloth being stoned in different social situations. The campaign, which has its own Tumblr page and Facebook account, was launched to encourage youngsters to stop getting high.

Lethal Fungus could have major impact on banana production: Study

Lethal Fungus could have major impact on banana production: Study

A soil borne fungus, Fusarium fungus, is threatening banana crop in many regions across the world. The untreatable fungus was earlier confined to Asian region only but in the recent years, it has spread to banana crop in other parts of the world as well. The fungus has left Gros Michel banana variety as endangered and scientists are working on projects to save the variety.

Woody Vines affect Tropical forests’ Ability to Store Carbon: Study

Woody Vines affect Tropical forests’ Ability to Store Carbon: Study

Wood wines could be accelerating climate change, according to a study by researchers from Marquette University. The researchers have discovered woody vines in tropical forests are preventing forests from curbing carbon.

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