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Peanuts in baby’s diet can prevent allergy: NIH

Peanuts in baby’s diet can prevent allergy: NIH

Babies who are fed regularly with peanut-containing foods starting around six months of age face lower risk of suffering scary allergy, according to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) new guidelines.

Issuing new guidelines on Thursday, the NIH issued said that most babies should regularly be fed with peanut-containing foods starting at the age of 6 months, some as early as 4 months.

The new guidelines mark a major shift in dietary advice for kids in a country where peanut-related allergy is one of the most dangerous food allergies.

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Researchers find common morning sickness drug ineffective

Researchers find common morning sickness drug ineffective

A pill routinely taken by millions of pregnant women for getting rid of morning sickness may not be as effective as it claims to be, a new research suggested.

The morning sickness drug called pyridoxine-doxylamine, which is sold as Diclegis in the United States and as Diclectin in Canada, has been in use since the 1970s. An older version of the drug has been used since the 1950s.

Study co-author Dr. Navindra Persaud, of St. Michael’s Hospital and Canada’s University, and colleagues reviewed data from a decades-old trial and found little evidence that the drug is effective.

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New study casts fresh doubt over global warming ‘pause’

New study casts fresh doubt over global warming ‘pause’

Results of a new analysis of climate data has supported the controversial study that suggested there has been no slowdown in global warming over the first fifteen years of this century.

According to the new analysis report, climate scientists involved in the previous study underestimated ocean temperatures over the last couple of decades, which led them to misunderstand that global warming slowed down between 1998 and 2014.

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Scientists identify new organ in humans

Scientists identify new organ in humans

Membranes that twist and turn through the gut in humans’ digestive system has been reclassified and upgraded by scientist to an organ, according to a newly published review.

The structure, which connects the small and large intestines to the abdominal wall and keeps them in place, has been known to scientists for a long time. But, until recently, it was believed to be numerous distinct membranes.

In the review, researchers looked at old and new studies on the structure called “mesentery,” and concluded that the structure is actually a continuous organ.

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Some dinosaur eggs took 6 months or even more to hatch: study

4A---Some dinosaur eggs took 6 months or even more to hatch: study

Eggs of duck-billed dinosaurs took as long as six months to hatch, while the eggs of larger dinosaurs might have taken even longer time to hatch, a new study suggested.

A team of researchers led by Gregory M. Erickson of Florida State University used a new technique on some rare fossils of unhatched dinosaur embryos, and determined that those embryos consumed twice as long to hatch as bird eggs of similar size.

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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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A quick look at upcoming celestial events

A quick look at upcoming celestial events

The New Year will begin with an eye-catching conjunction of the waxing crescent Moon and the glittering planet Venus on Jan. 1, astronomers have predicted.

According to a statement released by NASA astronomers, the exquisite pairing of Moon and Venus will be seen just after sunset in the southwestern sky.

On January 2nd, Moon and Venus will be back for an encore, but this time our natural satellite will have shifted between Mars and Venus. One will be able to watch the planets of war and love sticking close together all through the month of January.

Naples’ sleeping supervolcano might be waking up

Naples’ sleeping supervolcano might be waking up

A new research published in the journal Nature Communications has warned that a long-quiet yet potentially highly-hazardous supervolcano in Italy is nearing the critical degassing pressure (CDP) state.

A team of scientists led by Giovanni Chiodini of Rome-based Italian National Institute of Geophysics, who are monitoring the Campi Flegrei volcano, has noticed accelerating deformation and heating in the volcano, suggesting that magma under surface is approaching a threshold beyond that could trigger release of fluids and gases.

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Researchers discover prehistoric bird species in Canadian Arctic

Researchers discover prehistoric bird species in Canadian Arctic

A team of geologists from the University of Rochester claimed to have found a new prehistoric bird species in the Canadian Arctic, marking the discovery of the oldest avian records in the northernmost latitude.

Prof. John Tarduno, the chairperson of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester, and his team named the new species Tingmiatornis arctica. In the Inuktitut language, which is spoken in the central & eastern parts of Canadian Arctic, the word “Tingmiat” means “those that fly.”

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Nearly 3.5 trillion migrating insects fly over south-central England annually: study

Nearly 3.5 trillion migrating insects fly over south-central England annually: study

More than three trillion migrating insects fly over the region of south-central England each year, unseen and unnoticed by humans, according to a new study by University of Exeter researchers.

Dr. Jason Chapman, an entomologist at University of Exeter and colleagues estimated that as many as 3.5 trillion bugs and butterflies migrate across the region annually. Their total mass is equivalent to nearly 20,000 flying reindeer.

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