Research

Coconut crabs have the most powerful claws: study

Coconut crabs have the most powerful claws: study

The scary claws of the enormous coconut crab (Birgus latro) can pinch with a force greater than that of any other crustacean, a new study revealed.

Cracking open a coconut without using any tool is quite a difficult job, but a coconut crab that can grow up to a weight of around 9 pounds with a leg-span of 3 feet can easily crack open the fruit.

Tags: 

Sabra recalls Hummus products due to Listeria risk

Sabra recalls Hummus products due to Listeria risk

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has confirmed that Sabra Dipping Co. has issued a voluntary recall for some of its hummus products after food inspectors detected potential listeria contamination risk.

Listeria infection causes serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in kids, old people, and others with undermined immune systems. The long list of symptoms includes muscle aches, stiffness, fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Surgeon General Murthy outlines bleak terms of severity of drug addiction

Surgeon General Murthy outlines bleak terms of severity of drug addiction

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s newly released report, titled “Facing Addiction in America,” outlines bleak terms of the severity of the issue.

The report on the nation’s drug and alcohol addiction crisis states that more than 500,000 U.S. citizens have died from drug or alcohol abuse since 2000, and as many as 21 million people are in the grip of substance abuse disorders, yet only 10 per cent of them are getting treatment.

Scientists capture strange radio burst from unknown source

Scientists capture strange radio burst from unknown source

Scientists are trying to map the infinite cosmos using a mysterious powerful burst of radio waves that are coming from an unknown distant source.

The so-called fast radio bursts or brilliant flashes have been captured by multiple telescopes on our planet. While no two flashes are the same, they all burst with seemingly intense amounts of energy every few seconds.

Tags: 

New IVF calculator helps couples figure out their chances of having a baby

New IVF calculator helps couples figure out their chances of having a baby

The biggest question for couples who undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is how successful the treatment will be. To help such couples, a team of researchers has developed a new online calculator that can provide a better idea of their IVF success even before they embark on their first cycle.

The researchers, led by David McLernon of University of Aberdeen, reported that their online calculator is based on data collected from more than 113,000 IVF users, and that it can efficiently help couples find out their chances of having a baby over multiple cycles of IVF treatment.

Tags: 

‘Icy heart’ causes Pluto to tilt to its current orientation

‘Icy heart’ causes Pluto to tilt to its current orientation

Pluto’s iconic feature “icy heart” may have been responsible for causing the dwarf planet to tilt to its current orientation, a new study suggested.

After conducting an analysis of data about cracks and faults on the surface of Pluto, NASA scientists concluded that the 600-mile-wide area of frozen plains, dubbed Sputnik Planitia, gained so much mass over time that it caused the dwarf planet to roll over the eons.

Three new AFM cases surfaced in Washington

Three new AFM cases surfaced in Washington

The number of children with a rare neurological syndrome called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is on the rise in Washington, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health confirmed on Tuesday.

Three new possible AFM cases have recently been reported in Tacoma, Seattle and Spokane. Earlier this month, at least eight kids in five counties across the state were diagnosed with the same rare neurological condition.

All the reported AFM cases are being investigated by experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Researchers find link between constipation and kidney disease

Researchers find link between constipation and kidney disease

Constipation patients face a significantly higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and even kidney failure than those who don’t have the condition, according to a new research.

A team of U.S. medical researchers analyzed data from the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and spotted 360,541 cases of CKD and 7,677 cases of kidney failure.

Tags: 

Rats love to be tickled and this German Experiment can tell more about somatosensory cortex function

Rats love to be tickled: German Research

A new study by a team of Berlin-based researchers has revealed that rats love to be tickled and they not only "giggle" but also have joyful jumping behavior.

When the researchers gave rats a 10-second tickle with a gloved hand, they found the rats enjoying an animal version of laughter. The rats not only enjoyed being tickled but also ran towards the gloved hand to be tickled again.

Tags: 

Scientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debris

Scientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debris

Seabirds eat floating trash like plastic bags and wrappers, many times with deadly consequences. But why these birds find plastic debris so appetizing has long been a brainteaser for marine biologists.

Now, a new study has suggested that seabirds mistakenly eat plastic floating in the ocean because it smells like food. A team of biologists from UC Davis have discovered the chemical clue to why seabirds eat plastic.

Tags: 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Research