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Measles killing hundreds of children every day: report

Measles killing hundreds of children every day: report

Measles continue to kill hundreds of children every day even as mass vaccination campaigns have slashed the number of deaths from the disease by 79 per cent worldwide since 2000, a U.N.-backed report revealed.

As per the report, measles vaccination campaigns saved nearly 20.3 million young lives from 2000 to 2015. But the progress has been uneven, and nearly 400 children are still dying from measles every day.

NASA’s next Mars rover to collect samples that might be brought back to Earth

NASA’s next Mars rover to collect samples that might be brought back to Earth

American space agency NASA’s next Mars rover, which is slated to be launched in 2020, will not only hunt for signs of an alien life on the Red Planet but also collect rock samples that might be brought back to Earth for analysis.

Kenneth Farley, a member of the Mars 2020 rover project at Pasadena-based California Institute of Technology, said that the motivating aspect of the upcoming mission would be astrobiology - to look for bio-signatures of life.

Poachers continue to kill African elephants: research

Poachers continue to kill African elephants: research

Elephant poachers are hard at work in Africa and killings of the giant animals are continuing at an alarming pace, a new research revealed.

The sobering reality came into light after a team of researchers examined multiple seized shipments of elephant tusks and found that a big majority of those tusks came from African elephants that were killed within last three years.

Elephants are being killed just for their tusks/ivory. The sale as well as purchase of good made of ivory is illegal, but black markets exist across the globe.

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Scientists to map Yellowstone National Park’s underground plumbing

Scientists to map Yellowstone National Park’s underground plumbing

An international team of scientists have plans to fly a massive, electromagnetic ring over the Yellowstone National Park in order to map the park’s underground plumbing.

The project is part of a new initiative that aims to provide scientists with a new insight into Yellowstone’s hydrothermal explosions that have taken place irregularly throughout the area’s history.

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Astronomers discover eye-shaped star formation

Astronomers discover eye-shaped star formation

Using a Chile-based powerful high-resolution telescope, a team of astronomers has captured a collision between two stellar galaxies that produced a dazzling star formation resembling a pair of eyelids.

Collision of two galaxies containing billions of stars is a cataclysmically violent event. The eye-shaped structure came into existence when a “tsunami” of cosmic gas and stars crashed through the disk of a spiral galaxy dubbed IC 2163 when it grazed past another galaxy called NGC 2207.

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NASA’s Curiosity finds ‘Egg Rock’ on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity finds ‘Egg Rock’ on Mars

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has confirmed that its Mars rover Curiosity has found a dark grey, golf-ball-size object on the Red Planet that seems to be a meteorite.
Curiosity stumbled upon the so-called ‘Egg Rock’ meteorite last week, and the U.S. space agency announced its discovery yesterday, saying the small rock looks nothing like the archetypal reddish rocks that are typically found on Mars. The strange rock was found on Mount Sharp on the Red Planet.

Smoking causes DNA mutations that make lung cancer more likely: study

Smoking causes DNA mutations that make lung cancer more likely: study

Every year of cigarette smoking causes DNA mutations in lung cells that make the deadly disease of cancer more likely, according to a study published in the most recent edition of the journal Science.

Researchers found that those who smoke a pack of cigarettes daily for a year make the DNA in every cell in their lungs to acquire nearly 150 new mutations. The cells in the larynx acquire nearly 97 new mutations, while the pharynx and oral cavity accumulate 39 and 23 new mutations, respectively.

Researchers find method to add colors to electron microscopic imagery

Researchers find method to add colors to electron microscopic imagery

Electron microscopes enables users to look at as minute things as viruses and bacteria, but existing microscopes are not able to provide colorful images because when things get too small, they go dark as well.

However, that problem has apparently solved as a team of researchers at the Center for Research in Biological Systems at UC San Diego have developed a new method that adds color to electron microscopic imagery.

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Strong vaporizing impact caused Moon’s mysterious tilt: Study

Big vaporizing impact caused Moon’s mysterious tilt: study

A new study has apparently solved the mystery as to why of the Moon’s orbit is slightly inclined as compared with Earth’s orbit around the Sun, by roughly 5 degrees.

Major planets in out solar system, including Earth, follow orbits around the Sun that lie within a thin, flat zone defined by the host star’s equator. Scientists believe that it is because these planets arose from a protoplanetary disk of gas & dust that once encircled the star’s midriff.

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Latinos, African Americans have higher rates of diabetes than Whites and Asians

Latinos, African Americans have higher rates of diabetes than whites and Asians

Latino and African American adults have notably higher rates of diabetes than White Americans and Asians, stats released by the L.A. County Department of Public Health showed.

According to fresh stats, 13.7 per cent of Latino adults and 10.7 per cent of African Americans have diabetes, while rate of the disease among both whites and Asians is 8.2 per cent. The trend also confirmed that that the disease continues to grow.

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