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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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