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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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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