Sunny days may mean higher suicide rates: New Study

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Sep 122014
 
Sunny days may mean higher suicide rates: New Study

The fact that suicide rates tend to peak in springtime has long puzzled scientists. But now, a new study shows that in any season, a couple of sunny days may mean higher suicide rates. The curious link between seasons and suicide rates dates back more than a century. Studies have consistently found a higher suicide rate during spring and a lower rate during winter. It is possible the weather and sunshine are driving the trend, but there are also other seasonal factors that could affect […]

Taking soy protein supplements may affect breast-cancer genes: Study

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Sep 052014
 
Taking soy protein supplements may affect breast-cancer genes: Study

Taking soy protein supplements may lead to some concerning genetic changes for women with breast cancer, a new study suggests. In the study, half of 140 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer took soy protein powder and the other half took a placebo for between seven and 30 days before they had surgery to remove their cancer. Changes in the expression of certain genes that promote cell growth among women in the soy group and that could potentially accelerate breast cancer progression. Contributed By Neha

Animals make sounds similar to human speech: New Study

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Aug 272014
 
Animals make sounds similar to human speech: New Study

If you believe speech perception is a uniquely human trait, think again! A new study suggests that many animals make sounds similar to human speech. The findings of the study lists that animals produce apparently complex sounds. They can even understand synthetic speech that is in the form of whistle-like tones. After studying the voices of different species ranging from whales, wolves, frogs to birds, the scholars found that animals produce speech through a similar process as humans do. Indeed, the findings also suggest that […]

Different species of Frogs adopt different leaping styles depending on their environment: Study

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Jul 112014
 
Different species of Frogs adopt different leaping styles depending on their environment: Study

A frog’s jump is not as simple as it seems, according to scientists who have discovered that different species adopt different leaping styles depending on their environment. The scientists found that tree dwelling frogs reached great heights but did not cover much distance with their jumps. Aquatic frogs, meanwhile, jumped very long distances but remained close to the ground. On the other hand, the jumps of burrowing frogs were low both in height and distance. The results showed that frogs from different habitats adopt distinct […]

Fish can remember the location of food at least 12 days: New Study

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Jul 082014
 
Fish can remember the location of food at least 12 days: New Study

A species of aquarium fish has a surprisingly long memory — it can recall the location of a tasty morsel of food up to 12 days after encountering it, according to a new study. The extended memory may give the fish an evolutionary edge when food is scarce, the researchers suggested. Fish can remember the location of food at least 12 days after last being there, suggesting they have longer memories than previously thought. In the hierarchy of intelligent animals, fish are typically placed well […]

Teens who drink may be more likely to also engage in other unhealthy behaviors: New Study

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May 062014
 
Teens who drink may be more likely to also engage in other unhealthy behaviors: New Study

Teens who drink sports and energy drinks may be more likely to also engage in other unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, drinking soda and playing video games for many hours, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed about 2,800 teens in middle and high schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and asked them about how often they drank sport and energy drinks, as well as other behaviors. About 38 percent said they consumed sports drinks at least once a week, and 15 percent said they consumed […]

Emotions can spread via Facebook: Study

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Mar 212014
 
Emotions can spread via Facebook: Study

Feeling down? Happy? Angry? No matter how you’re feeling, you can now blame it on your friends’ most recent Facebook posts. Emotions can spread via Facebook, according to a new study that finds that positive posts beget positive posts. Negative emotions spread, too, but happiness and cheer seem more likely to go viral. A new study published on March 12 in the journal PLOS ONE discovered that emotions can spread via Facebook. While positive Facebook posts tend to generate other positive posts, negative posts tend […]

Chimpanzees Can Play Video Games Better than human: Study

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Mar 192014
 
Chimpanzees Can Play Video Games Better than human: Study

Look out, gamers: chimpanzees might be coming for your high scores. Panzee, a 22-year-old female chimp, significantly outperformed 12 children and 4 adults on a complex maze in a virtual-reality computer game. Researchers pitted four adult chimps against twelve human children ranging from 3 to 12 years old, and four adult humans. The chimpanzees tended to do about as well as the kids between 3 and 6 years old, completing the maze in a similar amount of time. The humans and chimps were both evenly […]

Woman’s low birth weight may be at increased risk for fertility problems as adult: New Study

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Mar 182014
 
Woman's low birth weight may be at increased risk for fertility problems as adult: New Study

Girls born with a low birth weight may be at increased risk for fertility problems as adults, a new study. Women who were seeking fertility treatment— whether it was because they were infertile or their partner was — and found women who were infertile themselves were about twice as likely to have been born with a low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds) compared with those who were seeking fertility treatment because their husband/partner was infertile, or because the couple’s infertility was unexplained. About 3 […]

Death of Spouse increases risk for heart attack, stroke: New Study

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Feb 262014
 

Widows and widowers are at increased risk for heart attack or stroke in the month following their spouse’s death. According to the recent study, Older adults who had lost their partner were about twice as likely to experience a heart attack or stroke in the 30 days following their partner’s death compared with people who had not lost their partner during the same time period. This elevated risk declined after one month. And after more than three months, people who had lost their partner were […]

Shocking! Crocodiles can climb trees at least occasionally

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Feb 122014
 
Shocking! Crocodiles can climb trees at least occasionally

A recent research finds that — yikes — crocodiles can climb trees, even reaching the uppermost branches. Crocodiles are usually considered ground-dwellers, but a few anecdotes suggested they climb at least occasionally. According to the report, Four species found on three continents showed this behavior, which may help the reptiles regulate their body temperature and survey their habitat. “The most frequent observations of tree-basking were in areas where there were few places to bask on the ground, implying that the individuals needed alternatives for regulating […]

Facebook Can Make You Look Smart: Study

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Feb 102014
 
Facebook Can Make You Look Smart: Study

If Google is making users stupid, then social networks like Facebook may be making people seem smart without actually being so. The researchers found that people often learn the right answers through copying them via a social network, but they don’t pick up the analytical process needed to arrive at those answers. “When we learn by observing what others do, we recognize and adopt good information and behaviors, but that does not make us any more likely to be able to arrive at the same […]

Shocking Study! Mosquito sperm have a ‘Sense of Smell’

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Feb 062014
 
Shocking Study! Mosquito sperm have a 'Sense of Smell'

Mosquito sperm have a sense of smell — a surprising finding that could one day help control disease-carrying mosquitoes, researchers say. According to the researchers, Mosquitoes use scent-detecting molecules known as odorant receptors in their antennae. These sensors help mosquitoes “sniff out” sources of blood as part of their sense of smell. Researchers have discovered mosquitoes have these same molecules in their sperm. Contributed By Sonia Narula

Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest: Study

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Feb 052014
 
Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest: Study

Bumblebees may be capable of scaling Earth’s tallest peaks, flying higher than Mount Everest, according to new research. According to the researchers, It’s difficult for most insects and birds to fly at extremely high altitudes where the air is thin and oxygen is scarce. Flapping wings push against the air to generate lift, and the thinner the air, the less force those wings can produce. Yet bumblebees are abundant in high alpine regions. Bumblebees capable of flying very, very high. Contributed By Sonia Narula