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How earthquakes happen?

Most earthquakes originate from compressional or tensional stresses built up at the margins of the huge moving plates that make up the earth’s surface. The immediate cause of most shallow earthquakes like in Nepal now, occuring within 70 km of the surface, is the sudden release of stress along a fault, or fracture in the earth’s crust, resulting in movement ...

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Fatty liver disease can lead to cancer, say experts

By Shweta Sharma Rampant downing of alcohol and increasing prevalence of obesity would in a few decades lead to patients with fatty liver disease requiring transplants surpassing those of hepatitis B and C, say experts. “Due to vaccination for hepatitis B and effective medications now available for both hepatitis B and C, the incidence of liver failure due to them ...

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Just one drink a day increases liver cirrhosis risk: study

If you like to believe that one alcoholic drink a day would not harm you, read this carefully. New research has found that moving from moderate to heavy daily drinking – up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men – increases liver cirrhosis risk. The researchers analysed the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global ...

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Human chin came from evolution, not because of chewing, says study

Unlike the nearest species to homo sapiens such as chimpanzees or erstwhile Neanderthals, only humans or homo homo-sapiens have chins and it was long believed that this was by virtue of our constant chewing or eating ability. But a new study shows that it was not due to mechanical forces but resulted from an evolutionary adaptation involving face size and shape. ...

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Red Lead Turning Vincent van Gogh Paintings White: study

After analysing one of the greatest works by famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, Belgian scientists have identified a very rare mineral that is turning his paintings white. The team, headed by Koen Janssens from the University of Antwerp in Belgium, identified plumbonacrite in one of his paintings, clarifying the degradation process of red lead that causes this bleaching of ...

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Justin Bieber, Naomi Campbell dating for a cause?

New York, Feb 17 (IANS) Singer Justin Bieber has sparked dating rumours with supermodel Naomi Campbell after they were spotted walking hand-in-hand backstage at her Fashion For Relief charity catwalk show. The fashion show took place at The Theatre at Lincoln Center here Saturday, reports aceshowbiz.com. The 20-year-old, who donned a black jacket over a long T-shirt, a pair of ...

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City Pollution Causes Short-Memory Loss, Lower IQ in Kids: Study

Children exposed to air pollution in cities tend suffer with short-term memory loss and lower IQ than the children who live in rural and less polluted surroundings, said a study. The study conducted in US cities also shows that children in polluted cities and more prominent among those who carry a gene called the apolipoprotein E4 allele that causes Alzheimer’s ...

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Selfie Mania? Indian-American pilot’s selfies caused plane crash

An Indian-American pilot and/or his passenger in Colorado were likely taking selfies when the pilot lost control of the plane, causing it to crash, and killing them both last spring, according to federal investigators Pilot Amritpal Singh, 29, and his passenger were killed instantly when Singh’s Cessna 150K crashed into a wheat field shortly after midnight May 31, USA Today ...

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Bad Weather Behind AirAsia Flight 8501 Crash?

Weather was believed to be a “triggering factor” in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 into the Java Sea with 162 people on board en route from Indonesia’s Surabaya to Singapore, a met agency said in a report posted on its website on Sunday. “Based on the available data received on the location of the aircraft’s last contact, the weather ...

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Tumour Causing Cells MDSC Identified

How the white blood cells cause tumours? This was an imminent probe for long and some scientists have identified the cells  which are behind the cancerous growth of tumours by suppressing the disease-fighting immune system in the body. The results mark a turning point in cancer immunology and provide the foundation for developing more effective therapies and was known earlier that ...

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Root Cause of Autism? Brain Inflammation may lead to Autism: Study

Though the exact cause of autism is still unknown, researchers have shown that the disease is related to inflammation in the brain, thereby providing a ray of hope for its cure in future. These new findings could bring scientists one step closer to solving the mystery about the disease. Studies on gene expression and autism have not included enough data ...

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Malaria Drug Resistance in South East Asia: Cause Identified

Growing resistance to malaria drugs in Southeast Asia is caused by a single mutated gene inside the disease-causing Plasmodium falciparum parasite, a Columbia University-led study has found. The finding provides public health officials around the world with a way to look for pockets of emerging resistance and potentially eliminate them before they spread. As per the report, though malaria deaths ...

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Satyarthi, Malala Receive Nobel Peace Prize as Sharif Not Present Despite Appeal; Interesting Facts

Today, December 10 is the day when the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded jointly to India’s save-child activist Kailsash Satyarthi and Pakistan girl-child education activist Malala Yousafzai will receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite Malala’s appeal, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawz Sharif nor Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present during the award ceremony. Since its inception in 1901, ...

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Male Smokers Prone to Cancer More as Their Y-Chromosome Dwindles: Study

Male smokers facing infertility is passe now as new study revealed that they lose Y-Chromosome, which is present only in males, substantiating the already established fact that cancer cases are reported more among men than women worldwide. The study published in Science, encapsulated the research done by Uppsala University researchers that showed a clear link between smoking and loss of ...

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Over-eating proteins may trigger schizophrenia, says study

Anything beyond reasonable limits results in inevitable side-effects and now too much of protein in the brain cells during brain development may cause abnormalities in its structure and lead to schizophrenia, says a study. The protein called NOS1AP, if present in abundance, resulted in the dendrites – tree-like structures that allow cells to talk to each other and are essential to ...

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