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Coldest Decade of Millennium 1430s Saw Famine, Disease and More

While searching through historical archives to find out more about the 15th-century climate of what is now Belgium, northern France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, Chantal Camenisch noticed something odd. “I realised that there was something extraordinary going on regarding the climate during the 1430s,” says the historian from the University of Bern in Switzerland. Compared with other decades of the ...

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India Welcomes Landmark Carbon Pact by 200 Nations at Kigali

India welcomed the Hydroflurocarbon (HFC) Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, agreed to at the 28th Meeting of Parties at Kigali, Rwanda in a move to make climate change talks more effective and fruitful in the future. The Agreement will lead to a reduction of 0.5 degree in global temp by the end of the century and enable India to achieve the ...

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Ophiuchus: What NASA Said About 13th Zodiac Sign Ophiuchus?

NASA unequivocally says ‘Astrology is NOT science!’ It is Astronomy that is the scientific study of everything in outer space and astronomers and other space scientists know that stars many light years away have no effect on the ordinary activities of humans on Earth. "Astrology is something else. It’s not science. No one has shown that astrology can be used ...

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Night Blindness Found in Dogs Too

Night blindness found humans is not confined to them alone but also dogs too can get affected with a form of night blindness, said researchers, which included an Indian-origin scientist. Known as Congenital Stationary Night Blindness (CSNB), those who have normal vision during the daytime can’t find objects in the night and it varies from person to person depending on ...

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Forget Global Warming, Earth May Witness ‘Little Ice Age’ from 2030 to 2040: Russian, UK Scientists

In this 1677 painting by Abraham Hondius, "The Frozen Thames, looking Eastwards towards Old London Bridge," people are shown enjoying themselves on the ice. CREDIT Museum of London

The recurrence of the intense cold period similar to the one that raged the Earth during the “Little Ice Age” freezing the world in the 17th and early 18th centuries may occur again from 2030 to 2040, said scientists in their conclusions at the the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno in Wales. The alarming findings were presented by Prof. V.Zharkova ...

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Type 1 Diabetes Ages Brain Faster, Slows Down Cognitive Functions: Study

Type 1 diabetes effect on brain results in aging faster than normal slowing down memory retention, recollection and and processing, said a study. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh who studied the impact of type 1 diabetes on patients now suggest that doctors should go for frequent screening of the brain to test for cognitive functions, especially in the middle-aged ...

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World Cup: Cricket fans have shown maturity despite defeat

By Veturi Srivatsa  All the talk of heart and mind on the eve of the India-Australia semifinal was nothing but an expression of the lurking fear that Mahendra Singh Dhoni will, after all, not be returning with the cricket World Cup he had won four years ago. Dhoni thus lost the opportunity of defending the World Cup and joining Clive ...

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Low Levels of Vitamin-D Promote Depression Among Women: Study

A new study from the Oregon State University has suggested that there is a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and depression in healthy young women. Young women with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to have clinically significant depressive symptoms. “Depression has multiple, powerful causes and if vitamin D is part of the picture, it is ...

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MRSA bacteria can last in homes for years

Once the MRSA bacteria enters a home, it can linger for years, spreading from person to person and evolving genetically to become unique to that household, new research reveals. The methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are strains of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus that are resistant to almost all antibiotics related to penicillin. Since the 1990s, MRSA infections, mostly skin infections, have ...

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How coffee can reduce your risk of multiple sclerosis?

Drinking coffee may be associated with a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), in addition to the study that said it reduces the risk of Pakinson’s and Alzheimer’s too. “Caffeine intake has been associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and our study shows that coffee intake may also protect against MS, supporting the idea that ...

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Is dark matter behind mass extinctions, geologic upheavals?

New York University Biology Professor Michael Rampino says Earth’s infrequent but predictable path around and through our Galaxy’s disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring on Earth. The movement through dark matter may perturb the orbits of comets and lead to additional heating in the Earth’s core, both of which could be connected ...

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Why cold blooded animals grow smaller in warm water?

Ever wondered why cold blooded animals grow bigger in the warm weather on land, but smaller in warm water? The availability of oxygen may hold the key, finds a new study. "Enhancing our understanding of what influences the growth of animals will mean we can start to make better predictions about how different groups of species will cope with the ...

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Smoking shrinks part of brain: Study

Long-term smoking could cause thinning of a vital brain part in which critical cognitive functions such as memory, language and perception take place, a new study has warned. Smoking appears to accelerate the thinning of the brain’s cortex, the outer layer of the brain. A thinner brain cortex is associated with adult cognitive decline. "Smokers should be informed that cigarettes ...

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Smoking in pregnancy alters baby’s DNA, organs: study

Smoking while pregnant causes chemical changes to the DNA of the unborn baby or foetus so much that it may predispose them to lifelong health conditions, said new research sending another shockwave across the world. Changes in the chemical structure of the baby’s DNA can be detected from as early as 12 weeks into pregnancy, said the research adding significant weight ...

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Air pollution in Delhi worst during winter: Study

Air pollution in Delhi is worst during winter season, a study said adding that the residents are exposed to significantly higher levels of air pollutants in Delhi during winter season compared to summer season. The research was jointly conducted by the University of Birmingham (Britain), the Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, the Central Road Research Institute (India), and the Desert Research ...

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Kerala High Court Upholds Liquor Ban, What Next?

In another blow to the bar owners and brewing firms in Kerala, the high court on Thursday upheld the UDF government’s decision to shut down bars, except five-star hotels and government-owned retail stores (Bevcos) in the state. In his verdict, Justice K Surendra Mohan pronounced the verdict after around 80 petitions were filed by owners of bar hotels in the ...

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Rupee Touches Down Lowest Point of 65 per $; Is RBI There?

With the Indian rupee touching the abysmal and bizarre 65 mark against the dollar on Thursday, it is high time the Finance Minister wakes up and do something to stem the steep fall or let those in office go or quit himself. Unlike the asian currency crisis of the 1990s, the fall of Indian rupee is mainly a handiwork of ...

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