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My God, It’s Full of Stars Science and Nature 

My God, It’s Full of Stars

Space (Sputnik) – An international team of researchers have announced their discovery of four galaxies that produce stars at a rate hundreds of times quicker than a typical galaxy. These systems, called “starburst galaxies,” may explain the mystery of supermassive galaxies that formed shortly after the Big Bang. These starburst galaxies produce stars at a rate of 100 solar masses every year. By comparison, the Milky Way produces an estimated four solar masses each year. This would be odd enough on its own, but the hyperactives have another strange quality: they’re all old. Each of the starbursts came into existence less than a billion years after the Big Read More

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Red Bull & Vodka: It’s Your Perception That Gets You Drunker Health Science and Nature 

Red Bull & Vodka: It’s Your Perception That Gets You Drunker

World (Sputnik) – A new study from a French behavioral sciences lab has found that red bull with vodka gets you drunk faster because you believe it will get you drunk faster. The experiment, conducted by researchers with INSEAD Sorbonne University in Paris and soon to be published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, brought in 154 young men and presented them with three separately labeled drinks: “Vodka & Red Bull”, “Fruit Juice Cocktail”, and “Vodka Cocktail”. The three beverages were exactly the same thing, a cocktail of fruit juice, Red Bull, and vodka. The only difference was the labeling.But 51 percent of the young men who drank the cocktail Read More

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New Study Finds Nanoparticles May Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease Environment Health Science and Nature 

New Study Finds Nanoparticles May Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease

New Delhi (SciDev.Net) – Inhaled nanoparticles can enter the bloodstream and accumulate in blood vessels and bodily sites vulnerable to cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. People around the world are constantly exposed to nanoparticles mostly emitted by vehicle exhaust, but the risks are greater in crowded Asian cities, which are seeing a dramatic rise in the number of vehicles on the roads. In the study — the results of which were published on 26 April in ACS Nano — healthy volunteers exposed to gol nanoparticles were shown retaining them in the body for as long as three months. Experiments Read More

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New Appetite Control Mechanism Found in Brain Science and Nature 

New Appetite Control Mechanism Found in Brain

(Tasnim) – Over recent decades, our understanding of hunger has greatly increased, but this new discovery turns things on their head. Up until now, scientists knew that leptin — a hormone released by fatty tissue, reduces appetite, while ghrelin — a hormone released by stomach tissue makes us want to eat more. These hormones, in turn, activate a host of neurons in the brain’s hypothalamus — the body’s energy control center. The discovery of NPGL by Professor Kazuyoshi Ukena of Hiroshima University shows that hunger and energy consumption mechanisms are even more complex than we realized — and that NPGL Read More

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Trophy Hunting Pushes Giraffes Towards Extinction, Say Conservationists Science and Nature 

Trophy Hunting Pushes Giraffes Towards Extinction, Say Conservationists

(Sputnik) – The majestic giraffes of Africa are in trouble, and environmental groups have lodged a formal request with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify the animals as an endangered species before the iconic long-necks undergo a “silent extinction.” The International Union for the Conservation of Nature announced in December that the sub-Saharan population of giraffes has dropped below 100,000 for the first time ever, and the organization has listed the species as threatened. Their numbers have declined nearly 40 percent in 30 years, they say. “Giraffes have been dying off silently for decades, and we have to act quickly before they disappear forever,” said Tanya Sanerib with the Center for Biological Read More

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World’s Largest Solar Park Nearly Complete Environment Science and Nature 

World’s Largest Solar Park Nearly Complete

India (Sputnik) – The single largest solar park in the world, with a maximum capacity of 1,000 megawatts, is nearing completion in India. The nine-square-mile Kurnal Ultra Mega Solar Park, which has cost 70 billion rupees ($1.09 billion) of both public and private money to construct, contains 4 million solar modules. The park is located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh state, which in recent years has distinguished itself as the solar power capital of India. It is a joint endeavor of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation, a private venture company mostly owned by government corporations. Construction of the Read More

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Sustainable Farming Is The Future Environment Science and Nature 

Sustainable Farming Is The Future

United States (ANHUSA) – Industry says we need conventional/GMO farming to feed the world. Here’s why they’re wrong. David Montgomery, PhD, professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, recently pointed out that regenerative farming practices that restore fertility to soil will be the key to the future of agriculture. Consider these facts: Family farms produce three-quarters of the world’s food; Three-quarters of the world’s farms are smaller than one hectare (about the size of a city block); Small, diversified farms produce more than twice as much food per acre than industrialized farms. This is partly because Read More

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As Bee Populations Dwindle, Researchers Introduce Stingless Bees From India As Alternative Pollinators Environment Featured Science and Nature 

As Bee Populations Dwindle, Researchers Introduce Stingless Bees From India As Alternative Pollinators

World (Sputnik) – Seeking to work around the alarming global decline of the traditional honey bee, new breeds and strains of the important insect, including a native Indian stingless bee, are being introduced in attempts to maintain world crop pollination. As traditional honey bee populations around the world continue to drop, researchers with the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), and at a honeybee research center at the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), will collaborate with Australia’s Western Sydney University to introduce the Kerala stingless honey bee (Tetragonula iridipennis) as an alternative pollinator. Found around the world, the stingless honey bee’s Tetragonula variant, native to the southwest Indian state of Kerala, is smaller Read More

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Global Earth Day March for Science Activism Environment Featured Science and Nature 

Global Earth Day March for Science

World (Sputnik) – Responding to an alarming rise in science denial in the West, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 600 cities around the globe are celebrating the use of science as the way to view the physical and natural world when formulating global policy. March for Science, taking place in hundreds of cities, seeks to be “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments,” the movement’s website explains. “We are at a critical juncture,” said science communicator and event emcee Cara Santa Maria. “Science is under attack,” she said, according to the Washington Post. Read More

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Science Says Psychedelics Induce Higher Level of Conciousness Health Science and Nature 

Science Says Psychedelics Induce Higher Level of Conciousness

World (Sputnik) – A study of brain scans by researchers at the University of Sussex and Imperial College London has revealed the psychedelic drugs LSD, ketamine and psilocybin do in fact induce heightened states of consciousness, confirming the claims of psychedelic advocates that have abounded since the psychotropic 1960s. The team administered the drugs to healthy volunteers, measuring their neuron activity post-dosage using magnetoencephalographic (MEG) scans. The scans revealed test subjects experienced more random brain activity than normal while under the influence, which produced a panopl of peculiar feelings. Participants reported feelings of floating, time dilation and disassociation. “What we find is that under each of these Read More

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