NASA to send a superbug to ISS

NASA to send a superbug to ISS

An antibiotic-resistant superbug will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which is all set to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic 39A pad.

NASA researcher Dr. Anita Goel said sending antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria to zero-gravity environment in space would help them better understand how a superbug mutates to gain ability to resist available antibiotics.

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Researched discover 50,000-year-old weird cave life

Researched discover 50,000-year-old weird cave life

A team of researchers exploring a Mexican cave system claimed to have discovered microbial life trapped in crystals that could be as many as 50,000 years old.

Penelope Boston, chief of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, said the weird and ancient microbes were found dormant inside crystals in a cave system in Naica, Mexico. The researchers also determined that the microbe were able to exist by living on minerals like iron and manganese.

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Americans are now more stressed: survey

Americans are now more stressed: survey

People in the United States are now more stressed than they used to be a decade ago, a fresh survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) revealed.

In a poll conducted by APA, Americans not only reported anxiety and stress around their personal life issues like work and money but also cited politics as a serious stress-causing factor in their lives.

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NASA wants public to find a missing planet

NASA wants public to find a missing planet

NASA scientists believe that our solar system has nine planets, and they want member of the public to help them discover that ninth planet.

Space projects site Zooniverse has recently launched a NASA-funded venture, titled “Backyard Worlds: Planet 9,” which allows members of the public to participate in the search for the yet-to-be-discovered planet.

Project managers said anyone can participate in the search for the ninth planet, which is also called the Planet X.

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Scientists define hidden continent Zealandia

Scientists define hidden continent Zealandia

Scientists have defined a hidden continent called Zealandia that would be the world's eighth and smallest continent if would not be under water.

Zealandia is the continent that New Zealand sits on. Situated to the east of Australia, it is 94 per cent below the Pacific Ocean. Scientists estimated that it has an area of 4.9 million square kilometers.

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Harvard, M.I.T. scientists win gene-editing patent battle

Harvard, M.I.T. scientists win gene-editing patent battle

In a bitterly fought dispute over the rights to the gene-editing technology Crispr-Cas9, the U. S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass.

The federal regulator's ruling means the Broad Institute, which is a research center affiliated with Harvard and M. I. T., will retain more than a dozen patents granted on the use of the Crispr-Cas9 technology that allows scientists to modify DNA in the cells of humans, animals and plants.

Survival rates improve for preterm infants

Survival rates improve for preterm infants

Survival rates for extremely preterm infants, babies who born between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, have slightly improved from a decade ago, according to a new research.

A team of researchers collected data on survival rates and neurodevelopmental impairments for nearly 4,000 early preterm infants from a National Institutes of Health research network. A deep study of the data indicated that survival rates of preterm babies born between 2000 and 2011 improved from 30 per cent to 36 per cent.

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Postpartum depression may affect men too: researchers say

Postpartum depression may affect men too: researchers say

Women are not the only group that can suffer postpartum depression as a new study has revealed that even fathers-to-be can also face a significant risk of developing this condition.

While the stigma around postpartum depression is fading away and many new mothers are openly discussing their condition and are reaching out for help; few know that this disorder also affects new fathers.

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2015/16 El Niño caused unprecedented damage to California beaches: study

2015/16 El Niño caused unprecedented damage to California beaches: study

Last year’s El Niño may not have brought much downpour to southern parts of California, but it took a significant toll on the state’s beautiful beaches.

A new study of the coastal changes at more than two dozen beaches across the state of California, Oregon and Washington revealed that the 2015-16 El Niño caused unmatched erosion across most of the West Coast.

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Small percentage of patients found responsible for spreading lethal Ebola epidemic

Small percentage of patients found responsible for spreading lethal Ebola epidemic

A small percentage of so-called “superspreaders” was likely responsible for spreading the lethal Ebola epidemic that left thousands of people dead in West Africa, according to a new study.

A team of experts from New Jersey’s Princeton University and the Oregon State University estimated that merely 3 per cent of people infected with the Ebola virus were the source for more than 61 per cent of all cases of the deadly disease in Western African countries.

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