Spider venom may help save stroke victims: researchers say

Spider venom may help save stroke victims: researchers say

Venom of potentially deadly funnel-web spiders may be used to save the lives of stroke patients as a protein in the venom have been found effective in minimizing the effects of brain damage after a stroke, according to Australian researchers.

A team of researchers from the Monash University and University of Queensland administered an electric charge to three funnel-web spiders’ fangs, making the deadly creatures to squeeze out venom.

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SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

Ending a mission to supply astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), a SpaceX reusable cargo ship loaded with 3,800 pounds of no-longer-needed equipment and trash splashed down into the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday.

The Dragon capsule had docked with the ISS on 23rd of February, and remained there for around a month to allow astronauts to unload more than two tones of food, water and scientific equipment and reload it with scientific samples, no-longer-required equipment and trash.

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Study finds sharp increase in colorectal cancer among young American adults

Study finds sharp increase in colorectal cancer among young American adults

A new study by the American Cancer Society (ACS) revealed an alarming increase in colorectal cancer among young adults in the United States.

The researchers found an unprecedented rise in the number of colon as well as rectal cancers among young American adults, rates of the deadly diseases among older Americans declined.

According to the study, the risks of colon cancer and rectal cancer among young Americans in their mid-20s now has doubled and quadrupled from forty years ago.

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Total solar eclipse to cross America for first time in 99 years

Total solar eclipse to cross America for first time in 99 years

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States this summer, prompting tens of millions of people to cram into a 60-mile-wide path from Oregon to the Carolinas to witness the rare phenomenon.

NASA astronomers have predicted that a total solar eclipse crossing the nation will take place on August 21, 2017, when the sky will go dark in the middle of the day.

Jay M. Pasachoff, an astronomer from Williams College, said that the upcoming total solar eclipse will last for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

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Oceans are heating up 13% faster than previously thought: study

Oceans are heating up 13% faster than previously thought: study

Earth’s oceans are warming 13 per cent faster than previously thought and the pace of warming has accelerated over the past few decades, a new study has warned.

Using a new strategy to improve upon their understanding of ocean warming to estimate overall global warming from 1960 to 2015, researchers estimated that the rate of warming from 1992 is almost twice as higher as the warming rate from 1960.

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Amazon brings Alexa to the iPhone

Amazon brings Alexa to the iPhone

Amazon’s artificial intelligence voice assistant Alexa will soon be available for iPhone and other iOS-based devices through the Amazon Shopping app.

On Thursday, Amazon announced that Alexa would be integrated into the Amazon Shopping app for users of iOS, providing all users of Apple’s mobile devices with access to the digital assistance while away from their homes.

While some users of Apple devices may already have downloaded Alexa to support their Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo, the new move will allow users to speak to the digital assistant on the go.

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Animals may shrink as Earth continues to warm up

Animals may shrink as Earth continues to warm up

A new research has warned that animals may shrink in size as global warming continues on its course, affecting various life forms on the planet.

Nearly 54 million years ago, an ancient horse that was the about the size of a dog dwarfed to the size of a cat after Earth suddenly got hotter. A team of researchers led by University of New Hampshire’s Abigail D’Ambrosia has warned that man-made global warming could lead to further shrinkage of mammals in the future.

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CCC to finalize Philippines’ obligations to Paris Agreement

CCC to finalize Philippines’ obligations to Paris Agreement

Following the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by the Philippine government on Tuesday, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) is preparing for the mainstreaming and finalization of the country’s obligations to the accord.

The country’s Senate voted unanimously to approve the Paris Agreement. Representatives of the country had signed the agreement last year in New York.

Now, CCC is working to finalize and mainstream the Philippines’ obligations under the Paris Agreement into the country’s policies, plans and programs.

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Some easy ways to protect Twitter accounts

Some easy ways to protect Twitter accounts

In wake of the latest spate of Twitter hacks, cyber security experts are suggesting some easy-to-adopt ways for social network users to protect their accounts.

The best as well as the easiest way to protect an account from a potential hacking attack in the future is to change password. The password should include numerical, alphabetical or other symbols that should be hard to detect by a hacker.

One should also revoke access to any type of third-party analytic apps that may plug into Twitter or other social media accounts, such as Twitter Counter.

Deadly drug-resistant fungal infection ‘Candida auris’ spreading fast

Deadly drug-resistant fungal infection ‘Candida auris’ spreading fast

The deadly drug-resistant fungal infection "Candida auris" has been spreading in the United States and the world as a whole. Since June last year, nearly three dozen Americans have been diagnosed with this infection.

Candida auris infections have been reported in five continents of the world since it was detected in 2009, when it was discovered in an ear infection in Japan. Since then, it has been reported in Colombia, Kenya, India, the U. S., Israel, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Korea, Venezuela, and the UK.

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