Researchers discover first live birth evidence in pre-dinosaur reptile

Researchers discover first live birth evidence in pre-dinosaur reptile

A team of Chinese researchers have unearthed an extraordinary fossil of an ancient pregnant long-necked marine reptile that lived millions of years prior to the dinosaurs in the southern part of the country.

The fossil belongs to nearly 245 million-year-old creature that had a developing embryo at the time of its death. It indicated this ancient reptile used to give birth to live babies and not laying eggs.

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A quick look at potential landing sites for 2020 Mars rover

A quick look at potential landing sites for 2020 Mars rover

U.S. space agency NASA has chosen three potential landing sites for its upcoming Mars 2020 mission, which aims to find evidence of alien life on the Red Planet.

The three potential landing sites for the Mars rover include an ancient lake, an early hot-spring site and a former volcanic hotbed. Scientists selected the three sites at a workshop held from Feb. 8-10 in Monrovia, California, from 8 sites proposed in 2015.

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Study links heavy snowfall to higher heart attack risk for men

Study links heavy snowfall to higher heart attack risk for men

A fresh Canadian study has suggested that men may be at a notably higher risk of suffering a fatal heart attack following a heavy snowstorm.

Researchers from the University of Montreal found in the study that compared with periods without snow, men were 16 per cent more probable to suffer a heart attack and 34 per cent more probable to die from a heart attack after a storm dropped at least 8 inches of snow.

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High price may keep deflazacort drug out of several patients’ reach

High price may keep deflazacort drug out of several patients’ reach

A drug recently approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to treat a rare form of muscular dystrophy may be out of reach of many patients due to its hefty price.
Marathon Pharmaceuticals will sell the FDA-approved deflazacort drug under the brand name Emflaza for nearly $89,000 for a year’s worth of treatment. The figure represents 70 times higher price for the drug than what it costs outside the United States.

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Three intriguing celestial events occur over weekend

Three intriguing celestial events occur over weekend

The most recent weekend proved to be a significant treat for sky watchers, thanks to three intriguing celestial events that took place over the span of just a few days.

Over the weekend, sky watchers witnessed the so-called “Snow Moon,” a total penumbral eclipse, as well as a “green comet” that made its closest flyby our planet.

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Debate over Planned Parenthood funding continues

Debate over Planned Parenthood funding continues

U. S. President Donald Trump and other Republicans have threatened to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood because clinics operating under the organization provide abortion services as well.

This Saturday, the debate over the issue will peak with protest rallies across the nation, including at clinics in San Francisco, Redwood City and Napa, demanding "defunding" of Planned Parenthood.

Pale green comet to make closest flyby to Earth in decades

Pale green comet to make closest flyby to Earth in decades

For the next few days, night sky-gazers will be able to spot a pale green comet that is making one of its closest flybys to our plant in several decades.

Comet 45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková will make its closest approach to Earth at 3 a.m. ET on 11th of February. However, the greenish comet will be visible only by telescope or binoculars.

It has gradually been brightening since it rounded the Sun on New Year’s Eve. Astronomers have predicted that it will pass within 7.4 million miles of Earth, roughly 32 times farther away from our planet than the moon.

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MDA welcomes FDA approval for muscular dystrophy drug

MDA welcomes FDA approval for muscular dystrophy drug

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has welcomed the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s decision to approve Marathon Pharmaceuticals’ deflazacort drug to treat the most common childhood form of muscular dystrophy.

The deflazacort drug, labeled for use by individuals 5 years or older with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), can be used regardless of genetic mutation. It is third drug in 6 months approved by the FDA for diseases included in MDA’s program.

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Archaeologists find new ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ cave

Archaeologists find new ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ cave

An international team of researchers from Israel and the United States have discovered evidence of a cave that reportedly housed Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of historically significant ancient manuscripts including copies of the Hebrew Bible.

The ancient cave in question was discovered in the hills of Wadi Qumran in the Judean Desert. Inside the cave, the researchers found only fragments of ancient manuscripts and some storage jars and lids from the Second Temple period (dated from 530 BC to 70 CE). Since the early 1940s, 12 such caves have been discovered.

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6-year-old boy performs victory dance to mark end of chemotherapy

6-year-old boy performs victory dance to mark end of chemotherapy

A six-year-old boy who has long been battling cancer donned a Superman T-shirt, performed a cute-as-can-be happy dance and got to ring the chemotherapy bell at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Thursday to mark the end of chemotherapy.

Jimmy Spagnolo, who successfully finished a year-long round of chemotherapy, has been battling an inoperable brain tumor since his infancy.

Hospital staff filmed Jimmy’s victory dance and shared it with the rest of the world by posting it on the hospital’s Facebook page.

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