Seattle man creates notification app for April the giraffe

Seattle man creates notification app for April the giraffe

Animal lovers and wildlife advocates continue to keep a close eye on a pregnant giraffe due to give birth soon at Animal Adventure Park in New York.

Zoo keepers said that the giraffe named April is 15, and giraffe pregnancies typically last around 15 months. The calf will likely weigh nearly 150 pounds and be around 6 feet tall at birth.

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Ancient worm’s huge jaws astonish scientists

Ancient worm’s huge jaws astonish scientists

A newly discovered species of a prehistoric worm is closely related to leeches and earthworms except for its huge jaws, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

This new species, dubbed Websteroprion armstrongi, was discovery during an analysis of specimens gathered by Canadian researcher Derek Armstrong from the remote Hudson Bay basin area in Ontario in 1994. The specimens, which were part of 400 million years old rocks, remained stored in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

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Coral reefs are in serious danger: experts warn

Coral reefs are in serious danger: experts warn

The Great Barrier Reef and several other reef systems are in serious danger unless stronger actions are taken to reduce greenhouse gases, experts have warned.

Last year’s higher-than-usual temperatures led to coral bleaching, causing massive damages to the Great Barrier Reef and other reef systems. Marine biologists warned that the reef damages witnessed last year might not be the last in the coming few years.

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Excess use of sugar can cause Alzheimer’s disease: researchers warn

Excess use of sugar can cause Alzheimer’s disease: researchers warn

A new study has warned that the progressive disease of Alzheimer’s, which destroys memory and other functions of the patient’s brain, could be caused by excess use of sugar.

A team of researchers from the University of Bath Departments of Biology & Biochemistry, the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, and King’s College London, unraveled the “tipping point” link between high level of sugar glucose in blood and the Alzheimer’s disease after they found that people with high sugar diets were at a greater risk of developing the disease.

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‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse to take place on Sunday

‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse to take place on Sunday

A so-called “ring of fire” eclipse, which is scientifically called annular eclipse, will cross over parts of South America and the western and southern tips of Africa. This solar phenomenon takes place when the Moon comes in between the Sun and our planet but don’t completely block the Sun as it does during a total solar eclipse.

NASA’s solar astrophysicist Alex Young explained that viewers in the aforementioned regions would be able to see a thin little ring around the edge of the Moon where our host star would be poking out, which would give it the ring of fire effect.

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Uganda gets positive results in its fight against AIDS

Uganda gets positive results in its fight against AIDS

Uganda health authorities took several steps to fight back HIV/AIDS, such as deploying roadside billboards advocating testing for kids and protected sex and highlighting the significance of taking ARVs (medicines that prevent the progression of the deadly virus). Now, those efforts have started producing positive results.

Though HIV is still present across Uganda, yet the situation has significantly improved over the last twenty-five years. When HIV/AIDS hit its peak in Uganda in the early 1990s, nearly 14 per cent of the country’s population was infected with the deadly virus.

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Astronomers discover 7 Earth-like planets

Astronomers discover 7 Earth-like planets

Seven Earth-sized planets are circling a nearby dwarf star in tight, fast ellipses, and one of them is particularly the best candidate for supporting life, an international team of astronomers announced on Wednesday.

The discovery is rare because the exoplanets circling the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, which is 39 light years away, has so-many Earth-sized planets that are believed to be temperate, meaning they could have liquid water on their surfaces with a potential to support life.

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Study finds no link between cat ownership and schizophrenia

Study finds no link between cat ownership and schizophrenia

Disputing the studies that linked pet cats to human mental illness, a new study argues that spending childhood with a cat doesn’t cause mental illness (schizophrenia) later in life.

A team of researchers from University College London analyzed data from nearly 5,000 kids who participated in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents & Children, which tracks the people’s health born in 1991 and 1992.

The researchers found no link between children’s childhood spending with cats and their chances of suffering mental illness later in life.

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Russia launches cargo ship to deliver supplies to ISS

Russia launches cargo ship to deliver supplies to ISS

Russian space agency Roscosmos launched a cargo ship early Wednesday morning on a mission to deliver nearly three tons of fresh supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Progress 66 cargo ship was launched atop a Soyuz rocket at 12:58 a.m. EST on February 22 from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. It is scheduled to arrive at the ISS early Friday, February 24.

The resupply ship will deliver food, clothing, fuel and other supplies for astronauts aboard the orbiting lab. For Russia, this resupply cargo mission will mark the last flight of its Soyuz-U launcher.

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Allergy season gets an early start

Allergy season typically starts in spring but this year this irritating health issue has got an early start, than to February’s spring-like weather.

Despite spring being around a month away, higher than usual temperatures this February are not only making trees to start budding earlier but also luring people to spend more time outdoors. Numerous areas in the United States have reported high pollen counts weeks earlier than usual.

Doctors in areas like Hampton Roads in Newport are already seeing pollen allergy-sufferers suckered in by the higher-than-usual temperatures.

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