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Killer Whales Eating a Living Shark Captured in California

Killer Whales Eating a Living Shark Captured in California

A rare footage captured using a drone shows a pod of killer whales eating a living shark. The video was captured by wildlife photographer Slater Moore in Monterey Bay, California. Killer whales are fierce predators and the video shared by Mr. Moore shows two female adult killer whales and two young killer whales attacking a shark.

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High Stress Can Reduce the Chances of Getting Pregnant by 50 Percent: Research

High Stress Can Reduce the Chances of Getting Pregnant by 50 Percent: Research

High stress during ovulation leads to decrease in fecundity and reduces the chances of getting pregnant by nearly 50 percent, according to a new research. The research team noticed a significant impact of stress on chances of getting pregnant. The study also suggests that women trying to conceive should look for stress management techniques if they generally face moderate or high level of stress.

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Sea Otter Shooting raises concern among Santa Cruz County authorities

Sea Otter Shooting raises concern among Santa Cruz County authorities

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are looking for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the shooting deaths of three southern sea otters in late July or early August. A reward of at least $10,000 is being offered for this information.

Brain Death policies of hospitals differ significantly, study finds

Brain Death policies of hospitals differ significantly, study finds

According to a new study, the rules to pass a judgment over when a patient is brain dead differ broadly from hospital to hospital, even in the presence of national standards that have been created to ensure accuracy.

Lead researcher Dr. David Greer, a professor of neurology at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Conn said that in 2010, the American Academy of Neurology followed a set of updated guidelines to judge whether a person has lost all brain function and has been kept alive only via hospital machinery.

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Leak in Seismometer forces NASA to reschedule its Future Mars Mission

Leak in Seismometer forces NASA to reschedule its Future Mars Mission

To space enthusiasts’ disappointment, US space agency NASA has cancelled its upcoming Mars mission after finding a leak in the InSight spacecraft’s primary scientific instrument. It means the spacecraft will not take off in March.

On December 22, NASA said the plan to launch the spacecraft to Mars has been cancelled for some time after scientists found a glitch in a French-built seismometer. Now, it is hoped that InSight will take off about 26 months after the original launch schedule as the Earth-Mars orbital geometry is favorable after every two years and two months.

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Reptile Ownership Might Be Banned

Reptile Ownership Might Be Banned

Stricter rules for the ownership of venomous reptiles are being formulated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A complete restriction on their ownership is also being considered by the commission. Currently, permits are provided for owning both ‘conditional reptiles’ and ‘venomous reptiles.’

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Launch of NASA’s InSight Mars Lander Delayed for Undefined Period

Launch of NASA’s InSight Mars Lander Delayed for Undefined Period

Constant issues with a seismometer instrument have delayed the launch of the NASA’s InSight Mars lander. The lander was earlier scheduled for a launch in March. Officials said if the issue continues, they might consider shelving the $675 million project.

NASA’s InSight spacecraft is a three-legged lander which is accompanied with several instruments to study interior structure of Mars. According to experts, the right time to launch a spacecraft to Mars comes every 26 months when the planets are in the right positions to make a direct journey possible.

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Rising Population of Space Debris increases Potential Danger to All Space Vehicles

Rising Population of Space Debris increases Potential Danger to All Space Vehicles

The track of over 500,000 pieces of debris, or ‘space junk’, has been noted as they orbit the Earth. Travelling at speeds up to 17,500 mph, they are fast enough for a relatively small part of orbital debris to harm a satellite or a spacecraft.

With the increase in the population of space debris, the possible danger to all space vehicles also increases, mainly to the International Space Station, space shuttles and other spacecraft that have humans aboard.

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Beijing’s Hazardous Smog is going From Bad to Worse

Beijing’s Hazardous Smog is going From Bad to Worse

Hazardous smog of Beijing has made the city residents struggle with chocking pollution. This month alone, Beijing officials issued red alert two times, which warned people not to move an inch from their homes.

This year wasn’t good at all for the Chinese capital when it comes to air pollution. Smog has made things more difficult for residents, especially in winters. There are reports that the smog is stretching beyond Beijing into much of northern China.

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World gets a Glimpse of Rare Full Moon on Christmas after 38 Years

World gets a Glimpse of Rare Full Moon on Christmas after 38 Years

If you missed a dazzling full moon brightening Christmas this week, you don’t have to wait for 19 more years to see it as some people who witnessed the rare event have captured images of it and shared them on the Internet.

Although it was a rare lunar spectacle that is not going to occur until 2034, a major portion of the US could not witness it due to unexpected clouds. In these areas, the full moon was enveloped by clouds, but there were some locations in the country where clear skies allowed people see moon turning into a spectacular Christmas treat.

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