Americans have a drinking problem with adults binge drinking more than ever before, warns CDC
Americans have a drinking problem with adults binge drinking more than ever before, warns CDC

Between 2011 and 2017, the average number of drinks consumed by binge drinkers per year has gone up from 472 to 529.

Houses built from fungi such as mushrooms could be the future in space and on Earth
Houses built from fungi such as mushrooms could be the future in space and on Earth

NASA began exploring this idea in 2018. At the heart of this technology is a structure that gives mushrooms its shape -- mycelium. These structures, which grow into mushrooms, are sturdy and flexible.

Month into pregnancy loss, 29 percent of women suffered post-traumatic stress, 11 percent depression, says study
Month into pregnancy loss, 29 percent of women suffered post-traumatic stress, 11 percent depression, says study

The study that was conducted by Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial College Lond found after nine months of a failed pregnancy, about 18% of women had post-traumatic stress, 17% moderate to severe anxiety, and 6% had moderate to severe depression

Scientists create the first 'living robots' that can survive for a week and heal themselves
Scientists create the first 'living robots' that can survive for a week and heal themselves

Measuring only 1 millimeter wide, these robots can pull off hefty operations, from transporting medicine around a patient’s body to cleaning up pollution from the oceans, say researchers.

Flame retardants and pesticides are affecting brain development in children and leading to low IQs: Study
Flame retardants and pesticides are affecting brain development in children and leading to low IQs: Study

Researchers caution that people need to watch out for flame retardants, found in furniture and carpeting, and children's toys, and pesticides, as their impact on IQ rose from 67% to 81% in the recent years. They are overtaking heavy metals as the biggest contributors to IQ loss.

Earth's closest 'super' neighbor, Proxima Centauri, a star, may be home to second planet, study suggests
Earth's closest 'super' neighbor, Proxima Centauri, a star, may be home to second planet, study suggests

It appears to be at least 5.8 times as massive as Earth, earning it the name 'super-earth'. It could be orbiting its star about once every five years, say scientists who led the planet-hunting mission hunt

Galactic mystery: Strange objects that look like gas but behave like stars lurk at the heart of Milky Way
Galactic mystery: Strange objects that look like gas but behave like stars lurk at the heart of Milky Way

These G objects were once binary stars — a system of two stars orbiting each other — that merged because of our supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*

Could tiny bacteria protect Parkinson's patients from deadly protein? Study has a gut feeling it's possible
Could tiny bacteria protect Parkinson's patients from deadly protein? Study has a gut feeling it's possible

Researchers have identified a probiotic bacteria which prevents the formation of toxic clumps that starve the brain of dopamine, a key chemical that coordinates movement.

Machine mimicking human body can keep livers alive for 7 days externally, can also treat them, detect ailments
Machine mimicking human body can keep livers alive for 7 days externally, can also treat them, detect ailments

The machine, which experts are calling a breakthrough, can repair damaged livers. This should increase the number of organs available for transplantation, which is in line with the purpose of our project, say experts

High Influenza B activity recorded this season, children more susceptible to the virus than adults, says CDC
High Influenza B activity recorded this season, children more susceptible to the virus than adults, says CDC

The flu has claimed the lives of 32 children so far -- it was 16 last year. Of the 32 children, Influenza B alone killed 21 children, says CDC. About 9.7 million people have been affected by the flu already and the numbers are set to grow

'Great Divide': Ring-like structure split our solar system in two, sowed seeds for life on Earth, study shows
'Great Divide': Ring-like structure split our solar system in two, sowed seeds for life on Earth, study shows

The 'Great Divide' is a ring-like structure—made of dust and gas—that existed billions of years ago, when the Sun had just been created, according to the new study

Climate change effect: Warming temperatures could kill thousands of Americans each year, study finds
Climate change effect: Warming temperatures could kill thousands of Americans each year, study finds

A rise of 1.5 and 2 degree celsius, might bring about 2,100 and 1,600 additional deaths every year due to injuries -- with drowning and transport accidents becoming more common

Burnout may increase risk of irregular heartbeat, leading to heart failure: Study
Burnout may increase risk of irregular heartbeat, leading to heart failure: Study

After over 25 years, the researchers observed that participants showing the highest levels of burnout had a 20% higher risk of developing irregular heartbeat than those with little to no evidence of the condition.

Stress in expectant mothers could result in poor brain development in their unborn children
Stress in expectant mothers could result in poor brain development in their unborn children

About nine out of every 1,000 babies born in the US have a congenital heart defect, according to the American Heart Association. Now a study has found that a high percentage of pregnant women with a diagnosis of a major fetal heart problem tested positive for stress, anxiety and depression.

Normal human body temperature has dropped steadily in the US since the 19th century, finds study
Normal human body temperature has dropped steadily in the US since the 19th century, finds study

The body temperatures in both men and women have constantly decreased by 0.03°C per decade of birth; researchers propose that this decrease is the result of changes in our environment over the past 200 years, which have, in turn, driven physiological changes.

The first lunar eclipse of the year is on Friday but most American stargazers might miss the visual treat
The first lunar eclipse of the year is on Friday but most American stargazers might miss the visual treat

The eclipse, which begins around 12.06 pm EST and ends at 4:14 pm EST, will be visible from Europe, Africa, western Asia, and some small parts of North America

Painkillers like paracetamol can reduce your empathy for others by numbing pain and emotions, says study
Painkillers like paracetamol can reduce your empathy for others by numbing pain and emotions, says study

The drug is designed to target these regions to reduce physical pain. But they inadvertently affect experiences of emotions and social pain too. This is because physical pain and emotions are controlled by the same regions in the brain, says the study

Women who use talcum powder may not be at risk of getting ovarian cancer, finds study
Women who use talcum powder may not be at risk of getting ovarian cancer, finds study

Experts say though the study is elaborate and competent, it could not entirely rule out a link between cancer and talc, which is a carcinogenic used in powder

Diabetes drug may help prevent miscarriages by 'improving' womb of pregnant women and increasing stem cells: Study
Diabetes drug may help prevent miscarriages by 'improving' womb of pregnant women and increasing stem cells: Study

If a larger clinical trial shows successful results, the drug can be easily adopted worldwide, says the team

Toxic metals leaching out of brake pads in cars might mess with our ability to fight infections: Study
Toxic metals leaching out of brake pads in cars might mess with our ability to fight infections: Study

Toxic metal particles from worn-out brake pads are small enough to reach the lungs, and this could be responsible for increasing people's susceptibility to respiratory infections.

Measles scare: Seattle schools send home nearly 800 students who did not get MMR vaccine shots
Measles scare: Seattle schools send home nearly 800 students who did not get MMR vaccine shots

Students will be allowed to attend schools if they provide proof of an upcoming vaccination appointment.

Breast cancer: How insurance cover is driving American women to choose mastectomy over lumpectomy
Breast cancer: How insurance cover is driving American women to choose mastectomy over lumpectomy

In May 2013, Angelina Jolie sparked widespread interest in mastectomy after writing an open editorial about her experience undergoing a risk-reducing bilateral mastectomy

HPV vaccinations in the US have doubled over five years, but only a quarter got the recommended dose
HPV vaccinations in the US have doubled over five years, but only a quarter got the recommended dose

HPV is a group of more than 200 related viruses and sexually transmitted infections that can lead to certain cancers, including cervical cancer

Mysterious radio signal in space traced to nearby galaxy similar to our Milky Way, say scientists
Mysterious radio signal in space traced to nearby galaxy similar to our Milky Way, say scientists

The researchers achieved a level of resolution high enough to localize the FRB to a region approximately seven light-years across — a feat comparable to an individual on Earth being able to distinguish a person on the Moon

Marijuana edibles such as brownies can be dangerous, especially for children and first-timers, warn doctors
Marijuana edibles such as brownies can be dangerous, especially for children and first-timers, warn doctors

Scientists found that 10% of cannabis-related emergency department visits are linked to edible forms of weeds, which is 33 times higher than what was expected

Marathon cuts aging of major blood vessels in first-time runners by 4 years, reducing risk for heart attacks
Marathon cuts aging of major blood vessels in first-time runners by 4 years, reducing risk for heart attacks

These runners developed more youthful, elastic arteries and showed a lower blood pressure, both of which lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, says the study.

How EGS77, the most distant galaxy ever to be identified, helped us see the night sky
How EGS77, the most distant galaxy ever to be identified, helped us see the night sky

This galaxy group was responsible for giving our universe a makeover, helping it transition from a dark, cloudy one to the transparent universe we see today, say experts.

Americans can now track their fat, sugar, and calorie intake thanks to new FDA labeling rules
Americans can now track their fat, sugar, and calorie intake thanks to new FDA labeling rules

An American adult today consumes an average of 300 more calories per day than they did in 1985. Expansion in portion sizes over 40-years might be linked to rise in obesity, say experts

Children who face neglect and hardships in early life could have smaller brains and low IQ as adults: Study
Children who face neglect and hardships in early life could have smaller brains and low IQ as adults: Study

Brains of adults raised in orphanages with deprived conditions were 8.6% smaller than those who have not been through any form of deprivation, shows brain scans of 67 young adults, exposed to severely depriving conditions as children

Astronomers discover 13 black holes in dwarf galaxies with half of them mysteriously lurking at the edges
Astronomers discover 13 black holes in dwarf galaxies with half of them mysteriously lurking at the edges

The team believes that studying these black holes might help them unravel the mysterious origins of supermassive black holes, with masses many millions of times the mass of our Sun

Moon's magnetic field was twice as strong as Earth's until 1 billion years ago: Study
Moon's magnetic field was twice as strong as Earth's until 1 billion years ago: Study

A strong field may have shielded the Moon's surface from the solar wind, the supersonic plasma emitted from the Sun.

AI outperforms humans, spots breast cancer in mammograms more accurately than doctors
AI outperforms humans, spots breast cancer in mammograms more accurately than doctors

The system produced 5.7% fewer false alarms and 9.4% fewer misidentifications; Such a tool could make breast cancer screening more effective, say experts.

Trump administration bans all flavored e-cigarettes except menthol to check vaping among youth
Trump administration bans all flavored e-cigarettes except menthol to check vaping among youth

The announcement has public health experts worried who believe flavors attract kids, and that even menthol is a flavor

From Quadrantid meteor shower to cosmic dogs that will light up skies, stargazers are in for treat this January
From Quadrantid meteor shower to cosmic dogs that will light up skies, stargazers are in for treat this January

Quadrantid meteor shower is predicted to make an appearance on January 4 at 3 am, even as Mars gets closer to Earth, starting this month.

Global warming pushing rivers to lose their ice cover sooner, leading to more greenhouse gas emissions
Global warming pushing rivers to lose their ice cover sooner, leading to more greenhouse gas emissions

Frozen rivers also support important transportation networks for communities and industries located at high latitudes

New vaccine raises hopes for preventive cure for dementia, researchers have fingers crossed for human trials
New vaccine raises hopes for preventive cure for dementia, researchers have fingers crossed for human trials

The vaccine, which combines two drugs, cleared mice brain of proteins and plaque responsible for memory loss and cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients

2020 set to be an action-packed year with missions to Mars, the Moon and new players in space travel
2020 set to be an action-packed year with missions to Mars, the Moon and new players in space travel

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will put their technological capabilities to test in July 2020, looking for answers on Mars' past life, even as countries hope to extensively map out the Moon's far side

'Abortion reversal' treatments are dangerous and can cause life-threatening bleeding: Study
'Abortion reversal' treatments are dangerous and can cause life-threatening bleeding: Study

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, claims regarding abortion 'reversal' treatment are not based on science and do not meet clinical standards.

NASA finally picks landing site on asteroid Bennu for OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to collect samples and return to Earth
NASA finally picks landing site on asteroid Bennu for OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to collect samples and return to Earth

Just recently, the mission's science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space. On the spacecraft's return, Bennu samples can help scientists uncover some of its mysteries

No easy ride: NASA's 2024 Mission to the Moon may see a delay, thanks to budgetary cuts
No easy ride: NASA's 2024 Mission to the Moon may see a delay, thanks to budgetary cuts

Of the allotted $22.6 billion, NASA will be getting only $600 million to build the Moon lander, which is insufficent, say experts.

Betelgeuse supernova: Mysterious dimming could mean one of the brightest stars is about to explode, say scientists
Betelgeuse supernova: Mysterious dimming could mean one of the brightest stars is about to explode, say scientists

Astronomers knew that Betelgeuse was nearing its end as huge stars like Betelgeuse, which is only about 8.5 million years old, live fast and die violently

Pregnant women exposed to harmful chemicals like DDT or dioxin may give birth to smaller children, says study
Pregnant women exposed to harmful chemicals like DDT or dioxin may give birth to smaller children, says study

These man-made chemicals are found all over the world, even in places far away from industrial sites or from agricultural areas, such as the Arctic circle

Man's hunt for gold leads to discovery of rare 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite
Man's hunt for gold leads to discovery of rare 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite

The 17 kg alien rock was discovered by Australian David Hole who thought it was a gold nugget but it tuned out to be rarer than that

Space stories that shaped 2019: From Marsquakes and the Parker solar probe to the dark side of the Moon
Space stories that shaped 2019: From Marsquakes and the Parker solar probe to the dark side of the Moon

From Marsquakes and discovering the second interstellar comet to reaching closer to the Sun than any other mission has done before, space news dominated the headlines in 2019

US measles scare: With 5 airports on alert, here are all the reasons why the contagious virus is so dangerous
US measles scare: With 5 airports on alert, here are all the reasons why the contagious virus is so dangerous

Health authorities link the US outbreaks to travelers who brought measles back from other countries, including Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines

New explosion spotted on Sun's outer surface for the first time could help predict space weather, says NASA
New explosion spotted on Sun's outer surface for the first time could help predict space weather, says NASA

Called a magentic explosion, it was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory which confirms a 15-year-old theory

Cheap pills such as ibuprofen and naproxen could cut down the risks of breast cancer by 40% in women
Cheap pills such as ibuprofen and naproxen could cut down the risks of breast cancer by 40% in women

The research team, however, warns that the study is not a clinical trial and they do not recommend these medications to all women

Offshore wind farms may meet our energy demands but will harm marine life if steps are not taken, warn scientists
Offshore wind farms may meet our energy demands but will harm marine life if steps are not taken, warn scientists

The solution, according to experts, is not finding alternatives to wind farms, but tailoring the designs to local areas after considering the marine life that are present

Cancer drug nilotinib could treat Parkinson's disease and restore movement in patients, finds study
Cancer drug nilotinib could treat Parkinson's disease and restore movement in patients, finds study

The drug replenished the levels of dopamine, a chemical that is lost in Parkinson's patients, leading to issues with movement, say researchers

Lego toys can be used to build quantum computers as they can survive temperatures 2,000 times colder than deep space: Experts
Lego toys can be used to build quantum computers as they can survive temperatures 2,000 times colder than deep space: Experts

According to the researchers, Lego was cooled to the lowest temperature possible in their experiment, and its special properties mean it could be useful in the development of quantum computing.

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