Amazon's male white bellbird dethrones the screaming piha as the loudest bird in the world
Amazon's male white bellbird dethrones the screaming piha as the loudest bird in the world

The call is at least nine decibels (dB) louder than that of the piha, reaching volumes of 125 dB— a normal human voice is about 60 dB.

Scientists identify virus behind polio-like illness AFM which causes paralysis in children
Scientists identify virus behind polio-like illness AFM which causes paralysis in children

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), which has severe effects in children around the age of two, has puzzled the scientific community since 2014 .

Swapping high-dairy diet with plant-based one can reduce risk of prostate cancer, says study
Swapping high-dairy diet with plant-based one can reduce risk of prostate cancer, says study

With more than 30,000 deaths annually, the US has the highest incidence and second highest mortality rate of all cancers in men.

Scientists find buildup of fat in lungs of overweight people
Scientists find buildup of fat in lungs of overweight people

The findings suggest that this may have something to do with asthma

95 percent baby foods contain heavy metals that affect child's brain development, says report
95 percent baby foods contain heavy metals that affect child's brain development, says report

They also estimate that children aged between 0 and 2 years, exposed to arsenic and lead in food, lose more than 11 million IQ points

Pet owners beware! Disease-causing bacteria has been found in most commercially available raw-meat dog food
Pet owners beware! Disease-causing bacteria has been found in most commercially available raw-meat dog food

Manufacturers markets these products as natural and healthy. They claim that dogs become active, with benefits to the digestive tract and the immune system - a claim not backed by science

Rocks on exoplanets similar to those on Earth,  says new study which mined data from white dwarfs
Rocks on exoplanets similar to those on Earth, says new study which mined data from white dwarfs

Astronomers from UCLA came up with a unique method to determine the composition of rocks in certain exoplanets

UK study says vaping may help people quit smoking amid concerns in US over e-cigarette deaths
UK study says vaping may help people quit smoking amid concerns in US over e-cigarette deaths

While the CDC has flagged the ill effects of vaping in the wake of deaths, in the UK it is being seen as helping smokers quit

NASA schedules first ever all-female spacewalk to replace faulty power system outside ISS
NASA schedules first ever all-female spacewalk to replace faulty power system outside ISS

The space agency will be telecasting the spacewalk on NASA TV and their website

To battle overheating, different giant dinosaurs devised different coping mechanisms
To battle overheating, different giant dinosaurs devised different coping mechanisms

They studied modern-day-ancestors of dinosaurs and fossil records to arrive at this conclusion

High brain activity linked to decreased lifespan: study
High brain activity linked to decreased lifespan: study

The brain's neural activity - long implicated in disorders ranging from dementia to epilepsy - also plays a role in human aging and life span

Pregnant women consuming a relatively safe tobacco product may have children with high blood pressure, scientists say
Pregnant women consuming a relatively safe tobacco product may have children with high blood pressure, scientists say

Hugely popular in Sweden, the product has found its way into the US market and is being currently reviewed by the US Food and Drug Administration

Higher testosterone levels may improve athletic performance in women
Higher testosterone levels may improve athletic performance in women

The test revealed that those given the hormone performed better during aerobic performances, they found no significant difference between the two groups during anaerobic tasks

Plants and animals in the Arctic failed to reproduce in 2018 as climate change brought unusually high snowfall: Researchers
Plants and animals in the Arctic failed to reproduce in 2018 as climate change brought unusually high snowfall: Researchers

Scientists at the Zackenberg Research Station who monitored changes in the Arctic for over two decades said 2018 saw a large part of the Arctic covered with an unusually large amount of snow

Dog owners less likely to have cardiovascular diseases, and better chances of recovering from strokes or heart attacks
Dog owners less likely to have cardiovascular diseases, and better chances of recovering from strokes or heart attacks

Loneliness and a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for premature death, and dogs are an excellent motivation for their owners to get outdoors and walk them

Physical and psychological stress that lead to less male births identified, claims study
Physical and psychological stress that lead to less male births identified, claims study

A team of scientists find that 30 percent of pregnant women report going through psychosocial stress from job strain or depression and anxiety

Cannabis compound used in e-cigarettes or vaping products linked to lung injuries, CDC warns
Cannabis compound used in e-cigarettes or vaping products linked to lung injuries, CDC warns

Of the affected 1,299 people, the condition named "e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury" (EVALI), has claimed 26 lives in 21 US states

UK generates more electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuels for first time as it gets closer to closing all coal plants
UK generates more electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuels for first time as it gets closer to closing all coal plants

From July through September, renewable sources produced 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh) electricity, compared to the 29.1TWh from fossil fuels.

Lithium-ion batteries to dark matter, the remarkable breakthroughs that were awarded the Nobel Prize this year
Lithium-ion batteries to dark matter, the remarkable breakthroughs that were awarded the Nobel Prize this year

The discoveries have shaped our understanding of the universe and have made technologies such as mobile phones, laptops and electric vehicles a reality

Sunlight can break down polystyrene in just decades, instead of thousands of years as expected earlier, finds study
Sunlight can break down polystyrene in just decades, instead of thousands of years as expected earlier, finds study

It was earlier thought that polystyrene took thousands of years to degrade, however, now the study has found that sunlight can do the job in just decades or centuries.

People who regularly eat out have higher levels of chemicals found in food packaging in their body, finds study
People who regularly eat out have higher levels of chemicals found in food packaging in their body, finds study

These chemicals can hamper development, immune function and reproduction as well as injure the kidney and liver and may also cause cancer. The healthy alternative is to eat home-cooked food, suggest scientists

Four US companies among the twenty largest polluters since 1965, says climate report
Four US companies among the twenty largest polluters since 1965, says climate report

Of the 20 industries listed, four are US-based: Chevron Corporation, ExxonMobil, Peabody Energy and ConocoPhilips.

Climate-induced events can spark more intense wildfires at a higher frequency, says study
Climate-induced events can spark more intense wildfires at a higher frequency, says study

The study team says wildfires are part of the ecosystem and these should be managed so that the effects on human health and well-being are minimized.

Only 35 percent pregnant women are getting both flu and whooping cough vaccines, says CDC
Only 35 percent pregnant women are getting both flu and whooping cough vaccines, says CDC

The CDC recommended that all pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of each pregnancy and the whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) during the early part of the third trimester of each pregnancy

All newborns must be tested for high cholesterol to detect rare genetic disease that can cause premature death: Experts
All newborns must be tested for high cholesterol to detect rare genetic disease that can cause premature death: Experts

Children suffering from an inherited disease called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) have high levels of cholesterol from birth and are 10 to 13 times more likely to suffer from heart attack

Number of young children exposed to lead in New York has gone down by 90 percent since 2005
Number of young children exposed to lead in New York has gone down by 90 percent since 2005

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the LeadFreeNYC plan in January this year under which the imperative is to prevent exposure to lead hazards in the first place and respond quickly and comprehensively if a child has an elevated blood lead level. 

New drug may quash chemotherapy resistance in aggressive breast cancers
New drug may quash chemotherapy resistance in aggressive breast cancers

The combination drug is currently undergoing its first clinical trials. The treatment uses cancer’s rapid growth against it, by forcing cells through cell division so quickly that they accumulate fatal errors.

Children with low birth weight more at risk of cardiovascular diseases, says study
Children with low birth weight more at risk of cardiovascular diseases, says study

A new study by West Virginia University finds that fifth-graders born with low body weight are more likely to exhibit cardiovascular risk factors

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