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Yeti shares DNA with a 40,000 years old Ancestral Polar Bear

Yeti shares DNA witha40,000 yearsold Ancestral Polar Bear

An investigation led by University of Oxford genetics professor Bryan Sykes and Michel Sartori,Director of the Lausanne Museum of Zoology, undertook the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project whereby testing of hair samples was done to determine the stories of 'anomalous primates' from around the world.

The only proof of the existence of these hidden creatures: the Himalayan yeti, sasquatch (Bigfoot) from North America, almasty from Russia, orang pendek from Sumatra, and migyhur from Bhutan.

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Fruits Flies use their Brain before taking Decisions

Fruits Flies use their Brain before taking Decisions

Researchers at the University of Oxford have revealed that fruit flies use their brain to take decisions before navigating, almost in a similar fashion to human brain. Fruit flies make conscious decisions and can spend longer deliberating over the more difficult of them, said researchers.

Main aim of conducting the study was to find out cognitive processes in small insects so as to have better understanding of human mind. In the experiment, researchers exposed fruit flies to two different odors: one the dangerous level and other a lot weaker.

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Effectiveness of Stockpiled Tamiflu and Relenza Questioned by UK based Research Organization

Effectiveness of Stockpiled Tamiflu and Relenza Questioned

The anti-flu drugs stockpiled by governments across the world including tamiful and relenza, might do more harm than offering benefit to individuals. As per the study conducted by UK based nonprofit research organization Cochrane Collaboration, the drugs tamiflu and relenza, stockpiled by governments to fight influenza outbreaks might cause harm after their team reviewed 170,000 pages of clinical trial records. Cochrane Collaboration has urged health department to carry out a detailed review about the role of flu drugs in controlling the spread of influenza.

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Spin Ice, Famous Exception of Third Law of Thermodynamics

Spin Ice, Famous Exception of Third Law of Thermodynamics

Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), Oxford and Cambridge have revealed the famous exception of the Third Law of Thermodynamics by exploring the concept of spin ice. They said that the Third Law of Thermodynamics could be restored in thin films of the magnetic material, spin ice.

According to Third law of Thermodynamics, the entropy or randomness of a substance is zero at absolute zero temperature. Researchers added that the surprising properties of thin films of spin ice could prove successful for development of applications of magnetricity.

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Young People with Non-melanoma Cancer at Increased Risk of Other Cancers

Young People with Non-melanoma Cancer at Increased Risk of Other Cancers

A six year study on more than 500,000 people revealed that youngsters with non-melanoma skin cancer are at increased risk of melanoma and other types of cancers. There exists 1.36 times increased risk of developing other types of cancer in patients with non-melanoma skin cancer, said researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia and the University of Oxford in the UK.

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Gene Therapy Improves Vision in Patients with Choroideremia

Gene Therapy Improves Vision in Patients with Choroideremia

A new research has come up with findings that a new gene therapy can help people in restoring their vision, who may progressively turn blind due to genetic eye disorder, choroideremia. Researchers said that this therapy has been designed to replace defected gene with the healthy one simply by using single injection.

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