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Statin Users tend to Increase their Calorie Intake

Statin Users tend to Increase their Calorie Intake

Latest research has revealed that cholesterol-lowering drug users consider taking statins as a license to overeat. In a two-year study, researchers analyzed data from a national survey of U.S. adults. They found that statin users in U.S. in 1999-2000 used to consume fewer calories compared to those who did not consumed the drug.

About 2,000 calories per day were being consumed by statin users in 1999-2000 compared to intake of 2,179 calories per day among non-users. Surprisingly, they found equal intake of calories by statin users and non-statin users in 2009-2010.

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Japanese Researchers Develop Stunning Solid-State Vacuum UV Lamp

Japanese Researchers Develop Stunning Solid-State Vacuum UV Lamp

A stunning solid-state ultraviolet lamp which is advancement upon existing light sources has been developed by Japanese researchers. The lamp has the tendency to emit high-energy ultraviolet (UV) light at the shortest wave lengths from 140 to 220 nanometers, a range of 'vacuum UV light'.

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Researchers Find Mussel in Tsunami Debris from Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Researchers Find Mussel in Tsunami Debris from Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Researchers have uncovered a non-indigenous mussel from suspected tsunami debris from Japan's 2011 earthquake. The federal fisheries department has not conducted a full risk assessment on the sea creature, mytilus coruscus. The species were endangered due to the loss of habitat and overfishing during the past few decades.

The creature has been declared as the only hitchhiker who made an international arrival following the East Asia catastrophe that created a massive surge of water, which casted about five million tons of debris into sea.

Japanese Researchers Plan to Develop Pair of Glasses to Express Human Emotions

Japanese Researchers Plan to Develop Pair of Glasses to Express Human Emotions

‘AgencyGlass’, a new set of glasses that can express delight, boredom and anger has been designed by Japanese researchers. Hirotaka Osawa, Japanese researcher, said that he wants to build a system that is capable of carrying out social behaviors for humans.

Unique feature of this pair of sets is that it could cut down viewer’s emotional demands by carrying out their eye movements for them. It will work similar to the way robots work by reducing the need for physical labor.

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Japan to Continue its Whaling in the Pacific but with Limited Numbers

Japan to Continue its Whaling in the Pacific but with Limited Numbers

In the wake of an international court ruling which held last month against the mainstay of Japanese whaling program in the Antarctic, the country is planning to conduct sharply scaled down form of its annual Northwest Pacific whaling campaign.

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Japanese Whalers Expecting to Return Antarctica despite Losing ICJ’s Case

Japanese Whalers Expecting to Return Antarctica despite Losing ICJ’s Case

Despite losing an International Court of Justice (ICJ) case which was imposed by Australia against hunting of whales in Antarctica, Japanese whalers are expecting to return to Antarctica. Earlier, Japanese whalers said that they are hunting whales in Antarctica for 'scientific researches', which Australia claimed to be a violation of agreement.

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Birth of New Island by Merging of Underwater Volcano and Volcano Island

Birth of New Island by Merging of Underwater Volcano and Volcano Island

Niijima, a new Island which is a combination of an underwater volcano, which busted ocean surface in November, with another volcano Island has been formed off the Japanese coast just five months back. Landsat 8, NASA’s satellite has captured stunning images of the new Island which lies 600 miles south of Tokyo in the Ogasawara Island chain.

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Radiation due to Fukushima Meltdown unlikely to increase cancer rates: UN Report

Radiation due to Fukushima Meltdown unlikely to increase cancer rates: UN Report

United Nations report has found low risk of increase in cancer rates due to radiation from Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan after the earthquake. However, the UN study concluded that children exposed to high radiation could face higher risk of thyroid cancer.

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Temporary Halt on Japan’s Whaling in the Antarctic by International Court

Temporary Halt on Japan’s Whaling in the Antarctic by International Court

Japan's whaling program in Antarctic has been temporarily stopped by the International Court of Justice, claiming that the act is not being performed for scientific purposes only. Earlier, the Japanese authorities had claimed that they are performing the act of whaling in Antarctic Ocean for scientific reasons and not for anything else.

In the recent hearing of a case between Australia and Japan at the U.N.'s highest court, Peter Tomka, Judge from Slovakia, said Japan's program failed to justify why they captured 3,600 minke whales under the current Antarctic program.

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UN’s International Court of Justice is Ruling on Japan’s Whaling Program in Antarctic Waters

UN’s International Court of Justice is Ruling on Japan’s Whaling Program in Anta

In 2010, Australia brought Japan to the UN's International Court of Justice due to its whale hunting programme in Antarctic waters. The ICJ is ruling on whether Japan has right to hunt whales in the Antarctic or not.

The case is quite sensitive as it can make or ruin the giant mammal's future. Presiding Judge Peter Tomka of Slovakia affirmed the court has authority to hear the case. Japan has been carrying out hunting practice on the name of research programme.

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