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Researchers measure coconut crabs’ remarkable squeezing force

Researchers measure coconut crabs’ remarkable squeezing force

A coconut crab can easily crack open hard-shelled coconut, thanks to the remarkable pinching or crushing power of the creature's scary claws. Known to biologists as Birgus latro, coconut crabs eat whatever they can get their strong claws on.

To measure coconut crabs' pinching power, Shin-ichiro Oka and colleagues from the Okinawa Churashima Foundation in Japan measured the crushing power of 29 crabs on the Okinawa Island with the help of a sensor.

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New pre-IVF treatment calculator predicts odds of having a baby

New pre-IVF treatment calculator predicts odds of having a baby

A team of British researchers claimed to have developed a pre-treatment calculator that allows couples see their chances of success with in vitro fertilization (IVF) even before completion of the first cycle of treatment.

Traditionally, doctors have been reluctant to estimate a woman’s odds of having a baby before she completes at least one cycle of IVF. But the new calculator allows women to get an estimate of their odds before IIVF’s first cycle.

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CWD posing big threat to deer

CWD posing big threat to deer

Deer in Alabama are at risk because of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that isn’t spread from bacteria or virus but by a little minuscule varmint called a prion, the state’s Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) cautioned.

Prions can be described as infectious, single proteins that affected infected animals’ brain by causing sponge like degeneration of brain cells. This microscopic varmint is can ruthlessly withstand long periods of time and a number of decontamination methods.

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Several developing ‘countries’ hidden within borders of USA: study

Several developing ‘countries’ hidden within borders of USA: study

The United States would look quite different if its fifty states were organized as per their residents’ income instead of geography because several states within the borders of the developed U.S. are still underdeveloped.

A team of researchers from Tennessee State University noted that the median household income for a family of four in the poorest state would have just above the federal poverty line if the states were organized as per their incomes. In addition, residents of the poorest state would be living shorter lives than people in at least half of the world’s countries.

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Scientists reconstruct asteroid impact that killed dinosaurs

Scientists reconstruct asteroid impact that killed dinosaurs

A reconstruction of the deadly asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago helped scientists describe how the asteroid produced its huge crater.

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Brain implant enables ‘locked-in’ ALS patient to communicate

Brain implant enables ‘locked-in’ ALS patient to communicate

A team of researchers in the Netherlands have successfully tested an implantable computer-brain interface that enabled the mind of a "locked-in" ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) patient to communicate through brain signaling.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the patient's nerve cells in the brain as well as the spinal cord. It primarily attacks neurons that control voluntary muscles, such as those in the arms, legs and face.

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Healthy living can overcome genes linked to heart disease: researchers say

Healthy living can overcome genes linked to heart disease: researchers say

Healthy living can effectively minimize a person's inherited risks for heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases, a new study suggested.

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Global carbon emissions flattened out in last 3 years: study

Global carbon emissions flattened out in last 3 years: study

Showing a ray of hope that the world is nearing a turning point in the battle against global warming, a new study has suggested that global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) have almost flattened out in the last three years.

Glen Peters, a senior researcher at the Oslo-based Center for International Climate & Environmental Research, said that the study suggested that global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels like coal have flattened out in the last three years and will likely is increase just 0.2 per cent this year.

Chinese construction workers inadvertently unearth new dinosaur species

Chinese construction workers inadvertently unearth new dinosaur species

Construction workers at a high school in southern China inadvertently unearthed a well-preserved skeleton of a dinosaur that roamed the region nearly 66–72 million years ago, University of Edinburgh paleontologists reported.

The skeleton, which came to light when workers used dynamite to break bedrock to prepare ground for constructing a building at the school, has been poetically named Tongtianlong limosus, which means “muddy dragon on the road to heaven.”

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Leprosy bacteria lurking in British squirrels: researchers warn

Leprosy bacteria lurking in British squirrels: researchers warn

Leprosy virtually vanished from Europe in around the 16th century, and Great Britain has not had a case in the past many centuries. But, those who believe that the disease is gone forever may be wrong.

A team of biologists have warned that the disease of leprosy never left the region as the devastating bacteria still lurking in trees. Mysterious marks/sores on red squirrels across England, Scotland and Ireland have been linked to the disease.

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