Image of lemons explaining signs of breast cancer goes viral

Image of lemons explaining signs of breast cancer goes viral

Corrine Beaumont, a young designer who created the ‘Know Your Lemons’ breast cancer awareness campaign, says her image of 12 lemons provides women a simple, visual way to learn what breast cancer symptoms can look and feel like.

Beaumont, who lost both her maternal and paternal grandmothers to breast cancer, left her job to start her own charity “Worldwide Breast Cancer” two years ago after she found that very little information on the signs of the potentially deadly disease was available.

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Researchers discover why killer whales go through menopause

Researchers discover why killer whales go through menopause

A new study by an international team of researchers has suggested that conflicts between mother and daughter killer whales may elucidate why the females of the species go through menopause.

The researchers sifted through more than forty years of data on killer whales in the northwest Pacific, and found that younger females are more likely to reproduce than their older counterparts.

They discovered that the trend discourages mother killer whales from reproduction, making them more focused on raising their younger members of their families instead.

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Researchers discover human-like vowel sounds in baboons’ calls

Researchers discover human-like vowel sounds in baboons’ calls

The origin of human speech could reach back as many as 25 million years as researchers have discovered distinct human-like vowel sounds in the grunts and mating calls of non-human primates Guinea baboons.

Led by Grenoble Alpes University’s Dr. Louis-Jean Boe, a team of experts studied the acoustics of a total of 1,335 baboon sounds as well as the animals’ tongue anatomy.

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Physicists successfully cool microscopic drum below quantum limit

Physicists successfully cool microscopic drum below quantum limit

A team of physicists at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) claimed to have cooled a microscopic mechanical drum, a vibrating aluminum membrane, to a temperature lower than what formerly was thought possible, below the “quantum limit.”

The researchers showed that the ‘absolute zero’ is not just cold, it is only still because at this point the motion of the atoms or the building blocks of an object stops completely, and the object is left with no energy to give.

Bumble bee placed on endangered species list

Bumble bee placed on endangered species list

A bumble bee species that was once everywhere across America has been placed on the endangered species list, wildlife authorities have confirmed.

The rusty patched bumble bees play a crucial role in maintaining the ecological balance. These bees are excellent crop pollinators, and they are known for performing an useful behavior called 'buzz pollination'.

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Researchers find new way to spin artificial spider silk

Researchers find new way to spin artificial spider silk

Scientists have long been trying to artificially create spider silk as this miracle material could pave the way to create super-strong, durable fabrics. Moving a step closer to the crazy durable fabrics, a team of researchers claimed to have designed a machine that can really spin something almost as good spider silk fiber.

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Two American astronauts conduct spacewalk to upgrade ISS

Two American astronauts conduct spacewalk to upgrade ISS

Two NASA astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station (ISS) last Friday and successfully upgraded the orbiting laboratory’s electrical system, the U.S. space agency announced.

Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson spacewalked for around six-and-a-half hours and their expedition ended at 1855 GMT. It may be noted here that Kimbrough, 49, is the commander of the 6-person crew aboard the ISS, and 56-year-old Whitson is a flight engineer.

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Beijing police to combat toxic smog

Beijing police to combat toxic smog

Beijing authorities have confirmed that police officers have been assigned with the additional responsibility of looking for local sources of air pollution, including dusty roads and open-air barbeques.

Cai Qi, mayor of the city, has also promised to trim down consumption of coal by 30 per cent this year as part of the city efforts to cut air pollution, which has become a big issue in the national capital in the recent past.

Unfavorable weather conditions have played a major role in aggravating the issue of air pollution by preventing pollutants from dispersing.

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Deepest-ever X-ray image shows 1,000 black holes

Deepest-ever X-ray image shows 1,000 black holes

A newly unveiled “deepest” X-ray image of the universe shows as many as 1,000 supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies swirling billions of light-years away from Earth.

The X-ray image is 7-million-second exposure of a patch of sky around two-thirds the size of the full Moon. It was created using data collected by American space agency NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory during more than one hundred pointing sessions between 1999 and 2016.

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New fishing rule aims to protect marine mammals

New fishing rule aims to protect marine mammals

A new fishing rule that takes effect this week aims to protect marine mammals from becoming bycatch by requiring foreign fisheries that export seafood to the United States to make sure that they don’t hurt or kill marine mammals.

Many marine creatures like the vaquita, a small porpoise that is found only in the northern Gulf of California, in Mexico, are in danger because of fishing nets that are set to catch fish and shrimp but accidentally catches creatures like vaquita.

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