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Human link in spread of infectious cancer in mussels

WT24 Desk Mussels hitching a ride on ocean-going ships are likely responsible for the spread of an infectious cancer found in different species on either side of the Atlantic, scientists say, AFP reports. A recent study in the journal eLife suggests that human activity may “unwittingly be contributing to the worldwide spread of infectious cancers” affecting mussels, clams and cockles. ...

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India test-fires medium-range missile

WT24 Desk India successfully conducted first night trial of its versatile surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile Agni-II from a test range in its eastern state of Odisha, state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said Sunday, Agencies report. The trial was carried out Saturday night by the strategic forces command of Indian army with logistic support from the country’s Defence Research and ...

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China completes Mars lander test ahead of first mission

WT24 Desk China on Thursday completed a test of its Mars exploration lander ahead of Beijing’s first mission to the red planet slated for 2020, AFP reports. Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022. Thursday’s hovering and obstacle-avoidance test, which took place in northern Hebei province, was conducted ...

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Study refines search for habitable planets

WT24 Desk A team of US researchers has redefined the conditions that make a planet habitable by taking the star’s radiation and the planet’s rotation rate into account – a discovery that will help astronomers narrow down the search around life-sustaining planets, IANS reports. The research team is the first to combine 3D climate modelling with atmospheric chemistry to explore the habitability ...

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‘Heart cells alter in space but turn normal on Earth’

WT24 Desk Heart cells are altered in space but return to normal within 10 days on Earth, say researchers who examined cell-level cardiac function and gene expression in human heart cells cultured aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for 5.5 weeks, IANS reports. Exposure to microgravity altered the expression of thousands of genes, but largely normal patterns of gene expression ...

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Genetics affect the way one tastes food

WT24 Desk A specific gene makes certain compounds taste bitter, which may make it harder for some people to add heart-healthy vegetables to their diet, according to a new study, IANS reports. “Your genetics affect the way you taste, and taste is an important factor in food choice,” said study author Jennifer L. Smith from University of Kentucky. According to ...

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Speaking science thru stand-up comedy

WT24 Desk By day, Kasha Patel works at NASA writing content for its website, but she spends her nights communicating scientific discovery through an altogether different medium: Stand-up comedy, AFP reports. “Part of my job is to help distinguish the difference between fact versus myth for the general public,” the 28-year-old explained as she warmed up an audience at a ...

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Microsoft unveils new Office app for Android, iOS

WT24 Desk Microsoft on Monday unveiled a new Office app for iOS and Android that combines three most popular apps — Word, Excel and PowerPoint — into a single go-to app for mobile productivity, IANS reports.The users no longer need to download each app separately, the tech giant announced at its flagship “Ignite” conference here.“With the new Actions pane, you ...

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Scientists reveal a secret to great song writing

WT24 Desk What makes some music so enjoyable, and can science help us engineer the perfect pop song? A group of researchers who statistically analyzed tens of thousands of chord progressions in classic US Billboard hits say they have found the answer, and it lies in the right combination of uncertainty and surprise. Vincent Cheung of the Max Planck Institute ...

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42 years on, Voyager 2 charts interstellar space

WT24 Desk A probe launched by NASA four days after Elvis died has delivered a treasure trove of data from beyond the “solar bubble” that envelops Earth and our neighbouring planets, scientists reported Monday, AFP reports. But for every mystery Voyager 2 has solved about the solar winds, magnetic fields and cosmic rays that buffet the boundary between interstellar space ...

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