For the third time, a venomous yellow-bellied snake has washed up ashore in California. The dead poisonous snake was found dead in Bolsa Chica State Beach on December 12. Members of the Surfrider Foundation have found the dead snake while cleaning up the beach.
In the cleaning process, 275 members were involved and while doing it, a volunteer picked it up and put into zip lock bag and took it home. He along with his son researched on the internet about the species of the snake.
Two new smartphone-based systems have been developed that can speed up development of driverless cars by recognizing the location and orientation of a user in places where GPS does not work.
The different components of a road scene can also be identified by these systems in real time on a normal camera or smartphone, doing the same job as sensors that cost millions.
A study has suggested that extinction of huge animals from tropical forests may worsen climate change worse. This is because these animals play an important role in dispersing trees that have dense wood which can capture and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere more effectively as compared to smaller trees.
The findings have shown that fall in the numbers of fruit-eating animals like big tapirs, primates and toucans may have a knock-on effect for tree species.
In the United States, the number of deaths due to drug overdose rose by 14% in 2014, states a new report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drug overdose deaths crossed the mark of 47,000 in 2014, primary reason being the excessive usage of narcotic painkillers and heroin. According to the report, drug overdose has taken lives of almost half a million people since 2000.
The Surgeons at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC carried out an extremely uncommon surgery of quadruple organ transplant of an eight year old girl, Kyree Beachem, in November 2015. The Pennsylvania-kid is being treated for Hirschprung's Disease, in which the child is born with missing nerve cells from colon and the child faces difficulty in the digestion of food.
Researchers conducted a decade long study in US and discovered that people who consumed coffee everyday showed less chances of dying due to many causes, like heart disease and diabetes, in comparison to the ones who didn't consume coffee at all.
The more was the consumption of coffee, the lower was the study participants’ risk of dying, and similar pattern was shown by decaf drinkers.
A drug which has been used to treat patients battling with HIV is now being used in a program to help HIV-positive patients to prevent the spread of the infection. Using the drug, Truvada, patients are better able to prevent the infection, found researchers.
Some doctors use the program, called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to help individuals who are at high risk of getting infected with the HIV. It has been found that when patients took Truvada, they were able to prevent the infection.
The CDC has recommended that everybody of age 6 months and above must get a flu vaccination every year. Pamela Prindle, Foxhall Internists’ immunization clinic director called it quite troubling.
This year, the flu vaccine is likely to be 60% effective. It’s likely that all the people who got vaccinated against flu this year have directly contributed to herd immunity. It is an idea that the more members of a population are immune, the less will be the chances that the ones who are at more risk will get infection.
Space robots are being trained by NASA with Virtual Reality (VR). The program involves the PlayStation VR of Sony being utilized to control a humanoid in the space environment. Under the Robonaut program, which is part of the Mighty Morphenaut project, decisions will be taken by the operator after the assessment of the robot’s surroundings. Subsequently, the robot will respond on the basis of the operator’s decision.