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Here's how moon's phases influence rainfall

Here's how moon's phases influence rainfall

A team of scientists has shown that there is a degree of truth in the ancient folklore "rain follows the full and new phases of the moon."

The University of Washington research shows that the lunar forces affect the amount of rain - though very slightly.

Air pressure changes linked to the phases of the moon were first detected in 1847 and temperature in 1932 in ground-based observations. An earlier paper by the UW researchers used a global grid of data to confirm that air pressure on the surface definitely varies with the phases of the moon.

Media narratives can help beat prejudice

Media narratives can help beat prejudice

A new study has suggested that the media narratives counter prejudiced attitudes.

Researches from several personality and social psychologists have shown that entertainment media with positive content or conciliatory messages can contribute to positive relationships between members of different ethnic groups and genders.

From sitcoms to music videos, entertainment media offers a reflection of parts of American culture. Sohad Murrar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, showed the power of entertainment media to promote positive intergroup relationships in a series of studies.

This `pop quiz` can help predict STI risk in women

This `pop quiz` can help predict STI risk in women

A team of researchers has come up with an app that can help reduce the sexually transmitted infection
(STI) rates among women.

The Johns Hopkins researchers said that the online "pop quiz" they developed in 2009 shows promising accuracy in predicting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young women, although not, apparently, in young men.

Change up your practice routine to master skills faster

Change up your practice routine to master skills faster

Tweak your practice routine to learn and improve a skill faster, a recent study has suggested.

In the Johns Hopkins study of 86 healthy volunteers asked to learn a computer-based motor skill, those who quickly adjusted to a modified practice session the second time around performed better than when repeating their original task, the researchers found.

Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions

Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions

The quest for life on Mars is as tantalizing as ever and now, an experiment conducted on the International Space Station has suggested that fungi and lichens may be able to survive on Mars.

European scientists have gathered tiny fungi that take shelter in Antarctic rocks and sent them to the International Space Station. After
18 months on board in conditions similar to those on Mars, more than 60 percent of their cells remained intact, with stable DNA.

WHO chief alarmed over explosive spread of Zika virus

WHO chief alarmed over explosive spread of Zika virus

An alarmed World Health Organisation (WHO) has reportedly convened an emergency meeting to discuss what it called the 'explosive' spread of the Zika virus.

The virus has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Latin America.

WHO Director General Margaret Chan said she was 'deeply concerned' to hear that the virus has spread to about 23 countries in the America.

Currently, there is no vaccine or cure for Zika, which has been linked to microcephaly, a serious condition that can cause life long developmental problems.

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Monstrous cloud boomeranging back to Milky Way

Monstrous cloud boomeranging back to Milky Way

A team of researchers has revealed that the old adage "what goes up must come down" is ringing true for an immense cloud of hydrogen gas that is heading towards our galaxy at nearly 700,000 miles per hour.

Though hundreds of enormous high-velocity gas clouds whiz around the outskirts of our galaxy, this so-called "Smith Cloud" is unique because its trajectory is well known.

Why exercise alone won't get those extra kilos off

Why exercise alone won't get those extra kilos off

Gym bunnies, you may be wasting your time as a new study has revealed that exercise by itself isn't always enough to shed those extra kilos.

According to the City University of New York study, exercise alone will not help because our bodies adapt to higher activity levels, so that people don't necessarily burn extra calories even if they exercise more.

Vaping `cherry` e-cigarettes riskier than other flavours

Vaping `cherry` e-cigarettes riskier than other flavours

Electronic cigarettes come in enticing flavours like "cherry crush" and "vivid vanilla," but now a team of researchers has shed some light on whether or not those ingredients are safe enough for the lungs.

Cherry flavoured e-cigarettes may expose vapers to significantly higher levels of the respiratory irritant benzaldehyde than other flavours, suggests the laboratory study.

The doses inhaled with 30 puffs were often higher than those breathed in from a conventional cigarette, the findings show.

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