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Fertilization process captured for first time ever

Fertilization process captured for first time ever

Highly detailed images of what happens when sperm and egg first touch have been caught on tape for the first time with the help of a newly-developed tool, shedding some light on the still-mysterious process of fertilization.

Researcher Benjamin Ravaux and his colleagues work in collaboration with biologists and physicians involved in fertilization and assisted reproduction technologies such as in vitro fertilization
(IVF), developing multidisciplinary tools that will help to elucidate fertilization in mammals.

Interstellar magnetic field decoded

Interstellar magnetic field decoded

Using data from Nasa's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) to better describe space in our galactic neighborhood, a team of scientists has determined the strength and direction of the magnetic field outside the heliosphere.

Such information gives us a peek into the magnetic forces that dominate the galaxy beyond, teaching us more about our home in space.

With sea levels, rise the damage costs

With sea levels, rise the damage costs

According to a recent study, as the sea levels rise, the economic damage increases even faster.

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) researchers now provides a method to quantify monetary losses from coastal floods under sea-level rise. For the first time, the scientists show that the damage costs consistently increase at a higher rate than the sea-level rise itself.

Closer you live to grocery store, healthier is your food choices

Closer you live to grocery store, healthier is your food choices

Washington D.C, Feb 28 : Your proximity to a grocery store can actually change the way you eat, according to a recent study.

Living close to a supermarket is something you may associate with an unhealthy lifestyle, but the research has turned this thinking on its head, finding those who live close to the store make healthier food choices.

Time for India to join global space rule framing to avoid NPT like mistake, say experts

Time for India to join global space rule framing to avoid NPT like mistake, say experts

The race for resources in the Moon and Mars has already begun with the outer space already being securitised and if not still weaponised. But the Indian government is yet to take lead in the global efforts to frame rules for outer space. Is it the right approach, question space experts and senior scientists.

Space scientists and experts feel it is the right time for India to take active part in the negotiations on framing rules and regulations and the international code of conduct for space.

Radiotherapy-drug combo treats aggressive brain cancer better

Radiotherapy-drug combo treats aggressive brain cancer better

A team of researchers may have found a better and more effective approach to treating an aggressive brain cancer.

Radiotherapy effectively damages brain tumors, but the cancer cells can repair themselves in order to live on. Researchers at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center have tested a strategy that combines radiotherapy with a drug that shuts down the ability of tumor to mend themselves.

Insecticide-treated nets may still prevent malaria

Insecticide-treated nets may still prevent malaria

Insecticide-treated nets can prevent malaria despite mosquitoes developing resistance to the substances used on the nets, a study says.

Researchers found that doses of the insecticide "deltamethrin" that are tolerated by resistant mosquitoes can interfere with development of the malaria parasite in the stomach of the mosquito.

Insecticide resistance remains a major threat to malaria control.

How you react to stress decides your overall health

How you react to stress decides your overall health

How you perceive and react to stressful events in life is more important to your health than how frequently you encounter stress, says a study.

According to the researchers, the more negatively an individual reacts to a situation the more he/she may be at risk of developing heart disease.

The team wanted to find out whether daily stress and heart rate variability -- a measure of autonomic regulation of the heart -- are linked.

Adults above 60 more positive about feelings

Adults above 60 more positive about feelings

Adults above 60 have more positive response about feelings such as serenity, sadness and loneliness than young adults, a study has found.

The researchers found that older adults perceive emotion terms as most positive and more active than younger persons. Emotions overall may be more encouraging for older than younger persons.

"Older adults report feeling more serenity than younger persons. They also have a richer concept of what it means to feel serene than younger persons," said lead researcher Rebecca Ready from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US.

Carrots can help cut breast cancer risk by 60%

Carrots can help cut breast cancer risk by 60%

A new study has found that eating carrots regularly can slash your risk of developing breast cancer by 60 percent.

The research found women with high levels of vitamins called carotenes, which can also be found in vegetables like spinach and red peppers, in their blood faced a lower risk of developing certain types of breast cancer, the Mirror reported.

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