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Total Amazonian tree species tally is at 11,676 so far: Study

Total Amazonian tree species tally is at 11,676 so far: Study

There are vast numbers of tree species in the Amazon rainforest in comparison to elsewhere worldwide. It would take over 300 years to record them all. In fact, for the past three centuries, intrepid explorers have been collecting data and recording information regarding the different tree species in the Amazon.

A latest study conducted by scientists from the Field Museum of Natural History suggested that the total Amazonian tree species tally is at 11,676 so far.

ISS getting an important piece of cargo next week

ISS getting an important piece of cargo next week

Next week, the International Space Station (ISS) is getting an essential part of cargo: a new International Docking Adapter, or IDA, enabling future crewed spacecraft to dock with the station automatically.

The installation of the huge metallic ring, measuring 63 inches in diameter, will ultimately be done on the Harmony module. This is the second ever IDA going into space, though the first one never in really made it to orbit as it got vanished when the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying it to the station disintegrated at the time of launch in June last year.

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Drones to be used to drop vaccine to tackle plague epidemic to save endangered ferrets

Drones to be used to drop vaccine to tackle plague epidemic to save endangered ferrets

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is planning to use drones that will fire vaccine covered M&Ms with an aim to save the endangered black-footed ferret, which has been facing a plague epidemic in America’s Great Plains.

The vaccine coated M&Ms will be shot in three directions simultaneously through drones in Montana. The vaccines will be targeted at the prairie dog population in the UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge in the north-eastern Montana.

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Efficacy of antibiotics questioned as Colistin also termed ineffective

Efficacy of antibiotics questioned as Colistin also termed ineffective

In the beginning of April, experts at a military lab outside Washington strengthened their hunt for proof that an unsafe new biological threat had crossed the nation’s borders. They didn’t require looking for it much as they found it in no time.

Magnesium supplement lowers BP among hypertensive adults: Study

Magnesium supplement lowers BP among hypertensive adults: Study

As per results of a meta-analysis, magnesium supplementation results into decrease in blood pressure in both hypertensive and normotensive grownups. Yiqing Song, MD, ScD, of the Indiana University School of Public Health in Indianapolis, and colleagues mentioned in meta-analysis of 34 separate trials, appeared online in Hypertension, that intake of 368-mg magnesium every day for three months caused 2.00 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure and 1.78 mm Hg reductions in diastolic blood pressure.

Study finds How Body Temperature Affects Immune System's Response to Common Cold

Study finds How Body Temperature Affects Immune System's Response to Common Cold

The most effective instruction if you have cold is to stay warm. Researchers from the United States have suggested that a warm body temperature is capable of fighting the common cold virus effectively.

A study by the researchers from the Yale University has shed new light on warm body’s association with common cold virus. It revealed how an individual’s immune system responds at different body temperatures. The team conducted experiments on mice and discovered that when temperature in the nose of mice dropped below 37C, the virus replicated more readily.

Constraint in prescribing opioid causes abusers to shift to heroin

Constraint in prescribing opioid causes abusers to shift to heroin

On one hand, authorities are trying to bring down number of opioid prescription, on other, addicted people are shifting their inclination toward heroin and other illicit narcotics that are leading to problems of overdoes. For quite some time, there are several measures taken to restrict prescription opioid.

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