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Shark teeth lost in Antarctica millions of years ago recorded Earth’s climate history
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Shark teeth lost in Antarctica millions of years ago recorded Earth’s climate history

Sand tiger sharks were found around the world during the Eocene, suggesting they survived in a wide range of environments.

Rising temperatures can cause heat waves: Here are three tips to prevent heat stroke
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Rising temperatures can cause heat waves: Here are three tips to prevent heat stroke

Fans help by causing air movement over the skin, resulting in evaporation of sweat, which lowers the body temperature

Earth was home to billions of T-rex over lakhs of generations, suggests new study
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Earth was home to billions of T-rex over lakhs of generations, suggests new study

The estimate comes from studies of well-preserved T rex fossils – 32 of them, with enough material to determine they were adults.

Nurse embracing patient in Brazil wearing 'hug curtain' wins World Press Photo of the Year
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Nurse embracing patient in Brazil wearing 'hug curtain' wins World Press Photo of the Year

The photo symbolizing 'love and compassion' shows an 85-year-old woman getting her first embrace in five months from a nurse, through a 'hug curtain'.

J&J COVID-19 vaccine in limbo as countries, experts seek evidence for blood clotting issue
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J&J COVID-19 vaccine in limbo as countries, experts seek evidence for blood clotting issue

Vaccination-related blood clots are raising alarm because they are at least three times more likely than experts expect of typical clots in the brain.

Empty middle seats lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission in airplanes, study indicates
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Empty middle seats lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission in airplanes, study indicates

Mannequins emitting aerosols were used to measure how virus particles move through an airline cabin.

Scientists in India, Sri Lanka to collaborate on a range of science, technology research themes
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Scientists in India, Sri Lanka to collaborate on a range of science, technology research themes

The call for proposals were issued after years of intergovernmental science & technology meetings, which began in 2008.

Microplastics circulating in the atmosphere are causing 'plastification' of the world: Study
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Microplastics circulating in the atmosphere are causing 'plastification' of the world: Study

The amount of microplastic polluting the atmosphere is alarming, as per the study, and circulating everywhere including the oceans.

Wastewater from Fukushima reactor to be released into the ocean, Japan authorities say
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Wastewater from Fukushima reactor to be released into the ocean, Japan authorities say

Government officials said they will take 'every measure' to ensure the safety of treated water, and address misinformation.

Smartphone-based tool MFine Pulse can monitor blood oxygen using just a finger and a flash
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Smartphone-based tool MFine Pulse can monitor blood oxygen using just a finger and a flash

Apps like MFine’s are looking to boost health awareness, empower its users to track conditions that require medical devices to help manage.

IMF, World Bank roll out debt relief plans for low-income nations in green investments push
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IMF, World Bank roll out debt relief plans for low-income nations in green investments push

Low-income countries face a twin crisis, under pressure to pay down their debt while also confronting emerging environmental issues.

Virgin Galactic unveils second piloted spacecraft VSS Imagine, test flight slated for May 2021
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Virgin Galactic unveils second piloted spacecraft VSS Imagine, test flight slated for May 2021

Virgin Galactic still needs regulatory approval for its current generation spacecrafts, which requires rocket-powered test flights.

Benefits of 'drastic' measures to address emissions, warming outweigh costs: economists
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Benefits of 'drastic' measures to address emissions, warming outweigh costs: economists

The costs of failing to slash carbon pollution would rapidly balloon to reach trillions of dollars every year, as per a new study.

Odd spider-like structures on Mars form as carbon dioxide sublimates, study suggests
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Odd spider-like structures on Mars form as carbon dioxide sublimates, study suggests

The ground beneath carbon dioxide deposits heats up when spring arrives, causing sublimation of the dry ice, according to the researchers.

Synthetic bacteria-like 'minimal' cell can now divide and grow like natural cells do
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Synthetic bacteria-like 'minimal' cell can now divide and grow like natural cells do

The 'minimal cell' has a total of 473 genes – less than any self-sustaining living organism known to humankind.

WHO COVID-19 origins report: Virus may have jumped from bats to humans via second animal; lab leak highly unlikely
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WHO COVID-19 origins report: Virus may have jumped from bats to humans via second animal; lab leak highly unlikely

Spread of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus through 'cold-chain' food products was possible but not likely, the researchers reported.

Language of space exploration rhetoric can affect public perception of space activities
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Language of space exploration rhetoric can affect public perception of space activities

Would we want futuristic Mars settlements to operate like modern-day Earth towns, or could we do better?

Brood X: Billions of cicadas to emerge after spending 17 years burrowed underground
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Brood X: Billions of cicadas to emerge after spending 17 years burrowed underground

After the brood mates and their eggs hatch, the young cicadas will go on to feed underground for another 17 years, in the brood of 2038.

Science panel recommends exploring air cooling tech as climate emergency tool
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Science panel recommends exploring air cooling tech as climate emergency tool

The report doesn’t recommend carrying out solar geoengineering to bounce heat back to space. At least not yet.

Changes in gut microbiome could predict healthy ageing and longevity, new study claims
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Changes in gut microbiome could predict healthy ageing and longevity, new study claims

While no two microbiomes are identical, people on average share about 30 percent of the diversity in gut bacterial species.