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Haunting Past- Japan To Excavate World War II BioWarfare Unit- The Grisly Grave

in environment, biology, education

Apparently historians and study participants have documented that a unit at a former Japanese medical school conducted experiments on war prisoners.  The government have never acknowledged this, according to Associated Press.

Being Short Not That Bad- Are Very Short People Protected From Diabetes And Cancer?

in environment, medicine, biology, omics

This week Science Translational Medicine published provocative results from an Eucador study that people who are genetically short may be protected from diabetes and cancer.  These patients had a genetic mutation that would not allow them to grow more than 4 feet tall -- their heights would be fixed to that of a 7-year-old for life.

Aging Increases Incidence of Epileptic Seizures- New Study

in environment, medicine

Aging increases incidence of epileptic seizures.  A new study from Duke finds that repeated acute seizures lead to higher chance of chronic seizures in the aged individuals when compared to young adults.  This clearly demonstrates that aging increases disease burdens and as our population ages, we need to be ready to tackle new challenges.

26 Million With Diabetes And 79 Million With Pre-Diabetes, Our Healthy Future Is Questioned

in environment, medicine

Diabetes is creeping faster in to our society.  Americans may be living longer, but that does not mean that they are going to be healthy.  According to the new statistics released by Center for Diseases Control (CDC),  there are 26 million Americans with diabetes and 79 million have prediabetes.

Russian Crocodile With A Ringing Cell Phone In The Tummy

in technology, environment, biology, education

Oops! the crocodile swallowed the visitor's cell phone.  The Ukranian aquarium workers did not believe until the phone started ringing in the crocodile. The crocodile swallowed the Nokia cell phone when the visitor, Rimma Golovko, dropped it in the water.  The phone slipped out of her hands when she extended her hand to take a snap the crocodile opening his mouth.

Banding Penguins To Track Them For Climate Study Harm Them, Yield Wrong Data

in environment, biology

A new study shows that research data obtained by flipper-banding penguins may not be reliable and such techniques are  more likely to harm the penguins.  The controversial study was published in today's online issue of Nature magazine. 

Floating Ark Housing 10,000 In Catastrophe- A Russian's Prototype

in technology, environment, education

A Russian has a prototype for housing 10,000 people, in land or in water. Remember the movie 2012 and huge rescue ships? In that movie that pictured the Mayan calendar ending in 2012, a large group of people had to deal with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers. 

Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2

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Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2, according to research from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.