Drugs can permanently alter behavior: study

Drugs can permanently alter behavior: study

A fresh study by University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) developmental biologists has suggested that drugs can mess with living things’ natural brain systems and permanently alter their behavior.

A team of developmental biologists led by Daniel Simola attempted to isolate a substance they could feed to carpenter ants that might transform their natural behavior.

Great! Oregonians can now get Birth Control Pills Prescribed by Pharmacists

Great! Oregonians can now get Birth Control Pills Prescribed by Pharmacists

Happy New Year has come up with a small gift for ladies of California and Oregon, making their life little easier. As per a new law issued on January 1, pharmacists are now allowed to prescribe birth control pills in Oregon. Oregon is the first US State to put such law into effect with California being the following up in the suit. Starting January 1 and March, Oregonians and Californians will enjoy the ability to receive birth control pills over the counter following filling out a questionnaire and briefly consulting the pharmacist.

Humpback whales slow to return to Hawaii waters this winter

Humpback whales slow to return to Hawaii waters this winter

The month of December typically marks the start of humpback whale season in Hawaii, but experts say the gigantic marine creatures are slow to return this year.

Officials at the Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary said is a statement that the humpback whales have been difficult to spot so far this year.

It may be noted here that the giant humpback whales are an iconic part of Hawaii islands’ warm waters in winter and generate a significant source of income from tourists who visit the islands to see the huge marine creatures.

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Zika Virus Linked To Several Cases of Birth Defects in Brazil

Zika Virus Linked To Several Cases of Birth Defects in Brazil

Puerto Rico reported that it has found the first case of Zika virus. Zika virus is an illness which gets transmitted by mosquitoes. The illness has caused a number of birth defects in Brazil.

Puerto Rico’s Health Secretary Ana Rius said in a statement on Thursday that the unidentified patients had not travelled recently and lives in the island’s eastern region.

Meet New Facebook Bug That Says People Have Been Friends for 46 Years

1B--Meet New Facebook Bug That Says People Have Been Friends for 46 Years

Facebook users are facing an interesting bug which congratulates them on 46 years of friendship with other users. This is quite a strange thing because Facebook itself has been around for around eleven years.

The 46 years of friendship on Facebook was quite a strange think to digest because Facebook isn’t even 15 years old and some of its users seeing this message are far younger than 46 years of age.

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Aurora is Visible throughout Canada and Alaska This New Year

Aurora is Visible throughout Canada and Alaska This New Year

The sun on December 28 emitted a big burst of gas and magnetic field called a coronal mass ejection. And scientists predicted that the stellar bump after hitting earth will result in the Aurora borealis commonly known as the Northern Lights.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also issued warning that a strong geomagnetic storm of a level G3 will hit earth, due to a strong coronal mass ejection on the sun on Monday.

Terrifyingly lifelike ‘social robot’ that looks and acts like its owner could one day work in your office

Terrifyingly lifelike ‘social robot’ that looks and acts like its owner could one day work in your office

Here is a terrifyingly lifelike ‘social robot’ named Nadine that has an outlook like human and behaves like its owner. It could one day work in your office. It has caused a lot of stir while sitting behind as a receptionist at the welcome desk at a Singapore university. With mousy, shoulder-length hair neatly parted to the side, she almost exactly looks like human being.

International CES 2016: Biggest Technology Show to Set Las Vegas Strip in High-Tech Carnival

International CES 2016: Biggest Technology Show to Set Las Vegas Strip in High-Tech Carnival

From big technical giants to one-person startups, all are gearing up, charging their batteries and taking deep breath to be the part of the CES International 2016, which is going to start next week in Las Vegas. The beginning of the biggest technology show will set the Las Vegas strip into a high-tech carnival for nearly full week. In the CES fest, thousands of companies will demo new products, while, behind-the-scenes, deals will be struck to make further generations of gadgets possible.

Astronomers develop new technique for gravity calculation for distant stars

Astronomers develop new technique for gravity calculation for distant stars

Calculation of gravitational pull at surface of distant stars isn’t an easy task and there is a chance for high degree of error. Astronomers from Universities in Canada, Austria, France and Germany have worked on a collaborative project to develop a new technique for estimating gravity at distant stars. The gravitational pull is an important factor in ascertaining the possibility of life on planets orbiting a specific star. The new technique for calculating gravity has been termed as autocorrelation function timescale technique.

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Activision Blizzard pays $46 million for Major League Gaming: Report

Activision pays $46 million for Major League Gaming

Activision Blizzard has purchased all the assets for Major League Gaming for $46 million. Some investors at MLG were not very happy with the deal as it was conducted without stockholders’ meeting. The news was first reported by eSports Observer and has not been confirmed by any of the companies yet.

According to reports, MLG Co-Founder and CEO Sundance DiGiovanni has resigned from his role. Former CFO Greg Chisholm has taken up the role of CEO after DiGiovanni’s exit.

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