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Fossil stored in Smithsonian Collection is Beast from Moby-Dick

Fossil stored in Smithsonian Collection is Beast from Moby-Dick

Researchers have found a new species of carnivorous whale which is similar to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. A new study has suggested that the 14- to 15-million-year old remains were misidentified earlier.

Researchers examined the whale’s fossil history and found that the family was once filled with variety of whales of various sizes and shapes. Now, the researchers have added a new sperm whale species to array Albicetus oxymycterus.

KIC 8462852 Doesn’t Have Aliens, it’s Just a Star: SETI

KIC 8462852 Doesn’t Have Aliens, it’s Just a Star: SETI

The star KIC 8462852 grabbed attention in October this year when mysterious signals from the stellar body suggested that there could be a gigantic artificial structure drifting in front of the star. Now, astronomers have come up with a conclusion that the star shows no sign of life.

KIC 8462852's inconsistent dimming was baffling astronomers from a long time. Some of them think the anomalous star may have an extraterrestrial civilization. To observe the possibilities, they hunted for brief laser pulses from the stellar body, but found nothing, as per a report of SETI.

More Than 10% US Kids are with ADHD as Diagnoses Skyrocket

More Than 10% US Kids are with ADHD as Diagnoses Skyrocket

A new study which showed that more than 10% US kids have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) suggests the cases have spiked among girls and some US minority groups in past few years.

Experts believe surge in confirmed ADHD cases among girls, older kids and Hispanics could be because of better screening among some previously under diagnosed groups. More than 5.5 million kids aged five to 17 years have the neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorder, as per the study which analyzed ADHD cases confirmed by parents from 2003 to 2011.

Researchers Find New Genus of Ancient Sperm Whale

Researchers Find New Genus of Ancient Sperm Whale

Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution said a monstrous whale that could chew up a ship and destroy the vessels lived around 15 million years ago. The recent find was made after the study of a fossil.

Alex Boersma, lead author of the new research published in the open access journal PLoS One, said in a statement that modern day whales have teeth in their lower jaw; this is because their main food source is squids.

Hualianceratops Were More Modest than their Successors, say Researchers

Hualianceratops Were More Modest than their Successors, say Researchers

Triceratops were called as one of the most impressive beasts during the Cretaceous Period, but researchers after studying a recently found fossil of one of the oldest-known members of this group found that their predecessors were modest creatures.

A team of scientists on Wednesday announced that they have found remains of a spaniel-sized dinosaur in the Gobi Desert in western China’s Xinjiang Province. Scientists named the dinosaur as Hualianceratops that lived about 160 million years ago late in the Jurassic Period.

IBM To Continue Research to Build Quantum Computers

-IBM To Continue Research to Build Quantum Computers

IBM on November 8 announced that IARPA, the intelligence community’s research arm, has awarded the American computer hardware company a multi-year grant to continue its research on building quantum computers.

Classical computers consist of several billions of tiny transistors. Those are switches, essentially, that can be turned on or off, represented on computers as 1 or 0. In quantum computing, a transistor consists of a single atom, which can exist as a sort of combination of 1 and 0 at the same time.

No alien megastructure present around KIC 8462852: Research

No alien megastructure present around KIC 8462852, confirm researchers

No evidence has been found of an advanced civilization orbiting the anomalous star KIC 8462852 and beaming intentional laser signals towards earth. The star has confused researchers for quite a long time because it used to show irregular dimming that has not been seen in another star.

This erratic dimming led to speculations that KIC 8462852 is being orbiting by a giant structure built by an extraterrestrial civilization. In order to know the truth, scientists have looked for laser pulses from the star, but did not find anything.

Life Expectancy in the United States At Same Level for Past Three Years: CDC

Life Expectancy in the United States At Same Level for Past Three Years: CDC

On analyzing data from 188 countries, researchers have found that huge increase in life expectancy rate and healthy life expectancy rate across the world. The report shows that life expectancy rate has increased by more than six years since 1990 and healthy life expectancy rate has increased by more than five years. As per statistical report released, researchers found increase in life expectancy rate from 65 years in 1990s to 71.5 years in 2013.

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