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Biggest legislative news on Endangered Species Act came yesterday with release of Congress’ omnibus spending bill for 2016

Biggest legislative news on Endangered Species Act came yesterday with release of Congress’ omnibus spending bill for 2016

Yesterday, the biggest legislative news related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since this fall came as Congress released its 2016’s omnibus spending bill. During the lengthy negotiations of the bill, more than a dozen anti-ESA provisions were there on the table.

The provisions included the ones that would have barred the listing of imperiled species such as 6 species of endangered mussels and the Sonoran desert tortoise, and removed protections for presently- listed species such as northern long-eared bats, gray wolves and lesser prairie chickens.

Newt discovered gene causing death or infertility in fruit fly hybrids

Newt discovered gene causing death or infertility in fruit fly hybrids

A long-sought ‘hybrid inviability gene’ that leads to either dead or infertile offspring when two species of fruit fly mate has been discovered by researchers from University of Utah. The discovery that highlights genetic and molecular process leading to such a species may prove beneficial in knowing how cancer develops.

Biologist Nitin Phadnis, study’s lead researcher, said that the new species can be explained in a manner that it cannot breed successfully with another species. Barriers prevent them from breeding with each other.

Antibiotics in comparison to surgery is a cheaper and effective alternative, finds study

Antibiotics in comparison to surgery is a cheaper and effective alternative, finds study

Treatment historically for appendicitis has remained surgery, but a new study has unveiled antibiotics can be as good as surgery and may be even better than it in many cases among children. Children who were treated with antibiotics rather than surgery in which appendix is removed produced slightly better outcomes.

The researchers said that in around 75% of the cases in which child having appendicitis treated with antibiotics rather than surgery, a year later, the children recover and never required to undergo surgery to remove their appendix.

4.5-Foot-long, 200-year-old Salamander discovered Lurking in Remote Chinese Cave

4.5-Foot-long, 200-year-old Salamander discovered Lurking in Remote Chinese Cave

Researchers say they have found a 200-year-old endangered giant salamander in a cave in China. The People’s Daily online reported that the giant amphibians are more than four feet long and weigh about 114 pounds.

The paper also reported that size of the Chinese giant salamander, Andrias davidianus, is not surprising as it can grow to more than six feet long. The finding has grabbed attention because the salamander species is critically endangered. The researchers moved the ancient animal to a research facility.

Trader Joe's issues Recall on Triple Ginger Brew after reports of Exploding

Trader Joe's issues Recall on Triple Ginger Brew after reports of Exploding

Chain of specialty grocery stores, Trader Joe's, has made an announcement to recall its Triple Ginger Brew beverage on a national scale after people claimed that many unopened bottles are exploding and shattering on shelves.

Monrovia headquartered Trader Joe's said in a statement that people who have bought its Triple Ginger Brew should handle the bottles with care. They should dispose of bottles right after in a container, the company added.

Scientists find new species of dinosaur with an intriguing appendage: a ‘sail’ on its back

Scientists find new species of dinosaur with an intriguing appendage: a ‘sail’ on its back

A new species of dinosaur with a fascinating appendage, a ‘sail’ on its back, has been discovered by scientists. So far, scientists have no idea about what was the purpose of this unique feature for the dinosaur.

They have been pondering over it, guessing could the feature have helped the animal in regulating body temperature? Or, did the dinosaur arrogantly use the sail for showoff?

In a paper published on Wednesday in the journal ‘PLOS ONE’, researchers have described the new dinosaur species as Morelladon beltrani.

70% to 90% of cancers are due to external risk factors: Study

70% to 90% of cancers are due to external risk factors: Study

A new study has cancelled ‘bad luck hypothesis’ in cancer occurrence by unveiling that outside influences play a far greater role. Nine out of 10 cancers take place due to environmental and external factors like smoking, drinking, and sun exposure and air pollution.

It means that there are many cancers that may be preventable than previously thought. The researchers have suggested that people should be introduced healthy lifestyle changes in order to reduce their risk of getting diagnosed with cancer.

Greater Vasa Male Parrots found using tools to make calcium powder

Greater Vasa Male Parrots found using tools to make calcium powder

Greater vasa parrots use tools to make calcium powder for their own use, finds a new study. The method was completely-self-initiated, which also represents a new usage of tools among birds. It is the first time that any non-human has been observed making a nutritional supplement in order to accomplish its own needs.

Dinosaur with Sail on its Back Discovered in Spanish Province

Dinosaur with Sail on its Back Discovered

On Wednesday, scientists have unearthed fossilized remains of a medium-sized dinosaur they named Morelladon, a four-legged herbivore that measured 6 meters (20 feet) long near the town of Morella in Spain's Castellón Province. On analyzing the series of bony spines on the back of the dinosaur, scientists predicted that the unusual sail-backed dinosaur was having sail like structure that roamed around Spain some 125 million years ago. Morelladon is known from a partial skeleton including the spines, other vertebrae, pelvic bones, a thigh bone and teeth.

Elderly ESRD patients have 50% less chances of getting infected with shingles after taking shingles vaccine

1A--Elderly ESRD patients have 50% less chances of getting infected with shingles after taking shingles vaccine

According to a latest study, elderly patients suffering from end-stage renal disease, or ESRD, who get the shingles vaccine, were 50% less likely to be get shingles infection. Shingles itself is risky for people above 65 years.

A separate research recently discovered that shingles patients were over twice as likely as other people above age 65 to suffer a stroke and almost double as likely to suffer a heart attack during first 7 days post diagnosis.

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