Category: This Day in History

‘World soil may be gone in 60 years’

‘World soil may be gone in 60 years’

All of the world’s top soil could be gone in the next 60 years if the current rate of degradation continues, a prominent UN official says. Nearly a third of the soil across the world has already been degraded, and it takes 1,000 years for three centimeters of top soil to be generated, Maria-Helena Semedo [&hellip

Obesity can cut life expectancy by 8 yrs

Obesity can cut life expectancy by 8 yrs

A recent study shows that obesity can reduce up to eight years of life expectancy and deprive people of as much as 19 years of good health. Researchers found that overweight people, who had a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9, were estimated to lose between zero and three years of expected life, [&hellip

Flu vaccine not related to Italy deaths

Flu vaccine not related to Italy deaths

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has rejected links between a Swiss-made anti-flu vaccine and deaths of some elderly Italian citizens amid growing concern about the side effects of the drug. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Europe’s drug regulator said that “there was no evidence for a causal relation between the reported fatal events [&hellip

AI may lead to end of human race

AI may lead to end of human race

The eminent British physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has said that attempts to create machines capable of thought could lead to the end of the human race. “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Hawking told the state-run BBC. The physicist, who has the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral [&hellip

Smarter mouse with human brain cells

Smarter mouse with human brain cells

Mice injected with human brain cells are four times more intelligent than normal ones, a recent study shows. According to a recent study carried out at the by Dr. Steven Goldman of the University of Rochester Medical Center, immature glial cells were first collected from human fetuses then injected into baby mice. The injected glial [&hellip

NASA plans test flight of new craft

NASA plans test flight of new craft

NASA is planning to carry out a test run of an unmanned craft, which is originally designed to carry humans as far away into space as the planet Mars. The new craft, named “The Orion,” is set to launch atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral on December 4, 2014. “The craft will [&hellip

2014 may be ‘hottest year on record’

2014 may be ‘hottest year on record’

The year 2014 may be the hottest year on record, a sign that long-term global warming is being stoked by mounting greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say. The months of August, September and October in 2014 have all been the warmest such months on record, according to US and British data. “2014 is more likely than [&hellip

Study ties work complexity to memory

Study ties work complexity to memory

Researchers have identified an association between complexity of main lifetime occupation and cognitive performance in later life. The research indicated that people with complex jobs, including working with other people or data such as lawyers and engineers, could benefit from a better memory and thinking abilities in later life. The results were achieved after examining [&hellip

‘Life may reside on Jupiter’s moon’

‘Life may reside on Jupiter’s moon’

There may exist life under the frozen surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, says the US space agency. Fresh analysis of Hubble telescope data bolstered suspicions that under Europa’s icy shell there is a tidally-heated ocean of liquid water that could be capable of containing the building blocks of life. “For the first time in the [&hellip

Qur’an manuscript found in Germany

Qur’an manuscript found in Germany

Researchers in Germany have discovered an old manuscript of the Holy Qur’an at the library of the University of Tübingen. Scholars at the Coranica Project, part of the University of Tübingen, found the book, written between 20 and 40 years after the death of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Written in Kufic script, the [&hellip