Thursday Threads

  • This deadly fungal disease could use climate change to mobilize
    by Nicole Wetsman on September 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    As the climate changes, temperatures will increase and rain patterns will change—and along with those changes, by 2100, the fungus’s range will expand causing the number of Valley fever cases to increase by 50 percent, according to a new model published in the journal, GeoHealth.

  • Rare 10 million-year-old fossil unearths new view of human evolution
    on September 17, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Near an old mining town in Central Europe, known for its picturesque turquoise-blue quarry water, lay Rudapithecus. For 10 million years, the fossilized ape waited in Rudabánya, Hungary, to add its story to the origins of how humans evolved. What Rudabánya yielded was a pelvis — among the most informative bones of a skeleton, but one that is rarely preserved.

  • Scientists are scrambling to take more photos of this seemingly alien comet
    by Rachel Feltman on September 17, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Astronomers have snapped a shot of what could be a comet visiting us from another solar system—only the second interstellar object we’ve ever spotted in our own cosmic neighborhood. The fact that it showed up so hot on the tail of ‘Oumuamua, an infamous (and still largely mysterious) cigar-shaped rock first seen in late 2017, suggests these alien interlopers might actually be pretty common.

  • New piece of Alzheimer’s puzzle found
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Scientists found two short peptides, or strings of amino acids, that when injected into mice with Alzheimer’s disease daily for five weeks, significantly improved the mice’s memory. The treatment also reduced some of the harmful physical changes in the brain that are associated with the disease.

  • North Atlantic haddock use magnetic compass to guide them
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    A new study found that the larvae of haddock, a commercially important type of cod, have a magnetic compass to find their way at sea. The findings showed that haddock larvae orient toward the northwest using Earth’s magnetic field.

  • Israel's Netanyahu appears to suffer setback in exit polls
    on September 17, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his religious and nationalist allies in national elections Tuesday, initial exit polls showed, setting the stage for a period of coalition negotiations that could threaten his political future and clear the way for him to be tried on corruption charges. Initial results posted by Israel’s three major stations showed challenger Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party with a slight lead over Netanyahu’s Likud. While the results do not guarantee that Gantz will be the next prime minister, they signaled that Netanyahu, who has led the country for over 10 years, could have real trouble holding on to the job.

  • Oil prices sink as quick Saudi output recovery seen
    on September 17, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Oil prices sank more than five percent on Tuesday, reversing some of the previous day’s gains as analysts predicted Saudi output would recover sooner than expected after weekend drone attacks. At the same time, global stocks were in a holding pattern while investors awaited the US Federal Reserve’s latest decision on monetary policy due on Wednesday. Economists widely expect the Fed to cut interest rates.

  • Misuse of Article 370 led to its revocation: S Jaishankar
    by Sridhar Kumaraswami on September 17, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    In response to a question, he said, beyond a point, don’t worry too much about what people will say on Kashmir.

  • Odisha girl in race for International kids peace prize
    by Akshaya Kumar Sahoo on September 17, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    The girl is among a select number of nominated children from across among the world.

  • Bihar: 4 held for ‘rape’ of shelter home ex-inmate
    by nayear azad on September 17, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    The girl was rescued from the Muzaffarpur shelter home where around 44 girls were sexually assaulted by officials and employees of the facility.

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