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Toxic tide of plastic

  A NEW United Nations agree­ment last May 2019 has re­stricted developed countries, such as the United States of America and Canada, from dumping their plastic waste in developing coun­tries, especially those in Asia. Developing Asian countries have been receiving the plastic waste of these developing countries even if they are already experiencing problems dealing […]

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Do cats recognize their names?

  DOMESTIC cats and dogs are the most pop­ular companion animals. Worldwide, over 600 mil­lion cats live with humans, and in some countries their number exceeds the num­ber of dogs. For example, in Japan, there are 8,920,000 dogs, while cats number 9,526,000. Cats started to cohabit with humans about 9,500 years ago. Cats, too, have […]

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Verona, city of ‘Romeo & Juliet’

  THE city is situated in northern Italy at the foot of Monte Lessini on the River Adige. In its urban structure and its architecture, Verona is an outstanding example of a town that has developed pro­gressively and uninterruptedly over 2,000 years, incorporating artistic elements of the highest quality from each succeeding period. The city […]

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People and robots make super-human strength

  THE mechanical suits are worn by staff working for the Airport Limousine bus service at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. First unveiled last year, the suits are made by Japanese robotics company Cyberdyne, which shares its name with the fictional firm featured in the Terminator films. The robotic suit’s main aim is to prevent back […]

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When your brain does the best work for you

  SCIENCE discovered the default mode network (DMN) using fMRI studies where people were asked to lay in the scanner with no specific thinking assignment. DMN is activated when you stop thinking about something specific and just veg out. This network is doing anything but “resting” even though it operates largely under the conscious radar. […]

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Signs of life from 28,000-year-old mammoth

  A YOUNG female mam­moth, probably, fell into water or got bogged down in a swamp, could not free herself and died. Due to this fact the lower part of the body, includ­ing the lower jaw and tongue tissue, was preserved very well. The upper torso and two legs, which were in the soil, were […]

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