Author: Ishwarya Varshitha

We judge people’s facial expressions in social interactions, but we also do it as jurors in the courtroom when deciding whether a defendant is guilty or remorseful. Assumptions about people’s feelings based on their facial movements influences treatment plans for people living with autism and other brain disorders. It has also shaped the direction of research in various scientific fields, including neuroscience and psychiatry. “Gauging a...

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Shipworms are a group of wood-boring and wood-feeding bivalves of extraordinary economic, ecological and historical importance. They usually complete their life cycle in wood and most are thought to use wood as a primary source of nutrition. Recently, a new species of shipworms was discovered that bores into carbonate limestone rocks rather than into woody substrates.   Researchers from Northeastern University’s Ocean Genome Legacy Center discovered the...

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Nelson Algren was born on March 28, 1909. He was an American writer, best known for The Man with the Golden Arm, which was adapted as the 1955 film of the same name. He was hailed by Ernest Hemingway and others as the leading novelist of the post-World War II era. This led to Algren’s election to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and...

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At the age of 15, Elina Mariutsa bought a one-way ticket out of Moscow and never looked back, leaving behind her home, her parents, and Paris, her Yorkshire terrier. It was 2013 and Greece was crumbling under the pressure of the refugee crisis. Mariutsa couldn’t bear to continue to sit back and watch it unfold on television. She spent six months in Chalkidiki, a processing...

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Getting old is really just a mind game. The secret ingredients for longer lifespans actually seem to be stress, starvation, and other hostile living conditions. This is true at least when it comes to worms. This might seem contrary to conventional wisdom, but scientists have known for years that things like limited food supplies and unfavorable temperatures increase the lifespan of a species of worm...

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A hologram is an image that appears to be three dimensional and which can be seen with the naked eye. Unlike 3-D or virtual reality on a two-dimensional computer display, a hologram is a truly three-dimensional and free-standing image that does not simulate spatial depth or require a special viewing device. Holograms can now also be entirely computer-generated to show objects or scenes that never existed.   Holograms attracted widespread...

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Opioid is a class of drug that includes the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. They are usually prescribed by doctors to treat persistent or severe pain.   They are used by people with chronic headaches and backaches, by patients recovering from surgery or experiencing severe pain...

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Nigeria is a country in West Africa. Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", owing to its large population and economy. Since its independence in 1960, Nigeria has had a very limited scope of legal coverage for social protection. Besides, over 90% of the Nigerian population are without health insurance coverage. The quality of health care services delivered is poor and remains a huge source...

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Particle physics is a branch of physics that studies the elementary constituents of matter and radiation, and the interactions between them. Many of these elementary particles do not occur under normal circumstances in nature. They have to be created and detected during energetic collisions of other particles, as is done in particle accelerators. Modern particle physics research is focused on subatomic particles.   In an average day,...

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Our ecosystem is comprised of interdependent animals and plants which constitute a complex web of life. Unfortunately, the improper interventions of human beings in nature are pushing several of the species in the ecosystem to the brink of extinction. Many marine species including marine mammals, sea turtles and salmonids are also on the edge of extinction as climate change and over-fishing become a major threat...

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