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Huge study calls keto diet a health ‘disaster’ with many long-term risks

Huge study calls keto diet a health ‘disaster’ with many long-term risks

The ketogenic diet, more commonly called keto, is the subject of yet another study, one that has linked this eating protocol with several major potential long-term health consequences. The study, which comes from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is described as the most comprehensive analysis of the diet to date.

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Study warns social media bans drive users to more extreme platforms

Study warns social media bans drive users to more extreme platforms

Users who violate a social media platform's rules may get a warning, a temporary suspension, or, depending on the issue, a permanent ban from the platform. These bans are made in an effort to reduce the amount of problematic content on the platforms, but a new study warns that banning these users doesn't ultimately fix the problem...and is likely to drive them to even greater levels of extremism and toxicity.

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MaGIXS x-ray spectrometer performed its short flight recently

MaGIXS x-ray spectrometer performed its short flight recently

NASA researchers successfully launched a new x-ray solar imager on a very brief suborbital flight. The x-ray solar imager is called MaGIXS, short for Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer. The instrument was launched on a suborbital flight via a sounding rocket to gather insights on how and why the sun's corona is so much hotter than the surface of the star itself.

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New theory on how Earth’s atmosphere became breathable proposed by scientists

New theory on how Earth’s atmosphere became breathable proposed by scientists

Life as we know it requires oxygen. That fact isn't in debate. However, the process behind the increased oxygen levels in the atmosphere of Earth that took place about 2 billion years ago is the subject of debate. A team of scientists has proposed an interesting explanation for the increased oxygen levels in the planet's atmosphere.

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Researchers run complex quantum computing algorithms on traditional computers

Researchers run complex quantum computing algorithms on traditional computers

EPFL Professor Giuseppe Carleo and a graduate student from Columbia University named Matija Medvidović have found a way to execute a complex quantum computing algorithm on a traditional computer. Typically executing quantum software requires the use of a quantum computer. The quantum software the researchers are considering is known as Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA), and it's used to solve classical optimization problems in mathematics.

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Self-powered microswimmers created with three ingredients

Self-powered microswimmers created with three ingredients

A new study has shown that it's possible to create self-powered swimming robots that are extremely small using three ingredients. Researchers on the project combined oil drops with water containing a detergent-like substance and found they can produce artificial swimmers that can swim independently and harvest energy to recharge. The oil droplets harness fluctuating temperatures in their surrounding environment to store energy and swim.

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Stinkweed may be a surprising way to make greener jet fuel

Stinkweed may be a surprising way to make greener jet fuel

A common weed called pennycress, more often referred to as 'stinkweed,' may be the solution for a greener jet fuel that has fewer demands on the environment. That's according to a new study from The Ohio State University, which reports that stinkweed is a low-demand crop that requires fewer pesticides and less fertilizer than alternative biofuel crops.

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NASA’s hunt for water on the Moon just got an unexpected Apollo boost

NASA’s hunt for water on the Moon just got an unexpected Apollo boost

Decades-old images from the Apollo missions have cast new light - or, more accurately, new shadow - on NASA's hunt for water on the Moon, potentially paving the way to Artemis astronauts being more self-sufficient in a future lunar base. Although the Moon is usually thought of as dry and desolate, patches of water ice are believed to be present at the poles. New research, however, indicates that ice may be even more widespread.

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A newly discovered fossil has a remarkably preserved brain

A newly discovered fossil has a remarkably preserved brain

Researchers have discovered one of the oldest and most preserved brains and all of the fossil record. The fossil is a 310 million-year-old horseshoe crab found with its entire brain intact. Researchers note that most of the knowledge of ancient creatures comes from bones because soft tissue doesn't fossilize as well.

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CERN researchers discover an exotic particle with a long life

CERN researchers discover an exotic particle with a long life

Researchers from the LHCb experiment at CERN recently presented a new discovery at the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics. The team discovered a new particle they labeled as TCC+, which is a tetraquark. A tetraquark is an exotic hadron that contains two quarks and two antiquarks.

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New study contradicts previous data on DNA mutations in melanoma

New study contradicts previous data on DNA mutations in melanoma

Researchers globally are spending significant amounts of time and money investigating cancer of various types and their causes. A recent study has upended long held beliefs about the mechanisms underlying melanoma. The study found that mutations giving rise to melanoma result from chemical conversion in DNA fueled by sunlight.

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Cytokine treated mice lose fat by sweating

Cytokine treated mice lose fat by sweating

Scientists have made an interesting discovery that could lead to treatments for obesity in the future. Researchers discovered that treating mice with a cytokine known as TSLP led to significant abdominal fat loss and weight loss compared to controls in the experiment. The researchers didn't set out to find a potential treatment for fat loss. Rather this was an unintended side effect.

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