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Working out before breakfast has ‘profound’ effects on overall health

Working out before breakfast has ‘profound’ effects on overall health

A new study from researchers at the University of Bath and the University of Birmingham shed light on which is better: eating breakfast before or after a morning workout? Though there isn't a solid rule about which is preferable, the study found that working out before eating breakfast may drastically reduce one's odds of developing two common and serious health conditions.

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UCLA study implies Earth-like planets may be common in the Universe

UCLA study implies Earth-like planets may be common in the Universe

A team of researchers from UCLA has published a new study that presents new evidence that suggests Earth is not unique. UCLA professor Edward Young says that the team has raised the probability that many rocky planets are like Earth. The team was led by a UCLA graduate student of geochemistry and astrochemistry called Alexandra Doyle.

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Blue light from phones and TVs may speed up aging in humans

Blue light from phones and TVs may speed up aging in humans

Even if it's not shining in your eyes, researchers with Oregon State University warn that the blue light from modern gadgets may speed up your rate of aging, ultimately decreasing lifespan. In addition to causing damage to the retina in the eye, the study found that blue light may also damage brain cells, at least in a common fruit fly typically used for these types of studies.

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Assembler robots build large structures out of small pieces

Assembler robots build large structures out of small pieces

The structure seen in the image below was built by the two robots using individual pieces called voxels. The researchers working on the robots think that they may one day be able to construct complex objects, such as aircraft or structures on other planets, from multiple individual components. The team says that while commercial aircraft are built in sections today at different locations and then brought together for final assembly, these robots may allow the final assembly to be the only stage of construction.

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Short-term vaping can trigger the inflammation that causes lung disease

Short-term vaping can trigger the inflammation that causes lung disease

A study out of The Ohio State University has found that even short-term vaping can trigger inflammation in adults who have never previously smoked. This is the first time researchers have found changes in the lungs associated with short-term vaping by 'never-smokers,' highlighting the potential health risks of electronic cigarettes and other vaping products.

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Study warns common pain injection may speed up joint deterioration

Study warns common pain injection may speed up joint deterioration

A very common injection intended to treat pain caused by osteoarthritis may put the patient at risk of accelerated 'joint destruction,' according to a new study. The work comes from the Boston University School of Medicine, where researchers looked into common corticosteroid injections used for hip and knee joint pain. Among other things, these injections may speed up the progression of arthritis.

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A major hurdle to an artificial retina has been solved

A major hurdle to an artificial retina has been solved

Researchers have been working for more than ten years to create an artificial retina that might help the blind see again. Researchers from Stanford University may have found a solution to one of the most limiting issues with designing an artificial retina that can be implanted into the eye - heat. An artificial retina has a very small computer chip inside that has metal electrodes sticking out of it.

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AI helped design bike that broke speed records

AI helped design bike that broke speed records

An aerodynamic bicycle has been used to set world records for top speed for cyclists. The bike was designed using software from a company called Neural Concepts, a spin-off of the Computer Vision Laboratory in the EPFL School of Computer and Communication Sciences. On September 13, a new world record for women's cycling speed was set.

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A new study of Venus lava flow suggests it wasn’t once wet

A new study of Venus lava flow suggests it wasn’t once wet

Scientists have been studying a structure on the surface of Venus called the Ovda Fluctus lava flow. The study shows that the lava flow is made of basaltic lava and weakens any notion that Venus might have once had an Earth-like climate with oceans of liquid water. Past studies have suggested that Venus might have once been warm and wet based on the chemistry of its atmosphere and the presence of highlands.

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Scientists don’t know why more gas comes in than out of the Milky Way

Scientists don’t know why more gas comes in than out of the Milky Way

Scientists have been trying to understand what they describe as a recycling process inside the Milky Way. Supernovas and stellar winds blow gas out of the galactic disc, but that gas falls back onto the galaxy to form new generations of stars. Scientists were surprised to find that there is a surplus of incoming gas.

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CDC’s latest vaping update: More than two dozen deaths, 1,200 cases

CDC’s latest vaping update: More than two dozen deaths, 1,200 cases

The Centers for Disease Control has published its most recent update on the vaping lung injury outbreak, reporting that the number of probable and confirmed cases have increased to 1,200. In addition, the agency says it has confirmed 26 deaths in 21 states that directly resulted from this outbreak. The common factor between all these cases is the use of vaping products.

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Eating a healthy diet may obliterate depression within weeks

Eating a healthy diet may obliterate depression within weeks

A number of studies over the years have linked healthy diets with lowered odds of developing depression, but the relationship between what we eat and how we feel hasn't been fully explored. Here to expand upon that work is a study recently published in PLOS, where researchers detailed their work on assessing whether improving a depressed person's diet may decrease the severity of their depression.

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