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Workaholics may be at high risk of depression and sleep troubles

Workaholics may be at high risk of depression and sleep troubles

If you're a self-described workaholic, you may be putting your mental and physical health at risk, according to a new study from HSE University. The reasons one may have a work addiction -- defined as working seven or more hours than everyone else, the study notes -- include everything from pressure from supervisors to a desire to avoid home life or earn more money.

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Astronomers discover the most distant quasar ever found

Astronomers discover the most distant quasar ever found

An international team of astronomers has discovered the most distant quasar yet. The quasar is known as J0313-1806, and it's so distant it's seen as it was when the universe was only 670 million years old. The discovery gives scientists worldwide valuable insights into how massive galaxies and the supermassive black holes in their core formed in the early universe.

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New treatment helps some with spinal cord injury regain functionality

New treatment helps some with spinal cord injury regain functionality

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new treatment breakthrough for people with spinal cord injury. The treatment allows some spinal cord injury patients to regain hand and arm function. Researchers say that nearly 18,000 Americans experience traumatic spinal cord injuries every year, leaving many of them unable to use their hands and arms.

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Triple star system discovered in NASA Kepler data

Triple star system discovered in NASA Kepler data

NASA began operating the Kepler mission in 2009. The space telescope spotted a planet estimated to be about half the size of Saturn in a multiple-star system called KOI-5Ab. That was the second planet candidate ever discovered by Kepler but was ultimately ignored.

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ALMA observes a distant colliding galaxy as it sheds star-forming gas

ALMA observes a distant colliding galaxy as it sheds star-forming gas

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has observed a distant galaxy that has collided with another galaxy. Scientists have observed colliding galaxies before. What's unique about this one is that as the galaxies collide, the resulting merged galaxy is shedding its star-forming gas. Astronomers say the galaxy is ejecting nearly half of its star-forming gas, and it's happening at a very fast rate.

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COVID-19 study finds most hospitalized patients suffer long-term issues

COVID-19 study finds most hospitalized patients suffer long-term issues

A newly published cohort study reports that the majority of COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized due to the disease suffer at least one long-term consequence months after 'recovery.' The findings were recently published in The Lancet, where researchers report that muscle weakness and fatigue are the most common long-term issue.

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Chandra X-ray Observatory gathers data on a magnetar discovered in 2020

Chandra X-ray Observatory gathers data on a magnetar discovered in 2020

In 2020, astronomers discovered a new member of an exotic family of objects known as magnetars. More recently, the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory has made observations that support the idea that the magnetar discovered last year is also a pulsar. A pulsar emits regular pulses of light.

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Experimental cubesat heading to orbit will test a new propulsion method

Experimental cubesat heading to orbit will test a new propulsion method

Engineers and researchers around the world have been putting significant effort into making satellites smaller. Smaller satellites cost less to develop and cost less to put into orbit. The trick is creating a small satellite that can serve a useful purpose once it's in space. Engineers from the University of Michigan built a satellite that was set to head into orbit over the weekend specifically to explore the feasibility of a new propulsion method that could help small satellites move around Earth's orbit without carrying fuel.

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Evidence of water movement found in meteorites that recently hit the earth

Evidence of water movement found in meteorites that recently hit the earth

A team of international researchers has discovered evidence of recent water movement in meteorites that recently impacted the earth. The researchers looked at carbonaceous chondrite (CC) meteorites that impacted the surface of the planet within the past 100 years. The discovery of evidence of recent water movement is significant because many scientists believe water present on the Earth came from meteorites.

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Chronic vaping may cause leaky gut and chronic inflammation

Chronic vaping may cause leaky gut and chronic inflammation

Vaping may lead to a condition called leaky gut, the ramifications of which are chronic inflammation and related diseases. The findings come from the University of California - San Diego, where researchers found that the chemicals in nicotine-free vape liquids may disrupt the gut barrier. The study joins a growing body of research finding potential health consequences associated with electronic cigarettes.

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Scientists say the Earth is spinning faster after decades of slowing

Scientists say the Earth is spinning faster after decades of slowing

Time is one thing that is seen as a constant. There are always 24 hours in a day, give or take a few fractions of a second. Despite seeing time as a constant, the length of days does vary slightly. That is is the reason we have a leap year every four years. Scientists recently announced something very interesting. Days have started to be shorter on average because the Earth is spinning faster.

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Study finds it only takes a bit of junk food to spoil a healthy diet

Study finds it only takes a bit of junk food to spoil a healthy diet

Healthy diets come with a variety of potential benefits, including everything from less brain fog to a lower risk of developing certain diseases and chronic conditions. If you generally eat healthily but occasionally indulge in some junk food, you may be sabotaging the benefits you'd otherwise get from your healthy diet, according to a new study from Rush University Medical Center.

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