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January 11, 2018

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Jan
2018

360-degree video puts you at the center of the galaxy

A new video lets you explore a simulation of the galactic center - a region of ...

A newly released 360-degree video lets you explore the galactic center of the Milky Way from the perspective of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). The immersive simulation visualizes how a population of massive stellar bodies, known as Wolf-Rayet stars, behave as they circle the black heart of our galaxy.

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Category: Space

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Jan
2018

Large-scale study identifies 14 gene variants associated with obesity

A massive study has identified 14 genetic variants associated with body weight

There's been a flurry of research recently trying to pin down a single gene that could be responsible for obesity, but the fact is genes don't work like that. Despite strong evidence for specific genes accounting for some types of hereditary or severe obesity, the reality is that excessive weight gain can be founded in a variety of different mechanisms, from an inability to regulate appetite to a dysfunction in energy expenditure. A new large-scale study combing through the genetic data of more than 700,000 individuals has now identified 14 genetic variations associated with obesity and body mass index (BMI).

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Category: Science

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Jan
2018

Cyberattacks could lead to use of nuclear weapons

Cyberattacks could lead to inadvertent missile launches according to a new study

The world's nuclear weapons may be more vulnerable to cyber attacks than previously thought and could result in an accidental missile launch according to a study released by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The study says that today's nuclear systems were developed in the pre-digital age and that little consideration was given to their vulnerability to malicious hacking and other cyber attacks.

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Category: Computers

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Jan
2018

Fast food stimulates inflammation and triggers long-term changes to immune system

Fast food has been shown to both cause inflammatory activity in the body and result in ...

A disturbing new study led by scientists at the University of Bonn suggests that the immune system responds to a fast food-style Western diet in much the same way as it would react to a bacterial infection. As well as stimulating widespread inflammatory activity, the study claims that switching to a healthy diet may not fully reverse the long-term damage once initially triggered.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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