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New study claims completing your antibiotic course is not necessary
Most of us have been warned at some point by our doctors that failing to do so would increase the risk of the infectious bacteria developing resistance. However, a recently published study states this is a baseless claim and could do more harm than good. Shorter antibiotic courses, it is concluded, work just as effectively to treat infections.
A drilling project in Iceland will explain how the volcanic island of Surtsey was formed
  A new project, SUSTAIN, in Iceland is all set to uncover the mysteries behind the formation of islands. Early next month, the team will drill two holes into the heart of Surtsey, a volcanic island, to analyze the interaction of volcanic rock, seawater, and subterranean microbes.  
North Korea’s Pyongyang University concerned about U.S. travel ban
Last week, the U.S. government announced that it plans to bar its citizens from traveling to North Korea. This move is being contemplated due to the risk of "long-term detention in the country.” If the ban comes in to effect, North Korea’s Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) will face major repercussions as PUST’s President and about 40 faculty and lecturers are U.S. citizens. 
Type 1 diabetes vaccine headed for clinical trials
Finnish researchers have been working for decades to develop a prototype vaccine for Type 1 diabetes and on July 19, 2017, it was announced that human trials would begin in 2018. The study has been funded by the EU Exalt program with 6 million euros.
Dogs are genetically predisposd to be friendly and loving
Dogs have always showered humans with unconditional love. Research finally tells us why dogs are so friendly-man’s best friend is apparently genetically predisposed to be good natured and a great companion.        
Google-funded research under fire; company and academics deny allegations
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal and Campaign for Accountability accused Google of “paying academics to publish research favorable to the company’s policy and business positions—often without disclosure of the financial relationship.” However, the report has met with backlash from Google as well as the academics named in the report. Read on to know more about the controversial report and Google's response to it.    
8.3 billion metric tons of plastics on the planet
Can you imagine what a pile of 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic would look like? Environmentalists have been advocating reduced use of plastics for years, but a new study with regard to the large-scale production of plastic could truly be the wake-up call humans need.
T. rex couldn’t run says latest research
In what was possibly the most memorable piece of cinematic history, Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic Park has a scene in which an injured Jeff Goldblum is chased by an agile Tyrannosaurus rex. However, new research now tells us that this would have been highly unlikely since the T. rex could not have outrun a human, let alone a car in full speed.
New study from Drexel University says doodling is beneficial for your brain
Have you caught yourself doodling in a meeting or in a lecture? According to a new study from Drexel University, Philadelphia, you might be calling out to your inner artist.
New study states that climate change is a reality
Study that includes 100 handpicked scientists from all over the world offers conclusive evidence that climate change is not a myth, but a reality of the world we currently inhabit.  


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