Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 17 : Astronaut Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82.
The family Cernan announced that he passed away today following ongoing health issues.
"It is with very deep sadness that we share the loss of our beloved husband and father," said Cernan's family. "Our family is heartbroken, of course, and we truly appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. Gene, as he was known by so many, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend."
Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : With Kendall Jenner gracing the December issue of Love magazine, the annual advent calendar is already well into the holiday spirit.
The 21-year-old supermodel recently posed in the magazine's month of sexy minute-long videos, making her debut for the series in one of their standard lingerie-centric shorts, while attempting to penetrate the soul with her smoldering stare, never breaking eye contact with the camera, reports People magazine.
In the Hype Williams-directed video for day 5, Jenner wears a strappy, semi-sheer bra and underwear set with lots of cutouts, a red satin bomber jacket slumped off her shoulders.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : Justin Bieber, who has been romantically linked to several women in the past, now he tells Ellen DeGeneres that he is single though he is "not really looking" for anyone.
The 22-year-old singer recently appeared on ' The Ellen DeGeneres Show' where he revealed that he was not dating anyone at the moment and not really dying to enter a relationship, reports E! Online.
"I'm not really looking either," he told the daytime talk show host.
The 'Love Yourself' crooner has been on his 'Purpose' world tour for about a year, as he explained that he does not use dating apps to potentially find love while on the road.
But Bieber keeps company with his dog Esther, and his younger brother who often visits him on the road.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : Does food at social gatherings tempt you? A team of researchers has found that men in particular demonstrate their virility and strength on parties or at holiday meals at risk of overeating.
The study has been published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.
"Even if men aren't thinking about it, eating more than a friend tends to be understood as a demonstration of virility and strength," said co-author of the study Kevin Kniffin from Cornell Food and Brand Lab.
The researchers recruited college going students of similar weight to participate in either a competitive chicken wing eating challenge with cheering spectators or a competitive chicken wing eating challenge with no spectators.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : Do you encourage your children in reading and writing? A study reveals that four-year-old kids with average and low vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an e-book to them than relying solely on the e-book's voiceover.
The study has been published in the journal Early Education and Development.
Researchers from University of Toronto divided the four-year-old kids into two groups -- one group with children of higher than average vocabulary level and one group with average and lower English vocabulary.
For the study, either four-year-old children interacted with a digital book on their own using the book's voiceover or an adult read them the same book.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' star Felicity Jones recently revealed the mantra that helped shape the actress' portrayal of rebellion leader Jyn Erso in the upcoming movie.
In an interview with E! Online, the 33-year-old actress, whose favourite track is 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)' by Beyonce, shared that she often found herself watching the singer's ' Lemonade' to prepare for the role.
"I think she's someone who has incredible power and is devoted to what she does, but she also seems like a very nice person," she said of the 35-year-old singer, adding, "I think that's very important to emulate."
To Jones' surprise, training for the role was not as difficult as she had imagined.
"It was just pure dedication," she said.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 2017 Oscars.
The 49-year-old comedian has been tapped to host the ' 2017 Academy Awards', which will be produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, Variety reports.
This will be his first time Kimmel is hosting the Oscars even though he has previously hosted other big events like the '2016 Emmy Awards', the 'ESPY Awards' in 2007, plus the 'American Music Awards' in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
"Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank," the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' host tweeted an hour after the news broke.
"And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear," he added.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : Moderate Intensity Continuous Training (MICT) for three and five times a week is linked to improved sperm count and other measures of sperm quality in just a six months, reveals a study.
The study was published in the journal Reproduction.
Researchers from Urmia University in Iran found that men exercising moderately and continuously improved their sperm quality more than those following popular intensive exercise programs like High intensity interval training (HIIT).
The current advice for men, who are seeking to improve their chances of conceiving include combining healthy eating with regular exercise while giving up smoking and reducing the intake of alcohol.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : Lady Gaga recently opened up about her "mental illness" to a group of LGBT youth in Harlem, where she revealed that she has Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
The 30-year-old songstress visited the Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth so on behalf of the '# ShareKindness' campaign, 'Today' and 'NBCUniversal's celebration of kind acts both big and small, reports E! Online.
"I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness. I suffer from PTSD," said Gaga, who revealed in 2014 that she had been raped at age 19.
"I've never told anyone that before, so here we are. But the kindness that's been shown to me by doctors-as well as my family and my friends-it's really saved my life," she shared.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 5 : Universal Pictures just dropped the first extended look at 'The Mummy' reboot, and with it, a whole new world of gods and monsters.
The studio took to its social media handle to release the full action-packed trailer, captioned "She is real", featuring star Tom Cruise in Ancient Egypt.
The reboot portrays an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella), who is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, and brings malevolence and great terrors that endanger modern-day people.
"Please meet Princess Ahmanet," tells Russell Crowe's character in the trailer, as the princess wreaks havoc over London.
"She will claim what she has been denied," he declares.
Washington D. C [US], Dec. 4 : In a recent study published in the Natures Communications journal, researchers have shown that a photon's shape also affects how it is absorbed by a single atom.
Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what you're looking at.
Some photons reflect off, reaching your eyes, others get absorbed. The main decider of which happens is the photon's energy - its colour.
But look closely at the moment that light meets matter, and there's more to be discovered. We don't often think of photons as being spread out in time and space and thus having a shape, but the ones in this experiment were some four meters long.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 4 : To help people get rid of large kidney stones, US Researchers have promoted a non-surgical way by suggesting off-label use of drugs called alpha blockers that can facilitate stone passage.
The study was published online in the British Medical Journal.
Physicians are eager to find non-surgical ways to help the two-thirds of kidney stone patients who need more than just extra hydration to pass their stones.
Contemporary practice guidelines recommend off-label use of drugs called alpha blockers to facilitate stone passage. These include drugs such as such as tamsulosin, known as Flomax.
However, a recent multicenter study of 1,136 subjects in the U.K. questioned the effectiveness of alpha blockers for this purpose.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 4 : Hit Japanese animation 'Your Name' might be heading to top the box office collection also in China over the weekend.
The 'CoMix Wave Films' animated teen flick scored a sensational 10.9 million dollars in its Friday opening session from a wide release pattern of 66,000 screenings that attracted 2.77 million spectators, reports Variety.
'Your Name' aka 'Kimi No Wa' is also set to depose JK Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' to a cooler 3.31 million dollars in the second place on 28,000 screenings. Its cumulative after eight days was 60.4 million dollars.
WashingtonD.C [US], Dec. 3 : In a path breaking discovery, scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new probe that allows them to image brain molecules without using any chemical or radioactive labels.
Currently, the gold standard approach to imaging molecules in the brain is to tag them with radioactive probes.
However, these probes offer low resolution and they can't easily be used to watch dynamic events, said researcher Alan Jasanoff.
Washington D.C [US], Dec. 3 : A recent study suggests that two recently discovered genetic differences between brain cancer cells and normal tissue cells could offer clues to tumor behavior and potential new targets for therapy.
Published in Acta Neuropathologica, the study identified alterations in a protein known as ATRX in human brain tumors that arise as part of a genetically inherited condition known as neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1).
The disorder, marked initially by benign tumors on nerves, often leads to brain cancer, and although most NF1-related malignancies are nonaggressive, a fraction are "high-grade" and difficult to treat, experts say.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 3 : Older adults, especially women, with cataract are more likely to have symptoms of depression, says a new study.
The study was published in the Optometry and Vision Science journal.
According to researchers from Soochow University in China, the link between cataract and depression is independent of other factors and appears strongest among older adults with lower education.
"Our study sheds further light on the complex relationship between aging, vision loss, cataract and depression and suggests that there may be a role for cataract surgery in improving mental health in the elderly," the researchers wrote.
Washington D.C [US], Dec. 3 : A recent diet intervention study (FATFUNC) raises questions regarding the validity of a diet hypothesis that has dominated for more than half a century: that dietary fat and particularly saturated fat is unhealthy for most people.
The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found strikingly similar health effects of diets based on either lowly processed carbohydrates or fats.
In the randomized controlled trial, 38 men with abdominal obesity followed a dietary pattern high in either carbohydrates or fat, of which about half was saturated.
Fat mass in the abdominal region, liver and heart was measured with accurate analyses, along with a number of key risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
WashingtonD.C [US], Dec. 3 : In a recent dose-response analysis, scientists have found that pregnant women who take a specific type of antidepressant in early pregnancy have a small but significantly greater risk of having babies with major congenital anomalies (sometimes referred to as birth defects) or stillbirths compared with those who did not take these antidepressants.
Washington D.C [US], Dec. 3 : A recent research demonstrates that a novel imaging agent can quickly and accurately detect metastasis of prostate cancer, even in areas where detection has previously been difficult.
Published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, the Phase 1 dose-escalation study of Zr-89-desferrioxamine-IAB2M (Zr-89-Df-IAB2M), an anti-PSMA (prostate-specific membrane antigen) minibody, in patients with metastatic prostate cancer shows its effectiveness in targeting both bone and soft tissue lesions.
"This agent is imaged faster than other PSMA-targeting imaging antibodies due to its small size and has been shown to be safe for patients," explained lead researcher Neeta Pandit-Taskar.
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 3 : Amy Schumer is reportedly in negotiations to play Barbie in a Sony's live-action film that will exploit the character's evolution into dolls of different sizes and shapes.
According to Deadline, the 35-year-old comedienne, who is known for embracing all women and encouraging their imperfections, will play a character who gets kicked out of Barbieland, basically because she's not perfect enough, is a bit eccentric and doesn't quite fit the mold.
After leaving Barbieland, Schumer's Barbie ends up in the real world and makes all types of new discoveries, causing her to realize the only key to happiness is to love yourself and stop trying to climb toward an unattainable standard of perfection.