Two months ago, California health agencies enforced a ban on the consumption of Dungeness and rock crab after noting high levels of domoic acid. They said the neurotoxin could make eaters sick. Now, officials at state Public Health Department lifted the ban along parts of the California coast. It means people now are allowed to eat the crustaceans without any fear.
A new technique termed as autocorrelation function timescale technique can calculate gravity on surface of distant stars with an accuracy of four percent. Scientists from University of British Columbia, University of Vienna, Australia, France and Germany have worked on a collaborative project to develop a new method of calculating gravitational pull for distant stars.
Oregon has become the first state to allow birth control pills without a need of prescription. The new law, effective from January 1, will allow women over 18 years of age in Oregon to purchase birth control pills from a pharmacy. California could be next on the list for allowing birth control pills over the counter and a law could be passed within two months in California.
An all-electric microbus from Volkswagen may soon hit the market. For now, the company will be unveiling a prototype at the consumer Electronics Show (CES). It is said that lithium-ion battery packs of the new camper will boast a range of up to 310 miles, according to a report from UK-based Autocar.
The annual Quadrantid meteor shower that is expected to peak in the pre-dawn hours on January 4 would be the first celestial event to be seen in the New Year. And scientists have suggested that those wanting to have the best view should observe the event from midnight and on through to sunrise on Monday morning.
Astronomers have come up with a new tool seeking habitable planets in other solar systems. They have done so by measuring the surface gravity of remote stars that are difficult to study with conventional methods.
The tool has identified around a dozen ‘Goldilocks’ planets, neither too hot, nor too cold, apt for liquid oceans and for supporting life as we understand it.