California lifts Two-month-old Ban on Dungeness and Rock Crab Consumption

California lifts Two-month-old Ban on Dungeness and Rock Crab Consumption

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.

New Technique to measure Gravity on Distant Stars Can Help Find Habitable Exoplanets

New Technique to measure Gravity on Distant Stars Can Help Find Habitable Exoplanets

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.

Pharmacists will be able to offer birth control pills in Oregon

Pharmacists will be able to offer birth control pills in Oregon

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.

Quadrantid, New Year’s first meteor shower, likely to peak on Jan 4

Quadrantid, New Year’s first meteor shower, likely to peak on Jan 4

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 develop new tool to find habitable planets

Astronomers develop new tool to find habitable planets

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.

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