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  • Learning from Bears
    11:27 - Jan 01 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Grizzly bears spend many months in hibernation, but their muscles do not suffer from the lack of movement. In the journal Scientific Reports, a team led by Michael Gotthardt reports on how they manage to do this. The grizzly bears' strategy could help prevent muscle atrophy in humans as well.
  • Life May Have Emerged from Lakes
    14:14 - Dec 31 2019

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Life as we know it requires phosphorus. It's one of the six main chemical elements of life, it forms the backbone of DNA and RNA molecules, acts as the main currency for energy in all cells and anchors the lipids that separate cells from their surrounding environment.
  • Tackling Hazy Air Pollution
    11:59 - Dec 29 2019

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Dense, hazy fog episodes characterized by relatively high humidity, low visibility and extremely high PM2.5 have been a headache to many megacities including those in Mainland China. Among pollutants that are less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5), airborne sulfate is one of the most common components of hazy air pollution formed atmospherically via the oxidation of sulphur dioxide (SO2).
  • Efficient Oil, Water Separation
    13:28 - Dec 28 2019

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Researchers led by Professor MATSUYAMA Hideto and Professor YOSHIOKA Tomohisa at Kobe University's Research Center for Membrane and Film Technology have succeeded in developing an ultrathin membrane with a fouling-resistant silica surface treatment for high performance separation of oil from water.
  • Birds' Seasonal Migrations Shift Earlier
    12:39 - Dec 26 2019

    TEHRAN (FNA)- In what the authors believe is one of the first studies to examine climate change impact on the timing of bird migration on a continental scale, researchers report that spring migrants were likely to pass certain stops earlier now than they would have 20 years ago. Also, temperature and migration timing were closely aligned, with the greatest changes in migration timing occurring in the regions warming most rapidly. Timing shifts were less apparent in fall, they add.
  • Grain Traits Traced to 'Dark Matter' of Rice Genome
    12:16 - Dec 25 2019

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Domesticated rice has fatter seed grains with higher starch content than its wild rice relatives -- the result of many generations of preferential seed sorting and sowing. But even though rice was the first crop to be fully sequenced, scientists have only documented a few of the genetic changes that made rice into a staple food for more than half the world's population.
  • Scientists Find Iron 'Snow' in Earth's Core
    13:24 - Dec 24 2019

    TEHRAN (FNA)- The Earth's inner core is hot, under immense pressure and snow-capped, according to new research that could help scientists better understand forces that affect the entire planet.
  • Age of Last Known Settlement of Homo Erectus
    13:45 - Dec 21 2019

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Homo erectus, one of modern humans' direct ancestors, was a wandering bunch. After the species dispersed from Africa about two million years ago, it colonized the ancient world, which included Asia and possibly Europe.
  • World's Deepest Point on Land Was Discovered Beneath Antarctica's Ice Sheet
    12:49 - Dec 19 2019

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Researchers have discovered the deepest point on Continental Earth, and it sits beneath Antarctica's ice sheet. Located below the Denman Glacier in East Antarctica, the ice-filled canyon reaches as far down as 3.5 km (11,500 ft) below sea level.
  • Ancient 'Chewing Gum' Yields Insights
    12:48 - Dec 18 2019

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have succeeded in extracting a complete human genome from a thousands-of-years old "chewing gum." According to the researchers, it is a new untapped source of ancient DNA.
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More Than 200 Retired Generals, Admirals Endorse Biden, Including Some Who Served Under Trump

TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 200 retired generals and admirals endorsed Joe Biden for president in a letter published Thursday, saying he had the character and judgment to serve as commander-in-chief instead of President Donald Trump, who has failed "to meet challenges large or small."
Trump Says 2020 US Presidential Election Could End Up in Supreme Court

TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump on Wednesday stated that he thinks the 2020 US presidential election will end up in the Supreme Court, suggesting that it is important to immediately fill the vacancy left after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.
Russia Calls on International Organizations to Continue Helping Assange

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal questioned President Donald Trump’s role in recent peace talks between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Biden Leads Trump by 10 Points Nationally in New Pair of Polls

TEHRAN (FNA)- Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 10 points nationally in a pair of new polls released Wednesday.
Trudeau Says Canada Already in Second Wave of Coronavirus

TEHRAN (FNA)- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Canadians that the second wave of COVID-10 has arrived in many parts of the country.
Cuba Says New US Sanctions Affect Families in Both Nations

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington's new sanctions against Cuba, including a ban on the import of Cuban rum and cigars and a prohibition for US travelers to stay in Cuban state-owned hotels, infringes on US citizens' rights and harms people in both countries, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said on Thursday.
Health Group CEO Says Germany’s Virus Response Left ‘Collateral Damage'

TEHRAN (FNA)- Germany has been praised for its tackling of the coronavirus pandemic, having managed to keep deaths under 10,000 while its European neighbors have seen much higher fatalities, but the chief executive of German health-care group Fresenius warned that the country may have been overly focused on the pandemic, ignoring other areas of business and society that have suffered.
New Understanding of Earth's Carbon Cycle

TEHRAN (FNA)- A new study led by a University of Alberta PhD student -- and published in Nature -- is examining the Earth's carbon cycle in new depth, using diamonds as breadcrumbs of insight into some of Earth's deepest geologic mechanisms.
Weighted Blankets Can Decrease Insomnia Severity

TEHRAN (FNA)- Weighted blankets are a safe and effective intervention in the treatment of insomnia, according to Swedish researchers who found that insomnia patients with psychiatric disorders experienced reduced insomnia severity, improved sleep and less daytime sleepiness when sleeping with a weighted chain blanket.
Russia Slams US Attempts to Forge Coalition Against Nord Stream 2

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia rejects US attempts to oppose the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project by forging a coalition of project opponents, Spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova noted on Wednesday.
Trump Again Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transition of Power If He Loses to Biden

TEHRAN (FNA)- President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose this fall to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and the American leader declined to do so.
Venezuela’s Maduro Calls on UN to Rally Against US Sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the United Nations General Assembly to rally against United States sanctions imposed on his country, as well as its allies including Cuba, Nicaragua and Syria.
Several Killed in Yemen Army's Attack on Saudi Base

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni Army backed by popular committees launched a retaliatory missile attack against a military base near the Saudi border, killing at least ten.
Saudi Dissidents Rise Against Repression, Form Political Group

TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of Saudi dissidents, most of them in exile, formed a political party to call for reforms in the kingdom amid "increasing repression".