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New study links sugar to cancer

A study conducted in France on over 1,01,000 people has discovered that sugary drinks, like sodas and energy drinks, can increase chances of cancer. These drinks have previously been linked to obesity. The study found that even natural sugars contribute to cancer, stating that the risk for it is as high with natural and unsweetened fruit juices. However, the study has only established a correlation with the numbers of cancer incidence and hasn’t yet successfully proved sugar to be the cause. The Guardian has more.

2,10,000-year-old Greek skull could be oldest human fossil outside of Africa

A partial skull discovered in a cave in Greece in the 1970s could actually be the oldest human skull encountered. It is over 2,10,000 years old and could prove that modern humans left Africa and entered Eurasia nearly 1,50,000 years previously than thought. The skull is a mixture of an anatomically modern and prehistoric human, and was discovered along with another Neanderthal skull. More on Al Jazeera.

Scientists show first ever image of quantum entanglement

For the first time ever, scientists have captured a phenomenon called Bell entanglement in the form of an image. The photo depicts two photons interacting and sharing a physical state for a brief split-second. Quantum entanglement — when two particles are separated by distance but still behave as if they’re entangled with one another — is a behaviour so bizarre that physicist Albert Einstein described it as spooky. More on CNet.

Artificial light prevents clownfish eggs from hatching

Researchers attempting to find the effects of artificial light at night (ALAN) on marine animals have discovered that clownfish are adversely affected by ALAN when it is time for their eggs to hatch. While the activities of breeding and laying eggs aren’t affected, the researchers discovered that clownfish eggs simply did not hatch at all under ALAN, leading to widespread reproductive failure in the species. More on Smithsonian Mag.

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