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This week’s discoveries: why babies kick and wet planets

Published on 23 March 2018|
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From essential oils to climate change, it’s been a pretty busy week for science.

by Stanley P, Carrybeans

Science never sleeps, and it’s been no different over the last few days. We know that science can get boring and complicated for those uninterested in the field. But keep reading, and hopefully you’ll see why science’s recent discoveries may be quite interesting after all.

Without further ado, here are some of the recent discoveries from the scientific community.

1. Babies’ little kicks are important for their growth

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The feel of babies kicking in the womb might be something from a horror movie for some, but rest assured that it is all for good reason. According to recent research, unborn babies kick in the womb because the activity helps to develop strong bones and joints.

A study by Trinity College and the Indian Institute of Technology says this movement of babies sends out important biological signals for their growth. If the baby is not kicking around, they may be born with abnormal bones and brittle joints.

2. Essential oils makes boys grow breasts

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There are previous studies that link the use of essential oils with pre-pubertal gynecomastia (or abnormal breast tissue growth among prepubescent boys). Now, a recent study may explain why — it all boils down to the chemical properties in the essential oils, specifically lavender and tea tree oil.

Basically, the compounds in the oil interfere with the hormone activities in the cell, which may explain why boys are growing breasts. But don’t throw all your essential oils away just yet. The study has only been done on human cells and more research is needed before scientists can achieve conclusive results.

 3. Climate change might force you to migrate

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More than 140 million people from three regions of the developing world might find themselves migrating due to climate change. The latest report by World Bank says that poor people might have to migrate because of the slow-onset climate change. This includes water shortage, rising sea level and decreased crop productivity.

To combat this, World Bank has outlined three key actions: reduce greenhouse gas emission, incorporate climate change migration into development planning, and invest more in studies to understand climate migration.

If you’re interested in the full report, you can download it here.

4. TRAPPIST-1 planets might be too wet for life

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The world was in a frenzy when scientists found not only one, but seven Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. But any chance of discovering alien life is minimal as scientists have found the planets have hundreds of times more water than Earth does. While water is essential for life, too much water can make it hard to detect life forms on the planets. So, we might not be able to see Avatar-like aliens anytime soon.

 5. The perks of being a melancholic, introverted person: A knack at reading other people

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According to a recent study, melancholic introverted people might be better at reading other people. For the study, 1,000 volunteers were asked about basic human behaviours and the highest-scoring individuals were interviewed.

From the interview, they found out many of the interviewees have something in common: they are lonely, introverted and have low self-esteem. If that’s you, however, before you go and open up your own counselling centre, the study stresses that introverts without formal training still cannot beat professional psychologists.

If you’re interested in reading the full study, you can do so here.

Do you know any other recent scientific breakthroughs? Share with us in the comments below.

Global sea levels are rising quite rapidly in the recent years and Borneo may soon be sinking as waters rise.

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