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Yoga may have the power to fight fibromyalgia
Yoga exercises may have the power to combat fibromyalgia - a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain, according to new research conducted at Oregon Health and Science University. ANI

Underwater robot to explore ice-covered ocean in Antarctica
An underwater robot is being deployed by researchers at the University of British Columbia to explore ice-covered ocean in Antarctica from October 17 through November 12. ANI

Electrified nano filter 'to kill 98pc of disease-causing bacteria in water'
Scientists are reporting development and successful initial tests of an inexpensive new filtering technology that kills up to 98 percent of disease-causing bacteria in water in seconds without clogging. ANI

Updates from the world of Science and Technology, research findings and scientific reports for August 7, 2009

Titans surface similar to that of Earth
A new research indicates that Saturns haze-enshrouded moon Titan turns out to have much in common with Earth in the way that weather and geology shape its terrain. ANI

Small seahorses suffer short man syndrome while pursuing tallest females
Small male seahorses suffer from short man syndrome, as they try to pursue the tallest females for mating, according to a study from the University of Zurich. ANI

Scientists use algae to develop photo-bioreactors and novel cell decomposition methods
Using energy production from microalgae, a team of scientists is developing closed photo-bioreactors and novel cell disruption methods. ANI

New analytical method to detect genetic causes of complex diseases
Computational biologists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new analytical technique to detect the genetic causes behind complex disease syndromes like diabetes, asthma and cancer, which are characterized by multiple clinical and molecular traits. ANI

Genes to protect against genetic alterations and diseases identified
In a study on the DNA of tiny yeast, scientists have pinpointed a large number of genes that can prevent a type of genetic rearrangement that may lead to cancer and other diseases. ANI

500-year-old maize Goddess sculpture restored
Experts have restored a 500-year-old Chicomecoatl monolith, found recently in Zempoala municipality, Hidalgo, which represents the goddess of maize. ANI

Archaeologists unearth 13 burial sites in Lebanon
A team of archaeologists has recently unearthed 13 burial sites, temples and personal items dating to the Canaanite period in Sidon in Lebanon, which are missing links in the citys historic legacy. ANI

Archaeologists find Roman emperor Vespasians villa
Italian archaeologists have found the summer villa of Roman Emperor Vespasian in the Sabine hill country northeast of Rome. ANI

Early Britons may have been cannibals who feasted on each other
A 9,000-year-old human bone found in a cave in Devon, UK, may prove that early Britons were cannibals. ANI

400-year-old shipwreck discovered in Stockholm archipelago
A team of divers has discovered a 400-Year-Old Shipwreck from the 17th century outside the Varmdo municipality, in the archipelago of Stockholm in Sweden. ANI

Vulnerability to extinction runs in evolutionary families
An analysis of 200 million years of history for marine clams found that vulnerability to extinction runs in evolutionary families, even when the losses result form ongoing, background rates of extinction. ANI

Perseid meteor shower to be best viewed on August 12
Reports indicate that this years best viewing of the Perseid meteor shower will be before dawn on August 12, with a second chance after sunset that night. ANI

New gene linked to Alzheimers identified
Scientists from University of California, Irvine, have identified a new gene linked to Alzheimers disease. ANI

Scientists shed light on what makes stem cells tick
A team of U.S. scientists has identified phosphorylated signalling proteins in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) studying which may help understand the mechanisms that determine whether stem cells divide or differentiate, what types of cells they become, and how to control those complex mechanisms to facilitate development of new therapies. ANI

Unmanned aerial system achieves flight endurance milestone
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has completed a successful flight test of the fuel cell powered XFC (eXperimental Fuel Cell) unmanned aerial system (UAS), in which the aircraft was airborne for more than six hours, which is a flight endurance milestone. ANI

Global warming 50 mln yrs ago spurred biodiversity boom in western North America
A team of scientists has determined that a period of global warming from 53 million to 47 million years ago strongly influenced plants and animals, spurring a biodiversity boom in western North America. ANI

Cells responsible for bladder cancers spread identified
John Hopkins researchers have identified a powerful set of cells in bladder tumours that appears to be primarily responsible for the cancers growth and spread. ANI

Genes that may be involved in heroin-addiction relapse identified
While studying the brains of heroin-addicted rats, scientists have identified those genes that may be involved in precipitating a relapse. ANI

New process can remove 90 percent of salt from seawater
An international team of researchers from China and the US has determined that a process that cleans wastewater and generates electricity can also remove 90 percent of salt from brackish water or seawater. ANI

Stars in early galaxies whizzed around at astonishingly high speeds
A team of astronomers has measured the motions of stars in a very distant galaxy for the first time and discovered they are whizzing around at astonishingly high speeds. ANI

Nerve cells that make us itch identified
Neuroscientists have long scratched their heads to solve the puzzle of itching. But now researchers have finally worked out what makes us itch. ANI

Scientific breakthrough will lead to more accurate weather forecasts
A breakthrough by engineers at Queens University Belfasts Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), may lead to more accurate global weather forecasts and a better understanding of climate change. ANI

New experiment to reveal structure of all matter in the Universe
Soon, a new experiment will aim to create a fingerprint of the inside of the atomic nucleus to understand the structure of all matter in the Universe, including human beings and the stars. ANI

New gene linked to Alzheimers identified
Scientists from University of California, Irvine, have identified a new gene linked to Alzheimers disease. ANI

Orchids entice hornets with their preys scent
Scientists have found that a species of orchid attracts pollen-carrying hornets by wearing the scent of their prey. ANI

Solar radiation caused periodic ice ages to end 19,000 years ago
In a new research, scientists have concluded that slight shifts in solar radiation caused by predictable changes in Earths rotation and axis made the periodic ice ages to finally come to an end about 19,000 years ago. ANI

Aesops fable The crow and the pitcher may be true
An Aesops fable about The Crow and the Pitcher, in which a crow uses stones to raise the level of water in a pitcher to quench its thirst, may have been based on fact, according to a new study. ANI

Educate yourself to boost kids academic success
Want your kids to perform well academically? Well, then make sure that you are educated enough, suggests a new study. ANI

New discovery may explain premature ageing
Scientists from Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet claim to have identified the cause of premature ageing. ANI

Swine flu vaccine in markets by September
The World Health Organization has announced that the first vaccines for swine flu pandemic are likely to be ready for use by September this year. ANI

Planet-hunting telescope sees three alien worlds
The planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has found its first extrasolar planets, in the form of three alien worlds that had been previously discovered with ground-based telescopes. ANI

Arctic Ocean may turn into polluted soup by 2070
A climate model has predicted that global warming, combined with nuclear waste, may make the Arctic Ocean a polluted soup by the year 2070. ANI

Super Earth has rocky surface, say astronomers
European astronomers have said that the smallest planet yet detected outside our Solar System, dubbed Super Earth, appears to have a solid surface. ANI

Giant particle smasher to restart at half its designed energy
Reports indicate that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the worlds most powerful particle smasher will restart in November at just half the energy the machine was designed to reach. ANI

Pupils with high memory storage capacities are not easily distracted
While many people complain of getting perturbed by the sound of blowing horns while trying to concentrate on something, researchers have now found that students with high memory storage capacity are better at ignoring distractions and staying focused on their assigned tasks. ANI

Love hormone amplifies feelings of envy
Love hormone oxytocin, also known as cuddle chemical, intensifies feelings of envy and gloating, a new study suggests. ANI

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