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Ocean asteroid impact could damage Earth's protective ozone layer
If a medium-sized asteroid were to land in the oceans a tsunami wouldnt be the only worry, say scientists- the Earths ozone layer could be at risk too. ANI

Over-the-counter weight-reducing products can cause harm, may even kill
A new study has warned that natural slimming therapies can have an adverse effect on users and may even kill. ANI

Exposure to chemical warfare agent linked to long-term heart damage
Researchers have found that exposure to the chemical warfare agent sarin can lead to heart dysfunction. ANI

Updates from the world of Science and Technology, research findings and scientific reports for October 29, 2009

15th century Battle of Bosworths victory spot moves two miles
In a new study, researchers have sited the exact spot where the English kingdom was won in 1485 in the famous Battle of Bosworth, determining the location to be two miles away from the spot that was originally believed to be the position where victory was achieved. ANI

Why inflammation ravages ex-smokers lungs
Scientists from Baylor College of Medicine claim to have unravelled the mystery behind why inflammation still ravages lungs of some smokers who have kicked the habit years ago. ANI

Exercise prevents regain of harmful fat one year after weight loss
As little as 80 minutes a week of aerobic or resistance training helps not only to prevent weight gain, but also to inhibit a regain of harmful visceral fat one year after weight loss, according to a new study. ANI

Sacked steel plant workers cry of anger becomes YouTube sensation!
A steel plant worker has instantly gained the status of a rockstar after the angry song he posted on YouTube when he lost his job became a hit. ANI

Scientists make first detailed documentation of tsunami erosion
A group of scientists working in the Kuril Islands off the east coast of Russia has documented for the first time the scope of tsunami-caused erosion and found that a wave can carry away far more sand and dirt than it deposits. ANI

Next gen microcapsules that deliver chemicals on demand created
Californian scientists have created a new generation of microcapsules that promise to deliver chemicals on demand for a wide range of uses, including medicine and personal care. ANI

Britains deepest diving autonomous underwater vehicle completes trail run successfully
The United Kingdoms deepest diving Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Autosub6000, has emerged successful in its recent engineering trials cruise on the RRS Discovery. ANI

Studying permeable surfaces in green parking lot may help environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a study in which it will use its new green parking lot to investigate permeable surfaces that may help the environment. ANI

North Carolina sea levels rising 3 times faster than in previous 500 Years
An international team of environmental scientists has shown that sea-level rise in North Carolina in the US is three times higher than the rate of sea-level rise during the last 500 years. ANI

Racing gamma-ray photons prove that Einstein still rules
Two gamma-ray photons that raced across the Universe for the last 7.3 billion years to arrive at NASAs orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope within nine-tenths of a second of one another have given scientists proof of Albert Einsteins special theory of relativity. ANI

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity problems in kids linked to low folate levels in mums-to-be
Low levels of healthy folate in mothers could make their kids susceptible to having attention-deficit/hyperactivity problems at age seven to nine years, a new study has found. ANI

Hormone replacement therapy lessens mortality in younger postmenopausal woman
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) decreases mortality in younger postmenopausal women, according to a study. ANI

Physicist makes high-resolution panorama of Milky Way
Cobbling together 3000 individual photographs, a physicist has made a new high-resolution panoramic image of the full night sky, with the Milky Way galaxy as its centerpiece. ANI

God is not going to destroy Big Bang Machine, says physicist
A scientist has dismissed claims by theoretical physicists that the mysterious Higgs Boson particle, which is popularly known as the God particle, will ripple backward through time and halt the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the worlds largest particle accelerator, before it is restarted in November. ANI

Nurses, docs dirty hands cause most infections
A new study has revealed that doctors and nurses who dont wash their hands are more likely to spread swine flu and hospital superbugs. ANI

Robins see Earths magnetic field to navigate
In a new study, German scientists studied 36 European robins and concluded that the birds can see the Earths magnetic field, allowing them to navigate. ANI

Coming soon: Medicinal ice cream that can help fight cancer
New Zealand scientists are developing an ice cream that can combat negative side effects of chemotherapy. ANI

Trees may facilitate wildfires to increase their own abundance
In a new study, scientists have suggested that some trees may themselves contribute to the likelihood of wildfires in order to promote their own abundance at the expense of their competitors. ANI

Scientists use stockings to test whales sex drive!
Australian scientists have discovered a new method to measure a whales sex hormones without harming it - stockings. ANI

Gene therapy may heal injured human donor lungs before transplant
For the first time, a team of scientists in Canada have successfully used gene therapy to repair injured human donor lungs, making them potentially suitable for transplantation into patients. ANI

New injectable facial fillers improve comfort, speed up recovery
Scientists from UT Southwestern Medical Centre have come up with new injection technique for wrinkle-fighting facial fillers that would ease discomfort and speed up recovery. ANI

Music can help shape teaching, research education
Researchers suggest that musical sensibility can significantly help people to become better teachers as well as researchers. ANI

Blame genetics for people with bad driving skills
Next time you encounter a rash driver on road, dont go berserk and start abusing - rather blame their genes for the bad driving skills, says a new study. ANI

Living wallpaper can activate lamps, control music systems just by a touch!
Its time to say goodbye to switchboards, for now you just have to touch a flower on your wallpaper to activate lamps and heaters - and even control music systems. ANI

Iron-folic acid supplements during pregnancy cut mortality rates among kids
In a new study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that offspring whose mothers had been supplemented with iron-folic acid during pregnancy had dramatically reduced mortality through age 7. ANI

Statins can have both beneficial and detrimental effects on brain cells
Apart from treating high cholesterol and lowering the risk of heart disease, statins have also been found to potentially reduce the risks of other diseases, such as dementia. But, a new study has shown that similar statin drugs can have profoundly different effects on brain cells - both beneficial and harmful. ANI

Pumpkin skin may scare away disease-causing germs
Scientists have found that the skin of pumpkin contains a substance with an antibacterial effect against microbes that cause millions of cases of yeast infections in adults and infants each year. ANI

Genetic mutations linked to risk of fungal infections identified
Scientists from University College London and Radboud University have identified two genetic mutations that may put individuals at increased risk of fungal infections. ANI

Stem cell therapy holds promise for acute lung injury
A new study in mice, conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, has shown that adult stem cells from bone marrow can help treat acute lung injury. ANI

How fish oils help fight arthritis
Fish oils are known for their beneficial health effects, but how and why they produce anti-inflammatory effects remains uncertain. ANI

Artificial sperm and eggs just 5 years away
In a revolutionary discovery, researchers have successfully transformed human embryonic stem cells into germ cells, the embryonic cells that ultimately give rise to sperm and eggs. ANI

NASAs Ares I-X rocket successfully completes flight test
NASAs Ares I-X test rocket has successfully completed its flight test, by lifting off from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 28th. ANI

Age-old mystery of household dust solved
A new American study has found that nearly 60 percent of the dust that gathers inside a house comes from outside. ANI

Jekyll and Hyde effect of workplace gossip revealed
Gossip in the workplace can function as a weapon to attack peoples reputation or a gift in enhancing it, according to researchers. ANI

Astronomers set their eyes on last blank space on the map of the Universe
Two international teams of astronomers have reported their observations of what they refer to as the last blank space on the map of the Universe, namely, a gamma-ray burst from a star that died when the Universe was 640 million years old, or less than 5 percent of its present age. ANI

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