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Now, laser technology that destroys tumours using heat
Scientists have developed a technique that heats up and destroys kidney and liver tumours. ANI

Cheap, solar-powered lamp 'most important object of the 21st century'
A cheap solar-powered lamp has joined the list of the most priceless treasures in the British Museum. ANI

Worms provide clues to declining fertility with age in women
A new study from Princeton University has revealed why fertility declines at a rate that far exceeds the onset of other aging signs in women. ANI

Updates from the world of Science and Technology, research findings and scientific reports for October 14, 2010

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

Robot punches humans to test pain thresholds
Contrary to the first law of robotics, which states that a robot may not injure a human being, a powerful robot in Slovenia has been hitting people over and over again in a bid to induce anything from mild to unbearable pain. ANI

Personality linked to exercise levels
A new study has suggested that there may be a link between aspects of an individuals personality and their capacity to exercise or generate energy. ANI

US govt using social networks to spy on citizens?
Claims of the US government using social networks to spy on its citizens have emerged. ANI

IVF can make children taller, say scientists
A New Zealand-based study has revealed that IVF can produce taller children. ANI

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

First images of aftermath of possible asteroid collision captured
The first snapshots of a suspected asteroid collision have been captured by NASAs Hubble Space Telescope. ANI

Massive galaxy cluster weighs as much as 800 trillion Suns
Using the South Pole Telescope, astronomers have discovered the most massive galaxy cluster yet seen at a distance of 7 billion light-years. ANI

Mystery of arsenic compound solved
Scientists from Johns Hopkins, Baylor and Stanford have discovered why an arsenic compound, called arsenite, can kill us, and yet function as an effective therapeutic agent against disease and infections. ANI

Unlike us, honeybees don't have trouble rescheduling biological clocks
A research carried out at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has shown that unlike humans, honeybees, when thrown into highly time-altered new societal roles, are able to alter their biological rhythms with alacrity, enabling them to make a successful quick switch in their daily routines. ANI

Bombing Earth-bound asteroids may be a viable last resort, experts say
Researchers have said that bombing Earth-bound asteroids may be a viable option to avoid a collision. ANI

Variety 'may be the catalyst behind sexual evolution'
Variety may well be the spice of sexual evolution that encourages a move away from asexual reproduction, according to a study from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. ANI

West lifestyle 'plundering natural resources from tropics at record levels'
A WWF report has revealed the extent to which modern Western lifestyles are plundering natural resources from the tropics at record levels. ANI

How young galaxies can grow gently
Galaxies often collide and then merge to form larger systems and this process is certainly an important growth mechanism. However, an additional way has been proposed so that they grow in a gentler manner. ANI

Eyetracker software to prevent drivers from nodding off at the wheel
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany, have developed an assistant system that tracks a drivers eye movements and issues a warning before the driver has an opportunity to nod off to sleep. ANI

Soft drink could boost effects of anti-cancer drug
A popular lemon-lime soft drink could play an unexpected role in improving the effectiveness of an oral anticancer drug, experiments with an artificial stomach suggest. The experiments produced evidence that patients will absorb more of the unnamed drug, tested in Phase I in clinical trials, when taken with flat or degassed Sprite. ANI

Bad jobs worse for mental health than joblessness
Having a bad job is worse for your mental health than not having one at all, new research suggests. ANI

Nice guys actually get the girl in the end
New research suggests that nice guys really do finish first when it comes to getting the girl. ANI

Pine bark effective in relieving tinnitus symptoms
Pycnogenol, an antioxidant plant extract derived from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, is effective in relieving tinnitus symptoms by improving blood flow in the inner ear, says a new study. ANI

Compound in carrots, peppers boosts brain health
A plant compound found in carrots, peppers, celery, olive oil, peppermint, rosemary and chamomile helps reduce age-related inflammation in the brain and memory deficits, according to a new study conducted in mice. ANI

New 'control app' to stop users from Sexting on their iPhones
Consumer electronics company Apple has been awarded a patent to stop users from Sexting, or sending inappropriate message from their phones. ANI

Walking at least 6 miles per week 'can reduce Alzheimer's risk'
Want to keep your brain sharp in old age? Well, go for a stroll then, for a new study suggests that walking at least six miles per week may protect brain size and in turn, preserve your memory later in life. ANI

Technophobia 'sprouts up while we are still in the womb'
Scientists have revealed that the fear of technology or technophobia could be determined before a person is even born, when they are still in the womb. ANI

Nicotine could play role in Alzheimer's disease therapy
A team of neuroscientists has discovered that they may be able to eliminate debilitating side effects caused by a promising Alzheimers drug by stimulating the brains nicotine receptors. ANI

Silicon 'can radically increase capacity of lithium-ion batteries'
Rice University and Lockheed Martin scientists have found that silicon can radically increase the capacity of lithium-ion batteries. ANI

Enzyme in saliva influences how we sense food texture
A new study has suggested that individuals perception of starch texture is shaped by variability in the activity of an oral enzyme known as salivary amylase. ANI

Facebook keeps 'deleted' user photos for up to 30 months
Social networking giant Facebook has been slammed for keeping deleted pictures of a profile up to 30 months after removing them. ANI

Brain imaging reveals how we learn from failure and success
In a new study, scientists have used brain imaging to reveal how people and animals learn from failure and success. ANI

Now, 3D body scanner to tell you if you're overweight
Tape measures and scales may soon become a thing of the past, as they would be replaced with a 3D body scanner. ANI

Cheap, accurate test to predict prostate cancer developed
British scientists have developed a test to check the risk of prostate cancer in men. ANI

Love as effective as drugs in driving pain away
If you experience intense and passionate feelings of love for someone, you probably wont need a doctor or drugs to drive pain away as love will do it for you, says a new study. ANI

'Earth-like' planet may not exist
After an exciting announcement of the discovery of a habitable Earth-like planet, a second team of scientists has cast some doubt on the claim. ANI

Why women like to cuddle after sex and men don't
While it has always been known that women like to cuddle after sex and men would rather have a fag or a drink-scientists have now found the reason behind it. ANI

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