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Prosthetic limbs that can be 'connected to brain using light'
Prosthetic metal limbs, which are often rejected by body, may become history as scientists are developing limbs that would be connected to brain with light. ANI

13th century Khawja Nasir observatory unearthed in Iran
Archaeologists have discovered ruins of an observatory that had been built by the Iranian polymath Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi at a castle during the 13th century in Iran. ANI

Otters back from the brink of extinction in England
Environment Agency has revealed that the otter has made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction. ANI

Why geckos have 'superglue' feet
A new study sheds light on why geckos are able to cling on repeatedly to the smoothest surfaces. ANI

Scientists discover key difference in 'kiss of death' sequence of TB bacteria
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have discovered a key difference in the way human cells and Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB, deliver unwanted proteins - marked with a 'kiss of death' sequence - to their respective cellular recycling factories. ANI

American Heart Association spells out new guidelines for CPR
The American Heart Association has released new guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). ANI

How non-migrating grey whales survived the ice age
A new study attempts to shed light on how non-migrating grey whales survived the last ice age. ANI

Now, genetic test to predict menopause
Women might soon be able to take a genetic test in their twenties that would foresee how long they can delay bearing a child, a new study has suggested. ANI

Flexible, implantable LEDs could revolutionize drug and laser therapy
Bendy, stretchy and biocompatible arrays of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and photodetectors would soon be used to light inside the body to activate drugs or monitor medical conditions. ANI

'Light-smelling' mice may explain how we distinguish between scents
Harvard University neurobiologists have created mice that can 'smell' light, a study that could help researchers better understand the neural basis of olfaction. ANI

Stem cell jab could spell the end for hip replacement surgeries
The day is not far when painful hip and knee replacement surgeries would be history, for British scientists are developing a treatment wherein damaged joints could be rejuvenated by injections of stem cells. ANI

Bizarre female robo 'croons by copying human singer'
They can drive cars and probably even do household chores like humans, but a bizarre female robot can actually sing, by copying a human singer. ANI

Why coffee puts you in a good mood and chocolate makes you feel high
Do you crave for a cup of coffee early in the morning? And a chocolate bar makes you feel good when you feel low? Now a study from Ohio University tells you why certain foods affect your moods. ANI

Blood-sucking vampire therapy 'could improve our wellbeing'
Having your blood sucked out under ultraviolet light, then pumped back into your body sounds like a scene right out of a horror flick, but some say it could work miracles. ANI

Scientists discover key genetic trigger of depression
Yale researchers have discovered a gene that seems to play a major role in triggering depression. ANI

Vitamin A pill 'can prevent old-age related blindness in millions'
A new study has revealed that a drug based on vitamin A could prevent millions from going blind as they get older. ANI

Flying camp Pterosaurs 'could soar 16,000 kms at a stretch'
A new study has revealed that pterosaurs was the ultimate flying champ of the dinosaur era, and could clock up to 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometres) at a stretch. ANI

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