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Diamond computer chips, circuits highly immune to extreme environments
Scientists have discovered that computer chips and electronic circuitries made of diamond are adapt to extreme environments. ANI

Cell death in termites key for their worker-to-soldier transformation
A new study has demonstrated that programmed cell death - a process by which cells deliberately destroy themselves - is key to termite evolution wherein they molt from workers, to presoldiers and finally soldiers under the effect of juvenile hormones. ANI

'Missing link' in common form of brain cancer found
A comprehensive map of genetic mutations occurring in the second-most common form of brain cancer, oligodendroglioma, appears to reveal the biological cause of the tumors, scientists say. ANI

Gene that leaves people without fingerprints identified
Researchers from the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel believe that they have cracked the genetic code behind an incredibly rare condition in which people have no fingerprints. ANI

Soon, a weatherproof safety system to make runway safer!
Researchers are developing a new radar system to increase safety at airports, as airplanes undergo significant stresses during take-off and landing, and parts often become detached, putting subsequent runway users at risk. ANI

Breakthrough in photonic chips can lead to more computer data storage
A way to prevent light signals on a silicon chip from reflecting backwards and interfering with its operation, has been developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Diego. ANI

Stone Age man created massive network of underground tunnels across Europe
A new book on the ancient superhighways has claimed that Stone Age man created a massive network of underground tunnels criss-crossing Europe from Scotland to Turkey. ANI

People with sedentary lifestyle more likely to develop peripheral arterial disease
A new research has indicated that there may be a connection between low lifetime recreational activity (LRA) and increased peripheral arterial disease (PAD). ANI

Now, a fully cooked food-aid product called Instant Corn Soy Blend
A fully cooked food-aid product called Instant Corn Soy Blend that supplements meals, particularly for young, has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. ANI

Seawater desalination 'could help overcome world's water shortage'
Over one-third of the world's population, already struggling to keep up with the demand for fresh water, could quench their thirst if salty seawater could be filtered by a cheap process called reverse osmosis, according to a new study. ANI

How to eliminate motion sickness on tilting trains
Researchers have found that motion sickness on tilting trains can be essentially eliminated by adjusting the timing of when the cars tilt as they enter and leave the curves. ANI

How female frogs control male call evolution
Biologists from the University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have observed that female cognitive ability can limit how melodious or handsome males become over evolutionary time. ANI

US security expert claims he can unlock cars by sending a text message
An American security consultant has claimed that he can unlock thousands of cars simply by sending a text message. ANI

GQ names Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs as tech's worst-dressed males
GQ magazine has named Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs as the 'worst-dressed' men in Silicon Valley. ANI

Natural food preservative could be key to fight food-borne bacteria
University of Minnesota researchers have discovered a natural option that could help to keep food safe from harmful bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and listeria. ANI

Kids as young as 6 surf Internet without parents' supervision
A survey has found that parents routinely allow children as young as six to surf the Internet without supervision. ANI

Now, hang-outs could predict who you could befriend on Facebook
Social networks like Facebook and Twitter often suggest people you may know based on your existing 'friends'. Now, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found a new way of predicting which people may become friends on social network sites - based on the type of places they visit. ANI

Now, a vibrating glove that may boost your sense of touch!
A new glove with a special fingertip designed to improve the wearer's sense of touch has been developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology. ANI

Brains 'keep growing even if body stops before birth'
It was known that when developing babies are growth restricted in the womb, they are typically born with heads that are large relative to their bodies. The growing brain is protected at the expense of other, less critical organs, but how it happens was unknown until now. ANI

Nipples 'light up the same area of female brain as genitals do'
It's well known that women can become aroused just by their ni*ples alone. But till now, scientists failed to explain the reason behind it. ANI

Scientists find way to turn embryonic stem cells into sperm
Making a breakthrough in infertility research and treatment, Kyoto University scientists have found a way to turn mouse embryonic stem cells into sperm. ANI

NIH scientists find multiple potential anti-malaria compounds
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have discovered numerous potential anti-malarial candidate drugs. ANI

Novel DNA-sensing pathway that increases susceptibility to malaria identified
A novel DNA-sensing pathway important to the triggering of an innate immune response for malaria, which in turn increases susceptibility to the disease, has been uncovered by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. ANI

Soon, patients' own skin cells to treat them for numerous diseases
A patient's own skin cells could one day be used to treat him/her for diseases as diverse as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and cancer, a US scientist has said. ANI

Why we often remember a person's face, not name
Have you ever had one of those experiences when you recognize someone's face, but are unable to recall their name? ANI

How our brain helps us recall 'what' happened and 'when'
New York University neuroscientists have identified the parts of the brain that enables us to remember both the key events that make up our lives and the specific order in which they happened. ANI

Innate cells form immunological 'memory', protect against viral infection
A study has shown that cells of the innate immune system are capable of "memory", and of mounting rapid protection to an otherwise lethal dose of live vaccinia virus. ANI

NASA's salty water discovery hints life exists on Mars
NASA scientists have announced that they have found the first evidence of flowing water on Mars. ANI

Drinking spirits ups risk of acute pancreatitis, but wine or beer does not
Drinking just one 4cl measure of spirits can increase the risk of an acute attack of pancreatitis, but wine or beer does not appear to have the same effect, according to researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. ANI

Male tungara frogs sing 'disco' songs to lure females!
A new study has revealed that male tungara frogs attempt to woo females with calls that sound like the backbeat to at least one 70's disco song. ANI

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