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Geoengineering could save Earth from global warming
Reflecting a small amount of sunlight back into space before it strikes the Earth's surface could reverse global warning, a new study has claimed. ANI

Iceland volcano could result in mass disruption: Experts
A huge Icelandic volcano, which has been dormant for long, is showing signs of activity that might lead to mass disruption, experts have warned. ANI

How our senses of hearing and vision interact to help us see
The senses of hearing and vision also interact at a more basic level before they each even produce an estimate, a new study has suggested. ANI

How the eyes and brain make sense of what we see
Scientists have tried to understand how the eyes and the brain make sense of what we see as the visual system constantly takes in ambiguous stimuli, weighs its options, and decides what it perceives. ANI

Skull of oldest tiger ever discovered in north-western China
Researchers have unearthed the skull of the oldest tiger ever, which is between 2.16 million years and 2.55 million years old, in Longdan in north-western China. ANI

Now, a proverbial wallet that 'clamps shut' when you run out of money
Engineers have developed an electric wallet that "tightens up" when an individual runs out of money, and swells when one is flush. ANI

Soon, billboards to display ads according to your weight
Computer scientists have created a system that enables digital billboards to remotely detect the weights of people passing by. ANI

Facebook 'casinos' spark fears of luring kids into online gambling
Facebook has been accused of luring children into gambling after the world's biggest social network site planned to introduce real cash games. ANI

Indian researchers develop 'cheap' solar beads to heat your home
Indian scientists have developed a cheap material that can store heat energy collected from the sun during the day that can be later released slowly over night. ANI

Why some never forget faces, while others misrecognize frequently
The difference in the ability to recognise faces is rooted in the unique way in which the mind of every individual perceives the look of another person, a new study has found. ANI

Doomsday predictions on sea level rises are 'false alarm': Experts
Predictions that rising sea levels will swallow up low lying islands like those existing in the Maldives are a 'false alarm', an expert has claimed. ANI

Melting of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets may date back 19000 years
Artic and Antarctic attained their maximum ice sheet almost simultaneously and may have started melting 19000 years ago, a new study has suggested. ANI

Engineered nose, ears, knees, shoulders come closer to reality
Engineering cartilage replacement using body's own cells shows promise to heal knees, shoulders, ears and noses damaged by osteoarthritis, sports injuries and accidents, a new study has suggested. ANI

18 new planets 'more massive than the sun' discovered
Using twin telescopes at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, astronomers have discovered 18 new Jupiter-like planets orbiting massive stars. ANI

Implantable replacement cartilage offers hope to beat osteoarthritis
Engineering cartilage replacement using body's own cells shows promise to heal knees, shoulders, ears and noses damaged by osteoarthritis, sports injuries and accidents, a new study has suggested. ANI

Is doing harm same as allowing harm?
People generally deal more sternly with people who are actively involved in committing harm than who are passively involved, but a conscious rationale is required to consider active and passive behaviours as equally wrong, if the harm caused is of the same level, researchers say. ANI

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