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Wanted: Genius to operate Stephen Hawking' custom-built wheelchair
Professor Stephen Hawking has posted a job advert seeking for a technical assistant to help him maintain and operate his custom-built wheelchair and the computer-controlled voice synthesiser through which he speaks. ANI

Harrods to retail 1275 pounds Porsche BlackBerry
Harrods has been chosen to be the exclusive retailer for the new Porsche Design BlackBerry handset that will cost 1,275 pounds. ANI

Twice as many 18 year olds registered on Facebook than to vote
Almost twice as many 18 year olds in Britain use Facebook than are registered to vote, which has raised concerns over youth not participating in the election process, a new study has revealed. ANI

Steve Jobs dismissed as 'joker' in 1976 during Apple start-up
Steve Jobs was once dismissed as a 'joker' in 1976, when he was in his initial phase of business, according to a treasure trove of Apple papers documenting the rise of the technology giant. ANI

Not just 'gut feeling' but logic too plays role in decision making
People do not just go with their gut feeling but also logic, when it comes to taking complex decisions, a new study has suggested. ANI

Gene that may up risk of hereditary pancreatic cancer identified
Scientists have discovered that mutations in the ATM gene may increase the hereditary risk for pancreatic cancer. ANI

Promising new drug targets against kidney cancer identified
Scientists have laid the foundation of completely understanding the intricacies of distinct kidney cancer subtypes, which could lead to better treatments for the disease. ANI

Great apes make much more sophisticated decisions than assumed
Chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos make more sophisticated decisions than was previously thought, a new study has suggested. ANI

Why champagne is so bubbly
The unique bubbly fizz and taste that comes on popping the champagne cork is because of trapped carbon dioxide in the drink, a new study has suggested. ANI

Chimps warn their unaware friends about danger
A new study has found that chimpanzees are more likely to alarm call to a snake in the presence of unaware than in the presence of aware group members, suggesting that they recognize knowledge and ignorance in others. ANI

'Eye shaped' galaxy staring from space
Scientists have captured the image of a nearby galaxy bearing resemblance to an eye, which contains an actively growing black hole. ANI

Milwaukee's Orangutans 'could soon video chat' with friends in other zoos
After introducing iPads to Orangutans at a Milwaukee zoo, zookeepers are now planning to provide wi-fi access to them so that the apes could watch their primate friends in other zoos. ANI

Google beats Facebook as 2011's most visited site in US
Google has been the most visited site of 2011 in US, with Facebook coming a close second, a new study has revealed. ANI

New island born in Red Sea after volcanic activity
A new island is forming in the Red Sea in the Zubair archipelago resulting from a volcanic activity as lava is cooled by the surrounding seawater and solidifies. ANI

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