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New liquid lens for high-resolution imaging below the skin
A scientist at the University of Rochester has developed an optical technology that provides unprecedented images under the skin's surface. ANI

Scientists study isolated islands to test limits of human existence
Scientists are studying an isolated segment of islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire to test the limits upto which humans can survive in extreme conditions. ANI

Now, measure universe 3 times farther using super-sharp radio 'eye'
Scientists have managed to increase their ability to measure the cosmos three times farther thanks to the super-sharp radio 'vision' of astronomy's most precise telescope. ANI

Increasing triglyceride level 'linked to high risk of stroke'
A new study has found that increasing levels of non-fasting triglycerides are associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke in men and women. ANI

Is groundwater clean and safe to drink anymore?
A researcher has examined society's efforts to reverse and stop groundwater pollution, and the effectiveness of bioremediation technologies. ANI

Experts study black carbon, tropospheric ozone's role in climate change
Experts from the European Commission Joint Research Centre have suggested measures to reduce the impact of Black carbon (BC) and tropospheric ozone (O3) emission. ANI

Relatives of melanoma patients still ignoring Sun safety advice: Study
A new research has indicated that despite being aware of risks of sunbathing and that this risk is increased in people with a family history of melanoma, young people in this 'at risk' group are still ignoring sun safety advice. ANI

Earth's inner core rotating slower than previously believed
A new research has given the first accurate estimate of how much faster the Earth's inner core is rotating compared to the rest of the planet. ANI

Mimosa plant 'to inspire adaptive structures of the future'
Robots could soon change shape like elephant trunks or snakes to manoeuvre under a bridge or through a tunnel and airplanes could change the shape of their wings while in flight as birds do - thanks to a research underway on mimosa plants. ANI

Witwatersrand basin in South Africa has 'world's oldest water'
A new study has suggested that deep saline groundwaters in South Africa's Witwatersrand Basin may have remained isolated for millions of years and could be the world's oldest water. ANI

How reovirus kills cancer cells
A new study has found a virus that can help treat cancer. ANI

Water management processes directly impacts our health: expert
Changes to water systems affect the health and well-being of communities living within them, says a new study. ANI

Cotton carrier bags need to used 131 times to be 'environmentally friendly'
Scientists looking at different types of bags and their impact on the environment have found that cotton bags offered by many supermarkets may be less "green" than plastic carriers. ANI

Why dengue fever is a threat to urban population in developing nations
A Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar has examined why dengue fever, a severe flu-like illness spread through the bite of mosquitoes, continues to threaten urban populations in many developing countries. ANI

Callous-unemotional traits help identify kids at risk of antisocial behavior
Researchers have highlighted the importance of callous-unemotional traits (CU) in identifying children at risk of antisocial behavior and other adjustment problems. ANI

Weight loss can improve osteoarthritis-related knee pain
Researchers have suggested that weight loss can improve knee pain related to osteoarthritis (OA), which is a common complaint among obese individuals and retired professional athletes. ANI

Fish 'n' chips taste better beside the seaside, say experts
Psychologists have said that fish and chips taste much better when you eat them using your fingers and at the seaside. ANI

Now, a smart way to control molecules for new breed of electronics
An Arizona State University researcher has demonstrated a smart way of controlling electrical conductance of a single molecule, by exploiting its mechanical properties. ANI

Mimicking photosynthesis key to inexpensive solar-powered jet fuel
Scientists at the Penn State University have said that making cheap hydrogen for automotive or jet fuel is possible by mimicking photosynthesis. ANI

'Quantum dots' technology to make solar cells more efficient, cheaper
Stanford researchers have developed a new technology that would increase the efficiency of solar cells three-fold and could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar panels. ANI

Starless planets could be warm enough for human survival: Study
It seems that starless planets may be able to harbour human life after all. ANI

How you can cut the risk of being affected by dementia
With age, a person's risk for dementia increases - now Swedish scientist Laura Fratiglioni has shown how everyone can minimize this risk. ANI

'Skin-printing' device could rebuild damaged, burnt skin
Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are working on a specialized skin "printing" system that could be used to rebuild damaged or burned skin. ANI

How it may be now possible to leave your body and enter another!
In a series of studies, a Swedish neuroscientist has found that the brain's perception of its own body can alter remarkably. ANI

Effective family planning in developing countries may limit population growth
Experts have said that an effective family planning in developing countries could control the population growth, projected to peak at more than 9 billion people by 2050. ANI

Shocking images reveal oil spill still stuck at the bottom of the Gulf
A scientist has shown that oil from the BP spill still remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. ANI

How climate change can affect our health within 30 years
Scientists have demonstrated how climate change could increase exposure and risk of human illness originating from ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems, with some studies projecting impacts to be felt within 30 years. ANI

World population to hit 9bn in 2050 - true or false?
The United Nations has predicted that the Earth's population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, peak at 9.5 billion, stabilize temporarily, and then decline. ANI

Spent nuclear fuel 'is anything but waste', says expert
An expert has claimed that spent nuclear fuel, which includes some plutonium, often is inaccurately referred to as waste but it's not. ANI

Now, easy to wear, more accurate watch-like device to measure BP
The way patients' blood pressure is measured is set to improve thanks to a new blood pressure measurement device. ANI

Oz youngsters use Facebook, Twitter 'to look cool, not to communicate'
The social-networking obsessed Australian youngsters have admitted that they use tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Smartphone apps to appear 'cool' rather than communicate. ANI

Finger-tapping to music could reveal how kids master speech
Researchers are one step closer to unlocking a medical mystery that has perplexed scientists for years - what causes people to stutter?ccording to University of Toronto speech-language pathologist Luc De Nil, finger-tapping beats could reveal such things as how children master one of the most complex tasks of all - speech. ANI

Dispersing fungal spores over water kills malaria mosquito larvae
A new research presents a method of dispersing pathogenic fungi as a means of preventing the spread of malaria. ANI

Story repetition helps kids acquire new vocabulary
Academics have indicated that children who demand the same story be read to them over and over again may be learning more than those who choose a different tale every time. ANI

Booze will 'kill 250K people in the UK over the next 20 yrs'
Health experts have warned that alcohol consumption will kill up to 250,000 extra people in England and Wales over the next 20 years. ANI

Blame your genes for that stammer, says new study
It's not nervousness or a traumatic childhood but your genes that make you stutter, say scientists. ANI

50bn planets in Milky Way, estimates first cosmic census
The first cosmic census of planets in our galaxy has suggested that there are at least 50 billion planets in the Milky Way. ANI

Using amphetamines 'ups risk of Parkinson's disease'
A new study has shown that use of amphetamines such as benzedrine and dexedrine may increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. ANI

Just like humans, monkeys too show self-doubt
Just like humans, monkeys too display self-doubt and uncertainty, according to US-based scientists. ANI

Oral sex, not tobacco is 'main cause of throat cancer'
Scientists have warned that a virus that spreads during oral sex is now the main cause of throat cancer in people under 50. ANI

Soon, your smartphone could reveal your every move
Your smartphone could soon give out your location no matter where you where, when you are. ANI

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