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Why some cancers become malignant and others don't
Scientists have discovered why some cancers become malignant and others don't. ANI

GM to offer wireless in-car phone charging pads by 2012
Charging your cell phone on the go may soon become as easy as taking it for a drive, as General Motors has announced that it has plans to offer wireless charging technology across a number of its vehicles from the second half of 2012. ANI

Secondhand TV exposure equally harmful for kids: Study
Just switching off the TV set may not you help keep your kids away from negative influence of the idiot-box, as indirect media exposure, i.e., having friends who watch TV, might be even more damaging for a teen, say researchers. ANI

Remnants of boozy village discovered beneath downtown San Francisco
Archeologists have discovered dozens of relics from the 1800s underneath a parking lot in downtown San Francisco. ANI

Bacteria ate up methane from Gulf spill, say scientists
Bacteria consumed the methane released from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico within about four months, say scientists. ANI

Freshwater methane emission changes greenhouse gas equation
Greenhouse gas uptake by continents is less than previously thought because of methane emissions from freshwater areas, to newly released data by an international team of scientists. ANI

Crab Nebula shoots off surprising flares
Scientists have discovered that the Crab Nebula, one of our best-known and most stable neighbours in the winter sky, has a propensity for fireworks-gamma-ray flares set off by the most energetic particles ever traced to a specific astronomical object. ANI

New 'transparent' cement that 'lights' your home while saving cost, energy!
You may now get a breather from your hiked energy bills, thanks to 'transparent' cement, which has been developed by an Italian company and allows light inside the walls. ANI

Routine blood test may accurately identify pre-diabetics
A new study has suggested that a simpler form of testing individuals with risk factors for diabetes could improve diabetes prevention efforts by substantially increasing the number of individuals who complete testing and learn whether or not they are likely to develop diabetes. ANI

Drastic fall in global spam e-mail levels
The recent months have seen a drastic fall in the amount of junk e-mails being sent globally, with the reason for the decline not fully understood as yet, and spam watchers warning it may not last. ANI

Female butterflies chase males when it's cool
Yale University researchers have found that female butterflies actively court males after being exposed to cool, dry temperatures as caterpillars. ANI

Lice DNA shows humans started wearing clothes about 170,000yrs ago
A new study following the evolution of lice has revealed that modern humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago, a technology which enabled them to successfully migrate out of Africa. ANI

Professor finds a way to 'rinse and repeat the rainbow cycle'
Rainbows are a familiar but rare occurrence, and the theory is simple: a little bit of sunshine and a little bit of rain. But now, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Michael Jones McKean has developed a way to recycle rainbows. ANI

Dead birds falling from sky 'is not the end of nature'
The recent spate of incidents where in one case, 500 red-wing blackbirds died together in Louisiana and in another, 100 jackdaws turned up dead on a street in Sweden, is not an unusual occurrence, say experts. ANI

NIST study may solve 'universe's expansion mystery'
Astrophysicists may finally be able to solve the mystery of the unending expansion of our universe, thanks to a telescope calibrated by scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Harvard University and the University of Hawaii. ANI

Cosmic chunk from the belly of 3rd largest asteroid found in space
Scientists have found in space a chunk that was once a part of the third-largest asteroid. ANI

Facebook to go public next year
It looks like Facebook is preparing to go public sometime next year, as per the new details revealed in a 100-page document sent to a select group of potential investors. ANI

Groundbreaking technology to detect Alzheimer's developed
A novel technology that is able to detect the presence of immune molecules specific to Alzheimer's disease in patients' blood samples has been developed by the scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute. ANI

World's fastest solar car produces same power as toaster uses!
An Australian car-which produces power equivalent to that consumed by a household toaster-has officially been named the world's fastest solar-powered vehicle zooming at 88km/h. ANI

Moon 'has Earth-like core'
A NASA research team has revealed that Moon has a core similar to Earth's after applying state-of-the-art seismological techniques to Apollo-era data. ANI

How slowing the engines of mitochondria extends lifespan
Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that slowing the engines of mitochondria, the tiny cellular factories, could extend your life. ANI

'Mysterious, hidden literary references' found in the Mona Lisa
A professor from the Queen's University has stumbled upon literary references in Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. ANI

Why Sun's outer atmosphere is millions of degrees hotter than its surface
Scientists have found the answer to one of the most long-standing mysteries of physics: Why the Sun's outer atmosphere or the corona, is millions of degrees hotter than its surface. ANI

Nanotube yarns key to survival of 'smart clothing' in laundry
For long, manufacturers have looked for a way to create clothing materials, which have conducting paths that, say, connect sports performance sensors or your music player to your phone but the technology to make that possible hadn't been created, until now. ANI

Women's tears 'kill sexual arousal in men'
They say tears are woman's best arsenal - and they probably are - for they are powerful enough to dampen a man's sexual arousal, according to a new study. ANI

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