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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures first-ever images of big Saturn storm
Scientists analysing data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft now have the first-ever, up-close details of a Saturn storm that is eight times the surface area of Earth. ANI

Coated nanowires hold promise for 'low cost' photodetectors, solar cells
Researchers at Harvard and Berkeley have significantly improved nanowires' efficiency and sensitivity with a simple coating. ANI

Unique microcapsule could be used to co-deliver distinct drugs
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have designed a multiple-compartment gel capsule that will enable co-delivery of different types of drugs. ANI

Poor quality of life, smoking linked to premature menopause
A new study has found that premature menopause or Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) is associated with poor quality of life and smoking.OF not only leads to infertility but also significantly increased morbidity and mortality, as well as a decreased quality of life equivalent to that of people with type 2 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, said Dr. Rumana Islam, from Imperial College, London, UK. ANI

Replacement of jawless fishes by newly evolved jawed forms not likely
Scientists studying feeding mechanisms in early-jawed animals have claimed that the replacement of jawless fishes by newly evolved jawed forms is likely wrong. ANI

Plumes of hot magma driving Earth's massive tectonic plates
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have now discovered a new force that drives plate tectonics: plumes of hot magma pushing up from Earth's deep interior. ANI

What causes the most common and most lethal form of brain tumor
A new study has offered a novel way to determine what biological functions go awry when-Glioblastoma-the most common and most lethal form of brain tumor in people first begins to form. ANI

People who grew up poor likelier to make risky choices when in danger
A new study has found that people with a poor socio-economic background are more likely to make risky choices when exposed to danger. ANI

Ultrasonic scalpel that bounces off soft flesh paves way for safer bone surgery
A new scalpel is showing promising results for safer bone surgery. ANI

Altering body's metabolism may help in treating deadly liver cancer
Researchers have reported that altering the body's metabolism could be an effective treatment for deadly liver cancer. ANI

Early spring can threaten plants' reproduction
A study has indicated that though spring is hailed as the season of rebirth, but if it comes too early, it can threaten the plants it is meant to welcome. ANI

'1st flying animals' pterosaurs evolved in most unusual way
A new study has found that the pterosaurs, flying reptiles from the time of the dinosaurs, evolved in a most unusual way, becoming more and more specialised through their 160 million years on Earth. ANI

Binge drinking can permanently damage DNA of unborn babies
Excessive drinking by pregnant women causes permanent genetic damage to the unborn child, leading to birth defects and learning difficulties, a study led by an Indian-origin researcher has revealed. ANI

Earliest Europeans were cannibals who wore bling!
Remains of the earliest known Homo sapiens from southeastern Europe have suggested that earliest Europeans wore shell and mammoth jewellery, and likely practiced cannibalism. ANI

High or low salt intake during pregnancy can retard kids' kidney development
Be it too much or too little, salt intake during pregnancy can have an adverse effect on the prenatal development of the offspring's kidneys, according to a new animal study from Europe. ANI

Novel iPhone 'Opena' case that can open beer bottle caps
Two Australian men have designed an innovative iPhone case that can be used as a bottle opener. ANI

Scientists sequence entire DNA, RNA of lung cancer patient
Researchers for the first time have sequenced the entire DNA and RNA of a patient with lung cancer who never smoked. ANI

Anxiety, depression during pregnancy may up asthma risk in kids
Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have indicated that anxiety, stress and depression during pregnancy may lead to a greater risk of asthma for the offspring. ANI

Gulls select potential mates based on 'body odor'
Male and female kittiwakes-a seabird species in the gull family - may be using body odor, which signal the genetic makeup of individual birds, to assess the genetic compatibility of potential mates, according to a new research. ANI

'Freeze-dried' gene therapy - a safer, effective option to treat brain cancer
Scientists have developed a new way to avoid virus, potential complications in gene therapy-by using nanoparticles that can be freeze-dried and stored for up to three months prior to use. ANI

Stimulating protein that blocks immune attack can prevent type 1diabetes
Researchers have indicated that increasing a specific protein in areas of the pancreas that produce insulin blocks the immune attack that causes type 1 diabetes. ANI

1 in 9 people has Facebook account worldwide, reveals Mark Zuckerberg
Founder and chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has revealed that one in nine people now have a account on the social networking site as 750 million across the world have signed up to it. ANI

Soon, brain cells made from patients' skin could treat Parkinson's
Researchers have found a novel way to treat people with Parkinson's disease - brain cells made from patients' own skin. ANI

Coming soon: A scanner that detects suicide bombers 'silently'!
A sensor that can scan huge crowds and single out a lone suicide bomber from a distance without letting the person have any hint of being scanned, has undergone official tests. ANI

Soon, just a tap of a finger could power portable devices
An Australian University team, led by an Indian-origin researcher, is claiming that in five or six years, people will be able to charge their iPads, iPhones and other portable electronics with just the tap of their fingers. ANI

An egg a day 'can keep heart disease and cancer at bay'
Eggs may be even better for us than previously thought - with twice as many antioxidant properties as an apple, a new research has found. ANI

Gaia's camera smaller than credit card to snap 3-D shots of Milky Way
The European Space Agency has unveiled what it calls the largest digital camera ever built for a space mission - a one billion pixel array camera that will serve as the super-sensitive 'eye' of its galaxy-mapping Gaia mission. ANI

Hydrogen peroxide found in space may explain origins of water in universe
Hydrogen peroxide has been detected for the first time in space-a discovery that will help astronomers to better understand the formation of water in the Universe. ANI

Why we blackout after having one too many
Until now, scientists had no clue why people after drinking too much alcohol and performing complicated tasks, such as dancing, carrying on a conversation or even driving a car, later forget these escapades. ANI

NASA to test 'bone loss prevention therapy' during Atlantis' final mission
A group of scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Amgen, UCB, BioServe Space Technologies and the University of North Carolina, is collaborating with NASA to carry out an experiment aboard Atlantis aimed at revealing strategies to protect future astronauts from bone loss due to spending weeks and months in a low-gravity environment. ANI

Drug to take the sting out of sunburn may soon be a reality
Scientists have discovered why we have throbbing shoulders and lobster-red legs after too much exposure to the sun. ANI

Brit inventor uses recycled packaging to create world's 1st 'cardboard vacuum cleaner'
A British student has invented the world's first cardboard vacuum cleaner by using the recycled packaging of another model. ANI

World will need to spend 50 trillion pounds on green tech to avoid planetary catastrophe: UN
Nearly 50 trillion pounds will have to be spent on green technology over the coming decades if the world wants to avoid a "major planetary catastrophe", the United Nations has claimed. ANI

Beauty isn't exactly in the eye of the beholder, but in the brain!
Beauty may lie in the eye of the beholder, but more accurately it could well be an inch or so behind it, according to British scientists. ANI

Now, a lens-free, pinhead-size camera that could revolutionise science
Cornell University scientists have developed a microscopic camera that fits on the head of a pin, contains no lenses or moving parts. ANI

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