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Scientists discover 4-D scanning ultrafast electron microscopy
Scientists have pioneered a 4-D microscope technique, which promises sweeping applications in medicine, biological research, and development of new electronic devices. ANI

Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs 'less related to life satisfaction'
A new study has argued a theory on human needs that suggests basic needs must be fulfilled before higher needs are pursued. ANI

Now, 'isoscapes' to trace origins of corpses, cheese, scotch whiskey
Pinpointing the geographical origin of corpses, distinguishing fake cheese from real ones and finding whether or not your scotch whiskey is worth its high price tag have now been made possible by 'isoscapes', according to a new research. ANI

Green facades, roofs seen as future trends for buildings
A researcher has suggested that green facades and roofs could be the future trends for buildings, as they can be also be beneficial in absorbing hazardous fine dust from the air. ANI

Why chronic stress hastens progression of Alzheimer's disease
Previous studies have pinpointed the role of stress in Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. ANI

Now, salmonella-based vaccines join fight against fatal diseases
Existing vaccines are inadequate for protecting vulnerable populations against fatal diseases, including hepatitis B, tuberculosis, cholera, typhoid fever, AIDS and pneumonia. ANI

Resource consumption, culture influence people's response to climate change
A team of psychologists has said that how people choose to consume resources and use contraception influences their responses to climate change. ANI

How money affects our behaviour, feelings, emotions
A new study has been conducted to better understand the psychological effect of money and how it affects our behaviour, feelings and emotions. ANI

A day on Neptune lasts precisely 15 hrs, 57 mins and 59 secs
For the first time, a University of Arizona planetary scientist has accurately determined Neptune's rotation by tracking atmospheric features on the planet. ANI

Modern humans never shared habitats with Homo erectus
Researchers, after analyzing new excavations in Indonesia, have claimed that modern humans never co-existed with Homo erectus. ANI

Brightest, most distant quasar offers glimpse into early universe
A team of European astronomers has discovered the most distant quasar to date - a finding that could further help our understanding of a universe still in its infancy following the Big Bang. ANI

Why some HIV-infected people can handle the disease better than others
A new study has shed new light on how the immune system of the infected people handles HIV, and how HIV evades the immune system's response. ANI

Now, a 'forever young' pill to make 'elixir of life' a reality!
An 'elixir of life' has been discovered on Easter Island which scientists believe can reverse the effects of premature aging in human cells. ANI

India among top 10 countries 'worst affected' if an asteroid strikes
India has featured in the league table of countries, which will be worst affected in the event of an asteroid strike. ANI

Impulsive gamblers 'likelier to rely on four-leaf clovers to win'
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found a link between impulsivity and flawed reasoning (such as believing in superstitious rituals and luck) in problem gamblers. ANI

Detailed genomic analysis of ovarian cancer may lead to effective treatment
Scientists have completed a detailed analysis of genomic changes in ovarian cancer, which will help better understand the biology of the dreaded disease and improve diagnosis and treatment of it. ANI

Water insect makes record noise by rubbing its pe**s against its abdomen
A study has found a fresh water insect that is the loudest animal on Earth relative to its body size, and it produces the sound by rubbing its pe**s against its abdomen in a process known as "stridulation". ANI

Diabetes drug 'may prevent polycystic ovary syndrome in young girls'
Early, prolonged treatment with diabetes drug metformin may prevent or delay the development of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of infertility, in adolescence, according to a new study. ANI

Early musical games may benefit dyslexic kids in learning to read
A study led by an Indian-origin researcher has shown a strong association between the ability to perceive metrical structure in music and learning to read among children with dyslexia. ANI

Now, robots 'get touchy feely with artificial skin'!
Scientists at the Technical University Munich are developing an artificial skin for robots with the purpose of providing important tactile information to the robot and thus supplement its perception formed by camera eyes, infrared scanners and gripping hands. ANI

Now, a smartphone app that tags photos automatically!
A team from Duke University and the University of South Carolina that includes one Indian-origin student has unveiled a new smartphone app that can automatically tag photos. ANI

Genetic 'conductor' that produces new brain cells in adults identified
Researchers have discovered more about how a gene connected to the production of new brain cells in adults does its job. ANI

Now, researchers can predict one's future actions using brain signals
Researchers can now determine the action a person is planning, mere moments before that action is actually executed. ANI

Half-a-billion-yr-old animal fossil shows powerful eyes evolved in a twinkling
An international team led by scientists from the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide has uncovered half-a-billion-year-old fossils that demonstrate primitive animals had excellent vision. ANI

Now, tiny battery-free devices that operate from our pulse!
Scientists have created the first self-powered nano-device that can transmit data wirelessly over long distances. ANI

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