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'Superflares' in Crab Nebula leave NASA astronomers baffled
Crab Nebula, the dusty remains of an exploded star, has baffled NASA astronomers by erupting in a surprisingly massive flare that is five times more powerful than any eruption previously seen from the celestial object. ANI

Study reveals likelihood of human error when dealing with fingerprints
In a crime scene television show, many times a perfect fingerprint is taken from the crime scene and then a suspect is quickly identified. ANI

'Fire and forget' tech to give US choppers a newfound tactical advantage
A new technology that allows helicopter aircraft commanders to "take the fight away from the boat" could soon give the U.S. Navy and coalition military ships an upper hand in defending against multiple fast-attack craft threats from various directions and ranges. ANI

Sugar helps medicine's battle against chronic bacterial infections
A team of researchers has discovered that a spoonful of sugar not only makes medicine easier to swallow, but it can also help it work. ANI

New Android game's 2nd Base female characters based on Palin, Gillard?
An Australian Internet businessman has denied a voluptuous politician impression in his Google Android game application is formed on Julia Gillard. ANI

Why cancer 'smart drugs' may not be so smart
Researchers have said that some of the most effective and expensive cancer drugs, dubbed "smart drugs" for their ability to stop tumors by targeting key drivers of cancer cell growth, are not effective in some patients. ANI

Being mildly obese benefits ALS patients
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found that the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients who were mildly obese survived longer than who were normal weight, underweight or even overweight. ANI

Blackbody energy calculations may set stage for clocks with unprecedented accuracy
By studying the effect of blackbody radiation, a team of physicists from the U.S. and Russia have developed means for computing, with unprecedented accuracy, a tiny, temperature-dependent source of error in atomic clocks. ANI

Arctic's climate changing faster and more drastically than thought
Experts have warned that climate change in the Arctic is occurring at a faster and more drastic rate than previously assumed. ANI

New 'chirping' sensor detects trace gas quickly and efficiently
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently developed a new gas detector that is hundreds of times faster and more sensitive than other similar technologies. ANI

MRI-ultrasound fusion method to obtain targeted biopsy of prostate cancer
Scientists have developed a new screening technology fusing MRI with real-time 3D ultrasound, providing an exacting method to obtain biopsy specimens from suspicious areas in the prostate. ANI

Blood pressure drug improves muscle regeneration
A commonly used blood pressure drug not only improves regeneration of injured muscle but also protects against its wasting away from inactivity, according to Johns Hopkins research team. ANI

Crocodiles swam Atlantic to reach America 7 mn years ago!
A finding from the most complete evolutionary tree of the genus Crocodylus, featuring all but one of the living crocodile species, has revealed that crocodiles swam thousands of kilometres from Africa to colonise the Americas. ANI

Overhearing phone conversations is the most annoying thing universally
Most of us are annoyed by the very sound of fingernails on a blackboard, people having loud revealing conversations on mobile phones in public or sitting next to a crying baby on a plane. But why? ANI

Conventional fossil fuels sometimes 'greener' choice than bio fuels
MIT researchers have suggested that conventional fossil fuels may sometimes be a "greener" choice than bio fuels. ANI

Surge in obesity linked to spike in automobile usage
A University of Illinois researcher has linked the spike in automobile usage with increased levels of obesity. ANI

Phone app for the blind' lets them 'see' through crowd sourced answers
A sighted person can tell at a glance if their clothes match before an important job interview, read their mail, understand menus in restaurants, check expiration dates and interpret street signs. ANI

Working memory key to staying calm during stress
A new study suggests that the key to anticipate how well someone will control his or her emotions, stay calm during stress, or even accept critical feedback stoically, might lie in what psychologists call "hot" and "cold" psychology. ANI

The 'fine-tuning' nature has to do in order to produce carbon in stars
An NC State researcher has helped create a supercomputer simulation that demonstrates how carbon - the basis of all life forms - is produced in stars. ANI

Deadly drug-resistant 'superbug' MRSA found in bedbugs
Scientists in Canada have found MRSA- a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria- in bedbugs from three hospital patients who live in a poverty-stricken Vancouver neighborhood. ANI

Distance between scrotum and anus may predict men's fertility
A new study has suggested that checking the distance between a man's scrotum and anus might predict his ability to reproduce. ANI

Damaged liver 'could be repaired using adult stem cells'
For the first time, researchers have found a way to repair damaged livers using adult stem cells. ANI

'Cuddle chemical' pill may help pregnant women curb post-natal depression
Researchers have found a possible way to curb regnant women from suffering post-natal depression. ANI

How adversity dulls our perceptions
It was earlier believed that adversity heightens our senses, imprinting sights and sounds precisely in our memories, but a new research by Weizmann Institute has suggested that the exact opposite may be the case. ANI

Musical training helps 'combat negative effects of aging'
A Northwestern University study has found that musical training can offset some of the deleterious effects of aging. ANI

Soon, log-in to Facebook with your eye using an iris-scanner!
Remember those sci-fi flicks where iris recognition is used to gain access to top-secret files? Now, for the first time this technology has been adapted for consumers, so they too can enjoy logging in to all of their personal accounts all in the blink of an eye. ANI

Fake cigarettes 'up success rate for quitting smoking'
A new research has indicated that nicotine-free plastic inhalers may increase a smoker's chance of quitting. ANI

Sir Isaac Newton's iconic apple tree is 'shaking at its roots'
History's most celebrated apple tree which inspired Newton's theory of gravity is paying the price of fame. ANI

Making visual learning possible without training or practice
A new study has suggested that the performance of the human sense of vision can be lastingly changed by merely exposing subjects to visual stimuli for a short period of time. ANI

'Liquid smoke' from rice could help fight off diseases
A team of researchers has suggested that liquid smoke flavoring made from hickory and other wood - a mainstay flavoring and anti-bacterial agent - can face tough competition from liquid smoke produced from rice hulls - that seems to be packed with antioxidant, antiallergenic and anti-inflammatory substances. ANI

Discovery of human lung stem cell could make chronic lung diseases history
Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have identified a human lung stem cell that is self-renewing and capable of forming and integrating multiple biological structures of the lung including bronchioles, alveoli and pulmonary vessels. ANI

Moms and kids bond with each other's calls just after birth
A new research from Queen Mary, University of London, has found that mother and kid goats recognize each other's calls soon after the mothers give birth. ANI

Why blind people have a better sense of touch
A new study has suggested that that blind people have a better sense of touch than their sighted peers, more because of heavy reliance on their fingertips, than the brain compensating for vision loss. ANI

Can clouds help ease global warming?
Wondering how are clouds formed and how does the chemistry of the ocean affect their formation? Is this process affected by climate change? Here is the hint. ANI

Infant's abnormalities linked to mum's high pre-natal BPA exposure
A new case study has linked an infant's neurobehavioral abnormalities to extremely high bisphenol A (BPA) concentration in the baby's mother. ANI

Why some extrasolar planets orbit opposite to their star's spin
Of the more than 500 extrasolar planets - planets that orbit stars other than the sun - that have so far been discovered, some are orbiting in the opposite direction to the spin of their star. ANI

Hope for millions after new AIDS vaccine 'removed all traces of disease in monkeys'
In a promising development that could potentially help those with HIV virus and AIDS, researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Centre have developed an experimental vaccine that helped monkeys with a form of the AIDS virus successfully control the disease for more than a year. ANI

New pathway could play a key role in extending lifespan
A team of researchers has identified a new role for a biological pathway that not only signals the body's metabolic response to nutritional changes, but also affects lifespan. ANI

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