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Nature's largest telescopes view early spiral galaxy
Astronomers in Hawaii have collected unprecedented details from the life of an early galaxy, thanks to an unusually lucid gravitational lens coupled with the powerful 10-meter Keck II Telescope on Mauna Kea. ANI

US scientists turn human skin cells directly into neurons in 4 weeks
In a breakthrough on study of neurological diseases, the researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that human skin cells can be converted directly into functional neurons in a period of four to five weeks with the addition of just four proteins. ANI

Hormone level prediction in women can make family planning easier
Fertility researchers from the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, have said that the age-specific blood levels of the Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), which can predict when women will reach menopause, can make family planning easier. ANI

Soon, hand will replace joystick for giving computer instructions!
Soon, a multi-touch interface in which a 3-D camera system records and processes gestures down to the movements of individual fingers in real time could replace a joystick. ANI

Harmful UV light crucial for Arctic reindeer's survival
Ultraviolet (UV) light that causes the temporary but painful condition of snow blindness in humans is life-saving for reindeer in the arctic, according to a new study.he UCL team showed that this remarkable visual ability is part of the reindeer's unique adaptation to the extreme arctic environment where they live. ANI

New technology improves sound quality of videoconference phone calls
A team of scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen has developed a new technology that can improve the sound quality of phone calls received during videoconference. ANI

Potential 'universal Achilles heel' for parasitic worms discovered
A new study has found a tiny protein vital in transporting essential ingredient in worms and other animals, including humans. ANI

Cancer cells hasten aging, inflammation to 'feed' tumour growth
A new study has found that cancer cells accelerate aging of nearby connective tissue cells to cause inflammation, which provides "fuel" for the tumour to grow and even metastasise. ANI

Quick, efficient repetitive error correction in quantum computer developed
A team of physicists has been the first to demonstrate a crucial element for a future functioning quantum computer - repetitive error correction. ANI

NASA telescope observes green crystal 'rain' on burgeoning star
Observations from NASA's Spitzer space telescope have revealed that tiny crystals of a green mineral called olivine are falling down on a forming star like rain. ANI

Nanoengineers invent biomaterial that closely mimics human tissue
Nanoengineers have invented a new biomaterial designed for repairing damaged human tissue, and it closely mimics the properties of native human tissue. ANI

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis twice as likely to have COPD
Researchers have confirmed that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are twice as likely to also have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ANI

Super-sticky 'ultra-bad' cholesterol ups people's risk of heart disease
Scientists have discovered that a newly found form of cholesterol that seems to be "ultra-bad", could lead to an increased risk of heart disease, as it is "stickier". ANI

Brain's response to sadness can predict relapses into depression
A University of Toronto study has shown that when formerly depressed people experience mild states of sadness, their brain's response can predict if they will become depressed again. ANI

Why older people are prone to pneumonia
A research team including an Indian-origin scientist from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio has shed light on why older people are vulnerable to community-acquired pneumonia, and offers a possible defense. ANI

People with body-image disorders see 'big picture' abnormally
A new UCLA study has revealed that people suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD - a severe mental illness characterized by debilitating misperceptions that one appears disfigured and ugly - process visual information abnormally, even when looking at inanimate objects. ANI

Taking folic acid during pregnancy may protect infants from colon cancer
A new study has found offspring of rats, who were given folic acid supplements during pregnancy and while breast-feeding, have reduced rate of colon cancer as low as 64 percent than other rats who were not given the supplements. ANI

The Ipad gets its first ever 3D ads!
The creator of the first ever 3D advertisements, Cooliris' CEO Soujanya Bhumkar, is quite optimistic that the launch of the product will bolster innovation in the emerging mobile ad business. ANI

Scientists using plants to produce therapeutic antibodies
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in Aachen, Germany, are using plants like tobacco to produce biopharmaceuticals, proteins that cannot be chemically produced. ANI

Infant can analyse principles of physical world, objects' behaviour
A new study has claimed that babies only a few months old can understand abstract principles about the physical world and analyse how objects should behave. ANI

Mark Zuckerberg 'eats meat only from animals he has killed himself'
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently wrote in a business magazine that he prefers to eat meat only from animals he has killed himself'. ANI

Like humans, monkeys too have regrets
A new research has indicated that fun-loving cheeky monkeys may give the impression that they are not burdened by much, but that is not true. ANI

Songbirds alter their tunes in different ways to cope with noise pollution
A new study has found that some birds that live near noisy sites can alter their songs to deal with din but closely related species with similar songs may tweak their tunes in different ways. ANI

Pesticide exposure near workplace puts people at Parkinson's disease risk
A study has found that people who are exposed to pesticides near workplace are at a high risk of developing Parkinson's disease. ANI

Evidence on oceans' role in ancient global cooling
A new study has provided some of the strongest evidence to date that the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) played a key role in the shifting of tropical, greenhouse climate of the Eocene to modern and much cooler climates. ANI

Spatial awareness 'not triggered by vision alone'
A new study has suggested that the brain's understanding of spatial awareness is not triggered by vision alone but involves other senses such as touch. ANI

Genes that help malaria parasites create feeding pores in human RBC identified
A new study led by an Indian-origin scientist has identified the genes that help malarial parasites create feeding pores in human red blood cells. ANI

Now, Google Wallet app that turns phone into credit card
Web giant Google unveiled an application that allows users to pay for goods with their mobile phones in New York on Thursday. ANI

Combination of common drugs ups diabetes risk in people
A study has indicated that combination of two common drugs - one an antidepressant, the other a cholesterol lowering drug - may increase the risk of diabetes in people. ANI

Yoga benefits people suffering from fibrolmyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis
Two studies have suggested that individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia who practice yoga showed statistically significant improvements in disease activity. ANI

Music therapy helps improve quality of life in fibromyalgia patients
Scientists have found that music therapy enhances quality of life among patients suffering from fibromyalgia. ANI

NASA team finds '100 times more water on moon'
For the first time, a team of NASA-funded researchers has measured water from the moon. ANI

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