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NASA camera helps create first-ever 3D 'topographic' map of moon
Using a NASA camera, scientists have created the highest-resolution 'topographic' map of the moon ever made - a map showing the heights (and depths) of the moon's mountains and craters in greater detail than ever before. ANI

Mums-to-be with history of high BP at depression risk
Women who have a history of high blood pressure before getting pregnant are more likely to experience depression than women who develop pregnancy-related hypertension, according to a new study. ANI

Soybean adoption began 5,500 yrs earlier than thought
Archaeologists have claimed that domestication of soybeans started much before it was previously thought. ANI

2 new NASA missions to probe how Mars turned hostile
NASA is set to launch two new missions to investigate how mars, which could have once harboured life, turned hostile. ANI

'Bank of America page' glitch highlights Google+ vetting process' flaw
A tremendous amount of attention and huge fanfare that Google+ enjoyed earlier this year because of its 'improved' and 'more sensitive' privacy policies appears to be a blip, after a fake 'Bank of America page' went unnoticed by the site raising questions over the social networks' vetting process. ANI

NASA camera help create first-ever 3D 'topographic' map of moon
Using a NASA camera, scientists have created the highest-resolution 'topographic' map of the moon ever made - a map showing the heights (and depths) of the moon's mountains and craters in greater detail than ever before. ANI

Chief Rabbi blames Apple's Jobs for creating selfish 'i, i, i' consumer society
The chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, has blamed Apple's late visionary co-founder Steve Jobs for creating a selfish "i, i, i" consumer culture that has only brought unhappiness. ANI

Malware attacks on Android phones go up 472 percent in four months
Malware infections targeting Google's Android mobile operating system have increased by 472 percent since July this year, an IT security firm has revealed. ANI

'Password' tops list of 25 worst web passwords
The word "password" has topped the list of the 25 worst web passwords people commonly choose while logging in into sites, making them more vulnerable to hackers. ANI

Humans 'hardwired' to learn how to walk
Scientists are trying to discover how a toddler learns to take his first steps. ANI

New 'super' yeast turns pine into ethanol
A "super strain" of yeast developed by researchers at the University of Georgia can efficiently ferment ethanol from pre-treated pine - one of the most common species of trees in Georgia and the U.S. ANI

How sickle-cell anaemia mutes severe malaria
Scientists at Heidelberg University Hospital have finally solved the mystery - why people with a hereditary mutation of the red blood pigment haemoglobin - as is the case with sickle-cell anaemia prevalent in Africa - do not contract severe malaria? ANI

Light created from vacuum disproves 'empty nothingness' myth
Scientists at Chalmers have successfully created light from vacuum - observing an effect first predicted over 40 years ago. ANI

Einstein's theory questioned as speed of light is broken again
The team of physicists, who had announced that Einstein' theory of special relativity is wrong, has confirmed their claim by breaking the speed of light for a second time. ANI

Combo menopausal hormone therapy may up breast cancer risk
Women taking menopausal hormone therapy that combines estrogen and progestin may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer than women taking estrogen alone, a new study has suggested. ANI

Corals commit 'suicide' as Earth warms
Australian scientists have discovered the molecular mechanism that leads to mass death of corals worldwide as the Earth's climate changes. ANI

Walking through doorways can make you forget
If you forget what you were going to do, or get, or find, after entering a room, then blame your doorways. ANI

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