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Future astronauts may enjoy Thanksgiving in space with fresh sweet potatoes
Purdue University scientists have developed methods for growing sweet potatoes that reduce the required growing space while not decreasing the amount of food that each plant produces, suggesting that the crop could be grown in space. ANI

Respond Atlas reveals how satellites respond to humanitarian needs
The Respond project, which has been using Earth observation techniques to assist in preparing for and responding to disasters and humanitarian crises, has released a portfolio of its services. ANI

NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite to enter environmental testing
NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) has been approved to begin its environmental testing before it is launch aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida in the fall of 2012. ANI

Why meditation is good for brain
Yale researchers have found that meditation appears to help brain switch off areas associated with daydreaming as well as psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. ANI

Weight loss could be early warning sign of Alzheimer's
People in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease are more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who did not have the condition, according to a new study. ANI

Heart attack between 1am to 5am causes greatest injury
A new study has found that severity of heart attack is dependent on the time of day the attack occurs. ANI

New 'tumour-seeking' drug brings new hope for cancer patients
A new drug has been developed that will specifically target the tumours in the body while leaving healthy cells intact. ANI

New system for searching alien life proposed
Scientists have proposed a quick method of searching life on other worlds. ANI

Yeast may hold secret to anti-ageing
Yeast may help scientists uncover ways to maintain our youthful looks. ANI

Now, computer system allows machine to recognize person's emotional state
A new computer system that allows a machine to automatically recognize the emotional state of a person who is orally communicating with it has been developed. ANI

South Asian patients 3 times likelier to repeat angioplasty than White Europeans
A new study led by an Indian origin scientist has found that South Asian patients with coronary artery disease were almost three times as likely to be readmitted to hospital for further interventional treatment to arterial plaque than their White European counterparts. ANI

Two p*rn sites sue Internet address regulator Icann over .xxx web address
Two major Internet pornography firms have sued the net's address regulator, Icann, over introducting the .xxx suffix in web address. ANI

Greenhouse gas emissions exceed worst-case scenarios predicted a decade ago: UN report
Greenhouse gas emissions have reached levels exceeding even the worst case scenarios predicted a decade ago, a new report has suggested. ANI

Prehistoric skull shows earliest evidence of human violence
A healed fracture found on an ancient skull from China may be the oldest documented evidence of violence among humans, researchers say. ANI

Daily life stress sparks rise in sleep texting disorder
Researchers say that some people are developing a rare condition where they send incoherent text messages to their contacts while sleeping, something that they have no memory of. ANI

Nest of baby dinosaurs found in Mongolia
A University of Rhode Island paleontologist has described a large nest of juvenile Protoceratops andrewsi dinosaurs - first of this genus ever found - from Mongolia. ANI

How we see family resemblance in faces
A new study has shed light on our ability to identify members of a family from facial structures. ANI

Now, butterfly wings inspired water-repellent silicon surface
The ingenious engineering of the brilliant blue wings of the mountain swallowtail (Papilio ulysses) have inspired engineers to design a new water-repellent surface. ANI

Hypertension, diabetes may trigger mild cognitive impairments
Hypertension and diabetes may influence dementias and mild cognitive impairment, according to a new study. ANI

Doubts linger on faster-than-light neutrinos experiment
The concept of sub atomic particles, neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light has been strongly refuted by a team of researchers, who work in the same lab as the team that made the original claims. ANI

Young girls 'exposed to cyber bullying 24 hours a day'
Social networking sites make young girls vulnerable to bullying 24 hours a day, according to England's communication champion. ANI

Terminator-Style contact lens comes closer to reality
Scientists at the University of Washington and Aalto University, Finland, have developed a prototype contact lens that could potentially provide the wearer with hands-free information updates. ANI

'Remarkable' night-flowering orchid discovered in New Britain
A team of botanists has described an orchid species that flower at night, the first of its kind known to science. ANI

First evidence found that dinosaurs ate birds
Recent evidence has confirmed what palaeontologists long suspected - dinosaurs preyed on their feathered relatives. ANI

Soon, read emails and text messages with contact lenses!
Scientists claim that contact lens could help read emails and text messages, when connected to the Internet. ANI

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