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Contact made with Russia's lost Phobos Mars probe
The European Space Agency (ESA)'s tracking station at Perth has established contact with Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which has been stranded in orbit since its launch on November 8. ANI

Original 'Apollo 13' navigation checklist expected to fetch œ25k at auction
A record of the frantic calculations at the heart of a life-or-death space drama is set to go under the hammer. ANI

Mutations in 'metabolic' gene cause some people to stutter
Mutations in a gene governing not speech, but a metabolic pathway involved in recycling old cell parts, is responsible for at least some persistent stuttering, a new study has revealed. ANI

Dead Sea Scrolls possibly authored by mysterious sect
The world's oldest known biblical documents, Dead Sea Scrolls, may have been probably written by a sect called the Essenes, a new study has revealed. ANI

Forget remotes, soon games will respond to voice control on Xbox 360!
Microsoft has announced that Xbox 360 will respond to voice control from December 6, and possibly foreshadow the demise of the much-coveted remote. ANI

'Sneaky Hat trend' driving teens to post near-n*ked pics on Facebook
A new craze has taken over Facebook where teenagers take lewd photos of themselves and post it on the net with nothing but a hat covering their private area. ANI

Spiders use chemical weapons to ward off invading ants!
Golden orb web spiders have an undisclosed weapon - a chemical repellent which they add to their web silk to fend off ants, a new study has suggested. ANI

Soon, 'human-on-a-chip' systems to recreate human function
US scientists have for the first time used stem cells to grow the key connectors used by the brain to communicate and control muscles in the body. ANI

Secrets of paracetamol could lead to safer pain medications
Knowing the working principle of Paracetamol could pave the way for the development of less harmful pain relief medications in the future, say researchers at King's College London. ANI

Grandparents give humans 'evolutionary advantage in survival'
Grandparents play a crucial role in the survival of the human beings, a new study has suggested. ANI

Forget 6 degrees of separation, we're now just 4.74 'hops' apart!
A new research by Facebook has debunked the theory of 'six degrees of separation.' ANI

Bat Plant shows cancer-fighting potential
Bat plant, or Tacca chantrieri, could be used to fight cancer, according to researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. ANI

Sabeer Bhatia says free SMS app would do 'to SMS what Hotmail did for e-mail'
Indian IT entrepreneur Sabeer Bhatia, better known as the co-founder of email service Hotmail, has launched a mobile application that allows users to send unlimited free text messages. ANI

Computers could be 100 times less energy-hungry by 2017
By 2017, a quantum phenomenon known as the tunnel effect will help reduce energy consumption of consumer electronics, such as computers and cellular phones, by up to 100 times less than now, experts have claimed. ANI

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