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'Flawed' diamonds bring diamond-based quantum computers closer to reality
A team, led by scientists at the University at Buffalo has revealed that they have identified the presence of a dynamic Jahn-Teller effect in defective diamonds, which will help advance the development of diamond-based systems in applications such as quantum information processing. ANI

Twitter finally wins 'tweet' ownership battle
The word "tweet" will now become a registered trademark of the online messaging service Twitter. ANI

Cyber threats to increase in coming year: Report
The upcoming year would feature new and increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, according to a new report. ANI

Hackers tried to access users' accounts on PlayStation Network: Sony
Tokyo-based electronics giant Sony has claimed that it had detected a large number of unauthorised attempts to access user accounts on its PlayStation Network and other online entertainment services. ANI

Like humans, meerkats can also recognise each other by voice
Meerkats are best known for their alarm calls, which warn the rest of the burrow if danger is near. Now, researchers at the University of Zurich found that these animals can identify one another by voice alone, like humans. ANI

Humans could have descended from ancient fish with 'sixth sense'
Most vertebrates - some 30,000 species of land animals including human beings - could have descended from a common ancestor that had a well-developed sixth sensory system, according to a new study. ANI

NASA trials space balloon that could one day orbit Saturn`s moon Titan
After retiring from its expensive shuttle missions, NASA is currently exploring a cheaper form of space travel - balloons. ANI

Ginger root supplement may help cut colon cancer risk
Ginger supplements could help reduce signs of inflammation of the large intestine, a condition linked to colon cancer, according to new research. ANI

New drug target for Alzheimer's, stroke discovered
Scientists at the University at Buffalo have discovered a promising new drug target for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases - a tiny piece of a critical receptor that fuels the brain and without which sentient beings cannot live. ANI

How life might have survived 'snowball Earth' event 600m yrs ago
Life in the form of photosynthetic algae could have survived the 'snowball Earth' event 600 million years ago in a narrow body of water with characteristics similar to today's Red Sea, says a new study. ANI

Salamanders' elastic tongues launched by 'coiled spring'
Salamanders can catch their prey in a few thousandths of a second by striking out with elastic tongues. ANI

Soon, biometrics-based system to bust crooks returning to crime scenes
Biometrics experts are developing a crime-fighting tool that can help law enforcement officials identify suspicious individuals at crime scenes. ANI

Poisonous Chinese mushroom may help fight cancer
Researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University have found that a poisonous Chinese mushroom may boost the effectiveness of some cancer drugs. ANI

Folic acid in pregnancy cuts babies' risk of language delay
Women who take folic acid supplements during their first eight weeks of pregnancy significantly reduce their babies' risk of having severe language delay when they are three years old, researchers say. ANI

Vitamin E supplement puts men at high risk for prostate cancer
Men who take a daily vitamin E supplement face an increased risk of prostate cancer, a new study has warned. ANI

Massive stars could be behind cosmic fog of early universe
High energy light from massive stars could have been responsible for the opaque and dense fog between galaxies in the early universe, new observational evidence shows. ANI

Bangladesh unveils 'cheapest' $130 'Doel laptops'
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has unveiled the nation's first domestically made laptop named 'Doel'. ANI

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