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DNA analysis instrument to monitor health of astronauts
Researchers from Louisiana Tech University are collaborating with NASA to conduct zero-gravity testing of an experimental DNA analysis instrument developed at Tech that could benefit future NASA astronauts. ANI

Dendritic cells protect liver against toxicity of pain reliever, fever reducer
A new study has found that dendritic cells in the liver have a protective role against the toxicity of acetaminophen, the widely used over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer for adults and children. ANI

Now, a cloak that can hide objects in the terahertz frequency
A new kind of cloaking material that can render objects invisible in the terahertz range has been developed at Northwestern University. ANI

Now, get a 'real-time' view of the solar system sitting in front of your PC
NASA is giving the public a new interactive web-based tool to explore the solar system like never before. ANI

Volcanic rock rafts may have 'provided cradle for earliest life' on Earth
Rafts of volcanic rock could have played a significant role in the emergence of some of the earliest organisms on Earth, scientists have said. ANI

'What you eat could predict your gut bacteria type'
What you eat may help determine what type of bugs thrive in your intestine, a new study has suggested. ANI

Sexual orientation has unconscious influence on our impressions of others
When it comes to white men, being straight may make you more likable but in the case of black men, gays have a likeability edge, a new study has revealed. ANI

Now, a tool to predict survival after heart transplant
Heart transplant patients at great risk of death in the year following their surgeries, could be forewarned and saved with the help of a formula, US scientists say. ANI

How tumour cells withstand chemotherapy and radiotherapy
Researchers have discovered how tumour cells change their appearance to adapt to new environmental circumstances, protecting themselves against chemotherapy and radiotherapy and invade neighbouring organs, eventually causing metastasis. ANI

How zebrafish repair ear damage on their own
Scientists have identified a hormone which helps birds and fish to re-grow hair cells in the ear damaged as a result of loud noise, and restore hearing. ANI

Robot to search for life on Mars tested out for first time on Earth
A robot designed to analyse whether life once existed or still is present on Mars has been tested for the first time, in a replica of the Martian landscape - a warehouse in Hertfordshire. ANI

2,000-year-old Mayan palace discovered in Mexico
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 2,000-year-old Mayan palace in the south-eastern state of Chiapas, which they say represents the first evidence of occupation in that area between 50 B.C. and 50 A.D. ANI

People believe 'typical' member of a group resembles them
A new study has suggested that people believe the 'typical' member of a particular group looks like them. ANI

Lord Nelson's navy men suffered from scurvy, syphilis, and amputations
Archaeologists have found that sailors in Admiral Nelson's navy were plagued by scurvy, ridden with syphilis and often mutilated by amputations, but only a minority were from lowest social class. ANI

Fruits, nuts, and red wine can prevent onset of metabolic syndrome
University of Alberta researchers have found that resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in fruits, nuts and red wine, prevents the development of a metabolic syndrome in some offspring that could lead to later health issues such as diabetes. ANI

Meet the SWANNS- the dieting 'slim women who absorb no nutrients'
After trying their hands at a slew of slimming-down methods, women have decided to turn into SWANNS - 'slim women who absorb no nutrients', in their latest bid to stay slim. ANI

First ever 'lunar Bible', Neil Armstrong glove to be auctioned off
The first ever "lunar Bible", which was carried to the surface of the Moon on Apollo 14 in February 1971, along with Neil Armstrong's glove, and a typed letter are set to be auctioned off. ANI

Google's Schmidt calls Apple's Jobs 'best' company boss in 100 years
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has called Apple's Steve Jobs as 'the best' company boss in 50 or 100 years. ANI

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