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Seaweed extract could give a huge boost to battery storage
Silicon-based anodes can offer as much as a tenfold energy storage improvement for lithium-ion batteries over graphite ones. ANI

'Chatty' software that fools people into thinking it is a human
A software created by a British computer genius has passed one of the key tests of artificial intelligence - a machine that could 'think' and fool human beings into thinking that they are talking to a person, not a machine. ANI

Voice and face recognition areas in brain are directly connected
Researchers have discovered that there is a direct structural connection consisting of fibre pathways between voice and face recognition areas in the human brain. ANI

Reaching puberty sooner leads to hormonal imbalance condition in girls
Tel Aviv University researchers are concerned that girls are reaching puberty at an increasingly earlier age, and this trend to rapid maturity continues through women's adult lives. ANI

We can literally feel with our 'mind's touch'
As we look at an object, our brain not only processes what the object looks like, but remembers what it feels like to touch it as well, according to USC scientists. ANI

Switching to natural gas won't slow down global warming
Shifting from coal to natural gas would fail to significantly slow down climate change, a new study has suggested. ANI

Genes linked to superbugs' antibiotic resistance identified
An analysis of the genome of a superbug has yielded vital clues that could be key to counteract the bacterium's resistance to an antibiotic. ANI

News coverage of US politicians less influential to public
News coverage of US politicians and their rhetoric appears to have less influence on the public as compared to other news coverage, a researcher says. ANI

Male bumblebees fly hilltops to find mates
Scottish scientists have found that male bumblebees head for the hills to find mates. ANI

'Fat genes' could be the latest weapon in the fight against obesity
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have identified genes in mice that encourage fat storage and prevent its breakdown, regardless of diet, and they think humans could carry identical or similar genes. ANI

Chemotherapy 'equally effective before and after breast cancer surgery'
Chemotherapy is as effective before breast-conserving therapy (BCT) as it is after it, a new study has suggested. ANI

Genetic causes behind rare eye disorder discovered
Researchers from the University of Leeds and the Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, have discovered the genetic causes behind a rare form of inherited eye disorders that lead to cataracts and glaucoma in young children, using next-generation DNA sequencing techniques. ANI

Gene responsible for regulating chronic pain discovered
Researchers have discovered a gene that is linked to chronic pain - a finding that could open the door to better pain medications. ANI

Scientist to spend 48-hrs in airtight container with 160 plants to keep him alive
A scientist is set to lock himself up in an airtight box for two days and use only the oxygen generated by plants to keep him breathing. ANI

Fossil suggests 1.98-mn-year-old Au. sediba may be handier than Homo habilis
A 1.98-million-year-old human hand makes a better candidate for an early tool-making hominin hand than the Homo habilis hand, and may well have been a predecessor from which the later Homo hand evolved, according to a new study. ANI

Our oldest human ancestor lived 1.98 million years ago
The age of possibly our oldest direct human ancestor is 1.98 million years old, researchers have confirmed after they conducted further dating of the early human fossils, Australopithecus sediba, found in South Africa last year. ANI

High-tech uniform allows soldiers to 'see' through the eyes of others
Scientists have unveiled a groundbreaking high-tech military system, which allows every soldier in a unit to see through the eyes of another. ANI

New phone app translates foreign-language food menus into English
A new application has been created that enables cell phones and other portable devices to translate foreign-language food menus into English. ANI

New malaria vaccine made from weakened parasites
Scientists have found that using live but weakened malaria parasites as the basis of a vaccine represents a potentially encouraging anti-malaria strategy. ANI

NASA's Kepler spacecraft discovers 'invisible' world
Astronomers believe that they have found an invisible world after detecting a planet, which revolve around its orbit in irregular interval. ANI

New gene that causes Parkinson's disease identified
Researchers have identified yet another genetic cause of inherited Parkinson's disease that they say may be related to the inability of brain cells to handle biological stress. ANI

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