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Now, new cyber attack takes over your PC without 'virus-infected' emails being opened
Now, a new class of cyber attack has emerged that can infect you computer even if you do not open virus-infected email attachments. ANI

Post-IPO Facebook may get more D.C. scrutiny
As Facebook angles to take the company public in pursuit of raising five billion dollars, the company may be upping the ante for more scrutiny from Washington. ANI

Facebook appointing political insiders to key positions
Social networking site Facebook has put political veterans in key executive roles and board positions. ANI

Butterfly's aerial antics could inspire bug-sized flying robots
Engineers, including one of Indian-origin, have been aiming high-speed video cameras at butterflies to figure out how they flutter among flowers with amazing grace and agility so that it may help small airborne robots mimic their manoeuvres. ANI

Aussie mums protesting against Facebook for removing breastfeeding pics
Australian mothers are infuriated by Facebook's decision to suspend their accounts because they posted breastfeeding photographs of themselves on the site. ANI

NASA releases first video of moon's 'dark side'
NASA has sent back its first footage of the 'dark' side of the moon, the one that is not visible from the Earth. ANI

365 new species of wildlife found in Peru park
Scientists have discovered 365 previously undocumented species of wildlife in Bahuaja Sonene National Park (BSNP) in southeastern Peru. ANI

Anemic patients 3 times likelier to die after stroke
Being anemic could more than triple your risk of dying within a year after having a stroke, say researchers. ANI

UK student to unveil world's first bamboo-clad smartphone
A 23-year-old British student is to launch a new mobile phone, made largely from bamboo. ANI

'Next-Gen' blood test could spot spread of cancer more effectively
Researchers have successfully demonstrated the efficacy of an advanced blood test for detecting and analysing circulating tumour cells (CTCs)-breakaway cells from patients' solid tumours- of cancer patients. ANI

Gene could determine best treatment for TB patients
In the future, tuberculosis patients may receive treatments according to what version they have of a single 'Goldilocks' gene, researchers say. ANI

Blood fat levels could predict stroke in older women
High levels of triglycerides (blood fats) are the strongest risk factor for the most common type of stroke in older women - more of a risk factor than elevated levels of total cholesterol or of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (known as "bad" cholesterol) - researchers have found. ANI

Silver as effective as popular chemotherapy drug to treat cancer
Silver is as efficient as a leading chemotherapy drug in treating cancer and may even have fewer side effects, a new study has revealed. ANI

'Angelic' Steve Jobs impersonator promotes 'Action Pad' in Taiwanese ad
A Taiwanese electronics manufacturer has created an advertisement that shows a Steve Jobs impersonator promoting a new device called 'Action Pad'. ANI

'Ant equivalent of Great Wall of China' excavated in Brazil
A team of scientists has discovered a sophisticated underground ant city that was once populated by millions of leafcutter ants. ANI

3 in 4 people use mobile phone while in toilet
In a study of mobile phone habits, about 75 per cent of those questioned admitted to surfing the web, using apps, emailng and texting while in the toilet - with more than 90 per cent saying they had even returned calls. ANI

Two new planets revolving around twin suns discovered
Researchers have discovered two new planets, named Kepler-34 and Kepler-35, each of which is circling around its own double suns. ANI

Hubble zooms in on brightest ever "magnified" galaxy
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a uniquely close-up view of the brightest distant "magnified" galaxy discovered yet in the universe. ANI

Google Earth updates data on ocean terrains
Google Earth has upgraded its ocean data to offer the most precise digital view of the seafloor to date. ANI

'First Light' taken by NASA instrument to determine Earth's energy balance
The latest version of NASA's Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument is scanning Earth for the first time, helping to guarantee sustained availability of measurements of the energy leaving the Earth-atmosphere system. ANI

How hormones govern male and female behaviours
Researchers led by one of Indian origin have uncovered many genes influenced by the male and female sex hormones testosterone and estrogen that, in turn, govern quite a few particular type of male and female behaviours in mice. ANI

Newly found super-Earth called 'best candidate' to support life
Scientists have discovered a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting a nearby star. ANI

Google joins Twitter in offering country-specific blog censorship
Google will now block posts or blogs from being available to users based on a country's local laws, in a move similar to Twitter's country-specific censorship that sparked off an outrage among critics across the globe. ANI

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