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Cell phones may soon help you shed those extra kilos
Researchers are now searching for ways in which cell phones could help its users lose weight. ANI

How sun sets in an alien world
Scientists have thrown light on how sunsets on exoplanets would look like. ANI

iPad survives fall from edge of space
In order to prove just how tough their protective iPad cases are, a firm has gone one step further to prove its durability. ANI

How rhinos' little feet carry their bulky bodies
How rhinos, one of the heaviest land animals, use their stumpy little feet to distribute their weight has left scientist puzzled for decades. ANI

Babies understand mum's tone in any language
Scientists have revealed that babies can understand what their mothers say, even when they speak in a language their children have never heard before. ANI

Jatai bees keep big soldiers to protect their nest against robbers
The first ever known "soldier" bee has been found in colonies of a Brazilian stingless bee known as a Jatai. ANI

Anti-estrogen drug combo may cut lung cancer risk in ex-smokers
A combination of drugs that target estrogen production may help prevent tobacco carcinogen-induced lung cancer, researchers believe. ANI

Now, smart fridge that tells you what to buy, cook and eat
LG has unveiled a voice-controlled fridge that helps you diet and keeps track of your groceries, as well as ovens and washing machines that can be controlled via smartphone. ANI

Now, micro-thin coatings that make your mobile phones toilet-proof!
Three start-up gadget makers are now offering micro-thin coatings that protect cellphones from moisture even when they are completely immersed in water. ANI

Now, voice-controlled TV that upgrades itself annually
A South Korean tech giant has unveiled an internet connected 'smart' television, which can be controlled by voice, gestures and facial recognition and can upgrade its hardware every year. ANI

Giant tortoise species thought to be extinct may still exist
Researchers believe dozens of giant tortoises of a species believed extinct for 150 years may still be living at a remote location in the Galapagos Islands. ANI

Nicotine replacement therapies 'not helping smokers quit long-term'
A new study has found that nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs), specifically nicotine patches and nicotine gum, is no more effective in helping smokers quit long-term, even when combined with smoking cessation counselling. ANI

Statin use ups diabetes risk in postmenopausal women
The use of statins in postmenopausal women has been found to increase diabetes risk in a new study. ANI

Fit females produce more daughters, weak moms make more sons
"High-quality" females - those that produce more offspring - are more likely to have daughters while weaker moms, whose own fathers were stronger and more successful, produce more sons, a new study has suggested. ANI

Stem cell treatment may help reverse diabetes
Stem cells of cord blood can be used to treat Type 1 diabetes, a new study has revealed. ANI

Now, a fabric that works like a touch screen!
A new, touch-sensitive fabric could enable you to lower the volume of your car stereo by swiping the driver's seat, or dim the lights of your room by casually rubbing the armrest of your sofa. ANI

Graphene could make computers and cellphones last longer
Scientists found that graphene conducts heat about 20 times faster than silicon, which is used in most modern technology as a semiconductor material. ANI

Bacteria pill may some day prevent serious foodborne illness
An Indian-origin scientist and his team hope that a pill based on modified probiotics, the beneficial bacteria touted for their role in digestive health, could one day decrease the risk of Listeria infection in people with susceptible immune systems. ANI

Our brain cannot be fooled to think human look-alike faces as genuine
Normal human brains can easily decide what is and is not a face, even in cases where an object greatly resembles a human face, says an Indian origin neuroscientist. ANI

Siberian volcanism could have caused Earth's largest extinction
A new study has shed light on how the eruption of a large swath of volcanic rock in Russia called the Siberian Traps could have triggered the most severe mass extinction on earth around 250 million years ago. ANI

Universe's mysterious dark side may soon be revealed
Astronomers have for the first time mapped the largest scale of dark matter than ever observed. ANI

Tots use different methods to control speech than adults
Children under the age of two control speech using a different strategy than previously thought, a new study has found. ANI

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