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Everyday microwave ovens to make future solid-state refrigerators
Advanced nanomaterials could now open the door to a new generation of high-performance, cost-effective solid state refrigeration and air conditioning, requiring no refrigerants and no moving parts, a new study led by Indian origin researcher has revealed. ANI

Americans shun traditional TV viewing
Americans are increasingly abandoning broadcast and cable TV in favour of Internet and digital media, according to a new survey. ANI

Gut hormone may aid weight loss
Overweight or obese patients who are given a gut hormone that suppresses appetite achieve clinically beneficial weight loss as well as reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a new study. ANI

16th century Portugese swivel gun find may rewrite Oz history
A 13-year-old Darwin boy has found what is believed to be a 500-year-old Portuguese swivel gun on a Northern Territory beach. ANI

Biological clocks disorder causes neurodegeneration, early death
Disruption of circadian rhythms - the biological "clocks" found in many animals - can clearly cause accelerated neurodegeneration, loss of motor function and premature death, according to new evidence. ANI

Rejection puts brakes on our heart
Feeling of social rejection not only dash our hopes but also triggers a drop in heart rate, a new study has revealed. ANI

Soon, e-books to let you flip pages like paper-based magazines
Researchers have come up with a technology that will make reading on smartphones and tablet PCs easier than it is now. ANI

Generation of diesel fuels from microalgae comes closer to reality
A new catalytic process will soon be able to convert biopetroleum from microalgae into diesel fuels, a new study has revealed. ANI

New image from NASA shows how stars were before becoming serene
A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has illustrated that most stars, likely including the sun, grew up in cosmic turmoil. ANI

Google doodle marks Nicolas Steno's 374th birth anniversary
Google has celebrated the 374th birthday of Nicolas Steno, known as the "father of geology", with a doodle. ANI

Your DNA may tell how long you will live
How long someone will live may be predicted by measuring their genes as early as a newborn baby, say scientists. ANI

Eyeless shrimp among world's most extreme deep-sea volcanic vents
In a new study, scientists have revealed the details of the world's most extreme deep-sea volcanic vents, 5 kilometres down in a rift in the Caribbean seafloor. ANI

Human primate ancestors had transitional lemur-like grooming claw
Early primates may have traded their flat nails for raised claws due to functional purposes, a new study has suggested. ANI

Intestinal worm infections may not be all bad
Researchers have found that cytokines that help oust intestinal worm infections in mice also soothe associated lung injury and inflammation. ANI

Baby born with organs outside body undergoes rare surgery
A baby born with his organs outside his body has undergone an exceptional surgery to put them back inside his abdominal cavity. ANI

Humans follow animals in forming groups by Facebook and Twitter use
Animals also form groups and gather information to help make big decisions much the same way as humans use Facebook Groups to streamline discussions, experts have suggested. ANI

Now, new app that fines you for not working out!
With the start of a new year, many people resolve to shed their festive fat by hitting the gym more frequently. ANI

Smokers 'salivate' to images of lighting up
Much like Pavlov's dogs salivating in response to hearing the bell they associate with dinner time, smokers feel cravings and have physiological reactions to pictures they associate with smoking, a new study has found. ANI

Predators naturally pick their preys based on nutritional value
Predators also select food on the basis of its nutritional value, a new study based on the ground beetle has found. ANI

Molecular culprit behind rise of oxygen on Earth identified
Researchers have identified an enzyme that likely was a key contributor to the unprecedented appearance and dramatic rise of molecular oxygen on Earth around 2.4 billion years ago. ANI

Galactic cluster clash may reveal secrets of dark matter
Astronomers are studying the collision of galaxy clusters 5 billion light years away in the hope that it would eventually reveal the secrets of how dark matter and dark energy interact in the universe. ANI

Google makes search results personal by integrating photos, Google+ info
Google will now offer more personalized results to online queries by integrating user's information from its social networking site. ANI

Now, endoscopic pill that allows doc tour our insides and take pics
Drawing inspiration from science fiction, researchers have developed a controllable endoscopic capsule that patients can swallow like a pill and let doctors explore inside of their bodies. ANI

Largest ever distant galaxy cluster discovered
Scientists have spotted the largest ever galaxy cluster seen in the distant universe, dubbed 'El Gordo', which means the "big" or "fat one" in Spanish. ANI

Black hole caught firing powerful gas 'bullets' into space
Researchers have now captured the exact moment when a black hole in our galaxy triggered gigantic and powerful gas "bullets" during its mid-2009 outburst. ANI

New tool to fix cell phone wounds comes closer to reality
A new method, dubbed "repair-and-go" could soon be able to heal small-scale scratches on digital device surfaces, researchers say. ANI

Microbes may help unlock secrets of Earth's ocean crust
Scientists are looking to microbes to discover the secrets of the igneous ocean crust, the ecosystem that still remains largely unexplored and unknown to science. ANI

Fermi Space Telescope detects gamma-ray sources at higher energies
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, which has been surveying high-energy sky for more than three years, is extending its view into a largely unexplored electromagnetic range. ANI

NASA's Hubble pinpoints farthest protocluster of galaxies ever seen
Astronomers have uncovered a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of development - the most distant ever observed in the early universe - thanks to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. ANI

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