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'Cyborg insects' that can carry out spying missions not far from reality
Scientists have moved closer to creating 'cyborg insects' that could carry out spying missions with the creation of biofuel cells that run off their own bodies. ANI

New techs can cut car fuel consumption caused by friction
New technologies can reduce friction in cars, which is responsible for no less than one third of fuel consumption, say scientists. ANI

Largest data on brightening and dimming of 200,000,000 stars released
Astronomers have released the largest data set ever collected that documents the brightening and dimming of two hundred million of stars and other celestial objects. ANI

Viral level in blood main cause of HIV transmission in sexual intercourse
The level of HIV-1 in the blood of an HIV-infected partner is the single most important factor influencing risk of sexual transmission to an uninfected partner, according to a study. ANI

Smoking during pregnancy does not cause autism in children
A new study has refuted any link between smoking during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children. ANI

Street drug 'bath salts' can lead to orthopedic emergency
Researchers have identified street drug known as 'bath salts' as a new source of life-threatening necrotizing fasciitis - an orthopedic emergency. ANI

New treatment hope for smoking-related lung diseases
Scientists have discovered a potential new treatment that could reduce debilitating symptoms of smoking related lung diseases. ANI

Now, 'DNA' diet plan can help you lose 11 pounds in 4 months
A personalised 'DNA' diet is set to go on widespread sale after it produced an average weight loss of 11 pounds over four months in trials. ANI

$10m prize offered for Star Trek's 'tricorder'
A person who builds Star Trek-style 'tricorder', which was used as a medical diagnosis tool in the popular television series, can win a prize of 10 million dollars. ANI

World's smallest magnetic data storage unit beats modern hard drive
Scientists have succeeded in developing the world's smallest data storage unit, which uses just twelve atoms per bit and squeezes a whole byte (8 bit) into as few as 96 atoms. ANI

Cyber attacks 'fourth' biggest threat to global stability: World Economic Forum
A new report has identified cyber attacks on governments and businesses as one of the top five risks in the world. ANI

Biodiversity vital for maintaining ecosystem functions in drylands
Diverse plant life may play a crucial role in buffering the negative impact of climate change and desertification in dryland ecosystems, a new study has revealed. ANI

Pollution control actions can prevent early death and boost crop yields
Scientists have suggested 14 key air pollution control measures that, if implemented, could slow the pace of global warming, improve health and boost agricultural production. ANI

'Failed' Russian Mars probe to crash into Earth on Sunday
Fragments of Russian spacecraft, Phobos-Grunt, will come crashing down to earth on Sunday, after its failed mission to Mars, space experts have revealed. ANI

How warmer summers cause cold winters
The trend of increasingly cold winters over the past two decades could be explained by warmer temperatures in the autumn having a marked effect on normal weather patterns, causing temperatures to plummet in the following winter, a new study has suggested. ANI

Protein that could halt progress of parasite-borne illnesses identified
Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have discovered a protein that plays a pivotal role in the progression of deadly diseases and have shown that its function could be genetically blocked in order to halt the progress of parasite-borne illnesses. ANI

Newly discovered particle 'could reverse global warming'
Scientists have discovered a particle that could "cool the planet" and naturally clean up the atmosphere. ANI

Types and levels of gut bacteria may predict heart attack risk
The types and levels of bacteria in the intestines may be used to predict a person's likelihood of having a heart attack, and that manipulating these organisms may help reduce heart attack risk. ANI

Chlorophyll helps prevent cancer but can also make problem worse
In a new study, chlorophyll in green vegetables was found to offer protection against cancer when tested against the modest carcinogen exposure levels most likely to be found in the environment, but it actually increases the number of tumours at very high carcinogen exposure levels. ANI

Brain routes traffic to maximise alertness
Scientists have thrown light on how the brain reconfigures its connections to minimize distractions and take best advantage of our knowledge of situations. ANI

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