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Now, stickers to automate everyday phone functions
The Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, which is due to release in US in June, will also hand out a set of five NFC TecTiles stickers, which could be put anywhere and help perform any function on the phone just with a tap on it. ANI

Male spiders lose pe**s during sex to protect their love from rivals
A species of male spider adopts an evolutionary trick and leaves its pe**s plugged into female's genitals when it has sex to stop other men impregnating it. ANI

Male homosexuality may be due to gene carried by mums
Contrary to the belief that homosexuality as a trait would not last long, as it can't lead to procreation, a study has suggested, that 'gay gene' survive through the generations as mothers and maternal aunts of gays tend to have significantly more kids than the relatives of straight men. ANI

Ancient principle inspires new device to produce electricity from waste heat
Inspired by the observation of an ancient Greek philosopher, scientists have come up with a new device designed to harvest the enormous amounts of energy wasted as heat each year to produce electricity. ANI

Emotional hormones poorly regulated in people with Williams syndrome
Scientists used one of Elvis Presley' classics to shed light on Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. ANI

NASA's WMAP satellite finds no evidence for 'knots' in space
Theories of the primordial Universe predict the existence of knots in the fabric of space - known as cosmic textures - which could be identified by looking at light from the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the relic radiation left over from the Big Bang. ANI

Soon, aircraft to fly out with fuel made from restaurant waste
Airline companies are ready and eager to fuel up with biobased jet fuel, which is made from waste cooking oil from fast-food and other restaurants, waste fat, biomass and even algae - the stuff of "pond scum." ANI

Sugar fuel cell can lead to self-powered brain implants
MIT engineers led by an Indian origin researcher have developed a fuel cell that runs on the same sugar that powers human cells: glucose. ANI

Lara Croft's to face 'rape' ordeal in next version of video game
Lara Croft will be facing an attempted rape by a bearded baddie in the next Tomb Raider game. ANI

`Electrified snails` could be future spy cameras
Scientists have created the world's first "electrified snail," which joins the menagerie of cockroaches, rats, rabbits and other animals previously implanted with biofuel cells that generate electricity - perhaps for future spy cameras, eavesdropping microphones and other electronics - from natural sugar in their bodies. ANI

Older pedestrians 'unable to cross road in time'
In a new study, researchers have compared the walking speed of the older population in the UK, aged 65 and above, with the speed required to use a pedestrian crossing. ANI

Inner ear may shed light on ancient primate behaviour
CT scans of fossilized primate skulls or skull fragments from both the Old and New Worlds may hold the key to how these extinct animals moved, especially for those species without any known remains, a new study has claimed. ANI

NASA's NuSTAR telescope to scan high-energy universe with X-ray mirrors
NASA has launched an orbiting telescope that can view the cosmos through the lens of hard X-rays on Wednesday. ANI

Being anxious makes male mice lousy dads
Male California mice are normally doting fathers, but a new research has suggested that high anxiety could turn these good dads bad. ANI

Restoring vision with stem cell help gives new hope to visually impaired
Human-derived stem cells can spontaneously form the tissue that develops into the part of the eye that allows us to see, a new study has revealed. ANI

Child-like robot learns language through 'conversation' with humans
Scientist demonstrated how a robot analogous to a child between 6 and 14 months old can develop rudimentary linguistic skills through interaction with a human participant. ANI

Stars with heavy metal content not needed to form small 'Earth-like' planets
Earlier it was thought the small worlds like Earth form mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. ANI

Common ancestors of humans, fishes and reptiles looked like sharks
A new analysis of the braincase of a 290-million-year-old fossil fish that has long puzzled paleontologists has revealed that the common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates on Earth resembled a shark. ANI

Skype to insert advertisements in online calls
Online video call service Skype has announced that it plans to insert display ads into the chat window. ANI

US man sues Apple over 'misleading, deceptive' Siri ads
An American man has reportedly sued Apple for false advertising, alleging that the company's commercials convey a 'misleading and deceptive message' about voice recognition app Siri's capabilities. ANI

Now, signal-boosting umbrella to charge your cellphone
Vodafone has created an umbrella that boosts your signal, charges your handset and can even keep you dry during the traditionally aqueous British summer. ANI

'Expanded' Twitter now to include article excerpts and video
Twitter has expanded its tweets, its range of tweet services to include article excerpts and videos. ANI

Bonobo genome sequencing completed
Scientists have completed the sequencing and analysis of the genome of the last great ape, the bonobo. ANI

`Hitchhiking` virus kills cancer cells and helps eliminate residues
Scientists have revealed how a promising viral therapy that delivers a double blow to cancer can sneak up on tumours undetected by hitching a ride on blood cells. ANI

Huge tropical methane lakes seen on Saturn moon Titan
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected long-standing methane lakes, or puddles, in the "tropics" of Saturn's moon Titan. ANI

New software bugs drain smartphone batteries while not in use
Researchers, including two of Indian origin, have proposed a method to automatically detect a new class of software glitches in smartphones called "no-sleep energy bugs", which can entirely drain batteries while the phones are not in use. ANI

NASA launches NuSTAR black hole hunting telescope into space
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) launched into the morning skies over the central Pacific Ocean at noon EDT (9 a.m. PDT) on Wednesday, beginning its mission of unveiling secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects. ANI

'.Sex, .beer and .app' among new web domain names revealed by ICANN
The US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that manages web domain names, unveiled nearly 1930 applications for new web address endings. ANI

Earth-like rocky worlds could form earlier than expected
Building a terrestrial planet requires raw materials that weren't available in the early history of the universe. The Big Bang filled space with hydrogen and helium. ANI

Human body is teeming with over 10,000 species of bacteria
A consortium of scientists has identified thousands of microorganisms that reside in and on the human body using advanced DNA-sequencing techniques. ANI

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