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Lichen's ability to survive in outer space may help create better suncreams
ESA scientists have found that certain living organisms can survive in outer space, supporting the theories that life came from outer space. ANI

Slowest Greenland sharks 'hunt sleeping seals'
Researchers have measured the speed of the ocean's slowest shark - the Greenland sharks, which "cruise" at 0.34m per second that is less than 1mph and revealed that they hunt sleeping seals. ANI

New device to produce energy from sea waves
Researchers from the University of Beira Interior in Portugal have designed and simulated a new energy conversion device that can convert sea wave motion into electrical energy. ANI

Sunita Williams headed back to space in July
Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams will be returning to the International Space Station, where she spent a record six months in 2006, in July. ANI

Apples found to carry most pesticides among 'dirty dozen' foods
An environmental group has singled out Apples as being the biggest carrier of insecticides. ANI

'Trust' hormone oxytocin misregulated in people with Williams syndrome
The hormone oxytocin - often referred to as the "trust" hormone or "love hormone" for its role in stimulating emotional responses - plays an important role in Williams syndrome (WS), according to a study. ANI

Facebook users now allowed to edit comments on social networking site
Social networking giant Facebook is now going to allow its users to edit their comments on the website. ANI

Cockroaches essential to our planet for converting nitrogen into fertilizer
They are the most despised of all insects, but an Indian origin biologist has said that cockroaches are essential to the survival of our planet's delicate ecosystem. ANI

Writing to soon become redundant owing to less 'scribbling by hand'
The days of using pen and paper may be numbered - with a typical adult not having written anything for almost six weeks, a new study has suggested. ANI

Facebook to give advance warning if mobile applications pull users' personal information
Social networking giant Facebook has become the seventh company to agree to give people advance warning if its mobile applications pulls users' personal information from tablet computers and cell phones. ANI

Recent Earth-passing asteroid 'civilization-killing monster in disguise
A potentially hazardous asteroid thought to have been 500 meters wide, which drifted safely by coming within 14 lunar distances from Earth on Thursday, was a civilization-killing asteroid in disguise. ANI

Toddlers' daily antics can equate to 83 rounds of boxing
It is not the mothers who should be complaining of exhaustion when they look after their toddlers, but the babies. ANI

'Apple iPad rival' Microsoft Surface to be wi-fi only
Software giant Microsoft's new tablet computer, which is expected to be launched in October 2012, will have a shorter battery life than its rival Apple iPad, and will be wifi-only at first, according to a report. ANI

Why we can't resist fries, burgers and omelettes(Reissue)
There may be a biological reason why fatty and cholesterol-rich foods such as buttery shrimp, fried eggs, burgers and fries are so appealing together, suggests a new study. ANI

Facebook forced to let users opt out of 'sponsored story' ads
Social networking giant Facebook has been forced to allow users to opt out of their names being used in 'sponsored stories', according to a report. ANI

Recent Earth-passing asteroid 'larger than originally estimated'
A potentially hazardous asteroid thought to have been 500 meters wide, which drifted safely by coming within 14 lunar distances from Earth on Thursday, was a civilization-killing asteroid in disguise. ANI

Indian businesses also affected as office printers hit globally by 'gibberish' computer virus
Thousands of office printers around the world have been spewing out page after page of gibberish after being hit with a computer virus. ANI

Stonehenge was actually built to mark unification of Britain
After 10 years of archaeological investigations, a team of researchers from different universities has concluded that Stonehenge was built as a monument to unify the peoples of Britain, after a long period of conflict and regional difference between eastern and western Britain. ANI

'World first' tumour operation in womb saves foetus
Surgeons were able to successfully remove a tumour from the mouth of a foetus, in what has been described as a "world first" procedure. ANI

Zebrafish helps reveal how dietary fat promotes cholesterol absorption
There may be a biological reason why fatty and cholesterol-rich foods such as buttery shrimp, fried eggs, burgers and fries are so appealing together, suggests a new study. ANI

Smoking damages DNA of hopeful dads and ups cancer risk in offsprings
Cigarette smoke damages DNA in the reproductive cells of fathers and these changes are inherited by the offspring, a new study has found. ANI

India unblocks access to video, file-sharing sites
India has now allowed access to video and file-sharing sites, including The Pirate Bay, which were blocked earlier over the issue of Internet piracy. ANI

'Long forgotten' star cluster to help study sun and hunt Earth-like planets
A loose group of stars that was known for over 180 years but never before studied in detail has been discovered to be an important new tool in the quest to understand the evolution of stars like the Sun, and in the search for planets like Earth. ANI

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