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Hot glow 'powers cosmic blasts'
Since its launch in 2008, the Fermi Gamma-ray space telescope has captured hundreds of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), flashes of light that, for only a few seconds or minutes, are the brightest objects in the Universe. ANI

Scientists should 'cool it' on alien life claims, says biologist
Scientists and the media should stop "crying wolf" about new life forms, according to a well-known molecular biologist. ANI

'Ouchless Needles' may eliminate pain of initial prick
Most people find it difficult to deal with needles - particularly when it comes to facial injections. ANI

Facebook hangers let users 'like' their favourite outfits
A Brazilian clothing retailer has come up with an avant-garde way to show shoppers the hottest items that are trending on Facebook. ANI

New cavity-filling material reverses decay and regenerates tooth structure
A new composite material, which is made up of silver and calcium nanoparticles, could work as a dental filling that kills remaining bacteria so that patients don't have to make a return trip to the dentist. ANI

Now, mobile app that offers discounts to London walkers and cyclists
A mobile application, which is currently available only for Apple's iPhone, allows users to collect points in exchange for making journeys in London on foot or by bicycle. ANI

Scientific ghost city to test gen-next technology
"World first" scientific ghost city, which will cost 1 billion dollars, is set to be built in New Mexico to test the latest next-generation technology. ANI

World's smallest mammoth once roamed Greek island
The smallest dwarf mammoth, standing at less than 4 feet (about 1 meter) at the shoulders, has been discovered on the Greek island of Crete, researchers say. ANI

'Dagger penises' may lead to early death of female bugs
Warehouse pirate bugs take violent sex to an extreme level when the male uses his dagger-like pe**s to break though the female's body wall and insert sperm directly into her abdomen. ANI

Mars orbiter captures 3D pic of trio of whirling tornadoes on its plains
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured three dust devils thundering across the surface of Mars. ANI

Plastic trash in oceans 'beneficial for water striders'
In a new study, scientists have tried to find out how the Great Pacific Garbage Patch affects local ecosystems. ANI

Dolphins don't rest when they're being watched too close
Australia's largest dolphin-watching industry is under scrutiny after researchers found that getting too close cause disturbance to the animals. ANI

Virtual spiders may help arachinophobes overcome their phobia
A Kiwi-made technology may help people with arachinophobia, fear of spiders and other arachnids such as scorpions, to conquer their fear of creepy crawlies. ANI

Now, app that posts updates for you on social media
Nestle, purveyor of the decades-old KitKat snack, has launched an app, which it claims, can give young social media users a break from the stress of posting updates by doing it for them. ANI

Women likelier to be addicted to Facebook
Women are more likely to become dependant on Facebook than men, say researchers. ANI

Numbers 'don't always guard against extinction risk'
Greater numbers help the species survive a major extinction event but, surprisingly, do not confer any protection against extinction during normal times, according to a new study. ANI

Potent new drug shows promise to kill tumour cells by blocking recycling system
Researchers including one of Indian origin have come up with a potent new drug that clogs up the recycling machinery and kills tumour cells in mouse models. ANI

Men can rest easy as sex chromosomes are here 'for the long haul'
Researchers have shed light on how genes on sex-linked chromosomes are passed down generations and linked to fertility, using the specific example of the W chromosome in female chickens. ANI

Brit mum discovers baby's serious condition through Facebook stranger
A stranger on Facebook alerted a British mother that her son had a rare condition that could leave him brain-damaged. ANI

UK hotel installs bicycle-powered television
An eco-friendly hotel in the New Forest, England, has come up with its novel energy-saving initiative, a bicycle-powered television. ANI

Why astronauts' immune systems don't work well in space
Astronauts suffer from several types of stress while adapting to weightlessness in space. ANI

Abnormal proteins that can cause heart failure located
The location and effect of abnormal heart proteins that can cause cardiac failure has been found. ANI

Anti-malaria garment designed to drive away mosquitoes
A collaboration between a scientist and a designer from Africa has resulted in the creation of a fashionable hooded bodysuit embedded at the molecular level with insecticides for warding off mosquitoes infected with malaria. ANI

Viagra may help improve cardiac function in young patients with heart defects
Use of sildenafil, also known as the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, may boost function of underdeveloped hearts in children and young adults with congenital heart defects, suggest a new study. ANI

Women wiggling in high heels could inspire better prosthetic limbs and robots
People walking normally, women tottering in high heels and ostriches strutting all exert the same forces on the ground despite very differently-shaped feet, according to a new study. ANI

Pre-pregnancy obesity linked to lower child test scores
Children born to women who are obese before they become pregnant are at higher risk of having lower cognitive function - as measured by math and reading tests taken between ages 5 to 7 years - than kids of mothers with a healthy prepregnancy weight, researchers suggested. ANI

New Zealand scientists help explain mysteries of lost southeast Asian culture
Radiocarbon dating technology is being used to unravel the mysteries of a lost culture that once inhabited the mountains of Cambodia, New Zealand scientists announced Wednesday. ANI

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