Friday, February 15, 2013

Science:2/16/2013 7:51:03 AM

Bilingual babies know their grammar by 7 months

Babies as young as seven months can distinguish between, and begin to learn, two languages with vastly different grammatical structures, according to new research.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 to pass close to Earth on Friday

A newly discovered asteroid about half the size of a football field will pass nearer to Earth than any other known object of its size on Friday, giving scientists a rare opportunity for close-up observations without launching a probe.

Meteor shower causes damage in Urals, Russian agencies say

A meteor shower caused explosions in the lower atmosphere above central Russia and the Urals region on Friday, blowing out windows and causing injuries, agencies reported, citing officials.

Clouds may mar asteroid event

An asteroid the size of a small football field will come almost within touching distance of Earth on Friday night. The much-anticipated event, however, is likely to be a no-show for astronomy buffs attempting to track the space rock from the capital, with clouds expected to play spoilsport.

Nasa finds alarming water loss in West Asia

Water reserves, as much as all the water in the Dead Sea, has disappeared from the already arid Middle East - along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, from Turkey to Syria, Iran and Iraq.

Skulls trace women's assault to Stone Age

Violence against women can be traced back to pre-historic times, according to a new study which found that women were subjected to routine physical assault during the Stone Age.

Found: Man who moulded Bard's comic characters

William Shakespeare's inspiration behind some of his iconic comic characters in masterpieces like "King Lear", "As You Like It", "Troilus and Cressida", "Twelfth Night" and "All's Well that Ends Well" has now been revealed.

'God particle' found, Cern takes a break for next quantum leap

From Thursday, the cutting-edge facilities at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) will begin winding down, then go offline on Saturday for an 18-month upgrade.

'Food, drink, alcohol companies jeopardize public health'

The fact that processed food, beverage and alcohol companies are major drivers of lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease and blood pressure is known. Now, there is evidence that these industries are also trying to undermine public health.

Now monitor your heart devices from home

Heart patients implanted with cardiac devices such as pacemakers, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRTs) and cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) need not go to doctors for regular checkups.

Deep brain stimulation may help ease neuropathic pain

For many patients with difficult-to-treat neuropathic pain, deep brain stimulation can lead to long-term improvement in pain scores and other outcomes, a new study has suggested.

God particle hunt halts as CERN closes for 'long break'

Months after the landmark discovery of a potential Higgs boson particle, CERN scientists will shut down its Large Hadron Collider to upgrade the machine.

Scientists discover youngest black hole in our galaxy

Nasa scientists have spotted the youngest black hole yet in the Milky Way galaxy, which is just 1000-years-old and only 26,000 light-years away from Earth.

Sars-like virus can spread from person to person

The potentially deadly Sara (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) like virus has started to show signs of spreading in the United Kingdom.

In UK, doctors 'freeze' baby for 4 days to save his life

In a pioneering treatment , UK doctors have given a new lease of life to a baby suffering from a fatal heart condition by 'freezing' his body for four days.

After Higgs Boson, scientists prepare for next quantum leap

Seven months after its scientists made a landmark discovery that may explain the mysteries of mass, Europe's top physics lab will take a break from smashing invisible particles to recharge for the next leap into the unknown.

Food, beverage and alcohol companies undermine public health: Study

There is evidence that these industries are also trying to undermine public health. A global study says these "unhealthy commodity" industries use similar strategies to the tobacco industry to undermine public health policies.

Wisconsin scientists help search for alien life

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are helping search for evidence of alien life not by looking into outer space, but by studying some rocks right here on Earth.

Doctors 'freeze' baby to save his life

In a pioneering treatment, UK doctors have given a new lease of life to a baby suffering from a fatal heart condition by 'freezing' his body for four days.

'Business owners are happiest workers'

Despite working longer hours and having less time off, business owners are 50% more satisfied with their jobs than those who work for others, according to a new study.

'Cyberbullying as bad as physical violence'

Children who are bullied online or by mobile phone are just as likely to skip school or consider suicide as kids who are physically bullied , according to a new study.

Sars-like virus inching towards India

A dangerous virus, belonging to the same family as the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is inching towards India.

Sunlight spurs greenhouse gas release from Arctic

University of Michigan aquatic bio-geochemist George Kling and colleagues studied places in Arctic Alaska where permafrost is melting and causing the overlying land surface to collapse.

New study shows copper restricts the global spread of antibiotic-resistant infections

Research done by UK based health expert has shown that copper restricts the global spread of antibiotic resistant infection.

Global poll opens for naming two new moons of Pluto

A worldwide poll has been launched inviting people to give names to the two moons of Pluto that were discovered in 2011 and 2012. The moons are currently called P4 and P5.

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