Thursday, February 21, 2013

Science:2/21/2013 8:12:40 AM

Smallest planet discovered orbiting another star

NASA scientists have discovered the smallest planet yet found going around a star similar to our Sun.

Indo-Russian collaboration for genetic research

The Frontier Lifeline Hospital in Chennai has entered into a research collaboration with the Institute of Atherosclerosis Research, Russia.

Smart robot that can learn languages

Scientists have incorporated an artificial brain in a humanoid robot, enabling it to understand what is being said and even anticipate the end of a sentences.

Chemicals in everyday items a health hazard

Man-made chemicals on your credit card, tin cans containing food, sunglasses, toys and PVC flooring are the main culprits behind the rise in endocrine-related diseases and disorders globally.

Hunt in space for rare earth elements

The quest for rare earths that are vital to some of modern life's most indispensable technologies may see mining robots jet to the stars within decades, a world-first conference in Australia was told on Wednesday.

Taste for booze originated 10m yrs ago

The ability to metabolize ethanol — the alcohol in beer and wine — might have originated in the common ancestor of humans, chimps and gorillas roughly 10 million years ago, a new study has claimed.

Rare disorder makes boy, 6, eat furniture, carpets, walls

A UK boy who suffers from a rare condition that drives him to munch on curtains and carpets has been given a new £36,000 "inedible" bedroom after he gnawed through the walls of his last one.

Space tech to aid speedy cancer detection

Medical scientists are harnessing space technology to identify deadly cancers, both accurately and speedily.

Bowel diseases on the rise in urban population

More and more people in the city are presenting with symptoms as common as diarrhoea but are diagnosed with serious problems that are collectively termed as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Doctors say the incidence of IBD is rapidly increasing in the urban population.

Simple blood test to determine chemotherapy dosage

The low-cost test discovered by a team at the institute can determine how well chemotherapy is working in patients suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Has dark matter finally been discovered?

Scientists claim they are closer than ever to piercing the mystery of dark matter - which is challenging conventional notions of the cosmos - and the first clues may be unveiled within two weeks.

Sars-like virus claims its first victim in UK

Interestingly, this patient had no travel history and had actually contracted the virus from an infected family member who had returned from Pakistan with the virus.

Caffeine to blame for 'tiny' babies

India may soon have to bring in guidelines warning to-be-mothers against caffeine intake through coffee or fizzy drinks.

Woman has 2 sets of identical twins in a day

A Texas mother had a one-in-70-million kind of Valentine's Day this year when she gave birth to two sets of identical twin boys, a Houston hospital announced on Monday.

'Tutankhamun parents were cousins, not siblings'

The ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's parents were actually cousins and not siblings as previously thought, archaeologists have claimed.

High-fibre foods can have more calories

Some high-fibre foods which are sold to low calories dieters, may actually contain up to 25% more calories than their labels suggest, experts claim.

Breastfeeding can help reduce mortality

Proper breastfeeding can help reduce child deaths and there is an urgent need to bring change in the mindset of lactating mothers in Jharkhand where less than 40% of newborn babies get mother's milk within one hour of birth.

Sun-powered lasers could vaporise asteroids to protect Earth

Star-trek inspired solar-powered lasers could protect Earth from any threatening asteroids by destroying them before they can get too close, US researchers suggest.

Deadly new virus is well adapted to infect humans: Study

The virus, called novel coronavirus or NCoV, is from the same family as the common cold and as SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

Deadly new virus is well adapted to infect humans: Study

The virus, called novel coronavirus or NCoV, is from the same family as the common cold and as SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

Scientists 'implant' sixth sense in lab rats

The "sixth sense" — hunches that foretell the future , has now been created in the lab. Scientists have for the first time ever, implanted "sixth sense" into lab rats that made them detect invisible infrared light — a breakthrough that could one day enable humans to communicate directly with electronic devices by a simple thought and greatly help those completely paralysed.

Too much TV breeds criminal traits

Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to develop antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults, a new study has claimed.

Signs of water on lunar rocks

Researchers have detected traces of water within the crystalline structure of one of the oldest rocks obtained from the Apollo missions on Moon.

3D printing holds key to the future

Will the future be printed in 3D? At first glance, looking at past predictions about the future of technology, prognosticators got a whole lot wrong. The web is a garbage dump of inaccurate guesses about the year 2000, 2010 and beyond. Flying cars, robotic maids and jet packs still are nowhere near a reality.

New US brain wave: Unlocking the mind

The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.

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