Monday, February 4, 2013

Science:2/5/2013 7:22:26 AM

Curiosity rover hammers into its first Martian rock

NASA's Curiosity rover has used its drill system for the first time to hammer into a flat slab of Martian rock to gather samples which will determine if the red planet once hosted life.

Skull found in Britain could be King Richard III's

More than five centuries after the mediaeval king was killed in battle, academics were due Monday to reveal the identity of a skeleton unearthed in September at a car park in the central English city of Leicester.

'Young science of pain management has a huge gap to fill'

A three-day national conference on pain management organized by Nagpur branch of Indian Society for Study of Pain (ISSP) was inaugurated on Friday.

Grass root screening of breast cancer to commence soon in Chhattisgarh

As India commemorates the World Cancer Day today, with a focus on dispelling damaging myths and misconceptions about the disease, "Cancer - Did you know?", the coming fiscal year could prove to be a milestone in early detection and treatment of breast and cervix cancer among women in Chhattisgarh.

Researchers isolate gene that reverses aging

Researchers have reversed aging in old mice by injecting them with a longevity gene and rejuvenating their stem cells' regenerative potential.

Chewing gum can help you think faster

It's official ! Researchers have found scientific evidence to confirm that chewing gum can speed up thinking and make you more alert.

300 years on, UK school finds Newton's textbooks

A dusty box of books discarded at the bottom of a cupboard in a school physics laboratory in the UK has turned out to be the prized work of Sir Isaac Newton , containing his thoughts on principles of gravity.

Prescription drug abuse now biggest global menace

Michael Jackson died of it. So did Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, Anna Nicole Smith and Whitney Houston.

Low salt intake, potassium-rich diet control BP

A meal of palak paneer or kaddu might not leave you salivating but Indians will now have to pack their daily diet with veggies like spinach, carrots and pumpkin along with fruits like banana, papaya and dates.

Huge asteroid to fly closest ever to Earth

In a close shave, an asteroid about half the size of a football field will miss Earth by 27,680 kilometres on February 15, the closest asteroid in recorded history to buzz past our planet, Nasa scientists say.

Drug-resistant fungi new hospital menace

After the superbug, it might soon be the 'superfungi'. The organisms, known to be opportunistic pathogens causing infection in critically-ill patients, are fast turning drug-resistant.

Scientists from University of Sydney developing heat resistant crops

A group of researchers from University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, led by Dr Daniel Tan, a senior lecturer, are developing heat resistant crops.

Scientists decode how high sugar levels raise cancer risk

Scientists have identified a key molecular mechanism through which high blood glucose raises cancer risk in obese people and diabetics.

Bio-electric signals can nip cancer in the bud

A bio-electric signal can identify cancer prone cells and potentially suppress their growth by the manipulation of the electrical charge across their membranes, says a study.

Interns need never come to office

Internships .com, which lists more than 8,000 virtual positions, reports a 20 per cent increase over the last year. Its survey of 303 employers found that a third offer remote internships or plan to this year.

Smile, then put on your seatbelt

Some carriers have lately stepped up that assault on aviation apathy by showing pre-flight videos that are a mix of the serious and the surreal.

Books to beat mental blues

People consulting their local GP over mental health issues may find they are written a surprising prescription, one redeemed at the local library rather than a pharmacy.

Alcoholism can lead to deafness in babies

Doctors in the west have seen it, ENT specialists here are now seeing it. Smoking and drinking during the first trimester of pregnancy, experts say, can cause deafness in children.

India looking at machine to detect drug-resistant TB in just 2 hours

The world's only diagnostic tool that can detect multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) in less than two hours time instead of the present method than can take upto two months, has passed the litmus test.

US scientists explain how owl rotates head

US medical specialists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have figured out how owls can almost fully rotate their heads - by as much as 270 degrees in either direction.

3D printer to help build Moon base?

The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to set up a base on Moon by using a 3D printer to build it from lunar materials, scientists say.

As Indians go under the knife, bust jobs boom

A boob job has become common among Indians with nearly one in four cosmetic surgeries undertaken by both men and women in the country in 2011 were either to augment the breasts or reduce its size.

Breakthrough: First digital atlas of brain

Understanding the most complex human organ — the brain, has now become a lot simpler. In a major breakthrough, scientists at Berkeley Lab has made it possible to get a front row view into how the brain develops and functions and pinpoint which part of the organ is playing truant during neurological disorders like autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia.

In a first, thought 'swimming' through fish's brain filmed

Scientists have for the first time fi lmed a thought 'swimming' through the brain of a living fish as it attacked its prey.

How owls rotate their heads

Scientists have discovered how night-hunting owls can almost fully rotate their heads without cutting off blood supply to their brains.

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