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Neanderthals used boats much before modern humans


March 1st, 2012 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 1 (IANS) Our extinct cousins, the Neanderthals, were sailing the seas about 50,000 years before us, according to a study.Modern humans took to the seas 50,000 years ago, ... Read more...

Posted in World |

World’s biggest trees face dire future


February 9th, 2012 - 1:12 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 9 (IANS) The world's biggest and most magnificent trees face a dire future - thanks to logging, deforestation, pest invasions and effects of climate change.William Laurance, professor at ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Can Stone-Age diet prevent ageing?


August 4th, 2011 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 4 (IANS) While people generally turn quite anxious about their body's condition as they age, a US academician has claimed that once individuals reach their 90s their body ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Eyewitness accounts aren’t as reliable as previously thought


January 26th, 2011 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 26 (ANI): Eyewitnesses likelihood of giving false information about any crime in subsequent retellings increases if they had described the offence to someone just after it occurred, according to a ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

People are more helpful ‘when positioned physically higher than others’


January 14th, 2011 - 1:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 14 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that people become more generous, compassionate and helpful when they are physically higher than others - an indication that metaphors such as 'moral high ground' ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New software can miraculously alter actors’ images


October 10th, 2010 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 10 (IANS) Drastically gaining or losing body weight for a coveted film role has long proved the ultimate test for method actors. Robert De Niro piled on the pounds ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Our helium reserves to run out in 25 years


August 24th, 2010 - 7:14 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 24 (IANS) Colourful balloons that float in the air during our birthdays are the only link we have with helium. But the non-renewable gas is being squandered at a rate ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

IPCC responsible for public losing confidence in climate science: Expert


February 20th, 2010 - 6:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb.20 (ANI): The release of flawed data about Himalayan glaciers melting by 2035 has resulted in a loss of public confidence in climate science, a top US academic has claimed.Dr ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New dye may turn clothes into wearable batteries


February 1st, 2010 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 1 (ANI): Scientists from Stanford University in California have developed a dye that could turn your clothes into conductors.The carbon-nanotube-based ink developed by Yi Cui and colleagues can soak into ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New touchscreen table provides best of real and digital worlds


January 23rd, 2010 - 4:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 23 (ANI): Microsoft researchers have developed a touchscreen table which they hope would blur the borders between the real and digital world by taking advantage of the best of each.Lead ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

UN climate body admits goof up on Himalayan glaciers


January 20th, 2010 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, January 20 (ANI): Reports indicate that the vice-chairman of the UN's climate science panel has admitted it made a mistake in asserting that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035.The Intergovernmental Panel ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Drinking too much during pregnancy can harm offspring permanently


January 15th, 2010 - 1:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 15 (AN): Drinking too much alcohol during pregnancy can cause permanent damage to unborn child, say researchers.The new study conducted using mouse model suggests this may be because alcohol chemically ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Respect for elders is in our genes, says monkey study


January 7th, 2010 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 7 (ANI): We are always taught to respect our elders, but according to scientists, the affection might not just be good manners, it could be in our genes.A monkey study ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Technology giving rise to generation of depressed people, says expert


December 28th, 2009 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 28 (ANI): Although technological wonders have made our lives easier, it might also be giving rise to a generation of depressed people, says an expert.According to psychologist Daniel Goleman, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Soon, flexible retinal implants to restore vision


December 15th, 2009 - 3:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 15 (ANI): Scientists from Stanford University in California have developed what they call 'flexible retinal implant' that would help restore vision of people with certain forms of visual impairment.According to ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Feline ‘pawprint’ in HIV genome uncovered


December 9th, 2009 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 9 (ANI): Scientists from University of Rochester in New York claim to have found feline genetic "pawprint" in the modern-day form of the HIV virus.They uncovered the genetic sequence in ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Artificial skin with optical sensors to give robots ‘humanly’ touch


December 2nd, 2009 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 2 (ANI): Belgian scientists have developed what they call a flexible "skin" with optical sensors that would give robots a more human touch.According to lead researcher Jeroen Missinne at Ghent ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Headphones may pose risk to patients with pacemakers


November 17th, 2009 - 12:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 17 (ANI): For patients with pacemakers, headphones might pose as a significant health risk, reveals a new study.According to Kevin Fu at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, while they ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

India’s thirst for groundwater raising global sea levels


October 4th, 2009 - 11:28 am ICT by ANI
London, October 4 (ANI): India's thirst for groundwater is threatening a major water crisis, and adding to global sea level rise, says a report.Virendra Tiwari, from the National Geophysical Research Institute in ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Now, a lamp that uses ‘human blood’ to create light


October 3rd, 2009 - 12:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, October 3 (ANI): An English designer based in The Netherlands has come up with a lamp that uses "human blood" to create light.Mike Thompson's lamp contains a chemical called luminol ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Indian-origin researcher’s slimy-skinned design to cut ships’ fuel consumption 20pct


September 27th, 2009 - 12:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 27 (ANI): A ship's fuel consumption can be reduced by about 20 per cent by designing it in such a manner that it exude slime from its hull, says an ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Stem cell injections offer new hope for kids with motor neuron disease


September 23rd, 2009 - 12:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 23 (ANI): Scientists have obtained some promising results by treating mice bred to develop a form of motor neuron disease that affects children, with with injections of stem cells into ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

IBM’s satnav solution for constant radio retuning


September 21st, 2009 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 21 (ANI): Hate retuning your car radios again and again after losing your favourite channel during long journeys? Well, IBM's new software that connects the radio with the vehicle's satnav ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New e-nose can reveal smokers without need for blood, urine tests


September 16th, 2009 - 1:20 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 16 (ANI): An electronic nose foil some people's attempt to deceive their doctors by telling them that they are non-smokers, in order to get cheaper life insurance.Paul Thomas at ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Eyes alert us to approaching objects before brain notices


September 7th, 2009 - 11:18 am ICT by ANI
London, September 7 (ANI): Swiss scientists have discovered a kind of eye cells that can alert people to any objects drawing near, without taking the brain's help.Botond Roska and his colleagues ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Female gorillas use sex as a tactic to thwart their rivals


September 3rd, 2009 - 12:14 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 3 (ANI): A new study has shown that female gorillas use sex as a tactic to thwart their rivals.Diane Doran-Sheehy, a primatologist at Stony Brook University in New York, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Fatty apron over stomach, intestines may help grow patches of cells for heart repair


August 30th, 2009 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 30 (ANI): A team of researchers in Israel have successfully grown patches of cells for heart repair by conducting experiments on rats.Smadar Cohen, a tissue engineer at Ben-Gurion University ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Now a model to predict when stock markets will crash


August 29th, 2009 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 29 (ANI): A team of physicists and financiers have shown that it is possible to predict when growth in any stock exchange will become unsustainable and the market will crash, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Why girls can’t resist the geeks


August 20th, 2009 - 12:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 20 (ANI): In what may help understand why geeks get the girls, a study on the Satin Bowerbird's mating rituals has for the first time directly linked a male's cognitive ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Americans prefer taller presidential candidates when times are more difficult: Study


August 19th, 2009 - 11:16 am ICT by ANI
London, August 19 (ANI): An American study conducted by social psychologists at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, suggests that the country's presidents get taller when the going gets tough.Lead ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Indian-origin scientist’s malaria vaccine may eradicate the disease


August 16th, 2009 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 16 (ANI): An Indian-origin scientist has created a new vaccine that targets the malaria parasite at a vulnerable point in its development, and, thus, can form part of a strategy ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

‘Second wave of swine flu in UK to be less lethal than previously thought’


August 13th, 2009 - 5:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 13 (ANI): Experts have predicted that a second more strong version of pandemic influenza, expected to hit UK later this year, may turn out to be less lethal than previously ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Stress, dieting may lead to positive cannabis test


August 10th, 2009 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 10 (ANI): A new study has revealed that stress and dieting can lead to a positive cannabis test long after the drug was last used.Lead researcher Jonathon Arnold, from the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Now, a mini-magnet test to diagnose TB in just 30 minutes


August 8th, 2009 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 8 (ANI): It is now possible to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) in just 30 minutes, thanks to magnetic nanoparticles that can identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis in sputum, even at very low concentrations.Their ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Do crows plan their actions ahead of time to achieve a goal?


August 5th, 2009 - 1:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 5 (ANI): A pair of British researchers have cast doubt on the suggestion that New Caledonian crows plan their actions ahead of time to achieve a goal.Past studies have shown ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

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