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    Facebook ‘discovers’ a new plant species

    London: When an amateur researcher posted a picture of a plant on Facebook, little did he realise that it could be a new plant species in the world “discovered on Facebook”.  Amateur researcher Reginaldo Vasconcelos who clicked the plant in a jungle on a mountain top in Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, decided to post it on the social networking site for his friends’ amusement.

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    Google Glass can help people with autism

    New York: A few enhancements and a piece of software will make the eye-wearable device Google Glass ready to help people with autism, media reported.  Autism, a developmental disability, is known to cause communication and behavioural challenges. This software has been designed to help those with autism make eye contact, engage in conversations and more easily read social situations, said a report on wbir.com. “It coaches eye contact directly, rewarding points to

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    E-cigarettes may be as addictive as traditional ones

    Washington: E-cigarettes may be as addictive as traditional ones as they contain nicotine in the most addictive form, researchers say. Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigs” have been touted as a tool smokers can use to wean themselves off of traditional cigarettes, which many believe are more harmful than their “e” counterparts. But because e-cig liquid also contains nicotine and emits carcinogens, researchers wonder whether that perception is really true.

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    3D-printed ‘smart cap’ can sense spoiled milk

    Los Angeles: Scientists have developed a 3D-printed ‘smart cap’ that uses embedded sensors to wirelessly monitor the freshness of milk in cartons. Researchers from the University of California’s Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center in collaboration with colleagues at Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University first used polymers and wax to enable the technology.

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    Dead galaxies may be packed with dark matter

    Melbourne : Galaxies in a cluster roughly 300 million light years from Earth could contain 100 times more dark matter than visible matter, a new study has found. Researchers used powerful computer simulations to study galaxies that have fallen into the Coma Cluster, one of the largest structures in the universe in which thousands of galaxies are bound together by gravity.

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    Frozen plains covering Pluto’s big heart discovered

    Washington DC : The new close-up image of Pluto’s surface by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft shows a vast, craterless frozen plain, no more than 100 million years old and possibly still changing. This frozen region is north of Pluto’s icy mountains, in the center-left of the heart feature, informally named “Tombaugh Regio” (Tombaugh Region) after Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930.

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    New drug shows potential to cure and prevent malaria

    New York: A drug currently being tested on humans shows potential to cure malaria in a single dose and offers promise as a preventive treatment as well, new research says. The compound, invented by an international team of researchers, including Indian-origin Pradipsinh Rathod from the University of Washington, is the first to cripple a critical protein that the malaria parasite needs to survive at different stages of its complex life cycle, the study

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    Simple test to spot Alzheimer’s risk

    New York: An affordable non-invasive test that detects electrical activity in the brain may be used to spot people who are at the risk of Alzherimer’s, say researchers. Electroencephalogram (EEG) technology can be used to measure cognitive deficits in people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). Individuals with aMCI are at twice the risk of others in their age group of progressing to Alzheimer’s disease, but currently no conclusive test exists to predict

  • Are men really better than women at maths?

    New York : Since more men pursue careers in science and engineering, does that mean they are actually better at maths than women are? No, says a study.

  • AAP says Goa PWD minister’s degree fake, CM says education no criteria

    Panaji : The AAP in Goa on Thursday alleged that state Public Works Department Minister Ramakrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar’s Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree was ‘fake’. His party termed the allegation ‘baseless’, while Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said educational qualification was not a criteria to be a minister.

  • Scientist or artist? Genes may decide

    London: Parents, take note! Genes may decide whether a child will be good at science or arts, according to a new study.

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    Yeast protein may shed light on human obesity

    Washington: In a research, a team of biologists and mathematicians have found that yeast could serve as a valuable test organism for studying human obesity. During the study, a network composed of 94 proteins that work together to regulate fat storage in yeast in the research was identified and characterized. Bader Al-Anzi, research scientist at Cal tech said that removal of any one of the proteins results in an increase in cellular fat content

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    Earth-sized exoplanets circle their stars in Earth-like orbits

    Washington: A new study has revealed that Earth-sized exoplanets orbit their parent stars in the same way that Earth orbits the Sun, maintaining a roughly equidistant circular orbit. The researchers from MIT and Aarhus University in Denmark report that 74 exoplanets, located hundreds of light-years away, orbit their respective stars in circular patterns, much like the planets of our solar system. These 74 exoplanets, which orbit 28 stars, are about the size of Earth,

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    Soon, China to introduce ‘face recognition ATM’s’

    Melbourne: Chinese engineers are working on an ATM, which will for the very first time have the feature of facial recognition. According to the reports, Beijing’s Tsinghua University and Hangzhou-based security company Tzekwan Technology have come up with a prototype, with the aim to cut crime rates committed using the machines, News.com.au has reported. CEO Gu Zikun said that until now, Chinese ATMs had depended entirely on foreign technology but they will now have

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    76 countries fell to Botnet attacks in first quarter of 2015

    New Delhi:  The Kaspersky Lab statistics has shown that a total of 23,095 DDoS attacks were carried out on web resources located in 76 countries in the first quarter of 2015. Servers in the USA, Canada and China were most frequently targeted, while the top 10 victims also included resources in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The study also finds that the greatest number of attacks on a single web resource in Q1 2015

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    New software measures pain from facial expressions

    Los Angeles: A new software that analyses facial expressions can accurately measure pain levels in kids, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine used the software to analyse pain-related facial expressions from video taken of 50 youths, ages five to 18 years old, who had undergone laparoscopic appendectomies at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Based on the analysis, along with clinical data input by the study team, the software provided pain level scores for each

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    Will laughing gas have the last laugh?

    London: At a time when the use of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) in clinical practice has gradually reduced, a new article contends that there is ‘no clinically relevant evidence’ for the withdrawal of nitrous oxide. The issue whether laughing gas (nitrous oxide) should be banned from the operating room figured prominently in a debate at this year’s Euroanaesthesia meeting in Berlin. “Whereas 30 years ago, nearly every general anaesthesia procedure was performed with

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    An app developed to cure poor eyesight

    London: One of the major causes of blindness in remote areas is lack of access to healthcare. Now, a new smartphone app will soon change that. Developed by British ophthalmologists, the Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek) app is likely to change the lives of people living with poor eye sight but without access to care in remote areas. Peek uses a smartphone camera equipped with a 3D printed adaptor and an acuity app to