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Month: August 2015

Your Genes Make You A Coriander-Lover Or Hater!

Whether or not you like coriander might just be the effect of your genes! A new research suggests that a genetic variant determines how we respond to aromas. So, it’s not really your fault if you don’t like it, right?! 30,000 people of European background were surveyed in 2013 by the company 23andMe as to

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Scientists Successfully Used Nanoparticles To Destroy Blood Clots

Blood clots have proved to be lethal in many cases. Non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular ones being on the rise in our societies, the need to find ways to tackle them is now even more pressing. A team of researchers have recently devised a new technique using nanotechnology to deal with blood clots. The findings have been

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Horses Smile When Happy & Widen Their Eyes When Scared Like Humans!

Horses can actually pout and smile, and widen their eyes in response to feelings. A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has shown that horses have similar facial expressions to humans. Horse faces have proved to be more similar to ours that we would have thought. A wide range of facial expressions of

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Wonder Material Stanene Created By Researchers

A team of scientists from Stanford University in the US in collaboration with researchers from institutions based in China claim to have made a sample of stanene. The latter is a one-atom thick mesh of tin that is predicted to be able to conduct electricity without losing heat, hence making it the most efficient of

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Scientists Successfully Program Cells To Burn More Calories

How to burn more and more fats?! An ambition taken to an unparalleled level by researchers of a study who changed energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat. They now wish to program cells to burn more calories. The findings have been published in the journal Cell Metabolism. Converting energy-storing white fat cells into energy-burning

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Horror Story of A Manipulative Parasitoid Wasp & A Helpless Spider

While nature is full of wonderful, awe-inspiring stories to tell of the lives thriving from myriads of species, it also has its fair share of gore. A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology unravels the gruesome techniques of a parasitoid wasp larva destroying its spider host through cold-blooded manipulation to survive. The

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Latest Images of the Far Side of the Moon Released!

Ever wondered about how the dark side of the moon looks?! Well, NASA has just released the latest images which were captured by a camera onboard NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite last month. That is not all. On top of seeing the other facet of the moon, we also get to admire our own planet

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You Have The Wrong Image of Yourself – Mirrors Lie, Selfies Don’t!

You know the phenomenon of not recognising our voices when they are heard outside of our bodies like in recordings while strangers apparently do? The same might be said of our photographs. A new research suggests that strangers are better at ranking which of the pictures of others resemble the latter the most than those to

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China’s Assembling The World’s Largest Radio Telescope

The panels making up the largest radio telescope the world has ever seen, known as FAST & made by China, is currently being pieced together. An artist’s impression of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). Photo credits: Arxiv. China is known to experimenting in a wide variety of fields, setting up ambitious projects. One such endeavour

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“Leaky Vaccines” Create More Dangerous Viral Strains

Vaccines might be contributing to the evolution of “stronger” virus strains, according to a new research performed by an international team of scientists. Their findings have been published in PLOS Biology. The new study deals with the controversial supervirus theory that dictates that vaccines which do not completely eliminate a disease might trigger viruses to develop

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Theropod Dinosaurs Like The TRex Had Something More Than Just Teeth

A new study has shed light onto the ability of dinosaurs to kill their prey: their serrated (having saw-like cutting edges) teeth allowed them to cut through flesh and bones better – specially those of other dinosaurs they fed on – and the very arrangement of the tissues within each of those teeth provided further

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