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Month: February 2016

World’s Thinnest & Lightest Solar Cells Developed by MIT Researchers

MIT researchers have invented super-thin and flexible solar cells that can convert light energy from the sun to electricity. The findings are published in the journal Organic Electronics. The thinnest (one-fiftieth the thickness of a human hair) and lightest solar cells have been developed by MIT researchers. They can be used on any material, from

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Key To Long Life: Think Fast, Feel Fine, Live Long

If you want to live long, think fast, and feel healthy! Two psychological variables, age-related decrease in thinking and processing speed, and perceived health have been linked with mortality risk among middle-age adults and the elderly. The paper is published in Psychological Science. While every soul shall taste death, humans will persist in finding ways

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Sugar Might Be As Bad As Stress & Abuse To The Brain

The effects of sugar are not as restricted as we might think; rather, they are apparently weighty on our brain too. A new study suggests that sugary drinks might be as bad as stress and abuse are to brain cells. The paper is published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. Extreme stress and abuse are known to have

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Disrupted Sleep Patterns, Mood, & Depression Are Biologically Linked

We must have all noticed how we can get cranky when we have not had a good night’s sleep. This apparent link has, however, not been fully explained in scientific terms: the biology behind the pattern as to the molecular links has otherwise remained a mystery. Until now. A new study, published in the Proceedings

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Spider Sex: Male Ties Female To Avoid Being Eaten

Nursery-web spiders have their own version of fifty shades of grey: the males tie the females with silk during mating to avoid sexual cannibalism. The ‘practice’ is documented in a paper published in the journal Biology Letters. While bondage in the animal kingdom (apart from humans, that is) might sound pretty exciting at first, it

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Zika Virus Linked With Stillbirth & Tissue Damage in Foetus

Zika virus might be linked with stillbirth, according to a new report published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. A woman from Brazil who was infected with the Zika virus is said to have given birth to a stillborn baby. The latter also showed signs of other complications. Given the current concerns relating to the

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Treating Deadly Brain Cancer Using Skin Cells

Skin cells have been reprogrammed to become cancer-killing neural stem cells that are able to recognise and kill the remnants of a deadly brain tumour. The paper is published in the journal Nature Communications. The war on cancer is getting more and more intense as researchers are trying to come up with innovative ways to uproot

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Sea Level Rising: The Fastest Rate in 3,000 Years

Rise in sea level is but one of the repercussions of global warming. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science puts into perspective the rocketing rate at which this is happening in recent decades. Our planet’s ocean levels have changed over time even before global warming became an alarming situation —

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In Depth: Time Actually Behaves Like A Crystal – Here’s How

Time has remained an evasive topic. The more scientists attempt to unveil its secrets, the more it gets away from their grasp. Some physicists have even questioned how we perceive its very existence: a team of researchers have investigated the very structure of time and claim that it behaves like a crystal. Their revised paper is

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Chocolate Eaten Once A Week Boosts Cognitive Function

Chocolate-lovers, here is a good news for you! Eating chocolate at least once a week might enhance cognition, according to a new study published in the journal Appetite. The potential health benefits of chocolate are being documented by an increasing body of research. It has usually been associated with protecting the health of the heart.

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Eating Carrots Lowers Breast Cancer Risk Thanks to Alpha Carotene Content

The consumption of carrots has been linked with a lower risk in certain forms of breast cancer, says a new study. The risk of developing certain types of breast cancer that are otherwise hard to treat can be reduced by up to 60%, according to the new research conducted by an international team of scientists.

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Reaching Mars in 30 Minutes With Laser Propulsion

Firing lasers at tiny spacecrafts could make us reach Mars in less than an hour, and even in 30 minutes only, according to scientist Philip Lubin from the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Experimental Cosmology Group. Faster space travel is definitely one of the goals of researchers. How to do so, though? Philip Lubin

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