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A look at the winners of Nobel Prize in chemistry

A look at the winners of 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Were 'hobbit' hominids island dwarfs?

Japanese scientists on Tuesday waded into a row over so-called "hobbit" hominids whose remains, found on a remote Indonesian island a decade ago, have unleashed one of the fiercest disputes in anthropology.

Do immune cells control their own destiny?

A surprise discovery has shown how some cells may be capable of exercising control over their own destiny.

Now, it's possible to predict a ‘hit’ song

Scientists have argued that predicting the popularity of a song may well be feasible by using state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms.

Next supercop?

Two New Zealand inventors have produced what they claim are the world’s first robotic legs to help paraplegics walk again.

The friendly dashboard robo that makes driving a pleasure

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robot that is sensitive to driver’s moods and habits, and can revolutionise the way you interact with your car.

Revealed: Genes that drive you to drink!

Your genetic make up may predispose you to drink more but may not increase your genetic risk for alcohol dependence, a new study has revealed.

Soon, disposable batteries made from salt and paper

A piece of wet, salty paper can make a battery that could actually hold up to one volt of electricity, say researchers.

Researchers develop device to save babies

A foetal heart monitor designed by Indian scientists can save unborn infants in complicated pregnancies.

A stopwatch for the solar system!

In a new study, a team of scientists has described how aluminium radioisotopes can now offer precise timing of events 4.5 billion years ago, and thus have been dubbed as the 'stopwatch for the solar system'.

Artificial red blood cells a step closer

A team of Australian scientists has genetically modified human embryonic stem cells to glow red when they develop into premature red blood cells.

King crabs dive deep to avoid hot water

Higher temperatures near the ocean's surface propel king crabs to deeper waters, with the result that they are found near the surface only off the coasts of Japan, Alaska, and western Canada, scientists have found. Around 100 species live in the deep.

Human nose too cold for bird flu viruses to thrive

A study authored by researchers at from Imperial College London and the University of North Carolina has revealed that avian influenza viruses do not thrive in humans because the temperature inside their noses is very low.

Twitter, Facebook could confuse your moral compass

They might keep you socially happy in the cyberspace, but in real life, social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook harm people's moral values, as they don''t allow time for compassion or admiration, warn scientists.

Game plan

We're all set to receive a few good games that have rocked the charts worldwide. Avinash Bali lists some of the games.
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