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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

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How brain remembers single events

One-time events like a marriage proposal, a wedding toast, a baby’s birth always hold that special place in our memory, and scientists have now found how brain remembers such events without them being repeated over time.

Soon, robots could have muscles stronger than steel

Scientists have created a new material that is stronger than steel and stiffer than diamond, weighs little more than its volume in air, and could be the perfect artificial muscle for robots.

Brain’s ‘wisdom centre’ found

Using sophisticated brain scanning techniques, scientists were able to pinpoint parts of the brain that guide people when they face difficult moral dilemmas.

Jet lagged? Solution is now at hand

Scripps Research scientists have identified the two proteins that control the circadian clock in humans and other mammals, moving a step closer to making jet lag, history.

Aus scientists discover way to improve crop productivity

In what might be an answer to the increasing global population and ensuing food crisis, Australian scientists have claimed discovering a way to boost crop yields that can help improve productivity.

Fingerprints to lose relevance?

Fingerprints as a marker of your unique identity could soon be obsolete, for scientists have now found that people have another defining trait that may distinguish them from the rest of the human population.

Here, robots are chefs and entertainers!

A newly opened restaurant in Japan has robots instead of humans as its chefs. These robots perform all of the cooking tasks needed to make eighty bowls per day, and also serve customers who come to their small shop.

Now, lip-reading computer to interpret different languages

In a breakthrough study, researchers from University of East Anglia have developed a novel computer, which can distinguish between different languages.

How proteins travel in the brain

While proteins are known to be at the centre of every life process, and carry out all sorts of work by going to the cell, what guides these basic molecules towards their target cells in the brain has been unknown so far.

Are you impulsive? Here's why

A new study involving mice has found that genetic predisposition to impulsivity is a trait predictive of alcoholism.

'Artificial noses' come closer to reality

By using nanotechnology- or more specifically "nano-electromechanical systems", or NEMS-scientists have taken a major step towards creating 'artificial noses'.

How the brain handles words

Have you ever wondered about how the brain gives meaning to letters on a page? This has been a mystery for scientists as well. Now, a new study has tried to solve this puzzle.

Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak could be real soon

Scientists are now working on developing a material that renders objects invisible to near-infrared light.

Do you have a devilish or an angelic mind?

Even wondered how some people control their desires? Scientists have identified an "angel" centre in the brain which holds back another "devil" area to stop individuals giving in to temptation.

Light-emitting T-shirts come closer to reality

Light-emitting T-shirts may soon come to be used for electronic displays, thanks to a new Japanese screen-printing method of depositing a luminescent gel onto any surface, including paper and fabric.
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