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Soon, pill to make ‘tiresome’ jet-lag history!

Researchers have discovered a gene which can cure ‘jet-lag’ and can prevent us from adjusting to new time zones. Researchers have identified a mechanism that limits the ability of the body clock to adjust to changes in patterns of light and dark.

Stinky corpse flower blooms in Washington

A towering plant that smells like rotting meat and is native to the Indonesian rainforest was in full bloom in the US capital on Monday drawing throngs of tourists. The titan arum, among the world’s largest plants...

Bird’s brain wiring resembles that of humans

A new study has revealed that humans may have more in common with a pigeon than we have realized, at least in terms of brain wiring. A researcher showed how different regions are connected together to process information.

Earthworms could provide a window into climate history

A team of UK researchers believe earthworms could help reveal what the prevailing weather conditions were thousands of years ago.

Cat cafés to open in France soon

Paris may soon have its very own cat café based on the same model as the one that opened in London in March. And the project has managed to raise €40,000 (over Rs. 1,80,000) in donations through crowd-funding.

How humans evolved to become better throwers than chimps

Human’s unique ability to throw better than our chimpanzee cousins can all be narrowed down to one thing - evolution. little leaguers and professional baseball players alike have our extinct ancestors to thank for their success to pitch so well.

DNA folding influences genes activation

Scientists have made a medical breakthrough which may help bring new insights on how genes are activated. Roughly 3 metres of DNA is tightly folded into the nucleus of every cell in our body. This folding allows some genes to be expressed, or activated, while excluding others.

Soon, a car that makes stopping at traffic lights history

A car maker from Germany is developing a technology that calculates the amount of time before an upcoming set of traffic lights turn red, and tell driver the ideal speed needed to navigate roads and intersections.

Humans might look like Pokemon characters in 100K years

Humans of the future might look more like Pokemon characters with bigger heads, bigger eyes and improved night vision, two researchers have suggested

Wooly mammoth blood recovered

Scientists have found blood from the frozen body of a 10,000 to 15,000 year old mammoth discovered on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. The blood was so well preserved that it flowed freely from the ancient mammal, scientists note.

Now, robot that tells you when you stink

Japan researchers have created a pair of robots- a girl and a dog - whose odour sensors can determine just how bad you smell.

Boy genius diagnosed with autism has IQ higher than Einstein

A 14-year-old boy from Indiana, who was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at the age of 2, has an IQ of 170, which is higher than Einstein’s, and he is now on the road to winning a Nobel Prize.

Global carbon dioxide in atmosphere touches milestone level

For the first time in human history, the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere has passed the milestone level of 400 parts per million (ppm). Two CO2 monitoring stations high on the Hawaiian volcano of Mauna Loa run by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, provide the global benchmark measurement.

Modified mosquitoes may halt spread of malaria

Mosquitoes infected with a strain of bacteria may be used to halt the spread of malaria as they show signs of resistance to the parasite, a new study has found. The study conducted at Michigan State University shows that the transmission of malaria via mosquitoes to humans can be interrupted by using a strain of the bacteria Wolbachia in the insects.

Plants being used as alternate source to generate electricity

Researchers led by an Indian origin professor at the University of Georgia are developing a new technology that will make it possible for plants to generate electricity.
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