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Giant asteroid's hit changed Earth forever

London, Feb 21 (IANS) A gigantic asteroid that slammed into Australia more than 300 million years ago changed the face of the Earth forever, says a British media report.

In UK, obesity overtakes two-thirds of male population

London, Feb 21 (IANS) The obesity epidemic in the United Kingdom has overtaken two-thirds of the male population, leaving less than a third in the ideal weight category, considering that there might also be those with less than normal weight, according to a new finding.

'Twitter-jacked': The risk of social media marketing

Washington, Feb 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Two American companies have been "Twitter-jacked" this week, taken over by hackers posting crass messages to corporate Twitter pages and replacing corporate logos with those of competitors, further illustrating the often daunting tasks companies face as they strive to manage their social media feeds.

Gene linked with Alzheimer's plaques found

Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) A study combining genetic data with brain imaging has not only identified the APOE gene, tied to the development of Alzheimer's, but has uncovered its link with another gene, called BCHE.

India to launch Mars mission: President

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) India's first space mission to Mars will be launched this year, President Pranab Mukherjee said Thursday.

Ericsson to open plant in New Zealand

Wellington, Feb 21 (IANS) Telecommunications giant Ericsson is to build its second fiber ducting plant in New Zealand, the New Zealand government announced Thursday.

Bengal government asked for ways to ban online 'rape-games'

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) has sought a report from the state government suggesting ways to block on the internet "rape-games" - the Japanese video games which challenge a player to rape women.

Flux-bonded fly ash could reduce clay use in buildings

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (IANS) Flux-bonded fly ash technology is all set to drastically reduce the clay used in building material, thanks to the initiative of a group of scientists here.

Tiniest planet shows sun-like stars can host smaller planets

Sydney, Feb 21 (IANS) Kepler-37b, the tiniest planet ever spotted, demonstrates that sun-like stars in our galaxy are capable of hosting much smaller planets than anything detected so far, say researchers.

US presents plan against industrial cyber-espionage

Washington, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) The US government has presented a comprehensive strategy to fight industrial cyber-espionage and hacker attacks against the country that infringe on property rights and compromise company secrets.

Microsoft unveils IT tools for the disabled

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) In a bid to empower the physically challenged with computer education and heighten their employment prospects, Microsoft India Wednesday showcased several IT tools that promise to help the handicapped take to computers.

Kolkata scientists plan to study Russian meteorite bits

Kolkata, Feb 20 (IANS) Scientists in Kolkata plan to buy fragments of the meteorite that rained in on parts of Russia Feb 15 to investigate the mysteries of the "origin of life".

HC notice over tax recoveries from social websites

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the finance and home ministries on a plea to recover tax from social networking websites, arising out of their internet-based business in the country.

Sea levels may rise higher in Pacific due to ice loss

Rome, Feb 20 (IANS) Computer modelling has predicted parts of the Pacific experiencing the highest rates of rise in sea levels, while it may actually fall in some polar regions, owing to the interaction of sea, land and ice.

Testosterone makes males better at spatial navigation

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) Male superiority over females in spatial navigation may just be a "side-effect" of testosterone, according to an analytical study.

Hair dye chemicals linked to cancer

London, Feb 20 (IANS) Hair dyes, which include home hair colouring kits and those used at pricey salons, are linked to deadly cancer-causing chemicals, warn scientists.

'IT imports will be worth $400 billion in 2020'

Panaji, Feb 20 (IANS) India's information technology (IT) imports will be worth $400 billion by the year 2020, much more than the country's oil imports, a top industry honcho said Wednesday.

Colds too often? Chromosomes responsible

Los Angeles, Feb 20 (IANS) Chromosome structures may help predict one's ability to resist cold, says an American study.

Kerala company selected for Microsoft initiative

Kochi, Feb 20 (IANS) Overcoming stiff global competition, Profoundis Labs, a Startup Village company here has been selected for the Microsoft Accelerator Programme, a company official said Wednesday.

UP set to distribute free laptops to 1.5 million school-leavers

Lucknow, Feb 20 (IANS) They'll cost the Utttar Pradesh government a whopping Rs.2,800 crore and their distribution is set to begin, but each of the 1.5 million recipients of the free laptops being given to school-leavers will have no doubt where they came from - what with tamper-proof images of ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on their covers.

Chip converts snapshots into perfect pictures

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) A cutting-edge chip can instantly convert your smartphone snapshots into more realistic, professional-looking ones, an American study says.

Google group to launch Kochi chapter

Kochi, Feb 20 (IANS) Google Developers Group (GDG), the non-profit community initiative supported by Google Inc., will be soon launched at the Startup Village here, an official said Wednesday.

US state department's TechCamp launched in Mumbai

Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) The US State Department's TechCamp was launched in Mumbai Tuesday with an aim to build digital literacy for NGOs, an official statement said.

Drug shows promise in busting Hepatitis C virus

Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects about 4.1 million people in the United States alone and is the primary cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Current therapy against the infection is not particularly effective.

Foster team work in science, says PM's scientific advisor

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 19 (IANS) C.N.R. Rao, the scientific advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Tuesday exhorted India's scientists to work in groups rather than functioning in isolation, citing the team spirit of their counterparts in China which has emerged as a world leader.

Scientists seek new ways of fighting bugs in space

Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) Scientists are carrying out ultra sensitive experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS), which could pave the way to cutting edge approach in treating and preventing infectious diseases.

Goa CM can't handle his e-waste

Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Tuesday said he does not know how to handle the e-waste he generates.

Brazilian air force gets more drones

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 19 (IANS) The Brazilian Air Force has said it has acquired two more Israeli-made drones last month to boost border security and safeguard upcoming sport events.

Indian rocket to carry 7 satellites in Feb 25 launch

Chennai, Feb 19 (IANS) Indian space agency officials are gearing up to make the rocket that would carry seven satellites launch-ready for Feb 25 with a full system check, an official said.

Bone marrow cells helping regenerate bladder

Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) Two specific cell populations, harvested from a patient's healthy bone marrow, are helping pave the way to bladder regeneration, says a new study.

Google launches indoor maps feature in Singapore

Singapore, Feb 19 (IANS) Google launched its indoor maps feature in Singapore Tuesday, making the city state the second country in Asia to have it.

A new method to treat kidney failure

Barcelona, Feb 19 (IANS) Patients undergoing dialysis can now benefit from a new procedure that removes additional toxins and may increase their longevity, says a study.

Supercomputers to keep age-related ailments at bay

Sydney, Feb 19 (IANS) Supercomputers are helping tweak antioxidants to stave off age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer's, shows a study.

Austrian scientists develop bionic proteins

Vienna, Feb 18 (IANS) Austrian scientists have developed nano particles that can mimic the function of proteins.

Cutting-edge tool probes lethal viruses at atomic levels

London, Feb 18 (IANS) A cutting-edge technology called synchrotron light is enabling scientists to analyse lethal viruses behind AIDS, Hepatitis and flu at the atomic and molecular level, potentially opening the way to better therapies.

Scientists wiring oceans to protect ecosystems

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Scientists are wiring oceans to track the movements of deep sea creatures that could help protect marine ecosystems by revolutionizing how we understand their function, population structure, fisheries management and species' physiological and evolutionary constraints.

Transportation data key to how pandemics spread

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Predicting how pandemics spread has become a huge challenge, as they no longer follow centuries-old patterns when town after town fell prey.

'Kids hooked on TV grow into anti-socials'

Wellington, Feb 18 (IANS) Children and adolescents glued to TV sets tend to exhibit anti-social and criminal behaviour as adults, according to a research from New Zealand.

Researchers model erratic heartbeat in real time

Toronto, Feb 18 (IANS) Using powerful X-rays, researchers have modelled arrhythmia in real time.

50 years on, Rachel Carson still a role model

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring" published over 50 years ago, got special mention at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting at Boston recently.

Flexible electrodes show promise in Parkinson's

Berne, Feb 18 (IANS) Tiny, ultra-flexible electrodes could be the answer to more successful treatment of Parkinson's, which afflicts an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide.

Heart attack? It could be pollution

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Air pollution and ozone levels may also play a role in precipitating heart attacks, warns fresh research from the US.

FBI probes cyber attack on Facebook

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS/EFE) The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is collaborating in the investigation of a "sophisticated attack" by hackers on Facebook last month, which, according to the social network, has not compromised users' data.

China mulls curbing minors' online game addiction

Beijing, Feb 18 (IANS) Chinese authorities have decided to develop a China-specific criteria for diagnosing minors' addiction of online games, Xinhua reported.

Scrolling may help vision challenged to read

London, Feb 17 (IANS) Patients suffering from macular degeneration, one of the commonest causes of vision loss, will now be able to read an entire book, thanks to a latest research.

Chinese nuclear power plant starts

Beijing, Feb 17 (IANS) The Hongyanhe nuclear power station, the first nuclear power plant and largest energy project in northeast China, started operation Sunday.

Bathing India's monuments in light sculptures

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Jantar Mantar, the 18th century architectural observatory in Delhi, and Nelson Mandela's Freedom Towers in Soweto in South Africa made a connection with light this week when Patrick Rimoux illuminated the ancient astronomical lab with psychedelic light sculptures.

New tech needed for curbing CO2 at source

Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Reducing carbon dioxide emissions alone may not be enough to curb global warming. There is a need to develop technologies that remove large amounts of the gas at the source, say researchers.

Urbanisation cuts people off adequate sunlight

Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Increasing urbanisation is cutting off people from adequate sunlight, which helps the skin produce vitamin D, facilitating the absorption of calcium, says a study.

Why early humans shed hair for naked skin

Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Hairless skin among humans first evolved as a way to keep cool.


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