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  • 'Unprecedented' Martian dust storm threatens NASA's Opportunity rover

    Washington: NASA engineers have not heard back from Opportunity rover that is caught in an unprecedented sandstorm on Mars, leading to speculation that it might be dead, the US space agency has said. The swirling Martian dust storm that raised the atmospheric opacity, or "tau" - the veil of dust...

  • US begins testing Ebola treatment in early-stage trial

    Washington: US researchers have started the first-in-human trial evaluating an experimental treatment for Ebola virus disease, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Centre said in a statement. The Phase 1 clinical trial, named as VRC 608, is examining the safety and tolerability of a...

  • Apple offers 1 month free trial for premium iCloud upgrades

    San Francisco: Apple has rolled out a new scheme as part of which it is offering a free month of upgraded iCloud storage to non-paying users who have reached their 5GB limit. The new offer applies to each of Apple's 50GB to 2TB iCloud memory upgrade levels at costs ranging from $0.99 to...

  • Decoded: How melatonin promotes sleep

    New York: Researchers, led by one of Indian-origin, have found that the melatonin hormone promotes sleep by suppressing the neurons responsible for keeping us awake, a discovery that may lead to new therapy for insomnia. "We as a society are losing sleep because we are working too hard,...

  • Are there many universes? Hawking's last paper reignites debate

    London: The vexed cosmological debate over the "multiverse" question has been revived after late Stephen Hawking's last science paper was published recently in a journal. Hawking submitted the paper, which he co-authored with Thomas Hertog from the KU Leuven university in Belgium, before his...

  • NASA's Hubble captured first image of surviving companion to supernova

    Washington: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first image of a surviving companion to a supernova, a compelling evidence that some supernovas originate in double-star systems, the US space agency said. Seventeen years ago, astronomers had witnessed a supernova go off 40 million...

  • Human brain grown in rodents to aid research in neurological disorders

    New York: In a first, US scientists have grown miniature human brains or human brain organoids, in the skulls of mice, a breakthrough that could boost stem cell research as well as provide insight into neurological disorders such as autism, dementia, and schizophrenia. Scientists from...

  • Scientists have an answer why 'gentlemen prefer blondes'

    London: In a discovery that could advance our understanding of skin cancer, scientists have identified 124 genes that play a major role in determining human hair colour variation. The discovery sheds new light on our understanding of the genetic complexity underpinning variations in...

  • Scientists accidentally develop plastic-eating enzyme

    Washington: Scientists have accidentally developed a plastic-eating enzyme that may be used to combat one of the world's worst pollution problems, a media report said. Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

  • This smartphone will help students to avoid exam distractions

    Seoul: South Korea's tech giant Samsung Electronics on Friday launched a mobile phone without data access which is aimed at students who want to avoid distractions during examinations. The Galaxy J2 Pro is conceived as a basic version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy range, with different...

  • Brain injury in teenagers may up Alzheimer's risk: Lancet

    London: Sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBT) in your 20s may increase the risk of developing dementia including Alzheimer's in your 50s by 60 per cent, a review of nearly three million patients has revealed.The findings, published in journal The Lancet Psychiatry, showed that men with...

  • Modern humans' expressive eyebrows boosted social networks: Study

    London: Highly mobile eyebrows that can be used to express a wide range of subtle emotions helped modern humans in establishing large social networks and played a crucial role in their survival, finds a study. While a pronounced brow ridge was a permanent signal of dominance and...