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Living in mountains may affect bone growth

London, June 20 (IANS) The place you live may have some influence on your bone growth as a new study has shown that people residing at higher altitudes may have relatively shorter lower arm segments. The team, however, found that their length of upper arm and hand were almost similar to those from lower altitudes. The authors explained that oxygen levels are lower at higher altit...

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'Gene therapy, biotechnology can tackle deforestation and air pollution'

Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) Gene therapy and biotechnology can be used to tackle environmental issues like deforestation and air pollution, while genetic modification in mosquitoes can solve the problems of epidemic diseases such as dengue and malaria, experts said here on Tuesday. Gene therapy is very promising in solving the problems in curing diseases and genetic disorders that do not hav...

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'Combining two different malaria vaccines can cut cases by 91%'

London, June 19 (IANS) Using a combination of two experimental vaccines can result in 91 per cent reduction in the number of malaria infections, scientists have found. Malaria is a disease caused by a plasmodium parasite, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. The team from the Imperial College London tested two types of vaccines: those that prevent mosquitoes from trans...

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Scientists developing method to preserve fertility in boys with cancer

New York, June 19 (IANS) In a breakthrough, Israeli scientists are developing a novel method that would one day help preserve the fertility of boys after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for prepubertal cancer. Aggressive chemotherapy in childhood often results in male testicular damage and consequently jeopardises future fertility. The novel cell-culture system has the potentia...

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Russia may have upgraded nuclear bunker: Report

Washington, June 19 (IANS) Russia may have significantly upgraded a nuclear weapons storage bunker in Kaliningrad, a Russian territory between Poland and the Baltics, as tensions between Moscow and the West continue to rise, according to a new report. On Monday, the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists (FAS) published aerial photographs that the group says show the facility...

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Volcanic eruptions behind mysterious Martian rock formation: Study

Washington, June 18 (IANS) Explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward are the probable source of a mysterious Martian rock formation near the planet's equator, says a new study. The Medusae Fossae Formation is a massive, unusual deposit of soft rock with undulating hills and abrupt mesas. Scientists first observed the Medusae Fossae with NASA's M...

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Need tolerance to accept sexual diversity: Mr Gay World 2018 runner-up

Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) City-based Samarpan Maiti, the second runner-up of Mr Gay World 2018, dreams of a day when there would be no need to use terms like straight to identify people, but says this could be possible only when people have the tolerance to accept diversities. I dream of a day when we don't need to coin terms like 'gay', 'straight' to identify people, one can simply say I ...

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How dry riverbeds contribute to climate change

Sydney, June 17 (IANS) Dry riverbeds are contributing more carbon emissions than previously thought, says a study that could help scientists better understand how to fight climate change. There is a substantial amount of plant litter that accumulates in dry riverbeds and when they flow again this material can break down rapidly. We've now estimated the potential short-term CO2 emissions ...

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What causes aircraft related vascular damage

London, June 16 (IANS) Researchers have identified an enzyme located in the inflammatory cells of the body which is responsible for vascular damage caused by aircraft noise. Various studies have shown that long term exposure to aircraft noise can lead to increased development of cardiovascular diseases. The findings showed that removal of the enzyme phagocytic NADPH oxidase, co...

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Novel stretchable e-skin can heal itself

Riyadh, June 16 (IANS) Scientists have developed an electronic skin that can feel and heal itself, an advance that could be used in prosthetics, drug-infused wound patches and wearable technology. The artificial skin can stretch by more than 3,400 per cent, can quickly return to its original form and has sensitivity to touch. It is made of hydrogel and a metal carbide and sticks ...

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New robotic system may boost Parkinson's treatment

Hong Kong, June 16 (IANS) Scientists have developed a robotic system that can perform brain surgeries within a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to facilitate the treatment of Parkinson's disease and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a kind of stereotactic neurosurgery that can treat neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson's disease. I...

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Hawking rests between Newton, Darwin at Westminster Abbey

London, June 16 (IANS) The ashes of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking have been laid to rest at London's iconic Westminster Abbey alongside the graves of two of humanity's greatest scientists, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, while a satellite dish beamed a recording of his distinctive voice into a black hole in deep space. Relatives, scientists, astronauts, Nobel prize winners,...

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Over 100 planets with life-hosting moons identified

Washington, June 15 (IANS) Researchers have identified more than 121 giant planets that potentially host moons capable of supporting life. These giant planets have orbits within the habitable zones of their stars, meaning it's neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water -- and potentially life -- to exist. At more than three times the radii of the Earth, these gaseous planets ...

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106th Indian Science Congress in Jalandhar, Modi to inaugurate

Jalandhar (Punjab), June 14 (IANS) The Lovely Professional University (LPU) here on Thursday announced it has been slated to host world's biggest science event - the Indian Science Congress - next year, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate it. The 106th Science Congress will be held from January 3-7 on the private varsity's campus with about 15,000 delegates, including 300 top...

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Mars rover threatened by unprecedented storm

Washington, June 14 (IANS) An unprecedented sandstorm on Mars is threatening the survival of NASA's solar-powered Opportunity rover, the US space agency has announced. We are concerned but we are hopeful that the storm will clear and the rover will be able to communicate with us, Opportunity project manager, John Callas, said late Wednesday. The rover has been running low in powe...

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Cabinet approves continuation of agriculture education development plan

New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of the scheme for Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes to strengthen and develop higher agricultural education in the country. The scheme is aimed to generate quality human resources from the institutions of higher agricultural ed...

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NCR air quality falls to severe with dust storm

New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) The National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday saw a sudden deterioration in air quality as the entire region was under the grip of dust bough through winds from Rajasthan, Iran and southern Afghanistan, officials said. The dust raising winds, currently south-westerly and westerly, have been showing their effect since Tuesday and shall continue for next two days...

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Neuroscientists decode brain of blind patient who can see motion

Toronto, June 13 (IANS) In an extremely rare case, neuroscientists have mapped the brain of a Scottish woman who is blind but has developed the remarkable ability to see objects in motion, an advance that reveals how visual and cognitive functions go together. Milena Canning, a 48-year-old Scottish woman, lost her sight 18 years ago after a respiratory infection and series of strokes.

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Novel AI-based platform diagnoses Zika with 95% accuracy

Sao Paulo, June 13 (IANS) Brazilian scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that can diagnose Zika and other pathogens from patients' blood with over 95 per cent accuracy. The method combines mass spectrometry, which can identify tens of thousands of molecules present in blood serum, including lipids, peptides, and fragments of DNA and RNA, with an AI algorithm...

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Woman sues NASA over piece of moon gifted by Armstrong

Washington, June 13 (IANS) A woman has sued NASA to make sure that the US space agency doesn't take back a piece of moon gifted to her by Neil Armstrong -- the first person to walk on the lunar surface. Laura Cicco from Cincinnati has filed a lawsuit in a federal court, stating that the vial of moon dust she has was a gift from Armstrong who was a friend of her father, The Washington Pos...

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