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Monkeys far smarter than thought
Monkeys far smarter than thought

Researchers have uncovered a sophisticated primate language of monkeys which even has local dialects and found that they can form basic 'sentences' to communicate.

New material may lead to super-thin imaging devices

Researchers have developed an atomically thin material that may lead to the thinnest-ever imaging devices.

How mice detect different odours

 Mice can detect minute differences in the timing of activities in neurons of the olfactory system, a sensory system used for the sense of smell, a study has suggested.

Our ancestors used olive oil for cooking

Excavation experts have unearthed nearly 8,000-year-old ancient clay pots in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel with olive oil residues in them, driving home the point that our ancestors were aware about the oil's health benefits.

'Supertube to travel faster than bullet train'

 A new start-up known as Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is planning to develop a supertube that would take take passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes flat at a speed of 760 miles per hour.

App which can help you land an airplane
App which can help you land an airplane

 Here comes an app that would help you land your plane in case the aircraft engine fails.

Solar wind may predict earth-bound meteoroids

 Space rocks heading towards the Earth that often go undetected by telescopes could potentially be identified by spotting changes in solar wind, streams of plasma, and particles spewing from the sun, a new research has suggested.

Deer vaccine may prevent brain disorder in humans
Deer vaccine may prevent brain disorder in humans

A vaccine that researchers developed to fight a fatal brain disorder in animals also holds promise for similar brain infections among humans.

This 'stick bug' robot named Hector will help study movement over terrain

 Scientists have created a stick bug robot, named Hector, which would study movement over various terrain.

 Birds can sense approaching storms way ahead
Birds can sense approaching storms way ahead

Birds have the ability to sense the arrival of severe storms well in advance to ensure they are safe, a US study has suggested.

Marine debris damaging coral reefs: NIO scientist
Marine debris damaging coral reefs: NIO scientist

The increasing amount of marine debris like plastic, glass, rubber and others break or damage reef, a senior scientist said here.

Breathalysers may not accurately detect alcohol levels
Breathalysers may not accurately detect alcohol levels

The ability of some breathalysers widely sold to the UK public to detect potentially unsafe levels of breath alcohol for driving, varies considerably, according to a new study.

Smartphone that self-destructs when tampered with
Smartphone that self-destructs when tampered with

Lost your new smartphone carrying confidential data? Fret not, as Boeing and BlackBerry are all set to develop a smartphone that will self destruct if someone tampers with it.

New incubator uses fungi to turn plastic into food

Austrian researchers have developed a working model of an incubator that uses fungi to break down waste plastic and turn it into edible nutritious food.

4D printing to create shape changing structures

In a first, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used a technology called four dimensional (4D) printing to create a structure that can change shape without external intervention.

Most mammals take 21 seconds to pee

All mammals larger than rats take roughly the same amount of time to urinate - 21 seconds - regardless of their size, scientists say.

Coatings that conceal real objects

 Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University in the US have developed "illusion coatings" that can hide things by making them appear like something else.

New clues about fossil formation found
New clues about fossil formation found

A new study by researchers from the University of Missouri and the Virginia Tech suggests that the bacteria involved in the decay of ancient organisms also play a key role in the preservation of fossil.

Language of emotion is vague

 A researcher from the University of California - Santa Barbara has found that definition of emotions such as shame and pride have remained vague as our society treats emotion as a negligible and largely destructive matter.

A carnivorous plant that is turning vegetarian
A carnivorous plant that is turning vegetarian

If you think that only humans are turning vegetarian, here is a new study that has found certain carnivorous plants are also becoming vegetarians.

Disabled dog now runs on 3D braces

Three-dimensional printed braces have helped a disabled dog run like normal again.

Pre-Jurassic era fossil of marine reptile found

 A pre-Jurassic era fossil of a carnivorous marine reptile has been found on a beach in south Wales.

6,000-yr-old Mesolithic encampment found at Stonehenge dig

 Researchers have recently discovered the earliest 6,000-year-old Mesolithic encampment at Stonehenge.

Breakthrough in optical fibre communications

Researchers from University of Southampton have revealed a breakthrough in optical fibre communications.

3D technology to help study environmental changes

A 3D virtual reality system at Utah-based Brigham Young University (BYU) is changing the way engineers are viewing environmental engineering challenges.

New pathway to turn sunlight into electricity

An spectroscopy experiment at University of Oregon has opened a window on how sunlight can be converted into electricity.

India successfully tests 1,000-kg glide bomb

India Friday tested an indigenously developed 1,000-kg glide bomb, with a top official saying the country can now launch heavy bombs for delivery up to 100 km away with high precision.

Study fuels hope for compressed natural gas cars

Researchers have identified new materials that may be able to store compressed natural gas (CNG) at low pressure and at room temperature, paving the way for tanks that are lighter and fit cars better.

'Sparks fly' when egg meets sperm

A new study has revealed that a fertilized mammalian egg releases from its surface billions of zinc atoms in "zinc sparks," one wave after another.

Better drivers worse at texting while driving

Older, more mature motorists, who typically are better drivers in many circumstances are much worse than their younger counterparts when it comes to texting while driving, says a research.