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Japanese scientists develop hybrid silk using spider genes

 Japanese scientists have developed through genetic engineering using genes from spiders and silkworms a super resistant silk which could be used for textiles as well as in the surgical field, media reported Friday.

Ancient tooth provides first evidence of milk consumption

Researchers have discovered the first evidence of milk consumption by humans preserved in a mineralised form of dental plaque from ancient times.

17th century Polish 'vampire' graves found

 Potential "vampires" in 17th-18th century Poland were buried with rocks and sickles across their bodies to ward off evil, scientists have discovered.

Super-repellent substance without plastic coatings created

 Scientists have created the most non-stick surfaces yet, using microscopic liquid-repellent structures instead of plastic coatings like Teflon.

Ancient tooth reveals first evidence of milk consumption
Ancient tooth reveals first evidence of milk consumption

An international team of researchers has discovered the first evidence of milk consumption preserved in dental plaque of humans in Europe and western Asia.

New method for fast Bluetooth data sharing
New method for fast Bluetooth data sharing

 Spanish researchers have devised a new method that ensures that information is shared quickly and effectively using Bluetooth technology.

Not all mosquitoes can transmit malaria
Not all mosquitoes can transmit malaria

 A genetic study has revealed that certain species of mosquitoes have evolved to better transmit malaria than even some of their close cousins.

Now, flying robots to serve as waiters in Singapore

If you are planning to visit Singapore next year, don't be surprised if you were greeted and served a sumptuous meal by flying robots as waiters in some restaurants.

India lags far behind China, US in R&D expenditure: Harsh Vardhan

While India wants to be at par with countries like China and US in the field of science and technology, it's investment lags far behind these countries.

Two new species of horned dinosaurs discovered

 A British paleontologist has discovered two new horned dinosaur species after studying fossils lying forgotten in a Canadian museum for over 75 years.

Brain mapping can spot reading disorders

In what could help better diagnose reading disorders such as dyslexia, researchers have now mapped brain regions responsible for the affliction.

Mammoth cloning reality soon?

With the discovery of the best-preserved specimen of a mammoth found so far, cloning of the woolly animal is closer to becoming a reality, scientists report.

Wars helped humans evolve as team workers

 Devastating though they are, wars have taught humans to collaborate with people they are not related to and solve problems requiring high intelligence, finds new research.

Space DNA can help find alien life on Earth
Space DNA can help find alien life on Earth

A unique space experiment has found that DNA has the capability to survive extreme conditions of space and re-entry into Earth's dense atmosphere - raising the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life.

Graphene potentially useful in fuel cell technology: Study

 Graphene, impermeable to gases and liquids, can easily allow protons to pass through it, suggesting it could be a promising candidate for use in hydrogen fuel cells, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.

This material reflects heating sunlight away from buildings
This material reflects heating sunlight away from buildings

Engineers from Stanford University have invented a revolutionary coating material that can help cool buildings by radiating heat away from the buildings and sending it directly into space.

A plastic that breaks down on demand
A plastic that breaks down on demand

A new plastic made from natural materials that breaks down to its soluble building block molecules when exposed to ultraviolet light has been created by scientists.

Thank prehistoric conflict for collaboration, intelligence in humans

A new research has revealed that prehistoric conflict hastened human brain's capacity for collaboration.

Now, charge your mobile just by walking in the park!
Now, charge your mobile just by walking in the park!

Ever thought of a walking mobile charger? Here is some good news as researchers have developed a battery that can harness the energy of movements to charge electronic devices like mobile phones.

Novel sound device to enhance wireless technology
Novel sound device to enhance wireless technology

Engineers have now developed a chip on which both sound waves and light waves are generated and confined together so that the sound can efficiently control the light.

DNA may survive trip to suborbital space and back
DNA may survive trip to suborbital space and back

DNA molecules attached to the outside of a rocket may be able survive a trip to suborbital space and back into the Earth`s atmosphere at extremely high temperatures, according to a study Wednesday.

Pooches understand what you say just as humans do
Pooches understand what you say just as humans do

A new study has revealed some of the first evidence of how dogs also differentiate and process those various components of human speech.

Research on drought resistant, coloured roses underway
Research on drought resistant, coloured roses underway

Research is underway to bring out new varieties of roses, including coloured and drought resistant varieties, a top official of World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) said here Wednesday.

Problem gamblers share similar characteristics to people with personality disorders

A new research has revealed that problem gambling and personality disorders often go hand in hand.

LED technology global expo at Pragati Maidan Dec 5-7

Global trade fairs organisers Messe Frankfurt's Indian arm Wednesday announced that an international exhibition on LED (light emitting diode) lighting and technologies will be held Dec 5-7 at the capital's Pragati Maidan exposition venue.

Super material has chink in its armour: Study

Impermeable to gases and liquids, the super material graphene can be pierced by one type of subatomic particle, according to a surprise discovery hailed Wednesday as a breakthrough for fuel cell technology.

BioAsia 2015 to be held Feb 2-4

BioAsia 2015, the 12th edition of the annual international life sciences conference, will be held here Feb 2-4.

Google launches 'smart spoon' that prevents food from spilling
Google launches 'smart spoon' that prevents food from spilling

The Liftware spoons, which is Google's latest venture, prevents food from spilling and could be very beneficial for people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease.

Blu-ray discs can boost solar energy supply

Regarded as one of the best ways to store high-definition movies and television shows because of their high-density data storage capacity, Blu-ray discs have also shown to improve the performance of solar cells, says a new research.

IIT Madras to collaborate with CERN for CMS experiment
IIT Madras to collaborate with CERN for CMS experiment

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has become the first IIT to be made a full member of the CMS experiment at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.