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Flatworms could reduce use of rats in lab tests

Tiny aquatic flatworms known as freshwater planarians could limit the use of rats and mice in labs that test chemicals for neurological toxicity, a research has found.

Five Bengaluru girls win technovation contest in US

Five teenage girl students from Bengaluru won the Technovation challenge at a global pitch event at San Francisco city in the US.

India facing dearth of cryptographers: Ex-DRDO chief

Former DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat on Monday expressed concern at the shortage of experts involved in making and cracking secret codes, as they have a major role to play in bolstering India's cyber defence.

Elephant population rises in Odisha
Elephant population rises in Odisha

Despite the death of 231 elephants in the past three years in Odisha, their population in the state has increased to 1,954 this year from the 1,930 recorded in the 2012 census.

Cats are predatory by nature: Study
Cats are predatory by nature: Study

 You may be fond of cats but perhaps you may not be aware of the predatory nature of the felines and the number of animals a cat kills on an average -- thus being harmful to local wildlife, reveals a new study.

Disney World bans selfie-sticks from parks
Disney World bans selfie-sticks from parks

 It may be a rage to click selfies at amusement parks but Walt Disney World is in no mood to oblige and has banned selfie-sticks from its theme parks across the world, citing safety concerns.

Students score better in 'learning celebrations' than exams
Students score better in 'learning celebrations' than exams

Students in 'learning celebrations' score higher than pupils who take standard-style exams, a new study suggests.

Eco-friendly solution for oil spill developed

Researchers, including two Indian-origin scientists, have developed an eco-friendly bio-degradable green "herding" agent that can be used to clean up light crude oil spills on water.

Google smart contact lens to measure sugar levels?

Google is reportedly developing a smart contact lens that will measure a wearer's glucose levels by testing their tears.

'Third-generation' steel to develop fuel-efficient cars
'Third-generation' steel to develop fuel-efficient cars

A "third-generation" steel being developed at a US university could help auto manufacturers roll out fuel-efficient vehicles that could meet future energy efficiency requirements, say researchers.

Why June 30 will be a bit longer

Strictly speaking, a day lasts 86,400 seconds. On June 30, the day will officially be a bit longer than usual because an extra second or "leap" second will be added and NASA has an explanation for this.

New smartphone technology to help blind people 'see'

Scientists are developing new adaptive mobile technology that could enable visually-impaired people to 'see' through their smartphone or tablet.

Nanowires could be LEDs of the future

 Light Emitting Diodes made from nanowires would use less energy and provide better light, scientists have found.

Peel Smart Remote App has generated 100 billion commands

Peel has announced that its Peel Smart Remote app has generated 100 billion remote commands since launch three years ago.

Augmented reality windshields not safe: Study

 In a contradictory finding, researchers say the Augmented-reality head-up displays (AR-HUDs) are a threat to safety.

Selfie stick stops Disneyland roller-coaster midway

 Selfies and selfie sticks are increasingly becoming a menace - so much so that selfie obsessed people often put others' lives in danger.

'Bystander effect' seen in chimps too

Chimps, like humans, can detect what is right and wrong but will only react if someone is trying to harm a member of their own group, finds a significant study.

New stretchy 'conductive ink' for wearable tech developed

Researchers have developed a new "conductive" ink that can be used to create wearable electronic apparels.

Scientists crack gene secret that lets poppies make morphine

Scientists have identified a key gene used by poppies to make morphine, paving the way for better methods of producing the medically important drug, potentially without the need for cultivating poppy fields.

Railway starts SMS alert for cancelled train
Railway starts SMS alert for cancelled train

Indian Railways have begun sending SMS alerts to passengers if the train they have booked tickets for is cancelled.

How first impressions are formed quickly by our brains

A new study has revealed how our brains can form first impressions quickly.

Google Maps adds vertical Street View feature
Google Maps adds vertical Street View feature

Google has added a feature that lets user virtually climb a real mountain in Google Maps with its first ever vertical Street View feature.

World's first full-color, flexible skin-like display developed

Scientists led by an Indian-origin researcher have developed the world's first full-colour, flexible thin-film reflective display inspired by nature.

First species of Yeti crab found in Antarctica

The first species of Yeti crab from hydrothermal vent systems in Antarctica, has been discovered by a team of British scientists.

Shape of Hallucigenia discovered: Study

In a first, the head of an ancient worm Hallucigenia, a species that baffled scientists for decades because of its complex shape, has been found after painstaking research.

Zoological body's centenary run across India on July 1

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) is organising a run on July 1 throughout India to kick-start its centenary celebrations, its director said here on Thursday.

Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year: Pilot
Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year: Pilot

A solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world must cross the Pacific within a few weeks or it could remain stuck in Japan for a year, its pilot said in an interview published Thursday.

WhatsApp launches voice calling feature for Windows Phone
WhatsApp launches voice calling feature for Windows Phone

 Instant messaging app WhatsApp has released an update for Windows Phone.

Language map of brain to restore language redrawn

A language map of brain that will help develop better therapies to restore language has been redrawn, says new research.