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How desert scorpions build cool burrows

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 21:40

Desert scorpion burrows have complex construction, with a flat platform just below the entrance leading to a cool deep dead end chamber that provides a refuge for the scorpions to rest during the heat of the day.

`Extinct human gene helped Tibetans survive high altitudes`

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 21:32

In a ground breaking discovery, researchers have found that Tibetans were able to adapt to high altitudes thanks to a gene picked up when their ancestors mated with a species of humans they helped push to extinction.

Nature-inspired stronger materials a game-changer?

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 16:50

Drawing inspiration from the structure of bones and bamboo, researchers have created stronger, tougher materials that can be customised for a wide variety of applications - from body armour to automobile parts.

Kangaroos use their tail as `fifth leg`

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 13:10

A new study has revealed that kangaroos use their tail as a "fifth leg" and plant their tails on the ground in combination with their front and hind legs.

US-based scientist makes potent version of H1N1 flu

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 03:44

A US-based Japanese scientist said Wednesday he has succeeded in engineering a version of the so-called swine flu virus that would be able to evade the human immune system.

First solar-powered farmbot unveiled in Australia

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 18:47

A new solar-powered robot has been designed for farms to collect data on pests and plant disease, pick weeds, and even harvest crops in future.

New beetle species found in world`s deepest cave

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 18:24

Researchers from two Spanish universities have discovered a new species of beetle in the depths of the Krubera cave, the deepest cave known to man, 2,140 metres deep in the Western Caucasus.

Harnessing sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into fuel

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 17:35

Using waste carbon dioxide and easily obtainable machined parts, researchers have devised an efficient method for harnessing sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into a potential alternative fuel known as formic acid.

Space odyssey aboard luxury balloon soon a reality

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 17:26

What if you could take a ride inside a luxury flight capsule hoisted by a giant balloon to reach space?

Fish can remember up to 12 days later!

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 12:42

Contrary to the popular belief that fish have a memory span of only 30 seconds, scientists have found that a popular aquarium species can remember the location of tasty treats up to 12 days later.