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Trade in tiger parts rising in China, India a key source

 Trade in parts of tiger and other wild cats, which is prohibited internationally, has grown significantly in China and most of the items are sourced from India and the "gateway" Myanmar, according to a study.

Tsunami warning system: India to do 3D mapping of coast

 India is taking up 3D mapping of coastal areas as part of its efforts to further improve the tsunami early warning system.

World's most complex crystal simulated

US researchers have simulated the most complex crystal structure ever - an icosahedral quasicrystal.

Microsoft keen to partner in Digital India, Make in India programme

 Global IT giant Microsoft's chief executive officer Satya Nadella Friday said the company is looking forward to partner with the Digital India and Make in India programmes of the government.

Humans cannot match moth's sex tactics

A small brown moth has one of the most complex sex lives in the insect world, showing human courtship behaviour at times, a new research has found.

Google Glass app to help autistic kids

A Massachusetts-based startup called Brain Power is developing Google Glass app to help autistic kids learn social and communication skills.

Novel trap to kill bedbugs forever

Biologists from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia have developed the first effective and affordable bait and trap for detecting and monitoring bedbug infestations.

First photo from selfie stick clicked in year 1926

A pianist for silent movies can safely be called the “father of selfie sticks” - a new-age phenomenon that has taken smartphone users by storm today.

Human cells can 'feel' neighbours with fingers
Human cells can 'feel' neighbours with fingers

Human cells have finger-like projections that they use to feel their surroundings, says a study, adding that these can detect the chemical environment and can “feel” their physical surroundings using ultra-sensitive sensors.

Now, brain hat that allows people to compose music using eyes

 A team of researchers have developed a Brain Computer Music Interface (BCMI) that uses electrodes plugged into the back of the head.

Iran censors 'offensive' Instagram pictures: Media

Iran has started censoring images posted on photo sharing app Instagram, removing content deemed "offensive" as part of a government project to screen social networking accounts, local media reported today.

12 migratory birds found dead in Hansi

Days after bird flu scare triggered an alert in the region, twelve migratory birds were today found dead at Hansi in Hisar district, about 27 km from here.

Drought may have led to collapse of Mayan civilisation

 The ancient Mayan civilisation may have collapsed due to a century-long drought, a new research suggests.

Scientists discover new assassin bug by accident

 Scientists have revealed that they have discovered a new species of assassin bug by accident.

Precursors to human sperm, ova created in lab from adult cells

 A new research has developed the technique of creating primordial germ cells, which are the embryonic cells that give rise to sperm and ova.

Scientists find how fireflies get their glow
Scientists find how fireflies get their glow

 Scientists have for the first time unravelled the firefly's intricate light-producing system.

Gaming apps can provide big data for researchers

Mobile-based games that are actually tests of cognition or other brain functions can offer researchers an exciting new means to gather inexpensive big data, say researchers.

Ants that conquered the world
Ants that conquered the world

In a first, Japanese researchers have compared gene sequences from 300 species of Pheidole - world's most species-rich ant genus. It suggests that Pheidole evolved the same way twice, once to take over the New World and then again to take over the Old World.

Archaeologists discover ancient synagogue where Jesus likely preached

Israeli archeologists have recently discovered an ancient synagogue, where they believe Jesus Christ taught and preached.

Police body-worn-cameras reduce unnecessary use-of-force

A new study has recently revealed that police body-worn-cameras help reduce unnecessary use-of-force.

PM Modi to inaugurate Indian Science Congress at Mumbai on Jan 3
PM Modi to inaugurate Indian Science Congress at Mumbai on Jan 3

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the 102nd Indian Science Congress here on January 3, it was officially announced here today.

Turkey's oldest stone tool discovered

 Scientists have discovered the oldest recorded stone tool ever to be found in Turkey, providing a new insight into when and how early humans dispersed out of Africa and Asia.

Immune cells spur hair growth

In what could facilitate the development of novel treatment strategies for hair growth in humans, researchers have found that immune cells involved in wound healing can induce hair growth by surrounding and activating skin stem cells.

Rock ants lean left when exploring new spaces: Study

Rock ants instinctively go left when entering unknown spaces, a new study has found.

NASA discovers Christmas island

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, NASA's Aqua satellite has spotted it in the southern Indian Ocean.

Antibodies of llamas can counteract HIV: Experts
Antibodies of llamas can counteract HIV: Experts

British scientists found that the antibodies of llamas can be effective in neutralising a series of viruses, including HIV, the PLOS Pathogens magazine reported.

New insights into human nervous system's evolution
New insights into human nervous system's evolution

Biologists at Heidelberg University announced Tuesday that nerve cell centralisation does begin in multicellular animals.

Scientists develop technique to understand how human brain works
Scientists develop technique to understand how human brain works

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to mark individual brain cells to help improve our understanding of how the brain works.

Indian scientists unearth Assam's Muga silk's wound-healing powers

Moving past its image as a popular textile, Indian scientists have tapped into Assam's durable Muga silk to craft sutures, used for closing wounds, that have the potential for fast and efficient healing.

Satellite images show 290 heritage sites in Syria damaged by war : UN

Satellite imagery indicate that 290 cultural heritage sites in Syria, whose history stretches back to the dawn of civilization, have been damaged by its ongoing civil war, the United Nations` training and research arm (UNITAR) said on Tuesday.