Japanese researchers decode crystal growth in space

Tokyo, March 16 (IANS) To understand the effects of microgravity on crystal growth, a team of Japanese researchers has measured the growth of crystals in a specially-designed chamber on board the International Space Station (ISS).The researchers monitored the very slow growth and dissolution rate -- approximately one cent...

Coming, non-toxic way to power smartphones, cars

​New York, March 15 (IANS) Forget the toxic material lithium as researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with an alternative system for generating electricity which harnesses heat and uses no metals or toxic materials for powering smartphones or cars, even deep space missions.T...

New model to decode what invisible dark matter is

London, March 15 (IANS) Researchers have presented a new model for what dark matter might be, a discovery that can lead scientists to invisible dark matter that is all around us yet no one has ever seen it and no one knows what it really is.Physical calculations state that approximately 27 percent of the universe is...

Sharpest view ever of dusty disc around ageing star recorded

​London, March 14 (IANS) Using the full power of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile, a team of astronomers has recorded sharpest view ever of dusty disc around an ageing star, suggesting that discs around ageing stars are similar to those around young ones.As they ...

Nutritional supplements may cut genetic hearing loss in kids

New York, March 13 (IANS) An enhanced diet is likely to help curb hearing loss due to genetic abnormality that is most commonly responsible for childhood deafness, new research suggests.A study found that an antioxidant regimen of beta carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamins C and E and magnesium helped slow pro...

'Lost' memories can indeed be retrieved: Scientists

New York, March 17 (IANS) In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, patients are often unable to remember recent experiences. However, a significant research suggests that those memories are still stored in the brain and can be retrieved with a new technique in the near future.According to neuroscientists includin...

Spiders spreading their web to trap veg meals too?

London, March 15 (IANS) Traditionally viewed as a predator of insects, a new study has revealed that spiders like to spice up their menu occasionally with a vegetarian meal.The study showed evidence of spiders from ten families feeding on a wide variety of different plant types such as trees, shrubs, weeds, grasses, ferns or or...

Does income hike really make people happy?

​London, March 11 (IANS) It is often assumed that as our income rises so does our life satisfaction but this may not be the case with many people.According to researchers, what really matters is when income is lost and this is only important for people who are highly conscientious, hard working and diligent....

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