Skin mucus of Indian frog can help fight flu

​Thiruvananthapuram, April 19 (IANS) A component of the skin mucus secreted by a frog species found in India can be harnessed to kill influenza viruses, new research has found.In their experiment, the researchers found that when delivered intranasally, one of the antiviral peptides found in skin secretions from th...

Space missions likely to encounter growing threat of debris

​New York, April 19 (IANS) Space missions are likely to encounter a growing threat of more debris, scientists warned on Tuesday at the 7th European Conference on Space Debris.The four-day meeting was held in the southern German city of Darmstadt, where t...

NASA orbiter spots strange secondary crater on Mars

​Washington, April 19 (IANS) NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured a region of Mars sprayed with mysterious secondary craters."Secondary craters form from rocks ejected at high speed from the primary crater, which then impact the ground at sufficiently high speed to make huge numbers of much smalle...

Nuclear Fuel Complex breaks own world record of production

​Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) The Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), part of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), on Thursday said it has set a new world record with production of 1512 Ametric tonnes (MT) of nuclear fuel in 2016-17, surpassing its own recordNFC in Hyderabad, which produces fuel assemblies required for al...

New wearable sensor can analyse your sweat for disease

​Washington, April 18 (IANS) US researchers have developed a wristband-type wearable sweat sensor that could help diagnose cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other diseases.The sensor collects sweat, measures its molecular constituents and then electronically transmits the results for analysis and diagnostics through a...

Study casts doubt on autism, antidepressant link

Washington, April 18 (IANS) An increased risk of autism among children of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy may actually be the result of maternal mental illnesses, according to new research.Up to 15 per cent of women have depression during pregnancy and antidepressants are a popular treatment choice f...

Cannabis compound could treat itching, other skin diseases

New York, April 18 (IANS) Anti-inflammatory properties in a cannabis compound could help treat itching and a wide-range of other skin diseases, say researchers.The new study, published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, summarises the current literature on the subject and concludes that ph...

New Google Earth to be launched on April 18

​New York, April 17 (IANS) Google is reportedly building an overhauled version of its Google Earth that will be unveiled during an Earth Day event in New York City on April 18, a media report said.According to a report in Express.co.uk on Monday, Google has sent invitations for an Earth Day-themed event to be held...

25 'golden age' to beat computers: Study

​London, April 16 (IANS) Turning 25? This may be the best time of your life, as according to a study, 25 is the golden age when humans can outsmart computers.The study showed that people's ability to make random choices or mimic a random process, such as coming up with hypothetical results for a series of coin fli...

Camera prototype ditches long lens for distant images

​New York, April 16 (IANS) A team led by an Indian-origin engineer has built a camera prototype that can capture a detailed micron-resolution image from a distance and does that without using a long lens.The prototype built and tested by engineers at US-based Rice and Northwestern universities uses a laser and tec...

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