Rayies Altaf

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Moisturizers may be turning your skin into ‘Swiss Cheese’

Researchers explain why some lotions do more harm than good.

Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA’s Fermi

Nothing can beat the brightness of Sun, but in a set of new images captured by NASA's Fermi space telescope, the moon seems to...

New state of matter discovered

Breakthrough offers promise for enhanced storage and computation capabilities.

The first new species of medicinal leech discovered in over 40 years

A team of scientists led by Anna Phillips, a parasitologist at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, has discovered a previously unrecognized species...

Scientists discovered a new organ under the skin

Pain has been believed to be initiated by activation of free nerve endings without end organs in the skin. It causes suffering and results...

Why Zika causes birth defects in some pregnancies?

Severe birth defects caused by the Zika virus may be related to the kinds of antibodies infected mothers produce to fight the disease, a study by YSPH researchers and others shows.

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Evidence of pre-modern iron technology found in Nagaland

The development of technology for extracting metals from ores has been critical in the growth of various civilizations. Smelting is one process that has evolved over time. Some regions and communities have contributed greatly in shaping and...

Scientists transform the bane of black soot into a boon for water purification

Hitting two birds with one stone, a group of Indian scientists has come up with a new process which promises to help utilize black carbon soot, which is a major air pollutant, for treating industrial waste containing...

Garbage dumps leading to shift in food habits of wild animals: study

The main culprit is plastic waste which is known to cause health complications and disruptive reproductive patterns in animals that accidentally ingest it. It also causes environmental pollution through chemicals leaching from it. The study examined the...

Drones: from war symbols to technology of hope

Drones are fast emerging as agents of change with widespread applications ranging from wedding photography and entertainment to agriculture and infrastructure asset maintenance. Drones require far less effort, time and energy and can reach remote and difficult...

Insect stings inspire syringe-needle designs

Inspired by mosquito and honeybee stings, scientists are trying to design a smart syringe needle that promises to be painless as well as skin-friendly while delivering medicine into the bodies of patients. A group of scientists working at...

Avalanche forecasting, public awareness can save lives

The majestic mountains in the Himalayas, besides being the abode of ice, snow, and freshwater, are also hotbeds of natural calamities and disasters like earthquakes, flash floods, landslides and snow avalanches. The roads that crisscross high mountainous regions...