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Speech means using both sides of our brain

We use both sides of our brain for speech, according to a new study that could rewrite therapies for those who have lost the ability to speak after a stroke. “Our findings upend what has been universally accepted in the scientific community that we use only one side of our brains for speech,” said Bijan…

India to launch Chandrayaan-II by 2017

Buoyed by the success of Chandrayaan-I mission which was meant to orbit the Moon, India will launch the second ambitious mission to land a rover there in the next two to three years. The Chandrayaan-II will have indigenously developed rover and a lander using the Geo-Synchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV). “Chandrayaan-II is a mission where we…

Sperm robots on way to deliver babies!

Apart from their natural act, sperms are set to be used as biological motors for transporting drugs, genes and other sperms to help treat infertility and other issues. Called spermbots – sperms turned into micro-robots – they could be controlled from outside a patient’s body to deliver drugs, and even sperm itself, to parts of…

Ancient farmers caused first global warming

Ancient farmers were responsible for increasing the Earth’s temperature by about 0.9 degree Celsius over a period of 8,000 years – almost as much as global warming has caused in the past 150 years. The finding, by a new study, suggests that early agriculture was as powerful as the whole industrial revolution, says Feng He,…

Doctors to write prescription in capitals if government gives nod

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has approved a draft notification which makes it mandatory for doctors to write the prescription in capital letters to avoid illegibility amid complaints that chemists sometimes give wrong medicines because of similar sounding names of drugs. The draft notification will come into effect after its approval by the Health…

Meet ERWIN, the friendly robot

ERWIN is a great listener and responds only when required. He understands when we are unhappy. He is warm, responds to touch and is the perfect companion for the elderly. ERWIN (Emotional Robot with Intelligent Network) is the world’s friendliest robot, built by an Indian student in UK, capable of expressing five basic emotions while…

Physiotherapists shouldn't use Dr title, say Jr docs

The JDA city unit has opposed use of prefix Doctor (Dr) before their name by certain physiotherapists in Jabalpur. The Junior Doctors Association ( JDA) claimed physiotherapy is a paramedical course and the physiotherapist does not fall in category of registered practitioner under recognised system of medicine of the Union government. JDA president Dr Anurag…

Google develops contact lens glucose monitor

Google unveiled a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to jab their fingers to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day. The prototype, which Google says will take at least five years to reach consumers, is one of several medical…

Math is like sport. Training is tough but the win's wonderful: Simon Singh

Who would have thought that the longest-running scripted TV show in the world, ‘The Simpsons’, contains hidden math messages inserted by the writers themselves? British science writer Simon Singh discovered this, and has documented the story in his recent rib-tickling book ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’. Singh, a physicist and math lover, has worked…

3-D printing set to break out of niche

    Some of the oddest items on display at the International CES gadget show were edible, origami-like sculptures made of sugar, their shapes so convoluted as to baffle the eye. The treats are one of many signs that we’ll all be getting a taste of 3-D printing soon and the phenomenon won’t be relegated…

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