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Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition: Report

      Homeopathy   i s no more effective than placebos in treating health conditions that are chronic, serious, or could become serious, a major Australian study has found.             The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released findings after assessing 1,800 papers which examined the efficacy of the alternative “medicine”.             Of these, 225…

How ‘O’ Blood Group Helps Protect Against Malaria

For the first time, a team of Scandinavian scientists has decoded the mechanism behind the protection that O blood type provides against malaria. The team from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden identified a new and important piece of the puzzle by describing the key part played by the RIFIN protein.                    Using data from different…

Indian-origin scientist turns cancer cells into harmless cells

       An Indian-origin researcher at the Stanford University in the US has found method that can cause dangerous leukemia cells to mature into harmless immune cells known as macrophages. Assistant professor of medicine Ravi Majeti made the key observation after collecting leukemia cells from a patient and trying to keep the cells alive…

Pvt hospitals treat patients as money machines: Study

WHAT has long been murmured in private has now come out in public – India’s private healthcare sector largely treats patients as mere “revenue generators”, according to a study that reveals shocking testimonies of corruption.                Irrational drug prescribing, kickbacks for referrals and unnecessary investigations and surgical procedures are widespread in the private healthcare…

Metal-free catalyst to help generate low-cost clean energy

    In a pioneering feat, researchers have shown that an inexpensive metal-free catalyst can help us reduce the cost of generating clean energy from polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) cells. PEM cells are a type of fuel cell being developed for transport applications as well as for stationary and portable fuel cell applications. Such a…

Matrimony sites witness 50-100% growth in users

    Startups and those working in them may have achieved a mark of distinction in an acutely class-conscious society — the evidence is surging demand on matrimony websites. It’s not just investors, even prospective suitors are queuing up for entrepreneurs and those in the startup industry. That’s a U-turn from few years ago when…

100 years on, DNA reconstructed using semen stains on hankie

    Forensic experts in Italy said on Friday that they had reconstructed the DNA of a national war hero and poet by analysing semen he left on a handkerchief given to a lover 100 years ago. In a global first, the proto-fascist warmonger Gabriele D’Annunzio’s DNA was reconstructed without exhuming his remains, forensic police…

FB develops artificial intelligence test

  Facebook has developed a simple test that can help determine the intelligence level of an artificial intelligence software, reports PTI. The test, developed by researchers at Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence lab, involves 20 tasks, which get progressively harder. Any potential artificial intelligence (AI) must pass all of them if it is ever to develop true intelligence, researchers…

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