Raguraman Swaminathan

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3 Moves That Are Secretly Amazing for Your Abs

Bored with planks and all crunched out? Try these little known core exercises<p>When it comes to sculpting strong, tight abs, there's a lot more you can do other than planks, sit-ups, and crunches. Personal trainer Rachel Cosgrove, the genius creator of the <i>Women's Health</i> Spartacus 4.0 Workout in the</i> …

How to incubate a parasitic fly under your skin

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Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

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Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The planet, named Kepler 438b, is slightly larger than Earth and circles an orange dwarf star that bathes it in 40% more heat than our home planet receives …

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Halfsider: a bizarre half-male half-female bird | @GrrlScientist

A rare half male and half female – “halfsider” – bird won the intertööbz over the holidays. This unusual bird is comprised of two genetically distinct individuals – twins – fused into one being. But what is it like to be such an individual? A recently published paper shares observations of the …

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Moths should be loved, not loathed. Only a couple are after your clothes | Callum Macgregor

The fear and contempt around moths is unfair. Some are as beautiful as butterflies, and they are arguably more useful<p>Ask people to describe what they associate with butterflies and you will probably get an image of a sunny summer’s day, with a beautiful peacock drifting gently on the cool …

Lightweight skeletons of modern humans have recent origin

New research shows that modern human skeletons evolved into their lightly built form only relatively recently—after the start of the Holocene about …

6 Amazing Videos From The Olympus Microscopy Competition

It's a small world, after all<p>We love it when science and art intersect. Sometimes that happens in the form of a stunning infographic, a colorful map, or a well-timed photograph. Microscopic imaging in particular provides some of the most remarkable insights into worlds strange and unseeable to the …

APOD: Reflections on the 1970s (2014 Dec 19) Image Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Walker http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141219.html Explanation: The 1970s are sometimes ignored by astronomers, like this beautiful grouping of reflection nebulae in Orion - NGC 1977, NGC 1975, and NGC 1973 - usually overlooked in favor of the substantial glow from the nearby stellar nursery better known as the Orion Nebula. Found along Orion's sword just north of the bright Orion Nebula complex, these reflection nebulae are also associated with Orion's giant molecular cloud about 1,500 light-years away, but are dominated by the characteristic blue color of interstellar dust reflecting light from hot young stars. In this sharp color image a portion of the Orion Nebula appears along the bottom border with the cluster of reflection nebulae at picture center. NGC 1977 stretches across the field just below center, separated from NGC 1973 (above right) and NGC 1975 (above left) by dark regions laced with faint red emission from hydrogen atoms. Taken together, the dark regions suggest to many the shape of a running man. http://jwalk.smugmug.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141219 #APOD

How to make Christmas dinner taste better without changing the food

Simply altering the music, cutlery, lighting and crockery can have a profound impact on how Christmas dinner tastes, says Oxford University<p>Sylvia Plath complained that Christmas dinner tended to leave revellers ‘overstuffed, dull and disappointed’ with the annual spread rarely living up to festive …

World First: Man Controls Two Prosthetic Arms With His Mind

Doctors wired them right into his nerves<p>Until recently, losing both arms in an accident would probably have meant the end of a patient's two-fisted grip. Not so for Leslie Baugh, the first shoulder-level double amputee to wear and control two complex, mind-controlled prosthetic limbs.<p>Baugh isn't …

Malala Weeps at Sight of Bloodied School Uniform in Oslo

<b>Oslo:</b> Pakistan's teen Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai burst into tears Thursday at the sight of the bloodied school uniform she was wearing the day …

Guardian Live event: Chris Hadfield – space oddities

His full title is Commander Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, in 2001, and to command the International Space Station (ISS), in 2013. He became a household name after performing a zero-gravity cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity from the ISS. He has 1.2 million followers …

Yeast are first cells known to cure themselves of prions

Yeast cells can sometimes reverse the protein misfolding and clumping associated with diseases such as Alzheimer's, according to new research from …

Russian billionaire buys James Watson's DNA Nobel Prize to return it to him

Shareholder in Arsenal pays $3m to save DNA pioneer's award after biologist puts it up for auction<p>Russia’s richest man and a major stakeholder in Arsenal football club has bought James Watson’s Nobel Prize award for £2.6m with the intention of giving it back to him.<p>Alisher Usmanov, who owns the …

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Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work

There's a simple test that scientists could use to make sure the cells they're studying in the lab are what they think they are. But most of the time, academic scientists don't bother.<p>That omission is a problem. One study found that between 18 percent and 36 percent of all cell lines have been …

Stretchy Artificial Skin Lets Prosthetic Hand Sense Heat, Humidity, and Pressure

It's so sophisticated, it can even tell the difference between a dry and soggy diaper<p>Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by an amputee’s thoughts or muscle movements already exist. But what if they could also sense the environment and then send that information back to the amputee’s nervous …

Antibiotic resistance: sometimes knowledge is not enough

If antibiotic resistance continues to spread, then the drugs we take for granted now will become ineffective within the next few decades. The UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, wasn’t exaggerating when she said it could herald the end of modern medicine, because without antibiotics, …

Are your toiletries making you infertile?

A recent report suggests chemicals found in bathroom products are affecting male fertility and causing testicular cancer. Is the EU doing enough to protect men, asks Gareth May<p>Toiletries causing the end of the human race might sound like the corny plotline in a Hollywood B-movie, but according to …

Malala Yousafzai’s bloodied uniform displayed at Oslo’s Nobel Peace centre

Malala Yousafzai will pick up her Nobel peace prize on Wednesday, but the youngest ever laureate already has an even more startling memento from her young life: the blood-soaked school uniform she wore when shot by the Taliban.<p>The 17-year-old Pakistani known everywhere as Malala shares the peace …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

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Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

Photograph: RIKEN CDB<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/26/1417001524832/97ca2784-409e-4ef2-a284-5e7bd4a3cc0f-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: RIKEN …

The Role of the Supernatural in the Discovery of EEGs

After Hans Berger received an uncanny telegram, he spent years trying to measure psychic energy.<p>When Hans Berger was serving a year in the German military, in 1892, he was thrown from a horse. This in itself wasn't strange. But later that day, as the neurologist David Millett recounts in</i> …

DNA Sequencing Could Make Turkeys Happier And Tastier

That's something to give thanks for<p>It's no accident that turkeys have more than doubled in size over the past 80 years—bigger is better, at least when it comes to the Thanksgiving table. But decades of farmers raising increasingly engorged turkeys isn’t just bad for the birds, which may grow so …

5 Sky Events This Week: See the Andromeda Galaxy and a Jovian Moon-Over-Moon Eclipse

Watch for the Andromeda galaxy, the most distant object visible to the naked eye, and an eclipse of two of Jupiter's moons.<p>This week sky-watchers get to soak in a Jovian eclipse and also travel millions of years back in time to glimpse the crown jewel of a celestial princess.<p><b>Leonids Trickle</b><p>Late on …

We don't normally focus on the animal so much as the destination, but the expression on the face of this baby monkey says it all ~ cheeky. Photo taken in #Bali, #Indonesia. Captured by #lp staffer @stumorley #lonelyplanet #travel