Nandini R Naik

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Ancient origin of hepatitis B viruses revealed by DNA fossils in bird genomes

As the old adage goes; "One man's trash is another man's treasure": what has often been described as "junk DNA" has revealed a hidden gem. Not only …

The Most Important Radio Station You've Never Heard of Marks 50 Years on the Air

Every night, while millions of Americans are fast asleep, clocks and wristwatches across the country wake up and lock on to a radio signal beamed …

£50bn question: do we want faster trains or limitless clean energy?

In among a raft of new infrastructure spending announced by the UK government in the wake of last week's spending review, it was revealed that the …

Sun Sparkles Phenomenon Captured With NASA's High Resolution Coronal Imager

<i>BBC News</i> reports that a phenomenon called sun sparkles has been captured using NASA's High Resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C). Solar physicists at the …

Pluto’s smallest moons receive their official names

The names of Pluto’s two smallest known moons, previously referred to as “P4” and “P5,” have been formally approved by the International Astronomical …

Where To Eat If You're Hungover In A Major U.S. City [Infographic]

Where people go to get their morning-after fried-food fix.<p>Whoops. You drank too much, and now it's the next morning and you need to find the highest concentration of chicken and waffles in the area or your body will surely melt away to dust. Thankfully, Yelp has put together what is perhaps the …

Lonesome George to Be Stuffed, Displayed at NYC Museum

Famous Galápagos tortoise died in June 2012.<p><b>Lonesome George, the iconic giant tortoise of the Galápagos who died last June at over a hundred years of age, is getting stuffed.</b><p>Taxidermists at New York City's American Museum of Natural History recently received the frozen body of the deceased animal, …

NASA Has Shut Down Space Telescope Orbiting Earth

NASA is sending a reliable servant into a retirement that will end with a fiery re-entry into Earth's atmosphere in about 65 years. That's the fate that awaits the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, the "galaxy hunter" space telescope whose original 29-month mission was extended to more than 10 years.<p>Along …

A monument at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics to all lab rats used for DNA research (via)

A monument at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics to all lab rats used for DNA research (via)