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New Way to Accurately Measure Age of Stars

New Way to Accurately Measure Age of Stars

Astronomers have always struggled with the task of determining accurate age of stars. A calculation based on a star's mass and luminosity is among the various existing methods to calculate the age of stars, but these all methods are approximations.

However, a new way has been discovered by researchers at KU Leuven's Institute for Astronomy to precisely distinguish young stars from older ones by measuring the acoustic waves emitted by them. Ultrasound technology allows the researchers to effectively perform the task.

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Genetic Mugshots could Improve Reliability in DNA Evidence

Genetic Mugshots could Improve Reliability in DNA Evidence

A unique yet simple method has been developed by scientists in the US and Belgium that can significantly improve the reliability of using DNA evidence to reconstruct facial features of an individual. Researchers analyzed 75 genes which they believed could turn face abnormalities on gene mutation and found 20 genes that are linked with face shape.

The study published in the open-access journal PLOS One reports the possibility of computers to accurately create virtual mugshots of person's DNA.

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Red Carpet Welcome awaits Two Distinguished Chinese Visitors to Belgium Today

Red Carpet Welcome awaits Two Distinguished Chinese Visitors to Belgium Today

A very high-profile Chinese couple is to Belgium for the first time. Two 4-year-old pandas, Xing Hui and Hao Hao will be welcomed by Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and 10,000 compatriots on Sunday.

The pandas will stay in the Pairi Daiza animal park near Mons. Pairi Daiza is Belgium's famous zoo. As many as 1.25 million visitors visited their last year. Antwerp Zoo, however, saw visitor numbers declining at 840,000.

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Corpse Flower Blooms in Belgium

Corpse Flower Blooms in Belgium

It has an odor of rotten eggs but this hasn't failed to attract the attention of people in Belgium. The flower, titan arum, has been displayed at National Botanic Garden.

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Smelling Bloom in Belgium at National Botanic Garden

Smelling Bloom in Belgium at National Botanic Garden

It may be a smelly flower but it seems that the attraction for it is no less than the fragrant ones. The National Botanic Garden Belgium is thronged by a good number of people to witness this endangered species. The organizers have invited locals to see the exhibited flower.

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European ministers to meet again to break impasse on bank crisis

European ministers to meet again to break impasse on bank crisis

European ministers will make a fresh attempt to break the impasse on who will pay for banks collapses at a meeting on Wednesday, as they failed to hit an agreement on Saturday.

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Manual Work Raises Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Manual Work Raises Cardiovascular Disease Risk

In general, desk job is considered to be a sedentary job and is said to be related to a number of diseases. However, there is a twist in the thinking in a novel research and that is manual jobs are more taxing for health than desk jobs.

Study researchers were of the view that manual jobs increase the chance of heart disease by 20% when compared to office related jobs. The study taken out by a group of Greek researchers have concluded quite opposite to the prevailing thoughts in a number of countries.

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Scientists Find Difference between the Brains of Humans and Monkeys

Scientists Find Difference between the Brains of Humans and Monkeys

According to the researchers, there are two types of functional networks in human's cerebral cortex that were not found in Rhesus monkeys. Brain scans were analyzed by neurophysiologist Wim Vanduffel from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and Harvard Medical School with a team of Italian and the US researchers.

Vanduffel explained: "We did functional brain scans in humans and Rhesus monkeys at rest and while watching a movie, to compare both the place and the function of cortical brain networks. Even at rest, the brain is very active".

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