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Scientists figure out how placebo works


September 9th, 2012 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 9 (IANS) What makes placebos, sugar pills with no therapeutic or curative value, work? Scientists may now have found an explanation.People who suffer from a mild infection recover, ... Read more...

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Humans are cancer prone, but chimps are not


August 24th, 2012 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 24 (IANS) Chimps and humans share a whopping 96 percent genetic similarity -- surprisingly the simians rarely develop cancer, while their human cousins are particulalry vulnerable.Georgia Tech's Soojin ... Read more...

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New species of blind snake found in Brazil


August 2nd, 2012 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 2 (IANS) Scientists in Brazil have discovered a new species of a blind snake that is closely related to salamanders and frogs, it was reported here.The atretochoana eiselti ... Read more...

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Mosquitoes sniff out victims for blood


July 3rd, 2012 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 3 (IANS) Mosquitoes have an uncanny ability to sniff out potential victims for blood, thanks to a large part of their tiny brains being devoted to the sense ... Read more...

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15 distinct regions identified in Antarctica


June 14th, 2012 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 14 (IANS) Scientists have identified 15 distinct regions of Antarctica and its near-shore islands, based on the geography, geology, climate, flora and fauna of the ice-free areas, including ... Read more...

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Warming is causing Arctic to get greener


June 12th, 2012 - 4:18 pm ICT by IANS
Stockholm, June 12 (IANS) Warming in the Arctic in recent years has caused the area to get greener, says new research. The results show that most plants in the Arctic ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Ranking male baboons recover quickly from injuries


May 23rd, 2012 - 2:10 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 23 (IANS) Surprisingly, high-ranking male baboons recover more quickly from injuries and are less likely to become ill than other males, says a new study. Notre Dame biologist ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Dogs yawn hearing master do the same


May 10th, 2012 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 10 (IANS) Dogs may yawn after hearing the sound of their masters do the same, suggesting they can empathise with their owners on how tired they are, researchers ... Read more...

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‘Loss of biodiversity rivals climate change impact’


May 3rd, 2012 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 3 (IANS) Loss of biodiversity seems to affect ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution and other major forms of environmental stress, says a new study.The study is ... Read more...

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Life on Mars found but destroyed by mistake


April 14th, 2012 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 14 (IANS) Bungling NASA scientists are believed to have found tiny live microbes on Mars - but mistakenly killed them by boiling them alive, a media report said ... Read more...

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Bugs help make eco-friendly detergents


March 11th, 2012 - 2:46 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, March 11 (IANS) Environmentally conscious detergent manufacturers are turning from crude oil to plant oils, sugar and bugs to develop green products. Researchers are involving bugs and fungi to ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

How did dinosours have sex?


February 25th, 2012 - 12:36 am ICT by IANS
London, Feb 24 (IANS) It is well-known that dinosaurs ruled the earth at some stage of life and they could only do this by being good at mating. But have ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Gecko’s feet inspire unique wall hugging device


February 17th, 2012 - 8:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Cracking the mystery of gecko's amazing sticking power, scientists have developed 'Geckskin,' a unique wall-hugging device that can hold up to 700 pounds or over ... Read more...

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How cholera bug invades the gut


January 29th, 2012 - 3:27 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 29 (IANS) Scientists have figured out how cholera bugs invade our guts, infecting millions and killing more than 100,000 people worldwide every year, reveals a study. The discovery ... Read more...

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Something fishy happening on Norway beach


January 4th, 2012 - 11:50 am ICT by IANS
London, Jan 4 (IANS) Experts in Norway have been left baffled since finding thousands of fish, weighing about 20 tonnes, lying on a beach.Experts were stunned after so many dead ... Read more...

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Indian-origin scientist to be honoured with knighthood


December 31st, 2011 - 9:09 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 31 (IANS) Indian-origin scientist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, a winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for chemistry, will be honoured with knighthood in 2012.Venkatraman works as a biologist at the ... Read more...

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Dutch scientist to make cultured meat in lab


November 17th, 2011 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 17 (IANS) A scientist from the Netherlands is hoping to grow "cultured meat" in his laboratory as an alternative to livestock farming to satisfy the world's growing hunger ... Read more...

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Twisted trees found in Siberia are ‘proof of Bigfoot’


November 14th, 2011 - 8:57 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Siberia, Nov 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Bigfoot hunters say they have found the strongest evident yet to back their claim that creature really exist. The evidence, as presented to the world by the ... Read more...

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Yeti nests found in Russia?


November 14th, 2011 - 6:16 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 14 (IANS) Experts from Russia, Canada, the US and Sweden went on an expedition to Siberia and reportedly found nests of the elusive Bigfoot or the legendary creature ... Read more...

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Brain parasite affects reward producing chemical


November 6th, 2011 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 6 (IANS) Brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which infects more than 60 million people in the US alone, directly affects the output of dopamine, a key chemical that controls ... Read more...

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Nobel Prize for medicine to go to dead scientist Ralph Steinman


October 4th, 2011 - 8:05 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Oslo, Oct 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The organizers of the Nobel Prize are left in a fix after it emerged that one of the scientists named for a top prize in medicine has ... Read more...

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Cells coordinate to promote exercise


September 20th, 2011 - 5:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) Thanks to chatting among divergent cell types, exercise strengthens bones, reduces belly fat and staves off diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity, says a new research.The study ... Read more...

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Brain cells wired to react to animals


September 11th, 2011 - 5:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 11 (IANS) Why do some people pat every furry animal on the street, while others shrink in fright at the sight of a shark or a snake even ... Read more...

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Biocomputer kills cancer cells, spares healthy ones


September 4th, 2011 - 3:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 4 (IANS) Scientists have designed a biocomputer which can identify and kill cancer cells without harming the healthy ones.Biocomputers use biologically derived materials such as DNA or proteins ... Read more...

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Is it time to write Dal Lake’s epitaph? (With Images)


August 24th, 2011 - 12:28 pm ICT by IANS
Srinagar, Aug 24 (IANS) The Dal Lake, known as Srinagar's ecological lungs, has been under threat for a while now. Indeed, efforts to restore it to its pristine state are ... Read more...

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‘Paranoid’ insects double mating time with females


August 9th, 2011 - 6:07 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 9 (IANS) Male insects which become 'paranoid' in a rival's presence, double the mating time with a female even though her risk of being fertilised by another male ... Read more...

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Forest trees retain memories of their origin


July 12th, 2011 - 6:53 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, July 12 (IANS) Trees may not be all that different from humans when it comes to certain memories about their origins. And they could, therefore, respond to stress situations ... Read more...

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Mexican nature park sets Guinness record


June 3rd, 2011 - 2:59 pm ICT by IANS
Cancun (Mexico), June 3 (IANS/EFE) The Guinness World Records organisation has recognized Mexico's Xcaret Eco Theme Park for a reproduction programme that the largest number of Macaw births in captivity ... Read more...

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Birds too possess personality traits


April 29th, 2011 - 1:26 am ICT by IANS
London, April 28 (IANS) Birds also possess personality traits like humans - they can be bold or timid, curious or cautious, gregarious or loners.A new study led by Kathryn Arnold, ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Dogs compete for status ‘peeing over pee’


April 28th, 2011 - 6:58 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, April 28 (ANI): A new study has found that both female and male dogs compete for status using the height, leg-lift angle, location and quality of their pee.The study also found ... Read more...

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Caterpillars inspiring Next Gen robots


April 27th, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 27 (IANS) Caterpillars are inspiring researchers to design a new generation of search and rescue robots that can operate effectively and speedily during disasters.Some caterpillars have amazing ability ... Read more...

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Like humans, chimps too give birth to backward-facing babies


April 20th, 2011 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 20 (ANI): The pattern of childbirth, long thought to be a unique feature to humans - the arrival of the baby facing backwards relative to its mother - has now ... Read more...

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Sex or nice weather - the agonizing choice some birds face


April 7th, 2011 - 6:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 7 (ANI): A new University of Guelph study has found that some birds find themselves having to make a choice between migrating and mating, opting for either survival or breeding.The ... Read more...

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Scientists debunk creationists’ claim that dinos and humans co-existed


March 28th, 2011 - 5:32 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 28 (ANI): An ancient cave drawing high on a rock formation in Utah has ignited a firestorm between creationists and scientists.Creationists are claiming the famous dinosaur petroglyph at the Kachina ... Read more...

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How beach beetles use wheel locomotion to roll away from danger


March 24th, 2011 - 5:11 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 24 (ANI): Biologists have discovered how a beach beetle rolls away from danger across the sand - it simply leaps into the air and curves its body into a perfect ... Read more...

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