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At last, a tool to help men who hate shopping (The Funny Side - IANS introduces a new weekly column by Hong Kong-based humour writer Nury Vittachi)


June 2nd, 2012 - 1:44 pm ICT by IANS
REAL MEN DON'T SHOP. We make incursions into enemy territory. 1) Locate supermarket. 2) Access aisles. 3) Liberate beer. 4) Return to base. 5) Mission accomplished. Cheers!During the mission, our ... Read more...

Posted in World |

‘Cricket Australia has to overhaul a flawed system’: Ian Chappell


January 9th, 2011 - 3:21 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Jan 9(ANI): Former Australian batsman Ian Chappell has urged Cricket Australia to instigate an independent review of all cricketing bodies in the country following the 3-1 Ashes series defeat to England."Cricket ... Read more...

Posted in Sports |

Kanye West one of most influential men: Poll


October 29th, 2010 - 2:38 am ICT by IANS
London, Oct 29 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West is one of the most influential men of the US, according to an internet poll.The "Stronger" hit maker finished fifth on the askmen.com survey, ... Read more...

Posted in Entertainment |

Macca furious over NASA’s animal testing


August 27th, 2010 - 3:17 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 27 (ANI): Animal-lover Paul McCartney is upset with experts at NASA for allegedly funding science experiments on monkeys.'The Beatles' legend is urging the U.S. space agency's bosses to withdraw ... Read more...

Posted in Entertainment |

Magic mushrooms could combat depression, say Swiss boffins


August 19th, 2010 - 1:35 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 19 (ANI): Swiss boffins have revealed that mind-bending drugs like LSD, ketamine and magic mushrooms could be used to treat peoplewith depression.Scientists at Zurich University said that the psychedelics could ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Lady Gaga to bring bodies on stage


June 23rd, 2010 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 23 (IANS) Pop singer Lady Gaga is set to once again stun the audiences as she plans to bring bodies on stage during her Monster Ball Tour. Thesun.co.uk reported that the ... Read more...

Posted in Entertainment |

Computer boffins pick Spain as winner of World Cup


June 8th, 2010 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jun 8 (ANI): Spain will lift the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, thanks to goals from David Villa and Cesc Fabregas, where as England will crash out on penalties ... Read more...

Posted in Sports |

Happiness increases after age 50


June 2nd, 2010 - 1:08 pm ICT by ANI
New York, June 2 (ANI): Most people feel increasingly happy starting around age 50, says a new study.According to the research, based on a Gallup poll from 2008, generally, life satisfaction is ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Binge-drinking teens risk permanent brain damage


June 1st, 2010 - 12:36 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 1 (ANI): Consuming a very high amount of alcohol in a short time can cause irreversible brain damage in teenagers, a study has found.And in the long run youngsters risk ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Seafood diet ‘led to evolution of big brains’


June 1st, 2010 - 12:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 1 (ANI): Our love of seafood goes way back. Archaeologists have found crocodiles, turtles and fish were eaten by early humans almost 2 million years ago.According to the study's researchers, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Antidepressants in pregnancy ‘raise miscarriage risk’


June 1st, 2010 - 10:35 am ICT by ANI
Washington, June 1 (ANI): Taking antidepressants during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage in mums-to-be, according to a new study.Antidepressants are widely used in pregnancy. Discontinuing treatment can result in a ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Near-death experiences ’caused by cascade of electrical activity in dying brain’


May 30th, 2010 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 30 (ANI): The mystery of why people "brought back from the dead" report powerful spiritual experiences may have been solved by scientists.In the study, researchers, who studied brainwaves of dying ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Comparing salary to those of family and friends ‘a recipe for unhappiness’


May 29th, 2010 - 1:49 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 29 (ANI): Comparing your salary to those of friends and family makes you miserable, according to economists.Employees who compare their salaries to those of friends and family are less happy ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Mutant gum disease bacteria offer clue to Alzheimer’s treatment


May 26th, 2010 - 2:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 26 (ANI): Researchers from the University of Florida College of Dentistry claim that a defective, mutant strain of the bacterium that causes gum disease could provide a clue to potential ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Dose of testosterone ‘makes women less trusting’


May 25th, 2010 - 1:56 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 25 (ANI): A dose of sex hormone testosterone can make women less trusting of men, claims a study.But, according to the study's researchers, the effect only seems to be true ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Vegetarian diet can help keep the toxins away


May 18th, 2010 - 1:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 18 (ANI): Sticking to vegetables for five days a week can significantly reduce the body's amount of antibiotics and phthalates - a common chemical added to plastics - says a ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Pesticide exposure may raise ADHD risk in kids


May 18th, 2010 - 12:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 18 (ANI): Exposure to organophosphate pesticides is associated with increased risk of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, says a team of scientists from the University of Montreal and Harvard ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New method paints clearer picture of brain’s language areas


May 16th, 2010 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 16 (ANI): MIT neuroscientists have reported on a new method to analyze brain imaging data - one that may paint a clearer picture of how our brain produces and understands ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Dementia ‘can take away meaning of flavors’


May 16th, 2010 - 12:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 16 (ANI): Dementia sufferers can lose their capacity to understand sights, sounds and words. And in some cases, researchers say, they have a harder time identifying flavors and determining whether ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Infidelity ‘makes relationships stronger’


May 15th, 2010 - 4:24 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 15 (ANI): Has your relationship with your boyfriend lost its touch? Well, then you should consider cheating on him.That's the claim of a new study.According to Dr Andreas Vossler and ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Ultrasound could be used as a male contraceptive


May 12th, 2010 - 11:13 am ICT by ANI
London, May 12 (ANI): University of North Carolina experts believe a blast of ultrasound to the testes can safely stop sperm production for six months.The boffins, in fact, are beginning to conduct ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Having sex injures 18 million Brits in a year!


May 8th, 2010 - 12:40 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 8 (ANI): Having sex can end up causing more pain than expected - researchers have found about 18 million Britons have injured themselves during or after a romp.Pulled muscles followed ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Scientists identify genes involved in human eye color


May 7th, 2010 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 7 (ANI): Boffins have identified three new genetic loci which are involved in the subtle and quantitative variation of human eye colour.The study, led by Manfred Kayser of the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Raised blood fat levels tied to heart disease


May 7th, 2010 - 12:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 7 (ANI): Raised levels of triglycerides, a type of blood fat, may be an important cause of heart disease, new genetic research suggests.To reach the conclusion, Cambridge University boffins looked ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Brain may use clot-busting drug naturally to offer protection against stroke


May 6th, 2010 - 1:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 6 (ANI): The clot-busting stroke drug tPA (tissue-type plasminogen activator) can act as a neuroprotectant and may form the keystone of an adaptive response to a reduction in blood flow, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

How breast tumor cells break free and start to spread


May 5th, 2010 - 1:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 5 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center have identified a key mechanism in metastatic breast cancer.The boffins have found a molecular mechanism in breast cancer that ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Kids eat more fruit ‘when it looks good’


May 5th, 2010 - 12:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 5 (ANI): Want to make your kid eat more apples, strawberries and grapes? Well, then try to make the fruits look good.A new study, published in journal Appetite, studied nearly ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

A little motivation can improve eyesight


April 30th, 2010 - 2:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): Eyesight markedly improved when people were experimentally induced to believe that they could see especially well, a new study found.Harvard University psychologist Ellen Langer and her colleagues reported ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

NASA unveils compelling evidence of life on Mars


April 29th, 2010 - 1:47 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 29 (ANI): NASA has revealed compelling evidence of life on Mars.NASA's Spirit and Opportunity missions have disclosed signs of sulphates on Mars, which evidently means there could be water on ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Cactus gum may purify water cheaply, effectively


April 28th, 2010 - 3:17 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 28 (ANI): The best way to purify water could be hiding in a cactus, according to scientists.According to Norma Alcantar at the University of South Florida in Tampa and colleagues, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Gaining a pound a year after age 20 raises women’s breast cancer risk


April 21st, 2010 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 21 (ANI): Women who gain a pound or two a year after age 20 increase their risk for postmenopausal breast cancer, says a new study.The research was presented at the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Men who believe in love at first sight three times more likely to cheat


April 21st, 2010 - 11:51 am ICT by ANI
London, Apr 21(ANI): Men who believe in love at first sight are more likely to cheat on their partners, a new study has found.The study, conducted by researchers for dating website Parship, ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Now, test to predict aggressiveness of prostate cancer


April 20th, 2010 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 20 (ANI): Johns Hopkins boffins have evaluated a simple, more specific blood test that identifies patients undergoing proactive surveillance for low-grade, low-stage, non-palpable prostate cancer who would eventually require treatment. ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Take stairs to stay fit


April 18th, 2010 - 2:35 pm ICT by ANI
Toronto, April 15 (ANI): Climbing stairs can help you stay fit, say researchers in Ireland.They came to the conclusion after analyzing benefits of climbing stairs once or twice over the course of ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Coming soon: Female Viagra


April 14th, 2010 - 12:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 14 (ANI): A female equivalent of Viagra could soon be available to help women achieve the Big O, claim scientists.A team working for Pfizer, the pharmaceutical firm behind Viagra, in ... Read more...

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