current biology

‘Crows highly social like humans’


September 13th, 2012 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 13 (IANS) Crows are far more socially well connected and seem to share information than suspected, a Scotland research claims, saying they have human-like networks of friends and ... Read more...

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Mechanism discovered to help treat inflammation


September 3rd, 2012 - 2:18 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 3 (IANS) The discovery of a crucial step in the body's process for healing wounds could open a new way of treating inflammation, which is the immune system's ... Read more...

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Clue to why women live longer discovered


August 4th, 2012 - 6:01 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 4 (IANS) A genetic clue to why women outlive men has been found in a study of fruit flies by British researchers.The research, published in the journal Current ... Read more...

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Discovery may help target Alzheimer’s better


July 26th, 2012 - 12:53 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 26 (IANS) Panic disorders and Alzheimer's can be treated more effectively by targeting a new brain area that specialises in peripheral vision, according to a research.Researchers led by ... Read more...

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Going against body clock paves way to obesity


May 11th, 2012 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, May 11 (IANS) The mismatch between the body's internal clock and our daily schedules not only make us sleepy, but it also contributes to the growing tide of obesity, ... Read more...

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‘Giant flea fed on dinosaur blood like mosquitoes’


May 2nd, 2012 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 2 (IANS) A giant "flea-like" insect, possibly the oldest of its kind, sneaked up on a sleeping dinosaur and bit it on its soft underbelly to feed on ... Read more...

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Ravens can recall faces, sounds years later


April 20th, 2012 - 5:55 pm ICT by IANS
Vienna, April 20 (IANS) Just as we remember faces and voices of several individuals, certain birds too can recall faces and sounds after a number of years, says a study. ... Read more...

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Coral reefs will survive ravages of warming: Scientists


April 17th, 2012 - 6:18 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 17 (IANS) Marine scientists in Australia undertaking the world's first large-scale investigation of the impact of climate change on coral reefs suggest that many of them would survive ... Read more...

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Toddlers and chimps follow their peers


April 13th, 2012 - 4:14 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, April 13 (IANS) What is common between toddlers and chimps? Both tend to copy actions of their peers."I think few people would have expected to find that two-year-olds are ... Read more...

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Humans walked upright to carry scarce resources


March 25th, 2012 - 6:41 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 25 (IANS) The necessity of carrying more of scarce, high quality resources may have prompted human beings to adapt to walking upright millions of years ago, a study ... Read more...

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Eye contact helps detect autism


January 30th, 2012 - 12:21 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 30 (IANS) Unusual patterns of eye contact could help detect developing autism symptoms in babies just six months old, reveals a study. La Trobe University psychologist Kristelle Hudry, ... Read more...

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How viruses con bugs into working for them


January 27th, 2012 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 27 (IANS) Some of the viruses are real con artists. They trick new bugs with genetic material filched from their previous bacterial hosts into working for them, ... Read more...

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Electric shock improves academic performance


January 26th, 2012 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 26 (IANS) Passing small electric currents through the brain can lead to increased academic performance and boost people's learning, a study has said.Known as "Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation", ... Read more...

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Mind governs skin’s reactivity to allergies


January 19th, 2012 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 19 (IANS) A harmonious mind-body connect, the key to good health, also seems to determine how your skin reacts to allergies.A team of neuroscientists have found that if ... Read more...

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Insects watch skies to navigate


January 18th, 2012 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 18 (IANS) How do insects such as butterflies, locusts and fruit flies navigate thousands of miles so precisely with only the unchanging sky in the foreground? Researchers now ... Read more...

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Fungi can help rein in lead pollution


January 15th, 2012 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 15 (IANS) Fungi can help scientists keep hazardous lead under control by transforming the heavy metal into its most stable mineral form. Lead is an important industrial material ... Read more...

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Dogs understand you as much as toddlers do


January 6th, 2012 - 8:30 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 6 (IANS) Dogs are as advanced as a two-year-old child in following eye contact, a study has found.Scientists have found the animals pick up not only the words ... Read more...

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Brains of maltreated kids, combatants aware of dangers


December 6th, 2011 - 4:05 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 6 (IANS) The brains of children exposed to family violence and soldiers in combat zones show an acute awareness of dangers. Research suggests that they may have adapted ... Read more...

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Dreams get rid of painful memories


November 27th, 2011 - 3:59 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 27 (IANS) Dreaming seems to strip painful memories of their lingering bite. During the REM (rapid eye movement) dream phase of sleep, stress chemicals shut down, permitting the ... Read more...

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Birds could better pilot-less aircraft


October 29th, 2011 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 28 (IANS) How birds manage to zip effortlessly through restricted spaces without hitting obstacles, could help improve versatility of pilot-less aircraft, new research done by a team including ... Read more...

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Warming oceans killing seaweed


October 28th, 2011 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 28 (IANS) Warming oceanic climate is gradually killing seaweed communities on which marine species may survive, according to latest research.Given future warming, up to one quarter of species ... Read more...

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Like in humans, culture influences ape behaviour


October 21st, 2011 - 4:12 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 21 (IANS) Like humans, great apes too have the ability to learn socially and pass them down through generations.Researchers have come up with evidence that culture in humans ... Read more...

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Chivalrous male cricket would die for his female


October 7th, 2011 - 4:22 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 7 (IANS) Chivalrous male crickets are willing to lay down their lives for their lady loves, so that their genetic legacy and offpsring can live on, new research ... Read more...

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Brain cells recognise whole face, not parts


October 2nd, 2011 - 1:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) Brain cells or neurons can recognise whole faces, not their parts, enabling us to tell friends from strangers or a sad from a happy face."The finding ... Read more...

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Babies in womb can feel pain at 35 weeks


September 9th, 2011 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 9 (IANS) Babies can distinguish pain from general touch after around 35 to 37 weeks of gestation, just before they are born.Scientists show that brain cell (neural) activity ... Read more...

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‘Freaky mouse’ defeats common poison


July 25th, 2011 - 6:10 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 25 (IANS) Mice have found ways of outwitting humans in the matter of survival -- by evolving resistance to common poison.New research by Michael Kohn and colleagues at ... Read more...

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Fish behaviour changes in front of onlookers


July 14th, 2011 - 2:15 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 14 (IANS) A close study of fish has shown that their behaviour with other fish gets influenced in the presence of onlookers or audience.Scientists from the universities of ... Read more...

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Little babies can make out when you’re sad


July 1st, 2011 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 1 (IANS) Three-month-old babies can recognise human voices and make out when your're sad. A UK study shows that the brain areas devoted to processing speech, develop quicker ... Read more...

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Colin Firth co-authors science report!


June 7th, 2011 - 1:44 am ICT by IANS
London, June 7 (IANS) Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth has turned into an author of a published science report after a research he commissioned last year on the human brain was ... Read more...

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Box jellyfish have 4 unique eyes to view world above the water!


April 30th, 2011 - 11:29 am ICT by ANI
Washington, April 30 (ANI): Scientists have known for more than a century that box jellyfish had a unique array of eyes. It was known that they could rely on vision to respond ... Read more...

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Like humans, monkeys can recall what they have seen


April 29th, 2011 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 29 (IANS) Monkeys share a number of similarities with humans, including the capacity for memory. They can recall rudimentary shapes and reproduce them on a touch screen, a ... Read more...

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We tend to stick to our own class socially


April 29th, 2011 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 29 (IANS) There may be a reason why we naturally befriend and marry people of our own social standing. A part of our brain that controls motivation and ... Read more...

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Whales too get fixated on new tunes


April 15th, 2011 - 4:05 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 15 (IANS) Whales become fixated on new tunes just like people do, and the most popular original whale songs spread globally like hit singles, says a new study.Exotic ... Read more...

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Meet the ‘remix’ DJS of seas - males humpback whales!


April 15th, 2011 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 15 (ANI): Just like humans, humpback whales follow musical trends that change by the season, according to a new study.The males whistle mating tunes which - just like pop songs ... Read more...

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How bitter taste induces nausea


April 12th, 2011 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 12 (ANI): A new study from the Monell Center has highlighted the vital role taste plays as the body's gatekeeper.It has shown that strong bitter taste can cause people to ... Read more...

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