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Dependency on marijuana damages intelligence, shows study


August 28th, 2012 - 2:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 28 (IANS) Dependency on marijuana before 18 years of age may cause lasting damage to the addict's intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research.A long-range study ... Read more...

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Scientists design earthworm-like robot


August 10th, 2012 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 10 (IANS) Researchers have engineered a soft robot that inches ahead with earthworm-like peristalsis, crawling across surfaces by contracting segments of its body.The robot, made almost entirely of ... Read more...

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Squid can ‘drop arms’ as defensive tactic


August 3rd, 2012 - 3:28 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 3 (IANS) A small species of deep-sea squid can detach the tips of its arms when under attack, leaving them fastened on its predator as a distraction, says ... Read more...

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Invoking Batman name promotes healthy eating


July 23rd, 2012 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 23 (IANS) Invoking super heroes such as Batman or Superman could help parents get their children to eat healthy, says a study.Just as Popeye inspired a generation to ... Read more...

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Warning system to protect astronauts from solar radiation


July 13th, 2012 - 4:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 13 (IANS) A system developed by scientists is capable of warning astronauts about radiation from solar storms nearly three hours in advance, says a study."If you're in ... Read more...

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Grey matter size linked to altruism, says study


July 12th, 2012 - 2:05 pm ICT by IANS
Berne, July 12 (IANS) Some people who are more forthcoming with help than others can thank the size of their grey matter, housed at the junction of the two brain ... Read more...

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Fast food can bring on diabetes, heart disease


July 3rd, 2012 - 12:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 3 (IANS) People who consume fast food even once a week elevate their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 20 percent, compared to people who avoid ... Read more...

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New drugs to kill cancers minus side-effects


May 21st, 2012 - 3:10 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 21 (IANS) A new class of drugs which kills cancers but causes minimal side-effects is being developed by researchers. "These new agents attack a fundamental characteristic of cancer ... Read more...

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Infrared light stops eye damage caused by bright lights


May 14th, 2012 - 1:52 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 14 (IANS) Treating eyes with gentle infrared light can help prevent damage caused by subsequent exposure to bright light, says a study. A breakthrough by The Vision Centre ... Read more...

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Kids who face violence age faster


April 25th, 2012 - 3:56 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 25 (IANS) Kids who have experienced violence seem to age faster, their DNA shows wear and tear normally linked with aging, says a new study."This is the first ... Read more...

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Turmeric compound shows promise in Parkinson’s


March 21st, 2012 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 21 (IANS) Curcumin, a compound present in popular Indian spice turmeric, is showing promise in preventing the clumping of proteins that cause Parkinson's disease.A team led by Basir ... Read more...

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Antarctic-like salty, water sucking soil could exist on Mars too


February 28th, 2012 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 28 (IANS) The frigid dry valleys in Antarctica may be a polar desert, yet their sandy soils actually suck moisture out of air, hinting at a similar possibility ... Read more...

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Sensors help track bird calls to monitor climate change


July 26th, 2011 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 26 (IANS) Automated acoustic sensors are helping dramatically slash the time and cost of following bird calls to monitor the effects of climate change. Until recently, ecologists wanting ... Read more...

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Spiders weave erratic webs as they age


July 3rd, 2011 - 5:48 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 3 (IANS) Young spiders create webs with perfect angles and regular patterns, but as they age, their skills show gaping holes and erratic weaving, new research claims.By using ... Read more...

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Bird inspires aircraft that can fly, hover and glide


July 3rd, 2011 - 3:09 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 3 (IANS) A new versatile design of micro air vehicle (MAV) is inspired by a particular bird called Swift.This design of MAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles, would enable ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Red wine, chocolate sharpen your mind


May 8th, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 8 (IANS) Red wine and chocolate make for a deadly combination to keep your mind sharp and alert, a study suggests. Polyphenols, plant chemicals abundant in dark chocolate ... Read more...

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Inflammation may provide breeding ground for cancer


April 20th, 2011 - 7:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 20 (ANI): A recent study has shown that inflammation can create fertile ground for cancer to develop.Chronic inflammation due to infection or to conditions such as chronic inflammatory bowel disease ... Read more...

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Near infra-red light can heal damaged vision


April 20th, 2011 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 20 (IANS) Applying gentle near-infra-red light can undo damage caused by exposure to bright light, which may end in vision loss otherwise.Krisztina Valter of the Vision Centre and ... Read more...

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Blood chip diagnoses diseases within minutes


March 20th, 2011 - 3:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 20 (IANS) A self-powered, low-cost chip can test blood samples and diagnose diseases like tuberculosis and HIV within minutes, scientists say. The device has been developed by researchers ... Read more...

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Female butterflies chase males when it’s cool


January 7th, 2011 - 4:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 7 (ANI): Yale University researchers have found that female butterflies actively court males after being exposed to cool, dry temperatures as caterpillars.Raised in the moist and warmer season as larvae, ... Read more...

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Researchers design mechanical model of human vocal folds


November 22nd, 2010 - 4:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 22 (ANI): Researchers have built a mechanical model of human vocal folds to show how asymmetrical airflow impacts normal and diseased vocal fold motion - observations that may lead to ... Read more...

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Fruit fly study reveals molecular link between obesity, heart disease


November 3rd, 2010 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 3 (ANI): Scientists at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have created a simple model using fruitflies to link high-fat diet, obesity and heart dysfunction.They discovered that a protein called TOR influences ... Read more...

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Depression linked to chronic brain inflammation


October 21st, 2010 - 4:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 21 (ANI): Researchers from University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have said that chronic depression originates from more ancient mechanisms used by the body to deal with physical ... Read more...

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Silicon ‘can radically increase capacity of lithium-ion batteries’


October 14th, 2010 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 14 (ANI): Rice University and Lockheed Martin scientists have found that silicon can radically increase the capacity of lithium-ion batteries."The anode, or negative, side of today's batteries is made ... Read more...

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Farmlands hacked out of tropical forests, finds study


September 6th, 2010 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 6 (IANS) More than half a million square miles of new farmland - an area as big as Alaska - was created in the developing world between 1980 and 2000. More ... Read more...

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Geoscientists call for reducing soot emissions


June 26th, 2010 - 7:24 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 26 (IANS) More aggressive action is required to reduce soot emissions in a bid to achieve climate policy goals such as those set forth in last December's Copenhagen Accord, says ... Read more...

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Genes that regulate sleeping and feeding identified


June 11th, 2010 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 11 (ANI): Scientists have identified two genes in a fruit fly Drosophila that regulate sleeping and feeding.The study conducted by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Small patches of woods in urban areas valuable for migrating birds


May 19th, 2010 - 4:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 19 (ANI): A new research has found that even tiny patches of woods in urban areas provide adequate food and protection for some species of migrating birds as they fly ... Read more...

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Fish dislike their own reflections


May 18th, 2010 - 12:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 18 (ANI): When facing themselves in a mirror, fish become feisty but fearful, say two Stanford biologists."It seems like something they don't understand," said Julie Desjardins, a post-doctoral researcher in ... Read more...

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Reward-driven people keep winning


April 27th, 2010 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 27 (IANS) Whether it's for money, marbles or chalk, the brains of reward-driven people keep their game faces on, helping them win at every step of the way. Surprisingly, they ... Read more...

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Meditation stimulates mind like coffee


April 15th, 2010 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 15 (IANS) Some need regular amounts of coffee or other chemical enhancers to be cognitively sharper. A new study suggests a brief bit of meditation would prepare us just as ... Read more...

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Brief meditative exercise helps cognition


April 15th, 2010 - 12:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 15 (ANI): A brief bit of meditation can make us cognitively sharper, suggests a new study.While past research using neuroimaging technology has shown that meditation techniques can promote significant changes ... Read more...

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‘Humanized’ mouse may offer liver disease treatments


February 23rd, 2010 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 23 (ANI): Scientists have generated a mouse with an almost complete human liver.The team, led by Salk Institute researchers, says this 'humanized' mouse is susceptible to human liver infections ... Read more...

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Stonehenge served as site to impart knowledge


January 26th, 2010 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 26 (IANS) Stonehenge may have been used as a site where knowledge was communicated ritually, according to a new theory. Lynne Kelly, La Trobe University doctoral researcher and science ... Read more...

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Do urban ‘green’ spaces contribute to global warming?


January 20th, 2010 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 20 (IANS) There is some disquieting news about urban green spaces, which instead of mitigating global warming, might actually contribute to it, says a new study. Turfgrass lawns help remove ... Read more...

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