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Climate change could push up risk of avian flu


August 30th, 2012 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 30 (IANS) Rising sea levels, melting glaciers, intense rainstorms and more frequent heat waves are among the effects of climate change, add to these the latest risk, increased ... Read more...

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Shrew like rat species lives off earthworms


August 22nd, 2012 - 3:34 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 22 (IANS) A new shrew like rat species, unearthed in a remote rainforest, cannot chew or gnaw but lives exclusively on earthworms.The species Paucidentomys vermidax, found in the ... Read more...

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Chimps selfish when it comes to food


August 17th, 2012 - 2:53 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 17 (IANS) Some things cannot be explained by evolution. Chimps and bonobos don't share an innate sense of fairness with their closest human kin.Keith Jensen, professor at Queen ... Read more...

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Handful of walnuts can boost love life


August 17th, 2012 - 1:03 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 16 (IANS) While having an apple a day is believed to be enough for keeping the doctor away, a US study has suggested a handful of walnuts a ... Read more...

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Weather turns birds into more flexible singers


August 5th, 2012 - 3:17 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 5 (IANS) Songbirds exposed to fluctuating weather for a long time become more flexible singers, suggests a new study.Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and the National ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Fossils of Mating Turtles Found in Germany


June 20th, 2012 - 8:44 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Darmstadt, June 19
(THAINDIAN NEWS) For the first time, experts have discovered fossils of two vertebrates copulating. Nine such pairs of fossils have been near Darmstadt (Germany). Paleontology experts believe that ... Read more...

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‘Distorted music is like animals’ distress call’


June 13th, 2012 - 3:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 12 (IANS) The effect of listening to music with distortion is similar to hearing the cries of animals in distress, say researchers."Music that shares aural characteristics with the ... Read more...

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New tool shows dinosaurs lighter than thought


June 6th, 2012 - 3:01 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 6 (IANS) Scientists have developed a tool to measure the weight and size of dinosaurs precisely and discovered they are not as heavy as previously thought. Biologists used ... Read more...

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Street lighting changing insect ecosystems: Study


May 24th, 2012 - 10:55 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 24 (IANS) Street lighting is changing insect ecosystems in towns and cities, The Independent reported.Groups of invertebrates living near artificial lights include more predators and scavengers, a study ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Slimming before pregnancy ensures healthier births


April 15th, 2012 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 15 (IANS) Even if obese women eat healthy during pregnancy, their babies may suffer future health problems. So it is advisable to lose body weight before going in ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Penguins rally from brink of extinction


February 27th, 2012 - 12:30 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 27 (IANS) King penguin colonies have rallied from the brink of extinction and are well on the way to recovery thanks to recent conservation efforts, a study reveals. ... Read more...

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Female mosquitofishes prefer well-fed males


January 12th, 2012 - 3:10 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 12 (IANS) Being well fed is a sign of prosperity, good health and security, not only among humans but also surprisingly among fish species. Female mosquitofish prefer males ... Read more...

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Tiny sensor to snitch on termites


January 9th, 2012 - 12:43 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 9 (IANS) A tiny sensor detects termites by 'hearing' them chew through wood and SMSing a pest control firm to nip the infestation in the bud. The device, ... Read more...

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Male spiders eavesdrop to beat rivals


January 8th, 2012 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 8 (IANS) Male spiders often eavesdrop on their rivals, using their 'secrets' to steal their mate, behaviour which is not uncommon in human society.As male wolf spiders go ... Read more...

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Brain’s crossed wires cause depression


December 9th, 2011 - 12:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 9 (IANS) New research has used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to show that those suffering from depression had decreased connectivity between several key regions of the brain ... 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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Bigger brains evolved to cope with dim light


August 8th, 2011 - 1:45 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 8 (IANS) Human beings living at higher latitudes developed bigger brains than their equatorial counterparts to be able to see better in low light areas.Higher latitudes, characterised by ... Read more...

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Problem solving lizards as clever as mammals


July 13th, 2011 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 13 (IANS) Lizards can be every bit as clever as mammals and birds. They could learn how to solve novel problems, challenging the widely-held view that reptiles have ... Read more...

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African grey parrot: Cleverest bird on planet?


June 22nd, 2011 - 10:45 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 22 (IANS) The African grey parrot could be the cleverest bird on he planet as it is capable of intelligent reasoning at the same level as a child, ... Read more...

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Shame, honour can fuel global cooperation


June 2nd, 2011 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, June 2 (IANS) The threat of shame and promise of honour boosts cooperation by as much as 50 percent, opening up ways to tackle tough global issues such ... Read more...

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Study reveals that urban birds have bigger brains


April 28th, 2011 - 7:31 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Seville, April 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study published in the journal Biology Letters says birds that live in urban areas have relatively larger brain-body ratio than their counterparts in rural areas.The ... Read more...

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‘Food hunt makes brains of urban birds larger’


April 28th, 2011 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 28 (IANS) Birds living in cities have larger brains because they have to be more resourceful about finding food, says a research. Urban birds have to adapt to ... Read more...

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Birds living in cities have larger brains


April 28th, 2011 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, April 28 (ANI): A new study has found that birds living in cities have larger brains while species with smaller brains are found almost exclusively in rural locations.Researchers at Sweden's ... Read more...

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Largest-ever fossil spider from Jurassic era found


April 21st, 2011 - 4:40 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 21 (ANI): Researchers have unearthed the world's largest known spider fossil - 165 million years old with a six inch leg span - from the Inner Mongolian region of China.Its ... Read more...

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Biggest ever spider fossil found in Mongolia


April 21st, 2011 - 12:55 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Ulaanbaatar, April 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Archaeologists have found the biggest prehistoric spider fossil in Inner Mongolia. The creature was well preserved and scientists have been able to determine even the minute details ... Read more...

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Wily wasps dump foraging ants far from food sources


March 31st, 2011 - 12:56 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 31 (IANS) Wasps, frustrated at having to compete with foraging ants, pick them up in their mandibles and dump them far from food sources. As the number of ... Read more...

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Females become addicted to cocaine more easily


March 11th, 2011 - 2:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 11 (ANI): Females become addicted to cocaine more easily than males and find it harder to give up, according to a new study on rats.The research showed that the motivation ... Read more...

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Females get addicted to cocaine more easily


March 11th, 2011 - 2:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 11 (IANS) Females become addicted to cocaine more easily than males and find it harder to give up. New research reinforcing this position showed that female rats ... Read more...

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Too much choice will leave you lonely: Study


March 6th, 2011 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, March 6 (ANI): British Scientists have found that the more options you have for choosing a lover, the likelier you are to end up alone.Their study looked at the strange ... Read more...

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Dogs’ human-like social skills make them man’s best friend


February 19th, 2011 - 12:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 19 (ANI): A new study has found out that dogs possess certain human-like social skills that even chimpanzees, our closest relatives, do not, and maybe that's why they are termed ... Read more...

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Do-gooders are born, not made


February 10th, 2011 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 10 (IANS) You can thank your genes more than your upbringing for being a do-gooder in real life.Psychologists from Edinburgh University in Britain surveyed 958 pairs of twins, including 361 ... Read more...

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Stilettoes ‘make your legs more toned’


February 2nd, 2011 - 3:06 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 2 (ANI): It looks like killer heels are not just a sexy accessory - they are a way of getting a fabulous set of pins.According to a new research, stilettos ... Read more...

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Why are female squirrels promiscuous?


December 16th, 2010 - 12:26 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Dec 16 (IANS) Why do female squirrels entertain as many suitors as available?Canadian researchers say rampant promiscuity among female squirrels in the mammal world is linked to how many males are ... Read more...

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Scientists produce mice from 2 fathers using stem cell technology


December 9th, 2010 - 12:45 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 9 (ANI): Reproductive scientists at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas have produced male and female mice from two fathers using stem cell technology.The achievement of two-father offspring in a ... Read more...

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Yawning not contagious for babies: Study


December 1st, 2010 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Dec 1 (ANI): Babies and toddlers almost never yawn back at someone who yawns at them. Well, that's because young kids don't find it contagious, according to a new British study.This ... Read more...

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