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Mystery behind cats, zebra stripes to be solved?


September 21st, 2012 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 21 (IANS) With the help of a newly-discovered animal gene, the US scientists appear to be closer to unravel the mystery behind origin of cats' stripes.The gene ... Read more...

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Scottish wildcats may become extinct, only 35 left


September 13th, 2012 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 13 (IANS) Scottish wildcats may be the next species to be wiped out from the earth, as conservationists say the numbers of pure-bred cats may have fallen to ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Fish could explain how we developed arms, legs


August 8th, 2012 - 10:47 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 8 (IANS) The American paddlefish, one of the oldest fish on the planet, could explain why we developed our arms and legs, according to scientists.Researchers have found that ... Read more...

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Warm-up exercise helps tiny shrews survive icy waters


July 5th, 2012 - 1:40 pm ICT by IANS
This behaviour is unexpected because lower body temperatures enable diving mammals to stay underwater for longer. Heating up doesn't make sense as animals use up oxygen more quickly when they are ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Zebra fish’s self-healing could help spinal injury victims


June 3rd, 2012 - 1:58 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 3 (IANS) Scientists have decoded the secrets of the zebra fish's amazing ability to heal its spinal cord after injury. The findings could eventually pave the way to ... 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...

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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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Scientists discover better drugs for sleep problems


April 9th, 2012 - 12:50 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 9 (IANS) The discovery of cellular switches in the bio-clock that tells the body when to sleep and metabolise food may lead to new drugs to treat sleep ... Read more...

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Bat flu may pose danger to humans


February 29th, 2012 - 10:31 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Washington, Feb 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists have revealed that they have found flu in bats for the first time. Doctors are worried that the flu may pose danger to humans. Evidence of ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Males snakes pursue same sex with high estrogen


February 12th, 2012 - 6:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) High estrogen levels could unwittingly wreck one's sexuality and love life -- so beware.Male snakes implanted with a small capsule that raised their estrogen level ... Read more...

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Delhi zoo looks at better upkeep - with its own revenue


February 10th, 2012 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) There is good news for the Delhi zoo that attracts nearly 8,000 visitors every weekend and houses over 1,000 varieties of animals and birds, but ... Read more...

Posted in Business |

Surgical procedure repairs severed nerves


February 3rd, 2012 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 3 (IANS) A revolutionary surgical procedure could repair severed nerves within minutes and set the patient firmly on the road to recovery within mere days or weeks, reveals ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

24 mn generations for mice to grow to elephant size


January 31st, 2012 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 31 (IANS) It would take at least 24 million generations for a mouse-sized creature to evolve into something as big as an elephant. Conversely, it would require only ... 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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WHO warns of lab-produced bird flu virus


December 31st, 2011 - 9:25 am ICT by IANS
Geneva, Dec 31 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an alert to warn that studies undertaken by several institutions, which generate mutations of the H5N1 influenza virus, could ... Read more...

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Uninformed persons can bring about majority decision


December 19th, 2011 - 3:12 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 19 (IANS) History is witness to how a handful have succeeded in uniting whole societies behind them and directed their fate. Now, a research shows that uninformed individuals ... Read more...

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No romance for Delhi zoo’s bears, deer this winter


November 20th, 2011 - 4:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) It will be a cold and lonely winter for Delhi Zoo's bears and deer population as the authorities have segregated the male and female of ... Read more...

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Mass whale stranding on New Zealand beach


November 15th, 2011 - 9:24 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, Nov 15 (IANS) Thirty-one pilot whales have died and 34 more are stranded on New Zealand's South Island, Xinhua reported Tuesday.The conservation department said the stranded whales have beached ... Read more...

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Humans, climate changed wiped out Ice Age mammals


November 6th, 2011 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS
Syndey, Nov 6 (IANS) What particularly caused the extinction of iconic Ice Age mammals such as the woolly rhinoceros and woolly mammoth?It was believed that drastic climate changes killed large ... Read more...

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Intestinal stem cells can increase gut size


October 31st, 2011 - 2:02 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) Adult stem cells can reshape our organs to keep up with bodily changes, a finding that potentially paves the way for more effective treatment of diabetes ... Read more...

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Scientists isolate protein that sculpts memory


September 29th, 2011 - 6:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 29 (IANS) Altering tiny amounts of a protein in specific parts of the brains of mammals can profoundly affect learning and memory, says a new study. The protein, ... Read more...

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This is it - women’s immunity gene!


September 28th, 2011 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 28 (IANS) Women can thank a single gene for enjoying better immunity and health than their male counterparts, new research says.The research, led by Claude Libert from Ghent ... Read more...

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Looking young with dermal fillers


September 13th, 2011 - 12:05 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Wrinkles and crow's feet? Cosmetologists say dermal fillers may be a good idea and there is now even a painless option - a treatment that ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Zebrafish holds hope for deafness


September 5th, 2011 - 4:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 5 (IANS) Loud noise is known to irreversibly damage hair cells within the inner ear of mammals and cause deafness, but the ability of zebrafish to regrow these ... Read more...

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Nursing mothers more aggressive in defending babies


September 1st, 2011 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 1 (IANS) Breast-feeding moms seem to protect their infants and themselves far more aggressively than women who bottle feed babies.Breast feeding gives women the extra courage they need ... Read more...

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The world now has 8.7 mn species


August 24th, 2011 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 24 (IANS) The natural world now contains about 8.7 million species, says a new report described by scientists as the "most accurate ever".However, the vast majority of species ... 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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Brain key to near-perfect visual search


May 9th, 2011 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 9 (IANS) Mammals survive in the wild because they can see and evade predators lurking in the shadowy bushes. This ability to recognise target objects surrounded by distracters ... Read more...

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Amazing jab cuts down damage in heart attack by 60 percent


April 19th, 2011 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 19 (IANS) A simple injection administered to patients even 12 hours after a heart attack or stroke could cut down their crippling effects by more than half. British-based ... Read more...

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How dopamine controls the formation of new neurons in adult brain


April 9th, 2011 - 6:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 9 (ANI): A study of the salamander brain shown how in acting as a kind of switch for stem cells, neurotransmitter dopamine controls the formation of new neurons in adult ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Ravens reconcile after a brawl if they are close allies


April 2nd, 2011 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 2 (ANI): Plenty of primates and other mammals reconcile after a conflict, but previously no birds were known to do so.Now, scientists have found that angry ravens might kick ... Read more...

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Thyroid hormone is crucial in controlling eye’s visual pigments


March 30th, 2011 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 30 (ANI): Thyroid hormone plays a very important role where the eyes are concerned, as it controls which visual pigment is produced in the cones.Previously, it was assumed that the ... Read more...

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Brain growth in babies liked to mothers’ ‘investment’


March 29th, 2011 - 3:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 29 (ANI): A new Durham University research has revealed that brain growth in babies is linked to the amount of time and energy mothers 'invest'.The study of 128 mammal species, ... Read more...

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Larger female hyenas have more offspring


March 24th, 2011 - 3:19 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 24 (ANI): Larger female hyenas outdo their smaller counterparts when it comes to producing more offspring.A new study by Michigan State University researchers revealed this as well as defined a ... Read more...

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Chemical in the brain that controls sexual preference in mice found


March 24th, 2011 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 24 (ANI): Chinese researchers have identified a chemical in the brain that controls sexual preference in mice.They found that male mice lose their normal preference for females if they have ... Read more...

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