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Breakthrough in asthma research


September 19th, 2012 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) Scientists may have hit upon an effective way to block asthma attacks by identifying the two most significant biological triggers that bring them on.Researchers from the ... Read more...

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Mom gene linked to key parenting skills


September 19th, 2012 - 7:33 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) What does it take to be a great mom? Of course there's love, devotion, nurturing, and maybe the right gene.Researchers at the Rockefeller University in ... Read more...

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Cutting edge microscopy tracks cellular traffic


September 18th, 2012 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) Researchers can now observe and track masses of cellular movement under 3D microscopy, potentially speeding up drug discovery and monitoring rogue microbes.Researchers from the University of ... Read more...

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Low-cost pain killer can wipe out resistant TB, say researchers


September 13th, 2012 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 13 (IANS) A low-cost drug, which is widely used as a pain killer in developing countries, can kill drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) -- a feat few currently approved TB ... Read more...

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Brain doesn’t allow math, memory to mix


September 4th, 2012 - 1:28 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 4 (IANS) There is a limit to multi-tasking after all. The brain is not wired to allow you to balance your chequebook while introspecting, say researchers who have ... Read more...

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Ocean temperature patterns key to climate change


August 26th, 2012 - 6:16 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 26 (IANS) An analysis of past oceanic temperature patterns has uncovered the role of sensitive triggers built into our climate system that can cause abrupt shifts in global ... Read more...

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Nanomaterials contaminating soil, food crops?


August 22nd, 2012 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 22 (IANS) Man-made nanomaterials (MNMs), used in popular cosmetic products such as shampoos, gels, hair dyes and sunscreens, may also be contaminating the quality and yield of food ... Read more...

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Chemical in soap, toothpaste impairs muscle strength


August 14th, 2012 - 11:46 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 14 (IANS) Triclosan, an antibacterial widely used in soaps, deodorants, toothpastes and other body-care products, reduces muscular strength, according to a mice study."Triclosan is found in virtually everyone's ... Read more...

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Northern Hemisphere facing hotter summers


August 7th, 2012 - 2:47 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 7 (IANS) Land areas are now much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century, according to ... Read more...

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Stripping air of CO2 may become unavoidable


July 25th, 2012 - 3:40 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 25 (IANS) Emerging techniques to strip the atmosphere of carbon dioxide (CO2) and store it away to stabilise climate may become unavoidable, as our planet tips into a ... Read more...

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GPS helps detect 100 billion tonne ice loss!


July 25th, 2012 - 2:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 25 (IANS) The Global Positioning System (GPS) helped scientists detect a staggering 100 billion tonnes of ice loss in Greenland over six months during 2010, according to a ... Read more...

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Modified bug knocks out malaria parasite


July 17th, 2012 - 3:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 17 (IANS) Scientists are using a modified mosquito bug to knock out the deadliest malaria parasite, present in the insect's gut, by 98 percent.The bug, Pantoea agglomerans, was ... Read more...

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New class of vaccines won’t require cold storage


July 10th, 2012 - 2:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 10 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new silk-based stabiliser that kept some vaccines and antibiotics stable up to temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius.The breakthrough could free vaccines and ... Read more...

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Skin pigment could revolutionise medical electronics


June 28th, 2012 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 28 (IANS) Melanin, the pigment that imparts colour to the skin, eyes and hair, could soon be the face of a new generation of bio-friendly devices used in ... Read more...

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GM crops no longer safe from pests


June 21st, 2012 - 1:24 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 21 (IANS) Genetically modified (GM) crops may no longer be safe from the scrouge of pests, underscoring the importance of closely monitoring and countering pest resistance to biotech ... Read more...

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New evidence supports extraterrestrial impact theory


June 13th, 2012 - 7:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 13 (IANS) An international team of researchers has discovered melt-glass material, dating back nearly 13,000 years and forming at temperatures between 1,700 and 2,200 degrees Celsius, which was ... Read more...

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Offspring of older fathers may live longer


June 12th, 2012 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 12 (IANS) If your father and grandfather waited until they were older before reproducing, you might experience life-extending benefits. "If your father and grandfather were able to live ... Read more...

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Jurassic era squid ink composition still unchanged


May 22nd, 2012 - 4:59 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 22 (IANS) Two ink sacs from 160-million-year-old giant cephalopod fossils, discovered in 2010 in England, contain the pigment melanin, identical to the melanin found in the ink sac ... Read more...

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Biosensor shows promise for cancer diagnosis


May 16th, 2012 - 6:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 16 (IANS) Researchers have created an ultra-sensitive biosensor that could open up new opportunities for early detection of cancer and help doctors tailor personalised medicine specific to biochemistry ... Read more...

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Bees may help improve robotic vision, says study


May 14th, 2012 - 7:37 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 14 (IANS) Scientists have unravelled how the bee brain uses multiple rules to process visual problems, a breakthrough that could enable robots see as clearly as humans, a ... Read more...

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Sperms fight their way to female egg


May 8th, 2012 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 8 (IANS) A mass of sperms fight their way through the female reproductive tract to fertilise a egg, says a new research which explored the properties that distinguish ... Read more...

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Biodiversity loss can trigger rising allergy levels


May 8th, 2012 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS
Helsinki, May 8 (IANS) Loss of biodiversity could trigger rising allergy levels among millions of urban dwellers worldwide, which includes greater incidence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory diseases, ... Read more...

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Orangutans are smart designers: Study


April 18th, 2012 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 18 (IANS) Orangutans are turning out to be smart designers, going by the sophisticated way they build their nests, says a scientific study. University of Manchester scientists spent ... Read more...

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Anaesthesia causes jet-lag state, post surgery


April 18th, 2012 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, April 18 (IANS) People feel as though they have jet-lag after surgery, which could be due to the effect of general anaesthesia that alters genetic activity controlling the bio-clock, ... Read more...

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Social ranking can influence genetic functions


April 10th, 2012 - 12:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 10 (IANS) A female monkey's higher ranking within her group can alter the functioning of nearly 1,000 genes within mere weeks, also boosting their immune system, says a ... Read more...

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Discovery could boost morphine’s effectiveness


April 8th, 2012 - 3:13 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 8 (IANS) A major discovery could open the way to more effective treatment of severe pain with the help of morphine, says a study. Morphine is an extremely ... Read more...

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Compound created to fight malaria-causing bug


April 5th, 2012 - 12:59 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Research by a Yale University team has found a drug showing promise for neutralizing dangerous bacteria to prevent the malaria-causing parasite from growing, a statement ... Read more...

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Profiles of candidates for World Bank president


March 24th, 2012 - 1:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 24 (IANS) The World Bank announced here Friday that Jim Yong Kim from the US, Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Colombia's Jose Antonio Ocampo are the three candidates for ... Read more...

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Saline aquifers can store century’s worth of CO2 emissions


March 22nd, 2012 - 7:53 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 22 (IANS) Researchers have identified deep saline aquifers capable of storing at least a century's worth of CO2 emissions from coal-fired plants in the US. Coal-burning power plants ... Read more...

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IT tool helps satellites pinpoint ancient settlements


March 20th, 2012 - 1:59 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 20 (IANS) A new computer tool that extracts clues about ancient human settlements from satellite imagery has uncovered thousands of sites which might otherwise have been lost.The survey ... 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...

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Upper classes more likely to cheat, cut corners


February 28th, 2012 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 28 (IANS) Upper classes tend to behave unethically, being more likely to believe -- as did Gordon Gekko in the movie "Wall Street" -- that "greed is good," ... Read more...

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Modified bone drug kills malaria parasite


February 28th, 2012 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 28 (IANS) A modified osteoporosis drug may prove to be a boon in fighting malaria, which works at very low concentrations and has no side-effects. Osteoporosis is the ... Read more...

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Arctic sea ice loss driving snowy winters


February 28th, 2012 - 4:50 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 28 (IANS) Heavy ice loss in Arctic regions may be linked with greater frequency of snowy winters in the US, Europe and China, according to the latest evidence ... Read more...

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Chinese Pompeii: 300 million years old forest preserved in ash


February 22nd, 2012 - 9:08 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Beijing, Feb 22 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Researchers in China have found a preserved forest in the northeastern part of China which dates back to the ancient times. The forest was covered by about ... Read more...

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