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Scientists figure out how placebo works


September 9th, 2012 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 9 (IANS) What makes placebos, sugar pills with no therapeutic or curative value, work? Scientists may now have found an explanation.People who suffer from a mild infection recover, ... Read more...

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Junk food could also damage brain, says study


August 30th, 2012 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 30 (IANS) Obesity-inducing junk food could also give you dementia through high blood pressure and cholesterol, which interrupt blood supply to the brain, says a study.Some animal studies ... Read more...

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Stephen Hawking says that women are ‘a complete mystery’


January 6th, 2012 - 12:23 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
London, Jan 5 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Great news for you guys all. Not being able to understand your wife does not make you dumb. If you doubt that, check out what one of ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Surname can influence your career choice!


December 21st, 2011 - 7:08 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 21 (IANS) A surname can influence one's career choices. Scientists are exploring a new theory on how people are drawn to professions based on their surnames. The concept ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Software to predict where criminals will strike


October 6th, 2011 - 5:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 6 (IANS) Mathematicians have turned to quake-predicting equations to catch criminals in the act.George Mohler from Santa Clara University designed a software to predict crime by taking note ... Read more...

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Hungry babies can smell mom’s milk


October 6th, 2011 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 6 (IANS) Just as adults find the smell of freshly cooked food irresistible, hungry babies too can sniff their mothers' milk.Tiny glands on the breast produce a fluid ... Read more...

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Human belly button harbours 1,400 bug strains


July 10th, 2011 - 5:37 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 10 (IANS) Scientists have stumbled on 1,400 strains of bacteria lurking in the much overlooked part of our anatomy - the navel. North Carolina State University's Belly Button ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Asteroid shows power to synthesise life’s essential chemicals


May 5th, 2011 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 05 (ANI): Rocks from an asteroid, which fell to Earth on 28 September 1969 landing on the outskirts of the village of Murchison in Victoria, Australia, have been shown to ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

How DNA analysis confirmed Osama bin Laden’s death


May 4th, 2011 - 12:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 04 (ANI): Though the world's most wanted man Osama bin Laden was killed during a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on 2 May, his body was identified after ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

IBM commuter app predicts traffic jams before they happen!


May 3rd, 2011 - 6:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 3 (ANI): For a few lucky drivers in San Francisco, traffic could soon be a thing of the past.Soon to be at their disposal is an intelligent transportation system to ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Scientists develop software for recognizing double entendre joke


May 2nd, 2011 - 5:39 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 2 (ANI): Two computer scientists at the University of Washington have developed a system for recognising a particular type of double entendre joke.Chloe Kiddon and Yuriy Brun developed the system, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Early period leads to baby girls: Study


May 2nd, 2011 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 2 (ANI): A new study has suggested that women who start menstruating earlier than their peers are more likely to give birth to girls.Misao Fukuda at the M and K ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Technique to treat the donor larynx developed


May 1st, 2011 - 4:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 01 (ANI): A technique to treat the donor larynx so that the recipient's body accepts it as its own have been developed by researchers.Paolo Macchiarini of the Karolinska Institute in ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Mathematical model predicts how a tattoo will change over years


April 30th, 2011 - 11:29 am ICT by ANI
London, April 30 (ANI): What is common between Angelina Jolie, David Beckham and Samantha Cameron? All the three have tattoos.But no matter what the design, all tattoos will fade and smudge ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Humans ‘can distinguish a tune at higher pitches than thought’


April 26th, 2011 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 26 (ANI): Previous studies have shown that humans can't distinguish melodies whose notes have a fundamental tone above 5 kHz.At frequencies above 5 kHz, it was thought that the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Now, an iPad app that can predict what you want!


April 21st, 2011 - 3:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 21 (ANI): An application is being developed that will "give you what you want before you knew you wanted it."According to Futureful, a Finnish startup is building a ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Soon, magnets could help voice box-less patients speak again!


April 21st, 2011 - 1:29 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 21 (ANI): People who have had their larynx - or the voice box - removed following cancer, disease or injury may be able to speak again - thanks to a ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Kid’s belief in an invisible Godlike princess can curb cheating


April 21st, 2011 - 11:21 am ICT by ANI
London, April 21 (ANI): Children avoid cheating if told they are being watched by an invisible Godlike princess, according to researchers at the University of Kent in Canterbury.The study involved 39 kids ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Secret behind polar animals’ antifreeze mechanism revealed


April 18th, 2011 - 11:24 am ICT by ANI
London, April 18 (ANI): For the first time, scientists have discovered how 'antifreeze' in polar animals' blood keeps them alive in subzero conditions.To survive in frigid polar regions, several cold-blooded species ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Newly developed smart camera can track individuals at any angle


April 15th, 2011 - 6:13 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 15 (ANI): A smart camera that can track people as they move in and out of frame has been developed.Zdenek Kalal at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK, developed ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Asteroid with potential power of 15 atomic bombs to pass moon’s orbit tonight


April 15th, 2011 - 3:02 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, April 15 (ANI): An asteroid with potential power of 15 atomic bombs will make its closest approach to Earth on Friday night when it passes just outside the orbit of the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Human language may have originated in Africa


April 15th, 2011 - 12:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 15 (ANI): Wondering where did humanity utter its first words? Sub-Saharan Africa.A new linguistic analysis attempted to rewrite the story of Babel by borrowing from the methods of genetic analysis ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Birds ‘feed UV-reflective nestlings over UV-blocked ones’


April 10th, 2011 - 7:11 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 10 (ANI): A new study has found that birds feed their brood depending on the UV light they reflect - feeding the shinier chicks bigger helpings of food.Jesus Aviles at ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Just 10 yrs left to save Oz’s Great Barrier Reef: Expert


April 10th, 2011 - 5:34 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 10 (ANI): The beautiful Great Barrier Reef in Australia might soon be a wonder that the future generation may never see.An expert has warned that time was running out for ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

SpaceX unveils plans for world’s most powerful rocket


April 6th, 2011 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 6 (ANI): Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), an American space transport company, has unveiled plans for a new rocket that it says will be the world's most powerful.The California-based firm, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Cannabis-like drugs ‘could provide pain relief without the high’


April 4th, 2011 - 4:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 04 (ANI): Cannabis is usually taken as a painkiller, but it can also produce unpleasant side effects such as hallucinations and impaired mobility.Now, an ingenious set of experiments by US ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Water may be trapped in lunar potholes, suggest scientists


April 4th, 2011 - 2:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 04 (ANI): Water molecules, which was found in 'significant amount' on the moon's surface in October 2009, may be trapped in the pits of its surface, say scientists.In 2009, the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Stretchy patch could help repair wounded skin, damaged arteries


April 2nd, 2011 - 6:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 2 (ANI): Scientists in Australia have come up with a synthetic elastic patch to encourage healing in wounded skin or damaged arteries.Usually, severe burns or damaged arteries are treated by ... 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...

Posted in Health Science |

Indian-origin scientist’s software transfers files by just touching screens


April 1st, 2011 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 01 (ANI): Transferring files from one computer to another is a major pain.Now, you can just pick up stuff from one machine and put in the other - thanks to ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Masturbation can ease restless leg syndrome


April 1st, 2011 - 1:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 1 (ANI): A study has suggested that masturbation can be beneficial clinically, as it can help give relief from restless leg syndrome (RLS).Around 7 to 10 percent of people in ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Looking into eyes may help predict amputation risk in diabetics


March 27th, 2011 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 27 (ANI): A simple eye test can be used to diagnose nerve damage associated with diabetes - the most common cause of foot ulcers and amputations.Nerve fibre damage is typically ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Trees cocooned with spider webs could cut malaria risk


March 25th, 2011 - 2:55 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 25 (ANI): Remember the floods that devastated Pakistan in 2010? Well, that has now resulted in a blessing for the people of Sindh.It has been reported that mosquitoes are ... Read more...

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Mosquito needle ‘hurts far less than regular injection’


March 25th, 2011 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 25 (ANI): Scientists have developed a motorised, harpoon-like needle that hurts far less than a regular injection - because it resembles a mosquito's mouth parts.The needle mimics a mosquito's proboscis, ... Read more...

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How beach beetles use wheel locomotion to roll away from danger


March 24th, 2011 - 5:11 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 24 (ANI): Biologists have discovered how a beach beetle rolls away from danger across the sand - it simply leaps into the air and curves its body into a perfect ... Read more...

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