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First ever proof of star devouring planet


August 21st, 2012 - 4:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 21 (IANS) Astronomers have come by the first ever evidence of an ageing star devouring its own planet especially after it expanded into a "red giant", the equivalent ... Read more...

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People with sense of humour more attractive


August 6th, 2012 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 6 (IANS) People with a good sense of humour are "more attractive" and have a better chance of finding a partner, a study has found.Many people deploy a ... Read more...

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Tween texting subverts grammar, language skills


July 27th, 2012 - 4:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 27 (IANS) Text messaging offer tweens a short cut to send notes to friends and family, but it could also subvert language and grammar skills, point out researchers.When ... Read more...

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Children exposed to violence suffer health problems: Study


July 4th, 2012 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 4 (IANS) Children exposed to community violence may be traumatised up to a year after the event, which may carry long-term negative consequences for health, says a study. ... Read more...

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Menopausal women could ‘work out’ hot flashes


June 29th, 2012 - 12:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 29 (IANS) Menopausal women who exercise may experience fewer hot flashes, according to researchers.Women who are relatively inactive or are overweight tend to have a risk of increased ... Read more...

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Blogging de-stress new mothers


June 20th, 2012 - 11:44 am ICT by IANS
Washington, June 20 (IANS) New mothers who read and write blogs are likely to be less stressed out, as they begin to feel more connected to their extended family ... Read more...

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Starch fibres could make for ‘painless’ bandages


May 3rd, 2012 - 1:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 3 (IANS) A new method of spinning starch into fine strands could help make painless bandages as well as low cost and more eco-friendly toilet paper, napkins and ... Read more...

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Drowsiness linked with learning problems at school


May 2nd, 2012 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 2 (IANS) Children suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) may have learning, attention and behaviour problems even though clinical tests show they are sleeping long enough at night.Penn ... Read more...

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24 newly discovered lizard species face extinction


April 30th, 2012 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 30 (IANS) Half of the 24 new lizard species known as skinks, all discovered on the Caribbean islands, may be close to extinction and the other half are ... Read more...

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Spacebots only way to find ETs: expert


April 19th, 2012 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 19 (IANS) Deploying self-replicating robots or exobots in space explorations could be the only way to find extraterrestrial life and clean up space junk, says an expert. "Developing ... Read more...

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Wikipedia entries full of factual errors, says researcher


April 18th, 2012 - 1:55 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 18 (IANS) Sixty percent of Wikipedia articles about companies contain factual errors, according to a new research, which warned people not to rely on the website for accurate ... Read more...

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Exercise, attitude may influence hot flashes


April 15th, 2012 - 2:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 15 (IANS) Attitude may influence how exercise affects menopausal women, says a new study. The research, identified two types of women - one experiences more hot flashes after ... Read more...

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Violent relationships smother good parenting


March 4th, 2012 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 4 (IANS) Married or cohabiting couples who have been mutually violent during pregnancy are likely to have more trouble parenting as a team, a study reveals. "This finding ... Read more...

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Motivation to exercise can fluctuate


February 14th, 2012 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 14 (IANS) The motivation to exercise fluctuates from week to week, which can tell whether people will be physically active or not, suggests a report."Many of us set ... Read more...

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Whales distressed by noise of ships’ propellers


February 9th, 2012 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 9 (IANS) The noise emitted by ships' propellers distresses whales on the high seas and oceans, say marine scientists who have found a link between the two.Researchers from ... Read more...

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Seed extract proves boon for water purification


January 19th, 2012 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) A compound extracted from the seeds of a 'miracle tree' could purify water cheaply in the developing world and act as a boon for a billion ... Read more...

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Fish oil may hold key to leukaemia cure


December 23rd, 2011 - 1:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 23 (IANS) A fish oil compound that targets leukaemia stem cells also holds the key to its cure. Leukaemia refers to cancer of the blood or bone marrow ... Read more...

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Experts devise ‘defence’ against Facebook spying


December 5th, 2011 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 5 (IANS) Scientists have created an interface that will help Facebook users to keep their personal information secret.Signing up for an app or game, Facebook users could ... Read more...

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South Park spoofs the Penn state situation


November 18th, 2011 - 12:34 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
New York, Nov 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Penn State scandal became the latest addition to the topics that South Park spoofs. Matt Stone and Trey Parker showed their creative side when they ... Read more...

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Where are extraterrestrials hiding?


November 8th, 2011 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 8 (IANS) If extraterrestrials really exist then where are they hiding?The Pioneer and Voyager probes, having travelled hundreds of millions of miles into space, are still looking for ... Read more...

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Twitter, Facebook role in civil strife overhyped


September 22nd, 2011 - 1:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 22 (IANS) Despite media hype about messaging and social networks being powerful new tools, they may not be as beneficial or as robust as suggested.People have used ... Read more...

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Virus brainwashes caterpillars to melt themselves


September 12th, 2011 - 5:19 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 12 (IANS) It could be a plot from a Hollywood blockbuster -- a virus that brainwashes caterpillars into practically melting themselves. Scientists at Penn State University have isolated ... Read more...

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Sex hormones drive your career choices


September 2nd, 2011 - 4:26 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) Did you know that your choice of career could be strongly influenced by your sex drive?"Our results provide strong support for (sex) hormonal influences on interest ... Read more...

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Faster growth during puberty triggers anxiety


September 2nd, 2011 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) Children maturing faster during puberty are more likely to experience anxiety and blues, says a study.Teachers and parents should not only watch the timing of puberty, ... Read more...

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Spices stave off negative effects of fatty meals


August 11th, 2011 - 3:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 11 (IANS) Spices like turmeric and cinnamon are what you need to stave off the negative effects of a fat rich meal.Researchers found that meals rich in these ... Read more...

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Fungus turn rainforest ants into zombies


May 9th, 2011 - 3:36 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 9 (IANS) A parasitic fungus that infects tropical carpenter ants inhabiting rainforest canopies turns them into zombies. These ants become erratic and zombie-like, whom the fungus manipulates into ... Read more...

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Chemical mechanism behind bugs’ antibiotic resistance identified


April 29th, 2011 - 4:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 29 (ANI): For the first time, scientists have discovered a unique chemical mechanism by which bacteria evolve themselves to become resistant to antibiotics.The finding may help in designing compounds to ... Read more...

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Patients’ own cells ‘may shed light into schizophrenia causes’


April 14th, 2011 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 14 (ANI): Researchers at Penn State University, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and other institutions have successfully recreated a schizophrenic patient's own brain cells, which can be studied safely ... Read more...

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New genetic study helps solve Darwin’s mystery of evolution of flowering plants


April 11th, 2011 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 11 (ANI): A new study has suggested the evolution and diversification of the more than 300,000 living species of flowering plants may have been "jump started" much earlier than previously ... Read more...

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First time sex boosts self image for men, not women


March 24th, 2011 - 4:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 24 (IANS) First time sex can be like a double-edged sword - it makes or breaks your self-image, depending on whether you are male or female.Usually, college-going males ... Read more...

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New finding could lead to better memory chips


March 16th, 2011 - 4:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 16 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a way to improve the performance of ferroelectric materials, which have the potential to make memory devices with more storage capacity than magnetic hard drives ... Read more...

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New kind of optical fiber paves way for improved surgical and medical lasers


February 26th, 2011 - 7:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 26 (ANI): A team of scientists has developed the very first optical fiber made with a core of zinc selenide - a light-yellow compound that can be used as a ... Read more...

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Mimosa plant ‘to inspire adaptive structures of the future’


February 21st, 2011 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): Robots could soon change shape like elephant trunks or snakes to manoeuvre under a bridge or through a tunnel and airplanes could change the shape of their wings ... Read more...

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Mimicking photosynthesis key to inexpensive solar-powered jet fuel


February 21st, 2011 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): Scientists at the Penn State University have said that making cheap hydrogen for automotive or jet fuel is possible by mimicking photosynthesis."We are focused on the hardest ... Read more...

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Invasive plants can be good for eco-change


February 13th, 2011 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) Contrary to prevailing belief, invasive plant species - introduced by humans - can also have positive ecological effects, new research has revealed. Tomás Carlo, assistant professor of ... Read more...

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