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Take breaks, sleep to learn better


August 21st, 2012 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 21 (IANS) Trying to master a new skill or new dance steps? Make sure you take good breaks while training because you'll learn faster than if you push ... Read more...

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Hyenas innovative in problem solving


August 9th, 2012 - 3:36 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 9 (IANS) Problem solving requires trying many different solutions. That's true for humans and now researchers show that it's true for hyenas, too.The study presented steel puzzle boxes ... Read more...

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Parrots are lot smarter


August 8th, 2012 - 6:10 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 8 (IANS) Parrots are a lot smarter than previously thought. In a test that puzzled monkeys and defeated dogs, parrots passed with flying colours.The test was taken by ... Read more...

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Bees help flowers grow same hues across oceans


June 8th, 2012 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 8 (IANS) Plants separated by vast oceans and 34 million years evolved to produce the same coloured flower petals because of their reliance on bees for pollination, according ... Read more...

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Cooperation, teamwork fathered intelligence, bigger brains


April 20th, 2012 - 8:01 pm ICT by IANS
Dublin, April 20 (IANS) Cooperation and teamwork drove human intelligence and larger brain sizes, according to fresh evidence unearthed by scientists. Researchers from Trinity College Dublin constructed computer models of ... Read more...

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Dolphins form close knit ties with kin


March 29th, 2012 - 11:42 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 29 (IANS) Male dolphins are not only gregarious, they also form complex alliances with their close kin and friends, says a study.Groups of two to three males ... Read more...

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Human noise affects plant, animal life


March 27th, 2012 - 6:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 27 (IANS) Human noises, such as the rumble of traffic or the hum of machines, do affect birds and animals which change their behaviour accordingly, indicates a new ... Read more...

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Man-made noise stunts plant growth


March 22nd, 2012 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 22 (IANS) Noise from cars, machines and other forms of human activity could affect the growth of wild flowers, trees and animals nearby, say scientists.Such noise may be ... Read more...

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Pre-historic fish had tiniest yet sharpest teeth


March 20th, 2012 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 20 (IANS) A long-extinct prehistoric fish had the sharpest teeth that have ever been recorded, even though they were only a millimetre in size.Scientists from Monash and Bristol ... Read more...

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Fish make sacrifices to play great dads


March 9th, 2012 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 9 (IANS) Cardinal fish can go to great lengths to protect their young. That means starving or even putting up with a jealous spouse - and often, dying ... Read more...

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Testosterone drives ego, trips cooperation


February 3rd, 2012 - 3:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 3 (IANS) Testosterone drives egocentricism at the cost of cooperating with others, consequently affecting group decisions, a study reveals.Collective problem solving can provide benefits over individual decisions as ... Read more...

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Predators too prefer food with nutritional value


January 13th, 2012 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 13 (IANS) Predators can also be quite finicky about food, preferring that which offers high nutritional value rather than calorie content.A new study has found that such insect ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Our brain can tell real face from imitations


January 10th, 2012 - 1:05 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 10 (IANS) Both the right and the left sides of the brain work together to tell a real face from a facial imitation, says a study co-authored by ... Read more...

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Croaks help frogs locate mates with matching DNA


December 28th, 2011 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 28 (IANS) Female tree frogs select mates by picking out the one which shares the same DNA as them -- by the pitch of croaks they emit, reveals ... Read more...

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Spiders’ cobweb chemical repels invading ants


November 27th, 2011 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 27 (IANS) Golden orb web spiders know how to protect their web silk from invading ants -- they just add a chemical to repel the latter. The properties ... Read more...

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Number of Facebook friends linked to grey matter


October 19th, 2011 - 12:39 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 19 (IANS) The number of Facebook friends a person has seems to be linked to the grey matter in his or her brain. Research also shows people ... Read more...

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Snails rode over birds to cross continents?


September 15th, 2011 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 15 (IANS) Like humans use aeroplanes for flying, snails may have ridden over shorebirds or stuck to their legs to cross Central America twice in the past million ... Read more...

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Laughter best medicine for pain relief


September 14th, 2011 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 13 (IANS) Having a good laugh not only makes you feel better but also helps you deal with pain. A polite titter may please others, but it does ... Read more...

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Study says that Laughter may be the best medicine


September 14th, 2011 - 8:21 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
London, Sept 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Researchers from University of Oxford have identified that laughter is the best pain killer. The study identified that laughter helped the body to release chemicals which acts ... Read more...

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Female birds turn promiscuous for better offspring


September 6th, 2011 - 4:59 pm ICT by IANS
Washngton, Sep 6 (IANS) The idea of mating for life remains a romantic ideal but female birds act promiscuously because of certain long term benefits.It's all about having more grandkids. ... Read more...

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African crested rat uses poison from trees


August 4th, 2011 - 4:08 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 4 (IANS) African crested rat could be predators' nightmare, because it applies a deadly plant toxin to sponge-like hairs on its sides to keep them at bay, says ... Read more...

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Will evolution succumb to climate change?


June 9th, 2011 - 6:42 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 9 (IANS) Animals and plants may not be able to evolve their way out of the threat posed by climate change, says a study. Many species of animals, ... Read more...

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Healthier women tend to produce twins


May 11th, 2011 - 3:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 11 (IANS) Stronger, healthier women are more likely to produce twins, live longer, have more children than expected and bear babies at shorter intervals over a longer period ... Read more...

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Alert crabs outwit predatory birds


April 19th, 2011 - 2:31 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 19 (IANS) Fiddler crabs would all end up as dinner for seagulls but for their sophisticated threat detection system. Researchers at the Vision Centre of the Australian National ... Read more...

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Brains of birds have a dinosaur source: Study


April 13th, 2011 - 9:00 am ICT by ANI
Calgary (Canada), Apr. 13 (ANI): Canadian researchers have opined that the brains of birds can be traced to a dinosaur source.Their new research published in a journal of Britain's Royal Society traced ... Read more...

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Attentive males can pick up sexual cues better


April 6th, 2011 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 6 (IANS) Males who spend time getting to know females tend to pick up sexual signals better than their less attentive counterparts."Many primates, including humans, receive signals from ... Read more...

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Crickets emit odour to bypass rivals in mating


March 23rd, 2011 - 12:40 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 23 (IANS) Field crickets emit a special odour to bypass dominant rivals in order to attract a female, says new research.The study authors show that just as male ... Read more...

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Animals too hedge their bets like humans in natural selection


March 16th, 2011 - 6:15 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Mar 16 (ANI): Just like humans, other animals also hedge their bets, and understanding this may help explain how nature will respond to future climate change, says expert.Andrew Simons of Carleton ... Read more...

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Older elephants are better leaders


March 16th, 2011 - 4:58 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 16 (IANS) Older elephants are able to gauge better which lion roars are particularly dangerous. Zoologists working in Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya found that herds of ... Read more...

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Elephants really do have long memories


March 16th, 2011 - 11:50 am ICT by ANI
London, Mar 16 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that elephants really do have the long memories they are credited with - especially when it comes to danger.A study of African elephants found that ... Read more...

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Scientists say that chickens are capable of empathy


March 9th, 2011 - 8:36 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
New York, Mar 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists claim that chickens have the ability to feel the pains of others.The correct term for such feeling is empathy and for a very long time ... Read more...

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Animals’ thighbones study reveals how they can efficiently carry loads


March 9th, 2011 - 6:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 9 (ANI): A new research has revealed that the structures inside animals' thighbones enable them to support huge loads whilst being relatively lightweight.The researchers say the findings could lead to ... Read more...

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Bats too bond for life with family, friends


February 10th, 2011 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 10 (IANS) Just like humans, bats too nurture lifelong friendships, according to scientists.These nocturnal flying creatures bond closely with family and friends, a five-year study of over 20,000 roosting observations ... Read more...

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Temptation of mate can cause mama bird to abandon her chicks


February 5th, 2011 - 5:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 5 (ANI): Research from the University of Cambridge has shown that a mother bird can take time away from parenting when more tempting opportunities such as finding a mate sprout ... Read more...

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T. rex hunted like a lion, did not scavenge like a hyena


January 26th, 2011 - 11:34 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 26 (ANI): A new study has revealed that Tyrannosaurus Rex wasn't a scavenger like a hyena; rather it hunted like a lion.Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) used ... Read more...

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