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Overgrown algae smothering coral reef


September 20th, 2012 - 6:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) Overfishing and nitrate pollution can destroy coral reefs by allowing an overgrowth of algae that can choke off oxygen and disrupt helpful bacteria.These "macroalgae," or large ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Fossil provides evidence of ancient dentistry


September 20th, 2012 - 2:45 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Sep 20 (IANS) Researchers have found evidence of ancient dentistry, following the discovery of a 6,500-year-old human jaw bone, with a tooth showing traces of beeswax filling.Researchers, led by ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Party drug damaging to memory?


September 20th, 2012 - 2:30 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 20 (IANS) A euphoric high delivered by party drug mephedrone not only makes it extremely addictive but also prompts users to quaff massive doses to maintain the kick, ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Genes invest you with unique facial identity


September 14th, 2012 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS
Amsterdam, Sep 14 (IANS) Scientists have isolated genes that shape our facial form and structure, besides explaining why twins and siblings have more similar faces than unrelated people.This study, ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Humans increasingly poisoned by reef fish


September 11th, 2012 - 5:56 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 11 (IANS) Human beings are being poisoned by consumption of many reef fish whose flesh is contaminated with toxins, an Australian study says. The illness called ciguatera leads ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

‘Fathers responsive to kids have low testosterone’


September 10th, 2012 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 10 (IANS) Like mothers, fathers too can be biologically responsive to their children, especially when they experience a drop in testosterone levels sleeping next to their offsprings.Notre Dame ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Exposure to chemical fosters anxiety


September 9th, 2012 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 9 (IANS) Exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) early in life tends to foster anxiety by altering gene expression in a brain area which detects and respond ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Destroyed coastal habitats may release tonnes of carbon


September 7th, 2012 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 7 (IANS) Destruction of coastal habitats may saddle the atmosphere with an additional billion tonnes of carbon every year, 10 times higher than previously reported, according to a ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Computers lower dementia risk


September 5th, 2012 - 1:20 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 5 (IANS) Computers do have their plus points, despite all the bad press -- the desk top, for instance, lowers the risk of dementia in the aged ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Sri Lanka virtually eliminates malaria


August 31st, 2012 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 31 (IANS) Despite being ravaged by decades of conflict, Sri Lanka has succeeded in reducing malaria cases by 99.9 percent since 1999 and is on track to eliminate ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Flu transmitted before symptoms appear, says study


August 30th, 2012 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 30 (IANS) Flu virus can be transmitted even before the appearance of their symptoms as experiments with ferrets (European polecat) have shown, according to a study.If applied to ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Insect wing tougher than man-made substances


August 23rd, 2012 - 5:31 pm ICT by IANS
Dublin, Aug 23 (IANS) The seemingly fragile insect wings are much tougher than many man-made substances that combine the best of technology and the latest advances in science.The finding may ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

New study challenges babies with moral core finding


August 16th, 2012 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, Aug 16 (IANS) New Zealand researchers have challenged a landmark US study finding that suggested that even six-month-old children possess a moral core that permits them to judge people ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Chemical in plastic bottles aggravates heart risk


August 16th, 2012 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 16 (IANS) The presence of high levels of urinary Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used in plastic products like water bottles and baby feeding bottles, may be linked to ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Ancient Mayans first domesticated turkey


August 9th, 2012 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 9 (IANS) Turkey, one of the most widely consumed birds worldwide, was domesticated by the ancient Mayans, more than 1,000 years earlier than previously believed.The discovery of ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Nine genes found to affect bone density


August 8th, 2012 - 6:55 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 8 (IANS) Scientists have identified nine genes that seem to weaken or strength bone, which could pave the way to more effective treatment for osteoporosis, affecting millions worldwide.Out ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

New strain of killer E. coli decoded


July 27th, 2012 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 27 (IANS) Researchers have decoded the deadly 2011 E. coli outbreak in Germany, which killed 54 people and sickened more than 3,800, tracing it to a particularly virulent ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

‘Hunter-gatherers, modern men use same energy levels’


July 26th, 2012 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 26 (IANS) Surprisingly, hunter gatherers and their current day counterparts expend the same energy levels, says a new finding, upsetting one of the most entrenched popular notions that ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

New method detects lung infection in 500-year-old mummy


July 26th, 2012 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 26 (IANS) A 500-year-old frozen Incan mummy suffered bacterial lung infection at the time of its death, as revealed by a novel proteomics method in an ancient sample ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

Volcanic eruptions serve to sustain reefs


July 24th, 2012 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 24 (IANS) Could the pumice, a light and porous volcanic rock, that surges into the ocean once a volcano erupts in Tonga or elsewhere in the south-west Pacific ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Biggest oil spill kills highest number of dolphins


July 20th, 2012 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 20 (IANS) The largest oil spill ever caused the highest number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, concludes a two-year scientific study.Most troubling to scientists was ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Marijuana doubles premature birth risk


July 19th, 2012 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 19 (IANS) Women who quaff marijuana can more than double the risk of giving birth to a baby prematurely, according to an international study.Preterm or premature birth, at ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Looking left or right not linked to lying, says study


July 12th, 2012 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 12 (IANS) The popular notion that looking towards the right suggests lying, while the reverse eye movement indicates telling the truth, may not be true, says a ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Meal with ex-flame generates most jealousy


July 12th, 2012 - 12:21 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 12 (IANS) Sharing a meal with an ex-flame is more likely than any other activity to spur raging jealousy in your current love -- so beware.Researchers led by ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

First options are considered the best


July 5th, 2012 - 5:34 am ICT by IANS
Washington, July 4 (IANS) People consistently prefer the options that come first, first in line, first college to offer acceptance, first 'salad' on the menu - first is considered the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Traffic noise may cause heart attack, says study


June 21st, 2012 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS
Copenhagen, June 21 (IANS) Exposure to traffic noise could cause heart attacks, says a new study. A previous work had investigated the combined effects of both noise and air pollution ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Tiny tots are happy giving treats to others


June 20th, 2012 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, June 20 (IANS) Toddlers less than two years old find great joy in giving treats to others than receiving one themselves, says a new psychological study. "People tend to ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Fuel cells developed that may help paralysed move


June 14th, 2012 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 14 (IANS) Researchers have developed an implantable fuel cell that may drive highly efficient brain implants of the future, helping paralysed patients regain control of their arms and ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

‘Stay green’ DNA to help crops fight droughts


June 3rd, 2012 - 11:53 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 3 (IANS) Scientists have isolated the 'stay green' DNA in barley to help grow crops that better withstand drought, heat and salinity.Barley is an important cereal crop grown ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

You can sniff out others’ age


May 31st, 2012 - 9:48 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 31 (IANS) A US study has shown how one's age can be an open book for anyone with a good smelling sense.Through individuals' body odour, volunteers participating in ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Breast milk antibodies help neutralize HIV


May 23rd, 2012 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 23 (IANS) Antibodies isolated from infected mothers' breast milk can inhibit the virus that causes AIDS, says a new discovery. HIV-1 can be transmitted from mother to child ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Fossils of bird-like dinosaurs discovered in Australia


May 18th, 2012 - 2:30 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 18 (IANS) Seven different killer dinosaurs once inhabited what is now southeastern Australia, ranging in size from cat-sized killers to a nine-metre-long T. Rex-like predator. The discovery represents ... Read more...

Posted in World |

‘Looks may decide whether to trust a person’


May 16th, 2012 - 1:11 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 16 (IANS) Looks more likely decide who we would trust with our money rather than their reputation, says a new study. Researchers from Britain's University of Warwick Business ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Dogs pay close attention to human signals


May 6th, 2012 - 4:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 6 (IANS) When your dog gazes up at you lovingly, it may be difficult to tell what exactly is it thinking. Many dog lovers draw all kinds of ... Read more...

Posted in World |

‘Telecom towers kill 7mn birds in America every year’


April 29th, 2012 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 29 (IANS) Telecom towers are killing nearly seven million birds every year as they migrate from the US and Canada to Central and South America, says a new ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

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