science reports

Did a crashing meteor kick-start Ice Ages?


September 20th, 2012 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 20 (IANS) A gigantic meteor collided with the earth about 2.5 million years ago, generating the mother of all tsunamis, hundreds of metres high, possibly plunging the planet ... Read more...

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Non-verbal cues predict one’s trustworthiness


September 12th, 2012 - 3:59 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 12 (IANS) Can you trust someone you just met and if you can, how do you do it? People face this predicament all the time. US researchers ... Read more...

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‘Terror attack doubles damage’


September 2nd, 2012 - 4:43 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, Sep 2 (IANS) A terror attack often strikes twice - snuffing out lives and later shaping our response to the event, which could be as damaging as the first, ... Read more...

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Breast milk promotes gut bugs that give baby immunity


August 28th, 2012 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 28 (IANS) A unique property in breast milk promotes gut bugs that give infants greater immunity from infections than any infant formula, according to a US study."This study ... Read more...

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Research now explains the good times


August 22nd, 2012 - 1:48 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 22 (IANS) Ever wondered why time sometimes seems to fly, and sometimes drags on endlessly? There are times when even with positive feelings of contentment or serenity, time ... Read more...

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Multi-linguilism shapes children’s emotional development


August 3rd, 2012 - 3:58 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 3 (IANS) In television classic "I Love Lucy", Ricky Ricardo switched into rapid-fire Spanish whenever he was upset, despite the fact that Lucy had no idea what ... Read more...

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Wonder why doctors leave scissors in gut?


August 1st, 2012 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 1 (IANS) Ever wonder why extremely capable surgeons leave scissors in the patient's gut, after successfully concluding a difficult operation? It's not carelessness but failure of ... Read more...

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Deadly bug-killer could replace antibiotics in therapy


July 24th, 2012 - 5:49 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 24 (IANS) Scientists have cracked the atomic code of a deadly bug killer, a breakthrough crowning a 40-year quest that could replace antibiotics in therapies.Researchers from Monash (Australia) ... Read more...

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Awe sends sense of well-being soaring


July 20th, 2012 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 20 (IANS) At some point, we've all had the feeling of being in a complete and overwhelming sense of awe. It seems to be a universal emotion, but ... Read more...

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‘Study of interest profile better way to chose employee’


July 6th, 2012 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 6 (IANS) Matching the profile of interests of a person in various works with skills required for a particular job could be a better way to evaluate a ... Read more...

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‘Introspection nurtures self-development’


July 3rd, 2012 - 7:21 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 3 (IANS) Given today's fast-paced life, moments for reflection are hard to come by. But introspection nurtures well-being and self-development, new research says. Psychological scientist Mary Helen Immordino ... Read more...

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‘Conditioning brain could curb impulsiveness’


June 15th, 2012 - 4:39 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 15 (IANS) Conditioning your brain to curb impulsiveness could open the way to treat addiction to gambling, drugs or alcohol as well as impulse-control disorders such ... Read more...

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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...

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Diabetes drug can stave off leading cause of blindness


May 9th, 2012 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 9 (IANS) A drug prescribed for diabetes could also have another important use: treating one of the world's leading causes of blindness.In lab rat and cell-culture experiments, scientists ... Read more...

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Atheists, agnostics kinder than religious people


May 1st, 2012 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 1 (IANS) When it comes to kindness or helping a stranger, atheists and agnostics fare much better than their highly religious counterparts. The findings challenge a widespread assumption ... Read more...

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Breakthrough to boost solar cell output by 40 percent


April 19th, 2012 - 12:45 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 19 (IANS) A breakthrough could boost the output of low cost solar cells in rooftop panels by a whopping 40 percent, making them much more viable as an ... Read more...

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If you’re a nice guy, thank your genes


April 11th, 2012 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 11 (IANS) Part of the reason why some people are kind and generous may have more to do with their genes than their mother's precepts, says a new ... Read more...

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Herbal compound triggers kidney failure, cancer


April 10th, 2012 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 10 (IANS) Aristolochic acid (AA), a plant compound used in herbal remedies since ancient times, is among the leading causes of kidney failure and upper urinary tract cancer ... Read more...

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Materialistic people ridden with anxiety


April 10th, 2012 - 11:31 am ICT by IANS
Washington, April 10 (IANS) People who place high value on wealth and status are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than others, says a new study."We found that irrespective ... Read more...

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Suppressing compassion might make you act immorally


March 16th, 2012 - 4:09 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 16 (IANS) You might feel like giving a beggar a coin when you are passing by him but then quickly suppress the feeling. This could put you at ... Read more...

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Winning spurs an aggressive streak


March 1st, 2012 - 4:40 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 1 (IANS) Winners acted more aggressively against the people they subdued in competitive tasks than the losers did against the victors, a study said. "It seems that people ... Read more...

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Climate change alters bird migration patterns


February 27th, 2012 - 1:02 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) Rising temperatures, triggered by climate change, are forcing birds to alter their migration patterns.The finding is based on data from eBird, a database containing 10 years' ... Read more...

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Puzzle solving helps infants pick up math skills


February 17th, 2012 - 2:09 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Children who love to play with puzzles between two and four years of age develop better spatial skills later, according to an analysis of video recordings."The ... Read more...

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Turmeric-based drug being tested against Alzheimer’s


February 15th, 2012 - 1:51 pm ICT by IANS
Stockholm, Feb 15 (IANS) Curcumin, a compound of turmeric commonly used in Indian curries, prolongs life and boosts activity of fruit flies with a nervous disorder similar to Alzheimer's disease ... Read more...

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People wide off the mark in decisions involving risks


February 14th, 2012 - 12:55 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 14 (IANS) Even when we know the likelihood of certain outcomes based on our own experiences, we still make decisions at odds with the probability of their occurrence.Simply ... Read more...

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A toolkit to activate your inventiveness


February 12th, 2012 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Creativity and invention, which basically hinges on problem solving, can now be activated with a toolkit designed by a scientist.A eureka moment, a cry of ... Read more...

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E-prescribing slashes prescription errors


February 3rd, 2012 - 12:54 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 3 (IANS) Prescribing errors can be slashed by 66 percent with the introduction of electronic methods in hospitals.University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers reviewed 3,291 patient records ... Read more...

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More screening could mean less secure airports


February 1st, 2012 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 1 (IANS) Intensive screening makes airport security unsafe by targeting low risk passengers rather than those who pose real threats, and this is particularly true after 9/11, ... Read more...

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Infant brains are primed with ‘intuitive physics’


January 25th, 2012 - 1:13 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 25 (IANS) The brains of infants come primed with "intuitive physics," inspite of their seeming helplessness and rounds of eating, crying and sleeping."We believe that infants are born ... Read more...

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Powerdrunk people feel taller and bigger


January 24th, 2012 - 7:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 24 (IANS) People who feel powerful tend to overestimate their own stature, feeling larger than they actually are."Maybe there's a physical experience that goes along with being powerful," ... Read more...

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Geologists uncover how meteorites struck moon


January 24th, 2012 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 24 (IANS) A wealth of evidence, provided by lunar rock samples, shows how meteorites struck the moon.The study, headed by microstructural geology experts Nick Timms and Steven Reddy, ... Read more...

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Found! Cells that drive brain’s adaptability


January 2nd, 2012 - 1:02 pm ICT by IANS
Tel Aviv, Jan 2 (IANS) Glia cells, derived from the Greek word for glue, hold the brain's neurons (cells) together and protect the cells that determine our thoughts and behaviours. ... Read more...

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Psychological need drives prejudice in humans: Study


December 22nd, 2011 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 22 (IANS) A deep psychological need drives prejudice, linked to a particular way of thinking, says a study.People who want to make quick and firm decisions, shorn of ... Read more...

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Babies remember objects out of sight


December 20th, 2011 - 3:16 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 20 (IANS) It was earlier believed that babies six-month-old or younger have no sense of 'object permanence' - that something exists even when it is out of sight. ... Read more...

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Why human brains can’t get any smarter


December 8th, 2011 - 2:01 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 8 (IANS) Human brains can't get any smarter because they seem to have hit an evolutionary roadblock. You can't have too much of a good thing when it ... Read more...

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