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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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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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Twin viruses linked to prostate cancer


August 3rd, 2012 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 3 (IANS) Two common viruses linked to human cancers are both present and may even be collaborating with each other in most male prostate cancers.A new research has ... Read more...

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Electronic nose helps locate deadly tumour


August 2nd, 2012 - 4:28 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 2 (IANS) Researchers have designed an electronic nose to help diagnose malignant mesothelioma (cancerous tumour) early on, with a breath test.Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon, usually fatal, cancerous ... Read more...

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Try sprinting to shed belly fat


July 1st, 2012 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 1 (IANS) Want to shed that belly fat? Try sprinting, say Australian researchers.Just 20 minutes of sprints on an exercise bike, three times a week, will do.It ... Read more...

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India, Australia collaborate for scientific research


June 26th, 2012 - 8:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Top scientists in India and Australia will receive funding for cutting-edge research in fields of environment science, materials science, stem cells and vaccines as part ... Read more...

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Snails clear seaweed to keep coral reefs beautiful


June 4th, 2012 - 1:16 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 4 (IANS) Tiny snails keep coral reefs and seashores stunningly beautiful by getting rid of the ugly seaweed that might otherwise crowd them, a study says. "What may ... Read more...

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A biosensor to detect drugs!


June 3rd, 2012 - 11:07 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 3 (IANS) Scientists have developed a new generation of biosensors that can spot microscopic traces of contaminants in less than an hour.Known as a biochemiresistor, it meets a ... Read more...

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Warmer waters prime fish species for more sperm


April 11th, 2012 - 2:28 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 11 (IANS) Warmer waters can spike the reproductive capacity of the 'pest' fish known as gambusia and also invest them with faster swimming speeds, says a new study ... 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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11,000-year-old human sub-species found in China


March 15th, 2012 - 7:48 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 15 (IANS) Scientists have found a previously unknown human subspecies, distinct from the present day Homosapiens, that may have lived in China 11,500 years ago.Fossil remains of a ... Read more...

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Some corals unfazed by global warming


March 13th, 2012 - 12:41 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 13 (IANS) Unfazed by the most severe ecological threats, some coral reefs may yet be adapting to warmer oceans.Coral populations which unexpectedly survived a massive bleaching event in ... Read more...

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Keep your cool with wrong hand


March 12th, 2012 - 12:48 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 12 (IANS) People who find it difficult to rein in their aggression and yell at others even for silly mistakes can benefit by simply using the wrong ... Read more...

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A clock 100-fold more accurate than its atomic cousins


March 11th, 2012 - 5:28 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 11 (IANS) A new timekeeping system could be a 100 times more accurate than the best atomic clocks in existence, gaining or losing only 1/20th of a second ... Read more...

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Weak current could zap you out of blues


March 9th, 2012 - 12:50 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 9 (IANS) Stimulating the brain with a weak current could be a safe and effective way of zapping you out of the blues, a study reveals.Researchers from the ... Read more...

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Lifestyle factors behind most cancers


February 29th, 2012 - 1:14 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 29 (IANS) Lifestyle factors, not exposure to chemicals in food and consumer products, are the most significant causes of cancer, according to the latest evidence.Bernard Stewart, professor of ... Read more...

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Exercise can undo effects of maternal obesity


February 10th, 2012 - 12:46 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 10 (IANS) Physical activity can help offsprings undo the negative metabolic effects passed on to them by their obese mothers, a study reveals.An overweight mother can powerfully impact ... 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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New planet 22 light years away may host water


February 3rd, 2012 - 12:50 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 3 (IANS) A new planet discovered some 22 light years from the earth is the most likely to hold water and possibly host life.It receives about 90 percent ... Read more...

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Australian cricket’s gain in Christian is rugby’s loss


December 22nd, 2011 - 5:10 pm ICT by IANS
Melbourne, Dec 22 (IANS) Australian cricket's gain in all-rounder Dan Christian has been the loss for the country's National Rugby League (NRL).Christian has been selected for Australia in the Boxing ... Read more...

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Domestic violence hits productivity at workplace


December 8th, 2011 - 12:41 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Dec 8 (IANS) Domestic violence may directly hit productivity at the workplace, with one in five victims experiencing continued harassment from their partners.It takes the form of abusive phone ... Read more...

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New hope for cardiac attack victims


December 5th, 2011 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Dec 5 (IANS) A new population of adult stem cells unearthed in the heart could potentially open the way to regeneration of heart muscles in cardiac attack victims.Richard Harvey, ... Read more...

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Bugs can convert drugs into deadly toxins


December 5th, 2011 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Dec 5 (IANS) Bugs can convert traces of drugs, present in sewage, into deadly toxins, especially during the water treatment process. The process mimics a similar transformation in the ... Read more...

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Mini strokes elevate death risk


November 16th, 2011 - 2:44 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 16 (IANS) People who suffer stroke-like attacks have a mortality rate 20 percent higher than the general population.In one of the largest studies of its kind, over 20,000 ... Read more...

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Brain’s response to stress can predict dementia


November 10th, 2011 - 2:48 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 10 (IANS) A memory stress test could make it easier to predict who has greater chances of developing dementia.Researchers from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR), with ... Read more...

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Found! Brain tumour culprit


October 24th, 2011 - 12:10 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 24 (IANS) Scientists have pinned down a culprit that allows brain tumours to survive and grow.An international team identified the key role played by kynurenine, by-product of the ... Read more...

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Male fish extremely choosy about mates


October 12th, 2011 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 12 (IANS) Male fish can be extremely choosy about females, depending on how attractive or good looking they are, before committing themselves.In their choice of mates, males also ... Read more...

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Illusion of control bolsters a sense of luck


September 12th, 2011 - 2:07 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 12 (IANS) We often delude ourselves into believing that we can control circumstances and events to our advantage. This "illusion of control" can bolster our luck.For instance, when ... Read more...

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Managing people helps develop better brains


September 9th, 2011 - 1:13 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 9 (IANS) Managing other people at the workplace promotes brain health, protects memory and the learning centre well into old age.University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers have ... Read more...

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Australian native dog came from China?


September 9th, 2011 - 9:01 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 9 (IANS) The dingo, Australia's native dog, may not be Australian at all. Fragments of DNA from such dogs suggest they may have come a long way from ... Read more...

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Bugs can destroy toxins in polluted groundwater


August 2nd, 2011 - 3:26 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 2 (IANS) Bugs can safely destroy dangerous toxins in groundwater, leaching from solvents in plastic effluents.A trial by researchers has shown that they could be used to clean ... Read more...

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Decision making area inactive in schizophrenic brains


July 28th, 2011 - 1:03 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 28 (IANS) Scientists have identified a brain mechanism that derails decision-making in people suffering from schizophrenia -- a mental disorder characterised by a breakdown of thought processes and ... Read more...

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Virus causes hearing loss among newborns


June 22nd, 2011 - 3:05 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 22 (IANS) A viral infection that causes hearing loss and intellectual disability in newborn babies is greatly under-diagnosed, a report said.Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common viral infection that ... Read more...

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Super microscope helps pinpoint our immunity ’switch’


June 6th, 2011 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 6 (IANS) Scientists have pinpointed the exact molecular 'switch' which spurs T-cells into activating our immune system against the invasion of germs, thanks to the only super microscope ... Read more...

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Shaming obese people can backfire


May 4th, 2011 - 1:46 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 4 (IANS) If you think passing a nasty remark to your obese friend can compel him into doing something about his waistline -- think again. A new finding ... Read more...

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