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Grey matter size linked to altruism, says study


July 12th, 2012 - 2:05 pm ICT by IANS
Berne, July 12 (IANS) Some people who are more forthcoming with help than others can thank the size of their grey matter, housed at the junction of the two brain ... Read more...

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Blood hormone Epo boosts motivation


June 12th, 2012 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS
Berne, June 12 (IANS) Blood hormone Epo has a performance-boosting effect on the brain shortly after being injected as it improves oxygen transport in blood. As Epo also increases ... Read more...

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Chimps play cop to uphold peace in group


March 9th, 2012 - 6:17 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 9 (IANS) Some of the high ranking chimps practically uphold the 'law of the jungle' and maintain peace among warring groups and individuals of their kind, says a ... Read more...

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Mouth bug could trigger serious illnesses


February 22nd, 2012 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS
Zurich, Feb 22 (IANS) Scientists have identified a common mouth bug that can trigger serious illnesses if it gets into the bloodstream. Identified by University of Zurich researchers, the oral ... Read more...

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Brain quickly adjusts for broken arm


January 17th, 2012 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 17 (IANS) An injured arm causes the brain to enlarge in areas that compensate the injured side and decreases the areas that are not being used owing to ... Read more...

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Blame muscle fatigue on your brain


December 6th, 2011 - 4:04 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 6 (IANS) Your are so overcome with fatigue and aching muscles after running 15 laps that you just want to lie down and rest. Blame a brain mechanism ... Read more...

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Larger brain size not governed by shrinking gut


November 10th, 2011 - 3:13 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 10 (IANS) It was believed that early humans were able to redirect energy to their brains due to a reduced digestive tract. But primatologists have disproved this, showing ... Read more...

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Like in humans, culture influences ape behaviour


October 21st, 2011 - 4:12 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 21 (IANS) Like humans, great apes too have the ability to learn socially and pass them down through generations.Researchers have come up with evidence that culture in humans ... Read more...

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Gastric bug H. pylori protects against asthma


July 3rd, 2011 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 3 (IANS) A gut bug, H. pylori, which infects half the global population and causes gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers and stomach cancer, has been found to protect ... Read more...

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Succulent plants emerged after Earth cooled, dried up


May 4th, 2011 - 5:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 4 (ANI): A team of biologists have determined that cacti, succulent plants and tropical grasses emerged as the Earth cooled, increased in aridity, and had lower atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels.Brown University ... Read more...

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People produce consistent, ’signature’ brainwave patterns: Teen study


April 27th, 2011 - 4:35 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): A new study of electroencephalography (EEG) has found that a teenager's rapidly changing brain remains placidly unaltered over the years - a finding that adds evidence to a ... Read more...

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Brainwaves could help predict schizophrenia, depression


April 27th, 2011 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 27 (IANS) Something as shortlived as a brainwave comes with its own unique fingerprint that remains unaltered over the years - a finding that could help predict schizophrenia ... Read more...

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Neutralizing cytokine GM-CSF can halt multiple sclerosis


April 25th, 2011 - 1:35 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 25 (ANI): A new study has suggested that the neutralization of the cytokine GM-CSF could halt the development of multiple sclerosis.In a major breakthrough in the battle against the ... Read more...

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Early treatment can cure compulsive handwashing


April 4th, 2011 - 3:42 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 4 (IANS) Compulsive handwashing, the most conspicuous symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) among children, can be cured with early recognition and treatment.OCD in childhood or adolescence often becomes ... Read more...

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A dog may be man’s best friend but a cat is woman’s!


February 25th, 2011 - 12:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 25 (ANI): While dogs are considered ever-friendly ready to follow you all over the place, cats are thought of as haughty creatures - but that may not be true - ... Read more...

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Midlife crisis is more hype than truth: Experts


February 23rd, 2011 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 23 (ANI): Experts have suggested that the idea of midlife crisis being common is nothing but a myth.Psychologist Margie Lachman of Brandeis University in Massachusetts has said that crisis are ... Read more...

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Do plants pay a price for evolving with complex defense mechanisms?


January 29th, 2011 - 6:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 29 (ANI): A new study examines whether the production of defense traits against insects and mammals incurs costs to the plants.University of Zurich together with their American colleagues planted different ... Read more...

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Chatting is just as effective as brain-training


January 22nd, 2011 - 2:30 am ICT by IANS
London, Jan 22 (IANS) Holding a simple chat could be just as effective as playing popular "brain-training" games that have spawned a multi-million pound industry.Researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland ... Read more...

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Memory drills not best bet for reducing ’senior moments’


January 20th, 2011 - 4:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): A new evidence review has suggested that memory training regimes are not any better than simple conversations at improving memory in older adults.Some studies show that healthy older ... Read more...

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Mad cow disease can also be transmitted through air: Study


January 14th, 2011 - 2:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): University of Zurich researchers have discovered that prions - the infectious proteins that cause mad cow disease and its human version Creutzfeldt-Jakob disorder - could also be transmitted ... Read more...

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Mums’ exposure to farm animals during pregnancy cuts atopic dermatitis risk in kids


December 3rd, 2010 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 3 (ANI): Swiss researchers have revealed that women who spend their pregnancy period in the proximity of farm animals and cats have children with a reduced risk of developing atopic ... Read more...

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Incest puts an end to sexual violence among animals


December 3rd, 2010 - 12:24 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 3 (ANI): A new study has revealed that incest among animals helps put an end to sexual violence.In some species, competition between males can mean that females are harmed during ... Read more...

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Thoughts of religion provoke acts of punishment


November 24th, 2010 - 12:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 24 (ANI): A new study examined the link between support for a religion and a willingness to inflict punishment.Ernst Fehr at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and his team ... Read more...

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Sugar found in breast milk promotes colitis in offspring: study


November 23rd, 2010 - 2:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 23 (ANI): New research has revealed that a sugar found in mouse breast milk promotes the generation of colitis in offspring.Sugars in breast milk are essential for the development ... Read more...

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Female bonding among dolphins makes for good moms


November 3rd, 2010 - 2:48 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 3 (IANS) Female dolphins who have help from their same sex friends are far more successful as mothers than those without such help.The finding is based on 25 years of ... Read more...

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Successful dolphin mums get help from pals


November 2nd, 2010 - 4:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 2 (ANI): A landmark new study has shown that female dolphins that take help from their female friends are far more successful as mothers than those without such help.Previous ... Read more...

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An official India art pavilion at Venice Biennale


October 14th, 2010 - 12:05 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The government is gearing up to install an India art pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2011, one of the world's biggest showcases of contemporary art, an official ... Read more...

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Neural responses indicate our willingness to help the person in need


October 8th, 2010 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 8 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered that witnessing a person from our own group or an outsider suffer pain causes neural responses in two very different ... Read more...

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Revenge cuts both ways in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Study


October 5th, 2010 - 12:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct. 5 (ANI): A team of scientists from the University of Zurich, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tel Aviv and Quinnipiaq Universities have found that attacks by both Israel and ... Read more...

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Latest Conjecture States That The ‘Iceman’ Of The Alps Was Buried Ceremonially


August 27th, 2010 - 7:39 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
August 27, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Oetzi happens to be the 5,300-year-old ‘Iceman’. A fresh conjecture disclosed on Thursday has mentioned that he may not have expired at the location ... Read more...

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Can psychedelic drugs chase blues away?


August 19th, 2010 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 19 (IANS) Psychedelic drugs like LSD, which alter thought process and perception, can chase the blues away. The drugs can help patients alter their perception of problems or pain levels, according ... Read more...

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Striped mice more cautious of ‘nasty neighbour’ than mate’s defence


June 23rd, 2010 - 2:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 23 (ANI): The four-striped grass mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) is certainly not fond of his neighbours during the breading season. Breeding males are much more concerned about repelling their neighbours than ... Read more...

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Scientists use airport body scanners to scan mummies


June 19th, 2010 - 3:14 am ICT by IANS
Washington, June 19 (IANS) An international team of scientists are trying out a new technique of using airport body scanners to conduct tests on ancient mummies. The chemically preserved bodies are usually investigated ... Read more...

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Male deer honest about their prowess


April 12th, 2010 - 5:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 12 (ANI): The calls or groans of male Eurasian fallow deer give rivals and possible mates an honest account of the emitting deer's prowess, a new study has found.The study ... Read more...

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World’s birds shrinking due to global warming


March 13th, 2010 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 13 (ANI): A new study by scientists has shown that many birds in the world, particularly in North America, are shrinking, in response to warmer temperatures.In biology, there is ... Read more...

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