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Pleasure eating may fuel obesity

May 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Rome, May 3 (IANS) When pleasure motivates eating, rather than hunger, it activates chemical signals which can cause overeating and fuel obesity, says a new study.

Squid and zebrafish inspired materials could help camouflage

May 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

London, May 3 (ANI): Researchers have come up artificial muscles that mimic the colour-changing ability of squid and zebrafish.

Scientists uncover 'dark side' of beta-carotene

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Washington, May 3 (IANS) Consuming excessive amounts of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that imparts colour to carrots, sweet potatoes and certain greens, could be hazardous for health, says a study.

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'Monster' black hole caught red-handed slaughtering unlucky star

May 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Washington, May 3 (ANI): Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole gobbling up a star that wandered too close.

Religious blogs pose higher malware threat than porn sites

May 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

New York, May 2 (ANI): Blogs and websites featuring religious or ideological content are three times more likely than pornographic sites to be infected by malware, according to Symantic's latest Internet security threat report.

Secrets weigh people down

May 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

London, May 2 (ANI): People who keep secrets end up finding everyday tasks far more strenuous than those who do not harbour undisclosed truths, according to a new study.

Elevation in BMI can up heart disease risk

May 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Washington, May 2 (ANI): Maintaining a lower body mass index (BMI) can help reduce the risk of developing ischemic heart disease (IHD), say researchers.

Drowsiness linked with learning problems at school

May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Washington, May 2 (IANS) Children suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) may have learning, attention and behaviour problems even though clinical tests show they are sleeping long enough at night.

Differences in brain chemical may determine how hard people work

May 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Washington, May 2 (ANI): Whether someone is a "go-getter" or a "slacker" may depend on individual differences in the brain chemical dopamine, say researchers.

Atheists, agnostics kinder than religious people

May 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Washington, May 1 (IANS) When it comes to kindness or helping a stranger, atheists and agnostics fare much better than their highly religious counterparts.

Compounds to help prevent brain damage in Alzheimer's found

May 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

London, May 1 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a natural chemical cocktail that could slow or even prevent the devastating brain damage caused by Alzheimer's disease.

Not all forms of altruism 'provide similar perks'

May 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Washington, May 1 (ANI): From bees and wasps that die defending their nests, to elephants that cooperate to care for young, a new mathematical model has shed light on the environmental conditions that favour one form of altruism over another.

Why bigger animals aren't always faster

May 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Washington, May 1 (ANI): Researchers have shed light on why bigger is not always better when it comes to running speed.

'Light weights just as good for muscle building'

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Toronto, May 1 (IANS) Lifting less weight more times is just as good at building muscle as doing it with heavy weights, says a new finding.

Sleeping more than 8 hours a night may help you stay slim

May 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Melbourne, May 1 (ANI): Adding a few hours sleep to your night may prevent you from gaining weight.

Gene involved in sperm-to-egg binding could be key to fertility in mammals

May 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Washington, May 1 (ANI): Researchers have discovered for the first time that the gene, which makes a protein called PDILT, enables sperm to bind to an egg, a process vital to fertilisation.

Obese women likelier to face job discrimination

May 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Washington, May 1 (ANI): Women who are obese are more likely to be discriminated against when applying for jobs and receive lower starting salaries than their non-overweight colleagues, according to a new study.

New test to certify whether you're a workaholic

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

London, April 30 (IANS) Psychologists have devised a new test that would let you know once and for all whether you are addicted to work.

Sun's twin may be home to 9 alien planets

April 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): A sun-like star, which is already known to host five alien planets, may actually have nine full-fledged worlds, according to a new study.

Doubts cast over theory on how tigers get their stripes

April 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): Researchers have challenged a decades-old explanation for how tigers get their stripes.

24 newly discovered lizard species face extinction

April 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Washington, April 30 (IANS) Half of the 24 new lizard species known as skinks, all discovered on the Caribbean islands, may be close to extinction and the other half are also under threat.

Silicene may steal spotlight from graphene to become new 'star' material

April 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

London, Apr 30 (ANI): Researchers have come up with the first sheet of single-atom thick silicon - dubbed silicene - which shows promise to replace wonder material graphene.

Breastfeeding key to keeping infant gut healthy

April 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Washington, April 30 (IANS) Breast-fed babies have healthier gut than formula-fed infants, thanks to the mother's milk, which encouraged beneficial bugs to grow and protect the infants from illness and pathogens, says a study.

Brain networks explain why some teenagers smoke

April 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Washington, April 30 (IANS) Scientists have been intrigued by why some teenagers start smoking or experimenting with drugs while others do not.

Why some teens begin smoking and experiment with drugs

April 30, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): Researchers have discovered a number of previously unknown networks in the brain, which go a long way towards explaining why some teenagers are more vulnerable to start trying out drugs and alcohol -while others don't.

Staying active key to youthful brain: Study

April 29, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Stockholm, April 29 (IANS) Aging may be inevitable, but staying physically and mentally active is the key to maintaining a youthful brain, says a new study.

Being positive can help you get a job

April 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Washington, April 29 (ANI): Keeping your spirits up is very important if you are searching for a job after a layoff, a new study has suggested.

New graphene-based material shows promise to 'revolutionize electronics industry'

April 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Washington, Apr 28 (ANI): Researchers have come up with the most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity.

Cause of age-related macular degeneration revealed

April 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Washington, April 27 (ANI): A new study led by an Indian origin scientist has made a major breakthrough in the "dry" form of age-related macular degeneration known as geographic atrophy (GA).

Music 'enhances flavours of food'

April 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Sydney, Apr 27 (ANI): A range of sensory responses - taste, touch, sight, smell and sound - amalgamate to add to our enjoyment when we eat and drink, according to a new study.

Analytic thinking could promote atheism

April 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Washington, April 27 (ANI): Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers, says researchers.

Portable probe to speed up oral cancer diagnosis

April 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Washington, April 27 (IANS) Researchers have developed a portable, mini microscope hoping to slash the time taken to diagnose oral cancer.

Plastic waste in ocean may affect environment, says study

April 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

A recent study says that tonnes of plastic waste that are jostled into the ocean can have adverse effect on the environment. Working on a research sailboat sailing over the Pacific Ocean, oceanographer Giora Proskurowski noticed that the water of the ocean was scattered with numerous small-size pieces of plastic debris, when wind picked up and most of the particles disappeared from the sight.

Plastic waste in ocean can harm environment, says study

April 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Washington, April 26 (IANS) Tonnes of plastic waste that are shoved into the ocean could impact the environment, says a case study.

Tiny 'spherules' tell tale of Earth's asteroid impacts

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

London, Apr 26 (ANI): Researchers are learning details about asteroid impacts going back to the Earth's early history by using a new method for extracting accurate information from tiny "spherules" embedded in layers of rock.

Mediterranean-style diet 'secret to centenarian's longevity

April 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

London, Apr 26 (ANI): The key step that could help us all live happily and healthily to the age of 100 or more is to follow the lead of simple villagers from a remote part of Sicily, a new study has suggested.

Researchers identifies the genes that increase risk of osteoporosis and fractures

April 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

The researchers have found the genetic variations that are believed to be responsible for causing osteoporosis. Women has the higher risk of fracture up to 50 percent due to to higher proportion of genetic variations that are associated with the cause of osteoporosis.

Egg consumption 'positively impacts metabolic syndrome and satiety'

April 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): Eating eggs may actually have favourable effects on HDL metabolism in men and women with metabolic syndrome, a new study has suggested.

Childhood abuse may cause suicidal thoughts in adulthood

April 25, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Toronto, April 25 (IANS) Children who suffer physical abuse are likely to harbour suidical thoughts as adults, a new study from the University of Toronto has said.

Dark chocolate may reduce cardio risks, study shows

April 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Dark chocolate, rich in flavanols, may reduce the risk against cardiovascular diseases by lowering blood pressure, blood flow and improving blood lipid levels, says a new study.

Kids who face violence age faster

April 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Kids who have experienced violence seem to age faster, their DNA shows wear and tear normally linked with aging, says a new study.

Beautiful friends make you more popular on Facebook

April 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

New York, April 25(ANI): Having attractive friends will guarantee you popularity on Facebook, especially if you are a woman, a new study has revealed.

Eating dark chocolate may help keep heart healthy

April 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): Consuming dark chocolate in moderate quantities may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study has revealed.

Does membership of elite group shore up performance?

April 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Does being labelled as a member of an elite group shore up your performance on tasks related to your area of expertise?

Stem cell that may aid healing and repair found in brain

April 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Washington, April 24 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a new stem cell in the adult brain and they hope to put the discovery to use to develop methods that can repair diseases and injury to the brain.

Breast cancer survivors who set new goals are healthier

April 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Toronto, April 24 (IANS) Most people go through life setting goals for themselves. But what happens when a sudden hardship or illness throws their life into disarray?

Potential link between drinking alcohol and breast cancer identified

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): Researchers have identified a protein that may finally explain the association between alcohol consumption and breast cancer.

Exercise cuts dementia risk in seniors

April 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

London, Apr 24 (ANI): Exercising twice a week help stave off progression to dementia in older people already showing signs of cognitive decline, scientists say.

Genes that increase risk of osteoporosis and fractures discovered

April 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

London, April 24 (ANI): Researchers have identified the genetic variations that are believed to cause osteoporosis.

Exercise cuts dementia risk in seniors

April 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

London, Apr 24 (ANI): Exercising twice a week help stave off progression to dementia in older people already showing signs of cognitive decline, scientists say.

Genes that increase risk of osteoporosis and fractures discovered

April 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

London, April 24 (ANI): Researchers have identified the genetic variations that are believed to cause osteoporosis.

Restless, moody preschoolers may grow up to be problem gamblers

April 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): Kids at the age of three, who are impulsive, inattentive and moody, may end up having gambling problems as adults, a new study has revealed.

Punjab government takes on Thapar University

April 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Chandigarh, April 23 (IANS) The Punjab government has sought a complete report on the status of the private Thapar University following the controversy over abolition of Punjab quota seats in engineering and technical courses there, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Monday.

Queen instills little 'national pride' among majority of Scots

April 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

London, Apr 23 (ANI): Most Scots believe Queen Elizabeth contributes nothing to their sense of national pride, and prefer being represented by comedian Billy Connolly, a survey has revealed.

Quickly spreading gene plays crucial role in Asian MRSA epidemic

April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Washington, April 23 (ANI): Scientists have identified a rapidly emerging Staphylococcus aureus gene, called sasX, which plays a pivotal role in establishing methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) epidemics in most of Asia.

Dino-bird was prone to osteoarthritis

April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

London, April 23 (ANI): Dinosaurs might be the oldest victims of osteoarthritis, say researchers.

Cholesterol shows promise in fighting cancer

April 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Toronto, April 23 (IANS) Researchers at Simon Fraser University have concluded that cholesterol may have a few good qualities like slowing or halting cancer cell growth, after all the bad publicity it has received for its role in heart disease or obesity.

Men more 'attracted to pink female genitals than red'

April 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Washington, Apr 22 (ANI): Red is usually considered a seductive colour but a new study has revealed that this folk theory doesn't hold up to the harsh light of science.

Honesty 'may not be best policy at work'

April 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

London, Apr 22 (ANI): Honesty is usually said to be the best policy in social situations but the proverb may not essentially hold true when it comes to the workplace, researchers say.

Flirting men don't fancy you they're just 'bored at work'

April 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

London, Apr 21 (ANI): Men who flirt with their female colleagues do so because they are bored of their job and are lacking in sensitivity, a new study has claimed.

Your left cheek 'is your best side'

April 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Washington, Apr 21 (ANI): In a new study, scientists have suggested that a person's best side may be their left cheek.

Cholesterol 'may have cancer-fighting goodness'

April 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Washington, Apr 20 (ANI): In a new study, scientists have argued that cholesterol may slow or stop cancer cell growth.

'Womens' favourite' Obama ahead of Romney in prez poll race, finds poll

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Washington, April 20 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has gained a lead over GOP nominee Mitt Romney among women and minorities voters in the presidential race, according to a new poll.

Cellular 'glue' may help suppress breast cancer

April 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Washington, Apr 20 (ANI): The protein Perp, associated with desmosomes (the glue that sticks cells together), is involved in suppressing breast cancer and offers a potential new target for future treatment, a new study has revealed.

Women drive formation of romantic relationships

April 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

London, Apr 20 (ANI): Based on evidence from mobile phone calls and texts, a new study has found that women drive the formation of romantic relationships.

Sports are integral part of life: experts

April 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Keeping eye on the forthcoming London Olympic 2012, a conference organised for the importance to the economical aspect

Bees' waggle dance disrupted by gravity

April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

London, April 19 (ANI): Honeybees that dance to give directions to flowers make more errors when performing horizontally than vertically because of gravity, researchers have claimed.

Why football is 'as good as sex' for men

April 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): Soccer fans' hormone levels soar while watching a game but do not increase further after a victory, a new study has revealed.

Online dating scams break hearts, empty wallets

April 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Washington, April 19 (ANI): The trauma caused by online dating scams is worse than any other, because the victims experienced 'double hit' - loss of money and loss of 'romantic relationship hit' - says an expert.

Now, a flourescent fish to track pollution

April 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

London, April 19 (IANS) Scientists have created a green-glowing zebrafish to monitor ecological damage caused by pollution in real time.

In Sports, India has not dearth of talents: Verma

April 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Today sports significantly contribute to economic and social development and improve health and personal growth of the people of ages

Saying car keys out loud 'may help you find them'

April 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM

London, Apr 19 (ANI): An individual's ability to find where they left their car keys or wallet may be significantly increased by saying the objects name out loud, a new study has claimed.

Protein loss causes old-age gum disease

April 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

London, April 18 (IANS) A drop in the level of protein called Del-1 is why gum diseases become more common with old age, says a new research.

Lack of sleep may make you fat

April 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Washington, Apr 18 (ANI): Inadequate sleep may put people at risk of obesity, according to a new study.

Single gene may impact brain size and IQ

April 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Amidst various studies on intelligence a team of researchers have identified a single gene, which may have a measurable effect on a person's brain size as well as intelligence.

Single gene 'may affect IQ'

April 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

London, Apr 17 (ANI): Researchers have discovered a single gene, which may have a measurable impact on a person's brain size as well as intelligence.

Craters on Mars may be hiding life

April 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Washington, April 17 (ANI): Craters on Earth made by asteroid impacts may provide clues in search for life on other planets, scientists have suggested.

New nanosponge can clean seas of oil spills

April 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Washington, April 17 (IANS) US scientists have innovated a nanosponge that can sweep the seas clean of oil spills and minimise ecological damage to marine life.

Slimming before pregnancy ensures healthier births

April 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Washington, April 15 (IANS) Even if obese women eat healthy during pregnancy, their babies may suffer future health problems. So it is advisable to lose body weight before going in for pregnancy, says a news study.

Life on Mars found but destroyed by mistake

April 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) Bungling NASA scientists are believed to have found tiny live microbes on Mars - but mistakenly killed them by boiling them alive, a media report said Saturday.

Buried British planes in Myanmar may fly again

April 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) Twenty "lost" Spitfire aircraft that were buried in Myanmar during World War II could return to the skies, The Independent reported Saturday.

Walking may help treat depression

April 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

London, Apr 14 (ANI): Taking a brisk walk could play an important role in fighting depression, according to researchers in Scotland.

Childbearing women 'live longer'

April 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Sydney, Apr 13 (ANI): A new study has revealed that women with children live longer than those without.

One third of women eat snakes secretly

April 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

One third of women gorge on snacks when they find that no one is watching them, says a study done in Britain.

Pride resulting from superiority can exacerbate prejudices

April 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Washington, April 12 (ANI): The way individuals experience the universal emotion of pride directly impacts how racist and homophobic their attitudes toward other people are, researchers say.

Addicts' memories could be tweaked to reduce drug cravings

April 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM

London, April 12 (ANI): Manipulating memories of drug use may be an affective way to help addicts avoid a return to a life of drug abuse, say scientists in China.

Unique genetic adaptation helped our brain grow

April 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Stockholm, April 13 (IANS) Humans adapted genetically about 300,000 years ago to be able to produce larger amounts of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, says a study.

Obese women urged to lose weight before pregnancy

April 13, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Washington, April 12 (ANI): Obese mothers are likely to give birth to babies that are up to 17 percent smaller than they should have been, making them more vulnerable to diseases, according to a new University of Illinois study.

Traditional Chinese medicines containing 'toxic ingredients' exposed

April 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Washington, Apr 13 (ANI): Deep sequencing of 15 samples of traditional Chinese medicines has revealed undeclared, potentially toxic, and trade-restricted ingredients, a new study has claimed.

Cosmetics and plastics, double risk of type-2 diabetes

April 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Now developing diabetes can be increased by the use of cosmetic and plastics.

Cosmetics and plastics can double risk of type-2 diabetes

April 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Washington, April 13 (ANI): Phthalates found in cosmetics and plastics can increase the risk of developing diabetes among seniors, researchers say.

Foes seem fearsome when holding a weapon

April 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Washington, April 12 (IANS) Holding a weapon makes men look taller and more muscular, which only confirms what scrawny thugs have long known, new research says.

Ant queens' egg laying rate increases with age

April 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Washington, April 12 (ANI): Ant queens lay more eggs as they get older, researchers have found.

One third of women are secret snackers

April 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

London, April 12 (ANI): A third of women eat snacks when no one is watching, a British study has claimed.

Childhood obesity genes identified

April 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Sydney, April 12 (IANS) Scientists have identified at least two new gene variants that increase the chances of common childhood obesity.

Older fruit and veggie varieties 'healthier than new ones'

April 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

London, Apr 12 (ANI): Older varieties of fruits and vegetables may be considerably healthier than their modern supermarket equivalents, a new study has claimed.

Study finds British Film and Television industry discriminates against ethnic minorities, women

April 11, 2012 at 5:23 PM

London, Apr 11 (ANI): The British film and television production industry discriminates against ethnic minorities, women and middle class people, a latest research has revealed.

Gregarious people remember more positive than negative life events

April 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Washington, April 11 (ANI): Our gender, personality and the methods we use (often without awareness) to regulate our feelings appear to influence the recall of emotional personal memories, according to a new study.

Warmer waters prime fish species for more sperm

April 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM

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 that may have implications for the fertility of fish in response to climate change.

A new method to target obsessive behaviour

April 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Toronto, April 11 (IANS) Victims of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) fret endlessly over whether they have locked the door or turned off the gas stove. Now, a new way to treat it is being tested.

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