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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.

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.

'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.

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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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sexual reproduction may produce long-term benefits

April 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Washington, Apr 10 (ANI): Researchers have discovered why courtship rituals - which can be all-consuming, demanding time and effort - might actually be worth it.

Touch activates plants' defense against insects

April 10, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Washington, April 10 (ANI): Plants can use the sense of touch to fight off fungal infections and insects, a new study by Rice University scientists has revealed.

Social ranking can influence genetic functions

April 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Washington, April 10 (IANS) A female monkey's higher ranking within her group can alter the functioning of nearly 1,000 genes within mere weeks, also boosting their immune system, says a new study.

Disappearing ice altering ecosystem subtly

April 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Washington, April 9 (IANS) Shrinking sea ice, snow and glaciers, especially in high-latitude regions where water is frozen for sometime, the cryosphere, is affecting the ecosystem in hidden ways.

9 exoplanets 'may be orbiting Solar System's twin'

April 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Washington, Apr 8 (ANI): A star 127 light-years away, which stunned the world in 2010 by becoming the largest star system beyond our own, playing host to five, possibly seven alien worlds, is back in the headlines as it may actually have nine exoplanets orbiting it.

British university joins hands with Mumbai college

April 6, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) Britain-based University of Westminster Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with Mumbai's HR College of Commerce and Economics to expand its Indian scholarship programme, officials said.

Google search behaviour 'follows GDP'

April 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Washington, Apr 6 (ANI): Web users from countries with a higher per capita gross domestic product (GDP) tend to search for information about the future than past, a new study has revealed.

New compound staves off obesity

April 5, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Washington, April 5 (IANS) A compound present in red wine, grapes and other fruits could potentially stave off obesity by blocking the development of fat cells.

Plant gene can replace whale compound in perfumes

April 5, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Toronto, April 5 (IANS) A gene identified in balsam fir trees could lower cost of producing plant-based fixatives used in the perfume industry and reduce the need for ambergris, a whale compound, a study reveals.

Water floating on oil can clean oil spills

April 5, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Sydney, April 5 (IANS) Scientists have stumbled upon a discovery that challenges conventional wisdom -- water can sometimes float on oil, offering a potential solution to cleaning up of oil spills.

Rising CO2 levels key factor in ending last Ice Age

April 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

London, April 5 (ANI): A new study has provided compelling evidence that rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) caused much of the global warming that ended the last Ice Age.

Low-glycemic breakfast can control BP throughout the day

April 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Washington, Apr 5 (ANI): Eating meals at breakfast that have a low glycemic index may help prevent a spike in blood sugar throughout the morning and after the next meal of the day, a new study has revealed.

Pregnant diabetics likely to have birth defect

April 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM

A recent study conducted by a Britain-based major research-intensive university revealed that pregnant women with diabetes are more prone to birth defects than the normal ones.

Pregnant diabetics more prone to birth defect: Study

April 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Pregnant women with diabetes are more likely to have birth defects than women without the condition, a study by a Britain-based major research-intensive university said here Wednesday.

Some new development about Dinosaurs' research

April 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Dinosaurs were expected to be the biggest animals of this earth, as per the researches claimed on the basis of unearthed fossils and found evidences. Though their existence had ended millions years ago, but some fossils resumes the debate over their habits and habitats.......

Dinosaurs lived in water, claims scientist

April 3, 2012 at 11:45 PM

London, April 3 (IANS) Dinosaurs were too big and heavy to support themselves on dry land and must have lived in water, a scientist has claimed.

Hypnosis provides lasting relief from bowel disorder symptoms

April 3, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Washington, April 3 (ANI): Hypnosis can be a highly effective method of treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), say researchers.

Use of Fertilizers increases greenhouse gas

April 3, 2012 at 5:07 PM

A recent study revealed that, increasing reliability on fertilizers has led to a significant rise in the atmospheric nitrous oxide (N2O), a major greenhouse gas responsible for global climate change.

A third of men on Facebook provoke others

April 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Stockholm, April 3 (IANS) Women spend 81 minutes daily on Facebook, writing more about emotions and relationships, while men devoted 64 minutes per day. What's more, a third of male respondents reported provoking others on the site - about twice the figure for women, says a new study.

Excessive protein in scalp linked to male baldness

April 1, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Washington, April 1 (IANS) Excessive quantity of the protein Prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) in in men's scalps may be causing hair loss, a new study says.

Alcohol and cannabis use linked to Internet gambling

March 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Washington, March 28 (ANI): People who drink alcohol and used cannabis appear to be more likely to be enticed to online gambling, a new study has found.

Anxiety helps people sniff out danger

March 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Washington, March 23 (IANS) Anxiety heightens the sense of smell in people when it comes to sniffing out a threat or danger, a study says.

Holding a gun makes you assume others are carrying too

March 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): Wielding a gun influences a person to think that even others are armed, a new study has suggested.

Holding a gun makes you assume others are carrying too

March 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): Wielding a gun influences a person to think that even others are armed, a new study has suggested.

Turmeric compound shows promise for Parkinson's treatment

March 21, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Washington, March 21 (ANI): Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, has been found to be effective at preventing clumping of a protein involved in Parkinson's disease.

Eating salmon could boost health of pregnant women and their babies

March 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Washington, March 21 (ANI): Intake of salmon increases omega-3 fatty acid levels and improves antioxidant defences in pregnant women and their babies, researchers have found.

Why getting healthy is worse than getting sick

March 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): Researchers have explained why our immune system usually makes us worse while trying to make us hale and hearty.

Why getting healthy is worse than getting sick

March 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): Researchers have explained why our immune system usually makes us worse while trying to make us hale and hearty.

Turmeric compound raises new hopes for treating for Parkinson's disease

March 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

A chemical compound ?Curcumin? has been found to be very effective in prevention of the accumulation of a protein that is involved in causing Parkinson?s disease. Moreover, curcumin is an active ingredient found in spice turmeric.

Eating salmon could boost health of pregnant women and their babies

March 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Washington, March 21 (ANI): Intake of salmon increases omega-3 fatty acid levels and improves antioxidant defences in pregnant women and their babies, researchers have found.

Turmeric compound shows promise for Parkinson's treatment

March 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Washington, March 21 (ANI): Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, has been found to be effective at preventing clumping of a protein involved in Parkinson's disease.

When learning about prejudice, experience trumps instruction as kids grow up

March 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Washington, March 20 (ANI): For young children, instruction is one of the most powerful educational tools to learn about prejudice - but as they get closer to age 10, they begin to rely more on their own experiences rather than what people tell them.

Cheaper, quieter and fuel-efficient biplanes could fly faster than sound

March 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): Researchers have come up with the biplane design that could produce considerably less drag than conventional single wing aircrafts.

Now, software tool to estimate heart disease risk

March 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Washington, March 20 (ANI): University of Granada researchers have come out with a software tool that makes an accurate estimation of the risk that a person has to suffer a heart disease.

Brain memory code cracked

March 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Washington, March 20 (ANI): Scientists behind a new study have claimed that they have cracked the brain's biomolecular code for memory, which may help understand how the brain works, and treat Alzheimer's and various neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Brain memory code cracked

March 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Washington, March 20 (ANI): Scientists behind a new study have claimed that they have cracked the brain's biomolecular code for memory, which may help understand how the brain works, and treat Alzheimer's and various neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Cheaper, quieter and fuel-efficient biplanes could fly faster than sound

March 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): Researchers have come up with the biplane design that could produce considerably less drag than conventional single wing aircrafts.

Triple layer of software protection urged against identity theft

March 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Washington, March 20 (ANI): A new study has revealed that having a triple-threat combination of protective software on your computer greatly reduces your chances of identity theft.

Cheaper, quieter and fuel-efficient biplanes could fly faster than sound

March 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): Researchers have come up with the biplane design that could produce considerably less drag than conventional single wing aircrafts.

When learning about prejudice, experience trumps instruction as kids grow up

March 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Washington, March 20 (ANI): For young children, instruction is one of the most powerful educational tools to learn about prejudice - but as they get closer to age 10, they begin to rely more on their own experiences rather than what people tell them.

Now, software tool to estimate heart disease risk

March 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Washington, March 20 (ANI): University of Granada researchers have come out with a software tool that makes an accurate estimation of the risk that a person has to suffer a heart disease.

Womb environment may determine childhood obesity

March 17, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Washington, March 17 (ANI): Scientists have claimed that it is sometimes the environment in the womb of a mother that results in obesity.

Cord blood helps US girl recover from critical brain injury

March 17, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Washington, Mar 17 (ANI): A little girl in US was able to get out the vegetative state she was reduced to after a brain injury, thanks to cord blood stem cells.

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