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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.

Harry Potter's self-writing diary inspires paper that spells out blood type

May 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

London, May 3 (ANI): A self-writing diary in one of J K Rowling's 'Harry Potter' books has inspired scientists to create a paper that spells out a person's blood type.

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Harry Potter's self-writing diary inspires paper that spells out blood type

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

London, May 3 (ANI): A self-writing diary in one of J K Rowling's 'Harry Potter' books has inspired scientists to create a paper that spells out a person's blood type.

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.

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.

New method can make even muddy water safe for drinking

May 2, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Washington, May 2 (ANI): A scientist at Michigan Technological University has developed a simple, cheap way to make water safe to drink, even if it's muddy.

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.

Confident Vaiko extends support to Rajiv Gandhi's assassins

May 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Chennai, May 1 (ANI): Marumalaichi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko on Tuesday extended his support to the three accused, convicted in the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Paper strips will promptly detect harmful bugs in pools

May 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Toronto, May 1 (IANS) Researchers have developed a rapid test using a simple paper strip that can detect E. coli in swimming pools within minutes.

'Swiss army knife' protein heals wounds, boosts immunity and protects against cancer

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Washington, May 1 (ANI): Researchers have shed light on the several health benefits associated with lactoferrin, an important iron-binding protein.

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.

Inclusion of Rushdie books in curriculum raises furor in Peshawar University

May 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Peshawar, May 1 (ANI): The University of Peshawar has set aside the Academic Council's decision to include controversial 'Satanic Verses' writer Salman Rushdie's books in MPhil and PhD courses offered by the English Literature department.

Apex court takes over Rajiv assassins' mercy plea

May 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday transferred to itself a petition seeking commutation of the death sentence of the three assassins of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, on the ground of inordinate delay in deciding their mercy pleas by the president.

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.

Black women leaders 'approved for assertiveness at work'

April 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): While black men are often penalised for being assertive and aggressive leaders at the workplace, black women are expected to act boldly, a new study has found.

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.

Prince Andrew to visit naval command, Ambani school

April 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Mumbai, April 30 (IANS) Corporate, defence and academic engagements will mark Prince Andrew's daylong visit to Mumbai this week as part of Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee celebrations, an official said here Monday.

15 dead in Nigeria attack

April 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

London, April 29 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed Sunday in a gun and bomb attack at a university in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, BBC reported.

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.

Rats may have 'best bite of rodent world'

April 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Washington, Apr 28 (ANI): Mice and rats have evolved to gnaw with their front teeth and chew with their back teeth more effectively than rodents that 'specialise' in one or other of these biting mechanisms, according to a new study.

Wrinkles and twists 'may up solar panels' power output'

April 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Washington, Apr 28 (ANI): Taking their cue from the humble leaf, researchers have used microscopic folds on the surface of photovoltaic material to considerably increase the power output of flexible, low-cost solar cells.

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.

End discrimination, Chinese student tells CEOs

April 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Beijing, April 27 (IANS) A female student has shot off letters to the chiefs of China's top 500 enterprises to protest sexual discrimination at the work place, a media report said Friday.

GenX men shop and cook much more often than their fathers did

April 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Washington, April 27 (ANI): Generation X men are surprisingly involved in shopping for food and cooking, according to a University of Michigan report.

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).

Balanced perspective makes for contentment

April 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Washington, April 27 (IANS) Do you view the past with fondness, enjoy the present and strive for future goals? If you hold all these perspectives in a balanced way, it could contribute tremendously to your sense of wellbeing, says a study.

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.

Creative thinkers 'likelier to cheat'

April 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): Probability of cheating is more in creative people than in the non-creative lot, a new study has suggested.

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.

Anti-depressants 'may do more harm than good'

April 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): Benefits of most commonly prescribed anti-depressants, even taken at their best, compare poorly to the risks, which include premature death in elderly patients, a new study has revealed.

Anti-depressants doing more harm than good: Study

April 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Toronto, April 25 (IANS) Common anti-depressants seem to be doing patients more harm than good, says a new study.

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?

Accused of cheating MBA student hangs herself

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Gurgaon, April 24 (IANS) A MBA student Tuesday committed suicide by hanging herself in her hostel room in the Amity University Pachgaon here after a teacher accused her of cheating and tore her exam paper, police said.

Soon, 'intelligent' tyre that adapts itself to weather

April 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Sydney, April 24 (ANI): German researchers are developing the world's first-ever "intelligent" tyre which automatically adapts itself to the prevailing weather conditions even while you are driving.

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?

Underdogs in Meerkat society could be best at problem-solving

April 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

London, Apr 24 (ANI): Researchers have shed light on "what drives individuals to innovate, and what psychological mechanisms allow them to do so".

Can robots be blamed for killing civilians?

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Washington, April 24 (IANS) If a robot develops a programming glitch that causes it to kill civilians, do we blame the robot, or the humans who created and deployed it?

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.

Smoking and not nicotine 'cuts rare tumour risk'

April 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): Researchers have confirmed a link between smoking and a reduced risk for a rare benign tumour near the brain, but the addition of smokeless tobacco to the analysis indicates that nicotine is not the protective substance.

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.

Proposed fleet of probes to determine if life really exists on Mars

April 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): Astrobiologists are calling for a mission to Mars with "a strong and comprehensive life detection component."

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.

Proposed fleet of probes to determine if life really exists on Mars

April 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): Astrobiologists are calling for a mission to Mars with "a strong and comprehensive life detection component."

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.

Soy protein can lower fat accumulation in liver

April 23, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Washington, April 23 (IANS) Eating soy protein could significantly lower fat accumulation in the livers of obese patients by partially restoring the function of a key signalling pathway in the organ, according to a research at a US university.

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.

Soy protein may help ease symptoms of fatty liver disease

April 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Washington, April 23 (ANI): A diet containing soy protein may significantly reduce fat accumulation and triglycerides in the livers of obese persons, say researchers.

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.

Ravens can recall faces, sounds years later

April 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Vienna, April 20 (IANS) Just as we remember faces and voices of several individuals, certain birds too can recall faces and sounds after a number of years, says a study.

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

Thinking about death 'leads to healthy behaviour and a good life'

April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Washington, Apr 20 (ANI): Thinking about death can actually be a good thing as an awareness of mortality can improve physical health and help in re-prioritising one's goals and values, a new study has revealed.

Clues to aspirin's anti-cancer effects unlocked

April 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

London, Apr 20 (ANI): Researchers have shed light on a mystifying side-effect of taking aspirin: the drug apparently lowers a person's chances of developing some forms of cancer.

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.

Mystery of cosmic rays origin deepens

April 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM

London, Apr 19 (ANI): Although cosmic rays were discovered 100 years ago, their origin has mystified physicists since long.

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.

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