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EU launches probe into complaints Google abused dominant position
The European Commission has launched a probe into complaints by other search engines that Google had abused its dominant position. ANI

Early summer heat waves are deadliest
Researchers have pointed out that the risk of dying from a heat waves is highest when they occur early in the summer and are hotter and longer than usual. ANI

Babies' sense of smell physically shaped by mums' diets during pregnancy
Scientists at Colorado University have found that a baby's smelling system is physically shaped by what his or her mother eats and drinks during pregnancy. ANI

Being bossy is the key to leadership, shows geese study
Ever wondered why bossy people get to become leaders? Well, a new study of North Atlantic barnacle geese has suggested that it happens because bossiness is the key to leadership. ANI

'Shared interests' form friendships
A new study has suggested we choose our friends mainly because we have shared interests and not necessarily because we like them the most. ANI

A spoonful of sugar may be enough to cool a hot temper
The next time you feel angry, have a glass of lemonade sweetened with sugar. Or eat a chocolate bar. It may just stop that desire to lash out. ANI

How do snakes climb a vertical surface without slipping?
A new study by University of Cincinnati researchers has shed light on the climbing abilities of boa constrictors. ANI

Cancer drugs offer new hope for Crohn's disease and sarcoidosis
A new study offers insight into a new treatment avenue for two painful inflammatory diseases: Crohn's sisease and sarcoidosis. ANI

New brain imaging technique shows effects of Parkinson's drug
Using a new brain imaging technique, neuroscientists could see an investigational drug for Parkinson's disease get into a patient's brain and affect blood flow in several key structures, an indicator the drug may be effective. ANI

Second Pompeii structure collapses
Just weeks after a similar disaster, another structure has collapsed in Pompeii and has raised new fears about the fate of the ancient Roman town. ANI

Scientists discover new ways to predict possible earthquakes
A recent research provides new means for replicating how earth ruptures develop and possibly enabling prediction of future earthquakes.esearchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who have been examining what happens in a "model earthquake" in their laboratory, have discovered that basic assumptions about friction that have been accepted for hundreds of years are just wrong. ANI

Alternative therapies 'could result in poor asthma control in kids'
A fresh study from Universite de Montreal has suggested that approximately 13 percent of parents turn to alternative therapies to treat their children's asthma. ANI

Instructions on over-the-counter medicines for kids found to be 'confusing'
A new study has revealed that instructions on boxes and bottles of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for children in the United States are confusing and hard for parents to understand and follow. ANI

How and why does graphene break?
Previous experiments had established pure graphene, a single layer of graphite only one atom thick, as the strongest material known to humankind. ANI

Tiny blood vessels in the eye show pollution-heart disease link
By digitally photographing tiny blood vessels in our eyes, researchers have found a way to link exposure to air pollution with a higher risk of heart disease. ANI

Drop in br*ast cancer rates linked to reduced hormone therapy
In a new UCSF study, scientists for the first time show a direct link between reduced hormone therapy and declines in ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) as well as invasive br*ast cancer. ANI

City's 'smells' could help sniff out chemical terrorist attack
A new study has suggested creating a virtual map of a city's chemical smells to help recognize a chemical terrorist attack. ANI

New approach could change how space vehicles, instruments are designed
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have pioneered the use of silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology to produce electronics that are highly resistant to both wide temperature variations and space radiation. ANI

NASA's spacecraft discovers warm fractures on Saturn's moon
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has given scientists a view of active fissures through the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus. ANI

Anti-microbials 'a common cause of drug-induced liver injury and failure'
A ten-year prospective study has revealed that anti-microbial medications are a common cause of drug-induced liver injury (DILI) leading to acute liver failure (ALF), with women and minorities disproportionately affected. ANI

Celebrex shows potential in preventing some skin cancers
A new study has shown that the NSAID Celebrex may help prevent some non-melanoma skin cancers from developing in patients who have pre-cancerous actinic keratoses lesions and are at high risk for having the disease. ANI

Earliest brain changes linked to genetic risk of Alzheimer's identified
Scientists have discovered the earliest brain changes associated with the genetic risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Patient's own blood may treat hamstring injury
Scientists in UK have found an effective two-part treatment for microtears in the hamstring: injections of the patient's own blood and a steroid along with "dry-needling," in which repeated needle punctures cause controlled internal bleeding in the injured area. ANI

Autistic kids 'have more trouble fueling energy demands of their cells'
A new study has discovered that children suffering from autism face more trouble fueling the energy demands of their cells due to dysfunctional mitochondria. ANI

Surgeon-physician marriages 'are a recipe for disaster'
A new study has found that surgeons married to physicians face more challenges in balancing their personal and professional lives than do surgeons whose partners work in a non-physician field or stay at home. ANI

Study exhibits the 'couch potato effect' in mice
Scientists at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have used a couch potato mouse model to study muscle function. ANI

A 50-year-old diabetic lives 8.5 yrs lesser than non-diabetic counterpart
A new study has revealed that a 50-year-old diabetic can expect to live 8.5 years fewer years, on average, than a 50-year-old without the disease. ANI

Who's an expert nutcracker? Monkeys!
Wild bearded capuchin monkeys are the real nut-cracking kings, revealed a new study. ANI

Narcissistic students 'more likely to cheat'
A new study has shown that college students who exhibit narcissistic tendencies are more likely than fellow students to cheat on exams and assignments. ANI

Venus could hold warning for Earth
Scientists have revealed that a mysterious, high-altitude layer of sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere of Venus has been explained, with possible earthly connections. ANI

Eating more fish 'can ensure better bone health for astronauts'
Astronauts, when in space, are vulnerable to bone loss, which can cause fractures or breaks. However, a simple change in diet could mitigate that risk - eat more fish and while you're at it, skip the salt ANI

Exposure to mercury pollution causes homosexuality in birds
A new study by US scientists has revealed that exposure to mercury pollution could be hitting some wild birds' reproductive prospects hard by causing males to pair with other males. ANI

Molecular 'switch' that contributes to cellular aging process identified
A team from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has found a molecular "switch" that can "turn off" some cellular processes that are protective against aging and metabolic diseases. ANI

Yawning not contagious for babies: Study
Babies and toddlers almost never yawn back at someone who yawns at them. Well, that's because young kids don't find it contagious, according to a new British study. ANI

Novel discovery boosts chances of finding aliens: NASA
NASA scientists have made a major discovery that could boost the chance of finding extraterrestrial life on other worlds. ANI

Propensity to cheat on your partner may be in your genes
A new study has pointed out that some people may be genetically programmed to be unfaithful to their partners. ANI

Secrets of glass unlocked by studying crystals
We use glass in our daily lives in many ways - as crockery, mirrors or to see what the weather is like before going outside. ANI

The secret to longer-lasting s*x lies in your arteries
A new study shows that the real secret to longer lasting s*x really lies in your arteries and not just physical desire. ANI

Bizarre ball lightning caused by 'space debris' could explain UFO sightings
Ball lightning - phenomena apparently witnessed by many - may be caused by space debris, suggests a new study. ANI

Finger length predicts prostate cancer risk: Study
Scientists have suggested that a man's risk of prostate cancer can be measured by looking at his hands. ANI

1 in 4 US divorces involve Facebook: Study
A new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has found that one in five divorces involve the social networking site Facebook. ANI

Diabetes can impact cholesterol synthesis in the brain: Study
A new study from the Joslin Diabetes Center suggests that diabetes can affect how much cholesterol the brain can make. ANI

Acupuncture really does change brain's perception of pain
A new study from the University Hospital in Essen, Germany, suggests that acupuncture really does alter the brain's perception and processing of pain. ANI

Why a piece of pizza is so tempting after a stressful day
Wonder why the thought of pizza or a chocolate cake is really tempting especially when you have had a really stressful day at work? ANI

Chemical in toothpastes 'can leave unborn babies brain damaged'
Toothpastes and soaps contain a chemical that can leave unborn babies brain damaged, according to scientists. ANI

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