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Researchers find new way to repair damaged heart
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers have demonstrated a new way that could be used to deliver stem cells to targeted areas of the body to repair diseased or damaged tissue, including cardiac muscle damaged by a heart attack. ANI

Tired runners unknowingly change running form
A new study has suggested that runners who continue running even when they are exhausted unknowingly change their running form and it may increase likeliness of getting injured. ANI

Leaf-cutters switch jobs to ensure efficiency
It seems humans could take a cue from leaf-cutter ants to remain productive for the society and know when to quit to make room for someone else to take over. ANI

Ice-age reptile extinctions shed light on responses to climate change
Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that a wave of reptile extinctions on the Greek islands over the past 15,000 years may shed light on how plants and animals will respond to human-caused climate change. ANI

Depression in mums ups stress hormones in babies
A University of Michigan-led study has found that babies born to depressed mums have higher levels of stress hormones, as well as with other neurological and behavioural differences. ANI

Geminid meteor shower to offer dazzling spectacle on Dec 14
This December seems to be a great month for astronomers and all those who want to gaze the night sky. ANI

When Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon for the first time
Wonder what really happened when Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon? Well, here's what he wrote to NPR blogger Robert Krulwich that may quench your curiosity too. ANI

Personalized molecular therapy 'effective for advanced lung cancer'
A new study has pointed out that a combination of epigenetic therapy and molecular targeted therapy has promising results at combating advanced lung cancer. ANI

'Cloud feedback' will play major role in global warming: Study
Till now, one of the biggest uncertainties in climate change studies was whether clouds trap more heat or offer a net cooling. ANI

Praising Zuckerberg, Zed urges India's billionaires to donate majority wealth
Applauding Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg for the reported pledge to give majority of his wealth to philanthropy, well known Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has called upon India's billionaires/millionaires to make similar pledges. ANI

Bioengineers develop bacterial strain to hike ethanol biofuel production
US bioengineers have developed a strain of bacteria to increase its ability to produce ethanol. ANI

Key protein that allows nerve cells to repair themselves discovered
A team of scientists has peered inside neurons to discover an unexpected process that is required for regeneration after severe neuron injury. ANI

New drug combo may treat newly diagnosed cancer patients
A study led by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has indicated that a new three-drug combination used to treat the blood cancer multiple myeloma may be effective as a front-line therapy for newly diagnosed patients. ANI

Scientists build microbatteries with nanowire hearts
Robust, three-dimensional microbatteries that would charge faster and hold other advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries are one-step closer to reality now. ANI

New risk factors for brain metastases in br*ast cancer patients identified
Researchers from Fox Chase Cancer Centre have verified several factors-including high tumour grade, negative progesterone receptor status, and inflammatory br*ast cancer-that are associated with an increased risk. ANI

Key events in immune system that contribute to bowel disease identified
Scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have discovered some of the key molecular events in the immune system that contribute to inflammatory bowel disease. ANI

New study proposes blocking blood vessels to starve cancer tumors
Authors of a new study have stated that blocking the growth of blood vessels with antibodies could result in improved treatment of cancerous tumors. ANI

Scientists discover how natural drug fights inflammation
Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have discovered how a natural plant hormone with known beneficial properties for the treatment of disease, helps fight inflammation. ANI

Brain wiring lets us differentiate our speech from that of others'
A new study has found that we have a network of volume settings that can selectively silence and amplify the sounds we make and hear. ANI

Blue light could be highly in potent platinum-based cancer treatment
A new study from the University of Warwick has found a way to use blue light to activate what could be a highly potent platinum-based cancer treatment. ANI

Targeting protein helps keep melanoma tumour growth in check
Targeting MIC-1 protein that promotes blood vessel development may help in checking melanoma tumour growth, say researchers. ANI

ALS causing gene discovered
Using a new sequencing method, researchers have discovered a gene that appears to cause some instances of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ANI

How to keep back pain away this winter
Holidays are indeed a time to have a lot of fun, but additional stress and busier schedule may end up giving you that intolerable back pain. Now, an expert tells you how you can keep that pain away and make the best of your off-time. ANI

Light-weight bikes may not 'necessarily' reduce commuting time
A research has found that a light-weight bike costing around 1000 pounds may not get you to work any quicker than a similar, yet heavier and cheaper model. ANI

Soon, blast-resistant glass that can withstand force of explosion
To withstand the force of an explosion, earthquake, or hurricanes winds, a team of engineers from the University of Missouri and the University of Sydney in Australia are working to develop a blast-resistant glass that is lighter, thinner, and colorless. ANI

NASA's Odyssey orbiter to pass Martian career longevity record
By the middle of next week, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, which entered orbit around Mars on Oct. 24, 2001, will have worked longer at Mars than any other spacecraft in history. ANI

Jailed Julian Assange to get limited Internet access
Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, will be getting limited access to the Internet while in jail. ANI

Now, Internet 'hacktivists' target Amazon for refusing trade with WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks supporters have vowed to wreak havoc on companies that are deemed as enemies of the whistleblowing website, and UK's biggest online retailer Amazon has been cited as the next target. ANI

Scientists create the world's tiniest battery
Scientists led by Sandia National Laboratories researcher Jianyu Huang have created the world's tiniest battery. ANI

Scientists identify new 'infection fighting officer'
Johns Hopkins scientists have identified a previously unrecognized step in the activation of infection-fighting white blood cells, the main immunity troops in the body's war on bacteria, viruses and foreign proteins. ANI

Alcohol ups risk of coronary artery disease in Chinese men
A Chinese study has suggested that moderate-to-heavy alcohol consumption increases angiographically significant coronary artery disease. ANI

Gene-silencing that could prevent diabetes-related heart failure
A series of in vitro tests has helped scientists to discover that silencing the TLR4 gene can stop the process which may lead to cardiovascular disease in diabetic patients. ANI

Possible treatment for peanut allergy identified
Australian scientists have possibly identified world's first treatment for the often-lethal peanut allergy- "fragments" of peanuts. ANI

Ants help scientists develop speedier computer networks
An analysis of how ants trace the quickest route could help scientist speed up computer networks, suggests a new study. ANI

Become a child again to erase bad memories forever
Temporarily returning the brain to a child-like state could help people with post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias forget their fears forever. ANI

New method to cleanse brain of Alzheimer's plaques developed
University of Michigan scientists have developed new molecular tools that may help in "cleansing" the brain of amyloid plaques, implicated in Alzheimer's disease. ANI

NASA research could shed light on early stages of planet formation
A new research from NASA has claimed that planets gained the final portions of their mass from a limited number of large comet or asteroid impacts more than 4.5 billion years ago. These impacts added less than one percent of the planets' mass. ANI

'Joking computer' to give stand up comedians run for their money!
Stand-up comedians beware: The 'joking computer' is here - a computer program that creates pun-based gags created at the University of Aberdeen and is sure to give you a run for your money. ANI

Starfish's 'slimy goo' may cure inflammation
Starfish could hold the key to new treatment for inflammatory conditions such as asthma, hay fever and arthritis, believe scientists. ANI

Great-grandmother of Jesus identified
A historian has identified the great-grandmother of Jesus. ANI

Same gene linked to Alzheimer's and heart attacks
A new study has found that Alzheimer's disease and heart attacks share common genetic basis. ANI

Just thinking about food can stop you from bingeing!
The next time you feel like grabbing that piece of pizza or chocolate cake, just stare at it for a few minutes, and you might end up eating a lot lesser of it, according to a new study. ANI

2000-yr-old computer recreated using Lego bricks!
A designer has created the fully functional replica of the world's oldest computer using the Lego bricks. ANI

Good luck at gambling 'may be in your genes'
Are you exceptionally lucky when you gamble? A new study suggests that if you are, it may be all down to your genes. ANI

Everest soil polluted by dangerous levels of arsenic, cadmium
A new study has revealed that the soil on Mount Everest contains dangerous levels of arsenic and cadmium. ANI

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