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Chronic pain takes a toll on primary care providers as well as patients
A new study has pointed out that chronic pain is takes a toll on primary care providers as well as their patients. ANI

Tiny 3-D images shed light on origin of Earth's core
Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory scientists' new method of capturing detailed, three-dimensional images of minute samples of material under extreme pressures is shedding light on the evolution of the Earth's interior. ANI

Key info about br*ast cancer risk can be found in 'junk' DNA
Scientist have discovered that a new genetic biomarker, which indicates an increased risk for developing br*ast cancer, can be found in an individual's "junk" (non-coding) DNA. ANI

New improved model detects seismic activity more accurately
Geologists have taken an important step toward helping the United States government monitor nuclear explosions by improving a 3-dimensional model originally developed at Harvard University. ANI

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover getting travel tips from orbiting spacecraft
NASA's Mars Opportunity rover, which is exploring areas that might hold clues about past Martian environments, is getting important travel tips from an orbiting spacecraft. ANI

How a gene mutation leads to autism
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have developed a mouse model to find how a gene mutation leads to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). ANI

Sex addiction is controllable, says expert
Sex addiction is controllable, according to an expert, who says her new research could help treat the problem by dealing with the issues causing impulsive sexual behaviour. ANI

First-ever measurement of magnetic field inside Earth's core
A geophysicist has made the first-ever measurement of the strength of the magnetic field inside the Earth's core, 1,800 miles underground, by using the moon and distant quasars. ANI

Microsoft Kinect used for interactive s*x game by p*rn company
A p*rn company has created an interactive s*x game using Microsoft's new Kinect video game console. ANI

Blocking the development of cancer cells' feet
Scientists have discovered a new novel way to block the critical structure that allows cancer cells to spread - using their feet. ANI

New molecular mechanisms involved in Alzheimer's development identified
Scientists have discovered new molecular mechanisms that may be involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Google's new browser can map human body in 3D
After its 'Street View' programme, Internet search engine Google has developed a new browser that can map out the entire human body. ANI

Brain spot where fear resides discovered
Snakes, spiders, haunted houses and horror movies may frighten most of us, but there is one woman who doesn't seem to be afraid of them or anything else. ANI

Watch for total lunar eclipse before dawn Tuesday, Dec. 21
Skygazers will be treated to a total lunar eclipse before dawn Tuesday, Dec. 21. ANI

World's first quantum machine takes 'Breakthrough of the Year' title
The world's first 'quantum machine' has been named as one of the scientific breakthroughs of the year. ANI

New genes are as essential for life as ancient ones: Study
A study has revealed that new genes that have evolved in species as little as one million years ago can be just as essential for life as ancient genes. ANI

Why humans are more sensitive than chimps to certain viruses
Scientists have found why humans are more sensitive to certain viruses compared to other primates. ANI

Emotional intelligence sharpens as we enter our 60s
Psychologists from the University of California, Berkeley have found that older people have a hard time keeping a lid on their feelings, especially when watching heartbreaking or disgusting scenes in movies and reality shows. ANI

Super-early signs of Alzheimer's revealed
A new study has revealed that people with a known, high risk for Alzheimer's disease develop abnormal brain function even before the appearance of telltale amyloid plaques that are characteristic of the disease. ANI

Genome code for most common form of pediatric brain cancer cracked
The genetic code for medulloblastoma, the most common pediatric brain cancer and a leading killer of children with cancer, have been decoded by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. ANI

Going out in the midday sun may be good for you
Health experts have suggested that going out in the midday sun without sunscreen is good for you. ANI

Friendless kids risk spiraling into depression by adolescence: Study
A new study has suggested that kids with no friends can become social outcasts who risk spiraling into depression by adolescence. ANI

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