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Most low birth weight babies 'turn out to be productive adults'
A new study by a Michigan State University economist found that most survivors of extremely low birth weight grow up to become productive adults. ANI

Eye movement problems 'cause reading difficulties in stroke patients'
A new study led by scientists at Liverpool has found that damage to the nerve supply that controls eye movement is a common problem after a stroke. ANI

How specific viruses can kill cancer cells
Boston University School of Medicine scientists have discovered a mechanism by which specific viruses acting as oncolytic agents can enter and kill cancer cells. ANI

NASA's super-Earth characterization could help find life on other planets
Using a ground-based telescope, a team of astronomers, including two NASA Sagan Fellows, has made the first characterizations of a super-Earth's atmosphere. ANI

Scientist to make stellar observations aboard Boeing 747
A scientist from the University of Colorado at Boulder will be one of two scientists who will use data gathered by a world-class telescope flying aboard a modified Boeing 747 to peer at a distant star-forming region. ANI

Medieval Corinth was involved in long distance trade all over Middle East
A new research has revealed that medieval Corinth was involved in long distance trade throughout the Middle East. ANI

Stackable electric cars, telepresence screens 'just a generation away'
According to a new vision of the future set out today, stackable electric cars and 'telepresence' screens are just one generation away. ANI

BPA exposure may lead fertility problems in female offspring
A new study has found that exposure to a ubiquitous environmental chemical during pregnancy may impair reproductive capacity of female offspring. ANI

Scientists take major step toward first biological test for autism
Scientists have developed the best biologically based test for autism to date. ANI

Tongue clicks could soon help paralysed people steer their wheelchairs
Paralysed, disabled, or quadriplegics may soon be able to operate wheelchairs using their tongues - thanks to an innovation led by an Indian-origin scientist. ANI

Reaching 100 years of age not just about health history
Living to 100 is easier than you might think. ANI

Nurture, not nature, influences aggression in kids
A new study has found that nurture rather than nature influences aggression in children. ANI

New estimate of global sea-level rise at the end of the last Ice Age
Scientists in the UK have estimated that sea-level rose by an average of about 1 metre per century at the end of the last Ice Age, interrupted by rapid 'jumps' during which it rose by up to 2.5 metres per century. ANI

Primates more resilient than other animals to seasonal ups and downs
Primates are less susceptible to the seasonal ups and downs - particularly rainfall- that take their toll on other animals, says a new study. ANI

Similar gene controls plant, human clocks
UC Davis researchers have identified a gene that controls part of the 'tick tock' in a plant's circadian clock. And not only is the plant gene very similar to one in humans, but the human gene can work in plant cells-and vice versa. ANI

Why vaccines do not work as well for some as they do for others
A new discovery by scientists from Singapore may explain why a tuberculosis vaccine is not as effective for some people as anticipated, and potentially explains why other vaccines do not work as well for some as they do for others. ANI

Computers may one day solve problems as creatively as humans
Although a computer can crunch several million numbers in a few seconds, it cannot be expected to spot a fake bronze coin which has, say, 544 B.C inscribed on it - something a human would be able to spot immediately. ANI

What's your ideal body mass index?
Having a body mass index between 20.0 and 24.9 is associated with the lowest risk of death in healthy non-smoking adults, a new study has revealed. ANI

'Do Not Track' program protects Internet consumer's privacy
The much-awaited "Do Not Track" mechanism report has finally been outlined by the Federal Trade Commission in order to protect the interests of Internet consumers. ANI

Risk of developing radiation-induced cancer may be lower than thought
Scientists have suggested that the risk of developing radiation-induced cancer from computed tomography (CT) may be lower than previously thought. ANI

Annual br*ast cancer screening starting at age 40 cuts mastectomy risk
Researchers have said that having a yearly mammogram greatly reduces the risk of mastectomy following br*ast cancer in women between the ages of 40 and 50. ANI

Snot affects out sense of smell: Study
A new study in mice has found out that enzymes in nasal mucus change certain scents well before the nose can detect them. ANI

Loss of biodiversity 'threatens human health'
A new research has warned that the loss of biodiversity-from beneficial bacteria to charismatic mammals-threatens human health. ANI

New technology could turn ocean into giant power plant
Experts at Florida Institute of Technology's College of Engineering are testing a new technology to convert the energy produced by waves into electricity, which could the ocean into a giant power plant. ANI

Supercomputers could some day think as fast as human brain
Researcher at IBM's silicon integrated nanophotonics group at Yorktown Heights, in New York, unveiled a new type of computer chip that integrates both electrical and optical nano-devices on the same piece of silicon. ANI

Engineered bugs could 'turn plant material into biofuels'
New research from Concordia University shows that bacterium can be engineered to transform plant material into biofuels or other chemicals. ANI

Gene duplication discovered in patients with major depression
Major depression patients have a duplicated region of DNA on chromosome 5, according to a new research. ANI

If your GPS stops working, find your way with 'shoe radar'!
The invasion of GPS technology in everything - from cars to cell phones - has ensured that we never get lost, but what if your GPS stops working? ANI

'Endurance exercises' can make us look younger
A new study from Tel Aviv University has found that 'endurance exercises,' like a Central Park jog or a spinning class, can make us look younger. ANI

First coca leaves chewed 8,000 years ago: Study
Archaeological evidence has shown that Peruvian foraging societies were already chewing coca leaves 8,000 years ago. ANI

Loud snoring, insomnia symptoms linked to metabolic syndrome
A new study found that loud snoring and two common insomnia symptoms - difficulty falling asleep and unrefreshing sleep - each significantly predicted the development of the metabolic syndrome. ANI

Long-term exposure to pesticides linked to dementia
A new research has suggested that long-term exposure to pesticides may be linked to the development of dementia. ANI

Universe 'holds 3 times more stars than previously thought'
The total number of stars in the universe is likely three times bigger than realized, according to a new study. ANI

Recurrent miscarriage 'ups heart attack risk fivefold in later life'
A new research has indicated that repeated miscarriage increases a woman's chance of having a heart attack fivefold in later life. ANI

Age-related hearing loss linked to low serum levels of folic acid
A new study has revealed that age-related hearing loss (ARHL), one of the four most prevalent chronic conditions in the elderly, is associated with low serum levels of folic acid. ANI

Here's what you should do if bitten by a snake
The best thing you can do if you are a victim of a snakebite is to get to a hospital as soon as possible, according to experts at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Centre, Winston-Salem, NC. ANI

Omega-3 in seafood may protect seniors' eyes
A new study has revealed that omega-3 fatty acids in fish and other seafood have eye-protective effects. ANI

New study brings longer life closer to reality
A team of scientists from Texas has made important discoveries that bring longer life spans much closer to reality. ANI

Bone marrow stem cells may aid in stroke recovery
A new research has found that bone marrow stromal stem cells may aid in stroke recovery. ANI

Genes linking puberty to body fat in women discovered
In a breakthrough research, scientists have discovered 30 new genes that control the age of sexual maturation in women. ANI

Superhero suit to prevent bone loss in astronauts
Micro-gravity in space can cause significant amount of bone loss in astronauts, but now a new superhero suit is set to change that. ANI

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