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Women war veterans prone to mental health problems during pregnancy
A new study has revealed that the stress associated with military service in a war zone may later contribute to an increased risk of mental health problems if a woman veteran becomes pregnant. ANI

Pills found in a 2,000-yr-old shipwreck give clues to ancient medicine
Scientists had discovered pills in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck around 21 years ago. ANI

Study finds 1 embryo 'better than two in IVF'
Infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment are more likely to have a baby if they have only one embryo implanted at a time during the procedure, according to a new research. ANI

Gene that predisposes people to syndrome with high cancer risk identified
Scientists have discovered a new genetic alteration that predisposes people to Cowden syndrome, a rare disorder that is characterized by high risks of br*ast, thyroid and other cancers. ANI

Thriving rodent population in prehistoric Africa could shed light on human evolution
Rodents have been one of the most common mammals in Africa for the past 50 million years. From deserts to rainforests, they flourished in prehistoric Africa, making them a stable and plentiful source of food. ANI

Long lasting chemicals toxic to humans and the environment
A new research at the Arizona State University is trying to find what happens to toxic chemicals when they enter the environment. ANI

Rising greenhouse gases could have significant impacts on ocean life
A new study has suggested that the prolonged, extensive emission of greenhouse gases over the next few decades could have major impacts on ocean life. ANI

New study shows evidence of stem cells' pivotal role in cancer
A Stanford University study has suggested that leukemia patients whose cancers express higher levels of genes associated with cancer stem cells have a significantly poorer prognosis than patients with lower levels of the genes. ANI

Dust mites 'swarm' around houses in search of moisture
A new study has suggested that dust mites 'swarm' around houses, migrating as a group in search of moisture. ANI

The science behind beautiful faces revealed
An experimental psychologist at the University of St Andrews in Scotland has demystified some myths surrounding the attractiveness of a face, and why for some of us, a perfect face doesn't have to be conventionally beautiful. ANI

Mums who take folic acid, iron during pregnancy have smarter kids
A new study has revealed that mothers who take folic acid, iron during pregnancy have smarter kids. ANI

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures dramatic views of Saturn's 2nd largest moon
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured some dramatic views of Saturn's second largest moon Rhea. ANI

Africa has two, not one, species of elephant
A new research has resolved a long-standing debate after confirming that Africa has two-not one-species of elephant. ANI

Chilli compound shows pain relief promise
Researchers at Aberdeen University are using the compound that gives chillies their kick in the fight against chronic pain.hey have identified how genes are 'turned on' to make humans feel pain. apsaicin, the compound in chillies, can also turn on the switch. ANI

Blue-green algae used for treating Lou Gehrig's disease in mice model
In a new study, University of South Florida neuroscientists found that nutritional supplementation with Spirulina, a nutrient-rich, blue-green algae, provided neuroprotective support for dying motor neurons in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ANI

ESA's latest map of world's land cover unveiled
ESA's 2009 global land cover map has been unveiled and is available on the 'GlobCover' website. ANI

Cellular mechanism behind chronic inflammation, type 2 diabetes identified
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have uncovered the cellular mechanism responsible for chronic inflammation and type 2 diabetes. ANI

Most massive stars in universe can form in near isolation: Study
A new research by University of Michigan astronomers has found that the most massive stars in the universe could form essentially anywhere, including in near isolation; they don't need a large stellar cluster nursery. ANI

Stress can improve ordinary, unrelated memories: Study
A team of neuroscientists has discovered that stress can enhance ordinary, unrelated memories. ANI

49,000-yr-old Spanish murder site indicates 'Neanderthals were cannibals'
Researchers have discovered an ancient mass murder site in Spain that indicates that Neanderthals could have feasted on the bodies of their family members too. ANI

Test to detect Alzheimer's at its earliest stage 'seems possible'
UK researchers believe they can now detect the most common form of dementia - Alzheimer's disease - at its earliest stage, many years before symptoms appear. ANI

DigniCap may help cancer patients undergoing chemo keep hair
A new frozen gel-filled cap- called DigniCap-may one day help cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy prevent hair loss. ANI

Is it clockwise or anticlockwise? Study debunks Silhouette Illusion myth
Most of us are familiar with the Silhouette Illusion, which appears to some as spinning clockwise and anticlockwise to others - now a new study debunks a common myth associated with this illusion. ANI

Could Jupiter solve the mystery of The Star of Bethlehem?
BBC astronomer and Discovery News contributor Mark Thompson is trying to solve the mystery behind 'The Star of Bethlehem' and believes that Jupiter could be the key. ANI

Scientists produce first-ever, 100 times brighter rare colour of laser light
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility have produced a rare colour of laser light 100 times brighter than any other source, for the first time. ANI

Delayed, longer weaning 'could have led to woolly mammoths' extinction'
Researchers believe that the weaning pattern of woolly mammoths could have contributed to the extinction of the giant animals. ANI

We pay closer attention to people we think are more attractive: Study
If you were meeting two people, one of whom was very attractive and the other, so-so, you would tend to pay more attention to the better looking person, according to a new study. ANI

People remember unfamiliar faces best between ages 30 and 34
If you think that memory fades away with age, you may be wrong, for a new study has revealed that people remember unfamiliar faces best between ages 30 and 34. ANI

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