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Beautiful females must smell and taste like ones too to bag a date
It seems that being a great looking female is just not enough - for her to be attractive, she has to "smell" and "taste" like one too. ANI

Soon, software that allows interactive tabletop displays on Internet
Researchers at Purdue and the University of Manitoba in Canada have developed a software that enables people to use large visual displays and touch screens interactively over the Internet for business and homeland security applications. ANI

Tigers, polar bears 'more vulnerable to environmental change'
A new study has revealed that large predators are much more vulnerable than smaller species to environmental changes, such as over-hunting and habitat change, because they have to work so hard to find their next meal. ANI

To save world's tigers, save their preys: Scientists
In order to save tigers from extinction, their preys need to be protected, say scientists. ANI

Painkiller ziconotide 'may trigger suicidal ideation'
The active agent ziconotide, the synthetic toxin of the cone snail (Conus magus), is apparently responsible for patients committing suicide. ANI

Underwater robots to get smaller, cheaper and 'independent'
Scientists are developing robots that would be able to explore the deep seas independently, without help from humans. ANI

Scientists apply industrial monitoring technique to orthopedic diagnoses
Tel Aviv University researchers are exploring a modification of technique for human analysis-called bio-ferrography-to diagnose diseases in their early stages, determine the efficacy of drugs, and ascertain the condition of orthopedic implants. ANI

Hormone replacement therapy may boost women's brains
Women who take hormone replacement therapy may be boosting their bodies as well as their brains, suggests a new study. ANI

Promising new cancer treatment 'fries' cells inside tumors
Scientists have developed a promising new cancer treatment called Magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH) that essentially "fries" cells inside tumors. ANI

Environmental pollutant may have a role in causing multiple sclerosis
Scientists have discovered that an environmental pollutant may play an important role in causing multiple sclerosis and that a hypertension drug might be used to treat the disease. ANI

Breastfeeding 'doesn't stop pregnancy'
The myth about not falling pregnant while breastfeeding seems to plague a number women, who have been revealed to not use contraception until three months after the birth of a child. ANI

Combining aerobic and resistance training helpful for diabetics
In a study, scientists found that performing a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training was associated with improved glycemic levels among patients with type 2 diabetes, compared to patients who did not exercise. ANI

If it's too easy, we are more likely to cheat: Study
Most of us consider ourselves honest, believing that we wouldn't steal money, or cheat on a test - but what would you do if you found a 100-dollar bill just lying around? ANI

Identifying suspects contributing to the obesity epidemic
In a new study, researchers ask, "Why do we eat too much and expend too little energy?" They've set out to identify a suspect, or suspects, that may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. ANI

Next gen air vehicles - inspired by birds, snakes and insects!
The ingenious natural design of falling geckoes, gliding snakes, cruising seagulls, flapping insects and floating maple seeds is now inspiration for many scientists to improve the design of air vehicles. ANI

How giant pterosaurs soared the high skies
A new research has revealed interesting insights into the flying techniques of pterosaurs. ANI

Scientists discover new parrot on the edge of extinction
A new, critically endangered species of ground parrot in Western Australia has been identified by a team of Australian researchers involving DNA experts from the University of Adelaide. ANI

New way to halt expansion of br*ast cancer stem cells discovered
Scientists have discovered a novel way to halt the expansion of br*ast cancer stem cells (CSCs). ANI

Wi-Fi radiation harmful to trees: Study
Wi-fi networks that enable our burgeoning online communications are a threat to trees, say Dutch scientists. ANI

How toasts and croissants speed up ageing
The next time you eat that crispy toast at breakfast, better think again, as scientists have suggested that these toasts could be fast-tracking ageing and chronic disease. ANI

How sharks change directions while moving at full speed
A new study has suggested that one of the evolutionary secrets of the shark's success hides in one of its tiniest traits-flexible scales on the bodies of these peerless predators. ANI

New robotic 'elephant trunk' could safely hang with humans
German scientists have made a new robotic 'elephant trunk', which is graceful, flexible and safe. ANI

Eating dirt could actually make your kids smarter: Study
Here's some good news for parents who constantly worry about their kids' hygiene after they spend time in the play ground - eating dirt could actually make your child smarter. ANI

Retirement 'leads to a substantial reduction in tiredness, depression'
A new study has shown that retirement leads to a substantial reduction in mental and physical fatigue and depressive symptoms. ANI

Web founder says Facebook is a trap
Tim Berners-Lee, credited with creating the Web, has warned that social networking sites like Facebook and Linkedln represent one of the several threats to the future of the world wide web. ANI

New nano devices a step closer with 3-D molecular structures
Scientists at The University of Nottingham have demonstrated for the first time that 3-D molecular structures can be built on a surface. ANI

Putting tobacco out of sight helps put it out of mind: Study
Researchers at the University of Nottingham have discovered that putting tobacco out of sight in shops can change the attitude of young people to smoking, while not hitting retailers in the pocket. ANI

Pathological gamblers 'more likely to commit suicide than non-betters'
A new Montreal inter-university study has shown that pathological gamblers are three times more likely to commit suicide than non-betters. ANI

Alcohol intake decreases with development of disease
A new study by Australian researchers has found that the experience of ill health is associated with subsequent reduction or cessation of alcohol consumption. ANI

The physics behind coffee rings
Usually the formation of coffee rings on a table doesn't prompt a response further than 'Use a coaster', but a team of researchers have gone beyond and explored the physics behind the stain patterns left behind by coffee droplets on a surface. ANI

Scientists one-step closer to designing methane-powered laptops
Researchers at Harvard are one step closer to achieving commercial viability of methane fuel cells, and they may, in fact, soon become the go-to technology for those on the go. ANI

Thoughts of religion provoke acts of punishment
A new study examined the link between support for a religion and a willingness to inflict punishment. ANI

Earth's lakes are warming, says NASA study
Earth's largest lakes have warmed during the past 25 years in response to climate change, say NASA scientists. ANI

First Apple computer sells for 130K pounds at auction
One of the first batch of Apple personal computers has fetched 133,250 pounds (210,000 dollars) at an auction in London. ANI

Radiation-resisting hardy bugs may survive a million years on Mars
University College London researchers have found that hardy bugs like Deinococcus radiodurans could survive dormant on Mars for over a million years, at least in theory. ANI

An 'invisibility cloak' that really does hide things!
You have seen it in movies and read about it in fantasy novels, but invisibility cloak may no more be just a figment of your imagination. ANI

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