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New drug may halt and even reverse Alzheimer's effects
A new study has found that a drug derived from blood could halt and even reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Why birds fly into power lines
Scientists have revealed that birds fly into power lines because they have 'blind spots' in their field of vision. ANI

IVF cerebral palsy risks need serious consideration, say scientists
Despite the low risk of cerebral palsy among babies born through IVF, the issue should be taken seriously, say scientists. ANI

MRI may predict stroke onset
Scientists have found that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain could expand the number of stroke patients eligible for a potentially life-saving treatment. ANI

Scientists discover 'balloon head' dolphin
Dutch researchers have identified a new type of dolphin, that appears to have had a broad snout and balloon-like forehead, from a fossil found in the North Sea two years ago. ANI

Birds mimic alarm calls of other species to steal food
A new study has discovered that drongos in the Kalahari mimic the alarm calls of other species to steal food. ANI

Sickle cell gene's global map supports 'malaria hypothesis'
University of Oxford scientists have produced the first detailed global map showing the distribution of the sickle cell gene, supporting the 'malaria hypothesis'. ANI

Fruit fly study sheds light on core elements of obesity
Scientists say that fruit flies that grow obese after eating a diet loaded with fat could lead the way to the core elements of obesity. ANI

Potential new target for diabetes treatment identified
Researchers have identified a hormone produced and secreted by the liver as a previously unknown cause of insulin resistance. ANI

Evidence of 'cosmic climate change' discovered
Newly discovered evidence suggests that the universe may have gone through a warming trend early in its history. ANI

Lactate levels in brain help in monitoring aging process
Scientists have demonstrated that they may be able to monitor the aging process in the brain, by using MRI technique to measure the brain lactic acid levels. ANI

Genetic elements that influence risk of type-2 diabetes identified
Scientists have captured the most comprehensive snapshot to date of DNA regions that regulate genes in human pancreatic islet cells, a subset of which produces insulin. ANI

Gastric bypass 'alters preference for sweet substances'
Penn State College of Medicine researchers have found that gastric bypass surgery decreases the preference for sweet-tasting substances in obese rats. ANI

Macrophage protein plays major role in inflammation
Researchers have discovered that a multi-tasking protein called FoxO1 has another important but previously unknown function: It directly interacts with macrophages, promoting an inflammatory response that can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. ANI

Mouse model confirms mutated protein plays role in dementia
A new mouse model that confirms that mutations of a protein called beta-synuclein promote neurodegeneration has been created by a team of scientists from Japan and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. ANI

Students who think about future in high school attain higher education
A recent study has concluded that students who have high aspirations and put thought into their futures during their high school years tend to reach higher levels of educational attainment. ANI

'Exotic' superconductor with metallic surface discovered
A Princeton University-led research team has discovered a new material with a split personality - part superconductor, part metal. ANI

Nature-nurture secrets revealed by bees
The long-standing debate of nature-nurture is one step closer to being resolved - all thanks to bees. ANI

Brain's ability to 'pay attention' diminishes with age
A new study has suggested that visual attention-the brain's ability to selectively filter unattended or unwanted information from reaching awareness-weakens with age, leaving elder people incapable of sifting out useless information. ANI

Electronic implants to give sight back to blind
Electronic implants that would help in restoring vision to people with retinal dystrophy-a hereditary or age-related condition that leads to blindness-may soon become a reality, thanks to US and German scientists. ANI

Soon, it would be possible to 'delete painful memories'!
It might sound like a scene straight from a science fiction flick, but scientists claim they have found a way to permanently delete painful memories from the mind. ANI

How plants and soil fungi turned Earth 'green' over 470 mn yrs ago
Experts from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Imperial College London and the University of Sydney have learnt how ancient plants and soil fungi turned the Earth green over 470 million years ago. ANI

Neanderthals were more promiscuous than modern humans
Scientists from universities of Southampton and Calgary have discovered that Neanderthals were much more promiscuous than people today. ANI

Fruit fly study reveals molecular link between obesity, heart disease
Scientists at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have created a simple model using fruitflies to link high-fat diet, obesity and heart dysfunction. ANI

Galactic clouds could help us trace Sun's journey through space
Scientists may have found a new tool to trace the Sun's journey through our galaxy, the Milky Way. ANI

Ancient walls that protected Sphinx from desert winds uncovered
Egyptian Archaeologists have uncovered large sections of mud brick walls from the sands of the Giza plateau on which the Sphinx and the three great pyramids stand. ANI

DHA 'fish oil' supplements 'not useful for those with mild Alzheimer's'
In a new study, experts from Oregon Health and Science University discovered that omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplements did not seem to slow cognitive, functional decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. ANI

New undersea robot is 'fast, hovers and carries several instruments'
MBARI engineers recently demonstrated a new super-efficient autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) that can travel rapidly for hundreds of kilometres, "hover" in the water for weeks at a time, and carry a wide variety of instruments. ANI

Scientists gear up to witness Big Bang recreated at LHC
UK Scientists working on CERN's Large Hadron Collider's (LHC's) in Switzerland are gearing up to witness the result of the collision that first created fundamental particles that existed in the first few microseconds after the Big Bang. ANI

Jellyfish glow could help spot tumours deep inside the body
Proteins that cause luminescence in jellyfish could be used to spot cancers, say scientists. ANI

Every person emits 2 tons of carbon dioxide a year through eating: Study
A new study has shown that every person emits the equivalent of approximately two tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from the time food is produced to when the human body excretes it, representing more than 20pc of total yearly emissions. ANI

Drinking beet juice daily promotes brain health in older adults
A new study has shown that drinking beet juice daily can increase blood flow to the brain in older adults. ANI

Life on Mars 'could be similar to that on Earth'
Scientists from MIT have said that if life on Mars does exist, it wouldn't be too different from that on Earth. ANI

Facebook graph shows most people break up at Spring Break or Christmas
A designer has pulled information from 10,000 Facebook status updates which used the phrases 'break up' or 'broken up' and plotted them on a graph. ANI

NASA's humanoid robo 'to walk the Moon in just 1000 days'
NASA has unveiled a plan to send a humanoid robot to the Moon in just 1,000 days for a fraction of the cost of sending a human. ANI

Aircraft bomb find 'could mean the end of in-flight Wi-Fi'
Last week's discovery of explosive packed in laser printer cartridges connected to a mobile phone could mean the end of Wi-Fi connections for passengers in flights. ANI

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