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Dead Sea air filled with high levels of oxidized Mercury
A group of scientists has recently discovered that the atmosphere over the Dead Sea is laden with oxidized mercury which is causing interesting effects in the air above it. ANI

Hyper-texting kids more likely to smoke, booze, have s*x: US study
A US study has found that hyper-texting, sending more than 120 texts a day, could be a sign that the child is more likely to smoke, booze and have s*x. ANI

Now, colour-changing patch that detects exposure to explosive shock
University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a colour-changing patch that could be worn on soldiers' helmets and uniforms to indicate the strength of exposure to blasts from explosives in the field. ANI

Humans 'responsible for megafauna demise'
Megafauna demise fossils discovered in southwestern Australia dig have suggested that climate change was not solely responsible for the demise of early giant marsupials. ANI

20 potatoes a day diet for 2 months makes US man lose 18 pounds!
Contrary to the popular belief that potatoes should stay out of a diet plan, a man in the US has eaten nothing but 20 potatoes a day for the past two months.hris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, is trying to debunk perceptions that potatoes are unhealthy and instead are a good source of fibre, potassium and vitamin C. ANI

Radiation rings hint Big Bang may not have been the first
A new analysis of the relic radiation has suggested that the universe got its start eons earlier and has cycled through myriad episodes of birth and death, with the Big Bang merely the most recent in a series of starting guns. ANI

How pure is your pomegranate juice?
Do you think that the bottle of pomegranate juice you recently picked up from a store is replete with antioxidants that bring health benefits? You may be wrong, says a scientist. ANI

New research explains remarkable preservation of African fossils
A team of geologists from the University of Leicester's Department of Geology has solved the mystery of how an abundance of fossils have been marvellously preserved for nearly half a billion years in a remote region of Africa. ANI

Prescriptions for adolescents, young adults on the rise
Prescription rates for controlled medications, or drugs the Drug Enforcement Administration deems as having the potential for abuse, have nearly doubled for adolescents and young adults in the past 14 years, says a new study. ANI

Sporadic br*ast cancers linked to ineffective DNA repair systems
A new study has revealed that br*ast cancers that arise sporadically, rather than through inheritance of certain genes, likely start with defects of DNA repair mechanisms that allow environmentally triggered mutations to accumulate. ANI

Biological changes in depressed patients
A new research has found inflammation in the brain as a strong contributory factor to depression. ANI

Neurological protein may hold the key to novel depression treatments
Scientists have developed a protein peptide that may be a novel type of highly targeted treatment for depression with a low side-effect profile. ANI

Clouds could make global warming worse
A team of University of Hawaii-Manoa researchers from the U.S. and Japan have solved one of the most deceptively difficult problems in climate science: What happens to clouds in a warming world? Are there more, or fewer, and do they make matters better or worse? ANI

Even birds have personalities
It is well known that animals have personalities, but it may come as a surprise to many to learn that birds also do. ANI

Bad back? Now, you can 'grow' a new spine!
Suffering from chronic back pain? Worry not, for you can now 'grow' a new spine, thanks to a revolutionary treatment. ANI

Cost-effective, life-saving intervention for severe childhood malaria
A new study has suggested that giving emergency artesunate suppositories to children with suspected severe malaria before referring them for treatment is a cost-effective intervention. ANI

Plants starting to bloom later on Tibetan Plateau due to climate change
Plants in the Tibetan Plateau have started to bloom later in spring, making the growing season shorter, due to climate change. ANI

IQ linked to quantity, not quality, of short-term memory
Ever wondered why is one person's IQ higher than another's? Well, a new research has answered this question. ANI

How animals handle fear to obtain food
Like humans, animals too are capable of making instinctive safety decisions and judge when is it safe to move out of their safety zones to get food, suggests a new study. ANI

How missing molecule distorts path of crucial s*x hormones
A new research suggests that a hormone responsible for the onset of puberty can end up stuck in the wrong part of the body if the nerve pathways responsible for its transport to the brain fail to develop properly. ANI

Soon, a 'USB' for medical diagnosis
UC Davis researchers have developed a plug-in interface for the microfluidic chips that will form the basis of the next generation of compact medical devices.hey hope that the "fit to flow" interface will become as ubiquitous as the USB interface for computer peripherals. ANI

Amazonian biodiversity much older than previously thought
A new study has suggested that the Amazonian biodiversity originated with the formation of the Andes-and dates back further than previously realised. ANI

New genomic technique sheds light on obesity gene variants
A new study has identified DNA variants in two nervous system genes that are associated with an excessively high BMI. ANI

Queen Arsinoe II ruled Egypt 200 yrs before Cleopatra
A Swedish thesis has suggested that Cleopatra was not ancient Egypt's only female pharaoh - Queen Arsinoe II came first, 200 years earlier. ANI

'Cuddle hormone' brings back childhood memories of mum's affections
The so-called 'cuddle hormone' oxytocin intensifies men's memories of their mother's affections during childhood, says a new study. ANI

Mystery of diamond's soft side solved
A German research has decoded the atomic mechanism behind diamond grinding, explaining how the hardest known material in the world can be machined. ANI

'See who viewed your profile' is latest Facebook scam
There is no way to see who has viewed your profile on Facebook. Hence, any app that offers to do so is a scam. ANI

Media coverage on HIV/AIDS down by 70pc in developed world: Study
An international team of researchers has revealed that media coverage on HIV/AIDS has fallen by more than 70 percent in developed countries over the last 20 years. ANI

Gene linked to common birth defect in male genitalia identified
A research team has discovered a new gene associated with Hypospadias, the congenital malformation of the male genitalia. ANI

Playing with building blocks of creativity helps autistic kids
A new research has concluded that playing with building blocks of creativity helps children with autism. ANI

Like humans, apes too play it safe when odds are uncertain
Apes prefer to play it safe when the odds are uncertain, according to a new study. ANI

Women 'avoid contact with their dads during ovulation'
Women avoid contact with their fathers during ovulation, according to researchers at UCLA, the University of Miami and Cal State, Fullerton. ANI

Tool to trace metabolism of cancer-fighting tomato compounds developed
The University of Illinois scientists, who suggested that eating tomatoes reduces risk of prostate cancer, have developed a tool that may help trace the metabolism of tomato carotenoids in the human body. ANI

Chemicals in apple skins, red wine, tumeric could help fight Alzheimer's
A new study has revealed that supplements derived from apple skins, red wine and tumeric might someday help slow the onset and progression of Alzheimer's and related diseases. ANI

Global warming 300mn years ago 'triggered the arrival of the dinos'
Scientists have revealed that global warming devastated tropical rainforests 300 million years ago, which triggered an evolutionary burst among reptiles-and inadvertently paved the way for the rise of dinosaurs, 100 million years later. ANI

Poverty 'ups risk of violence more sharply for girls than boys'
A new study has suggested that living in a deprived area increases the risk of violence more sharply for girls than boys. ANI

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