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Heavy, not modest, drinkers' babies more likely to have birth defects
A new study has found that babies born to women who drink heavily during their first trimester of pregnancy are more likely to have birth defects, compared to the babies of mothers who abstained from alcohol. ANI

Scientists create system that 'simulates handwritten captchas'
Researchers at the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors are developing ways to simulate handwritten captchas. ANI

Missouri researcher's genus discovery is 'once in a lifetime experience'
A new genus named Hondurodendron, which means "tree of Honduras", has been discovered by a Missouri botanical garden researcher. ANI

Now, cellphones to reveal emerging disease outbreaks
Texting, browsing, playing games, taking directions, listening to music are the things you use your cellphone for. But now it can be used to fight diseases. ANI

Sex in space is a bad idea, find Oz scientists
A new research has suggested that babies would not develop properly in outer space. ANI

Nature and humans destroying aquatic food webs
A new research has suggested that humans and nature itself are making it tough for rivers to continue in their central role to support fish species. ANI

New advances may hold key to fight preeclampsia
Scientists are set to develop a potential lab test to diagnose preeclampsia-a serious complication often requires premature delivery and is sometimes fatal to both mother and fetus. ANI

Milk 'drove Neolithic immigration of Middle Easterners to Europe'
New research has revealed that immigration from the Middle East to Europe was driven by the newcomers' sophisticated culture, mastery of agriculture - and their miracle food, milk. ANI

Where dinos hung out
Scientists have determined that different species of North American dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous period 65 million years ago occupied different environments separated by just a few miles. ANI

iPhone rates Jolie as 'hottest celeb'
iPhone has launched a new application called Ugly Meter that rates people's ugliness - and it has rated Angelina Jolie as the hottest celebrity. ANI

Low dose of beta blockers can put patients at subsequent heart attack risk
A breakthrough study has revealed that majority of heart patients are not receiving drugs known as beta blockers, which increase their survival prospects, in required quantity. ANI

New imaging technique sheds light on inflammation
Using an innovative new imaging technique, researchers at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine are studying how white blood cells (called neutrophils) respond to inflammation, and have revealed new targets to inhibit the response. ANI

Global warming could leave cities flattened
With climate change taking its toll on Earth, rock avalanches and landslides have become more common in high mountain ranges over the last decade. ANI

Novel approach for rapid detection of unknown food pathogens
Scientists have developed a novel approach to automated detection and classification of harmful bacteria in food. ANI

Fibromyalgia linked to restless legs syndrome
A new study discovered that adults with fibromyalgia, a medical disorder characterized wit chronic widespread pain, had a much higher prevalence and risk of restless legs (RLS) syndrome than healthy controls. ANI

Expert casts doubts on results of ovarian cancer study
The finding that women who received early chemotherapy for a recurrence of ovarian cancer did not live longer than those whose treatment is delayed needs to be reviewed, says an expert. ANI

New IPCC report to focus on Asian monsoon issues
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) known as AR5, will focus on factors that materially affect people's lives, such as the Asian monsoon. ANI

Faint planet hidden in star's glare revealed
University of Arizona's scientists have found a way to see faint planets previously hidden in their star's glare. ANI

Squid studies shed light on hearing mechanisms in humans
New studies on the ordinary squid are providing clues about the origin and evolution of the sense of hearing. ANI

Oily fish, blueberries, soy protein, vinegar and cinnamon aid memory
Scientists have for the first time discovered what effect multiple, rather than just single, foods with anti-inflammatory effects have on healthy individuals. ANI

Could giving infants antibiotics trigger asthma?
Canadian medical researchers are conducting a 2.5-million-dollar study to answer whether giving Antibiotics to infants in their first year of life triggers asthma and allergies that develop later on in childhood. ANI

Moving country could affect men's libido
Men should be careful when considering moving country, for a new study suggests that it could affect their libido and susceptibility to disease by changing their testosterone levels. ANI

How a moon can reveal a star's weight
In several cases, the weight of a star can be measured directly, but if the star has a planet and that planet has a moon, then scientists can measure their sizes and orbits to learn about the star, according to a new study. ANI

Device that 'makes you feel full' may end your weight woes
It's the latest and probably the quickest way to lose weight - a plastic sleeve inserted in your tummy that makes you feel full. ANI

'Love map of the brain' shows how heart rules the head
Being in love can spread electricity through your brain, literally, as a new study suggests. ANI

Whatever doesn't kill us really can make us stronger
A new study has revealed that the age-old saying 'whatever doesn't kill you makes us stronger' has some truth to it. ANI

Babies born using world's first pre-IVF genetic screening study
Two women taking part in the world's first controlled study of a comprehensive genetic screening test before IVF have given birth to healthy babies. ANI

Fearsome T.rex was a cannibal
In a surprising find, palaeontologists from the United States and Canada revealed that Tyrannosaurus rex, the most feared carnivore amongst dinosaurs, hunted its own species too sometimes. ANI

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