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100-million-year-old gene mutation provides snapshot of evolution
Researchers have uncovered a snapshot of evolution in progress, by tracing how a gene mutation over 100 million years ago led flowers to make male and female parts in different ways. ANI

12 historic sites worldwide 'on verge of vanishing'
Twelve historic sites around the world have been identified to be at risk of irreparable loss because of mismanagement and neglect, a new report has suggested. ANI

Scientists get closer to understanding how brain's 'hearing center' works
Scientists have taken a step closer in unravelling the mystery-how our aural world is based on the frequencies of sounds. ANI

Camera chip offers hope to people with blindness-linked condition
Scientists have offered new hope to patients with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of genetic eye conditions that leads to incurable blindness. ANI

Computational model of swimming fish could inspire medical prosthetics
Scientists at the University of Maryland and Tulane University have developed a computational model of a swimming fish that will help design medical prosthetics for humans, which work with the body's natural mechanics, rather than against them. ANI

Four new psoriasis 'hotspots' identified
Scientists have discovered four new DNA "hotspots" that may one day help guide new treatments for psoriasis, one of the most common autoimmune diseases in the country. ANI

Novel study offers hope for new class of Alzheimer's drugs
A new Penn study has discovered and tested in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease a class of drug that is able to enter the brain, where it stabilizes degenerating neurons and improves memory and learning.In the normal brain, the protein tau plays an important role in stabilizing structures called microtubules in nerve cells, which serve as tracks upon which cellular material is transported. ANI

Vitamin D deficiency associated with lung transplant rejection
A research conducted at Loyola University Health System (LUHS) has revealed that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a significant increase in lung transplant rejection. ANI

How sloths evolved their unique neck skeleton
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have found how sloths evolved their unique neck skeleton. ANI

Excavation in Boston offers insight into 19th century brothel
A Boston privy uncovered after more than a century has yielded many details about the history of prostitution. ANI

Mouth and intestine bacteria affect atherosclerosis
A University of Gothenburg research has indicated that bacteria in the mouth and/or intestine can affect the outcome pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and lead to new treatment strategies. ANI

Aboriginal people viewed comets as portents of doom
A new study of Aboriginal astronomy has found that Australia's first people viewed comets as portents of doom. ANI

Scientists sequence genomes of lyme disease bacteria
A group of scientists have determined the complete genetic blueprints for 13 different strains of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, a skin infection, scientifically known as Borrelia burgdorferi. ANI

Jealous of someone? You'll end up paying more to be like them
People tend to pay more for products that evokes their envy-but that's only when a positive, benign form of envy motivates them, a new study has suggested. ANI

Unicorn footage 'a hoax'
Video of a unicorn running though a wood has been exposed as an elaborate hoax to promote an upcoming exhibition on mythical creatures. ANI

New graphene study could lead to improvements in bluetooth headsets
Scientists have successfully built and tested an amplifier made from graphene that could lead to more efficient circuits in electronic chips, such as those used in Bluetooth headsets and toll collection devices in cars. ANI

Vigilance against skin cancer may lead to vitamin D deficiency
A new study has suggested that vigilance against skin cancer can cause vitamin D deficiency. ANI

How seas and lakes may have once developed on Mars
Planetary Science Institute researchers have discovered a new explanation for how seas and lakes may have once developed on Mars. ANI

Flour residues on stone tools suggest early humans ate a balanced diet
Early humans, who were initially thought of as near total carnivores, ate ground flour 20,000 years before the dawn of agriculture, it has been found. ANI

Handheld fertility device 'as effective as IVF'
A handheld fertility device, developed by former students of Cambridge University, is as effective as IVF for couples struggling to conceive, it has been claimed. ANI

Eczema cream meant to soothe 'makes the condition worse'
A cheap emollient cream meant to soothe the irritated skin of eczema sufferers may actually worsen their condition. ANI

Singapore scientists first to discover important genes in human stem cells
A team of scientists from Singapore has discovered the most important genes in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), a crucial breakthrough in discovering how human stem cells work. ANI

Violent TV or video games 'promote aggressive behavior in teens'
A new research has shown that watching violent films, TV programmes or video games desensitises teenagers, blunts their emotional responses to aggression and potentially promotes aggressive attitudes and behaviour. ANI

Clenching muscles 'increases willpower'
Unable to quit smoking due to lack of willpower? Well, a new research suggests that firming muscles can shore up self-control. ANI

Lack of vitamin D 'puts IBD patients at greater risk of osteoporosis'
A new study has revealed that vitamin D deficiency in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) makes them prone to osteoporosis, osteopenia and increases the rate of abnormal bone density. ANI

Rubbish on Facebook may be more worthwhile than we think
Superficial contacts on Facebook, seemingly needless comments, and boring status updates may be more valuable than we think. ANI

Western diet makes sepsis worse
An experimental study in mice has shown has shown that high fat diets cause a dramatic immune system overreaction to sepsis-a condition of systemic bacterial infection. ANI

Soy intake lowers breast cancer recurrence in hormone-sensitive cancers
A new research found that post-menopausal breast cancer patients with hormone-sensitive cancers who consumed high amounts of soy isoflavones had a lower risk of recurrence. ANI

Why cocaine is so addictive
Scientists have found how cocaine corrupts the brain and becomes addictive. ANI

Why men are more vulnerable to alcoholism
It is well known that men are up to twice as likely to develop alcoholism as women. However, the reason behind this difference in susceptibility has remained unclear. ANI

Vitamin B12 may protect against Alzheimer's disease
Vitamin B12 may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, shows a new study. ANI

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