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Plants clean 'air to a greater extent than we think'
A new study has revealed that flora plays an unexpectedly important role in cleansing the atmosphere. ANI

Clues on inflammation in central nervous system uncovered
Scientists have found a type of cell that may limit inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS)-and could help in the treatment of brain disorders such as multiple sclerosis. ANI

New 'antigene' therapy shows promise
Antigene therapy has shown promise as a new treatment strategy that uses a DNA-based drug to pinpoint light energy to a target gene shutting down its activity. ANI

Proteins responsible for Alzheimer's 'may spread through infection'
A new study has found that proteins responsible for Alzheimer's can spread through infection. ANI

Cancer linked to loss of protein that hooks skin cells together
A new study has found that the lack of a protein important in hooking our skin cells together could be an early indicator of skin cancer development. ANI

New type of sound sensor system to predict likelihood of a landslide
A new type of sound sensor system, believed to be the first system of its kind in the world, has been developed to predict the likelihood of a landslide. ANI

Light 'better carrier of information compared to copper'
Optical signals fare better at carrying information across as compared to copper wires, according to a new study at Duke University. ANI

Bio-plastics 'aren't necessarily greener than oil-based relatives'
Biopolymers are more eco-friendly, but farming and energy-intense chemical processing means they are dirtier to produce than petroleum-derived plastics, according to a new study. ANI

Now, a 3D molecular view of the mysterious egg-and-sperm encounter
The fundamental biological event of an egg combining with a sperm to create new life has always been an obscure one, but now researchers have been able to describe the complete molecular process in a three-dimensional structure. ANI

'Goatsucker' chupacabras monster 'is as much victim as villain'
For a long time, chupacabras - a hairless, fanged animal - has been labelled as a monster that attacked and drank the blood of livestock. ANI

Understanding efficacy of current drugs and paving way for new ones
Scientists at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Institute of Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University and researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah are close to understanding why these drugs have become less effective - and how new drugs might take their place. ANI

1,400-year-old pyramid 'used for ritual sacrifices'
Archaeologists have found remains of five females who may have been ritually sacrificed in a 1,400-year-old flat-topped pyramid in the Lamayaeque region's southern Jequetepeque Valley. ANI

Scientists solve mystery of massive, not-so-bright large star
Astronomers have been baffled over an exceptionally massive black hole that is travelling around a massive star in an unusually tight orbit. Also odd, the star is not as bright as it should be. ANI

Scientists one step closer to universal flu vaccine
Researchers at Scripps Research Institute in la Jolla, California, teamed up with Peter Palese and colleagues at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York to test a protein that works against viruses from every flu family that attacks people. ANI

Low-salt advice based on spurious science, say experts
Scientists have slammed spurious science underlying advice that minimizing salt consumption lowers blood pressure, insisting it does not recognize the complex role of sodium in the body. ANI

'Evolving' malaria-transmitting mosquito 'to complicate disease control efforts'
The major malaria-transmitting mosquito species, Anopheles gambiae, is evolving into two separate species with different traits, a development that could both complicate malaria control efforts and potentially require new disease prevention methods, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found. ANI

Astronomers develop new way to weigh planets
A new method to weight planets in our Solar System has been developed by an international CSIRO-led team of astronomers-using radio signals from the small spinning stars called pulsars. ANI

India-origin scientist's findings may hold key to novel malaria vaccines
Out of the 72 molecular switches that control the three key stages in the life cycle of the malaria parasite, over a third of these switches can be disrupted in some way, an Indian-origin researcher has found. ANI

Oz study links snoring to brain damage
Latest Australian research indicates that snoring and troubled nights could be a red flag for brain damage occurring during sleep. ANI

Study suggests it is easier to rewire younger brains
A new study has found that it is easier to rewire the brain in the early stages of life, however, in the later stages; it is difficult, but not impossible. ANI

Women really are more generous than men
Women really are more generous, for a new study has found that they are significantly more likely to make a donation to charity. ANI

Smart people drink more alcohol: Study
The next time you feel tempted to enjoy an extra glass of wine, consider it as a reflection of your intelligence, says a new study. ANI

Sexsomnia runs in the family, says expert
Scientists at Victoria University have found world-first evidence that sexsomnia - the bizarre act of having sex while asleep - could be genetic. ANI

Hamster study shows cholesterol-lowering drug shrinks enlarged prostates
In a new study, researchers found that a cholesterol-lowering drug reduced the enlarged prostates of hamsters to the same extent as a drug commonly used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). ANI

Scientists discover risk gene for severe heart disease
Researchers have identified a common variant of the cardiovascular heat shock protein gene, HSPB7, which was found to increase risk for dilated cardiomyopathy by almost 50pc. ANI

Now, a mathematical formula to help marathoners sprint to a strong finish
A marathoner from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology has designed a mathematical model to calculate just how much carbohydrate a runner needs to fuel him or herself through 26.2 miles, and what pace that runner can reasonably expect to sustain. ANI

Why women become grumpier with age while men happier
Getting old is not a happy prospect for any of us, but men tend to handle old age much better compared to women, says a new study. ANI

Punishing children could impact family's self-esteem
A new study from the University of Valencia (UV) has shown that punishment, deprivation and strict rules impact on a family's self esteem. ANI

Moon's surface contains silver: Scientists
Every cloud may not have a silver lining to it, but the Moon does. ANI

Now, simple blood test to help predict chronic kidney disease
A study has revealed that measuring three biomarkers in a single blood sample might improve physicians' ability to identify patients at high risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). ANI

Moon's water could sustain astronauts
According to NASA, there are oases of water-rich soil on Moon's surface that could sustain astronauts. ANI

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