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How those 'Aha' moments are imprinted in memory
We can practically feel the light bulb click in our head when we suddenly find the answer to a riddle or understand the solution to a problem. ANI

Stretchy patch could help repair wounded skin, damaged arteries
Scientists in Australia have come up with a synthetic elastic patch to encourage healing in wounded skin or damaged arteries. ANI

Writing assignments boost students' critical thinking skills
A new study has found that writing assignments boost critical thinking skills in students. ANI

Hungry female spiders alter mating preferences when food is scarce
When food is scarce, hungry female spiders alter mating preferences, new research from the University of Cincinnati has found ANI

Archaeologists explore Iraqi marshes for origins of Mesopotamian cities
Archaeologists have recently undertaken the first non-Iraqi archaeological investigation of the Tigris-Euphrates delta in nearly 20 years. ANI

Climate change talk does not concern many people
A new research has revealed that explaining climate change risk to non-scientists - citizens and politicians - has not been as effective as it should be. ANI

'Good cholesterol' nanoparticles may help fight cancer
New research, including an Indian-origin boffin, suggests that 'good cholesterol' (High-density lipoprotein) can act as a special delivery vehicle of destruction for cancer. ANI

Male menopause really does exist
Menopause is not limited to women, it hits men too, say researchers. ANI

Protein that contributes to ulcerative colitis revealed
A new study has revealed that a protein called PUMA (p53 upregulated modulator of apoptosis) contributes to ulcerative colitis. ANI

Internet program helps young children and moms sleep well
An Internet-based intervention was found to be effective at reducing infant and toddler sleep disturbances, as well as providing positive, indirect benefits for maternal sleep, mood and confidence in a new study. ANI

How we survived the 'population bomb'
A University of Michigan economist has explained how the world survived the population bomb. ANI

Why is Mars red?
Ever wondered why Mars is red? According to a scientist, about 180 million years ago, a planet-shattering yet naturally occurring nuclear reaction may have wiped out everything on Mars, sending a shockwave that turned the planet into dry sand. ANI

Ravens reconcile after a brawl if they are close allies
Plenty of primates and other mammals reconcile after a conflict, but previously no birds were known to do so. ANI

Sugar-grain sized meteorites 'rocked early Earth, Mars' climates'
A new research has claimed that bombardments of 'micro-meteorites' on Earth and Mars four billion years ago may have caused the planets' climates to cool dramatically, hampering their ability to support life. ANI

Insulin could play powerful role in fighting Alzheimer's
A new clinical research by University at Buffalo endocrinologists has shown that a low dose of insulin can suppress the expression in the blood of four precursor proteins involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Spray-on material can detect and neutralize explosives
Researchers have described the development and successful initial tests of a spray-on material that both detects and neutralizes explosives. ANI

Scrabble boosts children's language, speech skills
Wondering how to encourage your child to communicate? Try sitting down to a game of Scrabble or Cluedo. ANI

1 in 100 men may have an allergy to their own semen
Dutch researchers have discovered that men who have post-orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS) may be allergic to their own semen. ANI

Regular breakfast may help prevent lead poisoning in kids
Having a regular breakfast is associated with lower blood lead levels in children, according to a new research. ANI

Probiotic bacteria 'could help in Crohn's disease therapy'
Researchers have suggested that infection with a probiotic strain of E. coli bacteria could help treat and reduce the negative effects of another E. coli infection that may be associated with Crohn's disease. ANI

Stress of unemployed spouse can affect job performance of other spouse
The stress of an unemployed spouse can affect the productivity and home life of the employed partner, according to a new study. ANI

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