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Ancient artefacts from Romeo and Juliet's hometown turning blue
Mysterious bright blue pigments found in artefacts from the hometown of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet are disturbing experts on conservation of archaeological treasures around the world. ANI

Sticky mussels inspire tough coating for living cells
Mussels' ability to stick to a wide variety of objects is well known. ANI

Scientists 'successfully regenerate human taste cells in a dish'
After years of futile attempts, researchers from the Monell Center have finally succeeded in regenerating human taste cells in a dish. ANI

Brain scans may help predict which adults will develop Alzheimer's
Brain scans may help predict which adults with mild cognitive impairment are likelier to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. ANI

Parkinson's disease linked to increased risk of prostate cancer, melanoma
University of Utah School of Medicine researchers have found strong evidence that Parkinson's disease is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer and melanoma. ANI

Genetic change helps lung tumors spread to other parts of the body
Scientists have identified a genetic change that makes lung tumors more likely to spread to other parts of the body. ANI

Sex or nice weather - the agonizing choice some birds face
A new University of Guelph study has found that some birds find themselves having to make a choice between migrating and mating, opting for either survival or breeding. ANI

Chimps' contagious yawning a sign of empathy, not just sleepiness
In chimpanzees, contagious yawning is not just a marker of sleepiness or boredom; it may actually be a sign of a social connection between individuals. ANI

Battery research will give electric cars the same range as petrol ones
Danish experts have suggested that more research into batteries was needed to give electric cars the same range as petrol cars. ANI

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs 'could take us to pre-Penicillin era'
The World Health Organisation has warned that the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs threatens to take us to pre-Penicillin era where even the smallest infection could be deadly. ANI

Earth sees about 760 thunderstorms every hour, say scientists
About 760 thunderstorms hit the Earth every hour, scientists have calculated. ANI

Some diabetes drugs are better than others: Study
A new study has found that several commonly prescribed drugs for type 2 diabetes may not be as effective at preventing death and cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and stroke, as the oral anti-diabetic drug, metformin. ANI

Gene linked to severity of autism's social dysfunction identified
Johns Hopkins scientists have identified a gene associated with autism that appears to be linked very specifically to the severity of social interaction deficits. ANI

New test accurately detects aggressive prostate cancer
A new PSA test to screen for prostate cancer more accurately identified men with prostate cancer-particularly the aggressive form of the disease-and substantially reduced false positives compared to the two currently available commercial PSA tests, according to a research from Northwestern Medicine. ANI

Who gets phished and why
A study involving Indian-origin researchers has found that if you receive a lot of email, habitually respond to a good portion of it, maintain a lot of online relationships and conduct a large number of transactions online, you are more susceptible to email phishing expeditions than those who limit their online activity. ANI

Breast cancer patients' persistent fatigue may speed up aging
A new study suggests that the persistent fatigue that plagues one out of every three breast cancer survivors may be caused by one part of the autonomic nervous system running in overdrive, while the other part fails to slow it down. ANI

Nanoparticles found to be highly toxic to Arctic ecosystem
Nanoparticles, which are now present in everything from socks to salad dressing and suntan lotion, may have irreparably damaging effects on soil systems and the environment, Queen's researchers have discovered. ANI

Extra stress 'can lead to memory loss'
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have shed new light on how stress can contribute to memory loss in old age. ANI

Bigger is not always better when it comes to choosing a mate
Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London and Hartpury College have found that female deer do not always choose the bigger and dominant males to mate with. ANI

Scientists carry out experiments on zero gravity space beer
Researchers at an Australian university are experimenting with a beer that can be safely drunk in low gravity of space. ANI

Computers really can listen to our thoughts
Scientists from Washington University have demonstrated that humans can control a cursor on a computer screen using words spoken out loud and in their head. ANI

Simple chemical cocktail shows promise for limb re-growth
A simple chemical cocktail can coax mouse muscle fibres to become the kinds of cells found in the first stages of a regenerating limb, according to researchers. ANI

'Two' white dwarf stars 'to collide and become one'
US astronomers have discovered that an amazing pair of white dwarfs whirling around each other once every 39 minutes will collide and merge to create a single star in a few million years. ANI

Scientists create retina using embryonic stem cells
The processes involved in the formation of complex tissues and organs are still a mystery in science. ANI

New drug shrinks cancer, with few side effects
Scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center showed in animal studies that new cancer drug compounds they developed shrank tumors, with few side effects. ANI

Newly discovered asteroid could be Earth's companion
Astronomers from the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland have found that a recently discovered asteroid may be intimately related to the origin of our planet. ANI

Adults 'can boost their brains by learning like a baby'
A new study has found that adults can significantly bulk up their brains in just a couple of hours by carrying out simple learning tasks that are on the same intelligence level as a baby. ANI

Major breakthrough in preventing premature birth
A groundbreaking clinical study of a new method for preventing premature birth in millions of women each year shows that the rate of early preterm delivery in women can be reduced by 45 percent. ANI

'On-off' switch for key 'factor' in heart disease, cancer identified
A cellular 'on-off' switch that may have implications for treating cardiovascular disease and cancer has been identified by scientists at the University of Hull. ANI

Genetic variants linked to caffeine intake discovered
Researchers have discovered two genes in which variation affects intake of caffeine, the most widely consumed stimulant in the world. ANI

Archaeologists uncover 5,000-yr-old 'gay' caveman
Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a 5,000-year-old man, who they believe may be the world's first known gay caveman. ANI

New study suggests strong Indian crust thrust beneath Tibetan Plateau
Scientists have long thought that a very hot and very weak lower and middle crust underlies the Tibetan plateau, flowing like a fluid. ANI

How cigarette smoke affects smokers
Scientists have demonstrated how cigarette smoke produces different 'metabolites' or active biological compounds, in individual smokers, compared to non-smokers. ANI

Regular shoppers 'may live longer'
Want to live a long life? Then go shopping, often, suggests a new research. ANI

Long-term ecstasy users 'risk structural brain damage'
A new research suggests that long-term users of the popular recreational drug ecstasy (MDMA) risk structural brain damage. ANI

Wasting time on Internet at work makes you 'a better employee'
A Danish study has claimed that wasting time on the Internet might actually be beneficial to the work environment. ANI

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