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How dopamine controls the formation of new neurons in adult brain
A study of the salamander brain shown how in acting as a kind of switch for stem cells, neurotransmitter dopamine controls the formation of new neurons in adult brain. ANI

Cyber stalking now more common than face-to-face harassment
A new study by Echo (Electronic Communication Harassment Observation) at Bedford University has concluded that cyberstalking is now more common than face-to-face harassment with many victims finding themselves pursued by complete strangers online. ANI

NIT Trichy study links nanoparticles to increased biofuel performance
A new study by an Indian researcher has indicated that the addition of alumina nanoparticles can improve the performance and combustion of biodiesel. ANI

Sibling rivalry ups kids' social skills, vocabulary and development
Scientists at Cambridge University have found that children who argue with their siblings are likely to do better in later life, andounger offspring arguing with their older siblings are more likely to be successful in later life. ANI

Focusing on your partner's looks can ruin your romantic relationship
Concentrating on your partners' physical attractiveness may make you less happy in relationships, according to a new study. ANI

Virus-free method to turn blood cells into 'beating' heart cells developed
Johns Hopkins scientists have developed a new virus-free method that they say can be used to turn blood cells into heart cells more safely. ANI

Scientists identify molecules that help propel cancer metastasis
Researchers have identified a novel mechanism that can fight cancer spread by controlling the traffic of cells and fluid from tissues to lymphatic vessels. ANI

Ancient fossils hold clues for predicting future climate change
Scientists have revealed that fossilized mollusks from some 3.5 million years ago hold clues that can predict global climate change of the future. ANI

Free software to help people with disabilities to use mouse easily
A new invention by the University of Washington scientists will help people with motor disabilities to use the computer mouse easily. ANI

For first time ever, study proves common genetic roots for autism, epilepsy
A team of researchers from the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM) has for the first time ever identified a new gene that predisposes people to both autism and epilepsy. ANI

Arthritis drug shows promise in treating common recurrent fever in kids
A team of researchers at the National Institutes of Health has identified a promising new treatment for common recurrent fever in children. ANI

NASA pays for development of lightning-proof 'magic skin' for aircrafts
NASA has awarded four research groups a total of 16.5 million dollars to research better airline technology, and one involves the development of lightning-proof "magic skin" for aircrafts. ANI

'Dual switch' that regulates fat formation may harbour obesity cure
A new study has identified a key regulator of fat cell development that may provide a target for obesity and diabetes drugs. ANI

Blame your genes for your addiction to coffee
If you can't get through the day without a caffeine hit, your genes may be to be blame. ANI

Seeing brain activity helps people improve their ability to control thoughts
University of British Columbia scientists have discovered that real-time brain feedback significantly improves people's ability to control their thoughts and effectively 'train their brains.' ANI

Blood protein levels may predict risk of heart disease
A new study led by an Indian-origin surgeon has found that increased levels of a protein that helps regulate the body's blood pressure may also predict a major cardiovascular event in high-risk patients. ANI

NASA's WISE mission discovers 'horseshoe' asteroid
An asteroid, which has recently been discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), is a bit different from most near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). ANI

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