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Now, a software to detect dangerous crowd buildup during festivals
Scientists have developed new software that can accurately detect areas where crowds are starting to build up, thereby helping security personnel to disperse people before a stampede strikes. ANI

Soon, a nasal spray to prevent men from acting on impulse
Scientists are developing a nasal spray, which they hope will deter men from acting on impulse - such as boozing too much, fighting, cheating and gambling. ANI

New tool gives access to brain landmarks formerly available at autopsy
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a new technique that provides rapid access to brain landmarks, which have until now been available only at autopsy. ANI

Rare polar dinosaur tracks discovered in Oz
A group of more than 20 polar dinosaur tracks have been discovered on the coast of Victoria, Australia, offering a rare glimpse into animal behaviour during the last period of pronounced global warming, about 105 million years ago. ANI

Flaxseed could protect lungs against radiation
Flax used for weaving cloth, feeding people and animals, and even making paint could also protect healthy tissues and organs from the harmful effects of radiation, according to a new study. ANI

Forecast of eruption at undersea volcano comes true
A team of scientists has discovered a new eruption of Axial Seamount, an undersea volcano situated off the Oregon coast. ANI

3,000-yr-old lion adorning citadel gate complex found in Turkey
Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a monumental gate complex adorned with stone sculptures, including a magnificently carved lion. ANI

Parkinson's medication leaves patients addicted to sex, shopping, Twitter, gambling!
Parkinson's sufferers in the U.K. have claimed their drugs have led them addicted to sex, shopping, food, gambling and social networking. ANI

iPad covers made from fraudster Bernie Madoff's clothes up for sale
iPad cases made from the sweaters and pants once worn by convicted Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff are attracting Wall Street bankers. ANI

Baker's yeast may cure fatal fungal infections
A new study has found that simple baker's yeast protects against the fatal fungal infection, aspergillosis, when injected in mice. ANI

How precursors to RNA could have formed on Earth before life existed
A relatively simple combination of naturally occurring sugars and amino acids offers a plausible route to the building blocks of life. ANI

Full moon to overpower Perseid meteor shower this Friday
The Perseid meteor showers, an annual display of shooting stars in Northern Hemisphere, are underway with an expected peak on Friday, but a full moon will hamper seeing all but the brightest meteors. ANI

Cognitive deficits impair decision-making capacity in Schizophrenia patients
A study has given insight into the cognitive errors that individuals with schizophrenia make when undergoing a formal assessment of decisional capacity. ANI

Computerized face models give animators the ability to manipulate facial poses
Scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have created computerized models derived from actors' faces that reflect a full range of natural expressions while also giving animators the ability to manipulate facial poses. ANI

First effective treatment for most common form of Hepatitis C launched
The first effective treatment for the most common form of Hepatitis C has been launched - providing fresh hope for sufferers worldwide. ANI

Caffeine could give relief from spinal tap headache
A caffeine tablet can serve as a pain relief for people who suffer headaches after a spinal tap, a new research has found. ANI

Taking aspirin during IVF cycle does not help women become pregnant
Researchers have revealed that taking aspirin during an IVF cycle does not raise a woman's chances of falling pregnant. ANI

Enormous bird 'lived alongside dinosaurs around 83m years ago'
A new research has revealed that an enormous prehistoric bird, which might have resembled a very big ostrich, lived alongside dinosaurs around 83 million years ago. ANI

Now, brush your teeth using 'iPod of toothbrushes' that can be charged via PC!
Get ready to brush your teeth with world's first USB-powered toothbrush. ANI

New genetic cause of blinding eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa, found
A new genetic cause of the blinding eye disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP) has been found, and in the process an entirely new version of the message that codes for the affected protein was discovered. ANI

'Instant' corn-soy blend to mass feed undernourished kids abroad
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a new emergency aid meal called Instant Corn Soy Blend to cater to hungry people living abroad, particularly children. ANI

Weight lifting could help you kick the butt
Smokers who regularly lift weights are twice as likely to quit smoking, according to a new study. ANI

Why the human heart can't regenerate itself
A new study has shed light on why adult human cardiac cells lose their ability to proliferate, perhaps explaining why our heart have little regenerative capacity. ANI

Women 'share more about their infertility issues than men'
Wives share more about infertility than husbands, and turn to other women for support, according to a new research. ANI

Sound sleep makes school kids more attentive in classroom
Going back to school after long summer holidays should not be just an excuse for kids to get new clothes and school supplies. Instead they should get back to healthier sleep schedules for success in school, according to University of Alabama at Birmingham experts. ANI

More proof needed to make men undertake premature ejaculation therapy
A new study has indicated that more evidence was needed to support premature ejaculation by teaching men how to control their bodies with their minds while having intercourse. ANI

Bio-engineered anal sphincters may help treat faecal, urinary incontinence
Scientists have built the first functional anal sphincters - ring-like muscles that maintain constriction of a body passage - in the laboratory, which may provide a potential treatment for both fecal and urinary incontinence. ANI

A simple blood test can tell a baby's sex at just 7 weeks
Parents-to-be usually find out whether they are having a boy or girl around 20 weeks of pregnancy, but a review study has suggested that tests using cell-free fetal DNA obtained from the mother's blood could accurately predict fetus gender as early as seven weeks into a pregnancy. ANI

How students react to stress determines their success or failure in school
A new University of Chicago study has indicated that knowing the right way to handle stress in the classroom can make the difference between success and failure for millions of students. ANI

A low-carb diet may help clear up acne
Curbing carbohydrate in your diet not only helps reduce your tummy, but may also improve acne, according to a report. ANI

Critical role for night blindness gene identified
A scientist has determined how a particular gene makes night vision possible. ANI

'Narcissists are not good leaders as expected'
Many think that qualities like confidence, dominance, authority, and self-esteem make narcissists good leaders. But, according to a study, "opposite seems to be true." ANI

Newly-identified protein may hold the key to treat obesity, diabetes
An Indian-origin researcher has identified a protein that could come of great help to diabetics and the obese by helping them keep their appetite and blood sugar in check. ANI

How to protect satellites and spacecraft from 'X-class' solar flares
Scientists at NASA and NOAA-as well as at the US Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) and others - are keeping a constant watch on the Sun to monitor for biggest solar flares and their associated magnetic storms, which can harm satellites and spacecrafts. ANI

Little exercise could thwart memory decline in elderly
A small amount of physical exercise could shield the elderly from long-term memory loss following an infection, illness or injury, according to a new study. ANI

Indian spice turmeric 'could offer new lead in treatment of tendonitis, arthritis'
An international team of researchers has found that a derivative of a common culinary spice found in Indian curries could offer a new treatment hope for sufferers of the painful condition tendinitis. ANI

Women who suffer sleep apnea twice as likely to have dementia later in life
A multi-center study led by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, has indicated that elderly women who suffer from sleep apnea are about twice as likely to develop dementia in the next five years as those without the condition. ANI

Babies born to mums of twins tend to be heavier
Women who have twins tend to have single babies that are heavier at birth, according to a new study. ANI

Constant bitterness can really make people sick
Concordia University researchers, who have examined the relationship between failure, bitterness and quality of life, have revealed that constant bitterness can make a person ill. ANI

Video test could boost success rates of IVF pregnancies by 3-fold
Cambridge University researchers have developed a video technique that could significantly improve the success of IVF pregnancies by providing doctors with a quick and accurate way of choosing the strongest embryos for the treatment. ANI

Non-hereditary mutations behind more than 50pc cases of schizophrenia
More than 50 percent of sporadic cases of schizophrenia are caused by new, or "de novo," protein-altering mutations-genetic errors that are present in patients but not in their parents, a new research has shown. ANI

Soon, a 100-pc accurate sensor that detects date-rape drugs in your cocktail!
Not sure whether your drink is spiked or not? Well, soon a system you'll be able to be certain. ANI

Men and women perceive risks differently
The results of a new study have challenged the assumption that women take fewer risks than men, and that adolescents do not consider consequences when making decisions. ANI

How male black widow spiders avoid getting eaten up by females during sex
Simply walking on the webs of female black widow spiders can provide males with chemical cues telling them if their potential mates are well-fed or not, according to researchers at the Arizona State University. ANI

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