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How supernovae explode, get their brightness
Scientists have made an important step toward understanding the details of how Type Ia supernovae explode and the origin of their immense luminosity. ANI

How female orgasms evolved, what they mean, and much more
Ever wondered how the female orgasm evolved, what it means, and whether it helps in conception? Well here is a series that will explore those intriguing questions and more. ANI

2G mobile phones better than smartphones in making calls in rural areas
A new research has suggested that people living in rural areas hould stop using 3G smartphones and instead switch to older 2G versions which are better in making calls from rural areas. ANI

How drug critical in treating tuberculosis kills bacteria
Scientists have conducted a study on how critical drug Pyrazinamide (PZA) works with other medications to kill TB bacteria. ANI

Cocaine addicts prefer money in hand to drugs of greater value later
A study has found that when cocaine addicts were asked to choose between money in hand or cocaine of greater value at a later time, they always preferred the money. ANI

How damage to hippocampus hinders memory but not acquisition of knowledge
In a case study, clinical neuropsychologists have been able to determine how damage to hippocampus very early in life hinders recollection of specific events but spares acquisition of general knowledge. ANI

Arctic ice loss may stop over next decades, before resuming again
A new study has suggested that melting of Arctic sea ice may temporarily stabilize or the ice may somewhat expand at times over the next few decades. ANI

Why bumblebees are disappearing
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is tracking the cause of the decline in bumblebee populations and also searching for a species that can serve as the next generation of greenhouse pollinators. ANI

Chimpanzees like humans are born with immature forebrains
A study has stated that the portions of the brain that are critical for complex cognitive functions, including decision-making, self-awareness and creativity, are immature at birth in both chimpanzees and humans. ANI

New iPhone app 'Backseat Driver' allows kids to mimic parents' real life driving
A new GPS-based mobile app from ToyToyota called 'Backseat Driver' has been designed to allow kids to mimic and embellish upon their parents' real world driving. ANI

Dark beer 'richer in iron content than pale or non-alcoholic beer'
Which beer is better - dark or pale? Researchers from the University of Valladolid in Spain have discovered the answer for one of science's most pressing questions. ANI

NASA releases image of brightly glowing 'Necklace Nebula'
NASA has released a Hubble Space Telescope image of a brightly glowing, giant cosmic necklace of a recently discovered planetary nebula, aptly named 'Necklace Nebula'. ANI

'Facebook crimes soaring, becoming more sophisticated,' warn experts
Facebook crimes that include scams, online bullying, phishing and many other forms of illegal activities are soaring, and are getting more sophisticated, cyber experts have warned. ANI

Jupiter-sized 'alien' planet that's blacker than coal discovered
Astronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet in the galaxy that is blacker than coal or any planet or moon in our solar system. ANI

How the brain plans, executes movement to a 'go' signal
A team of scientists led by Indian-origin electrical engineers has shed new light on how the brain plans for and executes movements in reaction to a "go" signal. ANI

Study explores gender gap in Wikipedia's editorial staffs, content
A new study led by computer science researchers in the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering has revealed a substantial gender gap among editors of Wikipedia and a corresponding gender-oriented disparity in the content. ANI

Engineered dual-action protein prevents cancer cells from creating blood vessels better
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new type of dual-action protein that significantly prevent cancer cells from creating blood vessels, choking off their much-needed blood and nutrient supply to halt the growth of tumours. ANI

How oestrogen protects pre-menopausal women from cardiovascular disease
An Indian-origin scientist has revealed that the sex hormone oestrogen could help protect women from cardiovascular disease by keeping the body's immune system in check. ANI

Soon, tattoo-like electronic patch on skin to monitor patients' health
Researchers at the University of Illinois have designed an ultra-thin electronic device that can be applied to skin like a temporary tattoo and can be used in sensing, medical diagnostics, communications and human-machine interfaces. ANI

'Pregnant plesiosaur' fossil proves live birth in prehistoric marine reptiles
Scientists have determined that a unique specimen now displayed at the Natural History Museum's Dinosaur Hall is the fossil of an embryonic marine reptile contained within the fossil of its mother. ANI

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