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Most common bladder cancer genetically sequenced for 1st time
A University of Colorado Cancer Centre team in partnership with universities in China and Denmark has accomplished the first genetic sequencing of urothelial (transitional) carcinoma, the most prevalent type of bladder cancer. ANI

Evidence suggesting the palace of Emperor Constantine I unearthed in Bulgaria
Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered evidence, suggesting the palace of Byzantine Emperor Constantine I. ANI

Mars' largest riverbeds formed by lava, not water
The largest ancient riverbeds on Mars were created not by water, but by massive, fast-moving, low-viscosity lava flows that ravaged the planet's surface in a way we don't see on Earth, a US researcher says. ANI

Candidates' eyes key to audience laughter in campaign trails
What presidential candidates do with their eyes when they make humorous comments during televised primary debates is key to the strength of audience laughter, according to a University of Arkansas political scientist. ANI

Texas' Permian Reef tells tale of life 265m years ago
Rocks from the fossil Permian Reef in the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas are revealing secrets about changes in sea level and marine life 265 million years ago, according to two Texas A and M University researchers. ANI

Pesticides damaging Oz's Great Barrier Reef, says Govt report
Agricultural pesticides are causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef - a World Heritage-listed natural wonder - according to a new Australian government report on water quality at the site. ANI

World's coral reefs exposed to stress mapped
Marine researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups have created a map of the world's coral reefs and their exposure to climate stress factors. ANI

Bringing dinosaurs back in the form of chickens
Scientists are hoping to create dinosaurs or dinosaur-like creatures in the not-so-distant future. ANI

How changing the size of bowls, plate, glasses can help cut extra kilos
A consumer psychologist has said that dieters may not need as much willpower as they think, if they make simple changes in their surroundings that can result in eating healthier without a second thought. ANI

Amazon applies for patent to protect falling phones with airbags
Wouldn't it be great if cell phones, like cars, could have airbags that inflate when it senses it will hit the ground. ANI

Google+ users with bogus names to be booted off
Social networking website Google+ has announced a new rule that requires users to use their real names, otherwise their profile would be deleted. ANI

'Facebook fatigue' forcing users to dump the social networking giant in droves
Privacy concerns, "fatigue", general boredom and the rapid rise of alternatives are to be blamed for a global exodus from Facebook, experts claim. ANI

Fat dogs are cool, obese people may be, too
A University of South Carolina Salkehatchie professor has found that fat dogs have lower body temperature, suggesting that obese people may also be having cooler bodies. ANI

Now, battery-free sensors that harvest energy from spins, rolls, jiggles or shakes
Scientists have developed battery-free sensors that can operate in anything that spins, rolls, jiggles or shakes, like car tires and clothing dryers. ANI

Pain drugs like ibuprofen 'reduces severity of postpartum breast cancers'
A new study found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen, could reduce the severity of postpartum breast cancers in animal models. ANI

Perseid meteor shower 2011 dazzles skygazers with celestial display
Nasa treated skygazers across the planet to a celestial display of the Perseid meteor shower overnight on Friday by broadcasting the event live. ANI

People with symmetrical faces more likely to be 'naturally selfish'
A new study has suggested that people blessed with more symmetrical facial features, which are considered more attractive, are less likely to co-operate and more likely to selfishly focus on their own interests. ANI

Japanese scientists grow cartilage from stem cells in the ear
A team of Japanese scientists has successfully grown chunks of cartilage from stem cells in the ear, which could replace the synthetic materials currently used in surgery. ANI

Maltreated kids at twice the risk of long-term depression episodes
People who have been subjected to maltreatment including psychological, physical or sexual abuse or neglect as children are twice as likely to develop both multiple and long-lasting depressive episodes and are at an increased risk of responding poorly to treatment, according to a new study. ANI

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