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Why autistic kids find it hard to multitask
Young people with autism may find it difficult to multitask because they stick rigidly to tasks in the order they are given to them, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher. ANI

More evidence that 'caffeine inhibits sunlight-induced skin cancer'
A new Rutgers study has provided more evidence that caffeine lowers the risk of skin cancer. ANI

Now, hire hackers for upto 10 dollars an hour to attack a web site
Getting a hit man is expensive and dangerous, but if you just want to launch an attack on a web site, it's cheap-around 10 dollars per hour. ANI

More evidence that 'heart fat promotes coronary disease'
A study has found more evidence supporting the role of fat around the heart in promoting atherosclerosis. ANI

LHC slowly closing in on existence of 'God particle'
Scientists are hoping that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will finally nail Higgs boson - the "God particle" which theoretically endowed every other particle with mass, but has proved elusive to date. ANI

Researchers find new role of protein that causes deaf-blindness in humans
A new role for a protein that is mutated in Usher syndrome - one of the most common forms of deaf-blindness in humans - has been discovered by University of Iowa scientists. ANI

Now, a girl robot head that reads musical scores and sings
Scientists have built a robot head that can read a musical text and then sing it in a synthesized voice. ANI

Advanced MRI techniques open up new window for early osteoarthritis diagnosis
Researchers have found that advanced MRI techniques can be used to detect subtle changes in joint cartilage microstructure - and provide physicians a diagnostic tool for finding key markers of early osteoarthritis (OA). ANI

Menthol cigarette smokers find it harder to kick the butt
Smokers who use menthol cigarettes have a harder time stopping smoking than those who smoke regular cigarettes, according to a new study. ANI

Visualizing goals makes it easier to achieve them, say Indian origin scientists
Be it reaching the finishing line on the racetrack or saving money for your vacation, the trick to reach your goal lies in your visualization. ANI

Brand-conscious consumers see brand failure as a threat to their self-image
A new study by a University of Illinois marketing expert has indicated that consumers with close ties to a brand respond to negative information about the beloved brand as they do to personal failure - they experience it as a threat to their self-image. ANI

Why people look more attractive to you after you've had a bit of booze!
Ever wondered why people look more attractive and beautiful to you after you have had a bit of booze? Well, it all because of the bilateral symmetry. ANI

How kids 'nag' parents into buying them junk food
Children get their parents to buying them junk food by nagging them till they give in, a new study has found. ANI

Soon, a 'reliable' senor to detect explosive vapours
Researchers in Scotland have designed a new device that could more reliably sense explosives, helping workers to identify and deactivate unexploded mines. ANI

One third of teachers in UK victims of cyberbullying, finds study
A new study has found that more than one third of teachers in the UK are victims of online abuse, with majority of them being women. ANI

Social affirmation can help overcome social insecurity
Self-affirmation can help people set aside their social insecurity and can help them feel better about themselves and more at ease with others, according to a new study. ANI

Kids born to depressed mothers have 'different' brains
Children of depressed mothers have a different brain, a new study has found. ANI

High accidental death risk for men who uphold 'culture of honour'
Men who live in states with a "culture of honour" put themselves at risk of accidental death during their effort to establish their manliness, according to a new study. ANI

Stutterers' brains 'profoundly reorganize'
In adults who have stuttered since childhood the processes of auditory-motor integration are located in a different part of the brain to those who do not stutter, a new study has found. ANI

Social contacts help men get jobs but not women
Men, but not women, have significant advantages in finding work through their social contacts, according to a new study. ANI

The wire robot that help you putt every golf ball 'correctly' in hole
Do you lack the fine art of putting the golf ball straight into the hole on the green? Well, then a robot made from wires could pull your game into shape. ANI

Each hour of TV viewing reduces life span by 22mins
A study has found that watching TV might be as bad for your health as smoking or obesity, as each hour of TV viewing after the age of 25 may cut your life span by almost 22 minutes. ANI

Women downplay interest, aptitude in math and science to attract men
The goal to be romantically desirable leads a woman to distance herself from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), a new study has found. ANI

Nightcaps lead to insomnia rather than good sleep
A pint of alcohol has traditionally been thought of as one of the best ways to drop off for a healthy sleep. ANI

Regular exercise could avert brain damage cause by Alzheimer's
A research has indicated that regular exercise could help prevent brain damage associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. ANI

Google buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5 bln
Google has purchased cellphone maker Motorola's phone division for 12.5 billion dollars in cash. ANI

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