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Novel cytokine that can cure ulcerative colitis identified
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have discovered that expression of a newly identified human cytokine can protect mice from ulcerative colitis, or inflammation of the lining of the colon. ANI

Earth impacts may have seeded life in Solar System
A study has indicated that asteroid impacts on the Earth may have scattered more life-bearing debris to Mars, Jupiter or beyond our Solar System than previously thought. ANI

Older brains benefit more from trial-and-error learning
Older brains get more benefit than younger brains from learning information the hard way, via trial-and-error learning, a study led by scientists at Baycrest's world-renowned Rotman Research Institute in Toronto has confirmed. ANI

Summer drought + heat limit effects of CO2-increased plant growth
Summer drought combined with higher temperatures limits the positive effects of CO2 on plant growth, according to a new research. ANI

Exercise 'as effective as second medication' for depression patients
Exercise can be as effective as a second medication for as many as half of depressed patients whose condition did not improve with the help of a single antidepressant medication, a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher has suggested. ANI

Why women get more scared during horror films than men do
A study has found that women get more scared during horror films than men do because they are more likely to anticipate the scary scenes that lie ahead. ANI

Experience helps older adults make better decisions than younger people
A study has found that older adults are better at decision making than young adults as they are more experienced. ANI

NASA discovers star-like bodies with temperature as cool as human body
By using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), scientists have discovered the coldest class of star-like bodies with temperature as cool as the human body. ANI

Kids aged 2 understand complex grammar
Two-year-old children can understand complex grammar even before they have learned to speak in full sentences, a new study have found. ANI

Like women, men too suffer from 'baby fever'
The phenomenon called "baby fever" - the physical and emotional desire to have a baby - is found in both men and women, according to a new study. ANI

Economic inequality behind national differences in 'self-enhancement'
Economic inequality is responsible for national differences in how people think about the self and how happy they are, a new research has found. ANI

Soon, power your gadgets by taking a walk!
The day may soon come when your cellphone - or just about any other portable electronic device - could be powered by simply taking a walk, two US scientists say. ANI

Dogs can pick out images on digital TVs, says Oz animal eye expert
An Australian veterinary surgeon has revealed that pets can now pick out images on digital television that they could not follow on the old analog boxes. ANI

Stem cells may harbour Parkinson's disease cure
A team from the Universities of Edinburgh and London, including an Indian-origin scientist, has moved a step closer to developing new treatments for patients with Parkinson's disease. ANI

Did Egypt's Queen Hatshepsut die due to use of cancerous 'skin care lotion'?
A controversial new research has suggested that Egypt's greatest female pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut, might have moisturized herself to death. ANI

'Breastfeeding for 4 months or longer does not protect against childhood eczema'
Breastfeeding is considered as an important strategy to prevent the development of eczema and other allergic diseases in children, but a global study has found that there is no clear evidence to support that exclusive breastfeeding for four months or longer protects against childhood eczema. ANI

Facebook to rent out films, TV shows to UK's online viewers
In the wake of a majority of Britons' online film viewing habit, the social networking giant Facebook has signed a new deal to rent out films and television shows. ANI

Facebook revamps privacy settings to let you see what your profile looks like to others
Social networking giant Facebook has revamped its privacy settings that will now allow users see what their profiles look like to other people and control which friends view their posts. ANI

Soy, nuts and plant sterols lower cholesterol better than low fat diets
People who are counselled to eat a diet that combined cholesterol-lowering foods such as soy protein, nuts and plant sterols over 6 months have lower cholesterol levels than those on a low-saturated fat diet, according to a new study. ANI

'Women more emotional when anticipating negative experiences than men'
A new research has indicated that men and women differ in the way they anticipate an unpleasant emotional experience, which influences the effectiveness with which that experience is committed to memory. ANI

Artificial life forms could bring life on Mars closer to reality
Synthetic organisms engineered to feed off carbon dioxide would enable humans to settle on Mars one day, a U.S. scientist says. ANI

Bisexual men are not 'secret gays', they really do like both men and women
A new research has disproved an earlier study that concluded people were either straight, gay or lying. ANI

Indian curry spice coriander 'can cure food poisoning, drug-resistant infections'
Scientists from the University of Beira Interior in Portugal have found that oil from a common Indian spice is toxic to a broad range of harmful bacteria and its use in foods and in clinical agents could prevent food-borne illnesses and even treat antibiotic-resistant infections. ANI

How our brain makes predictions everyday
Researchers at the Washington University in St Louis have explained how people sometime could predict what's going to happen before it does, particularly in day- to-day activities. ANI

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