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Coming soon! Puncture proof, environmentally friendly airless tires
Bridgestone have announced the development of the non-pneumatic (airless) concept tire, which will not only make it free of punctures, but will be more environmentally friendly than the regular black rings of rubber. ANI

Anti-stress peptide in brain could help treat alcoholism
Scientists have highlighted the power of an endogenous anti-stress peptide in the brain to prevent and even reverse some of the cellular effects of acute alcohol and alcohol dependence in animal models. ANI

GPS reveals 2010 temperature spike lifted Greenland's bedrock
Data from the GPS stations has indicated that an unusually hot melting season in 2010 accelerated ice loss in southern Greenland by 100 billion tons - and large portions of the island's bedrock rose an additional quarter of an inch in response. ANI

Expert warns of megaquake in Kashmir Valley
Take a hotspot of potential conflict and add a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. It sounds like a nightmare scenario, but it could play out in the Kashmir region of the Indian subcontinent, according to Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado at Boulder. ANI

Pig-induced pluripotent stem cell therapies safer than rodent-based models
Stem cell research conducted using pig cells could be a better way to decide the safety of future stem cell therapies than using mice in stem cell research. ANI

Surprisingly simple method to combat Alzheimer's disease developed
Scientists have developed a surprisingly simple method to design antibodies aimed at combating disease. ANI

'Hormone' nasal spray makes shy people more sociable
A nasal spray could help shy or introverted individuals to be more confident at first dates, job interviews or Christmas cocktail parties, which could otherwise can be stressors for them. ANI

Prolonged use of EPO raises blood pressure in brain
Erythropoietin or EPO, a performance enhancing substance used by athletes, increased risk of vascular problems in the brain, a new study suggests. ANI

Post-Fukushima radioactivity levels in ocean assessed
The level of radioactivity discharged into the ocean after the Fukushima disaster and its impact has been measured by researchers. ANI

Origins of blood stem cells unlocked
Scientists have discovered a molecular marker for the immediate precursors of hematopoietic (blood) stem cells (HSCs) in the developing embryo, which provides much-needed insights for making these cells from engineered precursors. ANI

LRO to gauge dark moon's temperature during eclipse today
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, orbiting 31 miles above the lunar surface, will get a "front-row seat" to observe the total lunar eclipse today. ANI

Linguistic evolution subject to 'survival of fittest' like biological organisms
Like biological organisms, words are also subject to selection pressures that play an important role in deciding which words become part of a language over time, a new study has found. ANI

Physics behind great white shark attacks on Cape fur seals illustrated
Scientists have undertaken a new study to examine the complex and dynamic interactions between white sharks and Cape fur seals in False bay, South Africa. ANI

'Putrid' sweat odour linked to sexually transmitted diseases in men
As "part of an evolutionary mechanism ensuring, unconsciously, avoidance of a risky romantic partner", women have the ability to sniff out men with sexually transmitted diseases, a new study has found. ANI

'The Matrix' style automatic learning to soon become reality
Learning a new skill in the future might involve nothing more than sitting in front of a computer screen and waiting for it to upload, according to scientists. ANI

Now, 'super Photoshop' lets novices add fake objects to any still photo
A new technique has been developed by a programmer that lets fakers add anything to photos in minutes and give "real-looking" results by simply drawing a few lines on the screen. ANI

Now, Al Qaeda linked terror group takes to Twitter
Somalian-based Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Al-Shabaab has reportedly taken to the micro-blogging site Twitter to win the support for its control of the country. ANI

What kind of national pride makes you happier?
Taking pride in your country makes you happier, but what you are proud of has a big effect on happiness too, says a new study. ANI

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