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T-Rex tooth fetches record £36k at auction
A dinosaur tooth from the remains a Tyrannosaurus Rex found in the United States has set a world record after being sold for 36,000 pounds. ANI

Soon, brain scans to catch benefit cheats
Brain scans could soon be able to identify benefit cheats within 10 years and assess if a person is genuinely feeling pain or just pretending, a new study has suggested. ANI

Now, robot to alleviate depression in elderly
The latest therapeutic robot developed in Japan looks like a fluffy toy and has been designed as a companion for older people to keep depression at bay. ANI

Soon, 'Matrix-style' brain tech to learn high-performance tasks
Like in the Hollywood's "Matrix" franchise, it may be possible to use brain technology to learn to play a piano, reduce mental stress or hit a curve ball with little or no conscious effort, a new study has suggested. ANI

New therapeutic target against atherosclerosis identified
Scientists have found a possible new therapeutic target against atherosclerosis resulting from a diet high in fat and cholesterol. ANI

Urban birds sing louder to compete with city noise
Birds living in cities sing at a higher pitch to reduce the impact of echoes from surrounding buildings, a new study has claimed. ANI

Alzheimer's test predicts loss of brain function in Parkinson's disease
A method of classifying the pattern in which cells in the brain are lost or damaged in Alzheimer's using MRIs can also predict cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease, a new study has revealed. ANI

Google pulls plug on game that let you shoot in streets with virtual assault rifle
Search giant Google has removed a Dutch company's website, which allowed users to navigate Google Street View maps and walk through the streets of many real-life cities with an assault rifle. ANI

Fish may have started 'walking' underwater before land
Scientists have discovered that an African lungfish can use its scrawny limbs to 'walk', which redraws the evolutionary course of life on Earth from water to land. ANI

Large birds like ostriches have bloodless erections
The pe**s of large birds like ostriches is enlarged not by blood as seen in humans but by lymph fluid, which is found in body tissues, a new study has revealed. ANI

Soon, vaccine that can shrink tumours by 80pc!
Scientists have developed a vaccine that promises a new strategy for treating ovarian, colorectal and pancreatic cancer. ANI

Super vaccine that could tackle 70pc of lethal cancers coming by 2020!
Scientists have developed a new vaccine that could fight seven in ten lethal cancers and is thought to be even more effective than the 'wonder drug' Herceptin, for treatment against tumours. ANI

World's smallest frogs found in New Guinea
A researcher has discovered the world's smallest frogs in southeastern New Guinea during his fieldwork. ANI

Toronto's gay penguin pair now pursuing female partners
The famous pair of male African penguins in a Toronto Zoo, whose same-sex bond made worldwide headlines this fall, have now started pursuing female partners after they were separated in November. ANI

Its official: Sex changes brain, and is different for men and women
Engaging in sex alters structure of certain regions of the brain that differ in size between males and females, Japanese researchers say. ANI

Early black holes grew huge after big bang by eating cold, fast food
A steady diet of cold, fast food fuelled the rapid growth of early supermassive black holes soon after big bang, US astronomers say. ANI

Huge 'basin-forming' impact from asteroid behind Mercury's wobbly orbit
Scientists believe that Mercury's wobbly orbit could have been caused by an asteroid impact so huge that it left a basin in the planet's surface. ANI

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