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Experts suggest ancient fossils 'not human ancestors but extinct cousins'
Biological anthropologists from the George Washington University and the New York University have questioned the claims that several prominent fossil discoveries made in the last decade are our human ancestors. ANI

Indian river turned into 'hotspot for dumped drugs'
An Indian river has turned into a dumping ground for drugs from a waste-water treatment plant in Patancheru, near Hyderabad. ANI

Verbal methods of lie detection work better than non-verbal ones
A new study has suggested that verbal methods of lie detection may work far better than non-verbal ones. ANI

Play was central element of people's lives in Mohenjodaro 4000yrs back
An archaeology thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has revealed that play was a central element of people's lives even 4000 years ago. ANI

Stretching before a run 'does not prevent injuries'
A new study has suggested that stretching before a run does not prevent injuries. ANI

Potential biomarkers for early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy identified
Researchers have identified potential biomarkers for early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy. ANI

Escape blame by being a victim, not a hero: Study
To escape blame, one needs to be a victim and not a hero, according to a new study. ANI

Higher CO2 levels could change plant evolution
Scientists at the University of Michigan have suggested that rising carbon dioxide levels associated with global warming may affect interactions between plants and the insects that eat them, altering the course of plant evolution. ANI

New test to detect Turner syndrome early
Yale School of Medicine researchers have come up with a new inexpensive, accurate and practical diagnostic test for Turner syndrome that can be done in a doctor's office. ANI

New software allows the blind to 'see' their printed portrait images
Computer scientists in Arizona have demonstrated new software that enables the blind to 'see' their printed portrait images. ANI

Drug therapy shows promise in treating leading cause of childhood blindness
The results of a multicenter clinical trial, led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), hold potentially good news for preterm infants who develop an eye condition that may cause blindness. ANI

Parenting after child's death a tough challenge: Study
A York University psychology professor has said that one of the tough challenges a parent faces when a child dies is to learn how to parent the surviving children, and the task begins immediately. ANI

Cloud-seeding will not hurt the environment, say experts
Atmospheric experts in China have said that cloud seeding experiments to encourage rain will not hurt the environment. ANI

Scientists find binary switch that turns 'aging process on and off'
Scientists from the Salk Institute of Biological Studies have found that deactivation of a protein in roundworms increases their lifespan, most likely mediating the effects of calorie restriction. ANI

Key culprit in breast cancer metastasis identified
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the key culprit in breast cancer metastasis. ANI

Statins may help fight HIV
Scientists have found that statins may slow down the progression of HIV infection. ANI

1 in 5 homeless people with TB die within a year of their diagnosis: Toronto study
A new study in Toronto has found that one in five homeless people with tuberculosis die within a year of their diagnosis. ANI

Water softeners 'do not bring relief for kids with eczema'
Scientists have shown that installing a water softener for three months brings no additional relief for eczema sufferers. ANI

Kids as young as 5 can learn to use computer mouse
A new study has revealed that children as young as 5 years old can learn how to use a computer mouse. ANI

Babies can count from 18 months of age: Study
A new research has revealed that kids begin to learn to count earlier than previously thought. ANI

'Promiscuous' chimps produce more sperm
Scientists based in Japan have revealed that chimpanzees produce 200 times more sperm than gorillas, the world's largest primates, and 14 times more than orangutans. ANI

Being pessimistic may lower painkiller's effectiveness: Study
A patient's attitude may affect how well his/ her pain medication works, according to a new study. ANI

Finding a way to extend tomato shelf life
Scientists at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working with colleagues at Purdue University to extend the shelf life of tomatoes. ANI

Why some people find it difficult to wake up in the morning
Scientists at Northwestern University have found a new mechanism in the core gears of the circadian clock. ANI

Why males have a higher incidence of autism than females
Scientists have found that male and female sex hormones regulate expression of an important gene in neuronal cell culture through a mechanism that could explain not only higher levels of testosterone observed in some individuals with autism, but also why males have a higher incidence of autism than females. ANI

Humans and dolphins 'talk' using primitive language in new study
In a first, behavioural biologists were able to 'talk' with dolphins through a primitive form of language using sounds. ANI

Twitter, Facebook leave people 'more lonely'
Social media leaves many people feeling lonely, alienated and dissatisfied with life, according to American author Sherry Turkle. ANI

Herschel reveals how much dark matter it takes to form new galaxy
The Herschel Space Observatory has measured how much dark matter is required in order to form a new galaxy. ANI

Facebook friends 'can stress you out'
The more Facebook 'friends' you have, the more likely you are to feel stressed out by the social networking site, according to a new study. ANI

Greenhouse emissions led to increase in extreme rains, says study
A new study has revealed that high greenhouse gas emissions have contributed to increase in extreme rain events seen in North America over the second half of the 20th century. ANI

Scientists accidentally discover possible cure for hair loss
UCLA scientists may have found a possible solution to an age-old problem - hair loss. ANI

Study suggests being short may protect your from cancer, diabetes
You might curse your genes for being really short but not anymore, thanks to a study, which suggests that lack of growth hormone activity may protect abnormally short people from cancer and diabetes. ANI

Dialling 5683 on your mobile 'can arouse love in your mind'
Cell phones and specifically texting has drilled so deep into our minds that when we simply type numbers that correspond to the letters in a word like "love," we can activate the meaning of that word in our minds, so says a psychological scientist in Germany. ANI

'Killer paper' could improve food safety
Scientists have developed and successfully tested a new food packaging material that has the ability to preserve food by fighting the bacteria that cause spoilage. ANI

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