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Mimicking bears' hibernation patterns could help man in deep space travel
A new study has found that black bears have some astonishing hibernation capabilities that could become relevant for humans travelling in space. ANI

Researchers create biodiesel from microalgae grown in wastewater
Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology are developing biodiesel from wastewater microalgae. ANI

Major selective sweeps did not drive human evolution, says study
A new study has found that selective sweeps, which were thought to drive human evolution, may not have done so. In fact, such events may have been rare, with little influence on the history of our species. ANI

New brain computer interface for spinal cord injury patients introduced
University of Pittsburgh researchers are set to place brain-computer interfaces (BCI) in patients with spinal cord injuries to test if it is possible for them to control external devices, such as a prosthetic limb, with their thoughts. ANI

The most FAQs about microbes and oil spills
The American Academy of Microbiology has created a dataset of the most frequently asked questions concerning microbes and oil spills. ANI

Facebook praised for gay relationship status options
Social networking site Facebook has been praised by same-sex marriage advocates for providing relationship status options like "in a civil union" or "in a domestic partnership" for gays. ANI

Cigarette smoking ups production of mucus in patients with bronchitis
A new study conducted by researchers in New Mexico has revealed that cigarette smoking is linked with overproduction of mucus - a symptom of chronic bronchitis. ANI

Japan to send Twitter-using humanoid robot in space
Japan's space agency is considering putting a talking humanoid robot on the International Space Station to watch the mission while astronauts are asleep. ANI

Identification of glaucoma gene paves way for future therapies
Researchers have identified a new candidate gene for the most common form of glaucoma, primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). ANI

New study predicts future evolution of flu viruses
A University of Pennsylvania research is trying to crack the code of which strain of flu will be prevalent in a given year, with major implications for global public health preparedness. ANI

How bad body posture can make you a sitting duck
If your job requires long hours of sitting then getting up from your desk and walking around a little every 20 minutes or so could help your body more than a 45-minute session at the gym, say experts. ANI

Electrical stimulation therapy benefits people paralyzed by spinal cord injury
In a study, Toronto scientists found that a new treatment approach, which uses tiny bursts of electricity to reawaken paralyzed muscles "significantly," reduced disability and improved grasping ability in people with incomplete spinal cord injuries. ANI

Novel discovery could lead to new stroke therapy
Scientists at Lund University have discovered a substance that opens up the possibility of treatment up to two days after a stroke. ANI

Asthma linked to bacterial communities in the airway
A new UCSF-led study has found that asthma may have a surprising relationship with the composition of the species of bacteria that inhabit bronchial airways. ANI

BP oil spill's psychological effects go beyond residents of impacted areas
A new study has found that the psychological effects of the BP oil spill, the largest recorded environmental disaster in human history, extend far beyond people living around the areas of the Gulf of Mexico that were directly impacted by the spill. ANI

Preterm mums' milk has less antioxidants
A new study has revealed that preterm mother's milk contains lower concentrations of coenzyme Q10-an important antioxidant and a vital component of the electron transport chain. ANI

Exercise, helping others can be as effective as drugs to treat mental illnesses
A new study has suggested that lifestyle changes-such as getting more exercise, time in nature, or helping others-can be as effective as drugs or counseling to treat an array of mental illnesses. ANI

New study reinforces belly fat, high-fat meals and heart disease link
A new UC Davis study has suggested that the effect of a high-fat meal on blood vessel walls varies among individuals depending on factors such as their waist size and triglyceride levels. ANI

Now, brain-powered machines to become more intelligent, user-friendly
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Focus on how, not why, to increase physical activity
In a new study, University of Missouri researchers found that healthy adults who received interventions focused on behavior-changing strategies significantly increased their physical activity levels. ANI

New green, cheap hydrogen cartridges to fuel laptops, phones
SiGNa Chemistry Inc. has created new hydrogen cartridges - a cheap, eco-friendly and portable solution to produce electric power for laptops and phones. ANI

Out of body experiences are just tricks of a confused mind, say experts
A new study has revealed that out of body experiences are nothing but tricks of a confused mind. ANI

Statins may prevent diabetic-related blindness
Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that a statin drug that is often known by the brand-name Lipitor may help prevent blindness in people with diabetes. ANI

Higher levels of social activity cut the risk of developing disability in old age
Higher levels of social activity decrease the risk of developing disability in old age, according to a new study at Rush University Medical Center. ANI

Emotional response could predict how your body responds to stress
A new research has suggested that your emotional response to challenging situations could predict how your body responds to stress. ANI

Yale University scientists build world's first anti-laser
Yale University scientists have developed the world's first anti-laser, in which incoming beams of light interfere with one another in such a way as to perfectly cancel each other out. ANI

Chronically ill kids '88pc more likely to suffer physical abuse'
A new study has found that children with chronic health conditions are 88 percent more likely to suffer physical abuse than healthy children. ANI

Sherlock Holmes book goes digital on iPhone, iPad
Sherlock Holmes is back in the digital form, thanks to a French company, which has created a 'Byook' application for the iPhone and iPad, an ebook hybrid mixing text and effects. ANI

Male fertility is in the bones, shows mice study
A new study has discovered that the skeleton acts as a regulator of fertility in male mice through a hormone released by bone-osteocalcin. ANI

What makes Justin Beiber sound so unique?
Artists like Justin Beiber and Usher owe their unique sounding voices to the large social circles of their ancestors, says a new study from the University of California, Los Angeles. ANI

Listening to Take That and Abba is the best way to improve your mood
A study has found that listening to Take That and Abba is what makes us the happiest. ANI

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