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Intermittent drug treatment 'can curb malaria'
Three randomized controlled trials show that intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in kids adds to the benefit of sleeping under bed nets. ANI

Flowers produce chemicals to keep greedy bees at bay: Study
It is no secret that many flowering plants have evolved structures that prevent pollinators such as bees from taking too much pollen. ANI

New therapy shows promise against brain cancer
Scientists have successfully destroyed tumours of human brain cancer cells in the first animal tests of a minimally invasive treatment that zaps glioma tumours with heat. ANI

Physical activity linked to political participation
Scientists have found that people who live in more active states are also more likely to vote. ANI

New model paves way for drugs to fight Parkinson's disease
New drugs to combat Parkinson's disease (PD) may soon be available, for researchers have developed a new mammalian model for studying a specific gene mutation commonly found in PD sufferers. ANI

New findings offer hope to patients with damaged kidneys
Scientists have discovered a cell in zebrafish that can be transplanted from one fish to another to regenerate nephrons and improve kidney function. ANI

Wikipedia to recruit more women writers
Wikipedia is set to recruit more women contributors, after it was revealed that more that 85 percent of the articles are written by men. ANI

How breast cancer cells dodge immune system and survive
Scientists are one step closer to understanding how breast cancer progresses in real patients. ANI

Chronic illness in childhood affects future income, education and career
Chronic illness in childhood may lead to fewer years of education, more joblessness and lower pay, but it doesn't affect social ties, suggests a new study. ANI

Mate guarding 'more common in arranged marriages'
Guarding your mate is a biological phenomenon. ANI

New approach for monitoring child health in developing countries
Scientists have suggested a new approach to monitoring the relationship between nutrition and child mortality in developing countries. ANI

'Fishing net' to collect debris from space
In collaboration with a 100-year-old fishing net company, Japan's space agency has built a giant net several kilometres in size to collect debris from space. ANI

Monogamous animals often wind up with unattractive partners
According to previous studies, in monogamous species throughout the animal kingdom, each female has a good chance of pairing with a male that matches her ideal choice of partner. ANI

Now Google Street View lets one tour world's finest museums from home
Google Street View has now used its technology to allow users to roam the world's finest museums from the comfort of their own homes. ANI

New 'henge-like' monument unearthed at Stonehenge
Archaeologists have discovered a major ceremonial monument less than one km away from the iconic Stonehenge. ANI

Stilettoes 'make your legs more toned'
It looks like killer heels are not just a sexy accessory - they are a way of getting a fabulous set of pins. ANI

Last five blocks of Internet addresses to be shared
The current pool of Internet addresses is running out with the last five blocks set to be distributed to regional agencies. ANI

HIV-infected teens 'at high risk for pregnancy, complications'
Johns Hopkins scientists have revealed that teenage girls and young women infected with HIV get pregnant more often and suffer pregnancy complications more frequently than their HIV-negative peers. ANI

Soon, self-cleaning, wiper-free car windshields thanks to grapheme
Research from Vanderbilt University has found how graphene can be used to create windshields that shed water so effectively that they don't need wipers. ANI

New predictive tool to find where the Gulf spill oil has disappeared
A new predictive model based on engineering design tools has been developed by engineers at Louisiana State University and Louisiana State University to predict the environmental fate and impact of the oil and chemical dispersant. ANI

Sleep selectively stores important memories
A new study has suggested that brain evaluates information during sleep and retain the ones they know could be useful in the future. ANI

Shingles 'more common than previously thought'
A new study has suggested that recurrences of shingles-condition that causes a specific type of skin rash and severe pain-is more common than doctors have suspected. ANI

Bilinguals find it easier to learn a third language: Study
A new study from the University of Haifa has revealed that bilinguals find it easier to learn a third language, as they gain a better aptitude for languages. ANI

Migraine surgery produces lasting good results
A new study has shown that surgery to "deactivate" migraine headaches produces lasting good results, with nearly 90 percent of patients having at least partial relief at five years' follow-up. ANI

Coffee boosts women's brainpower, but sends men into meltdown
A new study by psychologists at Bristol University suggests that women should swap herbal teas for strong coffee if they want to get ahead of their male counterparts at work. ANI

NASA'S NEOWISE finds previously unknown 20 comets, 33,000 asteroids
NASA has completed its mission of surveying the solar system and has discovered previously unknown objects, including 20 new comets and more than 33,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. ANI

Kids given swine flu vaccine 'have an increased risk of sleep disorder'
Finnish researchers have found that children given a swine flu vaccine have an increased risk of a sleep disorder. ANI

Facelift surgery 'makes you look 12 years younger'
A new study has found that patients who have undergone a facelift rate themselves as looking an average of 12 years younger after surgery. ANI

Now, hydrogen beads car-fuel that 'can cut CO2 emissions by 30pc'
Researchers at Cella Energy in Didcot, UK, are developing nanobeads of ammonia-borane hydride which when used as car fuel, can cut greenhouse emission by 30 percent. ANI

Human placenta stem cells show therapeutic potential in stroke models
In a new study from the University of South Florida, researchers found that human placenta-derived stem cells showed chances of recovery in the laboratory mice with modelled stroke. ANI

First Mercury mission to reveal mysterious planet's secrets
As NASA's Messenger spacecraft readies itself for entering the orbit of Mercury on March 17, everyone is waiting with bated breaths to see what secrets it reveals about the planet. ANI

Android overtakes Symbian as world's most popular smartphone OS
Nokia's Symbian is no more the best smartphone operating system - it has been toppled over by Google's Android. ANI

Liver plays key role in maintaining fertility
A University of Milan study has suggested that estrogen receptors in the liver are critical for maintaining fertility. ANI

Is the Star-trek style invisibility cloak finally a reality?
You have seen it in movies - cloaks that make people disappear when they wear them - but it seems that invisibility cloaks have finally entered the real world. ANI

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