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Study finds how we recall 'irrelevant' info
A new study has looked at how older and younger adults encode and recall distracting, or irrelevant, information. ANI

Scientists discover waves in giant magnetic holes on Sun
Scientists from the University of Sheffield and Queen's University Belfast have discovered giant magnetic holes on the surface of the Sun.he team of researchers has found large, dark regions, which look like holes on the Sun's surface, mark out areas where the magnetic field breaks through from the Sun's interior and rises into the solar atmosphere. ANI

Dairy colostrum 'may be the key to Olympic success'
Scientists have found that bovine colostrum can massively reduce gut permeability, otherwise known as 'leaky gut syndrome'. ANI

'Practice of mindfulness' can help people deal with life's difficulties
An expert has suggested that the key to dealing with some of the challenges life throws at us - including pain, suffering, illness, grief and loss - is to truly appreciate the positive aspects of life, and not simply focus on the negative. ANI

'Missing' element is clue to planet formation
A new study has shown that early in the formation of the Earth, some forms of the element chromium separated and disappeared deep into the planet's core. ANI

Scientists illuminate cell pathway key to insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes
Scientists have shed new light on the problem of insulin resistance, and identified the key participants in a molecular pathway that holds therapeutic promise for reducing the severity of type 2 diabetes. ANI

World's first android marathon flagged off
It has begun - the world's first pint-sized robos have set off on the world's first robot marathon. ANI

How young migrating turtles find their way back home
Researchers from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have finally solved the mystery of how young loggerhead sea turtles find their way back home after a transoceanic migration. ANI

Babies' learning abilities more powerful than best computers
A new study claims that young babies have learning abilities that can outperform even scientists and the most advanced computers. ANI

Protein that could be new target to reduce damage after heart attack identified
Researchers have identified a protein that plays a key role in debilitating changes that occur in the heart after a heart attack. ANI

Transgenic fungi may help fight malaria: Study
A new study has suggested that a genetically engineered fungus carrying genes for a human anti-malarial antibody or a scorpion anti-malarial toxin could be a highly effective, specific and environmentally friendly tool for combating malaria. ANI

Serotonin may play role in autism
A new study has suggested that serotonin plays a vital role in autism spectrum disorders. ANI

Language use can go on a roller-coaster ride during childhood
A North Carolina State University study has found that language use can go on a roller-coaster ride during childhood as kids adopt and abandon vernacular language patterns. ANI

Internet Kiosks help reduce infant mortality rates in rural India
A new study has shown that that Internet kiosks providing information on prenatal and postnatal care for mother and baby have helped reduce infant, child and maternal mortality rates in rural India. ANI

Gene may explain how leopards got its spots
How did the leopard get its spots? How did the zebra get its stripes? ANI

Shuttle Discovery heads to International Space Station on its final mission
US space shuttle Discovery has lifted off for its final flight from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to deliver a new module and critical supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). ANI

People who meditate have a stronger mind-body connection than dancers
A new study suggests that professional ballet and modern dancers are not as emotionally in sync with their bodies as are people who regularly practice meditation. ANI

Scalp cooling cap may help patients undergoing chemotherapy keep hair
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will conduct a feasibility study to test the use of a scalp cooling device that breast cancer patients will wear while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. ANI

Strong link found between victimization experiences, substance abuse
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered a strong link between victimization experiences and substance abuse. ANI

Looking at a pic of a loved one 'cuts pain by 44pc'
Scientists at Stanford University have discovered that pictures of loved ones have the power to dull pain. ANI

Probiotic to treat ulcers identified
Spanish scientists have identified a strain of probiotic bacteria that may be useful in treating ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori. ANI

12000-yr-old cremated remains of child shed new light on Ice-Age culture
The remains of a three-yr-old child in a newly excavated archaeological site in Alaska may provide rare insights into the burial practices of Ice Age peoples. ANI

Home urine test measures insulin production in diabetics
Scientists have developed a simple home urine test that can measure if patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are producing their own insulin. ANI

Is sex addiction really a disease or just a convenient excuse?
As sex scandals become more rampant, experts struggle to understand - is the craving for sex really a disorder or simply a convenient excuse to wriggle out of trouble? ANI

Emotional distress does not stop fertility treatment from working: Study
Stress and tension do not stop fertility treatment from working, according to a new study. ANI

A dog may be man's best friend but a cat is woman's!
While dogs are considered ever-friendly ready to follow you all over the place, cats are thought of as haughty creatures - but that may not be true - according to a new study, which claims cats attach to humans, and particularly women, as social partners. ANI

Damaged hearts could one day repair themselves, suggests mice study
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that the mammalian newborn heart can heal itself completely. ANI

Low vitamin D levels associated with allergies in children
A new study has shown that low vitamin D levels are associated with increased likelihood that children will develop allergies. ANI

Now, an 'illusion cloak' that shows you what's not there!
There was the invisibility cloak and this time it's an illusion cloak - a device that can change an object's appearance. ANI

Male monkeys who wash with their own urine 'are sexually attractive'
A study has discovered that an odd habit amongst Capuchin monkeys, who urinate onto their hands then rub their urine over their bodies into their fur, do it to attract females. ANI

PS1 telescope discovers a record breaking 19 near-Earth asteroids
The Pan-STARRS PS1 telescope on Haleakala, Maui has created a new record, discovering 19 near-Earth asteroids on the night of January 29. ANI

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