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6 out of 10 kids 'lie about age on Internet'
A new study has revealed that six out of 10 youngsters who get familiar with strangers on the Internet lie about their age and 43 per cent have online 'friends' they've never met in real life. ANI

Evolution caused genetic variation that may affect diabetes
Stanford University researchers have identified genetic variations in a hormone involved in the secretion of insulin-a molecule that regulates blood sugar levels-that occur more frequently in some human populations than others. ANI

Digital signal processing technique sheds light on memory and learning
Scientists are using a digital signal processing technique, long used by statisticians, to understand the roots of memory and learning, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and stroke. ANI

Unexpected exoskeleton remnants discovered in Paleozoic fossils
Contrary to conventional belief, a new research shows that the remains of chitin-protein complex-structural materials containing protein and polysaccharide-are present in abundance in fossils of arthropods from the Paleozoic era. ANI

Air hybrid vehicles could halve fuel consumption in future
Researchers in Sweden are exploring air hybrid automobiles as possible alternatives to electric hybrid cars, claiming they could halve fuel consumption by using the energy generated from vehicle brakes. ANI

World's largest fish could be even bigger than previously thought
A new study has revealed that whale sharks, the world's biggest fish, could be even bigger than previously recorded. ANI

Obesity linked to income and education
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have revealed that obesity is more prevalent in areas with lower educational attainment and certain ethnic profiles than in areas of suburban sprawl. ANI

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez's romance heating up
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are clearly more than just friends, according to new photos. ANI

Facebook founder obtains restraining order against Indian-origin 'stalker'
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the social networking site Facebook, has obtained a restraining order against a man who he says has been stalking him. ANI

Diarrhea-causing bacteria turned into antiviral gene therapy agent
New studies conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, could one day lead to anti-viral treatments that involve swallowing Salmonella bacteria, effectively using one bug to stop another. ANI

Immune cells that act as 'body's border patrol' identified
Researchers have identified an immune cell population that acts as the body's border patrol with the outside world and limit the inner body's exposure to allergens, pollutants, viruses, bacteria, and parasites. ANI

Real-time 'eco-driving' can cut fuel consumption up to 6pc
Do you know how much fuel can be saved by avoiding stop-and-go traffic, closing your window and not using air conditioning? Well, a new study has all the answers for you. ANI

Language makes humans smarter than chimps
With extensive systems of governance and global cooperative networks in place, we probably think we are expert co-operators when compared with other animals or even relative primates, such as chimpanzees and capuchin monkeys. ANI

Change in heart rate keeps bears healthy while hibernating: Study
It seems hibernating is much more complicated than one might think. ANI

New discovery could lead to novel medicines for rheumatoid arthritis
An enzyme that protects against inflammation and joint destruction has been identified by a team of researchers at the University of Gotenburg, Sweden. ANI

Genes of the immune system linked to increased risk of mental illness
A thesis from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, has revealed that genes linked to the immune system can affect healthy people's personality traits as well as the risk of developing mental illness and suicidal behaviour. ANI

Psychotic illness 'begins at younger age among those who use cannabis'
Cannabis use is linked to an earlier onset of psychotic illness, according to a meta-analysis of previously published studies. ANI

Bt cotton in India 'good for the field, bad for the farm'
A new study by a Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist has suggested that crop yields from Bt cotton may have been overemphasized, as modest rises in crop yields may come at the expense of sustainable farm management. ANI

Cockroach 'to fine-tune robots of the future'
Tel Aviv University researchers are using the maddening locomotive skills of cockroaches to improve robots of the future. ANI

Sun exposure, vitamin D may lower multiple sclerosis risk
A new study has shown that people who spend more time in the sun and those with higher vitamin D levels may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS). ANI

Women involved in leisure activities consume less alcohol
A thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reveals that women who are satisfied with everyday life and are involved in leisure activities rarely have problems with alcohol. ANI

Acupuncture and exercise benefit women with PCOS
New research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has revealed that acupuncture and physical exercise improve hormone levels and menstrual bleeding pattern in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). ANI

Antipsychotics for schizophrenia linked to subtle loss in brain volume
A new study has shown that patients with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic medications lose a small but measurable amount of brain tissue over time. ANI

Bribing kids to eat veggies really does work
A new study has found that bribing children is the best way to get them to eat vegetables. ANI

How snakes lost their legs
With the help of a novel X-ray imaging technology, scientists are trying to understand how in the course of evolution snakes have lost their legs. ANI

Lifestyle affects longevity more than genes
It is often assumed that people with parents who lived to be very old are more likely to live to a grand old age themselves. However, a new research from the University of Gothenburg has something else to say. ANI

Dogs can 'sniff out' prostate cancer accurately from urine sample
Researchers have found that some dogs can be trained to accurately sniff out chemicals released in urine that are associated with prostate cancer (PCa). ANI

Bad things seem even worse if people expect them to happen again soon
New studies suggest that when people think unpleasant events are over, they remember them as being less painful or annoying than when they expect them to happen again, pointing to the power of expectation to help people brace for the worst. ANI

Play was a central element of people's lives - even 4,000 years ago
Play was an important part of people's everyday lives as far back as 4,000 years ago, according to an archaeology thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, which investigates the social significance of the phenomenon of play and games in the Bronze Age Indus Valley in present-day Pakistan. ANI

Junk food diet in early childhood may lower IQ
Children fed chips, pizza and other junk foods are likely to have lower IQs, says a new research. ANI

New soybean meal sources 'are good fish meal alternatives'
A new study has suggested that fermented soybean meal and enzyme-treated soybean meal may replace fish meal in weanling pig diets. ANI

Women 'more attracted to men whose feelings are unclear'
A woman is more attracted to a man when she is uncertain about how much he likes her, says a new study. ANI

Language may play key role in learning meanings of numbers
A new study has concluded that people who communicate using self-developed gestures, called homesigns, were unable to comprehend the value of numbers greater than three because they had not learned a language containing symbols used for counting. ANI

Facebook users 'more likely to have eating disorders'
A new study from the University of Haifa has shown that the more time adolescent girls spend in front of Facebook, the more are their chances of developing a negative body image and various eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and exaggerated dieting. ANI

Deep-brain stimulation 'helps patients with treatment-resistant depression'
Deep-brain stimulation can help depressed patients who are resistant to other therapies, according to a new study. ANI

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