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UK teachers warned of students "whipping up abuse" on Facebook
Teachers in Britain have been issued fresh guidance on cyber bullying amid a rising number of complaints about intimidation of staff online. ANI

Drug cuts fear caused by previous traumatic experiences in mice
In a new study, scientists found that mice previously exposed to traumatic situations demonstrate a more persistent memory of fear conditioning-acquired by associating an acoustic stimulus with an aversive stimulus-and lack the ability to inhibit this fear. ANI

Scientists closer to making transplantable tissue in lab
Scientists have surpassed a major roadblock in growing transplantable tissue in the lab-they've found a way to grow the blood vessels and capillaries needed to keep tissues alive. ANI

NASA telescopes discover most distant galaxy cluster
NASA telescopes have identified a burgeoning galactic metropolis-the most distant known in the early universe. ANI

New 'Spaser' technology to fuel future nano-technologies
Tel Aviv University researchers have developed a new technology called 'Spaser', a laser that can be as small as needed to fuel nano-technologies of the future. ANI

'Standard candles' Cepheids not quite as standard as once thought
Astronomers have now gathered proof that Cepheids, which were thought of "standard candles" used to illuminate the size of the universe, are not quite as standard. ANI

Looking into space like 'peeking into house of mirrors'
A new study has said that gravitational lensing may be even more necessary than originally thought when looking at distant galaxies. ANI

Right friends matter most in middle school
University of Oregon researchers have suggested that it is the middle school years when friends have the maximum influence on a child. ANI

Study examines socio-economic consequences of sleep disorders
A new study at the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Institute for Health Services Research has examined the socio-economic consequences of the sleep disorder hypersomnia, revealing that it has far-reaching consequences for both the individual and society as a whole. ANI

Humans used domesticated dogs as food sources 9,400 years ago
9,400 years ago, humans not only used domesticated dogs as companions, workers and guardians, but also as food sources, says a new study. ANI

Robotic surgery offers amazing benefits to cancer patients: Study
Contrary to Isaac Asimov and other 20th century science fiction writers, who predicted that people would react to robots with fear and loathing, it seems patients today are the most enthusiastic boosters of robotic surgery. ANI

New B-Keeper software gives drummers the freedom to set their own pace
Scientists have developed a new software that will give drummers the freedom to speed up or slow down the pace of any pre-programmed music, the material following their lead. ANI

Energy drinks don't blunt alcohol's effects: Study
A new study has suggested that mixing caffeinated 'energy' drinks with alcohol has no effect on enhancing performance on a driving test or improving sustained attention or reaction times. ANI

New method can yield more info from newborn blood spot screenings
Scientists have created a method that can yield more information from archived newborn blood that has implications for a vast array of research, including population health studies and answering questions about diseases in infants and children. ANI

Link between Down syndrome, Alzheimer's disease discovered
Researchers have discovered that the genetic mechanism which destroys brain cells is responsible for early development of Alzheimer's Disease in people with Down Syndrome and for development of Alzheimer's Disease in general population. ANI

Use of preoperative br*ast MRI results in high cancer yield
Scientists have found that the use of preoperative br*ast MRI detects otherwise occult cancer with a relatively high degree of accuracy when applied to a diverse population of patients newly diagnosed with br*ast cancer. ANI

World's fastest 'molecular movie' recorded
Scientists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fur Materialien und Energie (HZB) and the Technische Uni-versitat Berlin (TUB) have successfully come one step closer to recording a 'molecular movie.' ANI

1 ounce of new 'frozen smoke' can carpet 3 football fields!
Scientists have developed a new, ultra-light form of "frozen smoke" - renowned as the world's lightest solid material - one ounce of which can carpet three football fields, they claim. ANI

Soon, a Pied Piper's flute deadly for rats but harmless for humans, plants
Scientists are on a mission to create a life-like version of the Pied Piper that will specifically target rodents but pose no harm to other animals, people or plants. ANI

Courtship affects gene expression in flies
A new study has suggested that courtship behaviors may be far more influenced by genes than previously thought. ANI

New tests support effectiveness of Chinese drug for cataracts
A widely used non-prescription drug in China and certain other countries can prevent and treat cataracts, scientists have reported. ANI

Nerve stimulation may thwart tinnitus: Study
A new study found that researchers were able to eliminate tinnitus in a group of rats by stimulating a nerve in the neck while simultaneously playing a variety of sound tones over an extended period of time. ANI

Indian youngsters lag behind in mobile Internet use
Indian youngsters are less tech-savvy as compared to their global counterparts, if the recent research by Nielsen is anything to go by. ANI

Coming soon: Camera that 'sees the invisible'
Chemists from the University of South Carolina are reportedly developing a camera that has the ability to see the invisible - be it bloodstains or any other substances. ANI

New study explains 'yo-yo effect' of slimming diets
A new study has found that the hormones related to appetite play an important role in the likelihood of regaining weight after dieting. ANI

Emotional stress can change brain function
Researchers have found that a single exposure to acute stress affected information processing in the cerebellum - the area of the brain responsible for motor control and movement coordination and also involved in learning and memory formation. ANI

Feeding 9 billion people predicted for 2050 will be possible: Report
A new report suggests that the world will be able to feed the predicted 2050 population of nine billion people. ANI

People ignore their personalities when predicting future happiness
Scientists have explained why humans are notoriously bad at predicting their future happiness. ANI

Measles virus is 'the latest weapon against cancer'
A new discovery about the process by which measles invades cells has brought the dream of transforming the virus into a weapon against cancer one step closer to reality. ANI

Now, an eye mask that wakes you up gently by simulating sunrise!
Do you find it hard to wake up suddenly to that damn morning alarm clock everyday before the sunrise? Well, an eye mask that will wake you up gently by simulating sunrise half an hour before the alarm beeps is on the anvil. ANI

How partners perceive each other's emotion during relationship fight
New research from Baylor University psychologists has shown that how each person perceives the other partner's emotion during a conflict greatly influences different types of thoughts, feelings and reactions in themselves. ANI

2010 tied for warmest year on record
A new study by researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York has revealed that the global surface temperatures in 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest on record. ANI

NASA must study s*x in space: Scientists
Experts have suggested that NASA must touch on the topic of space s*x. ANI

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