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Oz scientists tackle side effects caused by commonly used drugs
Scientists in Australia have taken a major step in addressing the side effects caused by some of the world's commonly used drugs. ANI

Bacteria linked to preterm births, developmental problems in newborns
Scientists say the type of bacteria that colonize the placenta during pregnancy could be associated with preterm birth and other developmental problems in newborns. ANI

Sony unveils new handheld games console NGP
Sony has unveiled a new handheld games console, which company bosses say they have officially named as the NGP or Next Generation Portable. ANI

MIT unveils fastest 3-D holographic video to date
Researchers from MIT have unveiled the fastest 3-D holographic video to date, filming a graduate student dressed as Princess Leia and projecting her as a postcard-sized hologram in real time. ANI

Teeth, tools found in Israeli cave shed new light on human origin
A recent discovery of tools and teeth belonging to prehistoric men in an Israeli cave could shed new light on the theory of human origins. ANI

How two proteins fuse together to trigger cancer
A new study has revealed how two proteins fuse together to trigger cancer growth. ANI

Surgery for obstructive sleep apnea reduces drowsiness during daytime
A new study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea who undergo surgery to improve their breathing get a better night's sleep and therefore are less drowsy during the day. ANI

Now, an 'anytime universal intelligence' test to tell how smart you are
Researchers at University of Valencia have developed an 'anytime' intelligence test that gives a more accurate idea of the intelligence of the test subject if there is a longer time available in which to carry it out. ANI

Coming soon: Low-cost touch screens made of renewable materials
Researchers at Fraunhofer are developing an alternative to expensive touchscreens - displays made of low-priced renewable raw materials that are available all over the world. ANI

New test to better predict br*ast cancer outcomes discovered
Scientists have discovered a gene signature that can accurately predict which br*ast cancer patients are at risk of relapse, thereby sparing those who are not from the burdens associated with unnecessary treatment. ANI

Witness Mars500 crew landing on Red planet on Feb 14
Members of the media have been given permission to witness the Mars500 crew land on the Red planet on February 14. ANI

Novel finding could lead to new therapies for asthma, COPD
Scientists from a University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have demonstrated that a single "master switch" enzyme, known as aldose reductase, is key in producing excess mucous that clogs the airways of people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ANI

Swiss not as democratic as previously thought: Study
A new study has revealed that Switzerland is not the democracy par excellence as previously thought and managed to score mediocre 14th place in a new survey of world's 30 established democracies between 1995 and 2005. ANI

How 450mn-yr-old mass extinction is closely linked to climate change
Geobiologists at California Institute of Technology have found how the mass extinction that occurred 450 million years ago is linked to a cooling climate. ANI

Like-minded partners 'make better parents'
Researchers at the University of Exeter have revealed that couples with similar personalities make much better parents than those with different dispositions - at least in the world of zebra finches. ANI

Diabetes affects both patient and spouse's well being
A new study has found that older patients with diabetes who are not dealing well with the disease are likely to have symptoms of depression, and their spouses also suffer distress related to the disease and its management. ANI

How to boost broccoli's cancer-fighting power
A new research provides convincing evidence that the way you make and consume broccoli matters, and also suggests that teaming broccoli with broccoli sprouts may make the vegetable's anti-cancer effect almost twice as powerful. ANI

Cows' guts yield clues for new biofuels
A new study has found dozens of previously unknown microbial enzymes in the bovine rumen-the cow's primary grass-digestion chamber-that contribute to the breakdown of switchgrass, a renewable biofuel energy source. ANI

How watching terror coverage on TV weakens mental well-being
A new University of Haifa study has suggested that watching TV coverage of terrorist events can lead to deterioration of psychological resources, such as commitment and a sense of success. ANI

Stem cells show promise in repairing child's damaged heart
A study, led by an Indian-origin boffin, has revealed that heart stem cells from children with congenital heart disease were able to rebuild the damaged heart in the laboratory. ANI

Fox 'may have been early man's best friend'
New findings by University of Cambridge-led team suggest that early man may have preferred the fox as a pet rather than dogs. ANI

New radar net to track space debris whizzing around Earth
Space surveillance experts at the US Air Force are currently developing a new system that will better detect, report and track thousands of pieces of space junk as well as rocket relics, and old satellites orbiting the Earth. ANI

Annual mammograms beginning at 40 save 71pc more lives: Study
Mammography is considered one of the best ways to detect br*ast cancer, and a new study has backed it by questioning a US advisory panel's guidelines recommending women to have mammograms at a later age and at less frequent intervals. ANI

A 'krafty' kiosk that scans your face and recommends you a snack!
A new kiosk developed by Kraft scans your face and according to your gender and age, recommends snack or dinner options. ANI

Even infants understand social dominance: Study
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen and Harvard University have found that infants less than one year old understand social dominance and use relative size to predict who will prevail when two individuals' goals conflict. ANI

'Hottest' planet found has scorching heat of 3,200 Degree C
Scientists claim to have found the hottest planet ever, where temperatures are a scorching 3200 Degrees Celsius. ANI

Modern humans reached Arabia earlier than previously believed
An international team of researchers suggests that humans could have arrived on the Arabian Peninsula as early as 125,000 years ago - directly from Africa rather than via the Nile Valley or the Near East, as researchers have suggested in the past. ANI

Apple removes Nazi Party anthem from iTunes online store
Apple has announced that it has removed a Nazi Party anthem from the German version of its iTunes online music store after it was revealed that it sold songs and albums of neo-Nazi bands. ANI

Marriage is good for physical as well as mental health
Long-term committed relationships are good for mental as well as physical health and this benefit increases over time, suggests a new study. ANI

Right nostril helps pigeons find their way home
It's the right nostril that helps pigeons navigate long distances of unfamiliar territory to find their way home, suggests a new study. ANI

Dinos were alive for '700,000 yrs after the mass extinction'
Researchers at University of Alberta have discovered a dinosaur fossil in New Mexico that indicates they were alive about 700,000 years after the mass extinction. ANI

Women aged 35 'are six times more likely to suffer fertility problems'
Doctors have warned couples not to leave it too late to try for a baby as it can lead to fertility problems in women. ANI

First formula found for puzzle that captivated Indian scientist Ramanujam
A puzzle that caught the attention of the legendary Indian scientist Srinivasa Ramanujan seems to have become a little more clear, thanks to a new study. ANI

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