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iPhone 4 still works after 13,500-ft fall from skydiver's pocket!
In what is sure to make Apple proud of its gadgets, one of their iPhone 4 units, which recently slipped out of a skydiver's pocket, survived intact after a 13,500-ft fall to the ground. That's not all, it can still make and receive calls! ANI

Coming soon: a drug that will tackle both diabetes and heart disease!
A new class of drug is being developed by scientists that fights both heart disease and Type 2 diabetes and has the potential to be more effective than statins. ANI

Verbs and nouns by financial reporters can predict stock market bubbles
When the stock market is overheating, the language used by financial analysts and reporters becomes increasingly similar, according to a new study. ANI

Watch final 3D 'Harry Potter' film to check your eyesight!
Besides entertainment purpose, watch the final 'Harry Potter' film for one more reason - your eyes. ANI

'Loch Ness monster' captured on video in Alaska
Alaska may have its own version of a Loch Ness monster, according to prominent cryptozoologists, who are investigating a video from 2009, which shows a mysterious marine animal moving across the surface. ANI

Baby aspirin not only benefits heart, but also women's brain health
Women who are taking a baby aspirin or two a day to safeguard their heart health may be improving their memory and thinking skills, too, according to a preliminary research. ANI

Exercising control - the right way to make decision!
We all make numerous decisions everyday. Sometimes we make choices on our own, and at other times, the choice is made for us. Exercising control (by making choices) is adaptive. ANI

How Batman-like grappling hooks help bacteria 'slingshot' on surfaces
A study has shown how bacteria move across surfaces prior to forming multicellular bacterial biofilms. ANI

Less-informed voters 'likelier to be influenced by candidates' looks'
Previous studies have suggested that the looks of political candidates are a key factor in influencing voters, but now a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology study has detailed which types of citizens are most influenced by candidate appearances. ANI

Twitter is new means for public to communicate health concerns
A study has found that social networking site Twitter is a new means for the public to communicate health concerns and seek solutions. ANI

Personality 'linked to fluctuations in body weight over time'
A new study has shown how people with personality traits of high neuroticism and low conscientiousness are likely to go through cycles of gaining and losing weight throughout their lives. ANI

Snakes also use venom for defense, not just to feed themselves
A new research has thrown up interesting insights on how the 'predators factor' plays a key role in the rapid toxin evolution in venomous snakes. ANI

New drug-chemo combo offers promise for aggressive breast cancers
Researchers at Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have found that combining a new class of anti-cancer agent with conventional chemotherapy offers improved results for some of the most aggressive breast cancer. ANI

Roof-top solar panels keep homes cool in summer and warm in winter
Scientists have discovered that roof-top solar panels do not just provide clean power, they also keep your houses and workplaces cool in the summer and warm in the winter. ANI

Malaria drug chloroquine may harbour many a disease cure
The anti-malaria drug chloroquine may provide a blueprint for new strategies for treating inflammation and a multitude of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and certain cancers, according to a new research. ANI

Lovers' Guide to sex coming soon to your smartphone!
Educational sex series, Lovers' Guide, is reportedly set to launch an explicit app on smartphones later this month to "give advice on how to build passion". ANI

Facebook grieving has become 'new and necessary death ritual'
Separate estimates from the digital legacy sites 1000Memories and Entrustet has indicated that Facebook grieving has become a standard behaviour. ANI

Revolutionary therapy could cure millions of chronic bowel incontinence
A new therapy is offering hope to millions of harried people worldwide who suffer from the debilitating condition of chronic bowel incontinence. ANI

How cancer stem cells recruit normal stem cells to fuel ovarian cancer
A study has found that a type of normal stem cell fuels ovarian cancer by encouraging cancer stem cells to grow. ANI

Non-Africans are part Neanderthal confirms genetic research
An international team of scientists has confirmed that non-Africans are part Neanderthal. ANI

Blame mobiles, make-up and music for getting distracted behind the wheel
Previous studies have shown that distracted drivers are a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents around the world. Now, a new UK survey has listed the common causes behind drivers losing their concentration - music, mobile phones, cosmetics, snacks and drinks. ANI

Kids 'at lower risk of injuries when grandparents are behind the wheel'
Previous evidence has shown that car crashes are more common in older drivers, mostly those over 65. ANI

Milk, soy proteins may help lower your BP
Want to lower your blood pressure? Add more soy or low-fat dairy to your diet. ANI

Single traumatic brain injury 'may speed up dementia risk later in life'
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have shown for the first time that a single traumatic brain injury (TBI) may initiate or accelerate long-term neurodegeneration, even in young adults. ANI

Exposure to second hand smoke may 'lead to hearing loss in adolescents'
Researchers, led by an Indian origin scientist, have indicated that exposure to second hand smoke (SHS) is associated with increased risk of hearing loss among adolescents. ANI

Combo therapy dramatically boosts life expectancy among HIV patients
People with HIV-AIDS in Africa receiving combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) can expect to live a near normal lifespan, according to a new research. ANI

How one memory triggers another by 'Mental Time Travel' in the brain
Memories formed in the same context become linked, supporting the foundation of episodic memory - one memory triggering another. ANI

NASA releases 1st close-up snaps of giant asteroid Vesta
NASA has unveiled the first close-up pictures of the giant asteroid Vesta captured by its Dawn spacecraft, which began orbiting the asteroid over the weekend. ANI

Eat 'slow food' in-shell pistachios to 'fool yourself full'
Two studies have indicated that consuming in-shell pistachios is a weight-wise approach to healthy snacking, offering unique mindful eating benefits to help curb consumption and decrease calorie intake. ANI

Drinking red wine can counteract effects of microgravity among astronauts
In what can be considered as good news for astronauts, researchers in France have claimed that drinking red wine can counteract some of the most common physiological effects of microgravity. ANI

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