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Soon, a nano-filter to transform seawater into pure drinking water!
A researcher at the University of Strathclyde has developed a nano-filter that could desalinate water, providing a possible solution to the problem of the world's ever-growing population demanding more and more fresh drinking water. ANI

Urban landscapes hold only empty promises for survival, growth of bats
Researchers at the University of Calgary have made the surprising revelation that urban landscapes are far from healthy for bats. ANI

Church of Satan is victim of misconceptions, says study
The Church of Satan is a victim of many prejudices and misconceptions largely due to its name, according to a new research. ANI

Coming soon - cars that use exhaust heat to up fuel efficiency
Modern automobile engines are inefficient at harnessing energy, with almost two thirds of the energy wasted as heat. ANI

All-boy classrooms actually benefit girls
The apparent decline in boys' academic success rates in recent years has spurred scores of potential solutions, including the adoption of same-sex classrooms as a way to better address their educational needs. ANI

Influenza vaccination during pregnancy cuts risk of premature birth
A new study has suggested that immunization with inactivated influenza vaccine during pregnancy might reduce likelihood of premature birth and the baby being small for gestational age. ANI

Key brain mechanism leading to alcoholism identified
Scientists have discovered a key mechanism in transition to alcohol dependence, which could pave a new way in developing drugs to manage excessive alcohol consumption. ANI

Early cellular cause of dry eye disease identified
Researchers at the Harvard Medical School in Boston have identified the early cellular cause of dry eye disease. ANI

Decades old molecular mystery of blood clotting solved
A new research has solved the decades old molecular mystery linked to blood clotting. ANI

Blueberries 'halve bad cholesterol levels'
A study led by U.S. Department of Agriculture has completed a previous study that investigated the effects of blueberries on cholesterol levels in hamsters. ANI

Rainfall and temperature increases are precursors to cholera epidemics
As disease surges in Haiti and Africa, scientists have discovered rain and temperature fluctuations in at-risk areas could predict epidemics months in advance. ANI

Radiation-shielding materials bring manned Mars mission closer to reality
A team of aerospace and textile engineering students from North Carolina State University say advanced textile materials may be the key to tackle life-support challenges astronauts would face on their mission to Mars. ANI

Ocean acidification turning 'Nemo' fish deaf
Recent studies have shown that ocean acidification causes fish to lose their sense of smell. ANI

Long-term relationships may protect against drug abuse
A new animal study has found that long-term relationships make the commonly abused drug amphetamine less appealing. ANI

Sleep deprived kids likelier to be bullies
Urban children who are bullies or have conduct problems at school are more likely to have sleep-disordered breathing or daytime sleepiness, which may play a role in their aggressive behaviour, according to a new research. ANI

Mouse virus 'not behind Chronic Fatigue Syndrome'
A new study by a group of researchers in California, Wisconsin and Illinois has debunked the findings of a previous report that linked mouse virus as a possible cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. ANI

Soon, a jetpack for £50k to make you 'ski' in the sky
A new experiment conducted in New Zealand involving a jetpack for flying could soon open a new chapter in the way we travel. ANI

Biodegradable products are actually not environment friendly!
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered that biodegradable products are causing more harm than good in landfills, as they release a powerful greenhouse gas on breaking down. ANI

How the brain recognizes faces
A new study has for the first time provided a detailed explanation on how our brains recognize faces of people. ANI

New energy-efficient system will curb computers' power use by 90 pc
University of Washington scientists have developed a system, called EnerJ, that has the potential to cut energy consumption by computers and mobile devices by as much as 90 percent. ANI

Endeavour lands safely after final space mission
Space shuttle Endeavour landed safely at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Wednesday, ending its final mission to space. ANI

Students 'tend to be more accurate when they write for Wikipedia'
A new study has found that students tend to be more accurate and less likely to plagiarize when they know their essays will be posted on Wikipedia, rather than just read by a teacher. ANI

Scientists unravel mystery of why spiders decorate their webs
The delicate silk decorations spun by some orb-weaving spiders on their webs are a strange but well-known phenomena. ANI

Why bilingualism is no big deal for the brain
A new study has found the explanation to how the brain processes more than one language, when being fluent in just one language means knowing about 30,000 words. ANI

1800-yr-old Mexican tunnel could reveal secrets of ancient civilization
Archaeologists have found a tunnel which was hidden from the human eye for 1,800 years in the ancient city of Mexico, which could reveal secrets about the ancient American civilization. ANI

Europe's 2018 Lunar Lander aims to finally solve Moon's water mystery
Recent investigations by NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) satellite revealed in late 2009 that massive amounts of water-ice can be found at the lunar south pole. ANI

New NASA map reveals 'forests stored 247b tons of carbon in the early 2000s'
Using satellite data, NASA researchers have created the most precise map ever produced depicting the amount and location of carbon stored in Earth's tropical forests. ANI

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