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Now, escape traffic jams with world's first flying motorcycle
An Australian man has invented the world's first flying motorcycle in his garage, and he claims it can reach an altitude of 10,000ft and speeds of over 100mph. ANI

Neuroscientists study brain processes that cause optical illusion
Neuroscientists have come up with new insight into the brain processes that cause optical illusion. ANI

170-year-old beer from Baltic Sea shipwreck reveals 'bubbly' drink' secrets
Scientists from the Technical Research Centre in Finland have analysed the beer that they found inside bottles lying in a Baltic Sea shipwreck for almost 170 years. ANI

How the brain returns to base following bouts of euphoria and depression
Scientists have pinpointed the reasons as to why our brain returns to a stable resting point, or baseline following bouts of euphoria and depression. ANI

Regular mammogram screening prevents deaths from breast cancer
Regular screening with mammography reduces the number of deaths from breast cancer, a longest running breast screening trial has revealed. ANI

Neutron star hit by supergiant matter flares up to almost 10,000 times its normal brightness
European Space Agency's XMM-Newton space observatory has observed a faint star flare up at X-ray wavelengths to almost 10,000 times its normal brightness. ANI

How weather influences pedestrian rates around the world
People are less likely to walk when temperatures dip below zero, when there's too much rain or too much snow, according to a new research. ANI

Cotton swab may be key in fight against post-surgical wound infections
Painless and gentle probing of a wound with a dry cotton swab after surgery dramatically reduces infections in post-operative incision sites, according to a new research. ANI

How mice use sense of smell to detect, evade predators
Neuroscientists have for the first time identified a chemical tag that would let rodents sense carnivores in general from a safe distance. ANI

Foetus size and growth linked to childhood asthma, allergies
Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have identified a correlation between the size and growth of a baby in the womb and the likelihood of the child going on to develop childhood asthma. ANI

Small plant-eating dino was the 'king of head butt'
A recent study has revealed that a small plant-eating dinosaur was better at 'head butting' than llamas, giraffes, big horn sheep and muskox. ANI

Now, laugh aloud as 'it lightens up face as well as neurons in brains'
According to a new study, laughter lightens up our faces and the neurons in our brains. The funnier a joke is, the more activity is seen in the reward centres or specific neurons, which create feelings of pleasure. ANI

Improved stepladder design, user's caution can avoid falls
Stepladder injuries, brought about by a fall, are very common. And now a study has explored how improved design and user behavior can decrease the likelihood of future accidents. ANI

NASA sets July 8 for Atlantis' final flight
Space shuttle Atlantis is all set to blast into the space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 8, according to NASA officials. ANI

Coming soon: Interactive, touch-screen software to support active reading
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a software that facilitates an innovative approach to active reading - an interactive process that helps readers achieve better comprehension and recall of their reading materials. ANI

Like humans, happier orangutans too live longer
Just like humans, the orangutans that are happier are more likely to live longer, according to a new research. ANI

Scientist hopes to make music out of trumpet, guitar shaped gourds
Inspired by Vegetable Orchestra, the Vienna-based orchestra that plays instruments made of fresh vegetables, a scientist is growing trumpets and guitars in collaboration with the band. ANI

Fertility rates 'dropping due to global economic crisis'
A new research has indicated that the global economic recession of 2008-09 has been followed by a decline in fertility rates in Europe and the United States, bringing to an end the first concerted rise in fertility rates in the developed world since the 1960s. ANI

How much we look at happy faces depends on our genes
Our genes influence how deeply we gaze at happy faces, according to a study led by an Indian-origin researcher. ANI

Religion 'helps victims of traumatic brain injury to recover faster'
Feeling close to a higher power can help traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims rehabilitate faster, according to a new study. ANI

Facebook, Twitter sound 'death knell for holiday postcards'!
Gone are those days of postcards as Facebook and Twitter are the new mantras to keep in touch with your family and friends while on holidays. ANI

Crows 'never forget a foe's face for at least 5 years'
A study has revealed that crows have an excellent memory for human faces. ANI

Silver-inked rollerball pen that can write electric circuits developed
A rollerball pen with conductive silver ink that can write electric circuits and interconnects directly on paper, wood and other surfaces have been developed by University of Illinois engineers. ANI

People with history of adversities more sensitive to late life stress
A new study has found that people become more easily depressed following minor life stresses, partly because they have experienced early life adversities or prior depressive episodes. ANI

German lab sets new record by creating world's highest magnetic fields
German researchers have set a new world record by generating the highest magnetic fields ever created. ANI

New gene therapy improves cardiac function in heart failure patients
Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have developed a new gene therapy, which stabilizes or improves cardiac function in people with severe heart failure. ANI

Inkjet printing could aid future of solar energy
Inkjet printers could change the face of solar energy industry by significantly reducing raw material waste and lowering the cost of producing solar energy cells, according to a new research. ANI

Roughhousing between father-kid crucial for child's development (Corrected)
A study by Australian researchers has indicated that dad playing roughhousing with his young children is crucially important in the development of kids. ANI

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