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How people respond to being touched by a robot
How would people react to being touched by a robotic nurse? Would they recoil, or would they take it in stride? ANI

Diamonds may help fight hard-to-treat cancers
Diamonds are considered women's best friend, but it could soon become a cancer patient's best friend too- thanks to a new study. ANI

Parent star's long 'napping' could trigger the formation of baby stars
It has long been suspected that the build up of material onto young stars is not continuous but happens in episodic events, resulting in short outbursts of energy from these stars. ANI

First international index to predict suicidal behavior developed
Currently, there is no method for evaluating a person's likelihood of thinking about or trying to commit suicide. But an international group of scientists, in which the Hospital del Mar Research Institute (IMIM) has participated, has devised the first risk index in order to prevent suicides. ANI

Synthetic compound may lead to drugs to fight pancreatic, lung cancer
Scientists have uncovered a chemical compound that may eventually lead to a drug that fights cancers that are dependent on a particular anti-viral enzyme for growth. ANI

Some patients with cerebral palsy have asymmetric pelvic bones: Study
Most children with severe cerebral palsy have starkly asymmetric pelvic bones, Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers have discovered. ANI

Cell component that triggers cat allergy identified
Researchers have identified a cell component which plays a key role in triggering allergic responses to cat dander. ANI

Mutation that could allow H1N1 to spread much more easily identified
In a new study from MIT, researchers have identified a single mutation in the H1N1 genetic makeup that would allow it to be much more easily transmitted between people. ANI

'Universal blood' could replace blood grouping
Scientists have taken an 'important step' toward the development of a universal blood product that would eliminate the need to 'type' blood to match donor and recipient before transfusions. ANI

Low birth weight children 'programmed to eat more'
A new study has revealed that low birth weight children are "programmed" to eat more because they develop less neurons in the region of the brain that controls food intake. ANI

Some sharks follow 'mental map' to navigate seas
A new study has shown that some shark species are able to navigate to specific locations up to 50km away. ANI

Study examines how being nice helps
An act of politeness shows respect. But a new study suggests that courtesy may have a more practical, though unconscious, shared motivation: to reduce the work for those involved. ANI

Jupiter, Mercury to pair up in twilight from March 13-16
Jupiter and Mercury will shine close together low in the western twilight from Sunday to Wednesday, March 13 to 16. ANI

Scientists find galaxy cluster aged 3bn yrs, but still very young
ESO's Very Large Telescope has discovered the most distant mature cluster of galaxies ever found which is three billion years old.We have measured the distance to the most distant mature cluster of galaxies ever found", says the lead author of the study in which the observations from ESO's VLT have been used, Raphael Gobat. ANI

Study finds part of brain that rotates image mentally
In a new study, scientists from Udine, Italy, have found which hemisphere of the brain - left or right - rotates an image mentally. ANI

Study finds hearing impact of 'turning up the volume in a noisy place'
Do you like to turn up the volume on your iPod or cell phone when you listen to music? If yes, this study may contain an important message for you. ANI

How we combine faces and voices to recognise people
A new study has explained how we combine faces and voices to recognise people. ANI

Why some people are apple-shaped and others pear-shaped
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have shed light on why some people are apple-shaped and others are pear-shaped. ANI

New biomarker for fatal brain disease identified
Scientists have identified the first disease-specific biomarker for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), a universally fatal, degenerative brain disease for which there is no cure. ANI

Newly identified spider toxin may help treat pain, human diseases
Researchers from the University of California have discovered that a newly identified spider toxin may help uncover novel ways of treating pain and human diseases. ANI

Gene variant that influences chronic kidney disease identified
Scientists have discovered a single genetic mutation in the CUBN gene that is associated with albuminuria both with and without diabetes. ANI

Body's ability to break down medicines linked to sunlight exposure
A new study has demonstrated that the body's ability to break down medicines may be closely related to exposure to sunlight, and thus may vary with the seasons. ANI

Passive smoking can harm your unborn baby
A new study, led by researchers at Nottingham University, has revealed that pregnant non-smokers who breathe in the second-hand smoke of other people are at an increased risk of delivering stillborn babies or babies with defects. ANI

Now, a 'molecular robot' that can be programmed to follow instructions
A programmable 'molecular robot', a sub-microscopic molecular machine made of synthetic DNA that moves between track locations separated by 6nm, has been developed by researchers. ANI

Salmonella could be used to fight cancer
Scientists are using salmonella - the bacteria commonly transmitted through food that sickens people - to fight cancers of the gut. ANI

'Heat therapy' may help treat premature ejaculation
Here's some good news for men who suffer from premature ejaculation - there's a new treatment on the horizon that uses 'heat therapy' to treat this often embarrassing problem. ANI

NASA's Mars Orbiter completes 5-yr mark
NASA's prolific Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has completed five years of circling the Red Planet. ANI

Brain's 'fear' area doesn't increase anxiety but counters it: Study
In a surprising find, a study from Stanford discovered that an area in the brain linked to fear doesn't increase anxiety but counters it. ANI

'Magic cap' that helps you spell words with your mind!
How great would it be if you could do away with a keyboard forever and simply type using your mind? ANI

As kids enter teens, their brain ups ability to resist risky behaviour
A new study shows that as children begin entering adolescence, their brain heightens the ability to resist risky behaviour. ANI

What puts the spring in a kangaroo's step
A new study from the Royal Veterinary College, London, the University of Idaho, the University of Queensland, and the University of Western Australia, is trying to find what is it that puts the lively spring in a kangaroo's step. ANI

Brain has three layers of working memory: Study
Researchers have long debated whether the brain contains two or three layers of working memory. ANI

New service would let you watch Warner Bros movies on Facebook
American producer of film and television entertainment, Warner Bros, has announced that it will stream some of its movies on Facebook. ANI

How man, but not chimp, evolved to have spike-free penis
Sex would be a very different, not to mention painful, proposition had man not evolved to lose spikes that once existed on the male pe**s. ANI

Shuttle Discovery back to Earth post 13-day final mission
Space shuttle Discovery finally ended their 13-day space mission yesterday after a journey of more than five million miles. ANI

Study examines aspirin's ability to protect against colorectal cancer
A new study says that elevations in a particular inflammatory factor in the blood may determine whether colorectal cancer risk can be reduced by taking aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). ANI

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