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Scientists shed new light on proteins in brain fluids
Scientists have discovered that proteins in fluids bathing the brain are essential for building it. ANI

Four novel biomarkers that may help diagnose asthma, COPD identified
Researchers in Australia have identified four novel biomarkers that may aid in the diagnosis and management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ANI

'Don't work too hard, don't stress' advice may not be the key to longevity
It's long been said that always looking at the positive side of things and not working too hard will lead to a long and happy life, but a new study by University of California, Riverside researchers has challenged those beliefs. ANI

New, 'smart' solutions to drone out those annoying car noises
The droning of a car is just one of the annoying noises cars make but now 11 Fraunhofer Institutes have joined forces to create the 'Adaptronics Alliance,' making new, "smart" solutions so that you have a more enjoyable drive. ANI

Study finds enzyme that aids in the release of HIV particles
A new study from Heidelberg University Hospital has analysed the involvement of particular components of the infected cell in virion release, and discovered that the enzyme VPS4A plays a more active role in the process than was previously thought. ANI

New study could lead to potential drug targets for schizophrenia, Parkinson's
A new study from the Scripps Research Institute and University of Pennsylvania could pave the way for potential drug targets for diseases ranging from schizophrenia to Parkinson's disease. ANI

Scientists find plumes of oily aerosols downwind of the BP oil spill
Scientists at the University of Miami (UM) have discovered two plumes of oil-based pollutants downwind of the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill. ANI

How breast cell communities organize to form tissue
A new study by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) of the different types of cells that make up the human breast shows that not only do cells possess an innate ability to self-organize into communities, but these communities of different types of cells can also organize themselves with respect to one another to form and maintain healthy tissue. ANI

Simple blood test could provide early detection of emphysema
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College say that monitoring blood for tiny particles released by cells lining the lungs may help clinicians diagnose emphysema in its earliest stages. ANI

Not all cases of chronic pancreatitis are alcohol-induced: Study
A new study has found that the relative rate of alcohol-related chronic pancreatitis (CP) is lower when compared to other causes. ANI

New computer program could help identify missing kids, criminals on the run
A promising computer program could serve as a new tool in missing-child investigations and matters of national security. ANI

Facebook encourages women to stalk ex-boyfriends
A study has found that women are finding it increasingly difficult to move on once a relationship has ended and that Facebook provides them the perfect means to stalk their ex-boyfriends. ANI

Stonehenge's secrets to be unravelled through laser scanning
Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument located in Britain, is being scanned with modern laser technology, which could reveal the reason for its existence. ANI

Potential therapeutic target for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's identified
Scientists have identified a potential therapeutic target to slow changes that lead to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. ANI

How mouse pups develop sense of smell to identify mother, siblings
A new study has demonstrated how neurons in the noses of mice mature after birth to help them develop a keen sense of smell they identify the mother or siblings with. ANI

New research to identify antibiotics that may help fight TB
A new international research is being carried out by scientists to identify antibiotics that can kill tuberculosis and fight resistant strains. ANI

Adults with ADHD are more creative
A new study has found that adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder enjoy more creative achievement than those who don't have the disorder. ANI

Gene defect that can triple peanut allergy risk identified
Scientists have identified a gene defect that can triple the risk of a child developing an allergy to peanuts. ANI

High testosterone linked to men's ability to 'woo' women
A new study has said that the old theory that men who are bold and self-assured with women are high on testosterone has some truth to it. ANI

Stem cells could cure 'silent thief of sight'
In a first, medical experts have reported a major scientific breakthrough wherein stem cells could be used in the battle to cure blindness in humans. ANI

Nanoscale whiskers from sea squirts could grow human muscle tissue
University of Manchester researchers have discovered that minute whiskers of nanoscale dimensions taken from sea creatures could hold the key to creating working human muscle tissue. ANI

HIV-infected patients at higher risk for bone fractures
A new study has found that HIV-infected patients are at higher risk for bone fractures than the general population. ANI

Sensors to detect nuclear blasts could also hear tsunamis, quakes
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization monitoring centre in Vienna, Austria, spotted yesterday's Japanese quake. ANI

Google Search now lets users block websites they don't like
Google has updated its search engine to add a new feature using which users can block websites they don't like. ANI

Google to provide bird's eye view of the Royal wedding route in 3D!
Just because you haven't been invited to the wedding doesn't mean you can't get a fantastic view of it. ANI

Polar ice melt 'accelerating rapidly, raising sea level'
A new study from University of California has suggested that the pace at which the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are melting is 'accelerating rapidly' and raising the global sea level. ANI

Blood group anomaly 'caused Tudor king's reproductive issues, mental impairment'
A new study has claimed that blood group anomaly could have been the reason for Tudor king's reproductive problems as well as his mental and physical impairment. ANI

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