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Chinese herbal decoction ameliorates insulin resistance in diabetic rats
Scientists have investigated the effect of the Chinese herbal decoction, Yi-Qi-Zeng-Min-Tang (YQZMT), on insulin resistance in type 2 diabetic rats. ANI

Miniature lasers could open the door to new age of the Internet
Scientists at the University of Central Florida have created a new laser device that could make high-speed computing faster and more reliable, opening the door to a new age of the Internet. ANI

Colored light sources paving way for new office, home-based skin devices
Scientists have suggested that just like lasers, even non-laser lights could be useful in treating common skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and aging skin. ANI

Could Large Hadron Collider be world's first time machine?
Large Hadron Collider - the world's largest atom smasher that started regular operation 2010 - could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time. ANI

Animals too hedge their bets like humans in natural selection
Just like humans, other animals also hedge their bets, and understanding this may help explain how nature will respond to future climate change, says expert. ANI

Soon, localized delivery of anti-cancer drug by remote-controlled microcarriers
Drug delivery that precisely targets cancerous cells without exposing the healthy surrounding tissue to the medication's toxic effects may soon be a reality, thanks a new research by Professor Sylvain Martel, Director of the Nanorobotics Laboratory at Polytechnique Montreal. ANI

Parental monitoring 'decreases alcohol-related problems in young adults'
A new study suggests that those young adults whose parents monitor their social interactions may be less likely to display impulsive behavior traits and to have alcohol-related problems. ANI

NASA's LRO releases final set of data from mission's exploration phase
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the final set of data from the mission's exploration phase along with the first measurements from its new life as a science satellite. ANI

How Prozac alters brain plasticity
A new study is investigating physiological changes within the brain that may be caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) such as Prozac, used for treating severe anxiety and depression. ANI

Male mosquitoes' proteins may affect females' behaviour, physiology
A new study has found proteins that can affect behaviour and physiology of female mosquitoes. ANI

Language learners 'are creative and smart'
Researchers have demonstrated that language learning goes well beyond simple imitation, and in fact that language learners are quite creative and remarkably smart. ANI

NASA's Messenger set to solve tantalizing mysteries about Mercury
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, launched in 2004, is scheduled to enter into Mercury's orbit on March 17 after a harrowing 4.7 billion mile journey that involved 15 loops around the Sun. ANI

Talking on cell phones while crossing the street risky for older people
A new study has found that older adults may put themselves at risk by talking on cell phones while crossing the street. ANI

New finding could lead to better memory chips
Scientists have discovered a way to improve the performance of ferroelectric materials, which have the potential to make memory devices with more storage capacity than magnetic hard drives and faster write speed and longer lifetimes than flash memory. ANI

Finding of long-sought drug target structure may accelerate drug discovery
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health, collaborating with labs at The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego, have solved the three-dimensional structure of a key biological receptor. ANI

Post-stroke depression increases dependency
Stroke survivors who are depressed may be more likely to lose some of their capability to function normally, a new study has found. ANI

New social network allows drivers to call, email, text one another
A new social networking site has come up that allows drivers on the road to connect with each other via e-mails, text and voice messages, by using their license plates. ANI

New device to make blood glucose testing easier
ASU engineers and clinicians at Mayo Clinic in Arizona are developing a new type of self-monitoring blood glucose sensor that could help people with diabetes. ANI

Standard re-treatment regimen for TB 'failing' in developing world
A new study has revealed that the standard approach to re-treating tuberculosis (TB) in low and middle-income settings is failing. ANI

Acne is more than a nuisance for some adolescents
New research has revealed that depression and other psychological disorders may be more prevalent in adolescent acne patients. ANI

Henry Higgins was born with ability to correct Fair Lady Eliza's accent
Henry Higgins was born with the ability to correct My Fair Lady's Eliza Doolittle's accent, suggests a new study. ANI

Gambling addiction treatment 'is not one-size-fits-all'
A new Wayne State University study has suggested that gambling addiction treatment is not one-size-fits-all, but it is difficult to predict which style of treatment is best for the various forms of gambling addiction. ANI

Indo-Australian gravity tie-up at risk over funding hunt
Time is running out for an Indo-Australian plan to join the US Laser Inferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) network. ANI

Inflammation may be responsible for heart valve disease
A specific inflammatory factor may be important in the development of the heart valve disease aortic stenosis, say researchers. ANI

Lasers could zap space junk
Scientists at NASA have proposed using a low-powered, ground-based laser to avoid collisions among space debris, and possibly even reduce the amount of debris in orbit. ANI

Insulin-releasing switch found
A new study has uncovered the molecular switch for the secretion of insulin - the hormone that regulates blood sugar - providing for the first time an explanation of this process. ANI

How chickens 'keep their cool'
The Transylvanian n*ked neck chicken - once dubbed a Churkey or a Turken because of its hybrid appearance - owes its distinctive look to a complex genetic mutation, according to scientists. ANI

Japan disaster not related to 'supermoon': Experts
Experts have dismissed reports that the Japan disaster was closely related to or even caused by the 'supermoon' that will appear in the sky on Saturday. ANI

Malaria drug 'may slow pancreatic cancer growth'
Scientists say they have shrunk or slowed the growth of notoriously resistant pancreatic tumors in mice, using a drug routinely prescribed for malaria and rheumatoid arthritis. ANI

The equation to describe humour: h = m x s
Scientists have come up with an equation for identifying the cause and level of our responses to any humorous stimuli: h = m x s ANI

Illegal drugs discovered at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
Illegal drugs have been found at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. ANI

Now, a tiny white bread mint like capsule to track cancer in the body
Scientists have developed a tiny white breath mint like little capsule that can track the growth of a tumour without repeated invasive procedures. ANI

Tsunami in Japan 'may return after 1000 years'
Tsunamis that hit north-east Japan last week are likely to strike the region once every 1000 years, suggests an expert. ANI

Elephants really do have long memories
Scientists have discovered that elephants really do have the long memories they are credited with - especially when it comes to danger. ANI

Women 'feel pain more than men'
Women have more intense responses to pain than men, say scientists. ANI

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