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The dark side of spring - melting snow releases toxins
Spring is finally in the air, but it has a dark side too - melting snow releasing toxins, according to a Canadian researcher. ANI

How plants fight diseases
Scientists have shed new light on how plants fight diseases caused by bacterial pathogens. ANI

Do women with silicone breast implants require follow-Up MRI scans?
A new review has shown significant flaws in the evidence supporting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommendation of regular follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans for women with silicone breast implants. ANI

Deep-sea volcanoes not only produce lava flows, but they also explode!
Researchers at McGill University have discovered high concentrations of CO2 at mid-ocean ridges, confirming the explosive nature of certain volcanic eruptions. ANI

Scientists identify genetic link to suicide attempts
A new study suggests that genetic risk factors may influence the decision to attempt suicide. ANI

Indications of Alzheimer's may be evident decades before first signs
Researchers have found that patients with Alzheimer's disease have lower glucose utilization in the brain than those with normal cognitive function, and that those decreased levels may be detectable approximately 20 years prior to the first symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. ANI

New exotic particle pops up during LHC experiments
The question of why the universe started out with more matter than antimatter has haunted physicists for years. ANI

Marine bacteria digest plastic
Previous research has shown that marine microbes could beat plastic pollution. ANI

New microwave method recycles used motor oil into fuel
UK researchers have developed a new method that could recycle waste crankcase oil into gasoline-like fuel. ANI

How heat is transported to Greenland glaciers
A new study has shed light on how heat is transported to Greenland glaciers. ANI

Wind 'can be 10 to 100 times more effective in eroding mountains'
A new report from a University of Arizona-led research team has revealed that wind is a much more powerful force in the evolution of mountains than previously thought. ANI

Early symptoms of Parkinson's disease revealed in dream sleep
Danish researchers have discovered that very early symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be revealed in dream or REM sleep. ANI

Hudgens bares midriff during Lakers game with 'beau' Hutcherson
Actress Vanessa Hudgens has been spotted enjoying Lakers game with her rumoured boyfriend Josh Hutcherson. ANI

First-born kids 'more likely to suffer from allergies'
First-born children are more likely to suffer from allergies than their younger brothers and sisters, Japanese scientists have found. ANI

Brain growth in babies liked to mothers' 'investment'
A new Durham University research has revealed that brain growth in babies is linked to the amount of time and energy mothers 'invest'. ANI

Study finds low cancer risk from airport scanners
Researchers have suggested that the cancer risk associated with one type of airport security scanners is low based on the amount of radiation these devices emit, as long as they are operated and function correctly. ANI

No two people are alike, even if they're identical twins: Study
A new study involving an Indian-origin researcher has found that no two people are alike, even if they're identical twins. ANI

Kids with psychological problems 'earn 30pc less' than others as adults
A new study has revealed that children who suffer psychological problems - such as trauma over their parents divorcing - earn up to 30 per cent less than others when they grow up. ANI

Supernova 2008am is brightest 'self-interacting' supernova yet discovered
Texas astronomers have discovered one of the most intrinsically bright exploding stars ever observed - Supernova 2008am. ANI

Fast, low-energy memory for MP3s, smartphones may soon be a reality
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have created a tiny device that improves on existing forms of memory storage, paving the way for fast, low-energy memory for MP3 players, smartphones and cameras. ANI

Negative attitudes toward overweight people going global
A cross-cultural study of attitudes toward obesity has found that stigma against overweight people is becoming a cultural norm around the world, even in places where larger bodies have traditionally been valued. ANI

Now, a pill to overcome fear of heights!
Does the mere thought of climbing a ladder or peering over a cliff sets your heart racing and palms sweating? Worry not, for scientists have come to the rescue with a pill to treat an irrational fear of heights. ANI

Can't get a date? Now create a hot (fake) girlfriend on Facebook!
Do you want to change your 'single' status on Facebook to 'in a relationship'? Well, a new service is here to help you. ANI

A broken heart 'hurts' just as much as intense physical pain
A new study has shown that a broken heart 'hurts' in the same way as intense physical twinge does. ANI

Facebook 'can put vulnerable kids at depression risk'
An influential group of doctors has warned that teenagers can suffer from "Facebook depression" after becoming obsessed with the social networking website. ANI

Weight loss surgery can help alleviate migraines
A new study from The Miriam Hospital has revealed that bariatric surgery may provide an added benefit to severely obese patients besides weight loss: it can also help alleviate the excruciating pain of migraine headaches. ANI

Marijuana use may hurt thinking skills in MS patients
A Canadian research has revealed that any possible pain relief that marijuana has for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) may be outweighed by the drug's apparent negative effect on thinking skills. ANI

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