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Virtual partners yield better workouts than living ones
A new research from Michigan State University has revealed that working out with a virtual partner improves motivation during exercise. ANI

Family trees of birds and crocodiles split earlier than thought
A new analysis of a fossil unearthed in China in the 1970s has suggested that the family trees for crocodiles, birds and dinosaurs diverged earlier than originally thought. ANI

Nuclear magnetic resonance could be made practical with no magnets!
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is one of the principal tools in the chemist's arsenal, used to study everything from alcohols to proteins to such frontiers as quantum computing. ANI

Novel therapy holds promise to stem age-related macular degeneration
A group of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center has found that if the 'clumping' of vitamin A in the eye can be slowed down, it may help prevent loss of vision, generally caused by macular degeneration. ANI

FB users' fury over gigolo-advertisements on site
Facebook surfers have protested against gigolos who have found the social networking site as a new tool to hunt for new customers. ANI

Leading scientist warns of devastating solar storm effects
A leading scientist has warned of the 'devastating effects' of solar storms when they hit a peak within the next two years.She has predicted a solar storm in 2013. ANI

No comparison between Chernobyl, Fukushima nuke mishaps: Expert
A radiologicy expert at Manchestor University Richard Wakeford has said there is no comparison between the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear mishaps. ANI

Now, a 'sticking plaster' that can heal damaged hearts using cells
Scientists have created a 'sticking plaster' which can help heal damaged hearts by providing a 'scaffold' for healthy cells to regrow. ANI

Octopuses found to be capable of complex limb movement
There is much more to octopuses than guessing the winner of a soccer championship. A recent study has revealed that the eight-legged creature can also show some pretty good moves. ANI

Tyrannosaurus rex 'hung out and hunted in bloodthirsty packs'
Scientists have found the most terrifying gang on Earth - Tyrannosaurus rex. ANI

Soon, space tourists can enjoy beer in zero gravity
A pair of Australian entrepreneurs have developed a full-bodied beer, which they believe can pass the trials of being drunk in zero gravity by space tourists. ANI

47m old lizard fossil sheds light on missing link in snake origins
A new research has provided evidence that the body shapes of snakes and limbless lizards evolved independently, ending the long-time debate on the snake's origin. ANI

New findings challenge existing 'earliest signs of life on Earth' theories
Researchers have suggested that carbon laced within ancient rock formations may be millions of years younger than the rock itself, raising questions about the evidence of the earliest signs of life. ANI

Earth's inner core is melting and freezing at same time, says IITian
A study involving an Indian-origin researcher has found that the inner core of Earth is melting and freezing at the same time, overturning the long established notion that it has only been freezing. ANI

Computer imaging gives 3D view of 49 million-year-old spider
Scientists have used X-ray computed tomography to obtain elaborate three-dimensional images of a 49-million-year-old spider trapped in an opaque portion of fossilized amber resin. ANI

Half of prostate cancers could be treated with new type of cancer drugs
A new study involving an Indian-origin researcher has suggested that about half of prostate cancer patients could potentially benefit from a new class of cancer-fighting drugs. ANI

Humanized BLT mice show promise in preventing HIV/AIDS
The global AIDS epidemic continues to grow, highlighting the need for safe, inexpensive and effective drugs to successfully block HIV transmission. ANI

Heavy drinking linked to increased risk of certain gastric cancers
Results from a meta-analysis have shown that excessive drinking may increase the risk for a certain type of gastric cancer, but not with moderate intake of alcohol. ANI

Using human voice on social media can help firms build relationships
Utilizing a personal, human voice when communicating online leads to much higher user satisfaction ratings than impersonal communication, according to a new research. ANI

Dairy products like milk and yogurt don't increase heart attack risk
A new study has suggested that dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese and butter may not increase the risk of heart attack despite the relatively high amount of saturated fat. ANI

Video games used to crack speech code
How do babies decode all of the spoken sounds they hear to learn words and meanings? ANI

Future high-speed rail: Magnet free leviating locomotive
Existing levitating trains try to minimise drag by using magnets, which reduce friction between the rail and cars. ANI

'Rainbow' polymers 'could fight against counterfeit banknotes, passports'
Scientists from the University of Sheffield have developed new difficulty-to-copy polymer materials which could provide new, anti-counterfeit devices on passports or banknotes. ANI

Collagen grafts can promote skin growth in wounds
When skin is damaged due to severe injury or burns, there is a long wait that follows for the skin to grow back. ANI

Parrots too display teamwork, coordination for problem solving
A recent study has revealed that parrots display high levels of teamwork in problem solving situations. ANI

Goat milk 'almost as nutritious as human milk'
A new Spanish study has found that goat milk has many nutrients that make it similar to human milk. ANI

Stem cells may help reverse Parkinson's disease symptoms
Adding stem cells to the brain can reverse the loss of the specific nerve cells implicated in Parkinson's disease, by regeneration of the diseased tissues, according to a new study. ANI

Extra-sensory perception doesn't exist, claims study
A new study has suggested that recent claims for the existence of extra-sensory perception (ESP) do not stand up to statistical analysis. ANI

'Highly cheerful' people die younger than their more reserved peers
A new research has claimed that people who are too happy die younger than their more downbeat peers. ANI

Gaining too much pregnancy weight may lead to lifelong obesity
Gaining weight during pregnancy is necessary for the health of the mother-to-be and her unborn child, but a new study has warned that it could put them at increased risk of becoming obese and developing related health problems later in life. ANI

Now, run a mile to predict heart attack, stroke risk
Researchers have found that a simple fitness test can predict long-term risk for heart attack, stroke in middle-aged people. ANI

Species extinction rates 'overestimated by 160 pc'
The most widely used method for estimating extinction rates, based on the species-area relationship (SAR), seems to be incorrect, after a new analysis found that these rates might have been overestimated by as much as 160 percent. ANI

How maternal smoking during pregnancy puts children at increased asthma risk
Smoking during pregnancy by mothers or grandmothers puts the child at an increased risk of developing asthma, but the root cause behind this was so far not well understood. Now, a new study has found that changes in a process called DNA methylation that occurs before birth, can be a valid reason. ANI

CTC blood test most 'powerful predictor' of metastatic breast cancer
Researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center have suggested that the number of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood is a "powerful predictor" to help physicians more reliably assess treatment benefits for patients with metastatic breast cancer. ANI

Jupiter-sized free-floating planets outnumber stars in Milky Way
Astronomers have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. ANI

Sunshine plays vital role in protecting kids from asthma
A new study led by Valencian researchers has shown that children who live in colder, wetter cities are at greater risk of suffering from asthma, since there are fewer hours of sunlight in such places. ANI

Yoga 'offers tremendous relief for women with breast cancer'
A new research from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has indicated that for women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy, yoga offers unique benefits beyond fighting fatigue. ANI

Why women like tall men?
Wondering why women tend to prefer tall men? Here is the answer. ANI

Taking viagra may make you deaf!
Doctors have warned that taking Viagra may make you deaf. ANI

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