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Diet reversal: Small Epomis beetles prey upon big live amphibians!
A new study has found that the predator-prey interactions between ground Epomis beetles and amphibians are much more complicated than one may have thought. ANI

Radio telescopes capture most detailed image of black hole jets
Scientists have captured the most detailed image of particle jets erupting from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy, thanks to the radio telescopes located throughout the Southern Hemisphere. ANI

New mouse model may greatly enhance study of human depression
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have developed a mouse model that mimics the brain mechanism that leads to major depression in humans. ANI

Oil palm plantations may have disastrous effect on wildlife
Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered that forest fragmentation driven by demand for palm oil is having a catastrophic effect on multiple levels of biodiversity. ANI

Passion for iPads lights up brain as strongly as devotees' religious fervour
Blind trust for a technology brand can be equivalent to the dedication of a devotee to a religious purview. ANI

Buying online 'legal high' drugs are highly unsafe
A new study has found that drugs sold as 'legal highs' on the Internet hardly contain the ingredients that they claim; rather most of them contain controlled substances, which are not legal to be sold over the Internet. ANI

Liquid crystals on your screen could help detect contaminated water!
Droplets of liquid crystals - found in our everyday electronic displays - could be used to detect bacterial contamination in water, a new study has found. ANI

Study uncovers unusual brain mechanism in frogs, chickens and people
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have uncovered new details of an unusual biological mechanism in the brains of diverse species that not only helps regulate how their brains develop, but also how they function later in life. ANI

Artificial disc replacement 'better option than spinal fusion surgery'
When physical therapy and drugs fail to relieve back or neck pain, patients often turn to spinal fusion surgery as a last resort. ANI

Spiders on the decline due to human impact, study finds
Researchers from the King Juan Carlos University (URJC) have found that spiders, like many other animal species, are suffering from habitat loss and human encroachment. ANI

Human sized robot that can read developed
Computer scientists have created a life-sized robot that can read notice boards and signs. ANI

Laser therapy new 'gold standard for treating enlarged prostate
A new research has suggested that holmium laser therapy is a safe and durable treatment option for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) - an enlargement of the prostate that affects most men as they age. ANI

Gene-modified cells could protect against chemotherapy's toxic effects
The usual doses of chemotherapy drugs can cause serious toxic effects in quickly dividing tissues such as the bone marrow. ANI

Why the very sight of food makes people with anorexia nervosa restless
A new study has shed light onto why people suffering from anorexia nervosa refuse to eat, thus leading to extreme weight loss. ANI

Rule breakers perceived as more powerful by other people: Study
A study has indicated that when people do not respect the basic rules of social behaviour, they lead others to believe that they are powerful. ANI

Diet rich in vegetables, fruit 'leads to less weight gain'
African American women who consumed a diet high in vegetables and fruit gained less weight over a 14-year period than those who consumed a diet high in red meat and fried foods, investigators from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University have found. ANI

Indian-origin engineers win NASA's DIY tech contest
Two Indian-origin engineers have developed a 'do-it-yourself' microgravity space exploration kit - a project that has won the education space competition sponsored by NASA and MAKE Magazine. ANI

Sunbathing gives men's sperm counts a boost
A study has found that vitamin D, which is produced by the body when exposed to the sun, boosts the quality of sperm in men. ANI

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