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Ancient site of human activity unearthed in Canada
An Ottawa archeologist has discovered a rare site of human activity in Eastern Ontario from between 3,500 and 9,000 years ago. ANI

Study sorts out mammoth evolutionary puzzle
A new study has shed light on the complex evolutionary history of the mammoths, suggesting they may have been closely related enough to mate when they had the chance. ANI

Nintendo 'child p*rn' game to be sold in Oz but under parental guidance
A video game that was withdrawn from being released in Sweden, Denmark and Norway over concerns that it violates child pornography laws is still on sale in Australia with a parental guidance rating. ANI

Skylon space plane given go ahead for prototype development
A revolutionary new concept that can take off like a plane before rocketing off into space is one step closer to reality. ANI

'Guitar Hero' contributes to science in motor skills study
Video game 'Guitar Hero' is doing its part for science, with it being used in a new research into human motor skills. ANI

Functional magnetic resonance imaging may improve diagnosis of autism
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) may provide an early and objective indicator of autism. ANI

Active video gaming helps obese kids shed flab
According to a study conducted by the University of Auckland, obese children may shed weight by playing active video games using interactive wireless technology. ANI

Scientists find noncoding RNA may promote Alzheimer's disease
Scientists have pinpointed a small RNA that spurs cells to manufacture a particular splice variant of a key neuronal protein, potentially promoting Alzheimer's disease (AD) or other types of neurodegeneration. ANI

Facebook making art of small talk with strangers disappear
The art of making small talk with strangers is fast disappearing as more and more people prefer to communicate through social networking site Facebook, reveals a new survey. ANI

Scientists believe vortices allow water to flow uphill
In a new study, scientists believe they've discovered a process that allows water to flow uphill. ANI

Scientists come closer to finding cause of Alzheimer's disease
Scientists have come a step closer to finding out what the causes of Alzheimer's disease are. ANI

Now, a website that ranks Brit MPs by their sex appeal!
A U.K. based website has conducted an online survey asking users to rank 648 sitting Britain MPs in order of who they'd like to sleep with. ANI

Difficult to read fonts actually improve our cognitive abilities
Researchers from Princeton University and Indiana University have discovered that 'difficult to read' fonts such as the 'Comic Sans' enable the reader to remember the content better. ANI

Turbines that can fly, swoop, float developed to harness high altitude winds
Wind turbines that can fly, swoop and float are being developed to harness the wind energy at high altitudes. ANI

Stress doesn't increase risk of multiple sclerosis
A new study has found that stress does not increase a person's risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) as contrary to earlier reports. ANI

DTC genetic tests predicts inaccurate disease risks
A new study has found that direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests give inaccurate predictions of disease risks and are not beneficial to individuals. ANI

Malaria protein overturns conventional wisdom of how cells move
A new study has shown that the decades-long understanding of the relationship between protein structure and cell movement is flawed, by solving the structure of a protein that cuts power to the cell 'motor'. ANI

Endeavour heads back home after completing final mission
After completing an epic 11-day adventure in the orbit, Space Shuttle Endeavour and its crew are now scheduled to return back on Earth early on Wednesday. ANI

Researchers discover unexpected populations in globular clusters
Researchers at the McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, have discovered unexpected populations in globular clusters, a finding that suggests life in the stellar nursery was not as simple as astronomers had previously thought. ANI

Old galaxies 'are still making new stars'
It was believed that elliptical galaxies were full of similarly evolved and aged stars. ANI

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