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Do plants perform best with family or strangers in fight for survival?
A new study has tried to shed light on plants' social behaviours. ANI

People with facial disfigurements fare poorly in job interviews
A new study has revealed that people with birthmarks, scars and other facial disfigurements are more likely to receive poor ratings in job interviews. ANI

Now, material that absorbs over 99pc of light across multiple wavelengths
NASA has come up with a super-black material that absorbs on an average more than 99 percent of the ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and far-infrared light that hits it. ANI

Mammals with large brains tend to have bigger guts
A generally accepted theory suggested that early humans were able to redirect energy to their brains due to a reduced digestive tract. ANI

Why it's better to give than to receive
Providing support to a loved one benefits not just the recipient, but also the giver, according to a new brain-imaging study conducted by UCLA life scientists. ANI

Learning words about size, shape may improve spatial skills in kids
A new study has suggested that learning to use a wide range of words related to shape and size may improve children's later spatial skills, which are important in mathematics, science and technology. ANI

NASA mission may unveil hearts of undead stars
NASA may soon embark a mission, which would reveal the dark heart of neutron stars that are known as the zombies of the cosmos. ANI

World's first bedside genetic test comes closer to reality
Tailored drug therapy, which is made possible through a novel point-of-care genetic test, optimises treatment for patients who carry a common genetic variant, a new study has found. ANI

Fruit fly intestine may harbour elusive 'fountain of youth'
The intestines of fruit flies may hold secret to the fountain of youth and serve as a target for drugs or other therapies to put the breaks on aging and age-related diseases, a new study has suggested. ANI

Smartphone adoption rocketing among 55-64 year olds
The number of smartphone users who are around retirement age has jumped by five per cent in the last three months, according to new research. ANI

Soon, device to measure blood sugar levels from tears in diabetics
Scientists are developing an electrochemical sensor device that has the potential to measure blood sugar levels from tears instead of blood, an advance that could save millions of diabetes patients from painful pricking tests. ANI

Carbon buildup in Ganges basin may worsen global warming
Carbon storage in the soils and sediments of the Ganges-Brahmaputra basin may make it possible for global warming to destabilize the pool of carbon there and increase its release rate into the atmosphere, a new study has claimed. ANI

Key genes behind high BP identified
A new study has identified key genes that may contribute to high blood pressure. ANI

Soon, pill to help obese patients lose tenth of their weight in just 1 month!
An experimental drug that selectively destroys the blood supply of fat tissue is being considered as an opportunity by scientists to provide a new avenue for anti-obesity medication. ANI

Ancient lunar dynamo may reveal mystery of magnetized moon rocks
A team of scientists at the University of California has shed light on the presence of magnetized rocks on the surface of the moon that has no global magnetic field, which has been a mystery since the days of the Apollo program. ANI

88pc of teens have experienced online bullying
88 percent of teens have seen mean and cruel behavior on social networking sites, but majority of them who have witnessed it, say that two-thirds of their peers are mostly kind, a new research has found. ANI

Disparity between pretty and pretty ugly depends on camera lens
A photographer has proved that the difference between a good photo and an instantly deleted disaster depends upon the lens of the camera. ANI

Malaria's Achilles' heel reveals how the parasite invades blood cells
Scientists have discovered how the most deadly species of malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, invades human red blood cells. ANI

Boozy Facebook profiles lifting binge-drinking rates among Uni students
Australian scientists have revealed that Facebook could be playing a role in lifting binge-drinking rates among university students. ANI

Now, speed breakers that convert vehicle's energy to electricity!
Scientists have now come up with avant-garde speed bumps, which can harvest electricity from cars when they are required to slow down or come to a stop. ANI

How humans started their social life
Origination of humans' social life can be traced back to primates, who gave up their solitary existence and adopted communal living to guard themselves from predators when they shifted from being nocturnal to diurnal, a new study has suggested. ANI

Now, world's tiniest electric vehicle that is steered by electrons!
Scientists have come up with the world's smallest tiny four-wheeled vehicle, which is in the form of a molecule and uses electrons to move forward. ANI

Hacker uncovers secret iPhone panorama camera trick
A hacker has discovered that iPhones running the iOS 5 operating systems have a hidden panoramic camera mode, which allows users to take continuous photos while panning the camera from left to right. ANI

Aliens may be hovering around 'unnoticed' in our solar system
Scientists including one of Indian origin believe that aliens might be wandering within our solar system but we simply are missing them because we have not looked closely enough at outer space. ANI

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