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Mum 'reunites with kidnapped son via Facebook after 12 yrs'
Facebook has reunited a Costa Rican mother with her son, who was only five years old when he was kidnapped in 1999, after 12 years. ANI

New species of large predatory fish from Devonian Period found
A new species of large predatory fish that prowled ancient North American waterways during the Devonian Period, before backboned animals existed on land has been discovered. ANI

Smart phone app helps cut fuel use at red lights
A smart phone app that's being tested by researchers at Princeton and MIT is set to help lessen a car's fuel consumption while at the red light. ANI

'Mars500' astronauts 'mentally drained after 15 months isolation'
The 'Mars500' astronauts, participating in a simulated mission to the red planet, has just 60 days left to return to Earth, but has already reached their mental limits. ANI

Sexual selection 'collapses when mums choose sex of offspring'
A team of evolutionary biologists from the University of Bristol has found that tight control over offspring sex ratios can have disastrous consequences for sexual selection. ANI

New 'Trojan Horse' strategy to fight ovarian cancer developed
British scientists have successfully delivered a common chemotherapy drug to cancer cells inside tiny microparticles - a scientific breakthrough that offers hope to thousands of women battling ovarian cancer. ANI

Coming soon: lightweight, fuel-efficient electric car 'MUTE'
Germany-based Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) is rolling out 'MUTE' a purely electric, energy-efficient city car, at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. ANI

Gene responsible for three forms of childhood neurodegenerative diseases found
A Montreal led international team has identified the mutated gene responsible for three forms of leukodystrophies, a group of childhood-onset neurodegenerative disorders. ANI

Program to identify traffic 'black spots' developed
A program that can identify traffic "black spots", intersections which experience a high incidence of traffic accidents, has been developed. ANI

Death risk from underground CO2 gas exposure only 'one in 100 million'
The risk of death from poisoning as a result of exposure to CO2 leaks from underground rocks is about one in 100 million, a new study has shown. ANI

Even low-doses of aspirin ups risk of GI bleeding
The use of low-dose aspirin for cardiovascular disease and cancer increases the risk for gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, according to a new study. ANI

Why high-fat diet and lack of enzyme ups heart disease risk
Researchers have discovered why a high-fat diet is never healthy for people combating heart disease. ANI

Scientists find promising target for treating smoking, alcoholism simultaneously
Scientists have found that an enzyme that appears to play a role in controlling the brain's response to nicotine and alcohol might be a promising target for a drug that simultaneously would treat nicotine addiction and alcohol abuse in people. ANI

Now, a handheld device to sniff out nuclear bomb in a suitcase
Researchers at the Northwestern University have developed new materials that could lead to a handheld device for detecting nuclear weapons and materials, such as a "bomb in a suitcase". ANI

Coming soon, 'magic bullet' to find tumours and destroy them
Oncologists have come closer to a powerful "magic bullet" that can find tumours wherever they hide in the body so that they can be imaged and then destroyed. ANI

Gene therapy 'causes breast cancer stem cells to self-destruct'
Researchers at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center have found that gene therapy if delivered directly to a particular type of breast cancer cell causes the cell to self-destruct, thereby lowering recurrence risk and boosting the effectiveness of some types of chemotherapy. ANI

Proteins in blood associated with early lung cancer development found
A team of scientists has discovered proteins in the blood that are associated with early lung cancer development in mice and humans. ANI

New drug combo offers promise for hard-to-treat cancers
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have identified a new combination of targeted therapies that may treat two aggressive tumor types that until now have not had effective treatments. ANI

Deep male voices enhance women's memories
For the first time a new study has found that a low masculine voice is important for both mate choice and the accuracy of women's memory. ANI

Over 50 new exoplanets discovered, some potentially habitable for life
Astronomers have discovered more than 50 new exoplanets, including 16 super-Earths, one of which orbits at the edge of the habitable zone of its star, thanks to ESO's world-leading exoplanet hunter HARPS. ANI

Brown dwarf exhibits signs of largest storm on record
Extreme fluctuations detected in the brightness of a nearby brown dwarf could be evidence of a storm grander than any yet detected on a planet, and could yield insights into weather systems on exoplanets, Canadian astronomers including one of Indian-origin say. ANI

'Elusive' female orgasm mapped for first time
While the male erotic brain has been mapped for decades, the female orgasm has remained a mystery, until now. ANI

Amazon planning to launch e-book rental service
US-based technology company, Amazon, is reportedly in talks with book publishers about launching a rental service for digital books. ANI

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