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Highly sensitive tech that allows early diagnosis of lung cancer developed
Biological engineers and medical scientists at the University of Missouri have developed a highly sensitive technology that could detect lung cancer in its early stage. ANI

Pluto could harbour an ocean beneath its icy shell
There is a good possibility that Pluto could be hiding a liquid ocean beneath its icy shell, said scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz. ANI

ALS also attacks parts of brain responsible for cognition and behaviour
Fatal neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), affects more than just the motor cortex, the part of the brain responsible for motor function, a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher had found. ANI

Oldest prehistoric woolly rhino discovered in Tibet
A Florida State University geochemist and his team have uncovered the oldest prehistoric woolly rhino ever found in Tibet. ANI

Scientists discover molecular changes in brain of depressed females
Scientists have found molecular-level changes in the brains of women with major depressive disorder that link two hypotheses of the biological mechanisms that lead to the illness. ANI

'Green time' reduces symptom severity in kids with ADHD
Although many children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are medicated, most would benefit from "green time"- a brief exposure to green outdoor spaces, US researchers say. ANI

Fish predators take 'no guts, no glory' adage seriously for survival
Salmon and other fish predators rely on 'no guts, no glory' tactics to survive through times of famine, researchers have discovered. ANI

Now, a laser to detect roadside bombs
Michigan State University scientists have developed a laser that could detect roadside bombs - the deadliest enemy weapon encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan. ANI

'Decision neuroscience' helping advance our understanding of the brain
Scientists are beginning to decipher what exactly is happening in our brains when we are making choices, whether big or small, thanks to expanding research in "decision neuroscience." ANI

New model brings obsessive-compulsive disorder cure closer to reality
University of Chicago researchers have created a new model of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that mimics both symptoms of the disease and the timing of its treatment in humans. ANI

'Hidden' code in DNA helps pass down biological traits from parent to offspring
A new groundbreaking study has found that a "hidden" code linked to the DNA of plants allows them to develop and pass down new biological traits far more rapidly than previously thought. ANI

NASA's falling 5-ton satellite UARS 'could land anywhere' on Earth
A defunct 20-year-old satellite weighing five tonnes that has fallen out of orbit is heading toward Earth and is expected to crash into our planet on or around 24 September, according to NASA. ANI

Scientists to send balloon to measure gamma rays 6,500 light yrs away
Space scientists are set to launch a balloon up to 130,000 feet with a one-ton instrument payload to measure gamma rays from the Crab Pulsar, the remains of a supernova explosion that lies 6,500 light years from Earth. ANI

Rabies virus found to be potent cancer killer
The vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), belonging to the same family as the deadly Rabies-virus, has been found to play a dual role in killing cancer cells. ANI

2 new diabetes pills up pancreatic cancer risk threefold
Two new drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes could significantly increase the risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic and thyroid cancer, a new study has warned. ANI

Sex hormone helps reverse advanced pulmonary hypertension in women
Sex hormone estrogen could help reverse the progression of advanced pulmonary hypertension to heart failure and can restore lung and ventricle structure and function, according to a new study. ANI

Pupils' handwriting deteriorating due to computer reliance, poor teaching
A study has claimed that pupils' joined-up handwriting is deteriorating, as they learn to type on a keyboard even before putting pen to paper. ANI

Primitive skull shows ancient and modern humans interbred in Africa
A reanalysis of a 13,000-year-old skull has revealed that ancient and modern humans interbred in Africa. ANI

One in 12 Earth-like planets probably hosts a Moon-like satellite
A new study estimating how common Earth-Moon planetary systems are has shown that one in 12 Earth-like planets probably hosts a Moon-like satellite. ANI

World's largest sperm bank shuns redheads over low demand!
The world's largest sperm bank, Cryos, has started refusing redhead donors as there is too little demand for their sperm. ANI

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