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Bi-directional relation between schizophrenia and epilepsy confirmed
Researchers have confirmed that a bi-directional relation between schizophrenia and epilepsy exists claiming that patients with epilepsy are nearly 8 times more likely to develop schizophrenia and those with schizophrenia were close to 6 times more likely to develop epilepsy. ANI

Genetic defect that leaves some without fingerprints identified
A real-life condition known as adermatoglyphia leaves some people without fingerprints, making it difficult for them to pass through security or checkpoints. ANI

Ghost town to be built in New Mexico for tech testing
American technology firm, Pegasus Global Holdings, is building a 20-sq miles desert ghost town in New Mexico solely for the purpose of testing 'smart city' technologies. ANI

Why carbon nanotubes cause cell death
Scientists have finally understood why carbon nanotubes spell trouble for cells, which may lead to better ways of determining their toxicity to humans. ANI

Papercut - new app for iPad, tops App store charts
A new application for iPad, which makes the process of storytelling interactive, has topped the charts in the App Store. ANI

Soon, a new app to help citizens fight state's Internet blockade
Scientists have designed an app to help citizens fight back when a country's access to social networks, or the entire Internet, is lost. ANI

Beaver teeth dating back 7mln yrs unearthed in North America
Researchers have unearthed a pair of fossilized teeth on the Bureau of Land Management property in northeast Oregon, which they believe are the earliest record of living beavers in North America. ANI

New method can sequence dark matter of life with just one cell
Researchers have developed a new technique to know more about a myriad of microorganisms that are responsible not only for diseases but also for the functioning of the human body and the production of antibiotics and biofuels. ANI

Soundless car engines to be pumped up as they pose danger to pedestrians
Car engines that do not make too much noise are set to be pumped up, as it has been found that they now pose a danger to cyclists and pedestrians because they cannot be heard. ANI

Learning in birds not linked to overall brain size, but specific regions
A new research has proved that the capacity for learning in birds is not linked to the overall brain size, but to the relative size and proportion of their specific brain regions. ANI

Most efficient solar cell ever based on collodial-quatum-dots created
The most efficient solar cell ever made based on collodial-quatum-dots (CQD) has been created by scientists from the University of Toronto, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and the Pennsylvania State University. ANI

Soon, a 'patch' from stem cells to save women from losing babies
Researchers from the University of Reading have successfully developed sac membrane in the lab using stem cells from placentas obtained after births. ANI

Gene that makes people gloomy could also help them be positive
A new study has revealed that the gene responsible for making people "gloomy" - the short version of the 5-HTTLPR, could also help them in being more positive. ANI

Online gamers crack AIDS virus puzzle that scientists failed to do
Gamers have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had eluded scientists for more than a decade. ANI

Deep oceans may put global warming on brief hiatus
Deep oceans of the earth may be absorbing enough heat to flatten out the rate of global warming for as long as a decade, a new research has suggested. ANI

How overconfidence is a winning survival strategy
A new study has suggested that harbouring a mistakenly inflated belief that we can easily meet challenges or win conflicts is actually good for us. ANI

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