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Coming soon, thorium-powered car that could last for 300,000 miles
A U.S. Company has announced a new design for a thorium engine that could be used in a future car. ANI

Now, robotic glove that will bring movement back to injured hands
Italian engineers have developed a robotic glove that would give a helping hand to patients who are struggling to move their fingers after an accident or a stroke. ANI

Cystic fibrosis caused by a defective regulator, says study
A new study has found that cystic fibrosis, which clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections fibrosis, is often caused by a genetic defect in a regulator due to lack of a key protein. ANI

1918 influenza 'circulated US for 4months before turning pandemic'
A new study has shown that the influenza virus, which killed millions of people worldwide during the fall of 1918, actually started circulating in the United States at least four months before it reached the pandemic levels. ANI

Primitive birds and dinosaurs shared the same meteorite fate
A new study has suggested that archaic birds were virtually wiped out by the same meteorite impact that led to the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. ANI

Now, 'intelligent t-shirts' to monitor human body, locate patients in hospital
Scientists have developed an "intelligent" t-shirt that monitors the human body (temperature, heart rate, etc.) and locates patients within the hospital, as if it were a GPS system that works in closed spaces. ANI

Exercise produces crosstalk between bone, fat and pancreatic cells
Exercise can produce healthy chatter between bones, fat and pancreatic cells in humans, thereby helping them in bringing out the best in each other, researchers say. ANI

Scientists generate hydrogen fuel using just bacteria and water
Researchers have come up with a sustainable way to generate hydrogen using just seawater, river water and bacteria. ANI

'Clever' New Caledonian crows use mirrors to locate food
New Caledonian crows are so notoriously clever that they use mirrors to locate hidden food, according to scientists. ANI

New diabetes pills' link to pancreatic cancer risk needs further probe
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

Mathematical model explains why harmonious music pleases us
A new mathematical model developed by Russian scientists has suggested that the key to pleasant music may be that it pleases our neurons. ANI

Twitter, Facebook joining hands to link users' accounts
Social networking giant Facebook is now working on a feature, which will help its users to channel their profile directly to a linked Twitter account. ANI

Soon, Google+ searches to come with celebrity endorsements
Google will soon introduce a system where its users will be able to see which websites are favoured by their favourite celebrities. ANI

50-million-yr-old clamshells provide information on future El Nino trend
An international team of scientists investigated 50-million-year-old clamshells and wood from the Antarctic and came to the conclusion that the Earth warming will presumably not lead to a permanent El Nino state in the South Pacific Ocean. ANI

Continents' orientation influenced human migration, change in technology
Scientists studying ancient human migration in North and South America have found that technology spread more slowly in the Americas than in Eurasia and that the continents' orientation seems to explain the difference. ANI

Common genetic variants behind schizophrenia, bipolar disorder
Common genetic variants could be to blame for contributing to a person's risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, researchers say. ANI

Raptor dinos' fearsome curving toe talon 'served as weapon'
The function of the highly recurved claw on the foot of raptor dinosaurs has largely remained a mystery to paleontologists ANI

Negative emotions significantly affect brain processing of pain
A new study has found that neuroticism, the tendency to experience negative emotions, significantly affects brain processing during pain, as well as during the anticipation of pain. ANI

Healthy eating promoting policies may halve heart disease deaths
A new study has suggested that intervention policies promoting healthy eating have the ability to lower death rates from cardiovascular disease (CVD) by half. ANI

Why obese people can't resist high-calorie foods
A new study has proved that obese people look at high-calorie food differently, because normal glucose levels in their blood don't perform their duty. ANI

Collisions of black holes and stars may reveal universe's 'dark side'
Scientists might now be able to capture evidence of dark matter- the invisible substance thought to constitute much of the universe - thanks to a new method discovered by researchers from Princeton University and New York University. ANI

Infant formulas with polyunsaturated fatty acids benefit brain and heart
Scientists have found new evidence that infant formulas fortified with long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) are good for developing brains and hearts. ANI

Young clays hint at life on Mars
The discovery of young Martian clays, rich in minerals and formed by water, suggests the planet could have supported life relatively recently in its history, NASA scientists say. ANI

Vaccination with liposomes may protect against AIDS before sex
Researchers have envisioned a new way for women to protect themselves from AIDS before sex: an applicator filled with specially formulated fatty particles called liposomes. ANI

Asteroid family blamed for killing dinos 'not the culprit'
Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission suggest that the family of asteroids believed to be responsible for the death of dinosaurs is not likely the culprit. ANI

Sharks 'to protect us from dengue, yellow fever, and hepatitis'
Scientists have found that a compound initially isolated from sharks could be used as a unique broad-spectrum human antiviral agent against human viruses ranging from dengue and yellow fever to hepatitis B, C, and D. ANI

Scientists find way to prevent HIV from damaging immune system
A new lab-based study led by scientists at the Imperial College London and Johns Hopkins University has found a way to prevent HIV from damaging the immune system. ANI

Cancer cure gets boost from gamma ray 1,000-bn times brighter than Sun
Scottish scientists have created a magnificent gamma ray beam, which is more than a thousand billion times brilliant than the Sun, to revolutionize cancer detection and treatment. ANI

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