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Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is Brits' favourite iPod song
A new poll has found that Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is the song most likely to be found on British iPods, with more than 40 percent of owners have the 1970s classic. ANI

New malaria vaccine shows 'most encouraging' result ever against illness
A new malaria vaccine has shown a substantial level of protection against the illness in a preliminary trial, encouraging researchers to expand the study. ANI

Study sheds light on famous honeybee society caste system
A new study has been undertaken to understand the famous caste system that dominates honeybee societies, with a select few bee larvae destined for royalty and the masses for worker status. ANI

New genre of plastics that biodegrade right in the soil
A new breed of plastics are starting to gain a foothold in products ranging from teapots to potato chip bags to plastic plant pots that biodegrade right in the soil. ANI

YouTube videos can inaccurately depict movement disorders
A new study has revealed that people shown in YouTube videos with movement disorders often do not suffer from such disorders. ANI

Women with infant death in first pregnancy at risk of subsequent stillbirth
A new study has revealed that women whose first pregnancy ends in infant death are significantly more likely to have a subsequent stillbirth. ANI

Coming soon: Drugs that will stop breast cancer from recurring
A new study has suggested that some novel drugs that are being developed as remedies to other cancers will also be able in future to stop breast cancer from coming back. ANI

Higgs boson could help explain the evolution of Universe
A group of EPFL physicists has said that Higgs boson would help scientists understand the evolution of the Universe from the moment of its birth. ANI

Childbirth fear- a predisposing factor for C-section
A new study has suggested that fear of childbirth increases the frequency of emergency and elective caesarean sections despite psychological counselling. ANI

How the brain makes decisions based on correlated factors
A new study has shed light on how our brain makes decisions based on related information. ANI

New face swapping technology morphs your face in real time
A software developer has created a new technology that allows users to virtually replace their face with someone else's - in real time. ANI

How 'bionic' bacteria can help fight disease and global warming
Genetically enhanced bacteria may pave the way for creating new synthetic drugs to help fight disease and manufacturing biofuels to combat global warming, US researchers say. ANI

Laughter therapy as effective as anti-psychotic drugs in treating dementia
A new study has found that humour therapy is as effective as widely used anti-psychotic drugs in managing agitation in patients with dementia, and avoids serious drug side effects. ANI

How scientists settle conflict between religion and science
A new study by Rice University has found that only a minority of scientists at major research universities view religion and science as always in conflict, while a majority of them consider both topics as "valid avenues of knowledge". ANI

New target for activation of 'good fat' to fight obesity identified
Scientists have for the time identified pathways that are critical to activating a type of "good" fat found in the body, which could lead the fight against obesity and diabetes. ANI

Soon, smart robot arms to make them move more smoothly
Anyone who has placed their hands on their laps and are to pick up a coffee mug on the table would obviously extract their hands from under the table before stretching their arm out toward the mug. ANI

Google denies 'cooking' search results to favour own online services
Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has denied that the search giant fixes its search results in order to promote its own websites and services. ANI

One third of Brit kids aged ten or under have own mobile phone
A survey has found that nearly a third of children aged ten or under now have their own mobile phone. ANI

NASA's falling 5-ton satellite UARS caught on camera
An amateur astronomer has recorded images of the six-tonne, 20-year-old NASA satellite that is falling to earth, and is expected to hit the planet on Friday. ANI

Soy-based supplements improve crow's feet wrinkles in menopausal women
A new study has found that a soy germ-based nutritional supplement containing Natural S-equol, significantly improved the appearance of crow's feet skin wrinkles of the outer corner of the eyes in Japanese menopausal women, suggesting that supplements have potential to slow skin aging. ANI

Penguins can distinguish mates, kin by smell
Penguins may use smell to determine if they are related to a potential mate, research shows. ANI

'Longevity gene' actually not extending lifespan of animals
A new study has found that sirtuins, proteins believed to significantly increase lifespan in a number of organisms - and the claimed target of some anti-ageing creams - do not, in fact, affect animal longevity. ANI

Common gene behind ALS and a form of dementia identified
Scientists have discovered a common gene that causes both ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and a form of early-onset dementia in a groundbreaking study led by US scientists. ANI

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