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Text messages can alleviate stressed, isolated souls
Text messaging is often criticized for contributing to illiteracy and high-risk behaviour like reckless driving. ANI

Blowing up Mercury and Venus may help meet energy demands for decades
Constructing a giant ball around the sun to harness its power could be closer than people may think - the only requirement would be to demolish Mercury, Venus, some of the outer planets and any nearby asteroids. ANI

Now, hands-free umbrella to protect cyclists from April showers
A Florida inventor has designed a hands-free umbrella that can withstand winds of up to 50mph to help cyclists battling through April showers. ANI

Now, hands-free umbrella to protect cyclists from showers
A Florida inventor has designed a hands-free umbrella that can withstand winds of up to 50mph to help cyclists battling through showers. ANI

Now, seat to wrap kids in bubble during car crash and guard them from fire
British engineers have unveiled a car seat that cocoons a baby in a protective shell in the event of an accident. ANI

'Mini internet' chips may have greater computing speeds
The data-routing techniques that undergird the internet could boost the efficiency of multicore chips while reducing their power needs, a new study has revealed. ANI

Habitat loss and tropical cooling could be behind mass extinction
The second-largest mass extinction in Earth's history coincided with a short but intense ice age during which massive glaciers grew and sea levels plunged. ANI

New treatment may help OCD patients overcome fears and doubts
Concordia researchers have come out with a novel approach to treat compulsive checking in obsessive-compulsive disorder sufferers. ANI

Dead Sea almost dried up entirely 120,000 years ago
During the last interglacial period, approximately 120,000 years ago, Dead Sea came close to drying up entirely, researchers under a drilling project have found. ANI

New MRI technique predicts progression of dementia
A new technique uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the rate of progression and physical path of many degenerative brain diseases. ANI

High socio-economic level improves health
People with a high socio-economic level have better health than others, a new study has found. ANI

Why action stars tend to be Republican
Researchers have shed light on how men's mental faculties continue to respond to their physical strength and fighting ability. ANI

Why bats tuck in their wings on upstroke
By flexing their wings inward to their bodies on the upstroke, bats use only 65 percent of the inertial energy they would expend if they kept their wings fully outstretched, according to a new research. ANI

Antioxidant could disrupt Alzheimer's
There is presently no treatment that alters the course of Alzheimer's disease (AD). ANI

'Unsnoozeable' alarm clock allows no excuses for staying in bed
A US researcher has come up with an alarm clock that can only be stopped by getting out of bed as it does not have any snooze button. ANI

Most precise measurement of universe revealed
Researchers have shed light on how ancient sound waves sculpted the cosmos, thus revealing the most accurate measurements ever made of the large-scale structure of the universe between five to seven billion years ago. ANI

Nokia Lumia 900 tops smartphone sales charts on US debut
Nokia's new launch, Lumia 900 has topped the smartphone sales charts in the United States. ANI

People's niceness may reside in their genes
DNA may help explain why some people are nicer than others, according to researchers. ANI

LHC sets new particle collision record
The Large Hadron Collider has crushed its own world record by smashing protons together with a combined energy of 8 teraelectronvolts (TeV). ANI

Eggs of enigmatic birdlike dinosaur discovered in Patagonia
Scientists have discovered fossilized bones and unique eggs of an enigmatic birdlike dinosaur that lived 70 million years ago in Patagonia. ANI

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