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Heavy elements 'spark planet formation'
Usually, planets form in star systems with comparatively high concentrations of elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, a new study has suggested. ANI

New technique may accelerate recovery of nerve injuries
University of Sheffield engineers have developed a new method for making medical devices that can assist nerves damaged by traumatic accidents to repair naturally, which could improve the chances of restoring sensation and movement in injured limbs. ANI

Not all university students 'tech savvy'
A small minority of present day university students do not use email and others are baffled by the array of technologies available at universities, researchers say. ANI

Estrogen hormone 'may have protective ability after traumatic brain injury'
In a new study, scientists have investigated the biomarkers and novel therapies for traumatic brain injury. ANI

US introduces $60 LED light bulb with life of 20 years
A prize-winning light bulb that lasts for 20 years has gone on sale in the US on Sunday, which is also known as Earth Day. ANI

Soon, hi-tech cars to aid older drivers in 'identifying safest route'
A team of researchers is developing new technology that is aimed at helping older drivers stay on the road. ANI

Why you get a headache when you bite an ice cream
'Brain freeze' is an almost universal experience-almost everyone has felt the near-instantaneous headache brought on by a bite of ice cream or slurp of ice-cold soda on the upper palate. ANI

'Housekeeping' mechanism for brain stem cells identified
A molecular pathway that controls the retention and release of the brain's stem cells has been discovered. ANI

Soon, solar-powered clothes from natural fabric to charge cell phones
A team of designers, including one of Indian-origin, is developing solar-powered clothes from natural fibres that can charge a number of devices, including phones, tablets and GPS units. ANI

Avocados may help 'keep you young'
Avocados could help fight ageing and several diseases as they bolster cells' power centres against harmful free radicals, say scientists. ANI

Quickly spreading gene plays crucial role in Asian MRSA epidemic
Scientists have identified a rapidly emerging Staphylococcus aureus gene, called sasX, which plays a pivotal role in establishing methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) epidemics in most of Asia. ANI

Dino-bird was prone to osteoarthritis
Dinosaurs might be the oldest victims of osteoarthritis, say researchers. ANI

Protein that can protect nerve cells during stroke and epilepsy discovered
Neuroscientists have identified a key protein that may be activated to protect nerve cells from damage during heart failure or epileptic seizure. ANI

Arctic methane leaks could be accelerating global warming
The researchers have uncovered a surprising and potentially important new source of Arctic methane: the ocean itself. ANI

Cocaine abuse may disrupt brain's reward system
Repeated exposure to cocaine reduces the activity of a protein essential for normal functioning of the brain's reward system, thus enhancing the reward for cocaine use and stimulating addiction, a new study has revealed. ANI

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