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Dinos must have lived in water to support their heavy weight
Dinosaurs must have lived in water, as they were too big and heavy to support themselves on dry land, a scientist has claimed. ANI

Corals 'could cope with ocean acidification'
Scientists have identified a powerful internal mechanism that could enable some corals and their symbiotic algae to counter the adverse impact of a more acidic ocean. ANI

Early life emotional trauma may stunt kids' intellectual development
Results of a long-term study suggest early life emotional trauma may effect cognitive development in children. ANI

Women who use Facebook more 'less happy and less content with their lives'
Low educated and low income groups, and women who spend more time on Facebook report feeling less happy and less content with their lives, according to Sweden's largest Facebook study ever. ANI

Chemical present in smokeless tobacco can cause oral cancer
Scientists say the chemical (S)-N'-nitrosonornicotine, or (S)-NNN, which is present in smokeless tobacco products, is a strong oral carcinogen. ANI

Brain stimulation may help improve speech, memory and numerical abilities
One of the most difficult challenges for some stroke patients can be the inability to find and speak words even if they know what they want to say. ANI

Hypnosis provides lasting relief from bowel disorder symptoms
Hypnosis can be a highly effective method of treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), say researchers. ANI

Systemic inflammation may cause depression
Scientists have found that systemic inflammation causes an increase in depressive symptoms and metabolic changes in the parts of the brain responsible for mood and motivation. ANI

Genes responsible for post-traumatic stress disorder identified
UCLA scientists may have found answer to why some persons succumb to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while others who suffered the same ordeal do not. ANI

Al-Qaeda's online forums go dark for longest period
Al-Qaeda's main Internet forums have been offline for over a week in what experts said is the longest sustained outage of websites since they began operating eight years ago. ANI

'Overwhelming majority' of Facebook shoppers found to be mums
Shopping on Facebook is still in its infancy but it has been found that most of the people buying something on the site are stay at home mothers. ANI

Now, zombie themed app to help joggers run more
A new mobile app, called Zombies, Run! helps joggers maintain their fitness regimes as it features a story in which the user has to run to save the town from zombies. ANI

Controversial bird flu studies cleared for publication
A US biosecurity committee has withdrawn its objection to the publication of two controversial bird flu studies. ANI

Programmable 'smart sand' can clone objects
New algorithms could allow heaps of 'smart sand' to assume any shape, allowing spontaneous formation of new tools or duplication of broken mechanical parts, researchers say. ANI

Link between violent computer games and aggressiveness questioned
There is a long-lasting and sometimes intense debate about the possible link between violent computer games and aggressiveness. ANI

Death cap mushroom poison shows promise to arrest pancreatic cancer
Researchers have come up with a method for destroying cancer cells using death cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides) toxin, without harming the body. ANI

World's first flying car takes its first test flight in NY
A production-type prototype of the world's first flying car took its first test flight over Plattsburgh, N.Y. ANI

Sparrows 'sing out loud' to be heard in noisy cities
Sparrows change their tune to keep pace with city life and soar above the increasing cacophony of car horns and engine rumbles, a new study has revealed. ANI

Sounds of Mars and Venus revealed for first time
Using the tools and techniques of physics and mathematics, researchers including one of Indian origin have for the first time created the natural sounds of other worlds, including lightning on Venus to whirlwinds on Mars and ice volcanoes on Saturn's moon, Titan. ANI

Dwarf galaxies may help reveal what 'dark matter' really is
Nearly 80 percent of the matter in the universe is invisible to telescopes, yet its gravitational influence is manifest in the orbital speeds of stars around galaxies and in the motions of clusters of galaxies. ANI

Humans used fire 1 million years ago
Researchers have found the earliest known evidence of the use of fire by human ancestors in South Africa's Wonderwerk Cave. ANI

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