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Ancient DNA may tell tale of rapid climate change adaptation
The 30000-year-old bison bones unearthed in permafrost at a Canadian goldmine could explain how animals adapt to rapid environmental change, researchers say. ANI

'Uncontacted' Indians of Peru closely captured for first time
A campaign group has released the first ever 'close up' images of one of the world's last uncontacted tribes - the Amazon Indians. ANI

Oz scientist's fluorescent formula makes flowers glitter like jewels
An Australian scientist has developed a world-first fluorescent formula that makes ordinary flowers and plants appear as though they are luminescent. ANI

How superbugs become resistant to antibiotics
Scientists have thrown light on the way superbugs such as MRSA are able to become resistant to treatment with antibiotics. ANI

Now, headset that controls blood pressure by slowing down breathing
A new gadget that controls high blood pressure by playing music could be an alternative to pills to help thousands of patients, researchers say. ANI

Trusted sources boost credibility of online news portals
Online news portals that use stories from trustworthy sources get credibility boost from readers, which often helps them make money through advertising, a new study including Indian origin researcher has suggested. ANI

Around 50 billion web-connected devices would be available online by 2020: Cisco
Networking giant Cisco has claimed that the number of web-connected devices will grow more than four times by 2020. ANI

New primordial pathway to life's chemical building blocks discovered
A new study led by Indian origin scientists has proven a new pathway to produce sugars indispensable for life to begin. ANI

How different brain regions cooperate during short-term memory
Synchronized oscillations between different brain regions are vital in visually remembering things over a short period of time, a new study has revealed. ANI

Pill made from dust mites may help treat asthma sufferers
A pill made from a protein found in dust mites may provide relief for asthma sufferers, scientists believe. ANI

Facebook can get school employees fired
School administrators are increasingly facing dilemma stemming from social networking that goes beyond thwarting cyber-bullying among students. ANI

Defunct German satellite just '7 min' from smashing into Beijing
Beijing was dangerously close to a major upheaval when the city came directly in the flight path of a 2.5 ton crashed German satellite when it plunged into the Bay of Bengal last October, new calculations have revealed. ANI

Exposure to common environmental bacteria may cause asthma
Some cases of asthma may actually be caused by an allergic reaction to a common environmental bacteria, a new research has suggested. ANI

Peptides that could lead to universal vaccine for influenza identified
Scientists have discovered a series of peptides, found on the internal structures of influenza viruses that could lead to the development of a universal vaccine for influenza, one that gives people immunity against all strains of the disease, including seasonal, avian, and swine flu. ANI

Gene that triggers pancreatic cancer growth identified
Researchers have revealed that a mutant protein found in nearly all pancreatic cancers plays a role not only in the cancer's development but also in its continued growth. ANI

Now, new app tells who 'unfriended' you on Facebook
A new tool on Facebook now allows users to see if someone on their friends list has 'unfriended' them, or has ignored their friend request. ANI

'Controllable' drug delivery system uses 3D 'superhydrophobic' materials
Researchers have now developed a long duration and controllable drug delivery system, which uses a 'superhydrophobic' three-dimensional polymer material. ANI

Male sex hormone makes people less cooperative and more egocentric
Too much testosterone can make us overvalue our own opinions and blind us to other people's views, researchers have revealed. ANI

'Best' glimpse of interstellar material beyond our solar system captured
Researchers have now captured the best and most complete glimpse of the material that lies so far outside our solar system. ANI

Jobs preferred listening to 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Legendary singer Neil Young has claimed that late Apple's visionary-co-founder Steve Jobs, who was credited with delivering the iPod, preferred listening to vinyl records rather than modern gadgets. ANI

'Mind-reading' device comes closer to reality
Scientists could soon be able to eavesdrop on the constant, internal monologs that run through people's minds, or hear the imagined speech of those patients who cannot speak, a new study has revealed. ANI

New species of ancient crocodile that lived 95m years ago discovered
A new species of prehistoric crocodile dating to the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 95 million years ago, has been discovered by a University of Missouri researcher. ANI

Soon, 'mind-reading' helmets to monitor pilot's brain
Advances in electroencephalographic (EEG) brain-wave detection technology could soon help monitor a pilot's state of mind while at the controls, researchers say. ANI

Cell-permeable peptide that inhibits hepatitis C virus identified
Researchers have now identified a cell-permeable peptide, which impedes a hepatitis C virus protein and blocks viral replication that can cause liver cancer and cirrhosis. ANI

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