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Blocking DNA repair enzyme could eventually lead to cancer therapy
Scientists have shed light on what happens in cells when DNA is damaged. ANI

How 'numerate' people understand numbers better to make more informed decisions
People who are numerate- that's like literacy, but for numbers- are more at ease thinking about numbers and are less influenced by other information, a new study has revealed. ANI

Hovering in mid-air easier for top-heavy structures
Structures that are top-heavy are likelier to maintain their balance while hovering in the air compared to those that bear a lower centre of gravity, a new study has revealed. ANI

Venus could be shifting gears
A spacecraft orbiting Venus has revealed that Earth's cloud-covered neighbour is rotating a little slower than previously measured. ANI

Power of estrogen turns male snakes into gay charmers
Boosting the estrogen levels of male garter snakes triggers them to secrete the same pheromones that females use to attract suitors, and turns them into just about the sexiest reptile on the block - attracting dozens of other males keen to mate. ANI

Grown-ups more 'addicted' to Facebook and Twitter than teens
Facebook and Twitter, which are often thought of as sites that teenagers are extra interested in, are liked more by adults who have a better time using them, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Indian curry spice component 'may help slow growth of prostate tumour'
Curcumin, an active component of the Indian curry spice turmeric, may help slow down the growth of tumour in castration-resistant prostate cancer patients on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), a new study has found. ANI

How planets outside our solar system evolved
Using high-powered lasers, scientists have found that molten magnesium silicate undergoes a phase change in the liquid state, abruptly transforming to a more dense liquid with increasing pressure. ANI

Human cognitive performance declines after natural disasters
Besides stress and anxiety, victims of natural disasters also become prone to making more serious errors than usual in their daily lives, a new study has revealed. ANI

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