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'Very promising' treatment for Huntington disease discovered
Scientists have discovered a promising new therapy for Huntington disease that restores lost motor skills and may delay or stop the progression of the disease based on lab model tests. ANI

Practice can't help people make good decisions based on risk
Practice makes perfect, but not when it comes to decisions about risk, according to a new study. ANI

Now, smart phone app to direct New Yorkers to free condoms
The New York Health Department is going to launch a new app that tells smart phone users where they can get free Lifestyles condoms. ANI

'Facebook for women' Pinterest now one of fastest growing social sites
A vision board-styled social photo sharing website Pinterest has become one of the fastest-growing social sites, and is increasingly becoming popular among women, according to a report. ANI

Queen of Sheba's fabled mines discovered in Ethiopia
British archaeologists have struck gold with a discovery that may unravel the mystery of where the Queen of Sheba derived her fabled treasures from. ANI

Erasing neuronal memories may help control chronic pain
Researchers are one step closer to find new solutions for those who are suffering from chronic pain. ANI

Now, security system that uses your pulse rate as password
Researchers have come up with a security system, which recognises a person's heartbeat as their password. ANI

Google working on 'secret testing lab' worth $120mln
Google is reportedly working on a secret laboratory at its California headquarters worth 120 million dollars, which the Internet search giant will use to test a range of new experimental products. ANI

Soon, tool that radically boosts solar cells' performance
Researchers have significantly enhanced polymer solar cells' performance by building a device with a new "tandem" structure that combines multiple cells with different absorption bands. ANI

Now, 'smarter' computer programmes that think like humans
Researchers have created a computer programme that can score 150 in IQ tests, in which the average score for humans is 100. ANI

'Rapunzel Number' can help predict shape of any ponytail
A British team of researchers has developed an equation that explains and predicts the shape of a ponytail. ANI

Darwin' theory of origin of life on Earth proved right
A new study has confirmed that life on Earth originated on land in a "warm little pond" and not in the oceans - just as Charles Darwin said more than 140 years ago. ANI

Air pollution may speed up cognitive decline in women
Chronic exposure to particulate air pollution may accelerate cognitive decline in older women, researchers suggest. ANI

Prolonged fructose intake does not up blood pressure
Eating fructose over an extended period of time does not lead to rise in blood pressure, researchers say. ANI

6- to 9-month-olds can understand meaning of many spoken words
Infants between 6 and 9 months may only utter "ba-ba" and "da-da," but they can actually comprehend words for many common objects, according to a new study. ANI

Explosive evolution need not follow mass extinctions
A new discovery has challenged the widely held assumption that a period of explosive evolution quickly follows for survivors of mass extinctions. ANI

Regenerative therapy shows promise to reverse heart attack damage
Treating heart attack patients with an infusion of their own heart-derived cells helps damaged hearts re-grow healthy muscle, a new study has revealed. ANI

How our brain recognizes facial expressions
Researchers have identified two areas in the brain that are critical for either detecting or distinguishing emotions from facial expressions. ANI

New compound increases antibiotics' efficiency against superbugs by 16-fold
Chemists at the North Carolina State University have created a compound that makes existing antibiotics 16 times more effective against recently discovered antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." ANI

Promising therapeutic target for diabetes identified
The leading cause of death for millions of diabetes patients is heart disease. ANI

New compound may disrupt HIV's hijacking of immune system
Researchers are testing a promising compound that may counteract HIV's ability to hijack the immune system's protection mechanism. ANI

Radiation therapy transforms breast cancer cells into cancer stem cells
Researchers have shown for the first time that radiation treatment -despite killing half of all tumour cells during every cycle - transforms other cancer cells into treatment-resistant breast cancer stem cells. ANI

Birds in 'epic' Iliad 'strengthened warriors' fighting spirit'
The birds cited in the epic poem Iliad play a key role in helping warriors and kings make difficult decisions and satisfy the basic human need for self-esteem and security, a new study has revealed. ANI

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