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Soon, eat your bottles once you've drunk what's inside
People will soon be able to eat their bottles after they have finished their drink - thanks to an avant-garde edible material developed by scientists. ANI

Fossil footprints of world's oldest elephant herd found
Scientists have discovered some ancient footprints in the Arabian Desert dating back to over seven million years, which they believe could be the world's oldest elephant tracks. ANI

Now, vest that can diagnose heart attacks as soon as they happen
A revolutionary cardiac vest that can immediately alert medics to heart attacks will be tested for the first time in a British hospital next month. ANI

New skin cancer drug 'almost doubles survival'
Researchers have discovered that a new drug, meant for metastatic melanoma patients nearly doubled median overall survival. ANI

Doubts cast over theory of men's 'rotting' Y chromosome
Despite arguments to the contrary, researchers have confirmed that the human Y chromosome has a long, healthy future ahead of it. ANI

Deepest terrestrial animal found in Krubera-Voronja cave
Scientists have discovered four new species of primitive eyeless insects, one of which they described as the deepest land animal ever found. ANI

Earth's 'rhythmic throbbing' may cause extinctions every 60 million yrs
An inexplicable cycle of booms and busts in marine biodiversity over the past 500 million years could be tied to a periodic uplifting of the world's continents, researchers say. ANI

Soon, light activated 'off-switch' for pain
Chemists have demonstrated that it is possible to stall the activity of pain-sensitive neurons using an agent that acts as a photosensitive switch. ANI

Heart beats to rhythm of body clock
Sudden cardiac death - catastrophic and unexpected fatal heart stoppage - is more likely to take place soon after waking up in the morning and in the late night, a new study including an Indian origin scientist has suggested. ANI

Google's digital glasses to be revealed soon
Google digital glasses, which use augmented reality technology and Android technology, will be out in the market soon. ANI

Therapy to eradicate malaria comes closer to reality
Researchers have completed the first-ever comparative analysis of all currently available and in-development antimalarials in terms of the steps they target in the parasite's lifecycle. ANI

Tiny medical device can propel itself through bloodstream
Stanford engineers have developed a wirelessly powered, self-propelled medical device that can propel itself through the blood stream to deliver drugs, perform diagnostics or microsurgeries. ANI

Online video game boosts cognitive functioning in older adults
Playing online video game World of Warcraft (WoW) may help improve cognitive functioning for some older adults, researchers suggest. ANI

Now, injectable gel that could repair tissue damaged by heart attack
A new injectable hydrogel that could be an effective and safe treatment for tissue damage caused by heart attacks has been developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego. ANI

Fear of spiders makes people overestimate their size
People who are afraid of spiders perceive the size of the arthropods bigger than they really are, a new research suggests. ANI

Facebook's photo guidelines say no to ni*ples but give nod to 'gore'
A leaked document has revealed Facebook's secret rule book which includes blocking mild nudity but allowing images of death and disfigurement, as well as racially charged comments. ANI

Why urban birds sing louder than woodland counterparts
Birds like sparrows, blackbirds and the great tits are all known to sing at a higher pitch (frequency) in urban environments. ANI

General motivation centre in brain identified
Researchers have identified the part of the brain, which triggers motivation during actions that combine physical and mental effort: the ventral striatum. ANI

Novel compounds for treating muscular dystrophy created
Scripps Research Scientists have for the first time designed a series of small molecules that act against an RNA defect directly responsible for the most common form of adult-onset muscular dystrophy. ANI

Likely new trigger for epidemic of metabolic syndrome discovered
A new study led by an Indian-origin scientist has uncovered a key suspect in the destructive inflammation that underlies heart disease and diabetes. ANI

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