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Smells 'can trigger powerful emotional memories'
Smells can transport us back to powerful and emotional memories from the past more effectively as compared to sounds, a new study has found. ANI

Doc completes voyage to the most isolated base on Earth
A physician has completed the voyage to one of the remotest places on Earth, which takes even longer than the voyage to the International Space Station. ANI

Soon, protein drugs to facilitate easier treatment of cancer
Scientists have discovered a new physical form of proteins that could drastically improve treatments for cancer and other diseases, as well as overcome some of the largest challenges in therapeutics. ANI

Dual role of key player in immune system discovered
Scientists, led an Indian-origin researcher, have identified a new and unusual role for a key player in the human immune system. ANI

Ancient Mesopotamians enjoyed riddles about sex, beer and politics
A newly translated tablet from the area of present-day Iraq reveals a series of riddles, which show that even in 1,500BC, people liked a puzzle. ANI

Pupils in eyes ' are windows to the mind'
The eyes are the window into the soul, or, at least the mind, a new study has suggested. ANI

Doubts cast over amygdala link with fear
The link between amygdala and fear, especially a fear of others unlike us, has gone too far not only in pop culture but also in psychological science, a new study has claimed. ANI

How brain keeps memories alive for decades
Scientists, including Indian-origin researchers, have found that a prion-like protein plays a key role in storing long-term memories. ANI

Grape seed extract kills head and neck cancer cells
An Indian origin scientist and his team have found that in both cell lines and mouse models, grape seed extract (GSE) kills head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed. ANI

Glaciation not related to carbon isotopic ratio change prior to 'Snowball Earth'
The large changes in the carbon isotopic composition of carbonates which occurred prior to the major climatic event more than 500 million years ago, known as 'Snowball Earth,' are unrelated to worldwide glacial events, a new study has suggested. ANI

How cholera bacterium gains foothold in gut
Scientists have been able to discover the mechanism that cholera bacterium uses to gain a foothold in the intestine and attacks the body. ANI

Soon, more effective plastic electronics inspired by kitchen gadget
A scientist has been inspired by a kitchen gadget that vacuum-seals food in plastic to develop flexible electronics using lightweight organic semiconductors for products such as video displays or solar cells. ANI

Outraged Twitter users threaten to boycott over new censorship rules
Twitter users across the world have threatened to go on a one-day boycott after the micro blogging website announced that it could remove tweets in certain countries which have "different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression". ANI

Psychotherapy helps people with depression
Psychotherapy - both cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic therapy - helps people with depressive personality traits- chronic melancholics - as much as those without the disposition, a psychologist has found. ANI

Cause of pre-menstrual tension identified
Scientists have discovered how pre-menstrual tension, which affects an estimated 85 to 97 per cent of women of reproductive age, is caused. ANI

Bahamas' underwater caves could give clues about life beyond Earth
Researchers believe recent discoveries made in some underwater caves in the Bahamas could provide clues about how ocean life formed on Earth millions of years ago, and perhaps give hints of what types of marine life could be found on distant planets and moons. ANI

Bus-size asteroid buzzes past earth in close flyby
On Jan. 25, a small asteroid the size of a city bus zoomed between Earth and the moon's orbit just days after its discovery, but luckily it posed no threat to our planet, according to NASA reports. ANI

Scratching pleasure depends on itch's location
How good scratching an itch feels is related to where it is itching, an expert says. ANI

Facebook's new 'mandatory' Timeline feature to expose users' embarrassing photos, status
Social networking giant Facebook will now expose people's embarrassing photos and status updates, as it forces users onto its new timeline feature. ANI

Indian schoolboy invents anti-molestation device for women
An Indian schoolboy from Delhi claims to have invented a device that can help women stave off would-be attackers. ANI

Vitamin biosynthesis find could lead to novel anti-malaria drug
A new study has shed light on the nature of the enzymes required for vitamin biosynthesis by the malaria causing pathogen Plasmodium, which could eventually lead to the design of more effective drugs to combat the disease. ANI

Now, app that tells you why you got dumped after first date!
A new dating application, which has been launched by a Melbourne woman, has been designed to address the classic dilemma of "why doesn't he or she call?" ANI

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