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You could lose Facebook friends due to 'over-sharing' of photos, links, updates: Study
A user is likely to lose his/her friends on social networking sites such as Facebook because of over-sharing, a new study has claimed. ANI

Its official! 'Doubly magic' Tin-100 has fastest beta decay of all atomic nuclei
According to the shell model of nuclear physics, 50 is a "magic number" that gives rise to special properties. ANI

How humans learn to predict each other's decisions
Researchers in Japan have uncovered two brain signals in the human prefrontal cortex involved in how humans predict the decisions of other people. ANI

Gene-silencing method offers possible therapy for Huntington's disease
A new gene-silencing strategy can reverse core symptoms associated with Huntington's disease, according to a preclinical study. ANI

How to make kids more active
Children are more active if their TV time is restricted or they are involved in school sports clubs, among other associations, according to a study. ANI

Russian scientific expedition to monitor endangered gray whales off Sakhalin Island
A group of scientists from the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS) left here for Sakhalin coasts on Thursday to monitor an endangered population of gray whales listed in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species. ANI

Internet activity may help diagnose depression
Depressed people may spend more time on certain online activities, scientists have found. ANI

Soon, camera with 5 five times better resolution than human vision
By synchronizing 98 tiny cameras in a single device, electrical engineers have developed a prototype camera that can create images with unprecedented detail. ANI

Human speech 'may have evolved from monkey lip smack'
The throat and facial movements that twist the air pushing through your vocal cords into words could be rooted in the well-meaning expressions primates exchange with each other, two recent studies have revealed. ANI

Pluto's moons offer clues to extrasolar planets around dual-star systems
Pluto and its partner moon Charon are helping scientists figure out where to look for planets that circle two parent stars. ANI

Newborn babies start seeing in 3D `4 months after due date`
Newborn babies, who were thought to begin seeing in stereo almost four months after their due date, actually learn to do it four months after they are exposed to light even if they are born early. ANI

New Facebook feature displays Timeline cover pic when you hover over names
Social networking giant Facebook has now introduced a new feature that will show friends' Timeline profile picture and cover photo when you hover over his/her name. ANI

Confused people actually learn more effectively
Most people think that confidence and certainty are preferred over uncertainty and bewilderment when it comes to learning complex information. ANI

Blocking cellular protein in brain reduces binge eating
Researchers have demonstrated in experimental models that blocking the Sigma-1 receptor, a cellular protein in the prefronto-cortical regions of the brain, reduced binge eating and caused binge eaters to eat more slowly. ANI

Now, iPhone app to give outfit advice based on weather
A new iPhone application gives customised outfit advice from one's own wardrobe, based on the weather forecast for the day. ANI

Apple, Google warned not to breach privacy while flying 'spy planes' over cities
U.S. officials have warned Google and Apple of privacy concerns as the tech giants have deployed military grade 'spy planes' over cities to gather data for their 3D map services. ANI

Prehistoric Saharan humans practiced dairying in 5th millennium BC
A research by an international team of scientists has described the first unequivocal evidence that humans in prehistoric Saharan Africa used cattle for their milk nearly 7,000 years ago. ANI

Apple peel compound helps reduce obesity in mice
A new study by University of Iowa researchers has found that a natural substance found in apple peel can partially protect mice from obesity and some of its harmful effects. ANI

Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8 to take on Apple, Google mobile devices
Software giant Microsoft has unveiled the new version of its Windows Phone software. ANI

Authenticity of cervical cancer vaccine trial in India questioned
A new study has raised further questions about a controversial trial of HPV vaccines in India. ANI

Soon, gecko-inspired adhesive that can repeatedly attach and detach to surfaces
Scientists have come up with a gecko-inspired adhesive that can function under conditions where traditional ones adhesives do not, possibly inspiring new applications. ANI

Love or lust depends on which area of brain gets activated
In a recent international study, researchers have drawn an exact map of the intimately linked feelings of love and sexual desire in the brain. ANI

Cosmic web of first stars when universe was in its infancy unveiled
Scientists have discovered a new way to detect the first stars when the universe was only 200 million years old and still emerging from its dark ages. ANI

NASA spacecraft finds possible evidence of ice content in moon crater
Data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has indicated that ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in a crater located on the Moon's south pole. ANI

Spinach can offset harmful effects of carcinogens on cancer stem cells
Scientists including one of Indian origin have for the first time traced the actions of a known carcinogen in cooked meat to its complex biological effects on microRNA and cancer stem cells. ANI

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