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Blood test for pregnant women may predict risk of having dangerously small babies
Researchers have found a protein in the blood of pregnant women that can predict if they are likely to have a fetus that doesn't grow properly, and thus has a high risk of stillbirth and long-term health complications. ANI

Future displays may be made of water and air
Unbelievable, but it is possible that all our digital displays may attain the ultimate act of enlightenment and be made of nothing but air and water. ANI

Elephant seals help reveal Antarctic melting slower than thought
Elephant seals are helping scientists to determine critical information about Antarctic melting and future sea level rise. ANI

Blow-up seatbelt promises greater crash protection in rear car seats
Seatbelts that inflate in less than 40 milliseconds are to be fitted in cars in Britain for the first time. ANI

Now, nano-infused paint to detect strain in buildings, bridges and airplanes
Two Indian origin scientists are included in a Rice University team who have developed a new type of paint that can reveal strain in materials by its fluorescence. ANI

Loss of top predators can multiply extinction risks as planet warms
Global warming may cause more extinctions than predicted if scientists fail to account for interactions among species in their models, say Yale and UConn researchers. ANI

New infrared sensor captures Whirlpool Galaxy 23mn light years away
The University of Hawaii has released a remarkable first infrared astronomy image obtained using its new 16-megapixel HAWAII 4RG-15 (H4RG-15) image sensor on the UH 2.2-meter (88-inch) telescope on Mauna Kea. ANI

Human immune system needs unique gut bacteria
Animals have not only coevolved with their own very special array of microbial partners but also rely on them, a study has suggested. ANI

US school whiz kids invent pitcher that alerts when milk turns sour
A group of middle school students from Manhattan, USA won a prestigious prize for devising a product any mother would love: a pitcher that alerts you when milk has gone bad. ANI

Natural selection may drive cancer cells to evolve resistant to treatment
Cancer is subject to the evolutionary processes laid out by Charles Darwin in his concept of natural selection, according to researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center. ANI

Arctic regions much more vulnerable to change than thought
First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the terrestrial Arctic has provided documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientists thought possible, occurred there over the past 2.8 million years. ANI

New candidate drug stops cancer metastasis and regenerates nerve cells
Scientists from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed a small-molecule-inhibiting drug that, in early laboratory cell tests, stopped breast cancer cells from spreading and also promoted the growth of early nerve cells called neurites. ANI

Soil fungus kills mosquito that carries dengue fever
Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research have turned to a common fungus to stop the spread of dengue fever. ANI

'Submillimeter galaxy' observed 12.4 billion light-years away
Using ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array), an international research team has observed a "submillimeter galaxy" located about 12.4 billion light-years away and has successfully detected an emission line from nitrogen contained in that galaxy. ANI

Travellers care more about losing phone than wedding ring
Losing a smartphone can prove to be more distressing to most travellers than losing their wedding ring, a new poll has revealed. ANI

Apple's 'rip-off' plan to make iPhone accessories obsolete sparks outrage
Users of Apple smartphones have expressed anger after it emerged that the tech giant in the next version of the iPhone could render all current accessories obsolete. ANI

Common BP drug linked to severe gastrointestinal problems
Researchers have discovered an association between a commonly prescribed blood pressure drug, Olmesartan, and severe gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and electrolyte abnormalities-symptoms common among those who have celiac disease. ANI

How wild cheetahs outpace dogs
At their highest recorded speed of 29m/s, wild cheetahs easily outstrip the fastest greyhounds. ANI

Facebook study reveals 'men, elders wield greater influence than women'
Men on Facebook show greater influence than women, while younger people are less influential than their older counterparts, a study of over one million users on the social networking site has revealed. ANI

People could be trained to forget bad memories
People can be trained to forget bad memories, according to a new research that could herald a breakthrough in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. ANI

Extensive water in Mars's mantle hints possibility of sustained life
The amount of water in places of the Martian mantle is vastly larger than previous estimates and is similar to that of Earth's, scientists have found. ANI

Just 3 more mutations in humans can make bird flu a pandemic
A new research has suggested that it might be possible for human-to-human airborne transmissible avian H5N1 influenza viruses to evolve in nature. ANI

'Big' Earth plays tug-of-war with Neptune-sized planet around same star
Researchers have discovered a bigger version of Earth locked in an orbital tug-of-war with a much larger, Neptune-sized planet as they orbit very close to each other around the same star about 1,200 light-years from Earth. ANI

Genes significantly misregulated in autistics kids
Scientists have found genetic changes that help explain why one person has an autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and another does not. ANI

Hackers group 'UGNazi' claims responsibility for Twitter shutdown
A hacker group has claimed responsibility for outages at Twitter due to which millions of social media users were unable to access the micro blogging website on Thursday. ANI

Twitter back up and running after suffering major outage
Micro blogging site Twitter is back up and running after it suffered a series of outages on Thursday. ANI

Dad's brain plays pivotal role in son's success
It is a known fact that sons of fathers with high incomes tend to end up with higher than average incomes themselves, but new research shows that it's not just dad's money that helps a son on his way. ANI

Africans' DNA holds clues to origins of Queen of Sheba tale
Scientists say that clues to the origins of the Queen of Sheba legend are written in the DNA of some Africans. ANI

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