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Ants rely on chemical trail for calling emergency back up
Brazilian "big-headed" ants use chemical trails to draw others into helping them carry food, a new study has revealed. ANI

Scientists to hold back time for one second on June 30
The last minute of June 30, 2012 is destined to be 61 seconds long, as timekeepers will add a "leap second" to compensate for the wibbly-wobbly movements of our world. ANI

Life on Mars to be 'sniffed' out
Potential abodes for tiny Martians are likely deep underground, so we need to be smart and look for secondary indications of microbial alien life and there is no better way to find them than sniff them out, researchers have claimed. ANI

Ex employee spills 'sex, sleaze and secrets' of Facebook
Facebook, which is supposed to be one of the most dynamic companies in the world, was deeply sexist and stuck in a 1950s mentality that was a cross between a frat house and 'Mad Men' until recently, a new book by a former senior staff member has claimed. ANI

Alzheimer's just a normal part of ageing
Alzheimer's is the second most feared disease after cancer, but a mental health specialist has said that it shouldn't be regarded as a tragedy, but as a normal part of the ageing process in people aged 85 and over. ANI

Soon, minute factories to produce drug inside human body
Scientists have made a breakthrough toward treating disease with the development of minute capsules that contain not drugs - but the DNA and other biological machinery for making the drug- inside the body. ANI

Drug for Parkinson's comes closer to reality
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have shed light on how Parkinson's disease spreads through the brain. ANI

Twitter plans to censor trolling online
Popular micro blogging platform Twitter has planned to introduce measures to reduce the visibility of hate speech on the website, according to a report. ANI

Smartphones encouraging use of social media and computer games
Smartphones have increased the use of social media and computer games, particularly among young people, according to a recent survey. ANI

'Sticky' Gecko toepads could inspire better adhesive technologies
Geckos' sticky toepads that allow them to climb up walls and even hang upside down on ceilings have evolved repeatedly, rather than once or twice as previously thought, according to a new study. ANI

Secret 'Facebook Stalker, Dark Profile and Judgebox' features revealed in new book
Facebook had developed a feature, which would give secret accounts to people who did not even sign up to the social network, a new book has claims. ANI

Now, unbeatable robot that wins every hand of 'Scissors, Paper, Stone'
Scientists have designed a robotic hand that beats people at 'Scissors, Paper, Stone' every single time. ANI

Doubts cast over dinosaur cold-blood theory
One of the strongest lines of evidence that suggested dinosaurs were cold-blooded, like modern reptiles, has been knocked down. ANI

'Giant' bird with bony teeth ruled Oz skies long after dinosaur demise
Museum Victoria has announced the discovery of pelagornis, a huge extinct bird with bony teeth that had previously been found on every continent apart from Australia. ANI

Facebook acknowledges 'email switch' mishandling
Social networking giant Facebook has acknowledged that it did not handle the recent email switchover the best way it could have, after many users were left angered by the sudden move. ANI

Now, website that 'embarrasses' Facebook users neglecting 'privacy settings'
A new website has been reported to have taken out embarrassing and potentially incriminating status updates from Facebook users who aren't using the site's privacy settings and posting them for the whole world to see. ANI

Google unveils home entertainment system 'Nexus Q' to take on Apple TV
Internet search giant Google has unveiled a small Android-powered computer called Nexus Q, which that can stream music and videos from other devices. ANI

Pre-human relatives ate like present-day chimpanzees
A new study has revealed that Australopithecus sediba, an ape-like creature with human features living in a region about 50 miles northwest of today's Johannesburg, exclusively consumed fruits, leaves and other forest-based foods, even though its habitat was near grassy savanna with its rich variety of savory sedges, tasty tubers and even juicy animals. ANI

Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, 'smart' glasses, home entertainment system
Google has finally unveiled its much-awaited 7-inch tablet based on the latest version of its Android software. ANI

Anonymous behind hacking Japanese govt websites over new anti-piracy bill
Notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for a series of cyber-attacks on Japanese government websites, according to a report. ANI

Why people move their eyes when they think
Our eyes don't just help in seeing the world around us, but they can also reflect our emotional state, influence our memories, and provide clues about the way we think, say scientists. ANI

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