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Cellular basis for age-related breast cancer vulnerability uncovered
It is understood that the risks of breast cancer increase dramatically for women over the age of 50, but what takes place at the cellular level to cause this increase has been a mystery. ANI

Depression treatment may also prevent adolescent drug abuse
Treating adolescents for major depression can also reduce their chances of abusing drugs later on, according to a new study. ANI

Mysterious Arc of Venus hoped to appear during transit
An armada of spacecraft and ground-based telescopes will be on the lookout for something elusive and, until recently, unexpected, when Venus transits the sun on June 5th and 6th. ANI

Blowing bubbles seen in Carina Nebula
A stunning new view from ESA's Herschel space observatory show giant bubbles, towering pillars and cascading clouds of dust and gas fill the star-forming nursery of the Carina Nebula. ANI

Brits used cold storage in Bronze Age 4,000 years ago
Homes in Britain may have had 'mod cons' as many as 4,000 years ago, according to archaeologists. ANI

Intelligent shock absorbers reduce vibrations and generate power
Engineers are working on intelligent materials that can diminish vibrations and extract power from the environment. ANI

How spectacle lenses could keep themselves free of water
Raindrops on your spectacles could leave your vision obscured, but you may not need to reach for a cloth to wipe them off in the future. ANI

Breakthrough pill keeps breast cancer at bay for longer
A new breast cancer drug has been found which increases remission time and reduces side-effects of chemotherapy, doctors have claimed. ANI

Facebook pics may reflect unconscious cultural differences of users
Researchers have revealed that the photos people select to use for their Facebook profiles may reflect individual preferences, but they also appear to reflect more deeply rooted and unconscious cultural differences. ANI

Low mass enables mosquitoes to fly in rain
Even though a single raindrop can weigh 50 times more than a mosquito, the insect can still fly in the rain. ANI

Functional brain impairment may be behind post-stroke depression
Researchers have found a strong association between impairments in a network of the brain involved in emotional regulation and the severity of post-stroke depression. ANI

Facebook's voters' numbers surpass world's largest democracy, India's electorate
Facebook's decision to offer its 900 million users a chance to vote on the social network's proposed changes to privacy policy will be higher than the electorate in India, the world's largest democracy. ANI

Freud was right! Guilt or self-blame plays key role in depression
Researchers at the University of Manchester have found that the brain scans of people with a history of depression differed in the regions associated with guilt and knowledge of socially acceptable behaviour from individuals who never get depressed. ANI

Now, goggles to combat obesity by making food appear 50 pc larger in size
A pair of goggles created by Japanese scientists is the latest advance in the battle of the bulge. ANI

Southampton Varsity study takes novel approach to transform cities to low carbon pathways
Researchers at the University of Southampton are embarking on a low carbon engineering project that could transform the way cities are built, as well as the way we live in them. The work will provide pathways of new engineering and social solutions that test acceptability and coherence for low carbon living. ANI

'Good fat' activated by cold can help combat obesity
Researchers have found that a type of "good" fat found in the body, which helps burn calories, can be activated by cold temperatures. ANI

Earliest human relatives originated in Asia and not Africa
A new form of anthropoid primate discovered in Myanmar (Burma), has added to mounting evidence that anthropoids - a family that includes monkeys, apes and humans - evolved in Asia and subsequently migrated to Africa. ANI

Microsoft fixes Windows flaw exploited by most complex esponiage virus Flame
Software giant Microsoft has warned users that the recently discovered Flame virus that attacked systems across the Middle East infects computers by exploiting a flaw in the Windows operating system. ANI

Evolution of birds ended reign of giant insects
Giant insects ruled the prehistoric skies during periods when Earth's atmosphere was rich in oxygen, but they got smaller despite rising oxygen levels after the evolution of birds about 150 million years ago, according to a new study. ANI

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