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Mums' pot use as teens may up response of offspring to drugs
Mothers who use marijuana as teens-long before having children-may put their future children at a higher risk of drug abuse, new research suggests. ANI

Anxiety causes girls' brains to go into overdrive
Brains of anxious girls work much harder than those of boys, Michigan State University scientists have found. ANI

New technique accurately determines infants at malaria risk
A research team has developed a new molecular technology, which will improve evaluation of malaria control methods and vaccine development. ANI

Prehistoric mammoth femur found in Iowa family's backyard
A backyard in Iowa was converted into an excavation site after a family went blackberry-picking behind their house two years ago and came back with a prehistoric mammoth femur. ANI

Pathogens' protein structures offer blueprint for new drugs
Scientists say that they have reached a significant milestone by determining 1,000 protein structures from infectious disease organisms. ANI

Type 2 diabetes ups risk of developing blood cancer by 20pc
Patients with type 2 diabetes have a 20 percent increased risk of developing blood cancers, such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma, according to a new meta-analysis. ANI

Bifocal spectacles slow progression of nearsightedness in kids
A new study by an optometrist at the University of Houston (UH) has offered new hope for more effective treatment of nearsightedness in children. ANI

Jupiter's smallest known moon unveiled
Scientists believed that the smallest of two moons recently discovered orbiting Jupiter may be the giant planet's smallest known satellite. ANI

Now, ultra-thin glass that can 'wrap' around devices
A new type of flexible ultra-thin glass has been unveiled by the firm that developed Gorilla Glass, currently used to make screens of various gadgets. ANI

81 new plant and fungus species identified
Scientists at The New York Botanical Garden have discovered and described 81 new species of plants and fungi in the course of one year. ANI

Apple's new plans for iPhone, Siri, MacBooks leaked
Apple has planned to launch new features for its iPhone, and would introduce its popular voice recognition app Siri in iPad, according to a report. ANI

'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling makes magic in Sony's interactive storybook
'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling is working in partnership with Song to come up with a virtual reality spellbook that will that will bring interactive storybooks to life. ANI

Simple blood test can identify patients at risk of dying after surgery
A simple blood test can help identify people who are at high risk of dying within the month after non-cardiac surgery, McMaster University researchers have revealed. ANI

Overfed fruit flies may hold key to understanding human diabetes
Researchers have developed a new research model for studying diabetes in humans by overfeeding fruit flies. ANI

Antioxidant lowers irritability and repetitive behaviors in autistic kids
A specific antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism. ANI

'Facebook's privacy notice' a hoax
Facebook's privacy notice, which users of the social site might have seen as a status update masquerading in their news feeds in the last month, is a hoax. ANI

Google to alert users about 'state-sponsored' cyber attacks
Internet search giant Google has reportedly introduced an alert system that would warns its users when it thinks they may be the target of a state-sponsored cyber attack. ANI

Humans' win over Neanderthals attributed to 'revenge of nerds story'
In a new study, researchers have tried to find out the why humans prevailed over their enemies - the Neanderthals. ANI

Soon, touchscreens to 'learn' your habits for faster and error-free typing
Researchers including one of Indian origin, have suggested that keyboards that adjust to individual typing styles could ease the frustration and reduce the mistakes one makes as they walk and type on their touchscreens. ANI

'Vampire' skeletons discovered in Bulgaria
Archaeologists in Bulgaria have unearthed two skeletons from the Middle Ages, which were pierced through the chest with iron rods to keep them from turning into vampires, the head of the history museum said on Wednesday. ANI

Kiwis witness Venus' last-in-a-lifetime transit across sun
While some parts of New Zealand have become murky owing to the cold and cloudy scenes, others are finding clear skies where the transit of Venus can be viewed from. ANI

Now, inflatable vest that gives calming 'hug' to stressed out people
An inflatable vest designed to make people feel the comfort of a hug, could help autistic people stay calm in stressful situations and could even quieten screaming babies. ANI

New movement-monitoring tank 'could spell end of yoga instructors'
A futuristic new sports garment that is in development could do away with yoga and pilates instructors forever. ANI

'Female' gene may be to blame for making women more prone to migraines
A 'female' gene may be responsible for migraine, which may explain why women are more likely to suffer from the debilitating headaches, say researchers. ANI

Humans' hunter-gatherer ancestors were long-distance endurance athletes
A new study has claimed that humans are hardwired to be endurance athletes - explaining why we get a 'runners' high' after exercise. ANI

Dinosaurs much lighter than previously thought
Scientists have developed a new technique to accurately measure the weight and size of dinosaurs and discovered they are not as heavy as previously thought. ANI

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