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Arctic ice melt may lead to severe winters in US
The dramatic melt-off of Arctic sea ice because of climate change is hitting closer to home than millions of Americans might believe. ANI

Geoengineering could disrupt global and regional rainfall patterns
Tackling climate change by reducing the solar radiation reaching our planet using climate engineering, known also as geoengineering, could result in undesirable effects for the Earth and humankind, a team of European scientists has concluded. ANI

Suggestion influences our behavior, for better or worse
The effects of suggestion are wider and often more surprising than many people might otherwise think, say researchers. ANI

Images of crater show evidence for climate evolution on Mars
Images of a remarkable crater on Mars captured by ESA's Mars Express may provide evidence that the red planet underwent significant periodic fluctuations in its climate due to changes in its rotation axis. ANI

Tears become hotter as we cry longer
The longer a person cries, the warmer his tears get, a new study has revealed. ANI

First complete sequencing of pear genome revealed
An international consortium, comprised of seven universities and institutes, has completed the first pear genomic sequence in the world. ANI

Level of alcohol consumption 'optimal' for health revealed
Scientists from Australia and Oxford University have determined the "optimal" level of alcohol consumption that is associated with the lowest rates of chronic disease. ANI

Homo heidelbergensis was slightly higher than Neanderthal
The reconstruction of 27 complete human limb bones found in Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain) has helped scientists to determine the height of the human species Homo heidelbergensis, who inhabited Europe during the Middle Pleistocene era. ANI

Stem cells identified as 'real culprit behind vascular diseases'
Using genetic tracing, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have hunt down the real culprit of vascular diseases. ANI

Stealth behavior allows cockroaches to disappear at once
Biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered a new behavior in cockroaches that secures the insect's reputation as one of nature's top escape artists, able to skitter away and disappear from sight before any human can swat it. ANI

Million billion billion billion billion billion billion drugs yet to be discovered
A new voyage into "chemical space" - occupied by substances that could become useful in everyday life - has concluded that barely one tenth of 1 percent of the potential medicines that could be made, have been synthesized. ANI

Thisiswhyimbroke.com offers 'genius' products at cheap prices
Fancy a flying car or a light up skateboard? How about a Millennium Falcon bed or walk in beer fridge? ANI

Touchscreen prototype with appearing and disappearing keys unveiled
A California based company has come up with a prototype Android tablet that has an appearing and disappearing haptic feedback user interface at a user's command. ANI

Google unveils new 3D mapping technology in bid to win battle against Apple
Internet search giant Google has unveiled its new mapping technologies in a bid to reassert its position as a market leader. ANI

Boeing unveils hydrogen-powered drone that can stay airborne for days
A new Boeing unmanned drone powered by liquid-hydrogen and designed to stay airborne for days has completed its first autonomous flight at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. ANI

Soon, unborn babies to be tested for 3,500 genetic faults
A team of scientists has been able to predict the whole genetic code of a foetus by taking a blood sample from a woman who was 18 weeks pregnant, and a swab of saliva from the father. ANI

Silver nanoparticles 'may lead to sensors that detect water contamination'
In a new study, scientists including one of Indian origin, have tried to make a semiconductor-graphene-metal film that could help detect even very low-level concentration of organic contaminations in water. ANI

New site lets users play 'Am I Hot or Not' with others' Instagram pics
A new startup has revived the classic internet site "Hot or Not", which let users rate pictures according to their attractiveness, but this time for photo-sharing site Instagram. ANI

LinkedIn probing hacking of 6.5 million passwords
Business social network LinkedIn has launched an investigation into claims that 6.5 million of its users' passwords have been stolen and leaked on a Russian computer hacking forum. ANI

Sea temperatures not always as sensitive to CO2 as today
Today, higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere are associated with rising ocean temperatures, but a new study has revealed that the seas were not always so sensitive to this CO2 "forcing." ANI

HIV drug `may slow down metastatic breast cancer`
The HIV drugs known as CCR5 antagonists may also help prevent aggressive breast cancers from spreading to other sites in the body by metastasis, a new study has revealed. ANI

Stress `may delay brain development in kids`
Stress may affect brain development in children altering growth of a specific piece of the brain and abilities associated with it, a new study has suggested. ANI

Kids' brain cancer risk increases threefold after just two CT scans
Children who have two or three head CT scans have triple the risk of developing brain cancer, a new study has revealed. ANI

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