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Sex-addicted Bonobo apes on brink of extinction
Bonobo apes, which live in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in central Africa and often have sex every few minutes, are now facing extinction. ANI

Glittering jewels of Messier 9 captured
Researchers have revealed the most detailed picture yet of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located close to the centre of the galaxy. ANI

Number of Facebook friends may tell if you are 'narcissist'
Facebook friends list and the frequency of changing your pictures on the social networking site could determine the degree to which you are a 'socially disruptive' narcissist, according to a new study. ANI

Babies fed on demand 'better at academics'
The babies who are fed when they are hungry tend to have higher IQ and achieve better test scores at school than those who are fed on schedule - although they do take a toll on their mothers, a new study has revealed. ANI

Human brain may be hard-wired to care for infants
Rather than the heart, it is the specific brain circuits that send many people into a heartwarming swoon when they see a baby's doting eyes and chubby cheeks, a new study has suggested. ANI

Pre-stressed plants 'remember' drought for survival
Plants, which have been previously exposed to a period of drought, learn to deal with the stress thanks to their memories of the experience, according to a new study. ANI

Biofuel cell-implanted snails can generate months of electricity
Researchers have for the first time implanted a biofuel battery in a living snail, which can produce electrical power over a long period of time using the shelled creature's physiologically produced glucose as a fuel. ANI

Brain deficits may be behind shyness
Shyness could be the consequence of deficits in two areas of the brain, a new study has revealed. ANI

New surgical techniques offer hope for more effective vitiligo treatment
A US dermatologist has shed light on various surgical methods, which could lead to more successful treatment of vitiligo - a chronic skin condition that causes areas of the skin to become depigmented (or lose pigment). ANI

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