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3-D structure of brain's 'pleasure molecules' could help combat depression
Scientists have for the first time revealed the detailed molecular structure of the brain's "pleasure molecules," which could lead to drugs for treating a range of illnesses from depression to addiction. ANI

Alzheimer's spreads through linked nerve cells
Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia may spread within nerve networks in the brain by moving directly between connected neurons, instead of in other ways proposed by scientists, such as by propagating in all directions, results of a new study suggested. ANI

200-kilo metal 'UFO fragment' falls from sky in Siberia
A giant "UFO fragment", resembling a silvery dome, has fallen from the sky near a remote village in Siberia, according to Russian media. ANI

Australia to see rare event of Venus crossing in front of Sun on June 6
People in Australia will get the chance to see one of the rarest events on the astronomical calendar - the transit of Venus in front of the sun - on June 6. ANI

Antibiotics 'won't help most sinus infections'
New guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) have suggested that most sinus infections are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics. ANI

New functions of brain responsible for seeing movement identified
Scientists have identified two areas of the brain that compare the movements of the eye with the visual movements cast onto the retina so as to correctly perceive objects in motion. ANI

Bright spots on giant asteroid 'puzzling'
A NASA spacecraft has captured bright spots on the surface of a giant asteroid that represent some of the purest materials ever seen. ANI

Web economy to hit 4.2 trillion dollars as users opt Internet over sex
A recent survey delved into the lifestyle habits of people - including sex, alcohol, showers and cars - they would sacrifice for one year to get access to the Internet. ANI

Powerful cheek cells offer promise for combating immune system diseases
Scientists have created powerful new cells from cheek lining tissue, which could offer the answer to disorders of the immune system. ANI

Trees may help generate electricity in air
Plants may play a role in electrifying the atmosphere, a new finding has suggested. ANI

Southampton varsity research could significantly reduce the need for clinical animal testing
Scientists from the University of Southampton will start a new study in June to develop a laboratory-based system, known as assays, which will accurately predict immune responses to these drugs. These assays would be used to pre-screen candidate drugs and reduce the need for testing on animals. ANI

Structure of 'salvia' receptor identified
Scientists have revealed the first-ever glimpse of the complete structure of 'salvia receptor'. ANI

Watching 'Harry Potter' could make kids more creative
Researchers have called for schools to expose youngsters to books and films like the 'Harry Potter' series because they believe that showing children films with a 'magical' element can boost their imagination. ANI

Dutch engineer 'flies' using android-powered bird wings in viral video
A Dutch engineer has claimed that he's invented an enormous, kite-like wings that can help him fly 300 feet through the air like a bird. ANI

Soon, blood test may predict heart attack risk
A promising new blood test may be useful in helping doctors predict who is at risk for an imminent heart attack, say researchers. ANI

Baboons and infants exhibit similar gesturing behaviour
Both human infants and baboons have a stronger inclination towards using their right hand to gesture than for a simple grasping task, a new study has revealed. ANI

Astronomers get widest deep view of sky ever recorded
European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has captured a treasure trove of over 200 000 galaxies using infrared light. ANI

People without sense of smell have higher social insecurity
People born without a sense of smell experience higher social insecurity and increased risk for depression, according to a study ANI

Ultra-deep cosmic image reveals treasure trove of 200000 galaxies
European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has created the widest deep view of the sky ever recorded using infrared light. ANI

Brain function differs in kids with math anxiety
Researchers led by one of Indian origin have shed light on how brain function varies in children who have math anxiety from those who don't ANI

Mercury's core 'larger and more complex than expected'
Researchers have provided new insights into the Mercury's interior, topography, and the mysterious radar bright material in the permanently shadowed areas near the poles. ANI

Potential for wind energy in India nearly 30 times higher than thought
The potential for on-shore wind energy deployment in India is considerably higher than the official estimates- around 20 times and up to 30 times greater than the present government estimate of 102 gigawatts, according to a new study led by an Indian origin scientist. ANI

Holding a gun makes you assume others are carrying too
Wielding a gun influences a person to think that even others are armed, a new study has suggested. ANI

Autism risk gene may be behind differences in brain structure
Healthy individuals, who carry a gene variation associated with an increased risk of autism, have structural differences in their brains, researchers say. ANI

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