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Toothed flying reptile's fossil found in China
A rare skull fossil of a pterosaur has been discovered in northeast China, a press release from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) said. ANI

Facebook tool to help you decide your 'real friends', 'acquaintances'
Social networking giant Facebook has introduced a new tool to help users decide who their real friends are, and who is just an acquaintance. ANI

'Granny gene' may be behind higher birthweight
Scientists have identified a gene variation that could add up to 155g to a child's birthweight. ANI

Giant asteroid Vesta 'resembles Earth'
The giant asteroid Vesta has many features that are mostly associated with rocky planets like Earth, a new study has revealed. ANI

Insulin resistance in brain contributes to cognitive decline in Alzheimer's
A new study has found that insulin resistance in the brain precedes and contributes to cognitive decline above and beyond other known causes of Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Mammoths' extinction caused by human activity, not inbreeding
The last known population of woolly mammoths did not "inevitably" die out because of inbreeding and lack of genetic diversity, but it was more likely that human activity or environmental factors killed off the healthy creatures, a new study has suggested. ANI

Sleeping soon after learning something new helps boost memory
Going to sleep shortly after learning new material is most beneficial for recall, according to a new research. ANI

Diet of Nelson's Navy remained 'virtually unchanged for 200 yrs'
Salt beef, sea biscuits and the occasional weevil - the food endured by sailors during the Napoleonic wars is rarely considered to be tempting. ANI

Possible target for diabetes treatment identified
Researchers have confirmed the potential of a protein for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. ANI

Biomarkers for autism identified
Researchers have taken a critical step towards developing a rapid, inexpensive diagnostic method for autism. ANI

Gas-guzzling black holes gobble 2-courses at same time
Astronomers have come up with a new theory about why black holes become incredibly colossal - asserting some of them have no 'table manners', and tip their 'food' directly into their mouths, eating more than one course at once. ANI

Brain 'rewrites' boring speech to make it sound more interesting
Scientists have found that our brain prevents us from drifting off when listening to boring people by "rewriting" monotonous speech to make it sound more interesting. ANI

'Bed-of-nails' breast implant may drive down cancer relapse
Researchers have engineered implant materials that shows promise to deter breast cancer cells from dwelling and thriving. ANI

Google awarded patent for weather-based advertisements
Search giant Google has been awarded a patent on technology by US authorities that would serve up targeted advertising based on a smartphone user environment, according to a report. ANI

Fruit flies get kidney stones too
Researchers have discovered that fruit flies get kidney stones just like us - a breakthrough that may hold the key to treat the condition in humans. ANI

'App potatoes' mobile applications may put brakes on internet
The Internet is under assault by mobile applications that connect people exclusively to content kept in "walled gardens" online, according to a US study. ANI

Mammoths' extinction cause by human activity, not inbreeding
The last known population of woolly mammoths did not "inevitably" die out because of inbreeding and lack of genetic diversity, but it was more likely that human activity or environmental factors killed off the healthy creatures, a new study has suggested. ANI

Music helps reduce rejection of heart transplants
It is well known that music has a fundamental effect on humans - it can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, and provide a distraction from pain and therefore it is used clinically to reduce anxiety after heart attack, or to ease pain and nausea during bone marrow transplantation. ANI

New test might facilitate early diagnosis and effective therapies for Alzheimer's
Scientists have developed a new method for measurement of aggregated beta-amyloid - a protein complex believed to cause major nerve cell damage and dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Low fat hormone could predict asthma risk in women, particularly smokers
Women with low serum levels of adiponectin, a protein hormone produced by adipose tissue, are more likely than others to develop asthma in the future - especially if they smoke, an Indian origin scientist has revealed. ANI

Why humans began walking upright
An international team of researchers have discovered that human bipedalism, or walking upright, may have originated millions of years ago as an adaptation to carrying scarce, high-quality resources. ANI

Sleeping soon after learning something new help boost memory
Going to sleep shortly after learning new material is most beneficial for recall, according to a new research. ANI

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