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How we start walking
Washington, May 17: Scientists at the University of Bristol may have answered one of the great mystery of neuroscience - How the brain initiates rhythmic movements like walking, running and swimming. ANI

Chemical found in celery, parsly effective against breast cancer
Apigenin, a natural substance found in grocery store produce aisles, shows promise as a non-toxic treatment for an aggressive form of human breast cancer, a new study has revealed. ANI

How worm knows where its nose is
Worms' nervous system is much more capable and complex than previously thought, and has a way to monitor its own motion, a new Harvard study has suggested ANI

Social networkers becoming vulnerable to 'mass hysteria'
The rapid growth of social media is apparently taking a toll on public health, researchers say. ANI

Why do men avoid veggies
Researchers have shed light on why men refrain themselves from vegetarian products. ANI

Agricultural expert outlines ways to double food production by 2050
Countries around the world need to increase agricultural production as soon as possible, as demand for food will double in coming decades, say a renowned international agricultural scientist. ANI

Baby galaxies 'may have grown up quickly'
Baby galaxies from the young universe over 12 billion years ago evolved faster than previously thought, a new study has revealed. ANI

Having 'competent' virtual partner may motivate you to exercise longer
Presence of a moderately more capable virtual partner boosts motivation of women to stick to an exercise program, a new study has found. ANI

Gene behind autism, schizophrenia and obesity identified
Using zebrafish, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have identified genes responsible for head size at birth. ANI

Smartphones can be a big help to poor-vision patients
iPhones and other smartphones can be a huge help to the visually impaired, but few vision doctors are recommending them to patients, according to a study. ANI

Biological clock may have began ticking 2.5 billion years ago
An Indian origin scientist and his team have found a biological clock believed to have evolved 2.5 billion years ago. ANI

Astronauts to land on 'planet killer' asteroid
NASA is training a team of astronauts to land on asteroids, which are three million miles from the Earth. ANI

Apple plans to introduce new iPhone with larger screen: Report
Tech giant Apple is planning to introduce an iPhone with a larger screen, according to a report. ANI

Australians 'can't get enough of appiness'
Australia's addiction to mobile applications is so huge that a calculator app would be needed to do the maths. ANI

Manmade pollutants 'may be behind Earth's expanding tropical belt'
Black carbon aerosols and tropospheric ozone, both manmade pollutants emitted predominantly in the Northern Hemisphere's low-to mid-latitudes, are most likely pushing the boundary of the tropics further poleward in that hemisphere, a new study has revealed. ANI

Early drug and alcohol use linked to lower educational success
In a new study, scientists have found evidence that early drug and alcohol use is associated with lower levels of educational attainment. ANI

3-telescope interferometry reveals how black holes are fuelled
By combining the light of three powerful infrared telescopes, researchers have observed the active accretion phase of a supermassive black hole in the centre of a galaxy tens of millions of light years away, a method that has produced an unprecedented amount of data for such observations. ANI

Exposure to IED blast can cause traumatic brain injury in military personnel
Researchers have for the first time found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in brain tissue from blast-exposed military service personnel. ANI

Google rolls out new feature to make search results 'more human'
Google has revamped its search engine in an attempt to offer users more relevant, direct and meaningful answers to their queries. ANI

Common antibiotic carries heart risk
Antibiotic azithromycin, commonly called a "Z-pack" can be bad for your heart, warn researchers. ANI

Raising 'good cholesterol' may not always cut heart attack risk
A new study has cast doubts on a popular assumption that raising a person's HDL - the so-called 'good cholesterol' - will necessarily lower the risk of a heart attack. ANI

Chemicals in environment 'may be harmful to male fertility'
Chemicals routinely found in the environment could be damaging fertility in some men, new evidence that has emerged has suggested. ANI

Paralysed patients use mind-controlled robotic arm to reach and grasp
For the first time in 15 years, a paralysed woman was reportedly able to reach for and sip from a drink without help from a carer - thanks to a robotic arm that she controls with her own thoughts. ANI

Space-based solar power may boost future of renewable energy
Solar power collected in space could eventually provide the renewable energy of the future, according to a new study. ANI

Texting 'ups truthfulness'
Text messaging is a surprisingly good way to get candid responses to sensitive questions, a new study has revealed. ANI

Fewer Indian girls getting married before 14
Every year, over 10 million girls under the age of 18 marry, mostly under force of local tradition and social custom. ANI

New paper-based diabetes test 'ideal for developing countries' like India
In a new study, scientists have reported the development of an inexpensive and easy-to-use urine test ideally suited for areas like rural India, China and other areas of the world where poverty limits the availability of health care and where the epidemics of Type 2 diabetes is looming. ANI

Potential malarial vaccine produced from edible algae
Biologists have successfully engineered algae to produce potential candidates for a vaccine that would prevent transmission of the parasite that causes malaria. ANI

Blood test 'may show women at post natal Depression risk'
In a new study, scientists have discovered a way of identifying which women are most at risk of postnatal depression (PND) by checking for specific genetic variants. ANI

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