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Artificial Cartilage Made As Strong as Bulletproof Vests

S u m m a r y : A new type of artificial cartilage has proved to be as strong as bulletproof vests. The findings are published in Advanced Materials. A Synthetic Upgrade The human body is a true wonder, given how its different organ systems work together from microscopic to macroscopic levels to allow

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Rainbow Dinosaur With Colourful Hummingbird Feathers

S u m m a r y : Fossils of a rainbow dinosaur with colourful hummingbird feathers have been discovered in China. The findings are published in the journal Nature Communications. Meet Caihong juji, Rainbow-Feathered Dino The remains of a hitherto-unknown dinosaur have been discovered in northeastern China by a farmer; the creature is thought

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Immune System Thinks Fast Food is Bacteria

S u m m a r y : Your immune system ‘attacks’ the fast food that you consume, responding in the same way as it does to harmful bacteria! These new findings are published in the journal Cell. Fast Food Affecting the Immune System Fast food is constantly blamed for the increasing trend of conditions

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A Weekly Drug Capsule to Treat HIV Patients

S u m m a r y : A new drug capsule can potentially replace daily pills for HIV treatment. The findings are published in the journal Nature Communications. Helping HIV Patients to Stick to their Treatment Schedule HIV continues to challenge scientists to find ways to counteract it. The deadly virus attacks the very

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Science Can Grow You Hairy Skin in Laboratory!

S u m m a r y : Scientists have grown skin with hairs in laboratory. The experiments are documented in the journal Cell Reports. You can now grow hairy skin in laboratory! And no, it’s not meant as a weird beauty experiment. Rather, the brains behind the successful endeavour, researchers from Indiana University School

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Alcohol Increases Cancer Risk by Damaging DNA

S u m m a r y : Alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancer by damaging DNA—how this happens is explained in a new study published in the journal Nature. Alcohol consumption has been associated with increased cancer risk in previous researches. How does this happen though? What links the two? A new study,

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Plants Make Their Own Decisions & Choices, Says Science

S u m m a r y : Plants can choose their responses to rivals—they can display decision-making skills, says a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. Plants Choose to Attack Plants have freedom of will—at least when it comes to dealing with their competitors. A new research, conducted by biologists from the

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Why Odours Can Remind You of the Past

S u m m a r y : Odours are stored as long-term memories in a particular brain region, which could explain why some smells can remind you of the past. The new findings are published in the journal Cerebral Cortex. Have you ever experienced an odour that takes you down memory lane? One particular

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Electrical Brain Stimulation Boosts Memory

S u m m a r y : Electrical brain stimulation can boost memory in humans, an effect that can last until the next day, says a new study published in PNAS. Stimulating the Brain of Epileptic Patients Electrically stimulating a specific brain area has successfully boosted memory in epilepsy patients from Emory University Hospital.

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Do Brain Injuries Turn People Into Criminals?

S u m m a r y : Brain injuries occurring in regions associated with morality and value-based decision-making can cause someone to incline to criminal behaviour, suggests a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Brain Injuries & Crime Brain lesions can predispose people to criminal behaviour, says the

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DNA ‘Switches’ Determine Your Height

S u m m a r y : Switches governing genes associated with height play a role in determining how tall you’ll be, says a new study published in eLife. Your height isn’t just a random number: rather, it is determined by a combination of factors, from genetics and pre- and post-natal health to nutrition.

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Intelligence & Long Life Linked in the DNA

S u m m a r y : People who are genetically predisposed for higher cognitive ability live longer, suggests a new study published in the journal Cell Reports. Genes & Cognitive Ability Genes code for particular functions and traits (like eye and skin colour), and they exist in more than one form, which explains

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