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Facebook, Twitter the new hunting grounds for film stars

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CANNES: Looking for a tattooed demon to be killed by an undercover virgin in your sex club? Well, as any good horror film producer knows, the best place to look these days is on Facebook and Twitter. The Z-list purveyors of schlock at Cannes Film Festival, hawking such memorable titles as ‘Jurassic Prey’ and ‘Sky…

Smoking and mother’s genetics combine to increase likelihood of twins

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African American mothers who smoke and have a genetic profile that includes a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the TP53 gene have an increased likelihood of having twins, concluded a team of researchers from the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study, investigating genetic and environmental factors that…

NASA reveals first ever colour image of Pluto

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, set to fly by the Pluto system on July 14, has sent its first colour image of the dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon. “The image reveals tantalising glimpses of this system,” Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, said in a statement. Charon is seen dimmer than Pluto…

Mystery behind knuckles’ crackle solved

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The distinctive popping sound heard when cracking knuckles is caused due to a cavity forming rapidly inside the finger joints, scientists have established for the first time ever. “We call it the `pull my finger study’ -and actually pulled on someone’s finger and filmed what happens in the MRI. When you do that, you can…

Study links brain anatomy, academic achievement, and family income

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Many years of research have shown that for students from lower-income families, standardized test scores and other measures of academic success tend to lag behind those of wealthier students. A new study led by researchers at MIT and Harvard University offers another dimension to this so-called “achievement gap”: After imaging the brains of high- and…

Tail bone reveals dinosaur’s sex

      Differences in size and shape of tail bones can differentiate fossils of male dinosaurs from those of females — at least for some small feathered species, researchers report.  The key differences between the sexes lie in bones near the base of the tail.  For the study, the team examined a pair of…

Facebook can both worsen and improve mental health conditions

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  Facebook can help people recover from mental health problems but the social networking site needs to be used cautiously and strategically as it can also make symptoms worse, a new research has found. According to the study by Dr Keelin Howard from Buckinghamshire New University, UK, Facebook users found their paranoid, manic and depressive…

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