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Smell guides mosquitoes to see a human host

Published in The Hindu on July 27

It may be largely impossible to avoid getting bitten by a mosquito unless and otherwise one can stay in an environment free of carbon dioxide for extended periods, remain nearly invisible and have a cool body temperature. 426 more words

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The science of screams deciphered

Published in The Hindu on July 17, 2015

Ever wondered why human screams can pierce through even a noisy environment and alert people? The answer lies in the unique acoustic property of a scream that triggers the brain’s fear circuitry into action.   235 more words

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Scientist proposes marriage through a journal paper

Published in the Hindu on June 11, 2015

A few days ago, the amusing ways in which some men proposed to their girlfriends were telecast by America’s Funniest Video show. 316 more words

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White Bengal tiger enigma solved

Published in The Hindu on May 24, 2013

A change in a single amino acid (A477V) in one pigmentation-related gene (SLC45A2) causes some tigers to have white fur with dark or sepia brown stripes, scientists from Peking University, Beijing, have found. 332 more words

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Forgetting Is Key To Learning

Do you often feel overwhelmed with the amount of information coming at you? Forgotten your shopping list as soon as you’ve heard the sports results? Don’t worry, it’s all completely normal – and necessary – according to new research which shows that such forgetting is a key part of learning. 590 more words

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