Washington, Jan 25 : Love the fresh and earthy smell of rain drops and curious to know where the smell comes from? Scientists have now identified the exact mechanism that releases this aroma into the environment.
Washington, Jan 25 : Superstitions are most likely to occur under high levels of uncertainty, says a study, adding that people are more likely to turn to superstitions to achieve a performance goal versus a learning goal.
London, Jan 25 : Researchers have discovered that the brain area which enables self-reflection is larger in lucid dreamers.
Washington, Jan 25 : A new study has revealed that bisphenol A (BPA) exposure may put females at greater risk of damage from stress as compared to males.
By Amulya Ganguli : Two contrary tactics are apparently guiding Narendra Modi. On the political front, he is willing to accommodate outsiders in senior positions even if it means breaking the rigid mould of a cadre-based party. Outside politics, however, he is filling crucial posts in what can be called cultural outfits with acknowledged saffronites.
New Delhi, Jan 24 : If you're fond of serving interesting savoury bites to your guests, but don't wish to do it from scratch, frozen foods can come to your rescue. Try the easy-to-prepare Smiles Canape and Mumbai Chaat.
London, Jan 24 : Contrary to the common perception that elders need to talk to babies in simpler words, new research suggests they may actually speak less clearly to their infants than they do to adults.
Washington, Jan 24 : In the effort to reach your goal you will come across a lot of friends but as you get closer to reaching your goal, you will find lesser number of people around you, a new study shows.
By Vikas Datta, Jaipur, Jan 24 : It seems like an Alistair Maclean novel - an enemy general is kidnapped from near his headquarters, spirited through nearly two dozen checkpoints, kept hidden from search for nearly two weeks and is successfully taken out of the territory. But it really happened in World War II, and two junior, amateur British officers - who had conceived the plan in a Cairo nightclub - carried off the German commander of the Greek island of Crete with support of the partisans.
Los Angeles, Jan 23 : Transform your face by shaping your eyebrows in the right way.
London, Jan 23 : Next time when you look at your overweight partner, do not get frustrated as he is the one who can beat slimmer men at least on one front -- in between the sheets.
London, Jan 23 : A psychologist has claimed that 'c*#k is the most erotic word ever.
By Nury Vittachi : This writer was asked to give inspirational words of wisdom to a newly-married woman. I said: "Now you can eat anything you like. Go get them donuts, girl." Doing some deep thinking about marriage reminded me of the fights that all couples have in the early years of a relationship. Arguments are like Paul McCartney concerts: five minutes of new stuff and then out come all the classics.
Washington, Jan. 22 : A new study has recently revealed that when people move from the early stages of pursuing a goal to a more advanced stage, they tend to alienate other members of a support group.
Washington, Jan. 22 : A new study has recently revealed that just seeing or hearing something isn't going to help people remember it.
Washington, Jan. 22 : A new study has recently revealed that people who have learning attitude will have more success finding their dream jobs than other people.
Washington, Jan 22 : A new study has revealed that Twitter can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community's psychological well being and can predict rates of heart disease.
Washington, Jan 22 : A new study has revealed that the advantages of bundling products may not be as straightforward as previously thought as consumers prefer products that are packaged individually and so retailers need to draw attention to the value of a package deal.
London, Jan 22 : All the men who prefer their woman on top, brace your penises for it is it the most dangerous sex position in the history, claims a new study.
New York, Jan 22 : A virtual reality programme can help teenaged girls overcome sexual victimisation and make them more assertive, researchers found.
New York, Jan 22 : A new joint study by the University of Missouri and Lehigh University has found that job seekers with attitudes focused on "learning" will have more success finding their dream jobs.
New York, Jan 22 : A new study has found that our memories can not only travel back in time to retrieve events from the past but can also update past memories with important new information or details.
Melbourne, Jan 22 : Australian researchers have discovered how social media can serve as an indicator of a community's psychological wellbeing and can predict rates of heart disease.
New York, Jan 22 : Do you buy luxury products such as designer clothes that signal success and make you feel better? This type of retail therapy can actually backfire and leave you thinking more about your failures.
By Vatsal Srivastava : Crude has fallen by over 60 percent since last June. I don't recall any analyst predicting such price capitulation. It was a rare and difficult event to foresee and could be categorized as what mathematician Nasim Nischolas Taleb calls a "black swan event".
Washington, Jan 21 : The list of 2014's worst passwords is out and occupying the top slot among the most commonly used passwords in the category is "123456".
Washington, Jan 21 : Fred Finn, who has visited 150 countries and spent 16 million miles and countless hours up in the skies, holds the title of "most air miles flown by a person" in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Washington, Jan 21 : A new study has suggested that exercising regularly could boost the brain health in adults.
Washington, Jan 21 : A new study has revealed while women find emotional images more emotionally stimulating than men and were more likely to remember them, there are no gender-related differences in emotional appraisal when it comes to neutral images.
By Imran Khan, Azizpur (Bihar), Jan 21 : A Hindu woman who saved lives of 10 Muslims in this village in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district during the recent clashes in which five people died is being hailed as a hero, officials said.
London, Jan 21 : The truth why your wife is more emotionally expressive than you is out: Her brain processes emotions differently than yours.
London, Jan 21 : Wolves, like your dog, are tolerant, attentive and cooperative and the relationship of wolves to their pack mates can provide the basis for today's human-dog bonding, finds an interesting study.
New York, Jan 21 : A survey of over 1,600 college students about their Facebook behaviour has revealed that using social media to make friends and create the support network can help them get good marks.
London, Jan. 20 : A new study has recently suggested that there's a chance the fluid squirted during female ejaculation could just be "pee."
New York, Jan 20 : Does your boss yell, ridicule or intimidate you at times? Just ignore him if you want to get equal.
New Delhi, Jan 20 : From sprucing up the furniture with cushions and pillows to painting an entire wall of a room in this colour, there are plenty of ways to incorporate marsala, the hottest shade of the season, in your home space.
By Giriraj Bhattacharjee, Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management : The relative peace achieved in Nagaland was further consolidated through 2014, as insurgency-related fatalities continued to decline. According to partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) the State recorded a total of 15 fatalities, including 11 civilians and four militants in 2014; as compared to 32 fatalities in 2013, including 11 civilians and 21 militants; a decline of 53.12 per cent.
Melbourne, Jan. 19 : A new study has recently revealed that curvy women produce smarter children, which may provide a clue as to why some men are evolutionarily hardwired to prefer women with "big butts."
Washington, Jan 18 : A new study finds that people who spend more time online or using social media do not have higher levels of stress compared to those who do not.
Washington, Jan. 16 : A list of well-known people who have the most talked body parts was recently revealed.
By Saeed Naqvi : It challenges credulity that Europe did not anticipate terrorist attacks after its involvement in direct and indirect military action against the people of Libya, Syria, ISIS and so on.
London, Jan 16 : Fed up of trying every fad diet, and getting nowhere? It's time to try carrying a mirror to remind you of your weight, and stop making excuses for your eating habits.
Washington, Jan 16 : A new study has revealed that people can be easily convinced that they committed a crime that never happened.
Toronto, Jan 16 : Feeling stressed in the presence of strangers curbs the ability to express empathy - the capacity to share and feel another individual's emotions - in animals and humans alike, says a study.
Washington, Jan 16 : Sharing news on social media sites like Facebook can help you get on top of it as well as stay connected longer than people who casually read the news and scroll down, says a researcher.
By Nury Vittachi : My psychotherapist says I have "revenge addiction". I am SO going to get the @$%@*& for that.
Washington, Jan 15 : A new study has revealed that if you want to make your children neurotic, helicopter parenting is the way to go.
London, Jan. 15 : A new study has recently revealed that employees receive 1,728 "futile" emails a year like "please sponsor me."
Melbourne, Jan 14 : Bringing anger to the negotiating table may at times be helpful as researchers have found that suppressing anger about important points may cause negotiators to lose the focus of discussions.
Los Angeles, Jan 14 : What's the difference between the salad fork and the dinner fork? If you're one of those who gets confused at a formal dinner, just remember a few simple rules and you'll be sorted to enjoy your meal without thinking much.
Washington, Jan 14 : When it comes to predicting important world events, teams do a better job than individuals and even lay people can be trained to excel in intelligence analysis and forecasting world events even without access to classified records, says a new study.
London, Jan 14 : A new survey has revealed that being absent-mindednes is one of the reasons behind rows during family holidays.
Washington, Jan 14 : A team of scientists has discovered that by knocking down a single gene, they can fix stress-induced infertility in rats.
Washington, Jan 14 : A new research has revealed that men are likelier to seek long-term relationships when women are in short supply.
London, Jan 14 : A new research has revealed that the number one sexual fantasy of 20 percent of female Brits is to sleeping with a colleague or superior, while a former lover or neighbour also featured in the top five rankings.
London, Jan 14 : snorting chocolates has become the latest fad amongst partygoers, with over 25,000 kits to inhale cocoa powder been sold worldwide.
Washington, Jan. 14 : A new study has recently revealed that scent of lavender can help boost trustworthiness.
New York, Jan 14 : A woman's image of her body is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks her husband would prefer, finds a series of studies, suggesting that women are happier with their weight when told that men desire larger-bodied women.
Washington, Jan. 14 : A new study has recently revealed that some bilingualism can change a kid's beliefs about world because they have the ability to understand that "everything was not innate, and so they can learn."
Washington, Jan 14 : A new research has revealed that it's all about the bass, demonstrating that women who are told that men desire larger-body women are happier with their weight.