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Science and Technology updates, research findings and scientific reports for April 11, 2008
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Mercedes-Benz to come up with safer child seat soon
A safer and more advanced special seat in the car for your kid would soon be a reality-it was first shown in the ESF Experimental Safety Vehicle. ANI

Massive star goes supernova, smothered by its own dust
Astronomers using NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered that a giant star in a remote galaxy ended its life with a dust-shrouded whimper instead of the more typical bang. ANI

Genetic defect responsible for epilepsy and mental retardation found
Researchers have detected a genetic mutation responsible for severe mental retardation and epilepsy beginning at infancy. ANI

Science and Technology updates, research findings and scientific reports for April 11, 2008

IBM unveils revolutionary racetrack memory device
Its time to bid adieu to the conventional methods of computer memory storage in RAM and hard disks, for IBM has finally demonstrated the first racetrack memory device, which can boost memory storage to almost 100 times. ANI

Colour-changing cycling jacket wins design award
A London-based inventor who has designed a cycling jacket that changes colour when the cyclist applies the brakes has won a prize money of 6,000 pounds in an international design competition. ANI

Air pollution destroying flowers fragrance
Researchers at the University of Virginia have shown that air pollution from power plants and automobiles is wiping out the fragrance of flowers and thus hampering the ability of pollinating insects to track scent trails to their source. ANI

NASAs space telescope observes a shining stellar sphere
NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has observed millions of clustered stars glistening like a shining opal in the constellation Centaurus. ANI

Scientists highlight brain differences in infants with auditory processing problems
Rutgers University researchers have found in a study of infant brains that babies who struggle to process tiny auditory differences like ba and da sounds seem to be using different brain areas, and perhaps different analysis strategies to accomplish the task, as compared to children who do not have such difficulties. ANI

Popcorn-ball design doubles efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells
Researchers have used a popcorn-ball design to more than double the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells. ANI

Underwater microphones can be used to detect hurricanes
MIT researchers have found a cost effective way in detecting hurricanes, by placing microphones deep under water to measure wind power as a function of the intensity of the sound of an approaching hurricane. ANI

Scientists discover messaging system to control adult stem cells
Researchers at the University of Manchester have taken a major step forward in the development of an Adult Stem Cells (ASCs) treatment for damaged tissue, by uncovering a messaging system that instructs ASCs to contribute to tissue repair in response to chemical signals in the body. ANI

Picturing to Learn project for undergrads to master scientific concepts
Five higher education institutions in America have initiated a project called Picturing to Learn to help undergraduates master scientific concepts by explaining them to high school students through pencil sketches. ANI

Scientists discover footprints of giant dinosaurs in China
Scientists have unearthed a large group of fossilized dinosaur tracks in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China, which is the largest cluster ever found in the country. ANI

Future houses may be made entirely of solar cell glass
Australian researchers are trying to realise a solar cell glass that will not only generate energy, but also act as windows in future houses and commercial buildings. ANI

Madagascars new road map will protect thousands of its rare species
Conversation biologists, along with an international team of researchers have developed a new road map for protecting thousands of rare species that live only in Madagascar. ANI

Suicide promoting sites more common than preventive counterparts
It takes just two clicks to search websites that encourage suicide, giving information about how to take your life and its different methods, says a new research. ANI

Comb jelly study provides surprising clues about Earths first animal
A researcher says that the evolutionary history of the comb jelly has provided fresh insights into Earths first animal. ANI

Like penguins and hummingbirds, humans too trade sex for resources
Researchers at the University of Michigan have shown that humans follow in the footsteps of penguins and other primates, when it comes to trading sex for resources. ANI

Hubble photographs brightest cosmic explosion
NASAs Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the fading optical counterpart of a powerful gamma ray burst that holds the record for being the brightest naked-eye object ever seen from Earth. ANI

Carbon nanotubes could reduce capacity loss in lithium batteries
Researchers at the Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, in China, have shown that nanotechnology can boost the life of rechargeable lithium batteries, by finding that a carbon nanotube anode coating can prevent such batteries from losing their charge capacity over time. ANI

Discovery of coldest brown star might bridge the gap between stars and planets
An international team of astronomers has discovered the coldest brown dwarf star ever observed, which might prove to be a new step towards filling the gap between stars and planets. ANI

Reduction in cloud cover amplified dino-era global warming
A new study has suggested that during the age of dinosaurs about 100 million years ago, a warming spell caused cloud cover to drastically decrease, which helped to drive temperatures even higher. ANI

Dino-killing meteorite may have been half the size predicted
A new technique developed to estimate the size of ancient impactors has determined that the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs might have been less than half the size of what previous models predicted. ANI

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