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Science and Technology updates, research findings and scientific reports for April 17, 2008
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Cheap, solar-powered lamp 'most important object of the 21st century'
A cheap solar-powered lamp has joined the list of the most priceless treasures in the British Museum. ANI

Worms provide clues to declining fertility with age in women
A new study from Princeton University has revealed why fertility declines at a rate that far exceeds the onset of other aging signs in women. ANI

Flapless 'Demon' aircraft that use air bursts to fly
Engineers at the Cranfield University in the United Kingdom have completed a flapless flight by using bursts of air to control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) they call Demon. ANI

Science and Technology updates, research findings and scientific reports for April 17, 2008

Indian origin researchers software helps beef up airport security
Computer scientists at University of Southern California, including an Indian origin researcher, have written software that may help improve vigilance against terrorist attacks. ANI

Earth-like planets might not harbor life
A scientist from the University of East Anglia in the UK has produced a mathematical model which suggests that the odds of finding new life on other Earth-like planets are low. ANI

Researchers discover Chromium has hidden magnetic properties
Two researchers from Dartmouth, US, have discovered that the element chromium displays electrical properties of magnets, a finding which might someday contribute to new and more energy efficient ways of processing and storing data. The phenomena that we have discovered are likely to lead to new applications of chromium, said Yeong-Ah Soh, the lead researcher and an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth. ANI

Now, a teacup that stirs by itself!
You may soon be not need to use a teaspoon to stir that much-needed cup of tea, courtesy the invention of the new mug that whips by itself. ANI

Big brains make for longer life and reproduction
Anthropologists from Duke University and the University of Zurich have found that the extra brainpower some primates derive from big brains actually helps them live and reproduce longer. ANI

Seismologists detect global Love Vibe
Seismologists have detected a subtle and mysterious global hum, known as Love waves, by studying records from some of the Earths most uninteresting seismic stations. ANI

Human brains may be hardwired for fairness
Do we try to be fair only when we secretly see an advantage in it for ourselves? A team of researchers including an Indian researcher tried to explore the question and saw some exciting results. ANI

Intelligent people are also masters of rhythm
Swedish researchers have shown that intelligence and rhythmic accuracy go hand in hand, by finding that those who do well in intelligence tests are also good at keeping time. ANI

Soon, a computer that can converse with you
Machines that feel and converse may no longer be confined to the realm of science fiction, thanks to an international team of scientists, who are developing a computer system that can carry on a discussion with a human being by reacting to signals such as tone of voice and facial expression. ANI

Prehistoric hobbits walked more like clowns than humans
Anthropologists have suggested that hobbits - tiny prehistoric humans, had flat, clown-like feet, which probably limited their speed to a stroll and kept its travels short. ANI

Cone snail, African plant based oral drug may help treat chronic pain
Queensland researchers have used molecules from cone snail venom and African plants as a blueprint to develop an oral drug to treat chronic pain. ANI

Pine bark extract naturally reduces osteoarthritis
According to a new study, Pycnogenol - an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree -naturally reduces osteoarthritis symptoms by 56 percent. ANI

Lower vitamin D levels may increase peripheral artery disease risk
According to researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, people with low vitamin D levels may face an increased risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD). ANI

New model will identify hotspots for coral reef protection
A new scientific model has been developed that accurately maps where coral reefs are in the most trouble and identifies regions where reefs can be protected best. ANI

NASA images show stellar birth in galaxys far reaches
A new image from NASAs Galaxy Evolution Explorer has shown new stars being born in the far reaches of a galaxy, in a relatively desolate region of space more than 100,000 light-years from the galaxys bustling center. ANI

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