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Science and Technology updates, research findings and scientific reports for April 2, 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 2, 2008

Focus on cute animals in extinction debate ignores invertebrates
Scientists have suggested that in the extinction debate, the focus is more on cute animals, thus ignoring issues like the threats faced by invertebrates and local extinctions. ANI

Now, a car that needs no driver, remote control to steer
A car that navigates city streets without a driver may soon be a reality, with researchers showing that a three-dimensional laser scanner may make such an invention possible. ANI

Global warming will create new threats for Australian wildlife
A new study by CSIRO scientists has determined that due to global warming, many of Australias natural landscapes are bound to be transformed, thus leaving the countrys wildlife to face new threats. ANI

Lore surrounding Cleopatras snakebite suicide a myth?
A leading Egyptologist has dismissed the popular lore surrounding the distraught queen Cleopatras last moments - that she smuggled a poisonous snake into her locked chamber and died, along with two ladies-in-waiting, of a self-inflicted snake bite. ANI

More than one third of Brits are paranoid: Study
If you believe that fear of persecution is something that rests only in you, think again, for a new study has found that more than a third of Brits are paranoid. ANI

UK Govt. lab to study its own redundant 14 tonne foot-bridge
A government laboratory in London plans to use a 14 tonne foot-bridge it once built as a sample for analysis, with a view to improving civil engineering structures. ANI

Wings with elbows could result in a more acrobatic aircraft
Researchers at Bristol University, UK, are developing an aircraft with an elbow in each wing that can tilt the wing tips up or down, which could result in aircraft that are more efficient and maneuverable than traditional fixed-wing craft. ANI

Women just like men confused between friendliness and sexual advances
According to a new research from Indiana University and Yale, college-age men confuse friendly non-verbal cues with cues for sexual interest - because men have a less discerning eye than women - but their female peers arent far behind. ANI

Heres why humans have fingernails
While scratching they come really handy and when painted, they add a girly shine to hands. But these are not the reasons for why we humans sport fingernails. ANI

Desert sands are an important storehouse of CO2
Scientists have determined that the sands of the desert are an important and forgotten storehouse of carbon dioxide taken from the worlds atmosphere, taking the case of the Kalahari Desert in particular. ANI

Microbes could be the key to coral death
Scientists have suggested that coral reefs could be dying out because of changes to the microbes that live in them just as much as from the direct rise in temperature caused by global warming. ANI

Scientists discover 356 animal inclusions in 100 million years old opaque amber
Paleontologists have found the presence of 356 animal inclusions in a 100 million years old completely opaque amber from mid-Cretaceous sites of Charentes in France. ANI

NASA begins airborne probe into pollutions impact on arctic atmosphere
NASA is starting a field campaign to investigate the chemistry of the Arctics lower atmosphere this week to discern how air pollution contributes to climate changes in the Arctic. ANI

Algae could be a major hydrogen fuel source in future
Scientists at U.S. Department of Energys Argonne National Laboratory are working to chemically manipulate algae for production of the next generation of renewable fuels - hydrogen gas. ANI

Astronomers find fully evolved galaxies in early universe
Using new sensitive images obtained from the United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope (UKIRT), astronomers have detected the presence of fully evolved galaxies in the early universe. ANI

Now, a statistical model to predict Oscars winners
Researchers have come up with an accurate way of predicting Oscar winners. ANI

Monkey study shed light on why infants cry when separated from mothers
Why is it that some infants start crying as soon as they are separated from their mothers? Well, an American neuroscientist perhaps knows the reason. ANI

Scientists find the source of massive solar fountains
A team of scientists has used the Hinode spacecraft to find the origin and driver of huge fountains of hot gas on the Sun, which travel at tens of thousands of km per hour and reach great heights. ANI

Solar flares can get much hotter if focused
Using data from solar observatories, astronomers have discovered that solar flares - explosions in the atmosphere of the sun - get much hotter when they stay focused. ANI

Black hole hidden in centre of Omega Centauri
Astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Observatory to discover a black hole hidden in the centre of the Omega Centauri. ANI

Glorification of drugs rampant in rap music
Rap music is glorifying the illegal use of drugs, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California. ANI

Transgenic oilseed rape can persist for a decade
Swedish plant ecologists have found that genetically modified oilseed rape can survive and produce plants as much as a decade after being sown. ANI

Why you cant recall whats on the tip-of-your-tongue at times
Many people have had the experience of struggling to retrieve a word they want to use, but are not able to recall what it is - its on the tip of their tongue. ANI

Some migratory birds just dont like urban areas: Study
A six-year study in the United States has come up with fresh evidence that the populations of some species of migratory birds are threatened by urbanization, countering the age-old explanation of why urban areas are so hostile to some kinds of birds. ANI

Robotic cameras spot 10 new extra solar planets
An international team of astronomers has found 10 new planets outside the solar system by using a system of robotic cameras. ANI

Astronomers identify the youngest forming planet yet seen
A team of astronomers has identified the youngest forming planet yet seen, which is just in its embryonic stage. ANI

Smallest known black hole identified
Two NASA scientists have identified the smallest known black hole, which has a mass of only about 3.8 times greater than our Sun and a diameter of only about 15 miles. ANI

Scientists compress music files 1000 times smaller than MP3s
Scientists at the University of Rochester have come up with a way to reproduce music into a computer file thats 1,000 times smaller than a comparable high-quality MP3 file. ANI

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