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Science and Technology updates, research findings and scientific reports for August 27, 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 August 27, 2008

Study sheds new light on extinction rates of species on islands
A new research has shed surprising light on the subject of extinction rates of species on islands, suggesting that diversity among animals on islands is on the rise. ANI

Now, a mobile spy cam that will make life hell for love cheats!
Partners whore not where they are supposed to be could soon be watching their exploits live on a mobile phone, courtesy The Watch Anywhere Monitoring Camera. ANI

Trusted notary sites may help protect against hack attacks
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon have found a way to thwart hack attacks that intercept data passing from a personal computer to a website. ANI

How the brain compensates for the loss of sight
Scientists in the U.S. have gained significant insights into why the senses of touch and hearing often get enhanced when people lose their vision. ANI

NASA Mars Lander digs three times deeper than any other trench for soil sample
The next sample of Martian soil being grabbed for analysis is coming from a trench about three times deeper than any other trench NASAs Phoenix Mars Lander has dug. ANI

Astronomers catch massive galaxies in the act of merging 4 billion yrs ago
Using ground and space-based telescopes, astronomers have caught multiple massive galaxies in the act of merging about 4 billion years ago, a discovery that supports the favoured theory of how galaxies form. ANI

NASA rover on its way out of Martian crater
NASAs Mars Exploration rover Opportunity is heading back out to the Red Planets surrounding plains nearly a year after descending into a large Martian crater to examine exposed ancient rock layers. ANI

Viagra may be the panacea for many ills
New research conducted by Queens researchers has given fresh insights into why Viagra may be the panacea for many health conditions, including heart attacks and strokes. ANI

Global survey highlights need for cancer prevention campaigns to correct misbeliefs
A global survey has highlighted the need for cancer prevention campaigns to correct misbeliefs among people. ANI

Plastic seaweed on riverbeds has potential to light up entire towns
Scientists are planning to place a grid of undulating strips made of a plastic like material on the bottom of a river in a town in the US, which is expected to generate between 20 to 40 per cent of the towns electricity. ANI

Reducing uric acid may lower BP in teens with hypertension
Reducing uric acid levels may lower blood pressure in adolescents with high pressure, according to a new study. ANI

Stone may reveal millennium old secrets in Scotland
A millennium-old mystery may soon be solved, after archaeologists began investigating a unique Pictish stone near Glamis in Scotland. ANI

Olive leaf extract can help lower BP
An olive leaf extract can lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension, according to a new study. ANI

Pollution taints birds love songs leaving them mateless
Researchers in New York have discovered that a chemical can affect birds singing, and thereby make them lose out on mates. ANI

Seven shipwrecks discovered at the bottom of the Thames River
An astounding number of seven shipwrecks, up to 350 years old, has been discovered by divers, at the bottom of the Thames River in London, UK. ANI

Cane toads wouldnt be able to survive in Southern Australia due to cold temps
A new research has suggested that the cane toad would be unable to survive in Southern Australia because its march will grind to a halt once it is physically too cold for the animal to hop. ANI

Clownfish uses its nose to find its way home
A research by scientists from Australia, France and the US, has revealed that a species of clownfish (Amphiprion percula), uses its nose to help it locate a suitable habitat. ANI

Robotic legs giving back the joy of walking to paraplegics
An Indian-origin engineer in Israel has developed a device that can restore movement to paralysed people. ANI

Now, exercise beds to help hospitalised patients recover
A U.S. expert says that patients can be encouraged to exercise with the help of a hospital bed that folds down at one end to place its occupant onto a treadmill. ANI

Heres why we just cant kick the butt
Tried everything but still not able to kick the butt? Well, a group of researchers has come to your rescue, who claim that they have a fix on why smokers find it tough to quit cold turkey. ANI

Ayurvedic medicines sold online contain harmful metals
Traditional Indian medicines bought on the Internet and used throughout the world contain levels of lead, mercury or arsenic that exceed acceptable standards, according to a study in the August 27 issue of JAMA. ANI

Why lower eyelids become baggy with age
Besides weak bones and wrinkles, the old age is accompanied by baggy lower eyelids. Now, researchers at University of California, Los Angeles have found the culprit behind the damage. ANI

Worlds first solar-powered ship will leave a cleaner plume
Two Japanese companies have said that they will begin work on the worlds first ship to have propulsion engines partially powered by solar energy, which will leave a cleaner plume. ANI

Bats can fly mute to avoid jamming natural sonar signals among their species
A new research has indicated that by shutting down their natural sonar, some bats can prevent crossed signals with others of their species, while flying. ANI

Conservation zones in the wrong place to protect coral reefs from global warming
A new research has warned that conservation zones are in the wrong place to protect vulnerable coral reefs from the effects of global warming. ANI

Why babys first words are dada or mama
Have you ever wondered why daddy and mommy are often a babys first words? Well, a group of researchers has got the answer: the newborns brain may simply be hard-wired to recognize certain repeated word patterns. ANI

Hobbits were actually modern, normal-sized hunters and gatherers
A new research has determined that the so-called dwarfs or hobbits of Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, were actually modern, normal-sized hunters and gatherers. ANI

Novel fingerprint analysis technique can help nab terrorists
Scientists have developed a state-of-the-art forensic method that can not only identify fingerprints on bullets, but also on bombs, which can help nab terrorists. ANI

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