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Science and Technology updates, research findings and scientific reports for November 12, 2008
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Changes in population growth and composition influence climate change
A new study has suggested that changes in population growth and composition, including aging and urbanization, could affect global emissions of carbon dioxide over the next 40 years. ANI

Chinese scientists, explorers seek help in search for elusive ape-man
Chinese scientists and explorers are looking for international help as they begin a new search for the elusive ape-man known as Bigfoot or Yeren. ANI

Magnets may help treat major depression
Psychiatric researchers at Rush University Medical Center have found a non-invasive, non-drug therapy to be an effective, long-term treatment for major depression. ANI

Science and Technology updates, research findings and scientific reports for November 12, 2008

Women prefer masculine mates when close to ovulation
Researchers at Indiana Universitys Kinsey Institute have for the first time shown differences in brain activity as women considered masculinised and feminised male faces, and whether the person was a potential sexual partner. ANI

New device may revolutionize breast cancer screening
The worlds first radar breast imaging system, developed by scientists at Bristol University, may revolutionise the way women are scanned for breast cancer. ANI

How lying saves crabs lives
A team of Australian ecologists has discovered that crabs bluff about there fighting ability. ANI

Now, a battery-powered credit supercard that fights online fraud
An Australian technology firm has come up with a unique battery power super card, which they believe can fight online fraud. ANI

Warning system uses seabed sensors to stop another tsunami tragedy
Indonesia has launched an early warning system that uses seabed sensors, land-based seismometers and satellite positioning equipment, to broadcast tsunami warnings within minutes of an undersea earthquake. ANI

IVF does not raise breast cancer risk
A new research has dispelled fears that In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) may elevate womens risk of developing breast cancer. ANI

Arid aquaculture can provide livelihood for residents of worlds drylands
Researchers have cited arid aquaculture as an effective potential alternative livelihood for people living in desertified parts of the worlds expanding drylands. ANI

Even low concentrations of pesticides can become a toxic mixture
A new research has found that when mixed together, even low concentrations of pesticides can become a toxic mixture, which can decimate amphibian populations. ANI

Indian origin scientist paves way for toxic chemicals handheld nano detectors
An Indian origin physics professor at Clemson has made a major breakthrough in nanotechnology which may lead to nano-scale electromechanical sensors that can read and alert us to toxic chemicals or gases in the air. ANI

Sex life study reveals pond snails have handed behaviour like humans
In a study on the sex life of pond snail, a researcher has found that just like humans, the snails have been genetically programmed to use the left or right handed side of its brain to perform different tasks, which at times can even hamper their mating. ANI

Nanotechnology may turn harmful in the future, warns report
A Royal Commission report in UK has raised concern that just like asbestos, nanomaterials may turn out to be fatally dangerous for humans in the future. ANI

Brain implants may restore mobility in stroke patients with partial paralysis
Scientists suggest that neuroprosthetic brain implants may help stroke patients to overcome partial paralysis. ANI

Worldwide decline of bees not reducing crop yields just yet
An international study has determined that the well-documented worldwide decline in the number of bees and other pollinators is not, at this stage, limiting global crop yields. ANI

New biometric system to identify people from the veins inside their fingers
Companies in Europe have begun to roll out an advanced biometric system from Japan that identifies people from the unique patterns of veins inside their fingers, a technique which is being touted as the most secure form of identification. ANI

Mexican boffins turn tequila into diamonds!
Mexican scientists have come found a new use for the countrys national drink, tequila: turning it into diamonds! ANI

ESA to offer zero gravity rides to space tourists
The European Space Agency (ESA) is planning to offer zero-gravity rides to passengers on an airplane, giving a boost to the fledging space-tourism market. ANI

Some birds can learn other species alarm calls
While it has been known that some species of birds use the alarm calls of other bird species to flee danger, how they develop this ability has been unknown. Now, a team of Australian researchers has found that birds develop this multilingual ability by learning the alarm calls of other birds on the job. ANI

Indian-origin scientist creates molecule that can prevent SARS
An Indian-origin researcher at Purdue University has developed a compound that can prevent the replication of the virus causing Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). ANI

Efficiency of solar cells can be improved if they are moredull
Engineers have said that to really increase the efficiency of solar cells, they should be made to look dull. ANI

Steps to block key enzyme action in heart failure mapped
In a breakthrough study, scientists at Johns Hopkins have mapped out a key chemical step involved in blocking enzyme action in heart failure. ANI

APEX reveals glowing stellar nurseries
The Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope has revealed how an expanding bubble of ionised gas about ten light-years across is causing the surrounding material to collapse into dense clumps that are the birthplaces of new stars. ANI

A phrase can sound like a song when heard over and over again
A study conducted at the University of California in San Diego has confirmed that a spoken phrase seems to morph into a song when repeated, throwing new light on the difference between speech and song. ANI

Fertile women hate other womens pretty faces
A pretty face is liked by everyone - except for women of childbearing age - thats what a new study suggests. ANI

Mars on Earth mission moves one step closer to launch
The European Space Agencys search for two people who will spend 105 days in an isolated chamber that will feature Earth-bound simulations of a Mars mission, has narrowed down to eight candidates. ANI

Dusty shock waves might create raw materials for planet formation
New observations from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope have indicated that shock waves around dusty, young stars might be creating the raw materials for planets. ANI

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