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Science and Technology updates, research findings and scientific reports for October 28, 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 October 28, 2008

New gene behind puberty disorders identified
Researchers at Medical College of Georgia have identified a new gene responsible for puberty disorders. ANI

Electrical brain stimulation boosts peoples dexterity
Electrically stimulating the brain with a non-invasive technique called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can improve a persons skill at handling delicate tasks. ANI

Now, scroll in thin air to control your cell phone
Microsoft researchers have developed a system called SideSight that can allow a mobile phone user to control a handset placed on a table by wiggling his/her fingers in the space around it. ANI

Now, laptops to detect quakes!
In a new project, scientists have used laptops to detect several earthquakes, taking the help of small accelerometer chips inside the machines. ANI

Scientists produce electricity from gas and water
Researchers of the Fraunhofer Technology Development Group TEG have developed a new fluidic energy transducer that produces electricity from gas and water. ANI

Now, roses, violets and lilies under threat by global warming
A new study has determined that some of the worlds most beloved species of flowers like lilies, orchids, violets, roses, and dogwoods have also been hit by global warming. ANI

Why tennis referees mistakenly call more balls out than in
Tennis referees are very likely to make mistakes when they call balls out than when they call them in, mainly because of the inherent bias in people perceiving moving objects, according to a new report. ANI

New software that shows a womans curves even while fully clothed!
Online shopping can turn out to be more fun when you can try on new clothes on your own computerised image, all thanks to a new program that creates an accurate computerized image of a persons body even when the subject is clothed. ANI

Women in red really do make men go weak in the knees
Planning for a romantic dinner with the man of your dreams? Well, dont forget to wear something in red, for the colour will sure make him drool all over you, according to a new study. ANI

Yellowstones amphibians declining fast due to climate change
A research has determined that despite being protected longer than anywhere else on Earth, Yellowstone National Parks amphibians are declining fast, all due to climate change. ANI

Evolution makes vampires out of fruit-eating moths
A previously unknown population of vampire moths has been found in Siberia by entomologists, who say that the bloodsuckers may have evolved from a purely fruit-eating species. ANI

World can eliminate fossil fuel use by 2090
A new study has said that the world could eliminate fossil fuel use by 2090, saving 18 trillion dollars in future fuel costs and creating a 360 billion dollars industry that provides half of the worlds electricity. ANI

Why Neanderthals had big noses
Anthropologists have suggested that Neanderthals had big noses because of the degree to which their face used to jut forward, indicating that the odd feature was a fluke of evolution, not some grand adaptation. ANI

Astronauts wouldnt need to wear spacesuits in NASAs new Moon rover
NASA has unveiled a new lunar rover that aims to transform space exploration by allowing astronauts to roam large distances without cumbersome spacesuits when they return to the Moon by 2020. ANI

Archaeologists claim to have found King Solomons mines in Jordan
New evidence has emerged after an excavation in Jordan that gives scientific credence to the existence of King Solomons mines. ANI

Now, son of Viagra for quicker, steamier sex sans the headaches!
Heres some good news for couples with a rocky bedroom life, scientists have created a new sex drug that works even faster than the commonly used Viagra. ANI

Nuclear-powered passenger aircraft to transport millions in future
A scientist has predicted that later this century, nuclear-powered aircraft will be transporting millions of passengers around the world. ANI

Digital Dark Age may make digital pics unreadable for future PCs
An expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says that rapid digitising may ultimately lead to a digital dark age, where digital photographs will become unreadable to future computers. ANI

Earthworms can change chemical nature of carbon in forests
A new study by Purdue University researchers has determined that earthworms can change the chemical nature of the carbon in forest litter and soils, potentially affecting the amount of carbon stored in forests. ANI

Solar systems younger twin found to have two rocky asteroid belts
Astronomers have discovered that the nearby star Epsilon Eridani, which can be considered as our solar systems younger twin, has two rocky asteroid belts, and an outer icy ring, making it a triple-ring system. ANI

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