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Squeezable cell phone to give you status info without having to look at it
Scientists have developed a squeezable cellphone - SqueezeBlock - using tiny motors built into the casing to mimic the behaviour of a spring. ANI

Airplanes that also travel in space to be 'the holy grail' of aeronautics
A British firm is working on an airplane that would also travel in space. ANI

Was Oz-Indian scientist first to discover recently found Earth-like planet?
The recent discovery of Earth-like planet caused a tizzy in the science world, but many are still sceptical of the claim. ANI

Updates from the world of Science and Technology, research findings and scientific reports for September 25, 2009

Scientists shed light on human ancestors conflict on monogamy
Studying the ratio between the index and ring fingers of two Neanderthals and one Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, University of Liverpool researchers have shown that human ancestors conflicted on monogamy. ANI

Heres what causes arteries to clog up
British scientists have identified an enzyme that plays a crucial role in clogging up of arteries. ANI

Genome of hospital superbug C. difficile unraveled
Scientists from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute claim to have unravelled the genome of the most virulent form of hospital superbug Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). ANI

Drug that reverses resistance to chemotherapy identified
Researchers have for the first time shown that inhibiting the action of an enzyme called TAK-1 could make pancreatic cancer cells sensitive to chemotherapy, paving the way for the development of a new drug to treat the disease. ANI

Diabetes drug can help fight lethal cancer complications
A drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes can help fight lethal complications accompanying cancer, say researchers.esearchers from Ohio State University have found that drug rosiglitazone can help combat muscle wasting and severe fat loss among cancer patients. ANI

Childhood kidney disorder may persist into adulthood with long-term complications
A childhood kidney disorder, which was believed to disappear after puberty, is likely to persist into adulthood and cause significant long-term complications, reveals a new study. ANI

Astronomers spot double-layered dust disk orbiting distant star
By linking the twin, 10-meter telescopes in Hawaii, astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory discovered an extended, double-layered dust disk orbiting 51 Ophiuchi, a star that is 410 light-years from Earth. ANI

Scientists confirm existence of superheavy element 114
Researchers in Berkeley Labs Nuclear Science Division and UC Berkeley have made a step forward in the quest to achieve an Island of Stability among notoriously short-lived artificial elements, by confirming the production of the superheavy element 114. ANI

Scientists develop method to create glass objects using conventional 3-D printer
A team of engineers and artists working at the University of Washingtons (UWs) Solheim Rapid Manufacturing Laboratory has developed a way to create glass objects using a conventional 3-D printer. ANI

Decoding of potato genome expected to help improve its disease resistance and nutritional value
Scientists have decoded the genome of the potato, with the first draft expected to help breeders improve yield, quality, disease resistance and nutritional value of the crop. ANI

How to confuse insect pests ability to detect crops and improve food security
Scientists have discovered molecules that could confuse insects ability to detect plants by interfering with their sense of smell, which could reduce damage to crops by insect pests and contribute to food security. ANI

Feathered fossils found in China confirm that birds evolved from dinosaurs
Chinese scientists have said that the discovery of five remarkable new fossils of feathered dinosaurs in rock formations in northeastern China, has confirmed that birds evolved from dinosaurs. ANI

Scientists identify new species of gecko
A new study has identified a new species of gecko, which was long misunderstood as another kind of gecko. ANI

Peruvian glacial retreats linked to European events of Little Ice Age about 150 to 350 years ago
A new study that reports precise ages for glacial moraines in southern Peru links climate swings in the tropics to those of Europe and North America during the Little Ice Age approximately 150 to 350 years ago. ANI

Scientists identify new species of gecko
A new study has identified a new species of gecko, which was long misunderstood as another kind of gecko. ANI

Jewish priesthood has multiple lineages, indicates genetic analysis
A new research on the Cohen Y chromosome has indicated that the Jewish priesthood, the Cohanim, was established by several unrelated male lines rather than a single male lineage dating to ancient Hebrew times. ANI

Scientists find key to unlock oxygen from moons surface, raising hopes of space outpost in future
Following the discovery of water on the Moon by an instrument aboard Indias recently ended Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, researchers from NASA and Case Western Reserve University have found a key to unlocking oxygen from the surface of the moon, which would help make a space outpost possible in the future. ANI

SurroundSense in your phone could tell which room you are in
The next time you go shopping, your smart phone will not only tell that you have entered the mall, but also know if you are in the jewellery store or the shoe store, thanks to a new system developed by Duke University computer engineers led by an Indian-origin professor. ANI

Viagra relatives could minimize abnormally large hearts
A new study claims that compounds related to Viagra, which is already in clinical trials to prevent heart failure, may also counter the disease in a different way. ANI

Nanoparticle-based battlefield pain treatment comes closer to reality
Moving a step closer towards nanoparticle-based battlefield pain treatment, scientists at the University of Michigan have developed a combination drug that promises a safer, more precise way for medics and fellow soldiers at warfronts to give a fallen soldier both morphine and a drug that could limits morphines dangerous side effects. ANI

New approach for highly selective chemotherapy delivery
A new approach developed by researchers at University of California, Irvine, can vastly improve the targeting of chemotherapeutic drugs to specific cells and organs. ANI

Worlds first artificial heart-stem cells combo op saves a life
A British surgeon has for the first time used a combination of an artificial heart and stem cells to save the life of a dying man. ANI

Present day Scandinavians may have descended from Stone Age immigrants
A new study has determined that the present day Scandinavians are not descended from the people who came to Scandinavia at the conclusion of the last ice age but, apparently, from Stone Age immigrants, who arrived later, concurrently with the introduction of agriculture. ANI

How whales and dolphins evolved
A new research has shed new light on the origin and evolution of cetaceans like whales and dolphins. ANI

Present day Scandinavians may have descended from Stone Age immigrants
A new study has determined that the present day Scandinavians are not descended from the people who came to Scandinavia at the conclusion of the last ice age but, apparently, from Stone Age immigrants, who arrived later, concurrently with the introduction of agriculture. ANI

Twitter-like technology can reveal songbirds social lives
Creating what could be called Twitter for tweeters, scientists have developed a new social networking technology that could find out which songbirds spend time together, and could also reveal how they learn their tunes. ANI

New insights into the brains numerical code
Researchers can now tell what number a person has just seen or how many dots he or she has been presented with, by a careful observation and analysis of the brain activity pattern. ANI

99 percent pure water ice found on Mars
NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has revealed sub-surface water ice that may be 99 percent pure, halfway between the North Pole and the equator on the Red Planet. ANI

Toad venom may offer cancer cure
A Chinese medicine made from dried venom secreted by the skin glands of toads has shown promise in slowing down cancer progression in patients, say researchers. ANI

Brain can remember a forgotten language
Most of us learn a foreign language when we are young, but lack of practice makes us believe that we have forgotten it. However, a new study has shown that the forgotten language may be more deeply engraved in our minds. ANI

How water is formed on the Moon
Data from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3), an instrument aboard Indias recently ended Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, along with the Deep Impact spacecraft, has confirmed the existence of water on the surface of the Moon, with scientists explaining the process of its formation. ANI

Wonder drug chloroquine losing out to malarial parasite
Australian scientists say malarial parasite is fast developing resistance to chloroquine, the inexpensive and effective drug used to treat malaria. ANI

Spanking lowers kids IQs
Children spanked by their parents grow up less clever than those not physically punished, says a new groundbreaking research. ANI

Sleep loss may lead to Alzheimers
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a link between sleep loss and increase in Alzheimers plaques. ANI

Blame your willpower for failing to exercise after work
Dont feel like having the energy to go for a run after a rough day at the office? Well, then blame it on your limited willpower, says a new study. ANI

Britons just three bed hops away from a celeb romp
Cambridge University researchers say that sex-loving Britons are just three beds away from sleeping with a celebrity, based on the famous Six Degrees of Separation theory. ANI

Mobile infants can see looming danger
Infants abilities to see whether an object is nearing them, and to judge when it is likely to collide, develops around the time they become more mobile, according to a study. ANI

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