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Technology News on December 16, 2010

Facebook names "HMU" as top status trend of 2010
Social networking site Facebook has named "HMU", which stands for Hit Me Up, as the top status update trend of the year. ANI

Secrets of common virus that can cause cancer decoded
Scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute have decoded secrets of a very common virus that can cause cancer. ANI

Mother's voice really is special to babies
Researchers from the University of Montreal and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre have found that a mother's voice plays a special role in activating newborn's brain. ANI

The top 10 archaeological discoveries of 2010
The top ten archaeological discoveries for this year have been revealed, and they include royal tombs among others. ANI

Caffeine negatively affects kids: Study
In a new study, researchers found that 75pc of children surveyed consumed caffeine on a daily basis, and the more caffeine the children consumed, the less they slept. ANI

A cure for baldness 'could be available in 5 years'
For the first time, scientists in Germany have grown hair follicles from stem cells. ANI

Excess light at night can contribute to air pollution: Study
A study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado has shown that excess light at night can contribute to air pollution. ANI

Mummified forest in Canada yields climate clues
Researchers at the Ohio State University have discovered a mummified forest in northernmost Canada which is giving clues on how plants struggled to endure ancient global cooling. ANI

How salvia kicks off intense, short-lasting high
Hallucinogen kicks off an unusually intense and short-lasting high, with no obvious ill effects, a new study of salvia has found. ANI

Dancing bird turns the forest into its own personal disco
By displaying dramatic flashes of colour with its feathers, male bird of paradise Lawes' parotia turns the forest into its own personal disco, according to a new study. ANI

NASA's Odyssey spacecraft becomes Mars' longest-staying guest
NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft, which launched in 2001, has officially become the Red Planet's longest-staying guest. ANI

Does fluoride really fight cavities?
Scientists have found that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed. ANI

NASA's scientific balloon program resuming flights this month
After an extensive evaluation of its safety processes following a mishap during an April launch attempt from Australia, NASA's scientific balloon program is resuming flights this month. ANI

Humans' plant consumption rising significantly
A new NASA research has found that humans are consuming an increasing amount of the earth's total annual land plant production. ANI

No link between cholesterol compound and multiple sclerosis: Study
Contradicting a previous study, researchers have found that compounds called oxysterols are not present in any significant amount in multiple sclerosis patients. ANI

Study backs gluten-free diet in potential celiac disease patients
A new study has added to an ongoing debate over which patients with symptoms of celiac disease should go on a gluten-free diet. ANI

Vitamin D, parathyroid hormone levels 'don't affect cardiovascular mortality'
A new research has found that there is no link between serum levels of vitamin D or parathyroid hormone and cardiovascular mortality. ANI

Polar bears 'can be saved from extinction by emission cuts'
Polar bears and its Arctic habitat can be saved if we cut global greenhouse emissions, according to scientists. ANI

Why female squirrels are promiscuous
Scientists at the University of Guelph have finally discovered why female squirrels are so darn promiscuous. ANI

Brain area critical for forming unconscious memories identified
Researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain have found that a small area deep in the brain called the perirhinal cortex is critical for forming unconscious conceptual memories. ANI

Plastics chemical 'can damage egg quality in women'
Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) may compromise the quality of a woman's eggs retrieved for in vitro fertilization (IVF), a small-scale University of California, San Francisco-led study found. ANI

Longest-lasting cyclone found in Solar System
Scientists have been monitoring a cyclone on Saturn for more than five years, making it the longest-lasting cyclone detected to date on any of the giant planets of the Solar System. ANI

Medics on Facebook could be threatening doctor-patient relationship
A new research has found that doctors with a profile on the social networking site Facebook may be compromising the doctor-patient relationship, because they don't deploy sufficient privacy settings. ANI

SIDS deaths soar by 33 percent on New Year's Day: Study
New Year may not be a good start for all, as a new study has found that the number of babies who die of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, increases by 33 percent on New Year's Day. ANI

Life's building blocks discovered on surprising meteorite
Scientists have identified amino acids, a fundamental building block of life, in a meteorite where none were expected. ANI

'Invisibility carpet' hides 'large' objects
For the first time, physicists have built an 'invisibility carpet' that hides objects large enough to be seen with the n*ked eye. ANI

A positive mood allows you to think more creatively
Ever wondered why some people like to watch funny videos at work? Well, they may be putting themselves in a good mood so they can think more creatively. ANI

Rapid diagnostic test for common type of pneumonia developed
A technique that can diagnose a common type of pneumonia within minutes, potentially replacing existing tests that can take several days for results, has been developed by University of Georgia researchers. ANI

Kids 'born today will suffer an extra year of disabilities'
Researchers have found that life expectancy is rising but that in return people born now will have to cope with disability or a long-term illness for an extra year compared with those born 30 years ago. ANI

Neanderthals crafted earliest tool made from human bone
Scientists have discovered the earliest known tool made from human bone- and it was apparently crafted by Neanderthals. ANI

Compound derived from turmeric has neuroprotective effects
Two new studies suggest that a compound derived from curry spice turmeric may have clinical promise for ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI), which currently lack good therapies. ANI

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