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Technology News on December 9, 2010

Hollywood publicist 'killed in robbery attempt by ex-con who killed self'
Police investigating the killing of a Hollywood publicist in the US last month have revealed that it was likely a random attempt by an ex-convict who later used the same gun to kill himself. ANI

Cheryl Cole is Britain's No1 Google search of 2010
Cheryl Cole, who recently divorced footballer Ashley, is Britain's No1 Google search of 2010. ANI

Sugar-sweetened coffee could make your smarter
Sugar-sweetened coffee may be the best way to prepare the brain for a busy day ahead, say scientists. ANI

How plants near Chernobyl shrug off radiation
Scientists studying the ecological legacy of the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine have discovered as to how plants adapt and even flourish in a highly radioactive environment. ANI

50pc of Oz workers using Facebook, Twitter falling victim to cyber crime
A new survey has revealed that nearly half of all Australian workers who access social network sites like Facebook and Twitter have been subjected to a cyber crime attack. ANI

New ultrasound technology can accurately spot prostate cancer tumours
A team of researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology, in co-operation with AMC Amsterdam, has developed an imaging technology based on ultrasound that can accurately identify cancerous tumours in the prostate. ANI

'Lost civilization' submerged beneath Persian Gulf
A study has revealed that a once fertile landmass now submerged beneath the Persian Gulf may have been home to some of the earliest human populations outside Africa. ANI

Study finds changes in solar activity affect local climate
There is a lot of debate about whether the sun's activity could have influenced the earth's climate over thousands or millions of years. ANI

The secret behind blue whales' enormous appetite
Scientists from the University of British Columbia, Canada, have found that blue whales take in 90 times as much energy as they burn during a single dive. ANI

'1-drop rule' still persists for biracial individuals in our society
A new study has shown that we still tend to see biracials not as equal members of both parent groups, but as belonging more to their minority parent group. ANI

ADHD and reading disability have common genetic influences
A new study has revealed how Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and developmental reading disability (RD) in children frequently occur together. ANI

New mechanism links cellular stress to brain damage
Researchers have discovered a mechanism linking a specific type of cellular stress with brain damage similar to that associated with neurodegenerative disease. ANI

Weightlifting cuts lymphedema risk following br*ast cancer treatment
A new research has revealed that weightlifting may play a key role in the prevention of the painful limb-swelling condition lymphedema following br*ast cancer treatment. ANI

Use of lubricants during s*x linked to higher levels of satisfaction, pleasure
Women who used lubricant during s*x reported significantly higher levels of satisfaction and pleasure in a new study by sexual health researchers at Indiana University. ANI

Expert issues stark warning on climate change
A climate change expert has warned that if humans don't moderate their use of fossil fuels, there is a real possibility that we will face the environmental, societal and economic consequences of climate change faster than we can adapt to them. ANI

Short-term weather extremes, not warming, driving Greenland ice sheet flow: Study
A University of British Columbia study has revealed that sudden changes in the volume of melt water contribute more to the acceleration - and eventual loss - of the Greenland ice sheet than the gradual increase of temperature. ANI

Targeted intervention improves social skills in toddlers with autism
In a new study, researchers found that targeting the core social deficits of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in early intervention programs yielded sustained improvements in social and communication skills even in very young children who have ASD. ANI

New forms of dietary fiber could be a boon to health
New types of dietary fiber are under development, which can make high fiber foods tastier and more appealing to consumers. ANI

Programming bacteria to act like mini computers
A team of researchers at UCSF has engineered E. coli with the key molecular circuitry that will enable genetic engineers to program cells to behave like computers. ANI

New robotic ultrasound system performs remote ops
Long-distance ultrasound exams may soon become reality, thanks to a new robotic ultrasound system that performs remote operations controlled by specialists. ANI

The Pill is not the reason for oestrogen in drinking water: Study
The popular misconception that oral contraceptives are the main reason behind the oestrogen content in drinking water supplies has been disproved in a new study. ANI

New experiment may reveal how first galaxies formed and evolved
Astronomers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Arizona State University have developed a small-scale radio astronomy experiment designed to detect a never-before-seen signal from the early universe, a development that has the potential to revolutionize the understanding of how the first galaxies formed and evolved. ANI

'Smart' hospital beds could improve patient care
A new study into hospital bed technology could soon represent a giant leap forward in patient care. ANI

People behave better when they are being watched: Study
It's true that we are better behaved when someone is watching us, but a new research has stated even if we are surrounded by images of eyes, and not real people, we tend to behave nicely. ANI

Now, grab an iPhone made of T-Rex tooth, meteor!
Computer software company Apple has come up with a new iPhone that is part T-Rex tooth and part meteor. ANI

How Zen meditation controls pain
Previous studies have shown that Zen meditation has many health benefits, including a reduced sensitivity to pain. Now researchers at the Universite de Montreal have discovered how meditators achieve this. ANI

New study offers insights into addiction and impulse-driven behavior
Scientists have shed new light on dopamine's role in the brain's reward system. ANI

Soaring is better than flapping for big and small birds
The flight patterns of large birds have been well studied. They save energy on the flight to their wintering grounds by soaring through the air on thermal currents. Now, scientists have discovered that small migrating songbirds also do the same thing. ANI

For chimps, dominance is a double-edged sword
Dominant animals with higher testosterone levels tend to suffer from an increased burden of parasites, reveals a study of chimpanzees. ANI

Climate change could give you cancer, claim scientists
Scientists have warned that melting glaciers and ice sheets are releasing cancer-causing pollutants into the air and oceans. ANI

Slovenia scientists create world's first 3-D microlaser
A new microlaser, developed at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is the world's first practical three-dimensional laser - cheap, portable and quick in operation with high precision output. ANI

It could be possible to create matter, antimatter from vacuum, say experts
A combination of ultra-high-intensity laser beam and a two-mile-long particle accelerator could be used to create something out of nothing, according to University of Michigan researchers. ANI

Spintronics success could pave way for lighter, more efficient TVs, mobiles
Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London (UK) and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) have achieved a significant breakthrough in the field of spintronics. ANI

TB drug could improve social skills in autistic people
Scientists have identified a potential novel treatment strategy for the social impairment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), an aspect of the condition that has a profound impact on quality of life. ANI

New study sheds light on brain's inherent ability to focus on learning
Scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered a missing link that explains the interaction between brain state and the neural triggers responsible for learning. ANI

Scientists produce mice from 2 fathers using stem cell technology
Reproductive scientists at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas have produced male and female mice from two fathers using stem cell technology. ANI

66mn-yr-old 'bizzare' croc 'may have been a vegetarian'
Crocodiles are known to be carnivores, but a new study might prove otherwise. ANI

Astronomers discover diamond-studded planet
A team of astronomers, led by an Indian-origin boffin, has discovered the first carbon-rich planet, orbiting a star 1,200 light-years away, which could have an interior abundant in diamonds. ANI

High vitamin D levels may not reduce frailty risk in older women
Lower and higher vitamin D levels are associated with an increased likelihood of frailty in older women, a new study has found. ANI

Baby's genome lurks in mother's blood: Study
A new study has brought the step of sequencing foetal genome from the mother's DNA one step closer. ANI

Astronomers discover new planet in planetary system similar to our own
Astronomers have announced the discovery of a fourth giant planet outside our solar system, strengthening the similarities between a distant planetary system and our own. ANI

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