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Technology News on November 19, 2010

New way to track tigers in the wild to ensure survival
Indian experts have discovered that it is possible to accurately predict the number of tigers in the wild by monitoring both paw prints and feces. ANI

Modulating protein in brain could help control Alzheimer's
A new research has stated that modulating a protein in the brain could help control Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Plants, animals use similar mechanism when fending off diseases
Through the ages, plants and animals have developed strikingly similar mechanisms for detecting microbial invasions and resisting diseases, says a new study. ANI

Key enzyme that controls growth of breast cancer cells identified
A new study has found that blocking the action of an enzyme called GnT-V could delay the onset and spread of tumours with human breast cancer. ANI

New prosthetic device offers to hope to the visually impaired
Scientists have offered new hope to millions of people who have lost their sight through retinal degeneration. ANI

What do your smartphones and laptops say about you?
What your colleagues and peers think about you as a person is largely reflected by the smartphone you keep in your pocket, and the laptop in your briefcase. ANI

NASA's Hubble finds spark of life in ancient galaxy
For some time now, astronomers have believed that ancient elliptical galaxies do not give birth to new stars anymore, but new images captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope indicate otherwise. ANI

'X-ray vision' laser camera shoots 'invisible objects' around corners
US scientists have developed a laser camera that can take photos around corners. ANI

Increasing use of mobiles, music players causing 'text neck' epidemic
Technology is a pain in the neck - literally. ANI

Gangster birds running protection racket shed light on co-evolution
A new research on Kalahari Desert drongos, which act like gangsters running a protection racket for other birds in order to steal a cut of their food catch, has provided important insights into co-evolution. ANI

10 mastodons, 4 mammoths, and 2 Ice Age deer - 'once-in-a-lifetime' find
The chief curator of Denver Museum of Nature and Science has called the accidental discovery of an Ice Age fossil site at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village "one of those once-in-a-lifetime finds. ANI

Mechanism behind organ transplant rejection uncovered
Scientists have identified the culprit behind chronic rejection of heart, lung and kidney transplants. ANI

Bacteria disable each other by using 'toxic darts'
UC Santa Barbara biologists have found that competing bacteria use "toxic darts" to disable each other. ANI

Assessment tool predicts blood clot risk following plastic surgery
Scientists have said that patients undergoing plastic or reconstructive surgery should receive a risk assessment before their procedure to predict whether they'll develop potentially fatal blood clots in the legs or lungs. ANI

Hormone therapy use may increase or decrease dementia risk
Kaiser Permanente researchers have indicated that compared to women never on hormone therapy, those taking hormone therapy only at midlife had a 26 percent decreased risk of dementia; while women taking HT only in late life had a 48 percent increased risk of dementia. ANI

Potential new multiple sclerosis treatment
Professor Linda Watkins of the University of Colorado at Boulder says that successfully treating and reversing the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS), may be possible one day using a drug originally developed to treat chronic pain. ANI

New water filter kills disease-causing bacteria in just seconds
An inexpensive new filtering technology can kill up to 98 percent of disease-causing bacteria in water in just seconds without clogging. ANI

Scientists achieve 'David and Goliath' black-hole mergers
For the first time ever, scientists at Rochester Institute of Technology have achieved the merger of two black holes of vastly different sizes, with one mass 100 times larger than the other. ANI

Mystery of missing stars in Universe may finally be solved
Star births in the Universe occur round the clock and according to calculations, we should be able to see a lot more stars than we currently do - so where have all the stars gone? ANI

2,700-yr-old pyramid tomb with royal burials, jewels unearthed in Mexico
A 2,700-year-old pyramid tomb containing royal burials and jewels was uncovered in Mexico by archaeologists from Brigham Young University. ANI

Mars 'hopper' could lead to a greater understanding of the Red Planet
University of Leicester space scientists are developing a conceptual motor design for a Mars 'hopping' vehicle which should lead to a greater understanding of the Red Planet. ANI

Compound to starve cancers of sugar-based building blocks found
Scientists have discovered a compound that could be used to starve cancers of their sugar-based building blocks. ANI

NASA's bread-loaf-sized nanosatellite to study life in space
In an attempt to answer astrobiology's fundamental questions about the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe, NASA is getting ready to fly a small satellite about the size of a loaf of bread. ANI

People with exhaustion syndrome demonstrate impaired memory
A new study from Umea University in Sweden has shown that exhaustion syndrome, also called burnout and exhaustion depression, leaves objectively measurable changes in the brain. ANI

Facebook, Twitter blamed for pupils' low grades, poor concentration
A study has revealed that British teachers believe social networking sites are the reason behind pupils' poor grades. ANI

Scientists discover planet from another galaxy
A planet with a minimum mass 1.25 times that of Jupiter has been discovered orbiting a star of extragalactic origin, even though the star now finds itself within our own galaxy. ANI

Why booze might be good for your heart
Scientists have discovered that a well-known molecule called Notch may be behind alcohol's beneficial effects. ANI

How eating less can make you live longer
A new study has discovered a molecular pathway that is a key determinant of the aging process and could explain why eating less could extend lifespan. ANI

Modeling not just about having a pretty face: Study
A new study uncovers the decisions that happen behind the scenes of the glossy photos and slick commercials in the modelling industry. ANI

NASA images reveal cosmic snowstorm post comet encounter
Images captured by NASA's spacecraft after the recent encounter with Comet Hartley 2 revealed a cosmic snow storm created by carbon dioxide jets spewing out tons of golf-ball to basketball-sized fluffy ice particles from the peanut-shaped comet's rocky ends. ANI

Headless Egypt king statue could give clues to Cleopatra's tomb
A headless statue of a Greek king has been discovered in the ruins of an ancient Egyptian temple, adding to evidence that the structure could be the final resting place of Marc Antony and Cleopatra, say excavation leaders. ANI

Exercise important for those at special risk for Alzheimer's
People who are more prone to cognitive decline, including development of Alzheimer's disease, can decrease their risk by doing regular exercising, a new study has suggested. ANI

For male macaques, bonding is a political move
Thought only humans make friends? Not really, as a new study has found that unrelated male macaques in the wild form close social partnerships with select males in their groups that resembles human friendships. ANI

Why so many antibodies turn out to be ineffective in blocking HIV infection
Duke University scientists have found why some of the earliest and most abundant antibodies available fail to protect against HIV infection. ANI

Discovery's launch delayed until December 3
NASA has deferred a launch status meeting and news conference scheduled for Nov. 22. ANI

Life discovered in deepest layer of Earth's crust
Just when you thought we had discovered signs of life everywhere possible on Earth, a new expedition has revealed a complete ecosystem existing in the deepest layer of the planet's crust. ANI

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