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Technology News on November 9, 2010

Preschool kids who are fearless more aggressive towards peers
Kindergarten kids who demonstrate fearless behaviour are likely to be less empathic and more aggressive towards their peers. ANI

Smoking ups death risk due to breast cancer
A new study has revealed the women who smoke or have a history of smoking are at 39 percent higher risk of death due to breast cancer. ANI

Ancient urbanization 'spurred evolution of immune system'
It is due to previous exposure to infection in early cities that people are more disease resistant now, a new study has suggested. ANI

Scientists unveil secrets of exploding plasma clouds on Sun
Scientists have shed light on the explosion of plasma clouds on the Sun. ANI

Exceeding 'cell fat storage capacity' might trigger type-2 diabetes
A new study has found that fat cells and tissues of acutely obese people and animals have a limit of storing fat after which further expansion may trigger other health problems. ANI

Songbirds' songs 'may shed light on how humans learn language and speech'
Understanding how songbirds sing may provide some insight into how the human brain learns language and produces speech. ANI

Statin 'could be the new wonder drug'
Heart pills are more effective at slashing artery-clogging cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart attacks as previously thought, say scientists. ANI

A dog's rightful place is in his master's bed
An animal expert has revealed that pets are better behaved and less stressed if allowed to sleep with their owners ANI

Food wrapper chemicals 'causing blood contamination in humans'
Chemicals used to line junk food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are migrating into food and being ingested by people where they are contributing to chemical contamination observed in blood, reveal University of Toronto scientists. ANI

Canola-type rapeseed oil cuts levels of inflammation
Researchers have found that consumption of canola-type rapeseed oil decreases the level of fibrinogen detrimental to health in the body. ANI

'Robot carers' could help elderly with shopping, taking medication
A group of scientists in Bristol is trying to develop robots to provide care and companionship for elderly people. ANI

How tarantulas trigger panic alarm in human brains
Treating people with phobias could be possible one day with better understanding of which brain regions fail to function normally when confronted with fear, say scientists. ANI

How kids learn their own ways of solving math problems
A new study has revealed that children with learning problems can benefit from being encouraged to find their own way to solve arithmetic problems. ANI

Solar-powered device reliable tool to measure blood pressure: Study
Scientists have developed a reliable solar powered blood pressure monitoring device, which may help in reducing cardiovascular disease by providing affordable testing in low income countries. ANI

Dietary soy may affect risk of breast cancer
A new research has found that increased phytoestrogens, commonly found in dietary soy, may modify the risk of some types of breast cancer. ANI

Plants that reproduce asexually prone to earlier extinction
A new study claimed that plants that can pollinate themselves are vulnerable to extinction. ANI

DHA may improve memory and learning in older adults: Study
A new study has revealed that taking docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may improve memory and learning in older adults with mild cognitive impairments. ANI

Social connections affect sensitivity to physical pain: Study
A new study from University of Toronto has identified the influence of human social interaction on sensitivity to physical pain. ANI

Iron fertilization boosting toxin-producing algae growth in open ocean: Study
A new study has revealed that certain toxin-producing algae are incredibly responsive to iron, often becoming dominant in algal blooms that result from iron fertilization. ANI

'Sweet 16' tool could rapidly identify cognitive impairments
A research team has developed a new instrument called the Sweet 16 to rapidly assess cognitive status in older adults. ANI

Chemotherapy post-surgery 'may not be always necessary'
NRC researchers have developed a tool to determine which breast cancer patients have little risk of their disease recurring, which has the potential to virtually eliminate unnecessary chemotherapy. ANI

CT scans can identify cause of some strokes: Study
Multidetector computed tomography (CT) helps pinpoint the causes of ischemic strokes, the most common type of stroke, according to a new study. ANI

Brain bleeding 'common among older individuals'
Brain bleeding is a common occurrence among older individuals, according to a UC Irvine study. ANI

Engineered plants 'could be turned into green plastics someday'
Scientists have engineered a plant that produces industrially relevant levels of compounds that could potentially be used to make plastics. ANI

Playing with your kids 'improves their mental health'
A new study suggests that positive interactions between parents and kids can discourage personality disorders later in life. ANI

Fish oil given within 5 hrs after stroke limits brain damage
A new study has pointed out that fish oil contains a substance that may help to limit or prevent brain damage following a stroke, if given within 5 hours after the stroke. ANI

TB-drugome may pave way for anti-TB drug discovery
A new research has discovered that one-third of the drugs examined have the potential to be repurposed to treat tuberculosis and many currently unexploited M. tuberculosis proteins could serve as novel anti-tubercular targets. ANI

Vitamins E and C 'have little effect on age-related cataract'
A new study has revealed that regular use of Vitamin E and C has little or no effect on age-related cataract in men. ANI

Differences in human and Neanderthal brains set in first year of life
The difference between brains of newborn humans and Neanderthals takes shape specifically in the first year of life, a new study has suggested. ANI

Discovery could reveal 'what Earth and Mars were like 100m yrs ago'
It could now be possible to know what the atmospheres of the Earth and Mars were like hundreds of millions years ago, thanks to a new chemical reaction uncovered by scientists. ANI

Lack of vitamin D leads to 'chubbier kids, faster weight gain'
A study by the University of Michigan has revealed that kids who are deficient in vitamin D accumulated fat around the waist and gained weight more rapidly than kids who got enough vitamin D. ANI

Soy-based drug 'may stop prostate cancer spread'
Researchers have found that a new, non-toxic drug made from a chemical in soy could prevent the movement of cancer cells from the prostate to the rest of the body. ANI

Girls likelier to have unprotected first sexual encounter than boys: Study
A study into adolescent sexual habits has revealed that females are more likely to have an unprotected first sexual encounter than their male counterparts. ANI

Coming soon: pee-on mobile chip to predict STD
Doctors and scientists in Britain have claimed that people can soon diagnose sexually-transmitted diseases (STD) by urinating on a computer chip, plugging it into their cell phones or computers, and getting the results within minutes. ANI

Phone app that predicts how long cancer patients have left to live
Scientists at St George's University of London have created a new application, accessible on mobiles, that can tell how long terminal cancer patients have left to live. ANI

People change names on Facebook 'to escape evidence of wild youth'
A survey has revealed that several young people are on a name-changing spree on Facebook in order to escape their digital footprint. ANI

Cannabis-like compounds 'could turn newborn females more masculine'
Researchers at University of Maryland in Baltimore have found that when newborn female rats are given a substance mimicking cannabis, their brains become more masculine - as does their behaviour. ANI

Scientists discover 'altruism gene' that makes you more charitable
Researchers at University of Bonn claim that they have found an 'altruism gene' that makes people more charitable. ANI

Scientists one step closer to finding cure for snail fever
Edinburgh scientists have made a key discovery in a bid to cure a potentially fatal tropical illness, which threatens 600 million people worldwide. ANI

Vapor rub effective for treating kids with cough and congestion
Penn State College of Medicine researchers have concluded that applying a vapor rub is effective for treating children with night-time cough and congestion and improves sleep for children with cold symptoms. ANI

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