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Ocean asteroid impact could damage Earth's protective ozone layer
If a medium-sized asteroid were to land in the oceans a tsunami wouldnt be the only worry, say scientists- the Earths ozone layer could be at risk too. ANI

Over-the-counter weight-reducing products can cause harm, may even kill
A new study has warned that natural slimming therapies can have an adverse effect on users and may even kill. ANI

Exposure to chemical warfare agent linked to long-term heart damage
Researchers have found that exposure to the chemical warfare agent sarin can lead to heart dysfunction. ANI

Technology News for October 13, 2010

Mercedes-Benz to come up with safer child seat soon
A safer and more advanced special seat in the car for your kid would soon be a reality-it was first shown in the ESF Experimental Safety Vehicle. ANI

Massive star goes supernova, smothered by its own dust
Astronomers using NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered that a giant star in a remote galaxy ended its life with a dust-shrouded whimper instead of the more typical bang. ANI

Genetic defect responsible for epilepsy and mental retardation found
Researchers have detected a genetic mutation responsible for severe mental retardation and epilepsy beginning at infancy. ANI

Metabolic status prior to pregnancy predicts subsequent gestational diabetes
A new study has suggested that metabolic screening of women before pregnancy could help identify the possibility of developing diabetes in a subsequent pregnancy and help them take preventive steps prior to conception. ANI

Half of second-hand phones contain personal data
A new research has revealed that consumers inadvertently pa*s on their personal data like intimate photos and credit card numbers and pins to strangers when they discard mobile phones. ANI

Astronomers spot 3bn-yr-old 'teenager-like, out of control' galaxies
Niels Bohr Institute scientists have been studying distant galaxies, which are among the most active star-forming galaxies in the Universe, forming 1,000 new stars a year - a 1,000 times more than our own galaxy, the Milky Way. ANI

Celebs use Twitter 'to get closer to audience, amplify professional status'
A new study from the school of English at the University of Leicester will examine 15,000 posts from 30 of the most popular celebrities on the social networking and microblogging site Twitter to see how they engage with their audiences. ANI

Working memory functions despite brain damage
Working memory remains intact even if key brain structures like the hippocampus are damaged, say researchers. ANI

Scientists one step closer to diagnosing autism with MRI
Researchers at the University of Utah (U of U) are one step closer to diagnosing autism using MRI, an advance that eventually could help health care providers identify the problem much earlier in children and lead to improved treatment and outcomes for those with the disorder. ANI

Rotten fish experiment helps create picture of our early ancestors
A study of rotting fish has helped scientists create a clearer picture of what our early ancestors would have looked like. ANI

Adhering to healthy lifestyle lowers breast cancer risk
A study of more than 85,000 postmenopausal women has suggested that regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and drinking less alcohol lowers breast cancer risk for women with, and without a family history of the disease. ANI

Scientists one step closer to a drug treatment for cystic fibrosis
Scientists are one step closer to a cure for cystic fibrosis, one of the worlds most common fatal genetic diseases, thanks to new study by a University of Missouri researcher. ANI

Immune response in pregnancy 'can lead to brain dysfunction in child'
A pregnant womans immune response to viral infections may induce subtle neurological changes in the unborn child that can lead to an increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders including schizophrenia and autism. ANI

Scientists propose new way to classify personality disorders
A new study is playing a key role in the effort to change the way mental health clinicians classify personality disorders. ANI

3.3bn years old 'microscopic tunnels' point to ancient life
London, Oct 13 (ANIScientists have discovered tiny tubes that have been etched into South African rocks by microbes at least at least 3.3 billion years ago, and believe that the tubules could represent the earliest trace evidence of activity by microbes on Earth. ANI

Just like humans, pigeons too feel the urge to gamble
Scientists have discovered that pigeons feel the urge to gamble just like humans. ANI

Early humans may have been prey, not predators
A new study from University of Minnesota suggests that our human ancestors were not hunters right from the beginning; in fact they were hunted by prehistoric beasts like hungry birds and carnivorous mammals. ANI

3.3bn years old 'microscopic tunnels' point to ancient life
London, Oct 13 (ANIScientists have discovered tiny tubes that have been etched into South African rocks by microbes at least at least 3.3 billion years ago, and believe that the tubules could represent the earliest trace evidence of activity by microbes on Earth. ANI

Now, a mobile video game to train you to choose healthier diet
A candidate from Georgia Tech College of Computing has shown that playing health-related video games on a mobile device can help adults learn to live more healthfully by making smart diet choices. ANI

Whale poop ups productivity of ocean fisheries
A new study from Harvard University and University of Vermont has revealed that whale faeces is rich in nutrients, and has a huge positive influence on the productivity of ocean fisheries. ANI

Scientists voice concern over new 'superbugs'
Scientists worldwide have voiced their concerns regarding the health threat caused by a fresh generation of so-called superbugs. ANI

New gene could explain relationship between diabetes, Alzheimer's
Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers have found that a gene associated with the onset of Type 2 diabetes is also found at lower-than-normal levels in people with Alzheimers disease. ANI

Android phones more popular than iPhones
It looks like Android would quickly move past the iPhone in market share. ANI

Google's new apps to help the blind navigate
Google has released two new applications that would help blind users of their Android smartphones navigate the world. ANI

Scientists reveal new clues to origin of diabetes
Scientists have identified events inside insulin-producing pancreatic cells that set the stage for a neonatal form of non-autoimmune type 1 diabetes, and may play a role in type 2 diabetes as well. ANI

Fossils suggest earliest land plants were 472 million years old
Fossils of the oldest plants ever to colonise land have been found in Argentina, claim scientists. ANI

Jaundice in newborns may be linked to autism
Newborn babies diagnosed with jaundice may be at higher risk of developing autism later on, according to a new study. ANI

Females as good as males in math skills: Study
A new examination of existing studies has indicated that the mathematical skills of boys and girls, as well as men and women, are substantially equal. ANI

Our brains more responsive to friends than to strangers: Study
A new study has shown that peoples brains are more responsive to friends than to strangers, even if the stranger has more in common. ANI

Achilles' heel in aggressive breast tumours uncovered
Fox Chase Cancer Centre researchers have discovered that a loss of protein that initially slows breast cancer formation but then makes the tumours that do arise more aggressive. ANI

Record-breaking whale swims 9,800 kms in search of love
A female humpback whale has astonished marine biologists by swimming over 9,800 kilometres from breeding areas in Brazil to those in Madagascar, setting a record for the longest mammal migration ever documented. ANI

Why some people always have a runny nose while others don't
Ever noticed how some people always seem to falling prey to cold, be it summers or winters? It may be genetic, and now a leading science writer, Jennifer Ackerman, busts some other common myths about cold in her book Ah-Choo. ANI

Computer beats human for the first time at Japanese chess
For the first time, a computer has beaten a human at Japanese chess-shogi. ANI

Ancient animal urine offers insight into climate change
Scientists are using an unusual resource to investigate ancient climates-prehistoric animal urine. ANI

Vegetable intake linked to decreased breast cancer risk
Scientists have found that women with high vegetable intake are less likely to develop estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer than women with low vegetable intake. ANI

Men never forget sexy women's sexual overtures even years after event
A new study suggests that college-aged men are very likely to remember a womans initial sexual interest (attraction or rejection), especially when the woman in question is thought to be attractive, is dressed more provocatively, and expresses positive sexual interest. ANI

Soon, drug to stop memory loss
Scottish researchers have come up with a new treatment, which could be used to improve memory and mental performance in older people. ANI

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