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Technology News on April 13, 2011

Eating fish oil while pregnant may cut risk of postpartum depression
Eating fish during pregnancy could cut risk of developing postpartum depression, according to a new study. ANI

High risk factors for stroke linked to some cognitive decline
A new study has warned that older adults at risk for stroke have significantly increased risk for some types of cognitive decline. ANI

How anti-depressants create brain cell
Scientists have finally discovered how anti-depressants make new brain cells, which could help researchers develop better and more efficient drugs to combat depression. ANI

World's first comprehensive human brain atlas released
The Allen Institute for Brain Science has launched the world's first anatomically and genomically comprehensive human brain map. ANI

Rainbow-trapping scientist opens up new possibilities for data storage
A rainbow-trapping scientist is now working to capture all the colours of the rainbow, which could lead to new breakthroughs in boosting data storage and communications. ANI

Alcohol can help brain to learn, remember better
A new study has found that drinking alcohol primes certain areas of our brain to learn and remember better. ANI

Plants depend on circadian rhythms to survive freezing weather
A study has found that plants depend on circadian rhythms, which are physical, mental and behavioural changes that follow a 24-hour cycle, to survive freezing temperatures. ANI

Low-intensity treadmill exercise may benefit Parkinson's patients
People with Parkinson's disease who walk on a treadmill at a comfortable, low-intensity speed for a longer duration may be able to improve their gait and mobility, according to a new study. ANI

New species of dinosaur discovered bridge gap in dinosaur family tree
Scientists have discovered a fossilized dinosaur skull and neck vertebrae that not only reveal a new species, but also an evolutionary link between two groups of dinosaurs. ANI

Male wolf spiders 'mate with virgins and cannibalise older females'
Scientists, led by an Indian-origin, in Uruguay have discovered that male wolf spiders mate with virgins and eating older females. ANI

Men who feel discriminated likely to have bigger tummy
A new research from Purdue University has suggested that people, especially men, who feel any kind of discrimination are likely to see their waistlines expand. ANI

Potential therapeutic target for Staph infections discovered
Scientists have discovered two genes that encode copper and sulfur-binding repressors in the Staphylococcus aureus, which they say could provide two new potential avenues for controlling the increasingly drug-resistant bacterium. ANI

Birds inherited sense of smell from dinos: Study
New research suggests that million years ago, birds boasted a better sense for scents. ANI

Genetics influence alcohol dependence, brain activity
Researchers have uncovered a new link between genetic variations associated with alcoholism, impulsive behavior and a region of the brain involved in craving and anxiety. ANI

US Navy's X-47B so autonomous it can be steered with mouse clicks
The US Navy's experimental X-47B combat system will be almost completely autonomous and handled with just simple mouse clicks. ANI

Hunger hormone 'ups nose's ability to sniff out food'
A hormone, known to promote hunger, has been found to enhance exploratory sniffing in both animals and humans, according to a new study. ANI

Treating blue jeans eco-friendly offers alternative to deadly 'sandblasting'
Scientists have developed an alternative eco-friendly method for treating dyed denim jeans to controversial 'sandblasting' technique. ANI

New fusion molecule 'empowers immune system to fight cancer'
Scientists are one step closer to tap the body's own resources to fight cancer. ANI

Galaxies 'formed much earlier than thought'
Using NASA telescopes, astronomers have discovered a distant galaxy with stars that began forming just 200 million years after the big bang. ANI

Mum's stress in pregnancy 'puts female offspring at obesity risk'
A mother's nutritional or psychological stress during pregnancy and breast-feeding may prompt changes in her infant's genes that increase the child's risk of obesity later in life, according to a new study in mice. ANI

'Silver', 'gold' and 'slim' cigarettes misleading many smokers
For decades, experts have warned that all conventional brands of cigarette present the same level of risk to smokers, including 'mild' and 'low-tar' brands. ANI

Brains of birds have a dinosaur source: Study
Canadian researchers have opined that the brains of birds can be traced to a dinosaur source. ANI

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