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Technology News on April 14, 2011

Toad's brain too contains potent germ-fighters
Scientists have long known that frog and toad skins contain hundreds of germ-fighting substances. ANI

Soon, jet engines to have volcano-proof coatings!
A new research led by an Indian-origin scientist has discovered that a new class of ceramic coatings could offer jet engines special protection against volcanic ash damage in the future. ANI

Older adults 'consuming more phytonutrients than younger adults'
A new research has found that older adults are consuming higher levels of carotenoids, flavonoids and other phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables that are thought to support healthy aging. ANI

Scientists identify key long-term memory change in fruit flies
Scientists have identified a change in chemical influx into a specific set of neurons in the common fruit fly that is fundamental to long-term memory. ANI

Hybrid spintronic computer chips a step closer to reality
Hybrid spintronic computer chips are now one step closer to reality. ANI

Eggs 'contain higher Vitamin D levels and low cholesterol than thought'
Many people avoid dietary cholesterol for fear of increasing their risk for heart disease. ANI

People with thin brain structure 'at greater risk for Alzheimer's'
Researchers from Rush University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that, among individuals in whom specific brain structures were thinnest, the risk of developing Alzheimer's was three times greater than in those with above-average thickness. ANI

Why some TV programmes are painful to watch
British and German scientists have found out why some TV programmes are almost too painful to watch. ANI

How brain learns and encodes new skills
UT Dallas researchers have found that brain nerve stimulation accelerates learning in laboratory tests. ANI

Injectable gel offers hope for arthritis sufferers
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have developed a potentially new way to treat arthritis. ANI

Obese people 'can suffer from social anxiety disorder'
A new study has warned that obese individuals with social anxiety related only to their weight may experience anxiety as severe as individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD). ANI

Loch fossils show how photosynthesis, sexual reproduction started
Scientists have discovered fossils from remote lochs along the west coast of Scotland that help to explain how photosynthesis and sexual reproduction were made possible. ANI

Why normal kids with Rett syndrome become abnormal later?
A study has unravelled the mystery as to why children suffering from Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder on the autism spectrum, start out developing normally in infancy and then become progressively abnormal at 12 to 18 months of age. ANI

Patients' own cells 'may shed light into schizophrenia causes'
Researchers at Penn State University, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and other institutions have successfully recreated a schizophrenic patient's own brain cells, which can be studied safely and effectively in a Petri dish. ANI

Short-term, high-fat diet 'may cut heart attack damage'
Short-term, high-fat "splurges" within one's diet could reduce the amount of damage done when a heart attack occurs, according to a new study. ANI

Gang members 'more than twice as likely to be victimized'
While it is commonly believed that gang membership offers protection, a new study has found that gang members were more likely to be victimized. ANI

Small molecules 'could block cell proliferation in cancerous human tumor'
An Indian-origin scientist and his colleagues have identified three novel small molecules that interrupt a crucial cellular communication pathway that regulates many aspects of development and cancer. ANI

Shoplifting is immoral but downloading music illegally is ok, say students
A new study has found that college students view shoplifting as immoral, but are not exactly motivated to follow the laws governing digital music piracy. ANI

Capsule coffee 'contains high levels of carcinogenic substance'
A new study from the University of Barcelona has found that coffee made from capsules contains more furan, a carcinogenic substance, than in drip coffee makers or from other methods. ANI

Star formation linked to sonic booms
An intricate network of tangled gaseous filaments, revealed by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, has provided new evidence on how stars form from the diffuse interstellar medium. ANI

How to keep beer fresh longer
Scientists have for the first time identified the chemicals that could extend the shelf life of beer so that it stays fresh and tastes good longer. ANI

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