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Technology News on April 20, 2011

How bilingual brain withstand aging
A recent study has shown that older bilingual adults compensate for age-related declines in brainpower by developing new strategies to process language. ANI

Biophysicist attempts to block protein to prevent breast, prostate cancer
An Ohio State biophysicist has targeted a protein molecule Interleukin-6 (IL-6) to halt breast and prostate cancer. ANI

Light-induced magnetic effect 'can produce solar power without solar cells'
Newly observed magnetic effect induced by light can produce solar power making semiconductor-based solar cells redundant. ANI

Inflammation may provide breeding ground for cancer
A recent study has shown that inflammation can create fertile ground for cancer to develop. ANI

Tots insecurely attached to parents at increased risk for obesity by age 4 1/2
A new study has warned that toddlers who do not have a secure emotional relationship with their parents, and particularly their mothers, could be at increased risk for obesity by age 4 1/2. ANI

'Invisible Gorilla' video shows people's multitasking limits
Psychologists have been able to prove that people have multitasking limits by using a video, entitled 'Invisible Gorilla'. ANI

Prehistoric man 'navigated his way across England using crude sat nav'
Historians have claimed that prehistoric man navigated his way across England using a crude version of sat nav based on stone circle markers. ANI

Walking robot HECTOR developed to study animal movements
A six-legged robot HECTOR (Hexapod Cognitive autonomously Operating Robot), designed by researchers at the University of Bielefeld's Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology, has been built to study the elegant movements of animals. ANI

Calcium supplements 'ups heart attack risk in older women'
A new research has indicated that calcium supplements increase the risk of cardiovascular events, particularly heart attacks, in older women. ANI

A walk in the park 'makes people more generous and sociable'
A research has indicated that a walk in the park is more than just a nice way to spend an afternoon - it makes you more generous and sociable too. ANI

Hopeful consumers make healthier choices than happy ones
A study into why happy people are more likely to eat candy bars, whereas hopeful people choose fruit, has shown that when people feel hope, they're thinking about the future. ANI

How people judge quality of product by price if someone else buys it
A new study has shown that people are more likely to judge the quality of a product by its price if someone else bought it. ANI

Miniature invisibility 'carpet cloak' shows promise for the optical world
Scientists have developed invisibility "carpet cloaks" using metamaterials - artificial materials engineered to have optical properties not found in nature - which can conceal a much larger area than other cloaking techniques of comparable size. ANI

Humpback whales use unique compass mechanism for navigation
A new research has suggested that humpback whales may have a unique compass mechanism, which helps them maintain remarkably straight movements for weeks across thousands of kilometres of oceans. ANI

Peppermint relieves irritable bowel disorder
Peppermint may help in relieving irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which affects up to a fifth of the population. ANI

Running electricity through one's scalp can improve video game skills
Scientist has discovered that running electricity through the scalp can sharpen one's mind and improve video game skills. ANI

Soon, point your smartphone to any picture and it will come alive!
Newspaper pictures that came alive in the fictional world of 'Harry Potter' will soon be a reality - thanks to ground-breaking British technology. ANI

Adolescent students shouldn't give up watching TV but learn how to use it
Communication media especially television and Internet can have both positive and negative impacts on adolescent students, but it doesn't mean that they should stop using it. Instead they should learn how to use them. ANI

Like humans, chimps too give birth to backward-facing babies
The pattern of childbirth, long thought to be a unique feature to humans - the arrival of the baby facing backwards relative to its mother - has now been discovered in chimpanzees. ANI

UK kids with own Internet profile are 'vulnerable' to grooming online
A survey has found that nearly half of nine to 12-year-olds in the UK, who have an Internet profile of their own, are "vulnerable" to grooming and stalkers online. ANI

Brain molecule may play key role in obesity and diabetes
Einstein researchers have found a molecule in the brain that may contribute to obesity and one of its major complications - type 2 diabetes. ANI

Right-handedness existed more than 500K years ago
Right-handedness, a distinctively human characteristic that has right-handers outnumbering lefties nine-to-one, goes back more than 500,000 years, according to a scientist at the University of Kansas. ANI

NASA sets space shuttle Endeavour's final launch for April 29
Space shuttle Endeavour is officially scheduled for an April 29 launch, according to NASA. ANI

We tend to eat more after seeing overweight people: Study
A new study has indicated that consumers will choose and eat more indulgent food after they see someone who is overweight-unless they consciously think about their health goals. ANI

Cluttered memory halts older people from learning new things
A new research from Concordia University has suggested that older individuals have reduced learning and memory because their minds tend to be cluttered with irrelevant information when performing tasks. ANI

'Thirdhand smoke' dangerous to unborn babies' lungs
Prenatal exposure to toxic components of a newly recognized category of tobacco smoke-known as 'thirdhand smoke'-can have as serious or an even more negative impact on an infants' lung development as postnatal or childhood exposure to smoke, according to a study by researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. ANI

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