Technology News on April 21, 2011
Pluto's atmosphere 'is much bigger than previously thought'
Pluto's atmosphere is much bigger than previously thought, according to a new study. ANI
Coming soon: Stronger, more effective password protection
Researchers are one step closer to make the passwords of the future more secure and, at the same time, simpler to use. ANI
Exoplanets with two suns sprout black plants: Study
Exoplanets with two suns may have trees and shrubs that are black or grey instead of the more familiar green, according to a new study. ANI
Extinction rates being altered by contemporary climate change
A study has found that contemporary climate change is affecting extinction rates. ANI
Melting glaciers on Arctic islands play major role in rise of sea level
A study has found that melting glaciers and ice caps on Canadian Arctic islands play a much greater role in sea level rise than scientists previously thought. ANI
Facebook removes pic of gays kissing over 'abusive material' accusation
Social networking site Facebook removed a picture of two men kissing after it deemed it to be "abusive material", and also issued the person who posted it a warning. ANI
Protein mechanism that prevents HIV from multiplying identified
Researchers have identified the mechanism used by a protein that prevents HI virus from multiplying once it has entered the cell. ANI
Soon, laser igniters may replace spark plugs in car engines
Automakers are now one step closer to replace more than 150-year-old spark plugs with laser igniters, which promise cleaner, more efficient, and more economical vehicles. ANI
Persistent poverty, not family instability, affects kid's cognitive development
UK researchers has revealed that children from homes that experience persistent poverty are more likely to have their cognitive development affected than children in better off homes. ANI
Soon, download high-quality movie in 1 min
Virgin Media, telecom and cable giant, has said that it will test the world's fastest broadband as demand grows for lightning-quick internet connections. ANI
Proper nutrition can help soldiers recover from traumatic brain injury
Military personnel who suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) must receive adequate protein and calories immediately after the trauma and through the first two weeks of treatment, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. ANI
Evolution of human 'super-brain' tied to development of bipedalism, tool-making
An archaeologist has suggested that a collective mind of humans developed no later than 75,000 years ago in Africa, fostered language, art and technology. ANI
Neanderthal burial ground suggests they practiced funeral rituals
The discovery of a possible Neanderthal burial ground has suggested that they practiced funeral rituals and possessed symbolic thought long before modern humans. ANI
Soon, a pill to keep stress at bay!
A breakthrough by researchers at Leicester University may lead to the development of a pill that will beat stress. ANI
East Africa's antimalarial trees at risk of extinction
Plants in East Africa with promising antimalarial qualities-ones that have treated malaria symptoms in the region's communities for hundreds of years-are at risk of extinction, according to research released in anticipation of World Malaria Day. ANI
Too much TV, computer viewing ' puts kids' heart at risk'
An Australian study, led by an Indian-origin scientist, has found that six-year-olds who spent the most time watching television, using a computer or playing video games had narrower arteries in the back of their eyes - a marker of future cardiovascular risk. ANI
Breastfeeding linked to stronger maternal response to infant's cry
A new study has found that mothers who feed their babies breast milk exclusively, as opposed to formula, are more likely to bond emotionally with their child during the first few months after delivery. ANI
Now, an iPad app that can predict what you want!
An application is being developed that will "give you what you want before you knew you wanted it." ANI
Scientists test theory that early universe was one-dimensional
A team of scientists has outlined a test for the theory that the early universe, which exploded from a single point and was very, very small at first, was one-dimensional (like a straight line). ANI
Low carb, high-fat diet may reverse kidney failure in diabetes
Researchers have for the first time determined that the ketogenic diet, a specialized high-fat, low carbohydrate diet, may reverse impaired kidney function in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. ANI
Violent video games are indeed harmful to teens
Three scientists have provided strong evidence that supports exposure to violent video games could certainly harm teens. ANI
Mindfulness meditation makes people act more rationally
A new study has suggested that sustained training in mindfulness meditation may impact distinct domains of human decision-making, enabling them to make decisions rationally. ANI
Coming soon: Polymers that self-heal under UV light!
Scientists have unveiled a new kind of coating that can mend its own scratches under brief exposures to ultraviolet light. ANI
Your Apple iPhone is secretly tracking your privacy!
Apple has been accused of putting customers' privacy at risk after security researchers found that their iPhones were tracking users' locations and saving every details to a secret file. ANI
Battery that uses freshwater, seawater to generate electricity developed
Stanford researchers have developed a battery that takes advantage of the difference in salinity between freshwater and seawater to produce electricity. ANI
Crying babies 'likelier to have behavioural problems in childhood'
Babies who persistently cry and those who have difficulties with sleeping or feeding are more likely to develop behavioural problems in later life, according to a new study. ANI
Study links air pollution to premenopausal breast cancer in later life
Researchers at the University at Buffalo have shown that exposure to air pollution early in life and when a woman gives birth to her first child may alter her DNA and may be associated with premenopausal breast cancer later in life. ANI
Soon, magnets could help voice box-less patients speak again!
People who have had their larynx - or the voice box - removed following cancer, disease or injury may be able to speak again - thanks to a device developed by a team of UK scientists. ANI
Electrical current between Saturn and its moon discovered
An electrical current running between Saturn and its moon Enceladus that creates an observable emission on the ringed planet has been discovered by the scientists working with data from NASA's Cassini mission. ANI
Piece-by-piece info about cancer therapy options yield larger benefits
A new study has found that women who choose among different reast cancer treatment options make smarter choices when getting the information and making ecisions in small doses rather than all at once, as is customary. ANI
All humans have only 3 types of gut bacteria
A new study has found that humans have only three types of gut acteria. ANI
How DNA testing could help you track down the perfect match online
Forget about online dating. The latest tool for finding your perfect partner is DNA matching. ANI
Self-cloning marine animals may help shed light on ageing process
Scientists at the University of Gothenburg believe that the key to delaying ageing in humans is held in marine animals that reproduce asexually by cloning. ANI
Kid's belief in an invisible Godlike princess can curb cheating
Children avoid cheating if told they are being watched by an invisible Godlike princess, according to researchers at the University of Kent in Canterbury. ANI
Gene-based controls 'could stop mosquitoes spreading malaria'
Scientists around the world are keenly seeking novel strategies to tackle malaria. ANI
Belief in God doesn't deter a person from cheating on a test: Study
A new study has found that if you believe God is caring and forgiving, you're more likely to cheat on a test than people who view a higher power as being mean and punishing. ANI