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Technology News on April 28, 2011

Heavy drinking linked to lower coronary heart disease risk
A moderate or even a hazardous consumption of alcohol was associated with lower risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study. ANI

18 genetic markers for autism spectrum disorders identified
A new study has identified 18 novel and highly significant genetic markers for autism spectrum disorders. ANI

Egg-shaped nanomagnets could support future data storage systems
Researchers are claiming that "eggcentric" nanomagnets can suggest strategies for making future low-power computer memories. ANI

Scorpion venom-injected pesticide could protect plants from bugs!
Scientists have uncovered new ways to use scorpion venom to protect plants from bugs. ANI

Ginkgo Biloba extracts could treat pain, inflammation
A new study has suggested that a standardized extract from ginkgo biloba - the oldest surviving tree species on earth - effectively reduces inflammation and some types of pain. ANI

Dogs compete for status 'peeing over pee'
A new study has found that both female and male dogs compete for status using the height, leg-lift angle, location and quality of their pee. ANI

Baby dolls are effective in soothing geriatric patients
A study has found that baby dolls, which are typically children's toys, are also effective tools in soothing geriatric patients. ANI

Spinstars may be the first polluters of the universe
A new study has found that spinstars, the first generations of massive stars, may be the first polluters of our Universe. ANI

Model shows promise to develop therapies for protein folding diseases
A computer analysis has shown promise for helping develop therapies for some major diseases. ANI

US preteen girls charged for posting sex photos in classmate's Facebook page
Two preteen US girls have been charged with cyber stalking and first-degree computer trespassing after they hacked into a classmate's Facebook page and posted sexually explicit photos and messages. ANI

Birds living in cities have larger brains
A new study has found that birds living in cities have larger brains while species with smaller brains are found almost exclusively in rural locations. ANI

Apple denies tracking iPhone and iPad users' locations
Apple has denied secretly tracking the location of its iPhone and 3G iPad users amid a growing scandal over a hidden program that stores the data. ANI

Scientists discover way to reduce traumatic memories
In a new study, UCLA life scientists have made a discovery that may make the reduction of traumatic memories a reality. ANI

Terahertz invisibility cloak created
A new kind of cloaking material that can render objects invisible in the terahertz range has been created by researchers at Northwestern University. ANI

Gene behind major depression identified
Scientists have identified a novel gene associated with major depression. ANI

Majority of obese teens are vitamin D deficient
Most obese adolescents are deficient in vitamin D, which may increase their risk of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, according to new study. ANI

Now, 'artificial nose' to sniff out bacterial infections!
Scientists have developed an artificial 'nose' that can diagnose bacterial infections in only a few hours. ANI

Higher metabolic rate can make you age faster!
A new study has suggested that higher metabolic rates can predict early natural mortality, indicating that higher energy turnover may accelerate aging in humans. ANI

Menstruation ups knee injury risks, contraceptive pill protects
A new research has found that women's menstrual cycles can increase their risk of injuries, but those who take contraceptive pills are more likely to be protected from the same. ANI

Babies born in spring 'more likely to develop anorexia nervosa'
Researchers have said that babies born in spring are slightly more likely to develop anorexia nervosa, while those born in the autumn have a lower risk. ANI

Tobacco-derived compound prevents memory loss in Alzheimer's
A study led by researchers at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and the University of South Florida has found that Cotinine, a compound derived from tobacco, reduced plaques associated with dementia and prevented memory loss in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Male peacock's tail plumage and eyespots attract females for mating
A recent research conducted at Queen's University has found that a male peacocks' iridescent colouring and eyespots influence its success at attracting and mating females. ANI

Why people tend to marry partners of similar education levels? Ask movie stars!
Marriages between movie stars may help explain the reasons why people marry partners with similar education levels, according to a new study. ANI

Modern man 'has grown 4 inches taller than his ancestors in 100 yrs'
Scientists have found that the height of the average man has increased by four inches in the last century due to improvements in diet and public health. ANI

Vitamin E helps cut fatty liver disease in kids
A new study has suggested that a specific form of vitamin E improved the most severe form of fatty liver disease in some children. ANI

Higher metabolic rate speeds up aging in humans
A new study has found that higher metabolic rates predict early natural mortality, indicating that higher energy turnover may accelerate aging in humans. ANI

Brain regions can briefly go 'off-line' even while awake, causing errors
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that some nerve cells in a sleep-deprived yet awake brain can briefly go 'off-line' into a sleep-like state, while the rest of the brain appears awake, leading to mistakes. ANI

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