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Technology News on August 26, 2011

Third gene linked to osteoarthritis identified
Researchers have discovered a new gene associated with osteoarthritis. ANI

Zinc suppresses pancreatic cancer cells
University of Maryland scientists have found zinc to be a likely tumour suppressor in a common form of pancreatic cancer. ANI

First century B.C. Roman shipwreck that carried wine jars found
A 98 foot-long Roman cargo ship dating to the first century B.C. has been found about 130 feet deep near the port city of Vlora. ANI

Benefits of physical activity last across lifetime
Physical activity in early adulthood ensures the maintenance of physical performance as we age, according to a new study. ANI

Violence still a leading cause of death
The estimated annual cost of medical care and productivity lost because of violence each year is estimated at more than 70 billion dollars, US researchers say. ANI

Heart rate, BP regulation may help treat unexplained chronic nausea in kids
A new study has indicated that heart rate and blood pressure regulation may hold the key to treating unexplained chronic nausea in children. ANI

Now, single vaccines to protect against both rabies and Ebola
A team of scientists has developed single vaccines to protect against both rabies and the Ebola virus. ANI

Scientists find potential therapeutic target for obesity
By studying the molecular control of appetite in mice, a team of researchers have uncovered a new potential target for therapeutics that could limit appetite and thereby obesity. ANI

Why Influenza B virus is limited to humans only
Scientists have made a new discovery that could help explain how influenza B is limited to humans, and why it cannot be as virulent as A strains that incorporate new genes from influenza viruses that infect other species. ANI

Parkinson's protein regulates fat levels in the blood
The National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has found that Parkin, a protein linked with early-onset Parkinson's disease, regulates fat uptake from the blood by liver cells and thereby fat levels in the blood. ANI

Irrigation has large impact on carbon uptake from air
The contribution of irrigation to global agricultural productivity is almost equivalent to the entire output of the U.S., indicating that it adds up to a sizeable impact on carbon uptake from the atmosphere according to a new study. ANI

'Next Gen' virtual shop window has groceries delivered to your doorstep!
Here comes the 'next generation shopping'- a virtual shop window wherein customers can scan the barcodes of all the grocery essentials they want to buy with their smartphones and have them delivered to their doorstep. ANI

New model shows most realistic view of our home galaxy
Astrophysicists from the University of Zurich, together with astronomers from the University of California have presented the world's first realistic simulation of the formation of our galaxy - the Milky Way. ANI

Alzheimer's-fighting Chinese herb compound synthesized
Scientists at Yale University have developed the first practical method to create a compound called huperzine A, which occurs naturally in a species of moss found in China, believed to treat Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Some female elephant seals skip beachside polygyny for offshore romance
Female elephant seals, particularly southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonine), have been cited as a model of extreme polygyny. ANI

Tropical plant extracts offer new hope for effective ovarian cancer therapy
Researchers at the Universities of Strathclyde and Portsmouth have suggested that tropical plants may contain the basis of new and effective treatments for ovarian cancer. ANI

Picky hens eject sperm from males they don't fancy
A new research has indicated that even though hens aren't terribly picky about their mates, they are picky about whose sperm makes it to the egg. ANI

Facebook reaches 1 trillion page views mark
Facebook has achieved a new milestone - it has officially hit 1 trillion page views. ANI

Soon, old newspapers to fuel automobiles
Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, say that they have discovered bacteria that can use old newspapers to produce butanol, a biofuel that can serve as a substitute for gasoline. ANI

Now, a USB-stick that doubles up as a sex toy for women!
Two US designers have come up with a new flash drive that doubles up as a sex toy to overcome the problems vibrator-using women run into such as the hassle of cords, batteries or bulky charging devices. ANI

Japanese asteroid mission sets stage for NASA's 2016 space mission
Japanese scientists on a space mission launched in 2005 to a nearby asteroid have come out with some interesting clues about Earth's early formation, which would help NASA scientists on their next asteroid mission scheduled to be launched in 2016. ANI

Planet made of diamond discovered in space
Astronomers claim that a planet orbiting a small fast spinning star, called a pulsar, is likely made of diamond. ANI

'Exotic galaxy with black hole' sheds light on how galaxies formed, developed
Astronomers, including one of an Indian-origin, have come across the "most exotic galaxy with a black hole ever seen" which they believe played key roles in the growth of galaxies and clusters of galaxies early in the history of the Universe. ANI

'Missing fuel' for Galactic star formation identified
A new study by Nicolas Lehner and Christopher Howk, faculty in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame has indicated that the Milky Way will have the fuel to continue forming stars, thanks to massive clouds of ionized gas raining down from its halo and intergalactic space. ANI

Brains of older adults wiser than young people
The brains of old people are slower, but wiser which help them achieve a level of performance equal to that of their young counterparts, according to a new study. ANI

NASA moon mission set for Sept. 8 launch
NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, which is hoped to provide new information about how the Moon formed, has entered final preparations for a scheduled Sept. 8 launch onboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ANI

New method predicts sunspots days before solar eruptions
Stanford researchers have found a way to detect sunspots two days before they reach the surface of the sun. ANI

'Once in a generation' supernova discovered within hours of its explosion
Astronomers have discovered a rare supernova that is closer to the Earth - approximately 21 million light-years away - than any other of its kind in a generation. ANI

Human race got strong immune system after breeding with Neanderthals?
A study has suggested that had it not been for the Neanderthals the human race would not have survived or developed a strong immune system. ANI

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