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Technology News on December 9, 2011

Potential vaccine against flu viruses identified
Scientists have found a potential universal vaccine to fight against infection caused by various influenza viruses, including the highly pathogenic avian H5 virus and the pandemic H1 ("swine flu") virus. ANI

Sound and vision work hand in hand
A new study has revealed that our senses of sight and hearing work closely together, perhaps more than people realize. ANI

Paleoclimate record indicates 'drastic' climatic changes on Earth
Earth's paleoclimate records have pointed out that Earth might face rapid climatic changes, including considerable rise in sea level among other catastrophes, this century if the global warming is not put to halt, a NASA researcher has revealed. ANI

Drugs to tackle 'bad' cholesterol come closer to reality
New drugs that could lower dangerous or 'bad' cholesterol in a more targeted manner may soon be a reality, according to a new study. ANI

Rats exhibit human-like empathy to help 'distressed' fellow rodents
Rats, which are generally associated with double-crossing and cheating in love, are actually empathetic, just like human beings when it comes to helping fellow rodents, a new study has suggested. ANI

Soon, airlines could fly through volcanic ash clouds
A new weapon will soon allow aeroplanes to fly through volcanic ash clouds and combat unnecessary disruptions. ANI

How proteins regulate our appetite and insulin secretion
Scientists have made an important discovery about the mechanism controlling the body's "fat switch", which sheds new light on how proteins regulate appetite and insulin secretion. ANI

Twitter rolls out 'simplified' Facebook-style design
Popular microblogging site Twitter has unveiled a brand new design that allows users to have a more detailed profile page and greater visibility of conversations between tweeters. ANI

Similarity between patterns in spider silk and melodies may help engineers
Using a new mathematical methodology, scientists have created a scientifically rigorous analogy that shows the similarities between the physical structure of spider silk and the sonic structure of a melody. ANI

'Hungry' polar bears turn to 'cannibalism' for survival
Increasing number of polar bears, which otherwise hunt seals, are now resorting to attacking and eating their own kind in a bid to satiate their hunger, a recent photo evidence has revealed. ANI

Increased starch intake may influence breast cancer recurrence
Increased intake of starch may be linked to a greater risk for breast cancer recurrence, a new study has suggested. ANI

CERN detects first signs of God particle!
A new rumour has erupted that teams working at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have detected the first signs of the ultra-elusive Higgs boson particle. ANI

Soon: 'Seeker' navigation system to pilot next Mars rover without humans
Scientists are designing a self-controlled navigation system that will pilot the next Mars Rover without any human pushing button and cover at least one kilometre in a day. ANI

Long-held myths about psychopaths busted
Rather than being one condition, psychopathy appears to be a multifaceted condition marked by blends of personality traits, a new study has claimed. ANI

Bee swarms make decisions just like human brains!
Swarm of honeybees follow the same decision making mechanism as the neurons in human brain, a new study has suggested. ANI

Animals' winter coats could inspire new baldness treatment
A new form of baldness treatment may come be coming soon with scientists getting inspiration from the way animals both grow and shed their winter coats. ANI

Now, system to shut down cell phones while driving!
Scientists have developed a system that can shut down the cell phone of drivers to stop them from using it when they are behind the wheel, without affecting other people in the vehicle. ANI

World's oldest beds contained mosquito repellents
World's 'oldest beds', which dates back to 77,000 years, were designed to naturally fend off insects, a new study has revealed. ANI

'Aberrant' connectivity in brain behind depressive disorder
A new study has found that people with major depressive disorder (MDD) have abnormal connectivity between several key regions of the brain responsible for emotional behaviour, learning, memory and decision-making. ANI

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