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Technology News on February 10, 2011

Technology in human trials to spot cardiac disease, cancer, drug abuse
Rice University scientists have come up with a new microchip technology, which is expected to advance the art of diagnosis. ANI

Microsponges from seaweed may help diagnose diseases quickly
A new study has found that microsponges derived from seaweed may help diagnose heart disease, cancers, HIV and other diseases quickly and at far lower cost than current clinical methods. ANI

New study focuses on cause of celiac disease
A University of Chicago study has found that blocking a factor that can activate the human immune response against intestinal bacteria or certain foods could prevent the development of celiac disease in those most at risk. ANI

Europa helps solve mystery of Jupiter's missing belt
Astronomers can now see the ongoing turmoil inside Jupiter's missing - and slowly re-emerging - South Equatorial Belt in unprecedented detail, courtesy the Keck II telescope's adaptive optics system and the cooperation of the icy Jovian moon Europa. ANI

Trees grown from seeds that went to the moon thriving in US
Space travellers, after having orbited the moon 34 times on board Apollo 14, are now living out their quiet lives. ANI

MRI scanner for wine could detect liquid explosives at airports
Millions of air travellers who face restrictions in carrying liquids along with them are about to benefit from a device that was initially designed to scan the chemical content of wine. ANI

The country where you live can have a big impact on your life
A new study of people from 128 countries has found that the more satisfied people are with their country, the better they feel about their lives-especially people who have low incomes or live in relatively poor countries. ANI

Toward a fast, simple test for detecting cholera
Scientists are reporting the development of a key advance that could provide a fast, simple test to detect the toxin that causes cholera. ANI

NASA finds giant ring of black holes
NASA scientists have discovered a giant ring of black holes. ANI

New finding may have implications for schizophrenia, autism
A surprising mechanism that controls brain formation has been unveiled by a study from The Scripps Research Institute. ANI

Why 'stress hormone' behaves in contradictory ways in kids
Scientists have discovered why cortisol, the so-called stress hormone, seems to behave in contradictory ways in children. ANI

Observing flares of ultraviolet light from Jupiter's aurora
Scientists has reported that Jupiter's aurora often emits dramatic flares of ultraviolet light lasting several tens of seconds. ANI

Firefly protein paves way for improved detection of blood clots
Scientists say the enzyme that makes fireflies glow is paving way for a long-sought new medical imaging agent to better monitor treatment with heparin, the blood thinner that millions of people take to prevent or treat blood clots. ANI

Eco-friendly way to make key ingredient used in paints, adhesives
Scientists have found an environmentally friendly way to make a key industrial material - used in products ranging from paints to diapers - from a renewable raw material without touching the traditional pricey and increasingly scarce petroleum-based starting material. ANI

NYC hookers 'selling sex on Facebook'
A sociology professor at Columbia University has revealed that New York City's sex workers are now increasingly plying their trade on Facebook, after popular classifieds website Craigslist shut its Erotic Services section last year. ANI

Ancient teeth found in Israeli cave raise questions about humans' origin
A Binghamton University anthropologist has said that eight small teeth found in a cave near Rosh Haain, central Israel, are raising big questions about the earliest existence of humans and where we may have originated. ANI

Lowly marine worms distantly related to humans
A new research has found that two groups of lowly marine worms are related to complex species including vertebrates (such as humans) and starfish. ANI

Motorcycle helmets 'cut risk of spine injuries after collisions'
New research from Johns Hopkins suggests that motorcycle helmets, long known to dramatically reduce the number of brain injuries and deaths from crashes, appear to also be associated with a lower risk of cervical spine injury. ANI

Cocaine production speeding up destruction of Colombia's rainforests
Scientists have found that cultivating coca bushes, the source of cocaine, is speeding up destruction of rainforests in Colombia and threatening the region's "hotspots" of plant and animal diversity. ANI

Pediatricians 'can play a key role in promoting tobacco-free lifestyle'
Pediatric healthcare professionals can play a prominent role in promoting a tobacco-free lifestyle among children and adolescents, say experts. ANI

Icelandic volcano 'looks set to erupt dwarfing last year's devastation'
Geologists have warned that another volcano on Iceland looks set to blow, bringing far more chaos than last year's eruption. ANI

World's first programmable nanoprocessor developed
Engineers and scientists have developed the world's first programmable nanoprocessor. ANI

Skin cells used to develop heart defect 'treatment' in first-of-its-kind
Using skin cells from young patients with a severe genetic heart defect, scientists have created beating heart cells that carry the same genetic mutation. ANI

Full genetic blueprint of multiple prostate tumors unveiled
Scientists have for the first time laid bare the full genetic blueprint of multiple prostate tumors, uncovering alterations that have never before been detected and offering a deep view of the genetic missteps that underlie the disease. ANI

Robots may soon get their own Internet
It seems robots are poised to have an equivalent of the Internet and Wikipedia, thanks to the efforts of some European scientists. ANI

How omega-3 fatty acids keep blindness at bay
Previous research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids - commonly found in fish oil - can prevent retinopathy, a major form of blindness that affects people with diabetes and premature babies, in a mouse model of the disease. ANI

Now, you can spot who's shedding crocodile tears and who's not
The next time you shed crocodile tears, be careful - a new study has given behavioural clues to spot fabricated versus genuine displays of remorse. ANI

Extra testosterone reduces empathy levels: Study
Researchers from the Utrecht and Cambridge Universities have found that an administration of testosterone under the tongue in volunteers negatively affects a person's ability to 'mind read', an indication of empathy. ANI

Tart cherries could speed muscle recovery
A new research by scientists in the UK has found that tart cherries could help athletes reduce muscle damage to recover faster from a tough workout. ANI

Botox may not be effective in treating migraines
Botox, the popular anti-wrinkle jab, is unlikely to offer much benefit in the treatment of chronic migraine, say experts. ANI

New hybrid drug, derived from turmeric, may benefit stroke victims
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have created a new molecule from curcumin, a chemical component of the golden-colored spice turmeric, and found that it affects mechanisms that protect and help regenerate brain cells after stroke. ANI

Nasal stem cells could tackle childhood hearing problems
Patients suffering from hearing problems, which began during infancy and childhood, could benefit from a transplant of stem cells from their nose, scientists in Australia have found. ANI

People with memory problems 'may be at higher risk for stroke'
A new study has shown that people who have memory problems or other declines in their mental abilities may be at higher risk for stroke. ANI

New device can predict asthma attacks
Researchers have developed a new device that can tell if an asthma sufferer is close to having an attack hours in advance. ANI

Sex and aggression linked in the brain
Scientists in US have found a link between aggressive behaviour and sexual arousal. ANI

You can't confess your sins via iPhone, Vatican tells Catholics
The Vatican has emphatically stressed that Catholics cannot confess via iPhone and modern technology is not a substitute for being present when admitting sins to a priest. ANI

April 13, 2036, not 2012, is the new date for 'Armageddon'
Russian scientists have predicted that asteroid Apophis is most likely to hit Earth on April 13, 2036. ANI

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