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Technology News on February 11, 2011

Why slopes seem steeper than they are when gazed at
Scientists have finally found that our perception of climbing or descending hills being dangerous is because our view is clouded by the expected physical exertion or danger of traversing it. ANI

Humankind can store 295 exabytes of data: Study
A study has calculated the world's total technological capacity - how much information humankind is able to store, communicate and compute - and it amounts to 295 exabytes. ANI

Oral vaccines are 'alternative to jab'
A new study has found that oral vaccines could be used to immunise individuals against a wide range of diseases. ANI

Toxin that plays key role in triggering Parkinson's disease identified
Scientists have found evidence that a toxin produced by the brain is responsible for the series of cellular events that lead to Parkinson's disease. ANI

New study sheds light on the causes of high blood pressure
Scientists at Yale University have found two new genetic mutations that can cause hypertension in up to a third of patients suffering from a common cause of severe high blood pressure. ANI

New online tool predicts probability of death in patients after stroke
Scientists have developed a new tool that will help doctors predict the probability of death in patients after an ischemic stroke. ANI

New discovery may lead to drug treatment possibilities for Alzheimer's
A new discovery by UC Santa Barbara scientists has the potential for use in the early diagnosis and eventual treatment of plaque-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Type 2 diabetes. ANI

Childhood physical abuse associated with peptic ulcers
A new study from researchers at the University of Toronto has found that victims of childhood physical abuse are more than twice as likely to develop ulcers than people who were not abused as children. ANI

Clinicians should carefully use X-rays on pregnant women, infants: Study
A new study has suggested that clinicians should be careful about using X-rays on pregnant women and infants because of the potential for a slight increase in the risk of children developing cancer. ANI

Chemicals in male swordtail urine drive females crazy for sex
The urine of male swordtails is full of pheromones that drive their female counterparts crazy for sex, according to a new research. ANI

Artificial insemination planned for mainland's giant panda in Taiwan
A panda pair presented by the Chinese mainland to Taiwan is likely to give birth to cubs, if attempts at artificial insemination prove successful, say experts. ANI

Trial underway to test whether surgery is best option for type 2 diabetes
Experts are conducting a new clinical trial at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center to test whether surgery is best option for type 2 diabetes. ANI

Pheromone makes squids aggressive
Scientists have discovered that female squid produces a pheromone that triggers immediate and dramatic fighting in male squid that come into contact with it. ANI

Heat therapy may help treat parasitic skin disease
Scientists have come up with a new treatment for parasitic skin disease - heat therapy. ANI

Robot therapy can improve arm, shoulder mobility in stroke patients
A new research has shown that therapy in which robots manipulate paralyzed arms, combined with standard rehabilitation, can improve arm and shoulder mobility in patients after stroke. ANI

Scientists find clues to mystery of preterm delivery
Scientists have found that excessive formation of calcium crystal deposits in the amniotic fluid may be a reason why some pregnant women suffer preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM) leading to preterm delivery. ANI

How the brain compresses visual info
A Johns Hopkins study has shed light on how the brain compresses visual information to understand it. ANI

Defensive military alliances promote peace: Study
A Rice University study has suggested that countries that enter into defense pacts with other nations are less likely to be attacked and attack others. ANI

44-year-old mystery resolved: Fleas jump from toes, not knees
A 44-year-old mystery about how fleas are able to jump so high has now been resolved - they push off the ground from their toes, not from their knees as previously thought. ANI

The book 'no one can read' dates back to 15th century
Researchers have cracked one of the puzzles surrounding what has been called 'the world's most mysterious manuscript' - the Voynich manuscript, a book filled with drawings and writings nobody has been able to make sense of till date. ANI

New evolutionary research knocks down living 'missing link' theory
The living 'missing link' theory has been knocked down by a new study that suggests some species evolve from more sophisticated ancestors. ANI

Dating other couples may improve your romantic relationship
Want to put the spark back in your romantic relationship? Start dating other couples, suggests a new study. ANI

Study linking diet soda to stroke risk is seriously flawed: Experts
The study presented during a poster session at the International Stroke Conference claiming an association between diet soft drink consumption and increased risk of stroke and heart attack is critically flawed, according to the Calorie Control Council. ANI

Common insecticide used in homes delay mental development in kids
A new study has found that a common insecticide used in homes is associated with delayed mental development of young children. ANI

Regular exercise improves overweight kids' math skills
Georgia Health Sciences University researchers have found that regular exercise improves the ability of overweight, previously inactive children to think, plan and even do math. ANI

'Lucy' walked on two feet with human ancestors 3.2 mn-yrs ago
A new study has found that 'Lucy' or Australopithecus afarensis, a species that lived more than three million years ago, walked on two feets just like Homo Sapiens. ANI

How to beat craving for chocolates
Craving for chocolate and don't know how to beat it? The first thing you need to do is learn to acknowledge and accept the yearning, suggests a new study. ANI

DNA tests may also inadvertently reveal incest
Baylor College of Medicine researchers using DNA microarrays to identify developmental disabilities or congenital anomalies in kids unexpectedly found that some have been conceived through incest. ANI

Now, Facebook launches its own phone
The once-rumoured Facebook phone is all set to launch in the UK market. ANI

Looking at your body can reduce pain
Most people prefer to look away when they know something is going to hurt. However, a new research has suggested that watching during a painful procedure such as an injection can actually make it hurt less. ANI

Drinking milk every day 'keeps cancer at bay'
A new research has found that kids who drink milk are 40 per cent less likely to suffer bowel cancer as adults. ANI

Why some people may be more or less prone to anxiety disorders
A new study examining the anxious brain during a fear conditioning task has offered insights into why some people may be more or less prone to anxiety disorders. ANI

Eyewitness accounts aren't as reliable as previously thought
Eyewitnesses likelihood of giving false information about any crime in subsequent retellings increases if they had described the offence to someone just after it occurred, according to a new study. ANI

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