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Technology News on February 19, 2011

New device to detect lung pathogens causing pneumonia
Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new sampling device that could prevent thousands of people worldwide from dying of pneumonia each year. ANI

Bioengineered protein may help fight leukemia
Scientists have announced a breakthrough discovery in understanding how the body fights leukemia. ANI

Knee replacement surgeries take more time to conduct in overweight patients
A new study has found that knee replacement surgery takes far more time to conduct in overweight and obese patients than in normal weight patients. ANI

Scientists enhance efficacy of TB vaccine
Researchers have improved the efficacy of the vaccine for tuberculosis. ANI

Infants raised in bilingual households can distinguish unfamiliar languages
A psychologist at the University of British Columbia has revealed that infants raised in households where Spanish and Catalan are spoken can discriminate between English and French just by watching people speak, even though they have never been exposed to these new languages before. ANI

8 in 10 web browsers vulnerable to hackers, criminals
A research has found that as many as 8 in 10 web browsers are vulnerable to hackers and criminals because they are not kept up-to-date. ANI

How misfolded protein spreads from cell to cell, potentially spreading disease
A new study has found that one misfolded protein may be all that's necessary to corrupt other proteins, forming large aggregations linked to several incurable neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. ANI

Why innocent suspects may confess to a crime
A new Iowa State University study has examined why innocent suspects may confess to a crime. ANI

Multiple approaches needed to solve world's food problems
A Penn State biologist has said that researchers need to use all available resources in an integrated approach to put agriculture on a path to solve the world's food problems while reducing pollution. ANI

Africa's SKA telescope to shed light on the'dark ages'
With significant scientific breakthroughs, Africa's bid to build the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope - which will for the first time provide mankind with detailed pictures of the 'dark ages' 13.7 billion years back in time - is gaining momentum. ANI

Depression increases over time for addiction-prone women
A new study led by University of Michigan Health System researchers has found that unlike alcohol problems and antisocial behavior, depression doesn't decline with age in addiction-prone women in their 30s and 40s - it continues to increase. ANI

Only 1 in 1900 met AHA's definition of ideal heart health: Study
A new study has revealed that only one in more than 1900 people met the American Heart Association (AHA) definition of ideal cardiovascular health. ANI

Study explores link between hypoxia and inflammation in athletes
A new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine has explored the link between lack of oxygen, called hypoxia, and the inflammation that can injure or kill some athletes who undergo surgery. ANI

Genes linked to hereditary breast and ovary cancer identified
A thesis from University of Malaga has identified two genes linked to hereditary breast and ovary cancer. ANI

New mouse model to probe how antidepressants work
Vanderbilt University researchers have developed a new mouse model to determine how antidepressants work. ANI

Deep brain stimulation 'can treat severe OCD'
Scientists have found that an electrical treatment which zaps away symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can help extreme sufferers unable to cope with everyday life. ANI

Brain function linked to birth size in new study
Scientists in UK have found the first evidence linking brain function variations between the left and right sides of the brain to size at birth and the weight of the placenta. ANI

Boys get greater rush, more energy from caffeine than girls
A new study has found that boys get a greater rush and more energy from caffeine than girls. ANI

Low levels of anti-aging hormone may be an indicator of kidney disease
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found that low levels of the anti-aging hormone Klotho may serve as an early warning sign of the presence of kidney disease and its deadly cardiovascular complications. ANI

Scheduled deliveries increase risks for mums, do not benefit newborns
A new study has suggested that inducing labor without a medical reason is linked with negative outcomes for mothers, including high rates of cesarean delivery, greater blood loss and longer stay in the hospital, and it has no benefit for the newborns too. ANI

Powerful solar flare disrupts ground communications on Earth
An internationally known space weather expert has said that a powerful solar flare that has triggered one of the largest space weather storms in at least four years has disrupted some ground communications on Earth. ANI

What rat whiskers can tell us about the sense of touch
Scientists are studying how rats use their whiskers to sense the environment around them to convert the sense of touch with movement. ANI

Scientists find proteins that reverse learning problems in Down's mice
In a new study, scientists were able to reverse developmental problems in mice that had Down's syndrome by injecting their mothers with two proteins while they were still in the womb. ANI

How couples recover after argument depends on their infant relationships
A University of Minnesota research has suggested that couples' ability to bounce back from a fight may depend on what both partners were like as infants. ANI

Being multilingual sharpens the brain
According to researchers, being able to speak more than one language sharpens the brain. ANI

190mn-yr-old bird-hipped dino fossils found in Antarctic mountains
Palaeontologists have discovered the fossil remains of fabrosaur, about 190 million years old in the Antarctic mountains. ANI

Dogs' human-like social skills make them man's best friend
A new study has found out that dogs possess certain human-like social skills that even chimpanzees, our closest relatives, do not, and maybe that's why they are termed man's best friend. ANI

NASA sets launch date for space shuttle Discovery mission - Feb 24
NASA has announced the launch of space shuttle Discovery yet again - the shuttle will begin an 11-day mission to the International Space Station with a launch at 4:50 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 24, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. ANI

How lithium in ordinary tap water increases lifespan in humans
A new study has found that lithium, which is found in vegetables and drinking water, can increase life expectancy in humans. ANI

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