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Technology News on February 7, 2011

Clay-armored bubbles show minerals played key role in origin of life
The discovery of inorganic, semipermeable clay vesicles has shed light on how minerals could have played a key role in the origins of life. ANI

Scientists create DNA engine that can be observed in real-time
Scientists at Kyoto University and the University of Oxford have succeeded in creating a programable molecular transport system, the workings of which can be observed in real time. ANI

Could shark skin lead to possible cure for bacterial infections?
We think of sharks as the ultimate predators but if a material that prevents bacterial growth really works, we may soon owe them our lives. ANI

Study shows weakened trade winds in Tropical Atlantic
A new study has shown that trade winds in the tropical Atlantic have weakened and the pattern of ocean surface temperature has changed. ANI

29 genome regions linked to common form of inflammatory bowel disease
Researchers have linked 29 genome regions with ulcerative colitis - a common form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). ANI

Like humans, gibbons have regional accents too
A new study has found that just like humans, gibbons have regional accents too. ANI

Earth's rotation, not human activity caused 'methane level increase'
A new study has suggested that it's not human activity but the Earth's rotation patterns that caused an increase in methane levels 5000 years ago. ANI

Study identifies key mechanisms in 'untreatable blindness disease'
A new study from researchers of the University of Kentucky has discovered a molecular mechanism implicated in geographic atrophy, the major cause of untreatable blindness in the industrialized world. ANI

NASA releases first ever 360-degree image of the Sun
NASA has released the first ever image that shows the entire sun in a 360-degree view. ANI

NASA's Stereo satellites move either side of Sun
NASA's spacecraft have moved to either side of the Sun to capture the entire Sun in a 360-degree view. ANI

Growing nanolasers on silicon paves way for on-chip photonics
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a way to grow nanolasers directly onto a silicon surface paving way to faster, more efficient microprocessors in the future. ANI

Young boys 'face twice the risk of peanut allergy'
A new study has found that young Brit boys from higher income homes face twice the risk of peanut allergy than those from poorer background. ANI

High testosterone exposure in womb 'ups risk of autism'
A new study has found that high testosterone exposure in the womb increases the risk of autism in children. ANI

'Satnav' device 'could find cancer tumours in body in just one session'
A 'satnav' like radiotherapy device promises to help doctors treat patients with tumours almost anywhere in the body in a single session. ANI

'Glowing nerves' using fluorescent peptides to make surgeries easier
Locating sensitive nerves during a surgery may now be possible as scientists have developed injectable fluorescent peptides that cause hard-to-see peripheral nerves to glow. ANI

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