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Technology News on February 9, 2011

Press watchdog rules Twitter messages by civil servant not private
A British civil servant, who claimed invasion of privacy after newspapers published her Twitter messages, has had her complaint rejected by the press regulator. ANI

Novel approach could benefit stroke victims
Two new studies from Spain provide conclusive evidence that a method developed by Weizmann researchers could accelerate recovery from stroke and head trauma. ANI

Brain 'network maps' reveal clue to mental decline in old age
An Australian study has revealed that the human brain operates as a highly interconnected small-world network - and not as a collection of discrete regions as previously believed - with important implications for why many of us experience cognitive declines in old age. ANI

Now, an electronic fitness trainer to motivate you to exercise!
Whether you have done an exercise in the right or wrong way is important if training has to succeed. Unfortunately, this response is available only from trained sport therapists and not when exercising alone at home. ANI

Promising new approach to treat diabetic wounds, chronic ulcers
Scientists have found a promising new approach for the treatment of diabetic wounds, bed sores, chronic ulcers and other slow-to-heal wounds. ANI

Why HIV-uninfected babies of mums with HIV are more prone to infections
Scientists have found that babies whose mothers have HIV, but are not HIV-infected themselves, are born with lower levels of specific proteins in their blood called antibodies, which fight infection, compared with babies not exposed to HIV. ANI

Gene that limits damage to lung during trauma or transplant identified
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a gene that limits damage to the lung during acute stress from illness, trauma or transplant. ANI

New research offers hope to Parkinson's disease patients
A new research on rats with Parkinson's disease has shown that intranasal delivery of stem cells to the brain could significantly contribute to the improvement of motor function. ANI

How does the body recover from responding to shock or acute stress?
Our body's response to stress begins in the brain, and a family of proteins plays a prominent role in regulating this mechanism, suggests a new study. ANI

Clue to ending chronic itching side effect of certain drugs discovered
Scientists have identified two distinct neuronal signaling pathways activated by a topical cream used to treat a variety of skin diseases-one pathway produces the therapeutic benefit and the other induces severe itching as a side effect. ANI

Male bustards' success is measured by their 'beards'
For the first time, a study has shown that the 'beards' and the design of the neck are 'reliable' indicators of the weight and age of the great bustard (Otis tarda). ANI

NASA spacecraft, comet fated for Valentine's Day rendezvous
In yet another incident of cosmic togetherness, NASA's Stardust spacecraft would be redirected to pass within 200 kilometers of comet Tempel 1 on the Valentine's Day. ANI

Brain's 'radio stations' have a lot to tell scientists
The frequency of when and where does the brain becomes active for many years can be a source of important insights, suggests a new study. ANI

Here's what your TV habits say about your fear of crime
What you watch on TV may say a lot about your fears and attitudes about crime, suggests a new study. ANI

Simple test could save prostate cancer patients from surgery
Scientists say that a simple test could save thousands of prostate cancer patients from operation. ANI

Large variations in quality of social networking sites for diabetics: Study
Patients are increasingly using health-focused networks online, but not much is known about their quality and safety. ANI

Want to kick the butt? There's no iPhone app for that
iPhone software applications designed to help people quit smoking fall short of the mark because they do not meet accepted standards, according to a new study. ANI

Single-cell marine predator's unique survival mechanisms uncovered
Scientists have discovered the unique survival mechanisms of a marine organism that may be tiny, but in some ways has surpassed sharks in its predatory efficiency. ANI

Delayed-enhancement MRI may predict, prevent strokes
Researchers have found that delayed-enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI) holds promise for predicting the risks of strokes. ANI

Tiny water flea has more genes than any other animal including humans
Scientists have discovered that the near-microscopic freshwater crustacean Daphnia pulex, or water flea is the animal with the most genes, about 31,000. ANI

Zuckerberg 'stalker' says he wanted financial assistance for dying mum
Pradeep Manukonda, an Indian-origin man accused of stalking Mark Zuckerberg, claims he was only trying to reach the Facebook founder because he wanted help in relation to a personal problem. ANI

Bats shown to form human-like friendships
Human-like friendships exist among at least five different types of animals, says a new research. ANI

Car-size asteroid to pass close by Earth Wednesday
U.S. scientists have said that a car-size asteroid will pass near Earth Wednesday, the second space rock in five days to fly near - but pose no threat of hitting - our planet. ANI

Short breaks from work can improve your focus: Study
While doing the same work for a prolonged period, we tend to lose our focus and our performance goes down. ANI

How using Facebook can lead to a roller coaster of emotions
Does Facebook makes you feel that everyone's having fun except you? You may be just overestimating your friends' happiness, suggests a new study. ANI

How the brain learns from mistakes
University of Basel scientists have identified a protein that plays a major role in forming the right kind of connections in the rapidly growing brain of newborn mammals. ANI

How to turn bacteria against themselves
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have explained a mechanism by which bacteria protect themselves from their own toxins. ANI

Facebook founder's Indian-origin 'stalker' 'apologizes'
Pradeep Manukonda, an Indian-origin man accused of stalking Mark Zuckerberg, has apologized to the Facebook founder. ANI

Being nice or being nasty is in a woman's genes
A Scottish research suggests that being nice or being nasty is in your genes - particularly if you're a woman. ANI

Lymph node removal 'not always needed in early-stage breast cancer'
Scientists have found that women with early-stage breast cancer may not need to have surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes in the armpit. ANI

'Thinking cap' actually makes people 'think outside the box'
It's official - the 'thinking cap' developed by Australian researchers really makes people 'think outside the box'. ANI

Wolverines to vanish due to climate change?
A new research has concluded that the aggressive wolverine may not be powerful enough to survive climate change in the contiguous United States. ANI

Heavy drinking in late adolescence linked to long-term alcohol problems
Reducing drinking during late adolescence is likely to be important for preventing long-term adverse consequences of drinking, as well as protecting against more immediate harms, says a new study. ANI

Polar bear births could plummet due to climate change
Researchers have studied the reproductive ecology of polar bears in Hudson Bay and have linked declining litter sizes with loss of sea ice. ANI

Eggs are lower in cholesterol than previously believed
Eggs are lower in cholesterol than previously thought, according to new nutrition data from the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) ANI

Practice can make you a perfect liar!
Like many other things in life, a person's lying skills get better with practice, according to a new study, which suggested that repeated lying overcomes our tendency for truth, making subsequent lying easier-and possibly undetectable. ANI

New 'low cost' rocket to lift astronauts set to soar by 2013
Two of the world's leading rocket companies-ATK from the US and Astrium from Europe-are collaborating to develop a new vehicle that may one day launch astronauts into orbit. ANI

Finding life on Mars could get easier with new tool
Finding Martian life may soon become easier with the creative adaptation of a common analytical tool that can be installed directly on the robotic arm of a space rover, suggests a new study. ANI

Charismatic leadership can be learned, measured: Study
Can a person's charisma be measured and learned? Yes, says a University of Tennessee study. ANI

Now, a confession app on iPhones, iPads approved by Catholic Church
A US company has come up with a confession app that claims to be the first of its kind to be approved by the Catholic Church. ANI

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