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Technology News on January 12, 2011

Male echidnas wake hibernating females to mate
A new study has unlocked some surprising traits of the echidnas. ANI

New drugs show promise in treating dangerous blood clots
Scientists have suggested that two new drugs - Apixaban and Rivaroxaban - might be more effective and easier to use than commonly used medicines in preventing dangerous blood clots after hip replacement surgery. ANI

New hope for patients with end-stage liver disease
Researchers have offered new hope to patients with end-stage liver disease. ANI

Winter tourism blamed for mountain bird decline
The growth of winter tourism in the mountain ranges of central Europe could be threatening indigenous bird species, including the Capercaillie. ANI

Genetic mutation helps plants use less water without biomass loss
Purdue University researchers have made a discovery that could reduce the amount of water required for growing plants and help plants survive and thrive in adverse conditions. ANI

MySpace to close Oz ops in order to cut 500 jobs
Social networking website MySpace has decided to close its Australian office as part of its move to cut 500 jobs - or nearly half its staff - potentially setting the stage for a sale of the social network owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. ANI

Coiled nanowires bring stretchable electronics closer to reality
North Carolina State University researchers have created the first coils of silicon nanowire on a substrate that can be stretched to more than double their original length. ANI

Knee protectors can cause skin problems
A new research has revealed that knee protectors can form allergenic substances on the skin. ANI

Online piracy websites attract billions of visits yearly
A study on illegal traffic levels on 43 file-sharing sites has found that they attract more than 53 billion visits per year. ANI

Using dogs to 'sniff out' wildlife
Biologists are putting dogs' acute sense of smell to a rather noble use - they have trained dogs to detect the scat of other critters for the greater good - to conduct more accurate surveys of wildlife. ANI

Bronze Age leaders used power effectively to create stable social system
A thesis from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) has shown that leaders in the Bronze Age knew how to use power effectively in order to create notably stable social systems. ANI

New 'Headphone Hoodie' lets you play music from your hoodie!
A new sports garment called Headphone Hoodie incorporates earbuds directly into the drawstrings of your sweatshirt hood. ANI

How environmental changes affect bird behaviors
A new study has shown an important link between the natural variation in climate conditions and complex behaviors among birds. ANI

New system uses sunlight to make clean water from waste effluents
Scientists have devised a new system that uses the cheapest possible energy source - sunlight - to produce clean water from waste effluents. ANI

How social influences affect weight status in young adults
While previous research has detailed the impact of social influence on health behaviours, no previous study has examined whether social ties influence weight status and weight loss intentions among young adults. ANI

Acne bug 'could be the cause of infections'
A new study has said that P. acnes already within the body may be the cause of infections. ANI

Planck reveals unseen wonders of the universe
Europe's Planck spacecraft has unveiled some stunning astronomical finds, including massive galaxy clusters and new unidentified objects. ANI

Recognizing diversity can actually encourage people to help each other
A new study has suggested that recognizing diversity can actually encourage people to help each other rather than sparking conflict. ANI

Man or a woman? Our perceptions are decided by sense of touch
The gender stereotype that all men are tough and all women are soft may have some truth to it after all, says a new study. ANI

Now, Google to transcend language barriers
Google's prototype language translator, Conversation Mode now lets you communicate with locals in any part of the world. ANI

Life expectancy for 'early modern and late archaic humans was same'
A new study from Washington University in St. Louis has found that the life expectancy was probably the same for early modern and late archaic humans. ANI

New study finds a possible off-switch for anxiety
Singapore scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how anxiety is regulated in the vertebrate brain. ANI

How chlamydia can increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy
A new study has found that women who have had chlamydia are at greater risk of an ectopic pregnancy because of a lasting effect of the infection. ANI

New findings may lead to a novel treatment for obesity
Scientists have added a new twist to the body of evidence suggesting human obesity is due in part to genetic factors. ANI

Eating fruits and vegetables gives you a healthy tan
Eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables gives you a more healthy golden glow than the sun, say scientists. ANI

Hair loss drug may result in loss of libido in men
Scientists have found that 5a-reductase inhibitors (5a-RIs), while improving urinary symptoms in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and possible hair loss prevention, produces significant adverse effects in some individuals including loss of libido, erectile dysfunction (ED), ejaculatory dysfunction and potential depression. ANI

Expert chess players use twice the brain: Study
A new study has revealed that expert chess players engage both sides of their brains when plotting their next move. ANI

Potential therapeutic target for multiple sclerosis identified
Canadian scientists have identified a potential therapeutic target for multiple sclerosis (MS). ANI

Shingles vaccine cuts risk by 55 pc: Study
A new study has found that receiving the herpes zoster vaccine is associated with a 55 percent reduced risk of developing shingles, a painful, lingering disease. ANI

Why Facebook is sucking up more of your time
If you think that Facebook eats up most of your time, then it's only going to get worse, suggests a new study. ANI

Water on moon 'originated from comets'
Researchers at the University of Tennessee have suggested that lunar water may have originated from comets smashing into the moon soon after it formed. ANI

Big babies 'may have helped define the shape of modern human societies'
Large babies shaped the development of modern human societies, according to a new study. ANI

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