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Technology News on January 19, 2011

Earth may witness twin suns if Betelgeuse star in Orion nebula explodes
The Earth could have a second sun lighting up the sky, if only for a matter of weeks, should the infamous red super-giant star Betelgeuse in Orion's nebula explode. ANI

Special sugar, nanoparticles may help detect cholera toxin
Scientists at the University of Central Florida have developed a technique that may someday become one of the most effective weapons to stop the spread of cholera, a disease that has claimed thousands of lives in Haiti since the devastating earthquake last year. ANI

Avoidable br*ast cancer risk factors identified
A new study by scientists at the German Cancer Research Center has identified avoidable br*ast cancer risk factors. ANI

2 new species of 'leaping' beetles found in New Caledonia
Spanish researchers have discovered two more species of 'leaping' beetles, also called 'flea' beetles, in New Caledonia, in the western Pacific - Arsipoda geographica and Arsipoda rostrata. ANI

New technique points out cellular-level changes within deep brain regions
Scientists say that a groundbreaking technique can help explore changes taking place within the deep regions of the brain at the cellular level. ANI

Living near busy roads 'ups asthma risk among teens'
A new study conducted in shantytowns near Lima, Peru, has revealed that teenagers who live next to busy roads are at a greater risk of developing allergies and asthma. ANI

Oz birds lure mates with 'scary movie effect'
Have your ever used a horror film to bring your date closer? Well, a new study has revealed that Australian birds use the same 'scary movie effect' to attract female attention, by hitchhiking mating signals onto the calls of predators. ANI

New breakthrough to make drug development more efficient
Scientists have produced a tiny molecular 'binder' that has the potential to make development of new drugs cheaper and less time taking. ANI

New molecule may save brain cells from neurodegeneration, stroke
A molecule that can make brain cells resistant to programmed cell death or apoptosis has been discovered by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ANI

Scientists discover pulsating star that hosts a giant planet
Scientists have discovered, for the first time, a delta Scuti pulsating star that hosts a hot giant transiting planet. ANI

Adult ADHD 'significantly ups risk of common form of dementia'
A new research has found that adults who suffer from attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than three times as likely to develop a common form of degenerative dementia than those without. ANI

Youth respond faster than seniors to unexpected events
A new study from Concordia University has found that when a routine task is interrupted by an unexpected event, younger adults are faster at responding than seniors. ANI

1 in 5 horses overweight or obese: Study
A pilot study has found that rates of obesity among horses are likely to be just as high as they are among humans. ANI

Use of antidepressant linked to reduction in menopausal hot flashes
A new study has suggested that the use of antidepressant medication reduces the frequency and severity of hot flashes in menopausal women. ANI

New security app to keep your digital secrets safe
Wondering how to maintain privacy in the virtual world? Well, Tel Aviv University experts' software solution could be the answer to your problem. ANI

Asthmatic kids experience premature loss of lung function later in life
Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have found that severe asthma in early childhood may lead to premature loss of lung function during adolescence and more serious disease during adulthood. ANI

Study shows reduced Vitamin D absorption in Crohn's disease patients
Boston University researchers have shown that reduced vitamin D absorption in patients with quiescent Crohn's disease (CD) may be the cause for their increased risk for vitamin D deficiency. ANI

New technology offers 1st view of DNA damage within entire human genome
Cardiff University researchers have developed a new technology that provides the first view of DNA damage throughout the entire human genome. ANI

Antioxidants may help men with fertility issues: Study
A new research has suggested that men who are struggling to make their partner pregnant could boost their chances by taking antioxidants. ANI

New synthetic compound shows promise in fighting HIV
Researchers at Scripps Research Institute have created a new synthetic compound using natural Japanese-plant compounds as starting point, which has shown great promise in inhibiting replication of HIV particles and fighting inflammation. ANI

How progesterone and estrogen increase br*ast cancer risk
Scientists have discovered how the hormones progesterone and estrogen interact to increase cell growth in normal mammary cells and mammary cancers. ANI

A woman's guide to age-proofing health
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center researchers have said that to age-proof her health, a woman must set health goals for every stage of life. ANI

ESA's Large Space Simulator can now recreate Mercury's hellish heat
ESA's Large Space Simulator has now been tested, making it is the only facility capable of reproducing Mercury's hellish environment for a full-scale spacecraft. ANI

Antioxidants lead to fertility problems in females
New research has revealed a possible unexpected side effect of antioxidants: They might cause fertility problems in females. ANI

New video technology can be used in CCTVs, surgery and football fields!
A new video technology developed by University of Warwick researchers can perform a multitude of operations - from surveillance camera operators and surgeries to camera crews following a football being kicked from sunshine into shadow. ANI

Event horizon could help determine evolutionary stage of a black hole
Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have proposed a new way to determine the evolutionary stage of a black hole: analysing the region outside where matter cannot escape, the event horizon. ANI

New material makes electricity from waste heat
Northwestern University researchers have come one step closer to generating electricity from heat-generating items such as vehicle exhaust systems, industrial processes and equipment and sun light more efficiently than earlier experiments. ANI

Shrinking snow and ice cover 'making global warming worse'
A new research from the University of Michigan has shown that the decreasing snow and ice cover on Earth's surface has contributed much more to global warming than models predict they should have. ANI

New study suggests sharks are colour blind
A new study from the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland in Australia has suggested that sharks are colour blind. ANI

Scientists bring cancer cells back under normal control
Scientists have brought cancer cells back under normal control by reactivating their cancer suppressor genes. ANI

Why we like to indulge ourselves after a hard day's work
Why is it that the thought of eating at a great restaurant after a hard day's work seems really tempting? A new study tells you why. ANI

Why people reject things that can make them safer
A new study from University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University School of Law explores why people refuse to use things that can make them safer. ANI

Mums' stem cells could be key to treating genetic disease before birth
UCSF researchers, through a series of mouse model experiments, have determined that a mother's immune response prevents a fetus from accepting transplanted blood stem cells, and yet this response can be overcome simply by transplanting cells harvested from the mother herself. ANI

High physical activity helps people with knee osteoarthritis walk faster
People with knee osteoarthritis are more likely to walk fast enough if they lead physically active lives, a new Northwestern Medicine research has shown. ANI

Statin benefits questionable in patients at low cardiovascular disease risk
A new study has suggested that statins should be prescribed with caution to people at low risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). ANI

Wider range of asteroids could have made life's ingredients
A new NASA research has suggested that a wider range of asteroids were capable of creating the kind of amino acids used by life on Earth. ANI

'Perfect storm' from mobile use can cause planes to crash
Experts have revealed that mobile phones and other gadgets can create enough of a "perfect storm" of interference with aircraft instruments to cause a crash. ANI

Wheelchair yoga may accelerate stroke patients' recovery process
A man, who was left paralyzed after suffering strokes, has made remarkable progress - thanks to wheelchair yoga. ANI

Tomb robber finds 'final resting place of Caligula'
A report has suggested that a tomb robber who was arrested while stealing part of a 2.5 metre statue into lorry near Lake Nemi, south of Rome, had found the tomb of Caligula. ANI

Why a first impression really is the last impression
A new study has found out why first impressions are long lasting. ANI

16pc of men fake orgasm: Study
A lot of men are apparently faking orgasm, according to a new study. ANI

14-yr-old US boy's video game iPhone app downloaded 2mn times
An iPhone app video game created by a 14-year-old US boy is taking the world by storm. ANI

Actual apology is less satisfying than predicted: Study
What is the real value of an apology? Not much, according to a new study. ANI

Watching smoking scenes in movies lights up smokers' brains
New research shows that seeing an actor in a movie light up a cigarette triggers smokers' brains to plan the same motions. ANI

Fury as Facebook gossip page allows Oz teens to spread s*x rumours
A gossip page on social networking site Facebook has angered parents in Australia, as it allows teens to spread malicious rumours about the s*x lives of Territory high school students. ANI

Biological clock ticks slower for female birds that pick right mates
A new study claims that choosing the right mates can slow down the ticking of biological clocks in some females birds. ANI

Alcoholism delays, breaks marriages: Study
A new study claims that alcohol influences the time it takes to get married, as well as the overall length of the marriage. ANI

'Road train' technology could cut fuel use and traffic jams, boost safety
New technology that links 'road trains' to cars has undergone its first trial and if successful, could cut fuel use, boost safety and may even cut congestion. ANI

Pterosaurs were 10 times heavier than biggest birds: Study
Pterosaurs-dinosaur-era flying reptiles-were nearly ten times heavier than the already known heaviest bird Kori Bustard, suggests a new study. ANI

It's official: Men really are wimps when it comes to illness
Scientists have proof now that when it comes to falling ill, men really are wimps. ANI

'Chaperone' enzyme could help cells tolerate cancer-causing DNA damage
University of North Carolina researchers have found how a 'chaperone' enzyme has a major role in cells' ability to tolerate the DNA damage that leads to cancer and other diseases. ANI

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