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Technology News on January 24, 2011

Unexpected find may lead to novel ways to stop HIV
New techniques to fight HIV could be on their way, as scientists have found that the virus adapts in a surprising way to survive and thrive in its hiding spot within the human immune system. ANI

Kilogram is losing weight, say experts
Experts want to redefine the kilogram, which came into existence two centuries ago. They fear it is not as constant as it should be. ANI

Google's Eric Schmid eyeballing a career in TV
Google honcho Eric Schmid, who declared his plan to hand over control of the tech giant last week, has set his sights on a career in television. ANI

Genetic sequencing alone 'is not enough' to understand human disease
Genetic sequencing alone doesn't offer a true picture of human disease, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center. ANI

New study explains humans' critical ability to throw long distances
A new study has revealed how humans, unlike any other species on Earth, readily learn to throw long distances. ANI

Curved carbon to pave way for future nanoelectronics
A new scientific discovery has paved the way for unprecedented control over the spin of electrons and may have a big impact on applications for spin-based nanoelectronics. ANI

Lady Gaga-inspired coloured contact lenses harmful for eyes!
Pop singer Lady Gaga-inspired trend of wearing coloured contact lenses could damage people's eyes, opticians have warned. ANI

Nutrition 'may have a role in development of asthma'
Asthma affects as many as 300 million people and is one of the world's most common chronic diseases. Researchers estimate that by 2025, there could be an additional 100 million people with the disease. ANI

Culprit for increased stroke injury with diabetes found
Joslin Diabetes Center researchers have discovered one reason why people with diabetes can suffer more damage during strokes. ANI

In chimps, as in humans, faces are personality billboards
People can read a chimpanzee's face and tell if the animal is dominant and physically active, according to a new study. ANI

Chances of finding ET are unlikely, says astronomer
Waiting to see the green little men? You may be in for a big disappointment, as a leading astronomer has concluded that there probably aren't any aliens out there - meaning we are entirely alone in the universe. ANI

Sleep best time to strengthen memories: Study
The best way to 'remember' something important is to remember it while you are asleep, suggests a new study. ANI

Brit engineers to put mobile phone in space later this year
With an aim to see if the sophisticated capabilities in today's phones will function in the most challenging environment known, British engineers are planning to put a mobile phone into space later this year. ANI

Massive volcanic eruption 'caused world's largest extinction'
Toxic coal ash produced as a result of massive volcanic eruptions may have led to the largest extinction event in Earth's history, according to Canadian researchers. ANI

Facebook, Twitter 'making us more isolated and less human'
A leading academic in the U.S. has claimed that social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are threatening to dominate our lives, making us more isolated and 'less human'. ANI

Cooling stroke patients' brains could aid recovery
A group of Scottish doctors have suggested that cooling the brain of patients who have suffered a stroke could dramatically improve their recovery. ANI

Space crew to simulate walking on Mars in Feb
Three men will imitate walking on Mars in February as part of a project in which a multinational crew has been locked up inside a mock Moscow spaceship since June. ANI

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