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Technology News on January 29, 2011

Transcranial magnetic brain stimulation key to treating brain disorders
A new study has found that the activity of certain brain nerve cells can be deliberately influenced by using magnetic stimulation. ANI

New study applies existing theory to predict floods
A new study shows how Shannon's Information Theory can also be applied to studying high water and flooding. ANI

Do plants pay a price for evolving with complex defense mechanisms?
A new study examines whether the production of defense traits against insects and mammals incurs costs to the plants. ANI

Exposure to worm infection in the womb 'cuts eczema risk'
A new study has suggested that exposure to worm infections in the womb may protect a newborn infant from developing eczema. ANI

Mini-strokes create lasting damage to the brain
A new research has suggested transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini-stroke, creates lasting damage to the brain ANI

Scientists unlock the 'gates' on sudden cardiac death
Scientists in Australia are one step closer to understanding how the rhythm of the heartbeat is controlled and why many common drugs can cause a potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythm ANI

Saturnian moon may have fizzy ocean capable of harbouring life
Saturnian moon Enceladus may have a fizzy ocean capable of harbouring life, suggests new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. ANI

Cancer drug shows promise in regeneration of spinal cord injuries
Scientists have shown that cancer drug Taxol reduces regeneration obstacles after a spinal cord injury. ANI

Global IP address stock 'nearing depletion'
The stock of IP addresses is about to get over very soon, it has emerged. ANI

Study solves 35-yr-old medical mystery using genetics
A team of researchers has finally found the answer to a decades-long medical mystery that started in 1976. ANI

Antibiotic paves way for novel anti-cancer agents
Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have reported that an antibiotic known for its immunosuppressive functions could also point the way to the development of new anti-cancer agents. ANI

New laser sensing technology 'sniffs bombs, pollutants from a distance'
Scientists have developed a new laser sensing technology that could allow soldiers to detect hidden bombs from a distance. ANI

Presence of peers 'heightens teens' sensitivity to rewards of a risk'
A new study has found that teens become more susceptible to the potential rewards of a risk when they are with friends than when alone. ANI

Whipping 'won't make racehorses run faster'
If you think that whipping would make your horse run faster as it nears the finishing line, then you are wrong. ANI

DNA's rock 'n rollin' alter ego
A new research at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Irvine has revealed that DNA, the marvelous, twisty molecule of life, has an alter ego. ANI

Vitamin D deficiency alters lung structure and function
Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to alter lung structure and function in a new study in young mice. ANI

Helping others helps alcoholics become and stay sober
A researcher from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine reports that participating in community service activities and helping others is not just good for the soul; it has a healing effect that helps alcoholics and other addicts become and stay sober. ANI

Touching a man's arm is the best way to his heart
Ladies, forget fluttering your eyelashes or flicking your hair. The quickest way for a woman to gain a man's interest is by gently touching his arm, say psychologists. ANI

Humans switched from living in trees to on the ground 4.2mn yrs ago
A new study has revealed that early human ancestors stopped swinging in trees and started walking on the ground sometime between 4.2 and 3.5 million years ago. ANI

Root cause of blood vessel damage in people with diabetes discovered
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a key mechanism that appears to contribute to blood vessel damage in people with diabetes. ANI

Age of onset of puberty predicts adult osteoporosis risk
A team of researchers determined that the onset of puberty was the primary influence on adult bone mineral density, or bone strength. ANI

Mini choppers inspired by spinning seeds could soon be a reality
Technology gets inspiration from nature very often - and a new study is just another example of that - a mini helicopter that mimics flying tree seeds. ANI

Modern humans would easily beat Neanderthals in a marathon
If humans were to be pitted against Neanderthals in a marathon, the former would win, says a new study. ANI

It's official: Jupiter was hit by an asteroid in 2009, not a comet
A new study has confirmed that in 2009, it was an asteroid that hit the giant planet Jupiter, not a comet. ANI

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