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Technology News on January 5, 2011

Oceanic 'garbage patch' not as big as depicted in media
Claims that the 'Great Garbage Patch' between California and Japan is twice the size of Texas are grossly exaggerated, according to an Oregon State University scientist. ANI

Enzyme may explain preeclampsia symptoms in pregnant women
Researchers have discovered that a significant increase of an enzyme in the blood vessels of pregnant women with preeclampsia could explain some of the symptoms associated with the condition, including hypertension, swelling and protein in the urine. ANI

New model to predict accurate outcomes for IVF created
UK researchers have suggested that couple-and treatment-specific factors can be used to provide infertile couples with an accurate assessment of the likelihood of having a successful outcome following in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). ANI

Pain-killing drug more potent, longer lasting than morphine: Study
A new study has found that a little-known morphine-like drug is potentially more potent, longer lasting and less likely to cause constipation than standard morphine. ANI

New therapeutic target for controlling dangerous inflammation in lungs
Scientists at the Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, have found a new therapeutic target for controlling dangerous inflammation in the lungs. ANI

Now, detect esophageal cancer with light
Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed and successfully tested a device that holds the promise of being a less invasive method for testing patients suspected of having Barrett's esophagus, a change in the lining of the esophagus due to acid reflux. ANI

Women affected by stress twice as much as men: Study
A new study has found that one in seven Britons feels under extreme stress and while one in 10 men are afflicted by stress, the number of women is one in five. ANI

Kidney disease gene linked to debilitating mental disorder
Oz researchers have found that gene mutations, which cause a rare kidney disease, may also be involved in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). ANI

Model that predicts drug's likelihood of causing birth defects created
Researchers have created a preclinical model for predicting a drug's tendency to cause fetal malformations during pregnancy based on characterizing the genes that it targets. ANI

Double doses of chicken pox vaccine most effective: Study
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that two doses are better than one, when it comes to vaccinating children against varicella (chicken pox. ANI

Bering Sea floor sheds light on last major global warming period
Researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz have found that the sediments at the bottom of the Bering Sea indicate that that the region was ice-free all year and animal life was rich during the last major warm period. ANI

'Nanoscoops' batteries that charge '40 times faster than conventional ones'
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers are pioneering a new study in which they have developed a type of nanomaterial that could spark a new generation of Lithium ion batteries for electric automobiles, laptop computers, mobile phones, and other devices. ANI

Scientists suggest 'recycled Haitian concrete is safe, strong, cheaper'
Concrete experts at the Georgia Tech have made new concrete, from recycled rubble and other indigenous raw materials using simple techniques. ANI

Missing one night of sleep 'is equal to walking almost 2 miles'
A new study by a University of Colorado team has found that the metabolic cost of an adult missing one night of sleep is the equivalent of walking slightly less than two miles. ANI

How the brain's use of fatty acids is linked to obesity
Researchers have established a link between how lipid sensing and metabolism in the brain relate to the regulation of energy balance and body weight. ANI

Extreme obesity linked to higher risk of death for 2009 H1N1 patients
Extreme obesity was a powerful risk factor for death for those infected with the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus, according to a new research. ANI

Epic ocean-spanning journeys of gigantic leatherback turtles revealed
Using satellite tracking, a groundbreaking research has revealed the epic ocean-spanning journeys of the gigantic leatherback turtle in the South Atlantic. ANI

Novel vaccine that produces strong immunity against cocaine high created
Scientists have produced a long-lasting anti-cocaine immunity in mice by giving them a unique vaccine that combines bits of the common cold virus with a particle that mimics cocaine. ANI

Viking discovered organics on Mars: Study
Using Mars-like soil taken from Atacama Desert, a new experiment has confirmed that Mars has organics, and Viking found them. ANI

Light therapy could help treat depressed elderly
Scientists have discovered that exposure to bright light could be just as effective for depressed elderly people as taking antidepressant medication.n the Dutch study, 89 people aged 60 or older with a diagnosis of major depression were given a light box to take home and instructed to sit beside it for an hour each morning over three weeks. ANI

Walking speed 'predicts longevity'
Walking speed is associated with survival among older adults, according to a new study. ANI

Misuse of antibiotics can harm kids: Experts
More than a million children in China have been made deaf by misuse of the antibiotic streptomycin, say medical experts. ANI

New iPhone-controlled beer fridge cannon 'fires' the brew in your direction
Need a beer, but don't want to leave your couch? ow there's an app for that. ANI

NASA instrument shows never-before-seen Sun's innermost corona
An instrument aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), developed by Smithsonian scientists, has provided never before seen views of the innermost corona 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ANI

Critical tuning dial for controlling body energy identified
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have found what they believe is a critical tuning dial for controlling whole body energy. ANI

Why we must follow gut instinct, but not always
We often turn to our own minds in times where we have to take decisions solely based on whether it 'feels' good - or what is popularly known as gut instinct. ANI

New solar cells repair themselves like natural plant systems
Purdue University researchers have designed solar cells that can repair themselves just like plants do. ANI

Fly poo may reveal why pregnant women suffer from bloating, constipation
University of Cambridge researchers are using fruit flies to help understand aspects of human metabolism, including why pregnant women suffer from bloating and constipation, and even the link between a low calorie diet and longevity. ANI

Birch bark ingredient has an array of metabolic benefits
New studies in animals have shown that an ingredient found in abundance in birch bark has an array of metabolic benefits. ANI

Male pattern balding 'due to stem cell inactivation'
University of Pennsylvania researchers have found that stem cells play an important role in explaining male pattern balding. ANI

Meet Soapman, the 18th century Egyptian mummy made of soap!
Scientists have revealed an 18th century Egyptian mummy that is made out of soap. ANI

Genetically modified pig 'Frankenswine' cheaper, greener
Scientists have genetically modified a Yorkshire pig, which will be the first of a new generation of 'Frankenswine' hogs that are designed to be cheaper and greener. ANI

Extinct Jamaican bird clobbered rivals with club-like wings
Yale University researchers have discovered that an extinct Jamaican bird used its club-like wings to clobber rivals during fights. ANI

New 'Food Angel' app scans food item bar-codes to help avoid allergies!
Are you allergic to some substances but can't make out which food product you should avoid in a supermarket? A solution is in the offing now. ANI

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