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Technology News on January 6, 2011

Splitting tablets a potentially dangerous practice: Study
Belgium researchers have warned that splitting pills is a potentially dangerous practice. ANI

Children who are looked after at home have better language skills
Children, aged 1.5 to 3 years, who are looked after at home by a parent, child-carer or in an outdoor nursery, have better language skills than those who attend regular formal centre and family-based childcare, according to a new study. ANI

Personal motivation influences healing following knee surgery
A new research has suggested that personal motivation may be the biggest factor in determining the length of time it takes for a patient to return to work following a total knee replacement. ANI

Remnants of star that exploded more than 13bn yrs ago found
Scientists in the UK and US have found the remnants of a star that exploded more than 13 billion years ago, which they believe was probably one of the very first stars to shine in the Universe. ANI

Rifaximin may help ease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
Scientists have found that two weeks of treatment with rifaximin (brand name: Xifaxan) could help ease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms including bloating, abdominal pain and loose or watery stools. ANI

New discovery may help treat multi-drug resistant infections
Scientists have made a new discovery that could lead to novel, effective approaches to treat multi-drug resistant (MDR) infections. ANI

Hornet's 'solar power' ability could be the key to green energy
A group of Tel Aviv University researchers has shown that the Oriental hornet can harvest solar energy through its body shell or exoskeleton. ANI

People prefer products in simple design and matching colours
A new research says that most people like to play it safe when combining colours for an article of clothing or outfit. ANI

Breakthrough in MRI allows brain scans more than 7 times faster
An international team of physicists and neuroscientists has made a breakthrough in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that makes brain scanning more than 7 times faster. ANI

Teens who were breastfed at birth have stronger leg muscles
A new study appears to have found yet another amazing benefit of breastfeeding - it improves the physical condition of future adolescents. ANI

How gesturing while talking affects our thoughts
Scientists have a new explanation for why many people can't talk without keeping their hands still. ANI

Lifetime risk of adult rheumatoid arthritis determined
Scientists have determined the lifetime risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and six other autoimmune rheumatic diseases for both men and women. ANI

Bacteria that may have a key role in hardening of arteries identified
Scientists have identified specific bacteria that may have a key role in vascular pathogenesis, specifically atherosclerosis, or what is commonly referred to as 'hardening of the arteries'. ANI

The age most prone to accidental death is 40: Oz study
An Australian study has suggested that the age most prone to accidental death in humans is 40. ANI

Early periods in girls 'up risk of depression'
Girls who begin menstruating before the age of 11.5 are the most depressed by ages 13 and 14, says a new study. ANI

Telescope captures star-forming region - Lagoon Nebula
The European Southern Observatory's (ESO's) UK-designed and built VISTA telescope has captured a new image of a star-forming region known as the Lagoon Nebula that lies about 4,000 to 5,000 light-years away. ANI

Giant race 'came from mutant gene'
British and German scientists has discovered that a race of giants may have sprung from a mutant gene that first emerged around 1,500 years ago and causes uncontrolled body growth. ANI

Women at higher genetic risk for multiple sclerosis: Study
A new research has found that women who have multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to have a gene associated with multiple sclerosis than men with the disease and it is this gene region where environment interacts with the genetics. ANI

Why kids with ADHD have difficulty in concentrating
For the first time, scientists have revealed why children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have difficulty in concentrating. ANI

Study reveals 'multiple species of catfish despite same colours, patterns'
A new study has revealed that although catfish communities of South American contain almost identically coloured and patterned fish, they may be home to three or more different species. ANI

Cosmic collisions 'aren't responsible for black hole growth'
A new study has revealed that cosmic collisions, which have been believed to be the culprit behind increasing growth of black holes, are not to blame. ANI

Seeing the Andromeda galaxy in a new light
ESA's Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories have revealed the Andromeda Galaxy in a new light, showing that that more stars are on their way. ANI

City noises have forced songbirds to sing a different tune
Urban noises have created such disturbance that songbirds have been forced to change the pitch and pace of their song, a study has found. ANI

Household sewage - an untapped energy resource
Household sewage has far more potential as an alternative energy source than previously thought, say scientists. ANI

Mums' depression adversely affects quality of life in kids with epilepsy
A new study has found that maternal depression adversely affects quality of life in children with epilepsy. ANI

Shattered glass can tell a lot about future climate change
Scientists have found that when dirt breaks apart in the atmosphere, it follows a pattern similar to broken glass and other brittle objects. ANI

Want to look younger sans plastic surgery? Here's what you should do
Psychologists of the Jena University (Germany) believe they have found the answer to the question: How to look younger without going under the knife - surround yourself by older people. ANI

Dogs don't care if their owners are a little nutty
A new study shows that a pet dog doesn't care if its owner is nutty. ANI

Geneticists to drill 18,000-year-old 'hobbit' tooth to extract DNA
In the hope of extracting DNA samples, a team of geneticists will analyse a roughly 18,000-year-old tooth that belongs to 'hobbit' Homo floresiensis, 1-metre-tall extinct distant relative of modern humans that was found in Indonesia. ANI

Study sheds light on quantity of MRSA at different body sites
A new study from Rhode Island Hospital has provided new insights into the quantity of MRSA at different body sites as well as the relationship between the quantities at different sites. ANI

Scientists unveil atom-thick graphene patchwork 'quilts'
Scientists at the Cornell University have revealed atomic-resolution details of what graphene 'quilts' look like. ANI

How the human brain shops 'to find the best candy bar'
A new study has revealed that our brain cells can be quite the savvy shoppers, capable of finding the best candy bar we wish to eat. ANI

New 2D cloak that 'turns underwater objects invisible to sonar'
A scientist has created a two-dimensional cloak that turns objects underwater invisible to sonar and other ultrasound waves. ANI

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