Technology News on July 11, 2011
Promising new malaria vaccine set to enter human trials
A malaria vaccine developed at Griffith University that will protect against all known trains of the deadly parasite will embark on its first human trials within the next 12 months. ANI
Metamaterial with zero refraction could revolutionize telecommunications
Scientists have built optical nanostructures that enable them to engineer the index of refraction and fully control light dispersion. ANI
Atlantis crew to test textbook-sized kit that converts urine into drinking water!
NASA's last space shuttle mission this Friday will carry a textbook-sized kit that can convert urine into potable water. ANI
Soon, photosynthesis-inspired nanoantennas to harvest light!
To engineer a new generation of nanomaterials that control and direct the energy absorbed from light, University of Toronto researchers have derived inspiration from the photosynthetic apparatus in plants. ANI
Researchers shatter baseball myths in lab
Researchers have debunked some of Major League Baseball's myths with the help of physics. ANI
Biologist discovers 7 new mice species in Philippines
A Florida State University biologist has discovered seven new species of mice through decoding of DNA drawn from the reclusive 'new' mammals. ANI
Wrong facts stick to memory, no amount of subsequent corrections help
Misinformation has a lasting impact on our memory and despite best efforts to correct the wrong facts, they can't be completely eliminated, according to Australian psychologists. ANI
Kids can foresee future of computer technology!
A recent study has suggested that children possess a knack for predicting the future technology for computers. ANI
Facebook music service 'Vibes' in the pipeline?
By analysing Facebook programming code, a software developer and researcher has found evidence of an unannounced music service called 'Vibes'. ANI
Meet the Brit couple that has two sets of identical twin girls!
A British couple has added a second set of identical twin girls to their home, and become one in million to accomplish such a feat. ANI
A stem cell that acts like 'drugstore' to protect, heal injuries
A new study has revealed that a stem cell that can morph into a number of different tissues acts as a protector, healer and antibiotic maker. ANI
Website Hot or Not celebrates its first Facebook wedding
Hot or Not website, which attracted criticism in 2000 after it asked its users to upload pictures and "rate" those of others, is celebrating its first Facebook wedding. ANI
De novo gene mutations 'more frequent in schizophrenic patients'
An international study led by University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital researchers has suggested that de novo gene mutations - genetic errors that are present in patients but not in their parents - are more frequent in schizophrenic patients than in normal individuals. ANI
Oceans 'soaking up less CO2 due to climate change'
As one of the planet's largest single carbon absorbers, the ocean soaks up roughly one-third of all human carbon emissions, reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide and its associated global changes. But whether the ocean can continue mopping up human-produced carbon at the same rate has been the question for long. ANI
Is Brit inventor's new nicotine inhaler a safer alternative to cigarettes?
A British inventor has created a 'safe' cigarette that doesn't contain tobacco or burn when you puff it, meaning it won't pollute your lungs with carcinogenic tar. ANI
How people's genes predispose them to Ankylosing Spondylitis
Researchers have identified a single genetic marker, which could be used to assist in the diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) - a common auto-immune arthritis which causes pain and stiffness of the spine, and in serious cases, progressive fusion of the vertebrae and other affected joints. ANI
Almost one-third Aussies use smartphones in their loos!
No matter whether the person is in bed, on the loo, or in a business meeting - Australians spare no moment or place to use smartphone, a new survey has suggested. ANI
Opposites don't really attract, finds study
'Opposites attract' is an age-old concept that has been batted around for centuries. And in fact, it is very true when it comes to falling in love. ANI