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Technology News on July 12, 2011

Genetic blueprints of unique algae may help create tomorrow's oil, coal
Scientists are trying to find out the genetic mechanism of unique algae, which are responsible for biosynthesis of oils and coal shale deposits. ANI

Sleep apnoea sufferers at high risk of heart disease
Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom have suggested that a common sleep disorder may affect the blood vessels responsible for supplying blood to the heart, raising the risk of heart disease in otherwise healthy people. ANI

Tiny snails are able to survive digestion by birds
Some snails survive after being eaten by birds, Japanese researchers have found. ANI

Now, an app that reduces motor pile-ups on highways by 40 pc
A new application for automatic detection of accidents, developed by researchers from the University of Bologna, could reduce the number of vehicles involved in pile-ups by up to 40 percent. ANI

Planting more trees will help cities store more carbon
British ecologists have said that planting more trees in the cities and conserving the existing vegetation could help increase carbon levels in the atmosphere. ANI

Pointing out 'blemishes' in products attracts more consumers
A study from Tel Aviv University has found that when a firm is honest about the "blemishes" of its products it can attract consumers more. ANI

Virtual reality-based exercises to aid Parkinson's disease patients
A new study has suggested that virtual reality (VR) and physical reality exercises can be used to provide effective stimuli to increase movement speeds in Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients. ANI

Human poo bacteria kills deadly colon superbug with 97 pc cure rate
A deadly superbug, which can cause kidney failure and even death, is being successfully treated using bacteria found in the stools of healthy people. ANI

Trees don't forget their roots just like humans
A study has found that trees are just like humans when it comes to responding to the environment. ANI

Study indicates best method for transplanting neural stem into spinal cord injury site
A study of optimal routes for transplanting neural stem/progenitor cells (NS/PCs) in animal models of spinal cord injury (SCI) has demonstrated that intralesional (IL) injection conferred benefits over intravenous injection (IV) and intrathecal (IT) injection. ANI

Owl study helps in better understanding of human stereovision
With the help of an owl model, a new research study has revealed the advantage of stereopsis, commonly referred to as stereovision, is its ability to discriminate between objects and background, and not in perceiving absolute depth. ANI

Now, poisonous shrub Jatropha curcas may ease your pain
Researchers in Nigeria have found a natural painkiller from an extract of the poisonous shrub Jatropha curcas, which has a mode of action different from conventional analgesics, such as morphine and other pharmaceuticals. ANI

Asian women 'find racism more depressing than sexism'
Researchers at the University of Toronto's psychology department have suggested that some female minority groups find racial discrimination more hurtful than sexism. ANI

IPad users like to lounge in easy chairs, browse on Safari: Report
Most owners (51 percent) spent more quality with their Apple iPads in the comfort of a couch or easy chair than in their office (only six percent), at work (seven percent), in the bedroom (17 percent) or in the kitchen (six percent). ANI

Booze blackouts strong predictors of future alcohol-related injuries
A new study has revealed that college goers who indulge in heavy drinking - till they lost their memory - are at a higher risk of alcohol-related injuries in the future. ANI

The 14 different shapes human noses come in revealed!
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has one of the most attractive noses, if a new research is to be believed. ANI

Now, algae from Bath's Roman Baths to fuel cars
Scientists have found that the algae growing in Bath's Roman Baths could be used to make fuel for cars. ANI

'Eating disorder directly affects our brain function'
It was long unknown how the brain function may be involved in bulimia nervosa, which is a severe eating disorder associated with episodic binge eating followed by extreme behaviours to avoid weight gain such as self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives or excessive exercise, until now. ANI

Kitties and puppies make you happier, healthier
A new study has suggested that pets are good sources of social and emotional support for everyone, not just people facing health challenges. ANI

How malaria parasites hide from immune defences of pregnant women
Scientists have discovered how malaria parasites are able to hide from the immune defences of expectant mothers, allowing the parasite to attack the placenta. ANI

Why salt is addictive just like cigarettes or heroin
We all know that fish and chips wouldn't be the same without salt. However, scientists have now claimed that the yearning for salt stimulates the brain like addiction to hard drugs or cigarettes. ANI

Epidemic fears after STI gonorrhea becomes drug-resistant 'superbug'
Scientists have discovered a superbug strain of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea which is resistant to all known forms of antibiotics, and warn that it could soon become a global health threat unless better treatments are developed. ANI

12 new underwater Antarctic volcanoes discovered in Southern Ocean
Previously unknown volcanoes in the ocean waters around the remote South Sandwich Islands have been discovered by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). ANI

Upward social mobility reduces high blood pressure risk by 20%
A research has suggested that social mobility - upwards - seems to curb the risk of developing high blood pressure among those born on the lower rungs of the ladder. ANI

Dutch cars squash two trillion insects to death every year!
A new study has found that almost two trillion insects are squashed and killed on Dutch cars every year. ANI

Neural instabilities, biases in body representation behind 'out-of-body' experiences
Out-of-body experiences (OBEs) are usually associated with traumatic incidents or illness like migraine, epilepsy and psychopathology. However, healthy and psychologically normal people too can have OBEs. ANI

Protein in walls of blood vessels is key to regulating blood pressure
Scientists have discovered that a protein found in the walls of blood vessels plays a key role in maintaining healthy blood pressure. ANI

Micro-needle skin patch may help fight HIV, TB
A major study is aiming to discover whether applying a vaccine patch to the skin with thousands of tiny micro-needles could help boost the body's immune response and prevent the spread of life-threatening infections like HIV and TB. ANI

Parents no different from kids when it comes to revealing info on Facebook
Parents are just as likely as their teenage kids to disclose personal information on the social networking site, according to a new research. ANI

First grade number skills linked to kids' later math proficiency
Beginning first graders that understand numbers, the quantities those numbers represent, and low-level arithmetic will have better success in learning mathematics through the end of fifth grade, according to a new study. ANI

Mellifluous melodies attract chicks like magnets
Like two-month-old human infants, chicks are attracted more to consonant, gentler harmonies than dissonant or harsher ones. ANI

'Moderate drinkers have lower all-cause mortality rates than teetotallers'
A study has found that all-cause mortality rates are lower among moderate drinkers than among abstainers. ANI

Babies make sense of the world through sounds before learning speech
Long before they learn to speak, infants begin to make sense of a large, complex, and brand new world through sounds, a new study has shown. ANI

Now, science also agrees 'yoga eases stress, promotes good health'
A new study led by an Indian-origin scientist has proved that meditation actually eases stress and promotes better health. ANI

Lab production of positronium could demystify shady antimatter secrets
Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have found a new way to create positronium, an exotic and short-lived atom that could help answer what happened to antimatter in the universe, and why nature favoured matter over antimatter at the universe's creation. ANI

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