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Technology News on July 14, 2011

NASA sets up robotic refueling experiment in space
NASA astronauts have set up the first robot petrol pump in space that will one day pave the way for visiting spacecrafts to 'fill up' without astronauts leaving their vehicles. ANI

Kibot: S Korean robot reads, sings and teaches toddlers English
South Korean telecom giant KT Corp has designed a robot that reads, sings, and teaches multi-languages to toddlers. ANI

Good old-fashioned road atlas better at giving directions than sat-navs
A new study has found that old-fashioned road atlases are better at giving directions than technological gadgets such as sat-navs. ANI

What compels people to contribute for social cause?
Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, University of Chicago and Sungkyunkwan University have said that people who see the 'glass as half empty' may be more willing to contribute to a common goal if they already identify with it. ANI

Docs told not to make friends with their patients on Facebook
The British Medical Association has warned doctors against becoming friends with their patients on social networking sites, for fear that it could blur their professional boundaries with people they are treating or have treated in the past. ANI

Galaxy collisions 'not needed to turn on supermassive black hole'
It has long been a mystery that where the material comes from to activate a sleeping supermassive black hole and trigger violent outbursts at a galaxy's centre, so that it then becomes an active galactic nucleus. ANI

Mystery of kava's toxicity still unsolved
A major study to find out why kava, a plant used to make dietary supplements and a trendy drink with calming effects, is toxic for some and not for others, has failed to bring out any results. ANI

Storing sun's heat in rechargeable nanotubes batteries
Carbon nanotubes can be used to store solar energy, and be recharged by exposure to the sun, according to a new research. ANI

Here's how eyes 'check out' a sexy bikini-clad babe
A new study by market research firm EyeTrackShop, which provides opt-in eye tracking tests via webcams for corporate clients, has thrown up interesting insights on where the eyes of men and women are drawn when they look at ads showing beautiful bikini-clad women. ANI

Why men are more susceptible to stomach cancer
It is well known that several types of cancer, including stomach, liver and colon, are far more common in men than in women. ANI

'Sex between flu strains can create new influenza pandemic'
A new study has found that 'sex' between the virus responsible for the 2009 flu pandemic (H1N1) and a common type of avian flu virus (H9N2) can produce offspring-new combined flu viruses-with the potential for creating a new influenza pandemic. ANI

Pair of white dwarfs circling each other at breakneck speeds
Astronomers have discovered a pair of white dwarfs- they are burned-out cores of stars like our Sun- spiralling into one another at breakneck speeds. ANI

Burrowing parrots crossed the Andes 120,000 years ago, finds study
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, together with colleagues from the University of Freiburg and the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology, Viena, have found that the ancestral population of the Burrowing Parrot occupied what is today Chile, and from there only a single crossing of the Andes was successful. ANI

How we visually recognize objects
Certain brain injuries can cause people to lose the ability to visually recognize objects ANI

'Fountain of youth's' role in adult brain demystified
A study has found that a "fountain of youth" that sustains the production of new neurons in the brains of rodents is also believed to be present in the human brain. ANI

Soon, smart specs to help the blind 'see'!
London, July 14 : Oxford University researchers, who have been inspired by the technology in Xbox Kinect games consoles and iPads, are developing 'smart spectacles' which promises to change the lives of thousands of blind people by allowing them to 'see'. ANI

Short RNAs instruct human skin cells to convert into neurons in lab
Scientists have been able to convert human skin cells directly into neurons by using microRNAs - short chains of genetic material best known for their ability to bind to specific genetic transcripts to turn off their activity. ANI

PSA test for men can now detect breast cancer in women
A new study has suggested that the widely known PSA blood test for prostate cancer in men may get a second life as a much-needed new test for breast cancer in women. ANI

How rice can be made to adapt to climate change
A US Geological Survey-led research has shown how rice can be made to adapt to climate change and some catastrophic events by colonizing its seeds or plants with the spores of tiny naturally occurring fungi. ANI

'Memories' of adult stem cells may pave way for new diabetes therapy
A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University is capitalizing on the 'memories' of stem cells generated from adult cells to bring new hope to sufferers of juvenile or type 1 diabetes. ANI

How leptin prevents obesity
That the hormone leptin works in the brain to prevent obesity has been known for quite some time. ANI

Maintaining your overall health may help cut dementia risk
Keeping up with your overall health-including whether a person's dentures fit properly or they suffer from poor eyesight or hearing-may help reduce the risk for dementia, according to a new research. ANI

Soon, a software to tell you if you should buy now or wait for a sale!
Every now and then, those contemplating to buy a new TV, smartphone or laptop are faced with a dilemma as to whether they should buy it now, or wait for the price to drop? ANI

Youngsters watching black and white TV more prone to colourless dreams
Have you ever thought why most pensioners have colourless dreams while those under the age of 30 dream in vivid colour? Well, your TV might explain why. ANI

Now, 'intelligent streetlights' that turn off automatically when no one is Around
Delft University of Technology has developed an intelligent street lighting system, which automatically dims the lights when there are no vehicles or pedestrians in the vicinity. ANI

Higher cigarette taxes don't deter wealthier, middle-aged smokers
A new study has found that raising taxes on cigarettes, a public health measure used by governments to encourage people to quit, doesn't persuade all smokers to stop the deadly habit. ANI

Doctors' self-care plans help patients improve heart failure outcomes
A new study has found that heart failure patients who comply with doctors' self-care plans are at a lesser risk from mortality, urgent ventricular assist device implantation, and urgent heart transplantation. ANI

Antiretroviral drugs reduce risk of HIV infection
An international study has found that taking antiretroviral medications can significantly reduce risk of HIV infections. ANI

Stem cells may help brain cancer patients restore cognitive abilities
Brain cancer patients who lose their learning and memory abilities because of radiation treatments could regain them with stem cell therapy, a new research has shown. ANI

Diesel exhaust fumes up heart attack risk
The chemical particles produced when diesel burns are harmful to blood vessels and can increase the chances of blood clots forming in arteries, raising the risk of a heart attack or stroke, a new research has shown. ANI

2 ARTEMIS spacecraft to give unique 3-D view of the Moon
The first of the two probes built by the University of California, Berkeley, and part of NASA's five-satellite THEMIS mission settled into a stable orbit around the Moon's equator on June 27, 2011. ANI

Omega-3 reduces anxiety, inflammation in healthy youths
A new study has found that consumption of more omega-3 fatty acids, a main compound present in fish oil, reduces both inflammation and anxiety in healthy young people. ANI

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