Technology News on July 15, 2011
Why a bit of negative information boosts a product's value
A new study has found that consumers react more favourable to a product when they received positive information coupled with a minor negative effect, than upon learning only the positive aspect of it. ANI
Now, beach ball shaped inflatable antenna that fits into your backpack
One of the biggest issues in setting up satellite communications networks is the antenna. But now, with a new technology this problem can be solved. ANI
Fast-shrinking glacier experienced rapid growth during cooler times
A study has found that large, marine-calving glaciers have the ability not only to shrink rapidly in response to global warming, but to grow at a remarkable pace during periods of global cooling. ANI
Suffering from restless legs syndrome? It's all in your genes!
A team of scientists from Europe, Canada and the US has identified two genetic mutations that cause restless leg syndrome (RLS). ANI
Why people eat less when they use big forks?
A new study has found that taking bigger bites leads to eating less and not more. ANI
Scientists develop new low-energy defibrillation method
An international team of scientists have developed a new low-energy method for terminating life-threatening cardiac fibrillation of the heart. ANI
Camel blood may help fight against cancer
Soon, camels might help scientists in developing a novel gene therapy against cancer. ANI
'Dentists can identify people with undiagnosed diabetes'
Researchers at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have found that dental visits can help in identifying individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are unaware of their condition. ANI
The 'weird' things man had to do to reach the moon!
The 1969 moon landing may have been a giant leap for mankind, but for this the astronauts were trained in a weird way- at least, that is what pictures released by NASA have depicted. ANI
Mutation in protein-sorting gene linked with Parkinson's disease
Two new studies have identified a mutation associated with an inherited form of Parkinson's disease (PD), which is a devastating incurable disease that leads to tremors and problems with movement and coordination. ANI
Gene linked to 70pc of hard-to-treat breast cancers identified
A US study has found a gene that is responsible for 70 percent of hard-to-treat breast cancers, which are resistant to hormone therapies. ANI
Novel wearable exoskeleton can help soldiers lift 90kg and run at 16km/h
The US Army has developed and began testing a wearable exoskeleton that would give soldiers superior power to carry their bulk of war weapons. ANI
Infants have less ability to recognize rapidly changing images
Babies are not born with all the visual abilities they need in life. Their brains gradually develop the ability to use visual information to discover their world. ANI
Kelp, other seaweed could provide biofuels in future
Scientists have found that aquatic biorefinery Kelp and other seaweed could be biofuels of the future, avoiding competition with food crops for land and scarce freshwater resources. ANI
Now, a polymer gel to give people their voices back
A team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Medical School, including an Indian-origin researcher, has developed a polymer gel that can mimic the vibrations of human vocal cords. ANI
Happy consumers 'make quicker, more consistent judgments'
There has been considerable debate about how affect (moods, emotions, feelings) influences the quality of people's decisions. ANI
Latin America blueberries are the latest 'extreme superfruits'!
A new study has named a variety of fresh, antioxidant-rich blueberries as the latest "superfruit." ANI
Binge drinking during adolescence behind women's poor map reading skills
Women have been often criticised for their inability to read maps by exasperated male drivers. ANI
Soon, 3D printer to 'print' your new teeth to replace broken ones!
You may no longer have to wait for days and months for dental implants, as soon your dentist will be able to quickly scan your jaw and "print" your new teeth using a rapid prototyping machine known as a 3D printer. ANI
Loss of top predators, herbivores threatening Earth's ecosystems
A new study has warned that the decline of large predators and herbivores in all regions of the world is causing substantial changes to Earth's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. ANI
Tsunami's upper atmosphere airglow could serve as early warning system
An airglow signature in the upper atmosphere produced by a tsunami has been recorded for the first time ever by University of Illinois scientists using a camera system based in Maui, Hawaii. ANI
Mediation 'slows down age-related brain atrophy'
Researchers at UCLA had earlier found that specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and had more grey matter than the brains of individuals in a control group. Now, a follow-up study has suggested that people who meditate also have stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy. ANI
Archaeologists unearth possible biblical city of King David near Jerusalem
Astounding new evidence has been unearthed in Israel that could confirm the existence of the biblical city of King David. ANI
Alpha males don't have it as good as beta males who finish 2nd
A study on baboons has found that while the alpha male may have all the power, it is the beta male who does better, as being at the top comes with many health problems. ANI
NASA finds new way to measure invisible magnetic field around Sun
The only hurdle while studying the sun is that the observations must be done from afar, which makes it tough to measure the invisible magnetic fields sweeping around it. ANI
Use of Internet affecting our memory, finds study
Researchers have found that the widespread use of search engines and online databases is affecting the way people remember information. ANI
Now, breath test to diagnose H1N1 infection
A novel breath test has been investigated to help identify people infected with the H1N1 flu virus. ANI
Westerners genetically programmed to eat fatty foods, drink alcohol
Scientists have found that Westerners are genetically programmed to consume fatty foods and alcohol more than those from the east.esearchers at the University of Aberdeen say a genetic switch, DNA which turns genes on or off within cells, regulates appetite and thirst, and that it is also linked to depression. ANI
Global HIV strategy needs immediate expansion to prevent pandemic: Lancet
Experts have emphasized the critical role of expanding access to HIV treatment under a "Treatment as Prevention" strategy to stop the HIV pandemic. ANI
NASA's Dawn spacecraft to enter asteroid's orbit on July 15
For the first time ever, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is set to enter an asteroid's orbit on July 15. ANI