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Technology News on July 16, 2011

Fossils of insect cocoons show how wasps populated rotting dinosaur eggs
Scientists have been able to describe how wasps played an important role in food webs devoted to consuming rotting dinosaur eggs by examining preserved fossils of insect cocoons. ANI

Hypoallergenic baby formula may not help prevent allergies
The Hypoallergenic infant formula is no more effective than regular cow's milk at reducing the chances of contraction of allergies among high-risk infants up to seven years of age, a new study has revealed. ANI

The brain continues to remember even after loss of cognitive skills
A new study has demonstrated that the damaged brain continues to process information even when the patient has lost his cognitive skills. ANI

New discovery offers options for improving blood transfusions
A new study has found a way by which donated red blood cells, which lose a key feature that diminishes their lifesaving power the longer they have been stored, can be preserved longer. ANI

How the brain generates empathy for someone else's pain
A study has mapped out the way the brain generates empathy, even for those who differ physically from themselves. ANI

New discovery paves way for cocaine addiction treatment
A new discovery by researchers could offer the potential for the development of a first-ever pharmacological treatment for cocaine addiction. ANI

Soon, machines to publish their own upgrade suggestions online
An engineer from the University of Southampton has developed an autonomously operating technical system which enables shared understanding between machines and their users. ANI

Even low doses of alcohol have effect on your heart
Moderate-to-high amounts of alcohol have been previously found to acutely impair the heart's left ventricular (LV) performance. ANI

Gene causing inherited intellectual disability in humans identified
A gene linked to intellectual disability-a broad term describing individuals with limitations in mental abilities and in functioning in daily life due to genetic defects-has been discovered. ANI

Female teens 'more vulnerable to negative effects of binge drinking'
A new study, which examined gender-specific influences of binge drinking on spatial working memory (SWM), has found that female teens may be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of the habit. ANI

High doses of Vitamin C critical not only for the eyes, but also the brain
A new study has found that Vitamin C is required for the proper functioning of the eyes and the brain. ANI

A leader's 'charisma' may be all about selling his magic to his followers
Certain leaders gain the mystique of charisma in the eyes of their followers by veiling how they accomplish what they do, like a stage magician, according to a new research. ANI

35pc of smartphone owners annoy partners by checking work emails at home
A recent British survey has found that over a third of smartphone owners irritate their partners by checking work emails at home. ANI

Twitter celebrates 5th anniversary of its public debut
Today is five years since the incredibly popular real-time messaging service, Twitter, fully opened to the public. ANI

New genetic mutation linked to Parkinson's disease identified
Researchers have identified the sixth known inherited gene defect causing Parkinson's disease (PD), paving the way for new target therapies that may halt or cure the debilitating neurodegenerative disease. ANI

Grape seed extracts may protect against Alzheimer's disease
A new study has found that grape seed polyphenols-a natural antioxidant-may help prevent the development or delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Biomarkers study could lead to earlier diagnosis of fatal diseases
A new study has provided a new understanding of biomarkers, which could enable pharmaceutical companies to develop new technologies for quickly diagnosing and treating fatal diseases. ANI

Brain tumours not linked to cell-phone use, study finds
The latest to weigh in on the issue of the potential health risks of cell phones is a new Danish study, which has found no link between long-term cell phone use and a type of non-cancerous brain tumour. ANI

A stiff drink to unwind after tough day at work could add to your stress
A stiff drink at the end of a hard day in office may not be the best way to unwind, as a new study has shown that consuming alcohol to cope with stress may actually make a person's response to stress worse, and prolong recovery from a stressor. ANI

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