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Technology News on July 2, 2011

'Global plant database' to help monitor effects of climate change on ecosystem
Scientists have created the world's largest global plant database that is expected to promote biodiversity research and Earth-system sciences. ANI

Robotic suit that boosts strength tenfold can help you carry men over mountains
A Japanese man paralysed from the waist down is looking forward to climbing a mountain with the help of a man in a cutting-edge robotic suit, which boosts the wearer's strength tenfold. ANI

'Fast track' total hip replacement surgery cuts discharge time by days
A new study has shown that healthy patients who undergo fast track total hip replacement (THR) can be discharged within two days of the surgery compared to the standard three to six days. ANI

'Nature' was first to use screws, nuts in hip structure of weevil
A new study has shown that nature was the first to invent screws and nuts, as is evident from the fact that weevils have been using this construction for about 100 million years now. ANI

World's most efficient battery powered car unveiled
World-renowned car designer Gordon Murray has unveiled the most efficient battery powered small car in the world. ANI

Here's what reduces vase life of cut flowers
A new study has pinpointed reasons for the short vase life-span of cut flowers - that refers to flowers or flower buds (often with some stem and leaf) that have been cut from the plant bearing it. ANI

Climate change threat to zooplankton's refuge in oxygen minimum zones
Zooplanktons - tiny marine animals - use the oxygen minimum zones as refuges from predators, migrating vertically down into the zone during the day and returning at night to feed in the oxygen and food-rich areas closer to the surface. ANI

Colour spectrum breakthrough helps see things faster in 3D at the nanoscale
Researchers can now see objects more precisely and faster at the nanoscale. ANI

Now, micro aircraft that can flap, glide, hover like a swift
German scientists have designed a new versatile design of Micro air vehicle (MAV) that will be able to flap, glide and hover like a bird. ANI

Future magnet-run computers will use least amount of energy allowed by laws of physics
Electrical engineers have indicated that future computers may rely on magnetic microprocessors that consume the least amount of energy allowed by the laws of physics. ANI

Copper surfaces 'cut hospital infection risk by more than 40 percent'
A scientist has provided an insight into the mechanism by which copper exerts its antimicrobial effect on antibiotic-resistant organisms. ANI

Pigeons' 'birds eye view' inspires next generation auto-piloted aircraft
A recent study on how birds can fly so quickly and accurately through dense forests has opened a new avenue for developments in robotics and auto-pilots. ANI

Age-related changes can lead to dangerous identity crisis in human cells
When a human body forms, developing cells are given their respective roles: one may be ordered to grow up to be say a future heart cell, another as a liver cell, a third as a neuron, and so on. ANI

Why people with HIV suffer memory loss despite potent therapy
Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have solved a longstanding medical mystery - why so many people with HIV experience memory loss and other cognitive problems despite potent antiretroviral therapy. ANI

Italian academies started social networking 400-yrs prior to Twitter, Facebook
The art of social networking pre-dates the Twitter and Facebook generations by more than 400 years, Renaissance specialists at Royal Holloway, University of London have claimed. ANI

Novel drugs based on tree compound reduce cancer growth, heal wounds
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have discovered an entirely new class of antiangiogenesis drugs - agents that interfere with the development of blood vessels- in a compound found in a South American tree. ANI

Beetroot juice boosts cyclists' performances
A new study by the University of Exeter has shown that drinking beetroot juice enables competitive-level cyclists to cut down the time it takes to ride a given distance. ANI

Why some people have very small heads and brains
Scientists have suggested that environmental factors, including maternal ones, can disturb a signalling pathway key for normal brain development and influence the final size of the brain. ANI

Extended sleep boosts athletic performance
A new study has revealed that sleep extension is beneficial to athletic performance, reaction time, vigour, fatigue and mood in collegiate basketball players. ANI

Offspring's health depends on mum's 'pre-pregnancy diet'
A new study has suggested that poor maternal diet before conception can result in the offspring being born with reduced birth weight and increased risk of developing type II diabetes and obesity. ANI

Spiders' web weaving skills shed light on human ageing
Researchers have used spiders as a simple model to shed light on the complexities of how aging can affect behaviour in other organisms, including humans. ANI

Gastric bacterium infection can protect against allergy-induced asthma
Researchers have indicated that infection with the gastric bacterium Helicobacter pylori provides reliable protection against allergy-induced asthma. ANI

Sun and planets are made up of different materials, finds study
Researchers analyzing samples returned by NASA's Genesis mission say that the sun and the solar system's inner planets, including the Earth, may have formed differently than previously thought. ANI

Swathes of water may be hidden under seas of 'varnish' on Mars
Until now, only a few carbonate deposits -minerals that form readily in large bodies of water and can point to a planet's wet history - have been found on Mars. ANI

Water boatmans 'pe**s songs' make it loudest animal for its size
A study has found a fresh water insect that is the loudest animal on Earth relative to its body size, which produces sound by rubbing its pe**s against its abdomen in a process known as "stridulation". ANI

Master molecule of immune system plays crucial role in asthma
A new study has established a link between a master molecule of the immune system to the pathology of asthma. ANI

Mending 'broken hearts' comes closer to reality
A new study has found that injecting proteins similar to insulin directly into the heart can cause damaged cells to repair themselves and begin regenerating again. ANI

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