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Technology News on July 3, 2011

Endangered freshwater turtle faces threat from climate change
The Mary river turtle - an endangered short-necked turtle that inhabits the Mary River in South-East Queensland, Australia - will suffer from a combination of physiological and behavioural problems if climatic warming that has been pronounced for the area indeed happens, a new research has shown. ANI

Pruney fingers may be remnants of 'adaptation in human ancestors'
A new study has suggested that pruney fingers may be the remnants of an adaptation in human ancestors that allowed them to grasp wet surfaces. ANI

Soon, a tech to detect role of zinc in diseases like type 2 diabetes
Scientists have designed a sensor to spot zinc - a key element in the treatment of a range of diseases, for example type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease - in zebrafish. ANI

The rise of today's mammals may be traced to hot magma
A new study has suggested that hot magma - a mixture of molten rock, volatiles and solids that is found beneath the surface of the Earth - may have given rise to modern mammals. ANI

Now, an iPhone app that alerts homeowners how to manage power usage!
A team at the University of Arkansas and the University of San Francisco, led by an Indian-origin computer science researcher, has developed an iPhone automated energy-management system that monitors energy generation and consumption in off-grid and grid-tied homes that use solar energy or wind power. ANI

Opihi finding shows Hawaii 'not an evolutionary dead end for marine life'
Marine species were thought to colonize Hawaii and eventually diverge into an isolated native species, but were doomed to an evolutionary "dead end" with no further specialization and speciation. ANI

Untamed pigeons do not forget a face!
A new research has shown that untamed pigeons can recognize individual people regardless of their change of clothes, suggesting that the birds have developed abilities to discriminate between humans in particular. ANI

Cream boosts survival chances of snakebite victims by 50pc
Applying an ointment to the snakebite site can buy 50 percent more time for victims to seek help, thereby boosting their chances of survival, according to a new study. ANI

Soon, your smartphone could replace your Holden Commodore keys
The Holden subsidiary of General Motors has introduced a new smartphone app that can soon replace the keys for your family car. ANI

'Love hormone' that helps mums protect their offspring
A new study has shown that the love hormone oxytocin becomes the fear fighter in situations when a mother has to defend her child. ANI

Just moving around can help improve your fitness
Activities other than exercise that get you moving in your everyday life - taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing a little bit more work around the house, or walking down the hall to speak with a co-worker - can improve your fitness significantly, according to a new research. ANI

Air pollution claiming tens of thousands of lives every year
Experts have revealed that air pollution is killing tens of thousands of people in Britain every year. ANI

Tree frogs' 'sticky' feet may provide self-cleaning products
Scientists have discovered that tree frogs have specially adapted self-cleaning feet, which they say could help in practical applications for the medical industry and designing self-cleaning surfaces. ANI

Unhealthy lifestyle pushing under-15 kids towards 'liver disease epidemic'
According to a top liver expert, hundreds of thousands of children are exposed to liver disease epidemic due to their poor diets and lack of physical activity. ANI

Now, 'WiFi napping' to double battery life of smart phones, laptops!
A Duke University student, under the direction of an Indian assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has found a new system to double the battery life of mobile devices. ANI

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