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Technology News on July 31, 2011

MPs spend 1,000 hours a year tweeting
MPs are spending almost 1,000 hours a year on Twitter, a new study has revealed. ANI

Arctic wildfires may accelerate global warming
Incidences of massive wildfires in Arctic tundra pose a huge threat to the global climate, a new study has revealed. ANI

Computational chemistry predicts toxic biofuels without producing a single drop
There are several ways to produce plant-based bio fuels, but some of the methods result in bio fuels that are harmful to health as well as nature. ANI

Bacterial shield can prevent HIV among women
Scientists have created a type of vaginal bacteria to combat the spread of HIV among women. ANI

Why people indulge in wrongdoing
A new study has thrown up interesting insights on why people indulge in wrongdoing only to deceive themselves into thinking they are ethical people. ANI

Depressed diabetics at high risk for serious eye disease
Diabetics with depression are at a high risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a disease that damages the eye's retina, a five-year study has found. ANI

Now, a solar-toilet to turn human waste into power
A scientist, who has been experimenting with solar-powered water treatment on a small scale, is now planning to incorporate the technology into a portable toilet. ANI

Geographic analysis help locate clusters of diseased coral
Applying Geographic Information Systems, known as GIS - as well as software previously used to examine human illness - University of Florida scientists have been able to find locations where clusters of diseased coral exist. ANI

Good cardiovascular health can help improve hearing
Improving cardiovascular health appears to be the best way to help process what we hear, according an audiologist at Wichita State University. ANI

Social media helps public be part of response network, not 'mere bystanders'
A new study has indicated that social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare may be an important key to improving the public health system's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. ANI

Imitation can sometimes reflect badly on your reputation
In popular culture, mirroring is frequently urged on people as a strategy - for flirting or having a successful date, for closing a sale or acing a job interview. ANI

Regularly computer use helps kids attain 'workforce' technological skills
A University of Alabama at Birmingham study has revealed that a child who uses a computer regularly has a better chance of excelling in the workforce as an adult than a child who doesn't. ANI

World's first skin cancer vaccine may be available within 1 year
An Australian scientist is on the verge of creating the world's first skin cancer vaccine. ANI

Newspaper endorsements influence voting decisions
Voters are more likely to support those presidential candidates who have been endorsed by a newspaper, according to a new research. ANI

New computer programs help map vast networks of brain cells quicker
Scientists have come up with a faster way to compute the vast network of neurons that make up the brain. ANI

Simple urine test detects how prone you are to kidney disease
A simple screening test for urine protein could be used to identify individuals at highest risk of rapid kidney function decline, according to a new research. ANI

Now, a 'Fluid Cloak' to help submarines glide without creating a wake
If a plan to channel fluid intelligently around objects can be made to work, then super-stealthy submarines may one day glide through the water without creating a wake. ANI

A cup of blueberries a day can help keep cancer at bay
Consuming a cup of fresh, raw blueberries everyday can help prevent cell damage linked to cancer, according to a new study. ANI

Internet Explorer users are dumb: Study
Do you use Microsoft's Internet Explorer to browse the web? If yes, your IQ level is likely to be lower than those who use Chrome and Firefox, a new study has shown. ANI

More than a third of freshwater fish threatened with extinction
British scientists have warned that freshwater fish have become the most endangered group of animals on the planet, with more than a third threatened with extinction. ANI

South Asians more vulnerable to diabetes, coronary artery disease
A new study led by an Indian-origin scientist has revealed that South Asians are more likely to add dangerous organ-hugging fat that can lead to diabetes and coronary artery disease. ANI

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