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Technology News on July 6, 2011

Quitting smoking at time of pregnancy leads to higher birthweight babies
Women who gave up smoking when their pregnancy was confirmed give birth to babies with a similar birthweight to those born to mothers who had never smoked, a new research has shown. ANI

Skills that help you lose weight won't necessarily help you keep it off
The practices that help people to lose weight and those that help them maintain weight loss are quite different, a new study has shown. ANI

New zinc-based laser tech to kill viruses, up DVD storage capacity
Scientists have discovered a new semiconductor nanowire laser technology that could kill viruses and increase the storage capacity of DVDs. ANI

Oz scientists conduct genome sequencing of corals
Australian scientists have conducted a study sequencing the genome of the staghorn coral Acropora millepora, which is a major component of the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs worldwide. ANI

Now, hide Facebook from your boss by converting it into an Excel sheet!
Now, you can easily check your Facebook account at your work place without the fear of being caught by your boss. ANI

Scientists harnessing sun's energy to produce clean fuel!
In a bid to solve the world's looming energy crisis, researchers are now working on harnessing the energy of the sun to make clean fuel. ANI

'Cling-film' method to make cheaper, efficient polymer solar panels
Scientists from the Universities of Sheffield and Cambridge have shown that very simple and inexpensive manufacturing methods in which flexible layers of material are deposited over large areas like cling-film can be used to make efficient solar cell structures. ANI

Obese kids 'likelier to be bullied, suffer from chronic illness'
A study has indicated that children who are overweight or obese are more likely to be victimised by bullying when compared to children who are not overweight. ANI

Scientists reveal how hot the Earth was 50 million yrs ago
A team of scientists has provided a much clearer picture of the Earth's temperature approximately 50 million years ago when CO2 concentrations were higher than today. ANI

Soon, power your car with termites' digestive powers!
Soaring oil prices and concerns about climate change have set off a boom in biofuels produced from renewable resources. ANI

Vitamin D reduces mortality risk in elderly people by 6 pc
A study has concluded that giving vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) to predominantly elderly women, mainly in institutional care, seems to increase survival. These women are likely to be vitamin D deficient with a significant risk of falls and fractures. ANI

Scientists sequence DNA of cancer-resistant n*ked mole-rat
For the first time, scientists have sequenced the genome of the n*ked mole-rat to understand its longevity and resistance to diseases, particularly cancer. ANI

Behavioural therapy for migraines cheaper than meds in the long run
A new study has revealed that behavioural therapy for chronic migraines is more cost-effective than prescription-drug treatment in the long run and has long lasting benefits. ANI

Infants first learn to transfer knowledge at 16 months
Scientists have identified when infants first learn to transfer their acquired knowledge to new situations, which is an important milestone in their development. ANI

Now, a tech to keep linens, clothing germ-free permanently!
A new technology that can inexpensively render medical linens and clothing, face masks, paper towels, diapers, intimate apparel and athletic wear, including smelly socks -permanently germ-free, has been invented by a University of Georgia researcher. ANI

Like humans, rhesus monkeys too have self-awareness
It is well known that in humans, the sense of self-agency is closely related to self-awareness and that it results from monitoring the relationship between pieces of intentional, sensorimotor and perceptual information. ANI

Oz volcanoes long overdue for eruption, claims study
Volcanoes in western Victoria and South Australia are overdue for an eruption, that would affect thousands of local residents in the regions, a research has claimed. ANI

New test gives accurate prediction of ovulation to help women become pregnant
A new ovulation test has been developed and it has been accurate in its prediction so far. ANI

Higher daily dose of aspirin may prevent heart attacks in diabetic people
A study by University of Alberta researcher Scot Simpson has shed light on the use of aspirin as a preventative measure for cardiovascular disease and reoccurrence in patients with diabetes. ANI

Now, researchers can predict accurately risk of miscarriage
For the first time, fertility researchers in the UK have developed a reliable way of predicting risk of miscarriage. ANI

Air pollution may cause learning and memory problems, depression
A new study has linked long-term exposure to air pollution with lesser-known risks such as learning and memory problems and even depression. ANI

Now, a herbal remedy to make women's henpecking history!
It's good news for men whose wives keep on nagging them about house-hold chores, drinking and their health, making their life miserable. ANI

'Vanishing twin' ups risk of birth defects in surviving baby by three-fold
The "vanishing twin" phenomenon, in which only one child is born from a pregnancy that originally starts as a multiple pregnancy, is associated with a two-fold increase in the likelihood of congenital malformations such as heart and skeletal defects and cerebral palsy in the remaining foetus, and nearly three-fold risk of multiple defects, a new research has revealed. ANI

2 ways to cope with negative emotions - distract yourself or think it over
We spend majority of our life dealing with various emotions. Now, a study co-authored by an Indian-origin researcher has found that people choose to respond differently depending on how intense an emotion is. ANI

Diet rich in vitamin D, nutrients cuts risk of macular degeneration in twins
Scientists have discovered that eating a diet high in vitamin D and nutrients betaine and methionine may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration among individuals with the same genetic susceptibility. ANI

Tissue-engineered intestine to make organ transplants history!
Scientists have created a tissue-engineered intestine comprised of the layers of the various cells that make up the functional intestine in a mouse model-a discovery which may someday lead to answers for babies with a life-threatening gastrointestinal condition. ANI

Check out 'width of your man's face' to measure his 'trustworthiness'
Now, it's easy to find how honest your partner is or how capable he is of cheating on you. ANI

NASA's Hubble Telescope reaches millionth observation milestone
NASA scientists have made another ground breaking discovery in their journey of space exploration, thanks to its Hubble Space Telescope. ANI

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