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Technology News on June 18, 2011

New clues about protein linked to Parkinson's disease found
A team of researchers has found structural clues about the protein linked to Parkinson's disease (PD), which ultimately could lead to finding a cure for the degenerative neurological disorder. ANI

Scientists uncover why regular periods of rest help us remember better
Scientists have found the reason why we can remember better after regular periods of rest. ANI

Wounds don't heal 'in a vacuum'
Researchers have concluded in a study that negative-pressure wound therapy does not necessarily promote healing. ANI

Good environment is vital for language development in kids
A new study of children living in institutions has found that intervening early can help young children develop better language skills. ANI

US-Europe plan 'unmanned mission to Mars' in 2016 to find signs of life
America and Europe have joined hands to send the ExoMars rover to Mars in 2016 and 2018, to study the environment conditions and find signs of life on the red planet. ANI

Laser 'on-off switch' turns graphene into a 'semiconductor'
A team of researchers has suggested a new way to turn graphene into a semiconductor, enabling it to control the flow of electrons with a laser 'on-off switch'. Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material ever discovered. It's a layer of carbon atoms only one-atom thick, but 200 times stronger than steel. ANI

Teens' brains not as mature as adults' in making complex decisions
A new study has found that adolescents have lower decision making skills than adults, which lead them to make much riskier choices. ANI

Complex mechanism of gene control associated with cancer identified
Scientists have identified a complex mechanism by which some proteins that are essential for life, called Smads, regulate the activity of genes associated with cancer. ANI

Drug used against tapeworm infection also inhibits colon cancer metastasis
A mice study has suggested that a compound that for about 60 years has been used as a drug against tapeworm infection is also apparently effective against colon cancer metastasis. ANI

Fluctuations in climate can have 'devastating effects on marine populations'
A new study by UCLA scientists has indicated that fluctuations in climate can drastically affect the habitability of marine ecosystems. ANI

How daily interactions with partner affect long-term mental, physical health
A study has found that the way one interacts with his or her partner in daily life can affect the person's long-term mental and physical health. ANI

Patients' own stem cells successfully used to cure clogged arteries
Surgeons from the University of Louisville have successfully performed the first three prosthetic bypass graft surgeries using the patient's stem cells to treat peripheral vascular disease (PVD). ANI

Now, 'perfectly safe-to-eat' meat made from human feces!
Poop! The mere mention of it make us leave the dinner table, but how about if you have to eat it? ANI

Poor 'gut sense' of numbers behind math learning disability
Having a poor "gut sense" of numbers can lead to a mathematical learning disability and difficulty in achieving basic math proficiency, a new study has found. ANI

ESA captures first ever images of Martian moon Phobos passing Jupiter
The European Space Agency (ESA) using their Mars Express spacecraft has captured images of an unusual alignment of Jupiter and the Martian moon Phobos. ANI

Daily cup of 'black tea can help shrink and kill cancer cells'
Researchers have suggested that a daily cup of tea can help slash the risk of developing cancer by shrinking tumours. ANI

Cheap blood pressure drug can help 'cut death rates from breast cancer by 81%'
Researchers have found that a drug developed 40 years ago, which is used to treat high blood pressure, and costing less than 5p a day, could cut the risk of women dying from breast cancer. ANI

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