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Technology News on June 7, 2011

Now, nanotechnology to help cops identify fingerprints from old evidence
Using nanotechnology, Australian scientists have developed a new method of recovering usable fingerprints from old evidence, which they believe could help police reopen unsolved cases. ANI

Cavemen grew genetic-modified rice more than 10,000 yrs ago!
A new study has revealed that cavemen used a 'genetic-modifying' technique with rice 10,000 years ago, which resulted in higher yields and better cultivation. ANI

'Protein' from waxy monkey frog may cure cancers
Researchers at Queen's University have received accolades for discovering a protein from the waxy monkey frog that can be used to kill cancerous tumours. ANI

Soon, cancer-seeking 'smart bombs' to target kidney cancer cells
Scientists are developing a new form of radioimmunotherapy, which reduces the growth of kidney cancer by targeting antigens associated with renal cell carcinoma. ANI

Researchers find new pathway to prevent degenerative eye disorders
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found that by blocking two tiny molecules of RNA - a chemical cousin of DNA - can suppress the abnormal growth of blood vessels that occurs in degenerative eye disorders. ANI

Expertise works as buffer against bias in making judgments
A study has found that expertise can work as a buffer against influences that can hamper judgment and decision-making. ANI

Dried fruits just as healthy for heart as fresh counterparts, says study
The idea that dried fruits may not be as healthy as their fresh counterparts has long prevailed. ANI

World forests are becoming denser leading to higher carbon absorption
A new study by U.S. and European researchers has revealed that forests in many regions are increasingly becoming denser leading to higher carbon absorption. ANI

World's first fluorescence maps to highlight state of global ecosystems
Scientists have produced revolutionary global maps of land plant fluorescence - the difficult-to-detect reddish glow that leaves emit as a byproduct of photosynthesis. ANI

'Wrong' molecular movements behind cancer growth identified
Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London, have identified a molecular pathway responsible for the growth of cancer cells. ANI

Brain scans show changes associated with violent behaviour
A brain imaging study has suggested that men with a history of violent behaviour may have greater gray matter volume in certain brain areas, whereas men with a history of substance use disorders may have reduced gray matter volume in other brain areas, ANI

Molecular imaging detects genetic heart disease before symptoms arise
A study has shown how molecular imaging can help determine the cause of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a cardiovascular disorder that causes a thickening of the heart muscle, and provide an effective treatment. ANI

How insulin action in brain leads to obesity
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research in Cologne have decoded a key mechanism through which insulin in the brain controls the body's energy balance. ANI

Chronic marijuana smoking changes brain chemistry
A new study involving molecular imaging has shown that chronic marijuana smoking affects brain chemistry, decreasing the number of cannabinoid CB1 receptors. ANI

Higher leptin levels 'lower depression, anxiety symptoms'
A new study has found that women who have higher levels of appetite-control hormone leptin have fewer symptoms of depression. ANI

How conductive nanocoatings can be applied to textiles
Researchers at North Carolina State University are examining the use of conductive nanocoatings on simple textiles - like woven cotton or even a sheet of paper. ANI

Childhood bullies 'more likely to become wife-beaters'
Men who have bullied their peers in childhood have a high chance of perpetrating violence against an intimate partner in adulthood, according to a new study. ANI

One can pay attention to something without being aware of it, says study
Psychologists have long assumed that when people pay attention to something, they are also aware of it. ANI

New material that changes its strength, virtually at the touch of a button
In a world's first, a team of researchers from Germany and China have developed a material that can change its strength under the influence of an electrical voltage to its mechanical properties. ANI

Groundbreaking male infertility test will save time, money, heartache
A groundbreaking male infertility test has been developed that will save time, money and heartache for couples around the world. ANI

Now, touch-screen steering wheel so you can keep your eyes on the road!
With the numerous technological advances such as mobile phones and texting, reducing glances away from the road is important. ANI

Testosterone therapy 'boosts memory in postmenopausal women'
A new study has revealed that testosterone could hold the key to a healthy memory in later years for women. ANI

Deciding to stay or go is set in the brain
Animals looking for food are faced with making a number of foraging decisions with regard to the food source: how rich it is compared to the rest of the patch and whether it is time to move on and find something better. ANI

Tai Chi could help fight cognitive declines post chemotherapy
A lot of people who are lucky enough to get cured of cancer tend to continue experiencing health problems due to the side effects endowed by existing treatments including chemotherapy. ANI

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