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Technology News on June 9, 2011

Scientists develop way to coax tumour cells to grow into 3-D spheres
A team of scientists has developed a way to coax tumour cells in the lab to grow into 3-D spheres. ANI

New therapy that pushes colon cancer cells to death discovered
Researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine have discovered a new treatment for colon cancer that combines a breast cancer drug and a cancer-fighting antibody. ANI

Scientists gain insight into how people develop most common cancer
A team of scientists has discovered valuable insight into how people develop B-cell lymphoma, one of the most common cancers in the UK. ANI

Coming soon: New goo that powers electric car batteries!
MIT researchers have developed a new battery prototype that promises to be more efficient than existing car batteries. ANI

Soon, test to detect risk of blindness before any signs develop
Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology are working on a test that they hope will help detect people at risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) - the country's leading cause of blindness. ANI

How spiders breathe underwater for more than a day!
The iconic diving-bell spider Argyroneta aquatica can live most of its life underwater. But how does it make sure it always has enough oxygen? ANI

Evolution cannot outpace climate change
Researchers studying a tiny seashore creature have suggested that plants and animals may not be in a position to adapt to climate change quickly enough. ANI

Connection between nervous system and vascular system discovered
A team of scientists has discovered a connection between the nervous system and the vascular system. ANI

New drug-loaded electrode has potential to prevent brain seizures
A team of neuroscientists has come up with a new polymer-covered electrode that has the potential to monitor and deliver drugs to an area of the brain where sign of a seizure is detected. ANI

How chronic pain may be caused by signals from skin itself
A new study has found that certain types of chronic pain may be caused by signals from the skin itself, rather than damage to nerves within the skin, as previously thought. ANI

Now, you won't miss a turn with vibrating steering wheels!
Ever thought of a device that would alert you which way to turn at a time when a blasting radio or screaming kids are distracting you while driving? ANI

Childhood trauma linked to higher rates of mental health problems
A new study has found that children's risk for learning, behaviour problems and obesity is linked to the level of trauma they were exposed to in their childhood. ANI

World's soils are under greater threat than ever before, warns scientist
At a time when we are the most dependent on them to support life, a new research has warned that the planet's soils are under a greater threat than ever before. ANI

Protein behind colorectal cancer treatment resistance and recurrence identified
Scientists at the Children's Hospital Boston have identified a protein called ABCB5 in colorectal cancers that increases treatment resistance and recurrence of the tumour. ANI

First genetically humanized mouse model for hepatitis C developed
Scientists at Rockefeller University and The Scripps Research Institute have created the first genetically humanized mouse model for hepatitis C. ANI

Rich, well-educated people dominate social web too
The popular belief is that anyone can publish content on the Internet and influence public opinion. ANI

Chimp replays 'Aesop's fable' by spitting water into tube to reach peanut
A chimp was videotaped replaying one of "Aesop's fables" by taking water from a dispenser and spitting it into a tube to reach a peanut. ANI

Some primate mums 'carry out infanticide to eliminate female competitors'
A new study has found that some primate mothers, who cannot raise their infants without the help from male group members, carried out infanticide to prevent the subsequent death of their offspring if they are stressed and in competition with other females. ANI

How fat cells in the obese bring in inflammatory disorders
Millions of adults around the world can be classified as obese. Many of them suffer from disorder called metabolic syndrome, which involves high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol-like symptoms. They even have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. ANI

Why men hate going to the doctor
Trying to get a man to a doctor can be quite a task. So, why do men hate it so? ANI

Soon, alternative drugs to battle antibiotic-immune pathogens!
The indiscriminate use of antibiotics has allowed an increasing number of pathogens to develop immunity to penicillin and other antibiotics. ANI

Abused kids have poorer sleep quality in senior years
Children who have been abused by their parents are at an increased risk of having poor sleep quality in old age, according to a new research. ANI

Women too 'take as many risks as men'
A Sweden thesis has overturned the long-standing belief that there was a difference in men and women's attitude to taking risk. ANI

Key molecule behind breast cancer spread identified
Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have identified a critical molecule that helps breast cancer spread beyond the primary tumor. ANI

How cancer cells resist therapy
A new study has discovered a mechanism by which cancer cells become resistant to therapy. ANI

Genes associated with autism spectrum disorder revealed
A study has described the network that identifies hundreds of new interactions among proteins encoded by genes associated with autism spectrum disorder. ANI

Moderate to intense exercise keeps brain healthy
A new study has revealed that older people who regularly exercise at a moderate to intense level may be less likely to develop the small brain lesions, sometimes referred to as 'silent strokes'. ANI

2 new elements added to periodic table
Memorizing the periodic table just got harder after scientists from the international overseeing committees of physics and chemistry added two new elements to it. ANI

Shingles attack ups risk of multiple sclerosis 100 days on
A new study by Taiwanese investigators have found that shingles or herpes zoster attack could lead to a significantly higher risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) three months later. ANI

Rosetta spacecraft captures 1st images of 2014 target comet
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has succeeded in obtaining the first glimpse of its 2014 target - comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko - using its onboard camera OSIRIS, even though it is approximately 160 million km away from the comet. ANI

New beach towel has built-in speakers, ability to connect to iPod
A new beach towel with built-in speakers, allows users to connect their iPod to it and listen to their favourite tunes as they sunbathe. ANI

Now, 'cute-as-a-button' cat ears that move to reflect your mood!
Japan has unveiled its latest craze - electronic cat ears that move based on what you are thinking! ANI

Why the colour red reminds us of danger and dominance
When we see the red colour what comes to our mind is stop, danger, hot or dominance as was revealed by a recent study, but the reason for these effects remains largely unknown. ANI

New stem-cell treatment allows broken heart to repair itself
In a breakthrough on treatment of heart disease, scientists at the University College London have discovered a new stem-cell treatment that could allow the heart to heal itself after an attack. ANI

Swine flu outbreak of winter 2009-10 may have infected 2m Scots!
A new research suggests that the swine flu outbreak of winter 2009-2010 was much more widespread than previously thought. ANI

King Tut's Tomb of 'brown spots' suggests his burial was rushed
Despite almost a century of scientific investigation, the brown spots in the Tomb of Tutankhamun remain a mystery. ANI

High-fat diet may injure body weight-controlling brain cells
Eating a high-fat diet may involve injury to neurons, or nerve cells, in a key part of the brain that controls body weight, according to a new study. ANI

New breed of supernovae is 10 times brighter than its counterparts
A new type of exploding supernova has been discovered that's at least ten times brighter than any known supernova, a new study involving an Indian-origin researcher says. ANI

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