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Technology News on March 17, 2011

Now, group messaging apps on smartphones to connect 'real friends'
You might love swapping status updates and photos with hundreds of acquaintances online, but the latest trend in social media is about linking your closest relationships. ANI

Omalizumab 'cuts seasonal asthma attacks in youth'
A clinical trial has found that the drug omalizumab, sold under the brand name Xolair, nearly eliminated seasonal increases in asthma attacks and decreased asthma symptoms among inner-city children and youth. ANI

New insight into parasite's reproduction paves way for new therapies
A recent study has shed light on how parasite that causes malaria reproduces and it could lead to new treatments to help curb the spread of the disease. ANI

Public health risks from radiation leaking from Japanese nuclear plants
Scientists have said that as of now the airborne radiation from a meltdown at Japanese nuclear plants, poses no immediate risk to the continental United States. ANI

250-mn-yrs old population of trilobites fossilized during orgy discovered
Researchers have discovered an entire population of trilobites fossilized during orgy. These ancient arthropods - relatives of lobsters, spiders and insects - went extinct more than 250 million years ago. ANI

Novel technique paves way for measuring indoor air pollutants
Scientists have indicated that a new approach for checking the accuracy of measurements of hazardous indoor air pollutants may soon be ready for prime time. ANI

'Novel treatment for advanced Parkinson's disease' found
A new study has indicated that a multi-center gene therapy trial for patients with advanced Parkinson's disease demonstrated reduced symptoms of the progressive movement disorder. ANI

How blind people can better process sound
Scientists have discovered that the part of the brain that normally works with our eyes to process vision and space perception can actually rewire itself to process sound information instead in people who are born blind. ANI

Now, biosensors to signal when you are sick
Scientists are coming up with biosensors which when implanted in your body could even signals when you're getting sick - almost like the "check engine" light in a car. ANI

Medication for alcohol dependence 'works best in some people'
A new study has found that naltrexone (Revia), one of the only medications approved for treating people with alcohol abuse problems, might only be effective in women and those with a specific genetic variation. ANI

Gender stereotypes could push women away from entrepreneurship
An Indian origin Binghamton University scientist has found that gender stereotypes could discourage women from starting their own businesses. ANI

Global warming was 'more common 50m yrs ago'
Periods of intense global warming lasting tens of thousands of years occurred more frequently in the past than previously believed, according to a new study. ANI

Kids, youth with inflammatory bowel disease less fit than their peers
Children and youth growing up with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are less fit than their peers, according to a new study. ANI

Elderly people with clinical depression more prone to knee arthritis
A new study has suggested that clinical depression can make the symptoms of knee arthritis worse than what is evident on X-rays. ANI

Here's why birds collide with man-made objects
Wonder why many species of bird are prone to colliding with large man-made objects? A new study outlines a new approach to understand how birds see the world and why they find pylons and turbines so hard to avoid. ANI

Collapse of Mayan civilization was due to environmental damage
A U.S. archaeologist has said that the collapse of the Mayan civilization was due to environmental damage caused by deforestation and damage to the agricultural system. ANI

Mums have higher sickness absence than dads post first child's birth
The sickness absence of mothers is twice as high after the birth of the first child and up until 15 years after that compared to fathers, according to a new Swedish report. ANI

New anti-fog coating to prevent fog formation on eyeglasses
Scientists have come out with the very first permanent anti-fog coating, which could eliminate, once and for all, the fog on eyeglasses, windshields, goggles, camera lenses, and on any transparent glass or plastic surface. ANI

Now, 'pruned' microchips that are faster, smaller, more energy-efficient
Scientists have developed a new technique for doubling the efficiency of computer chips simply by trimming away the portions that are rarely used. ANI

Swipe your mobile 3 times a day with saline wipes to keep it bacteria-free
Swiping your pager or cell phone just three times with a simple tissue moistened with saline would help you get rid of most of the bacteria, according to a new study. ANI

Bacteria more likely to adopt 'loner' genes than well-connected ones
Scientists have finally found why bacteria are more likely to steal some genes than others after a study of more than three dozen bacteria species- including the microbes responsible for pneumonia, meningitis, stomach ulcers and plague. ANI

Female hormone could be key to 'ideal' male contraceptive
Scientists have made a breakthrough that could be used to design a new class of contraceptive pills. ANI

Tai chi 'cuts depression in elderly people'
Combining the 2,000-year-old Chinese martial art tai chi with a standard anti-depressant drug can effectively reduce symptoms of depression in elderly people, suggests a new study. ANI

Here's how people recognize faces
Scientists have developed a new technique to find out how our brain processes facial identity. ANI

Cholesterol drugs cut risk of blood clotting: Study
Scientists suggest that drugs, which regulate levels of cholesterol in the blood, may also reduce the risk of dangerous clots. ANI

MP3 can cost you your car
Scientists have now warned that it's not just your computer that's at risk of malware-dodgy MP3s can now take over your car. ANI

New gene therapy reverses Parkinson's symptoms
Scientists have developed a novel gene therapy called NLX-P101 that dramatically reduces movement impairment in Parkinson's patients. ANI

First letter of our name can influence our life choices
Wonder what's in the name? Well, a lot, say scientists as they have hinted that our name can dictate our life choices. ANI

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