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Technology News on March 18, 2011

Intestinal stem cells offer clues to colon cancer origin and relapse
Scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine have discovered that colorectal cancer cells trigger a set of genes similar to those found in intestinal stem cells. ANI

Green rust can guard groundwater from radioactive contamination
Neptunium, a waste product from uranium reactors, could pose a serious health risk should it ever seep its way into groundwater - even five million years after it is deposited at a dump. ANI

Sugars play key role in bacterial infection in humans: Study
Australian researchers have revealed that sugars that change their shape with temperature could be a key to bacterial infection in humans. ANI

Moving species could save them, says expert
A radical programme of 'assisted colonisation' to save species endangered by climate change is being proposed by a University of York scientist. ANI

New plant species offers insights into how evolution works
Scientists have revealed that a new plant species is providing an insight into how evolution works and could help improve crop plants. ANI

Screening can detect potentially serious heart conditions in healthy kids
Scientists have suggested that a relatively low-cost screening might help identify children who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, possibly preventing childhood death. ANI

Smart phones not replacing TV or newspapers for news access
A new study has found that mobile media technologies such as smart phones aren't taking people away from relying on traditional media sources such as newspapers or television. ANI

Today's kids do engage in active play during leisure time
A new UK study has found today's kids indeed engage in active play during leisure time. ANI

New technique to help produce cheap solar cells 10 times faster
The speed at which inexpensive solar cells are produced can be increased by a factor of ten - and this can be achieved without any detriment to the energy yield of the cells, thanks to a new technique developed by a PhD student at TU Delft. ANI

Possible biomarker and therapeutic target for melanoma identified
Scientists have identified a potential new biomarker and therapeutic target for melanoma ANI

LEDs may help improve cognitive function after traumatic brain injury
A study found that at-home, daily application of light therapy via light-emitting diodes (LEDs) placed on the forehead and scalp led to improvements in cognitive function and post-traumatic stress disorder in patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). ANI

Possible biomarker to gauge Alzheimer's prognosis identified
Scientists have discovered a new biomarker that could help them track how effectively the immune system is able to clear the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the laques considered one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. ANI

China's solution to worldwide energy crisis - solar greenhouses
Increased proliferation of efficient solar greenhouses in China may contribute to solving worldwide problems such as the energy crisis and global climate change, according to a new report based on 20 years of systematic studies. ANI

Vitamin A plays key role in the human body
Scientists have found that Vitamin A may play a more direct role than was previously known in certain physiological functions including sperm cell formation and the development of the central nervous system. ANI

New targeted drug could aid in smoking reduction therapy
Scientists have been developing a targeted drug that could aid in smoking reduction therapy. ANI

Exerting self-control makes people more likely to behave aggressively
A new study has found that people who make an effort to exert self-control are attracted to aggressive art and public policy appeals. they also don't appreciate messages that nag them to control their behavior. ANI

Mental impact of Japan disaster will be felt 'for some time to come'
A psychology expert at Queen Mary, University of London has said that the Japan disaster had a devastating immediate effect on tens of thousands of people but the true psychological impact will be felt "for some time to come". ANI

House-size asteroid passes close by Earth
An asteroid the size of a house passed close by Earth Wednesday, flying within the orbit of the moon just one day after astronomers spotted the space rock in the sky, according to NASA. ANI

Hangovers 'only get worse with age'
Hangovers actually get worse as we get older, according to an expert. ANI

Prejudice is a trait humans have retained from their evolutionary predecessors
A new study led by Yale researchers has found that the tendency to perceive others as 'us versus them' isn't exclusively human but appears to be shared by our primate cousins. ANI

Monkeys recognise photos of their friends
Scientists have discovered that adult monkeys recognise photographs of their friends. ANI

NASA's MESSENGER begins historic orbit around Mercury
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Mercury on Thursday evening. ANI

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