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Technology News on March 19, 2011

Snake that bit model did not die from silicone poisoning
After Israeli model Orit Fox was bitten on her surgically enhanced breast by a snake, rumours began to spread that the serpent died because it was poisoned by silicone ifrom her breast implant. ANI

Scientists identify new strategy to control antibiotic resistance
Scientists have taken lessons from Adam Smith and Charles Darwin to devise a new strategy that could one day slow, possibly even prevent, the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. ANI

Epilepsy trigger found
Bochum's neuroscientists have reported that hereditary diseases such as epilepsy or various coordination disorders may be caused by changes in nerve cells of the cerebellum, which do not set in until after birth. ANI

Biochar may help suppress greenhouse gases
Tests conducted by scientists at Lincoln University in New Zealand have indicated that adding biochar to the soil could be used to suppress nitrous oxide derived from livestock. ANI

Scientists find enzyme family that plays crucial role in regulating cell motility
Scientists have discovered that members of an enzyme family found in humans and throughout the plant and animal kingdoms play a crucial role in regulating cell motility. ANI

New study sheds light on the brain's ability to reorganize itself
Scientists are one step closer to isolating the mechanisms by which the brain compensates for disruptions and reroutes neural functioning - which could ultimately lead to treatments for cognitive impairments in humans caused by disease and aging. ANI

Scientists discover a key to maintaining our DNA
Scientists have discovered how DNA maintenance is regulated, opening the door to interventions that may enhance the body's natural preservation of genetic information. ANI

'Bilingual' neurons may help uncover secrets of brain disease
University of Montreal and McGill University researchers have discovered a type of "cellular bilingualism" - a phenomenon that allows a single neuron to use two different methods of communication to exchange information. ANI

Canadian researchers announce breakthrough in malaria treatment
Canadian researchers have made a major breakthrough in the fight against malaria. ANI

Iodine 131 biggest threat in Japanese nuclear disaster
In wake of Japanese nuclear disaster, an expert has warned that the principal radiation source of concern, in regard to impact on health, is iodine-131. ANI

Scientists a step closer to treatment of virulent hospital infection
Researchers from the University of Calgary and the National Research Council of Canada say they are gaining a deeper understanding of Clostridium difficile and are closer to developing a novel treatment using antibodies from llamas. ANI

Now, a system that documents healing process of injured joints in detail
Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart have developed a system that documents a knee patient's healing process in detail. ANI

Scientists find promising new TB vaccine candidate
A team of scientists have discovered a protein secreted by tuberculosis (TB) bacteria that could be a promising candidate for a new vaccine. ANI

Japanese tsunami highlights need for elder disaster preparedness
Data from previous catastrophic events suggests that the oldest segment of Japan's population will likely be the hardest hit as a result of the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami. ANI

New blood analysis chip to diagnose diseases within minutes
Scientists have achieved a major milestone in microfluidics that may soon lead to stand-alone, self-powered chips that would diagnose diseases within minutes. ANI

Is space just like a chessboard?
Researchers at the UCLA have discovered a new way to think about the structure of space. ANI

'Selfless' fairy wrens are in fact carefully calculating accountants
Researchers have debunked a puzzling example of altruism in nature by showing that purple-crowned fairy wrens are in reality cunningly planning for their own future when they assist in raising other birds' young by balancing the amount of assistance they give with the benefits they expect to receive in the future. ANI

Gardening gives older people a 'zest for life'
Want to feel younger, healthier and more alive? Start gardening, suggests a new research. ANI

How going on a diet can provoke anger
Those cutting out the calories are more irritable and angry than those who eat what they like, according to researchers. ANI

Facebook 'more popular than p*rn with UK Internet users'
UK web surfers prefer social networking sites over pornographic ones. ANI

Common hair loss drugs 'may impair men's sexual health'
Men who take the drug finasteride, commonly marketed under the trademark names Propecia and Proscar, may report an on-going reduction in sex drive, and in some cases, prolonged periods of erectile dysfunction even after they stop using the medications, according to a new study by The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. ANI

Now, paralysed people can play music just by thinking about it!
Scientists have conducted a trial of a brain-computer interface that allows paralysed patients to play music with brainpower alone. ANI

ICANN gives its final approval to sex domain .xxx
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given its final approval to the creation of an .xxx domain dedicated to pornography. ANI

Study shows 'God had a wife'
A new research claims that God had a wife. ANI

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