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Technology News on March 2, 2011

Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption helps stave off dementia
Scientists have found that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption may decrease the risk of cognitive decline or dementia. ANI

Drug may help preserve brain function following cardiac arrest
New research suggests that an experimental drug, which targets a brain system that controls inflammation, might help preserve neurological function in people who survive sudden cardiac arrest. ANI

New cell therapy shows promise against atherosclerosis
A new study on mice has found that cell therapy can be used to reverse the effect of 'bad' LDL cholesterol and reduce the inflammation that leads to atherosclerosis. ANI

Anti-drug ads 'effectively reduce marijuana use among teens'
A study, led by a researcher from Ohio Sate University, has provided evidence that anti-drug campaigns effectively reduce marijuana use among teenagers. ANI

Improved autopsy techniques 'could make faith groups happy too'
UK scientists have come up with a cost-effective and easy-to-use non-surgical autopsy technique, which could revolutionize the conventional post-mortem process of opening up the body to determine a cause of death. ANI

Cognitive-bias modification to help alcoholics stay sober
Dutch and German psychologists have developed a short-term regime that promises to help alcoholics stay sober. ANI

Work motivation helps lessen stress among IT consultants
IT consultants often work in a complex, stressful environment, perhaps to a greater extent than other hired consultants. ANI

Why speed dating may not work
When it comes to choosing romantic partners, the more potential mates a person meets, the more his or her decision is influenced, concludes a new study. ANI

Starbucks debuts iPhone, BlackBerry app for faster payments
Coffeehouse chain Starbucks has introduced a new BlackBerry and iPhone app, which allows customers to quickly pay for purchases through their phones. ANI

Study finds secret behind humans' near-perfect tissue elasticity over a lifetime
Scientists have revealed how evolution has triumphed by giving human tissues their elastic properties that will last a lifetime. ANI

Climate change could wipe out red wine by 2050
Clarets may soon become a thing of the past, as they have joined polar bears, glaciers and icebergs on scientists' extinction risk list because of global warming. ANI

Household sewage could be new energy source: Study
Household sewage has far more potential as an alternative energy source than previously thought, suggests a new study. ANI

Male depression 'set to increase'
The rates of depressive disorders among men are likely to increase as the 21st century progresses, say Emory University experts. ANI

Just like humans, chimps giggle even when the joke isn't funny
Scientists have discovered that chimpanzees can share a joke just like any human and are also capable of sharing a laugh even when they don't find something particularly funny. ANI

Technology used in India to remove arsenic from groundwater heads to US
A pioneering technology used in India to remove arsenic from groundwater without using chemicals is being used to create safer drinking water in the United States. ANI

First reliable prostate cancer test could be available within months
British scientists say that the first reliable test for prostate cancer could be available within months. ANI

sing tanning beds to 'self-treat' skin eruptions can be deadly
A new study has suggested that tanning bed exposure can produce more than some tanners may bargain for, especially when they self-diagnose and use the radiation to treat skin eruptions. ANI

Genetic switch that increases muscle blood supply identified
Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a genetic switch that can increase the number of blood vessels in the skeletal muscle of non-exercising mice. ANI

Enzyme lowers vitamin D's anti-cancer abilities
Scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered that an enzyme, which plays a role in metabolizing vitamin D, can predict lung cancer survival. ANI

Scientists unravel secrets of strong spider silk
Spiders spin silk to use in webs and to suspend themselves. ANI

New CPR method increases survival rate by 50pc
A five-year clinical trial has led to a new method of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that improves long-term survival rates with good brain function by 50 percent. ANI

Happy people tend to live longer, experience better health
A review of more than 160 studies of human and animal subjects has found that happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers. ANI

Freedom to choose leisure activities benefits autistic people
An international team of researchers has suggested that giving autistic people the power to choose their own leisure activities during free time can boost enjoyment, as well as improve communication and social skills. ANI

Some sharks navigate to specific locations up to 50km away: Study
A new study has shown that some shark species are able to navigate to specific locations up to 50km away. ANI

'Robotic fish' that could save thousands of undersea creatures
New York University researchers have developed 'robotic' fish that they say could save the lives of thousands of undersea creatures. ANI

New novel metals - stronger than steel, as mouldable as plastic
Yale University scientists have developed novel metal alloys that can be moulded into virtually any shape and are stronger than steel. ANI

Sudden smoking cessation may be an early symptom of lung cancer
Researchers have suggested that quitting smoking suddenly could be an early symptom of lung cancer for longtime smokers. ANI

89mn-yr-old flying reptile fossils could be 'world's oldest Pteranodon'
Fossils of 89mn-yr-old flying reptile found in Texas indicate that it could be the world's oldest Pteranodon. ANI

How the brain may fail to tell the body 'it is full' after a meal
Scientists have discovered how the brain sometimes may fail to tell the body that 'it is full' after a hearty meal. ANI

World's most powerful microscope could 'solve the cause of viruses'
Scientists at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering have created a microscope that has created a new world record for the smallest object the eye can see. ANI

NewGen optical integrated devices for future photonic quantum computers
Researchers at University of Bristol have demonstrated the quantum operation of new components that will enable compact circuits for future photonic quantum computers. ANI

Here's how you can cope with regrets
Regrets are easier to deal with when we compare ourselves to those who are worse off, according to a new study from Concordia University. ANI

Cannabis use 'leads to psychotic symptoms in teens, young adults'
A new 10-year long study has found that the use of cannabis leads to development of psychotic symptoms in teenagers and young adults. ANI

Now a billboard that profiles people, flashes ads as per their tastes
Advertisers are developing digital posters that will recognise people's faces and respond by flashing ads that are according to their tastes. ANI

New personalized therapy to 'fool cancer cells into killing themselves'
A Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher has developed a personalized therapy that will fool cancer cells into killing themselves. ANI

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