Technology News on March 22, 2011
'Fault-finding' coral reefs can predict site of future earthquakes
In the wake of Japan disaster, the urgent question is where the next big earthquake will hit. ANI
Google develops plug-and-play subscription service
Internet search engine Google is developing a subscription service that would be plug-and-play for publishers and consumers the world over. ANI
Ultra-sensitive sensor to help detect cancer signs, hidden explosives
Princeton engineers have developed an ultra- sensitive sensor that could help detect a wide range of substances, from tell-tale signs of cancer to hidden explosives. ANI
Facebook bans 20,000 underage users a day
Facebook has revealed that about 20,000 children are kicked off the social networking site every day for lying about their age to join the site. ANI
New technique could help explain why bee populations are declining
Ecologists from the University of Wurzburg, Germany have developed a better way of rearing bee larvae in the laboratory that could help discover why honey bee populations worldwide are declining. ANI
Extinct rabbit 'didn't hop and had no enemies due to hefty size'
A massive bunny that lived three to five million years ago on the Spanish island of Minorca was so hefty that it had lost the ability to hop and had no enemies, according to a new study. ANI
Experiences of extreme weather events increase climate change concern
A new study has found that direct experience of extreme weather events increases concern about climate change and willingness to engage in energy-saving behaviour. ANI
Combination ACE inhibitor therapy raises risk of kidney failure, death
A new study has warned that elderly patients who have been prescribed combination angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) have a higher risk of kidney failure and death. ANI
Single lens produces 3D microscopic images
A lens that enables microscopic objects to be seen from nine different angles at once to create a 3D image has been invented by engineers at the Ohio State University. ANI
Soon, vaccine to cure asthma brought on by house dust mite allergies
Researchers are developing a vaccine that could completely cure asthma brought on by house dust mite allergies. ANI
Changes in sense of taste linked to obesity, chronic ear inflammation
A new study has found that children with chronic inflammation of the middle ear can experience changes in their sense of taste, and these changes may be related to childhood obesity. ANI
Surgeons remove half of pelvis, save leg during bone cancer treatment
Surgeons at UC San Diego Health System and Moores Cancer Center have successfully treated a rare bone cancer. ANI
Take a vitamin pill to mitigate the effects of radiation: NASA
Astronauts are exposed to more radiation than nuclear power plant workers. As a result, NASA has recommended taking vitamin supplements to mitigate any potential side effects. ANI
Now, robots that can hide from humans while spying!
Researchers at the Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories have developed a robot that could operate around humans without being detected. ANI
Stem cells may help treat aggressive multiple sclerosis
Replacing bone marrow with the body's own stem cells may hold some hope for patients with aggressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a long-term Greek study. ANI
Global temperatures 'on the increase'
A new study on global temperatures has found a trend towards a rise of about half a degree Celsius in worldwide temperatures since 1850, with a steeper increase since the mid 1970s. ANI
Religion set for extinction predicts mathematical model
A study using a mathematical model has shown that religion is set to become extinct, as there is a steady rise in those claiming no religious affiliation. ANI
Gastric banding linked to relatively poor long-term outcomes
A new study has found that undergoing laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding for morbid obesity is associated with relatively poor long-term outcomes. ANI
Rich, young women 'more prone to melanoma'
A new research has found that the incidence of melanoma appears higher in non-Hispanic white adolescent girls and young women living in higher socioeconomic neighborhoods than those living in lower socioeconomic areas. ANI
Studying spacebound bacteria may inspire Earthbound remedies
Scientists are gaining a better understanding of how infectious disease occurs in space, thanks to new research aboard the space shuttle. ANI
Fish know how to avoid the spearguns
Fish that are regularly hunted with spearguns are wary and keep their distance from fishers, marine scientists have found. ANI
Kids born to smoking mums 'more likely to become smokers'
Children of women who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to become smokers, according to a new study. ANI
Volcanoes 'may have kick-started life on Earth'
Volcanoes might have played a crucial role in kick-starting life on Earth, according to new results from an old experiment that sat on the shelf for more than 50 years. ANI
'Comfort food' can actually fight loneliness
A new study has found that 'comfort foods' such as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf may be bad for your arteries, but they are good for your heart and emotions. ANI
Stress affects balance of bacteria in gut
A new research has revealed that stress can change the balance of bacteria that naturally live in the gut. ANI
Transcendental Meditation 'improves Math and English scores'
A new study has shown that the Transcendental Meditation technique may be an effective approach to improve math and English academic achievement in low-performing students. ANI
Prayer really can help people cope with their anger
Feeling angry? Say a prayer and see your wrath fade away! ANI
Mums who drink early in pregnancy 'more likely to have unruly kids'
Teenagers whose mothers drank early in pregnancy are more likely to become unruly, aggressive and badly behaved, researchers claim. ANI
Now, melt-in-the-mouth pill for impotence
Searching for a glass of water to swallow that Viagra tablet can be a serious mood killer. But scientists have now come up with the perfect solution - the first melt-in-the-mouth pill for impotence. ANI