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Technology News on March 24, 2011

Brain activity is similar for both habits and goals
A team of researchers has found that pursuing carefully planned goals and engaging in more automatic habits show overlapping neurological mechanisms. ANI

Bacteria-inspired solar cell devices come closer to reality
Researchers from the Washington University in St. Louis and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are studying nature's most efficient light-harvesting systems that could pave way for a new generation of biologically inspired solar cell devices. ANI

New 'superglue' that stays stickier in space
A recently patented adhesive, developed by Kansas State University, could soon find its place in every astronaut's toolbox. ANI

Gene behind severe skin reaction to common epilepsy drug identified
Researchers have identified a gene responsible for severe skin reaction to a common epilepsy drug. ANI

How beach beetles use wheel locomotion to roll away from danger
Biologists have discovered how a beach beetle rolls away from danger across the sand - it simply leaps into the air and curves its body into a perfect spinning hoop, all propelled by the wind. ANI

First ever bulldog with sex reversal identified
A French bulldog with sex reversal has been identified in Spain. ANI

Zebrafish model reveals skin cancer-promoting gene
You might have never thought that the dark stripes on the tiny zebrafish hold a key clue for discovering a treatment for the deadly skin cancer melanoma. ANI

Improving brain plasticity could delay Alzheimer's onset in elderly
Elderly subjects at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease may now be able to delay the onset of their first symptoms by improving brain plasticity. ANI

How an all-out cyberwar between US, China in 2020 might look like
A fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has hypothesised what an all-out cyberwar between the U.S. and China might look like. ANI

Yuri Gagarin's historic space flight recreated in movie
Late Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic flight around the Earth in 1961 has been recreated in a movie. ANI

Scientists find 'knowing it in your gut' is real
A new study has discovered that the 'cross-talk' between bacteria in our gut and our brain plays an important role in the development of psychiatric illness, intestinal diseases and probably other health problems as well including obesity. ANI

Renewable petroleum one step closer to reality
Scientists are a key step closer to making renewable petroleum fuels using bacteria, sunlight and dioxide. ANI

Obese and overweight women, kids think they weigh less
A new study has found that overweight and obese mothers and their children think they weigh less than their actual weight. ANI

Prostate and breast cancer usually recur in bone: Study
A new University of Michigan study has found that prostate and breast cancer usually recur in the bone. ANI

Long-term methadone treatment weakens brain function
Researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have shown that methadone, which has been used to treat heroin addicts for nearly 50 years, affects the brain and impairs the attention of experimental animals. ANI

Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is safe
Experts at Henry Ford Hospital have found that robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is safe over the long term, with a major complication rate of less than one percent. ANI

Larger female hyenas have more offspring
Larger female hyenas outdo their smaller counterparts when it comes to producing more offspring. ANI

Chemical in the brain that controls sexual preference in mice found
Chinese researchers have identified a chemical in the brain that controls sexual preference in mice. ANI

Full genetic blueprint of blood cancer offers new insights
For the first time, US scientists have mapped the full genetic blueprint of 'multiple myeloma', a form of blood cancer. ANI

Scientists get glimpse of how 'code' of life may have emerged
A UC Santa Barbara graduate student has unravelled a portion of the 'code' of life. ANI

Statins make radiation therapy more effective at treating prostate cancer
A new study has revealed that men with high-risk prostate cancer who take statin drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol while receiving radiation therapy are less likely to have their cancer return than patients who do not take these medications. ANI

'Moon man' correctly predicts another tremor
A man, who claims to have predicted the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, has correctly predicted another tremor. ANI

For terminally ill, quality of life more important than length of time left
A new study has found that more people would want to improve the quality of their life if they were terminally ill rather than lengthen it. ANI

Sleepless nights can lead to euphoria, risky behaviour: Study
A new study has warned that a sleepless night can result in short-term euphoria, which can potentially lead to poor judgment and addictive behavior. ANI

First sex a boost for men, not women
Penn State researchers has found that having sex for the first time can improve or degrade your self-image depending on whether you are male or female. ANI

Bottling up emotions 'can make people more aggressive'
New research from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Minnesota has found that bottling up emotions can make people more aggressive. ANI

Are we all Martians?
Many planetary scientists say it's conceivable that all life on Earth is descended from organisms that originated on Mars and were carried here aboard meteorites. ANI

Life work culminates in testing of cancer therapy in humans
A cancer-fighting antibody, originally identified by a researcher from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, is being used to treat humans in a phase 1 clinical trial. ANI

Did 'white dwarf hypernova' star explosion wipe out all alien life?
Despite years of searching, scientists have long been baffled how there has been no confirmation of life beyond our planet. ANI

Hope for infertile men as scientists grow test-tube sperm
Japanese scientists have accomplished a feat thought to be impossible - for the first time, they have produced fertile mammalian sperm in a test tube. ANI

Why some kids are harmed by mum's drinking, but others aren't
Scientists have found why one woman who drinks alcohol during pregnancy give birth to a child with physical, behavioral or learning problems-known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder-while another woman who also drinks has a child without these problems. ANI

Maternal obesity may lead to infertility in the next generation
Mother's obesity could lead to infertility in the next generation, according to a new study. ANI

Road traffic pollution 'doubles rejection risk following lung transplant'
Belgian researchers have found that lung transplant patients have double the risk of organ rejection and death within five years of the procedure if they live near a main road. ANI

Even mild stress can lead to long-term disability
A new study has revealed that even relatively mild stress can lead to long-term disability and an inability to work. ANI

Exposure to chemicals in environment liked to onset of early menopause
A recent study found that higher levels of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) in the body are associated with increased odds of having experienced menopause in women between 42 and 64 years old. ANI

Neanderthal brains 'were like modern human ones at birth'
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany have discovered that Neanderthal brains were like modern human ones at birth but developed differently to ours as they grew older. ANI

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