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Technology News on March 7, 2011

Exposure to sunlight 'helps fight multiple sclerosis'
Scientists have suggested that people with multiple sclerosis should lie in the sun to fight the disease. ANI

Role of motor protein in hearing loss revealed
University of Pennsylvania researchers have identified the role of tiny molecular motors in the hair cells of the inner ear. ANI

Scientists develop new test for 'pluripotent' stem cells
Scripps Research Institute researchers have developed a quality control diagnostic test that is likely to make it easier for scientists to determine whether their cell lines are normal pluripotent cells. ANI

Brain molecule found to protect against epileptic seizures
A new Brown University study has found that molecule putrescine present in the brain an epileptic seizure actually protect against them hours later. ANI

New project to predict behaviour of ice sheets under changing climate
A new project is underway to help predict the behaviour of ice sheets under a changing climate. ANI

Soon, rocket powered Brit car to be tested for 1,000mph speed
The UK is soon to if a rocket powered British car can clock speeds of over 1,000mph. ANI

45mn-yr-old pollen shows Florida is 10 to 15mn yrs older than thought
A new study of 45-million-year-old pollen from Pine Island west of Fort Myers has suggested that Florida could be 10 million to 15 million years older than previously believed. ANI

Agreeing to your friends' views can cause a shift in your own opinion
Conforming to others' views can cause a real shift in your own opinion, say scientists. ANI

Cell population responsible for body's immune response identified
The key immune cell population responsible for regulating the body's immune response has been identified. ANI

Starting rehab within 24 hrs of knee surgery pays off
A new research has suggested that commencing physical therapy within 24 hours of knee arthroplasty surgery can improve pain, range of joint motion and muscle strength as well as cut hospital stays. ANI

Scientists map human vulnerability to climate change
First global map has suggested that climate change will have greatest impact on the population least responsible for causing the problem. ANI

Reversal of optical Doppler shift could lead to 'invisibility cloak'
For the first time ever, researchers have demonstrated a reversal of the optical Doppler effect, an advance that could lead to the development of 'invisibility cloak' technology. ANI

1500yr-old de-fleshed corpses point to ancient Himalayan death ritual
Experts have found remains of 27 ancient men, women, and children in cliffside caves in Nepal. Many of the bones bear cut marks that point to a previously unknown Himalayan death ritual. ANI

Now, 'talking-car' will tell you, 'Where's the nearest petrol station?'
Talking to your car and getting answers right away may soon become a reality, thanks to a new system that promises to be the world's most advanced in-car voice communication. ANI

Now, a car you can control with your thoughts!
Ever wondered about a car that could be driven by nothing but your thoughts? Well, it has become a reality, thanks to German researchers. ANI

Simple blood test to detect Down's syndrome cuts miscarriage risk
Scientists have developed a simple blood test to check unborn children for Down's syndrome, which would save pregnant women from undergoing invasive examinations that risk losing their baby. ANI

Ultrasound waves that can zap that flab off your body!
British scientists have developed a new fat removal technique that uses ultrasound waves to destroy fat cells and could help dieters shift those pounds. ANI

Want to sleep better? Switch off laptops, TVs an hour before bed
Experts suggest switching off the TV, computer and mobile phone an hour before going to bed to get a good night's sleep. ANI

Scientists find 13 new genes linked to heart diseases
An international team of scientists has has identified 13 new gene sites associated with the risk of coronary artery disease and validated 10 sites found in previous studies. ANI

Did Europeans use magic mushrooms to get high 6000 yrs ago?
New evidence suggests that Europeans may have used magic mushrooms in religious rituals 6000 years ago. ANI

Japanese scientists use red wine, sake to induce superconductivity
In a first, scientists from Japan have used alcoholic drinks such as red wine and sake to induce superconductivity. ANI

Scientists discover gene that causes severe osteoporosis disorder
Scientists at King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas' have discovered the gene that is responsible for severe osteoporosis disorder. ANI

Anti-HIV vaginal gel deemed safe for rectal use too
A new study has suggested that a change in the formulation of tenofovir gel, an anti-HIV gel developed for vaginal use, may make it safer for rectal use as well. ANI

Surgery can help obese teens lose weight, shows study
A new study has shown that bariatric surgery can result in significant weight loss in severely obese adolescents. ANI

Cakes, chocolates made of chilli 'to help burn off those pounds!'
Imagine having to eat a piece of chocolate or cake to lose weight - that's right - sounds like it's too good to be true. ANI

Could playing Mozart to wine really make it 'musical'? (Reissue)
At least that's what an Austrian inventor is claiming and despite being scoffed at by scientists, vineyards around the world are adopting the idea. ANI

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