Technology News on May 10, 2011
Amazing slow-motion videos make pranksters 'internet sensation'!
Two pranksters who created amazing slow-motion videos of themselves playing playground tricks in their back garden have become internet sensations. ANI
'The Safe House' in Poland - the best place to shoo away apocalypse
A team of architects has came up with the ultimate safety zone for anyone harbouring apocalyptic thoughts as they invented 'the Safe House' which at the touch of a number of buttons shuts into a concrete cube. ANI
Animals 'tend to wander about randomly when searching for food'
A new study has discovered that animals searching for food do not stick to a complicated pattern of movement as previously thought, but tend to wander about randomly. ANI
Highly effective insect repellent for all types of insects closer to reality
The discovery of a new class of insect repellant has created the possibility of a new agent that is not only thousands of times more effective than DEET - the active ingredient in most commercial mosquito repellants - but also works against all types of insects, including flies, moths and ants. ANI
Successful depression treatments of moms help their kids as well
A new study involving an Indian origin researcher has suggested that children whose mothers are successfully treated for depression show progressive and marked improvement in their own behaviors even a year after their moms discontinue treatment. ANI
New sensor to detect tiny traces of explosives developed
A team of MIT chemical researchers has developed a highly sensitive detector, which can pick up a single molecule of an explosive such as TNT. ANI
Direct removal of CO2 from air 'likely not feasible'
A report led by Princeton engineer Robert Socolow has indicated that technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are unlikely to offer an economically feasible way to slow human-driven climate change for several decades. ANI
Aircraft carrier-sized asteroid's approach excites astronomers
An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier will be coming closer to Earth this autumn. ANI
Coming soon: Quick, sensitive detection of human prion disease
In a major breakthrough, scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have developed a method-10,000 times more sensitive than other methods-to detect variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (vCJD) in blood plasma. ANI
Indian scientists' new program lets you hide data in an executable file
In this computer age, Steganography - a form of security through obscurity in which information is hidden within an unusual medium - has become more of a science than an art. ANI
New technique to diagnose heart arrhythmias more efficiently and precisely
Researchers at Columbia Engineering School have developed the first non-invasive technique to map the electrical activation of the heart, which will enable doctors to treat arrhythmias more efficiently and more precisely. ANI
Teens 'value virtual possessions more than physical forms'
A new study has found that virtual possessions - digital imagery, Facebook updates, online music collections, e-mail threads and other immaterial artifacts of today's online world - have a powerful hold on teenagers. ANI
Decoding genome of marine organism could harbour human disease cure
An international team of researchers has decoded the genome of a tropical marine organism known to produce substances that could harbour human disease cure. ANI
Painkillers like ibuprofen may be risky for heart attack patients
A new study has warned that even short-term use of some painkillers like ibuprofen could be dangerous for people who've had a heart attack. ANI
Body fat percentage can best measure your health risks
A new study has warned that people with coronary artery disease and expanded waistlines are at more than twice the risk of dying, including those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) in the normal range. ANI
Soon, talk to a dolphin via underwater translator!
Scientists have developed a new underwater translation software that could soon allow humans and dolphins to talk to each other. ANI
Nitric oxide disables pain crises of sickle cell disease
A new study has suggested that nitric oxide gas directly impacts the source of the classic, disabling pain crises of sickle cell disease. ANI
Now, diagnose stroke with the help of iPhone app
Doctors can make a stroke diagnosis using an iPhone application with the same accuracy as a diagnosis at a medical computer workstation, a new research from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine has shown. ANI
Girl cured by using her 'own stem cells'
A surgeon has used stem cell technology to cure a girl. ANI
Heart drugs work 'better' during bedtime
A new research by University of Guelph scientists has indicated that when doctors give heart drugs to patients, the time of day can make a big difference. ANI
Neanderthals 'died out 10,000 yrs earlier than previously thought'
Previous studies had suggested that the most recent Neanderthals died around 33,000 years ago. But using the most up-to-date dating techniques, scientists have dated the remains of two infants of the archaic species to around 40,000 years ago. ANI
1 in 7 strokes happen when asleep
A new study has revealed that approximately 14 percent of all strokes occur during sleep, preventing many from getting clot-busting treatment. ANI
Teens who drink spend more time on Internet
Teenagers who consume alcohol spend more time on their computers for recreational use, including social networking and downloading and listening to music, according to a new study. ANI
Parsley, celery may fight against breast cancer
Parsley and celery, usually used as a decorative accent to a scrumptious meal, can stop certain breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing, suggests a new study. ANI
Consumers setting conservative goals less likely to feel satisfied
A new study involving an Indian-origin researcher has suggested that consumers who set conservative goals have a harder time achieving satisfaction than those who set ambitious goals. ANI
First human-powered helicopter ready for test-fly
University of Maryland students are all set to make history this Wednesday by test-flying their human-powered helicopter for the first time. ANI
Now, sand-swimming robot with tiltable head to navigate disaster debris!
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have recently built a robot that can penetrate and 'swim' through granular material, which can help rescuers in their search work after natural disasters, like devastating earthquakes. ANI
Shedding skin flakes actually cuts indoor air pollution
A new study has found that flakes of skin that people shed at the rate of 500 million cells every day are not just a nuisance - the source of dandruff, for instance, and a major contributor to house dust -but they actually can be beneficial. ANI
Facebook provides new window for personality test
A new study has claimed that companies who want to know more about prospective employees can learn a lot by checking their Facebook profiles. ANI
ESA's Herschel detects raging storm that strips galaxies of gas
Raging winds of molecular gas streaming away from galaxies has been detected by the ESA's Herschel infrared space observatory. ANI
How the Universe came into existence
Scientists have solved the fundamental question on how the Universe came into existence and how life started. ANI
NASA to launch Endeavour's final mission on May 16
The date for the launch of NASA's space shuttle Endeavour has been finalised for May 16. ANI
Ancient marsupials lived in large packs
Marsupials have long been thought of as loners throughout their evolutionary history. But now, for the first time, this notion has been overturned. ANI
Fat removed by liposuction shows up after a year!
A new study has revealed that the fat removed by liposuction returns and gets "redistributed upstairs" - around the shoulders, arms and upper abdomen after a year. ANI
We become 'vampires' when we read 'Twilight'
A new study has explained why we feel human connection, without real relationships, through reading. ANI