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Technology News on May 13, 2011

Dwarf planet Haumea covered in crystalline water-ice
Scientists have found that the fifth dwarf planet of the Solar System, Haumea, and its two satellites, (Hi'iaka and Namaka) are covered in crystalline water-ice, making them shine in the darkness of space. ANI

Less exercise may lead to heart disease even in healthy 9-yr-old kids
A new study has revealed that healthy children as young as nine-year-old can start to show an increased risk of future heart problems if they are physically inactive. ANI

Mosquito bug that kills malaria parasite identified
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that a bacterium in mosquitoes kill Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria in humans. ANI

Twitter celebs 'likely to lose fans with constant updates'
The survey of 1,500 readers has found that fans are less likely to maintain a long-term interest in celebrities who bombard them with regular updates. ANI

Genome sequence of Eucalyptus tree decoded
A team of international researchers have made the complete genome sequence of the forest tree species, Eucalyptus grandis. ANI

Gene responsible for common birth defects discovered
A gene responsible for Adams-Oliver syndrome, a condition which can cause birth defects of the heart, limbs or blood vessels has been, for the first time, discovered by the scientists at King's College London. ANI

Protein that might be key to cutting cancer cells' blood supply identified
A protein that guides blood vessel development and eventually might lead to a treatment to keep cancer cells from spreading have been discovered by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers. ANI

New tool to distinguish between states of consciousness developed
Researchers in Belgium have identified different brain responses linked to states of consciousness. ANI

Jet particles can easily penetrate brain, lungs
Experts from the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US, have shed light onto how sunlight transforms jet engine exhaust to potentially toxic particles. ANI

Heart disease drug may help treat bronchitis
A new research led by Dundee University has suggested that beta blocker drugs, usually prescribed for heart diseases, may also help sufferers of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. ANI

Astrologer rubbish fears of Apocalypse on Friday the 13th
A Cairns astrologer has rubbished fears that Friday, the 13th could bring with it the end of the world. Rather, it's a good day for asking others out on a date. ANI

Plants can be made powerhouses to fuel vehicles
A new study suggests that plants can be turned into powerhouses to fuel vehicles in the future. ANI

Soon, a telepresence blimp to let your 'work from home' boss keep an eye on you!
Imagine a medical specialist who can't make it to a hospital, but needs to consult a patient there, an academic expert who wants to deliver a lecture remotely or a boss working from home and still can keep an eye on his employees! ANI

New method for engineering human tissue regeneration discovered
Yale scientists have discovered a new method, which if clinically proven successful could represent a major scientific leap toward human tissue regeneration and engineering. ANI

Digestive problems early in life 'may up depression risk'
A study of laboratory rats by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has indicated that depression and anxiety may result from short-term digestive irritation early in life. ANI

'Mothers curse' responsible for male infertility
A new study in fruit flies has found that genetic mutations in mitochondria, inherited from the mother, are an important cause of male infertility. ANI

Solar cells more efficient than plants for harvesting sun's energy
A new study has suggested that as far as harvesting sun's energy is concerned- solar cells beat plants. ANI

Harbor seals 'can sense the fattest fish using just their whiskers'
Hunting in the North Sea, harbour seals often encounter murky water that impedes their vision. So it is important that they have another method to chase their prey. ANI

'Fasting pathway' could lead to new diabetes drugs
Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered a novel mechanism that turns up glucose production in the liver when blood sugar levels drop - a discovery that could lead to new drugs for diabetes. ANI

Now, detect lung cancer early with a simple blood test!
Characteristic patterns of molecules called microRNA (miRNA) in the blood of people with lung cancer that might reveal both the presence and aggressiveness of the disease, and perhaps who is at risk of developing it have been identified by researchers. ANI

No lightning detected on Titan
It has emerged that lightning has not been detected on Saturn's moon Titan. ANI

Early HIV therapy 'can dramatically cut virus spread to partners'
HIV-infected people with relatively healthier immune systems can dramatically reduce the transmission of the virus to their sexual partners if they are treated immediately with oral antiretroviral drugs, says a large-scale clinical study. ANI

Part of brain 'switches off when a woman is having orgasm'
Dutch researchers have unraveled the secrets behind female orgasms. ANI

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