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Technology News on May 3, 2011

Soap from public refillable dispensers may leave hands teeming with bacteria
Washing hands with contaminated soap from bulk-soap-refillable dispensers can increase the number of disease-causing microbes on hands and may play a role in transmission of bacteria in public settings, according to a new study. ANI

'Kindle DX' use by college students points to e-reader's role in academia
A study conducted to analyse use of Amazon Kindle DX in the course of reading by University of Washington graduate students provides the first long-term investigation of e-readers in higher education. ANI

Link between low birth weight and H1N1 flu revealed
Two research papers have shown that women who contracted H1N1 were more likely to give birth to lower birth weight babies as compared with women who had "influenza-like illness". ANI

Dietary calcium, supplements better than prescription bone-building meds
A study has found that increasing dietary calcium and vitamin D or taking calcium and vitamin D supplements is better than taking prescription bone-building medicines. ANI

Cellular protein that acts as receptor for Ebola virus identified
A team of scientists has identified a cellular protein that acts as a receptor for Ebola virus and Marburg virus. ANI

Scientists find endogenous proteins in a 70-mn-yr-old marine lizard
Swedish researchers have discovered primary biological matter in a fossil of an extinct varanoid lizard (a mosasaur) that inhabited marine environments during Late Cretaceous times. ANI

Global warming 'unlikely to hurt wind energy production' in US
Production of wind energy in the U.S. over the next 30-50 years will be largely unaffected by upward changes in global temperature, predict researchers. ANI

Some nerve cells that make us itch also make us feel pain, finds study
A new study has found growing evidence that nerve cells that make us itch can also make us feel pain. ANI

Aggression-the preferred way for men to cling onto manhood
Experiments by University of South Florida psychologists suggest that manhood is difficult to earn and easy to lose, and also showed that aggression as the preferred way for men to hold onto this precarious status. ANI

"Nutcracker Man" dined on grasses, not nuts one million years ago!
According to a new study, Paranthropus boisei, an ancient human relative that was nicknamed "Nutcracker Man" because of its powerful jaws and large, flat teeth ate grass and not nuts ANI

Rice originated 9,000 years ago in China, say genome researchers
In a study tracing back thousands of years of evolutionary history through large-scale gene re-sequencing, a team of genome researchers has concluded that rice originated in China. ANI

Brain enlargement in children with autism due to changes before age 2
A study has found that brain enlargement in children with autism is due to brain changes that occur before the age of 2. ANI

Black gay men at higher HIV risk due to their perceptions of masculinity
Young black men who have sex with men (MSM) get infected with HIV nearly five times more often than MSM from other races, even though their reported use of condoms is similar to males of other racial and ethnic backgrounds, warns a new study. ANI

Blocking action of protein blunts serious ill effects of high BP on heart
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have revealed a new route to treat heart disease. ANI

Young moms can develop natural talents for mothering from their babies
The best teacher for a young mother is her baby, according to researchers who train social workers to interact with first-time moms. ANI

Study finds disconnect between health and behavior in young adults
A new survey has found that eight out of 10 people between ages 25-44 years old think they are living a healthy lifestyle and are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors than 18-24 year olds. ANI

Facebook 'to be worth $100b by next spring'
Facebook's earnings are growing faster than the company had predicted in 2010, leading to speculation that it could be worth as much as 100billion dollars by next spring. ANI

Aspirin reduces risk of cancer recurrence in prostate cancer patients
Scientists have found that aspirin can reduce cancer recurrence in patients with prostate cancer. ANI

HIV drugs can also kill malaria parasites: Study
Scientists have discovered that drugs used to treat HIV may also one day become lifesaving drugs targeted at parasitic diseases such as leishmaniasis and malaria. ANI

Now, tongue-kiss your love online for real using a smooching machine!
In a bid to enhance long-distance relationships, Japanese researchers have developed a kissing machine that lets users 'transmit the feeling of a kiss' over the Internet. ANI

Antioxidant may prevent liver damage caused by excessive alcohol intake
A new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has suggested that an antioxidant may prevent damage to the liver caused by excessive alcohol. ANI

Sony says another 25m Playstation users may have been hacked
Sony, who last week admitted that the personal details of 77m Playstation users may have been stolen by hackers, has again warned that almost 25 million extra gaming users may have been hacked. ANI

Statins may reduce septic lung damage
New research suggests that treatment with the cholesterol drug simvastatin significantly reduces lung damage resulting from severe abdominal sepsis and infection. ANI

Thinking of positives from your past will keep you happier!
A new study has suggested that people who look at the past through rose-tinted glasses are happier than those who focus on negative past experiences and regrets. ANI

Beer belly or muffin top double mortality risk in heart disease patients
Coronary artery disease patients who have even a modest beer belly or muffin top are at higher risk for death than people whose fat collects elsewhere, according to a new study. ANI

Huge asteroid to fly close to earth on November
Mark your calendars for November 8, because that's when a massive asteroid will sweep past the Earth. ANI

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