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Technology News on May 4, 2011

i-Phone's drink-counter app to monitor alcohol intake
Researchers at the University of Queensland are involved in developing a mobile phone application to help young people control their drinking. ANI

Reducing time to diagnosis of ovarian cancer may not improve outcome
A new study has found that once women with ovarian cancer have experienced symptoms, reducing time to diagnosis does not improve outcomes. ANI

Death rates from heat waves may go up in the coming decades
A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has predicted increased deaths rate in the coming decades due to heat waves, resulting out of global climate change ANI

First ever study to explore beneath the seafloor
Scientists are one step closer in understanding the natural processes taking place below the seafloor, which also give rise to economically important ores along the seafloor and may play a role in earthquakes. ANI

Study reveals gender bias in kids' books
A new study has uncovered gender bias in children's books with male characters, including male animals, leading the fictional pack. ANI

NASA spacecraft closing in on huge asteroid Vesta
NASA spacecraft Dawn has reached a new phase of its mission to the asteroid Vesta, and will begin using cameras for the first time to aid navigation for an expected July 16 orbital encounter. ANI

Meteor showers from Halley's comet to peak this Friday!
Sky watchers are in for a treat this week, as a meteor shower showing remnants from Halley's Comet will pass through the inner solar system after a span of 25 years. ANI

MIT nanoparticle takes advantage of tumors' acidity to peel layers away
A new type of drug-delivery nanoparticle developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hunts out the acidic environment that characterizes all cancer cells. ANI

Side effects of popular diabetes drugs described
A new study has warned that drugs known as thiazolidinediones, or TZDs for short, which are widely used in diabetes treatment, have a large downside. ANI

Succulent plants emerged after Earth cooled, dried up
A team of biologists have determined that cacti, succulent plants and tropical grasses emerged as the Earth cooled, increased in aridity, and had lower atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels. ANI

Tracking evolution of deadly fungus which is one of world's major killers
A new research has shed light on the origins of a fungal infection, which is one of the major causes of death from AIDS-related illnesses. ANI

Employees with respected reputation benefit from work-family programs
Prior research studies have shown employees participating in work-family programs are at risk of fewer promotions and lower wages than those who do not. ANI

Structured exercise training helps lower diabetics' blood sugar

Research may pave way for new regenerative therapies
A team of researchers are working on methods to grow mature tissue substitutes from stem cells that have been extracted from human fat samples. ANI

Novel non-invasive tests could help in early detection of cancer
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN) has released a report on researchers' demonstrations of novel non-invasive tests for early cancer detection. ANI

New treatment could help minimize nerve damage in spinal cord injuries
Rutgers scientists have developed an innovative new treatment that could help minimize nerve damage in spinal cord injuries, promote tissue healing and minimize pain. ANI

Brain has built-in mechanisms that trigger our sense of justice
A new study has found that the brain has built-in mechanisms that automatically trigger our sense of justice. ANI

Mars spacesuits, unmanned rover tested in Spanish mining desert
A Spanish mining terrain has become the latest testing ground for specially-made equipment that could one day take mankind to Mars. ANI

World's smallest atomic clock on sale for $1,500
A matchbook-sized atomic clock 100 times smaller than its commercial predecessors has been put on sale for approximately 1,500 dollars. ANI

Optogenetics could one day be used to treat Parkinsons
The invention of optogenetics tools has literally shed light on how our brains work, providing hope for a new treatment for neurological disorders such as Parkinsons. ANI

Widely used HIV drug could help prevent cervical cancer
A study has suggested that a simple treatment using a widely prescribed HIV drug could prevent cervical cancer by killing off the human papilloma virus (HPV) that causes it. ANI

Soon, mobile technology to provide drinking water and electricity
Ever wondered if mobile technology could convert non-potable water into drinking water and extract hydrogen from it to generate electricity? ANI

Exposure to light imparts nutrition to green salads at groceries
A new study suggests that seeing the expiry date of green salads is not enough, it is advisable to pick greens which have more exposure to light than the ones kept in darkness at the groceries. ANI

Robots shed light on why humans help each other
Using simple robots to simulate genetic evolution over hundreds of generations, Swiss scientists have shed light on why do most social animals, including humans, go out of their way to help each other. ANI

Scientists find structures that help keep memories precise
A group of scientists has revealed structural "traces" in the brain that help to keep memories precise. ANI

Drugs to cure breast cancer could be available in 5 years
British scientists have identified three key breast cancer genes in a breakthrough likened to finding gold in Trafalgar Square. ANI

Here's how our brains recognise improvisations
Wondering how a listener's brain recognise if an unknown melody played by a pianist without reading from a musical score melody is improvised or memorized? Here is the hint. ANI

Recreational Ecstasy use linked to loss of brain efficiency
The efficiency of Ecstasy - the illegal "rave" drug that produces feelings of euphoria and emotional warmth - as a potential therapeutic for post-traumatic stress disorder has been a debate in some recent reports. ANI

Why human eye is better than both digital and film cameras
Nearly 50 years ago, physiologists described the human retina's tricks for improving contrast and sharpening edges in an image, while also capturing faint detail. ANI

How stress in brain increases inflammatory, behavioral responses
Scientists from Ohio State University's Institute of Behavioral Medicine Research have discovered that a model of social stress can increase inflammation among brain cells, providing new insight into how the stress response in the brain affects inflammatory and behavioral responses. ANI

Now, lightweight curtains that 'quench' noise!
In a striking acoustic innovation, Swiss researchers have developed lightweight, translucent curtain materials, which are excellent at absorbing sound. ANI

Effects of nicotine upon brain mirror those of cocaine
A new neuroscience research has found that nicotine has a similar initial impact on the brain as cocaine, explaining why both are highly addictive substances. ANI

Twitter sets new record with Bin Laden's death
Twitter has set a new record with users posting messages at an average rate of 3,440 tweets per second after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Pistachios, not pretzels, are weight-loss snack!
Nutrition researchers at UCLA have indicated that choosing to snack on pistachios rather than pretzels as part of a healthy diet not only supports your body mass index (BMI) goals, but also can support heart health. ANI

Soccer computer games 'make players more aggressive than violent ones'
A recent study has found that people who play soccer computer games are more aggressive than those playing other violent games like war games. ANI

Dependent people aren't always passive, says study
The moment you think of a dependent person, an image of someone who's needy, high-maintenance, and passive comes in front. But dependent people aren't always passive, according to a study. ANI

How DNA analysis confirmed Osama bin Laden's death
Though the world's most wanted man Osama bin Laden was killed during a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on 2 May, his body was identified after a series of investigation. ANI

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