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Technology News on November 9, 2011

Oz designer wins James Dyson Award for pulling water out of thin air
An Australian designer has bagged James Dyson Award for coming up with an avant-garde irrigation system that literally turns air into water. ANI

Massive asteroid zips past earth
A 400-metre-wide asteroid zipped past earth in what was the planet's closest encounter with a space rock in the past 30 years. ANI

Fish enzyme can help indicate environmental toxins
A particular enzyme in fish can be used as biomarker to indicate the presence of toxic and non-toxic substances, a new study has revealed. ANI

Ancient multi-legged seafloor predator tracked
Canadian researchers have tracked multi-legged predator that dates back to half-a-billion years, after they followed its fossilized footprints. ANI

Soon, 'magnetic' treatment to help body's own cells fight off prostate cancer
Researchers at the University of Sheffield are using magnetic particles to develop a prostate cancer treatment that would help the body's own cells kill tumours. ANI

'Silent killer' carbon monoxide help urbanites cope with noise pollution
Carbon monoxide (CO) - a tasteless, colourless and odourless gas - found in the exhaust of vehicles and generators has been dubbed the "silent killer" because excessive inhalation is lethal, poisoning the nervous system and heart. ANI

Why some people enjoy 'Harry Potter' more than others
A new study has found that people experience fantasy differently, which explains why some people enjoy it more than others. ANI

Brain forms 'complementary' afterimage after eyes stop seeing
Our brain forms 'complementary' afterimage after eyes stop looking at objects, Japanese researchers say. ANI

Southampton Varsity's research proves aspirin reduces cancer rates in people with hereditary risk
Research has finally provided proof that taking a regular dose of aspirin reduces the long-term risk of cancer in people with a family history of the disease by around 60 per cent. ANI

Men 'more vulnerable' to Facebook scams than women
Men can become victims of Facebook scams more easily than women, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Google responds to Jobs' barbs saying 'Android started long before iPhone was unveiled'
Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has defended his company by saying that Android was in development long before Apple's iPhone was unveiled, and that it is not 'a ripoff' of iPhone/iOS as earlier claimed by the technological giant's visionary leader Steve Jobs. ANI

1 in 4 women suffer from 'Same Dress Syndrome'
One in four women admit to having suffered from Same Dress Syndrome, a new poll has found. ANI

Morgenstadt - the sustainable city of tomorrow
A city that obtains its power from renewable resources, where electric cars move quietly along the streets without emitting carbon dioxide - researchers at Fraunhofer, Europe's largest application-oriented research organisation, are demonstrating which of the technologies can be readily implemented. ANI

Facebook finally removes controversial 'rape joke pages'
Social networking giant Facebook has removed several controversial pages that have been heavily criticized for making jokes about rape. ANI

Dead star gave birth to our Sun and solar system
The death of a star in a spectacular supernova event may have led to the birth of our Sun and solar system, a new study has suggested. ANI

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