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Technology News on October 14, 2011

Children prefer teamwork, chimpanzees don't
A new study has found that children actively chose to work together when given the option, while our close relative the chimpanzee has no such preference. ANI

High-tech tools forcing scientists to rethink about our ancestors' diet
Researchers using the latest high-tech tools to study the diets of early hominids are challenging long-held assumptions about what our ancestors ate. ANI

100,000-year-old ochre toolkit discovered at Blombos Cave in South Africa
An ochre-rich mixture stored in two abalone shells has been discovered at Blombos Cave in Cape Town, South Africa. ANI

Fearsome piranhas 'bark' to keep combatants at bay
A new study has claimed that piranhas produce a barking sound when entering into a confrontation. ANI

Researchers create computer algorithm to help identify Bible's authors
A group of Israeli researchers has built a computer algorithm that analyses biblical text to decipher its different authors. ANI

New artificial muscles move heavy loads with flexibility of elephant's trunk
An international team of scientists and engineers have invented new artificial muscles that are strong enough to rotate objects two thousand times their own weight, but with the same flexibility of an elephant's trunk or octopus limbs. ANI

Computer games, Facebook can trigger 'dementia' in kids
A leading neuroscientist has cautioned that overuse of technology, like computer games and Facebook, is extremely dangerous for kids and may lead to temporary 'dementia'. ANI

Future forests may absorb more CO2 than previously thought
Want to save our planet? Well, plant more trees and preserve them. ANI

Confirmed: Galaxy mergers not needed to fuel supermassive black holes
With the help of Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have confirmed that galaxy mergers are not the main trigger for turning quiescent supermassive black holes into radiation-blasting active galactic nuclei. ANI

Harmonising mosquitoes 'more likely to mate and produce sexier offspring'
A new study has found that male and female mosquitoes buzz at each other to signal their interest, but pairs which produce harmonic duets are more likely to mate, and produce sexier offspring. ANI

1st photos of endangered amur leopard captured in China since 1949
Chinese researchers have captured photos of the endangered amur leopard from a forest in northeast China's Jilin Province for the first time since 1949. ANI

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