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Technology News on October 4, 2011

Three scientists awarded 2011 Nobel Prize for physics
The 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to two American and one Australian pioneers of astrophysics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae. ANI

Now, mobile phone 'that will last forever'
A Danish company has designed a mobile phone that will last forever, but as it doesn't allow you to access Twitter, Facebook or look for directions on a map. ANI

Preemies at higher risk of epilepsy later in life
A new study has suggested that babies born prematurely face an increased risk of developing epilepsy as an adult. ANI

Did Jesus die for aliens too?
A Christian philosophy professor has said that the discovery of intelligent aliens could present a special dilemma for the world's religions, and particularly for his own. ANI

Biomarker gene target identified to track Huntington's disease
Scientists have identified a biomarker gene that could be used to follow the activity of Huntington's disease as well as the response patients might have to neuroprotective treatments. ANI

Like humans, abused birds grow up to be bullies
Just like humans, birds who are abused when they are young often grow up to be abusers, a new study has found. ANI

Nose could help reveal accurate time of death
The inside of the nose could help pinpoint the time of death, especially if it was within the previous 24 hours, scientists say. ANI

Facebook, MySpace could identify college students at risk for problem drinking
A new study has found that social media websites, such as Facebook and MySpace, may reveal information that could help identify underage college students who may be at risk for problem drinking. ANI

Researchers reveal genetics behind autism
One of the most common genetic alterations in autism-deletion of a 27-gene cluster on chromosome 16 -- causes autism-like features, according to scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). ANI

Blood tests may predict pace of Alzheimer's disease progression
A new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers has suggested that levels of two fatty compounds in the blood might predict the rate of cognitive decline in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). ANI

iPhone transformed into high-quality medical imaging device
A team of researchers from the University of California, Davis has transformed everyday iPhones into medical-quality imaging and chemical detection devices. ANI

Familiarity with snack foods helps kids predict their 'fullness'
A new study has found that children who become familiar with a snack food (i.e. eating it more frequently) will expect it to be more filling. ANI

We 'tend to take pain of disliked people less seriously'
Thinking medical professionals will be unbiased and treat everyone equally? Think again as a new study has found that those around a patient they do not like are perceptually less sympathetic to such patients' pain. ANI

Scientists 'developing safer breast implants using nanotechnology'
Researchers at the University of Akron are exploring how nanotechnology may enable the future development of safer breast implants as an alternative to silicone rubber, minimizing health complications. ANI

New invisibility cloak uses 'mirage effect' to make objects 'disappear'
Scientists have created a cloaking device that takes advantage of the known effect of mirages to make objects disappear. ANI

Racial prejudice can be fought through imitation
Racial prejudice could be fought simply by having a person mimic the movements of a member of the race he or she is prejudiced against, according to a new study. ANI

Pill that can wipe away bad memories 'could be coming within a decade'
A groundbreaking pill that could erase painful memories from our brain could soon be a reality, thanks to neuroscientists who have unfolded the secrets of how the brain handles stress. ANI

Scientists finally discover how bacterium converts urine into rocket fuel
Dutch scientists believe they have identified a molecular code that explains how a bacterium converts an ingredient of urine into rocket fuel. ANI

World's largest radio telescope ALMA opens its eye on Universe
The most complex ground-based astronomy observatory on Earth has opened its eyes for the first time, 5,000 metres above sea level in Chile's northern Atacama Desert. ANI

'Context' critical for reading facial emotions
Facial-emotional perception is influenced by many kinds of contexts, including conceptual information and sense stimuli, according to a new study. ANI

Facebook partners with Websense to protect users from malicious sites and malware
Facebook has announced a partnership with security firm Websense in order to protect its users from phishing and malware scammers. ANI

Soon, robot brain to restore lost motor function
A Tel Aviv University researcher has successfully implanted a robotic cerebellum into the skull of a rodent with brain damage, allowing it to function normally again. ANI

How the brain's natural memory rhythms can enhance learning
In a discovery that challenges conventional wisdom of the brain mechanisms of learning, two Indian-origin scientists have found that the brain churns out memories rhythmically. ANI

Brains determine how people react to mistakes
People who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to mistakes than people who think they can't get smarter, according to a new study. ANI

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