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Technology News on September 29, 2011

Altered HIV cuts its ability to suppress immune system
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have altered HIV in a way that makes it no longer able to suppress the immune system. ANI

Personality disorder in teens linked to hypermentalizing
A new study has for the first time provided empirical evidence to support the relationship between borderline personality disorder (BPD) traits and "hypermentalizing" in adolescents. ANI

Common painkillers could be used to treat fatal cancers
A new study has discovered that common painkillers and anti-viral drugs could be used to tackle some of the most lethal forms of cancer. ANI

Child's IQ doesn't determine dyslexia
Schools and psychologists have historically relied on a child's IQ to define and diagnose dyslexia, a brain-based learning disability that impairs a person's ability to read. ANI

Magic mushrooms can make lasting personality changes
A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called "magic mushrooms", is enough to create a lasting personality change, according to a new study. ANI

Bird-inspired jet that flies non-stop anywhere in the world without refueling
A designer has created a commercial jet concept after a bird that holds the record for the longest non-stop flight. ANI

How normal cells turn into brain cancers
Scientists have identified the transformation that occurs as healthy brain cells begin to form tumors. ANI

Commonly used supplement might help recover from spinal cord injury
A team, including an Indian-origin researcher, has found that a commonly used supplement might improve outcomes and recovery for individuals who sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI). ANI

Google+ online traffic spurts 1269 percent in a week
Search giant Google's social networking site has reached a new high as the number of visitors to the site has grown by 1,269 percent. ANI

Amazon unveils 'Kindle Fire' to take battle to iPad
Amazon has unveiled the new kindle Fire, which it has launched in direct competition against the iPad. ANI

Soon, vibrating shoes that will help the blind 'see' their way
An Indian-origin scientist at the University of Texas at Dallas and his students have developed shoes that could soon replace the time-tested white canes and help the blind find their way. ANI

Zinc, copper deficiency may lead to spontaneous abortion, finds study
A new study from the University of Granada has for the first time confirmed that low blood levels of copper and zinc in pregnant women may be a factor associated with spontaneous abortion. ANI

Why one feels confused upon waking up in a hotel room
If you wake up in a hotel room and feel confused about your whereabouts, don't blame your sleepy eyes, since it is your memory that's at fault. ANI

Females hound males when they offer 'nutritional perks' besides sperm
In some animal species in which the males offer particularly large gifts of sperm and nutrients to a prospective mate, the females are willing to do the chasing, a new research has found. ANI

Google's 'Is your son gay?' app irks gay community
Popular search engine Google has landed in a soup after launching a smartphone app that helps parents determine their son's sexuality. ANI

First video showing tool use by fish surfaces
A professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has produced the first video showing tool use by a fish. ANI

Adolescent's drinking habits most impacted by romantic partner's pals' binges
A new study has revealed that an adolescent's future drinking habits are more affected by the drinking habits of a romantic partner's friends, than the behaviours of the adolescent's own friends or a significant other. ANI

Online 'penny pill' triples smokers' chances of quitting
A new study has found that a nicotine substitute that can be bought online for just 12p can more than triple a smoker's chances of quitting for at least a year. ANI

Why boozers have difficulty in walking and talking
A new research from the University of Adelaide has explained how immune cells in our brain cause behaviour changes in response to alcohol. ANI

Facebook admits to tracking logged out users
Facebook has admitted its cookies could have been used to track people after they had logged out of the social-networking service, adding that the company has now fixed the problem. ANI

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