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Technology News on September 7, 2011

How you could end up being a victim of hackers just as Iranian netizens were
With the fresh evidence suggesting that hundreds of forged security certificates obtained by hackers were being used to spy Iranians, now you could also easily fall prey to these hacking attacks, a security expert has warned. ANI

Key advance in developing safer cure for sleeping sickness found
Glasgow scientists have in a new study presented a key advance in developing a safer cure for sleeping sickness. ANI

'Dose' of excess weight increases risk of diabete
A new University of Michigan Health System study has revealed that the "dose" of obesity-how much excess weight a person has, and for how long- is an important risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. ANI

Peer pressure is hardwired in our brain
A new study has revealed that the human brain places more value on winning when one is in a social setting as opposed to when one is winning alone. ANI

Foetal tissue plays pivotal role in formation of insulin-producing cells
A somewhat mysterious soft tissue found in the foetus during early development in the womb plays a pivotal role in the formation of mature beta cells, the sole source of the body's insulin, according to a new study. ANI

Scientists identify new drug target to stimulate growth of insulin-producing cells
JDRF-funded researchers in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche, have discovered a protein that regulates growth of beta cells - the insulin-producing cells that are located within islets in the pancreas- and a chemical compound that stimulates it. ANI

Insecticide-treated bed nets cut child mortality from malaria by 23 pc
A new study has found that children who live in households that own at least one insecticide-treated bed net are less likely to be infected with malaria and less likely to die from the disease. ANI

How we communicate with each other
People use rhythm-based "discharge" to communicate with each other, according to a new study. ANI

Worms that recycle their own fat tend to live longer
Autophagy, a major mechanism cells use to digest and recycle their own body fat, might help worms live longer, according to a new study. ANI

Doc's 'white coat effect' can even up your pet pooch's BP
A doctor's white coat not only sends human patients' blood pressure soaring, but also has a similar effect on dogs. ANI

Scientist debunks 'clouds behind climate change' myth
A Texas A and M professor has refuted claims that clouds are the root cause of climate change. ANI

Female chickens have ability to eject sperm of unsuitable mates
Scientists have found that female chickens have evolved the ability to choose the father of their eggs by ejecting the sperm of unsuitable mates. ANI

How yeast cells infect and colonize human body
Researchers from Imperial College London have found out how yeast cells identify and attach to human tissue in order to colonise it and cause an infection. ANI

Indian origin scientist creates microspider that swims through blood vessels to repair damages
An Indian-origin scientist and his team have created a new spider-like micromachine that could swim through a person's blood vessels, healing damaged areas and delivering drugs as it goes. ANI

Video gaming device detects illness, prevents falls in older adults
Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that two devices commonly used for video gaming and security systems are effective in detecting the early onset of illness and fall risk in seniors. ANI

UK mobile phone ad 'mocking' Jesus Christ banned
Britain's advertising watchdog has banned a mobile phone company commercial, featuring a cartoon image of Jesus Christ winking and giving a thumbs-up, for being "disrespectful" to the Christian faith. ANI

Scientists discover cradle of fear in the brain
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry have discovered two opposing neuronal regulatory circuits behind the generation and elimination of fear. ANI

Our galaxy might hold thousands of ticking 'time bombs'
A new study has suggested that thousands of "time bombs" could be scattered throughout our galaxy. ANI

Taking anti-inflammatory drugs in early pregnancy doubles miscarriage risk
A new study found that women who took any type and dosage of nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in early pregnancy had a 2.4 times greater risk of miscarriage than those who don't use them. ANI

Google to close 10 services to devote resources to 'high impact products'
Search giant Google will be closing ten of its less successful services in order to focus resources on its 'higher-impact products'. ANI

How microbes clean up uranium from groundwater
G. sulfurreducens, a species of Geobacter bacteria, has an extraordinary ability to remove uranium from contaminated groundwater. ANI

Firing laser beams into the sky could create or stop rainfall
Rain can be called upon by firing laser beams into the air, a new study has claimed. ANI

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