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Technology News on February 15, 2012

Prehistoric flying reptile used its 'enormous teeth' to threaten others
Paleontologists have discovered that the prehistoric flying reptile, pterosaur, had massive, curved teeth, which they used to catch fish and also possibly to scare off others. ANI

Trojan horse bacteria employ nanobodies to conquer sleeping sickness
In a new study related to sleeping sickness, researchers have used a bacteria, which naturally lives in the tsetse fly, to release antibody fragments against the trypanosome. ANI

Now, app to determine best time to sip your coffee
A new software developed by researchers can help people determine when caffeine may give them a mental boost and when it could hurt their sleep patterns. ANI

Zebrafish ability to 'regenerate' damaged retina 'may be useful for humans'
Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have undertaken a new study to understand how zebrafish regenerate damaged retinas after injury, which may help suggest new strategies for one day being able to do the same in humans. ANI

Our bodies may influence how we think
We like to consider ourselves to be rational creatures, who absorb information, weigh it carefully, and make thoughtful decisions. ANI

Breast implants top list of most common plastic surgeries
Breast augmentations are the most common form of plastic surgery in America, plastic surgeons say. ANI

Baking cake or gardening could help combat Alzheimer's
Cognitive stimulation treatment (CST), which involves activities like gardening, cooking and group discussions, helps improve memory, communication skills and general well-being in Alzheimer's patients, researchers say. ANI

People forage for memories same way as birds hunt for berries
Humans move between 'patches' in their memory using the same strategy that the bees use for flitting between flowers for pollen or birds searching among bushes for berries, anew study has suggested. ANI

Brain rehearsal time ensures 'solidified' memories
The brain's ability to rehearse or repeat electrical impulses may be extremely essential in order to make a newly acquired memory more permanent, researchers say. ANI

Apple planning to unveil iPad 3 on March 7?
Tech giant Apple is likely to announce the launch of their latest tablet, the iPad 3, on March 7, according to a report. ANI

Antibiotics 'no better than placebo' for sinus infections
Antibiotics are no better than an inactive placebo in improving symptoms for sinusitis, a new study has suggested. ANI

New vaccine offers hope for total joint replacement patients
Methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) infections are antibiotic-resistant and can cause a innumerable problems like bone erosion, or osteomyelitis, which curtail the effective life of an implant and significantly hampers replacement of that implant. ANI

Soon, 'invisibility cloak' to protect buildings from earthquakes
Mathematicians have developed the theory for a 'Harry Potter' style 'cloaking' device, which could eventually help to protect buildings and structures from vibrations and natural disasters such as earthquakes. ANI

Sex makes malaria parasite go 'bananas'
The malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) changes into a banana shape before sexual reproduction, an Australian research team has found. ANI

Turmeric-based drug 'new and exciting treatment strategy' for Alzheimer's
Curcumin, a substance extracted from turmeric, prolongs life and enhances activity of fruit flies with a nervous disorder similar to Alzheimers, a new study has found. ANI

Cellphone makes people 'selfish'
Cellphones help people to connect with each other from far distances, but it may also make users less socially minded, say researchers. ANI

Women leave scientific careers after having kids
Motherhood is taking a toll on women's scientific careers, researchers say. ANI

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