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Technology News on February 2, 2012

New wireless power technology could revolutionize highway transportation
Researchers have designed a technology that uses magnetic fields to wirelessly charge electric vehicles cruising at highway speeds. ANI

Doubts cast over increasing jellyfish population claims
Global experts have now questioned claims that jellyfish are increasing worldwide and suggested that the paradigm is not supported with any hard evidence or scientific analyses to date. ANI

Why humans have better cognitive skills than other primates
Researchers have now identified extended synaptic development in the human brain compared to other primates, a finding that sheds new light on the biology and evolution of human cognition. ANI

Our solar system is adrift in an 'alien' cloud
Our solar system is floating through interstellar clouds of gases slower than expected, a new study has revealed. ANI

Menu 'sweet spots' may not really exist
On an average, diners read menus in a sequential manner just like a book, and their gaze does not linger distinctly longer over any specific location on the menu, a new study has claimed. ANI

Soon, white light OLEDs that could outshine incandescent bulbs
Researchers are now headed towards building energy efficient organic LED (OLED) lights that could rival incandescent bulbs in white-light colour quality. ANI

Now, stereo cameras that detect pedestrians from within cars
A newly developed system locates pedestrians in front of the vehicle using artificial vision. ANI

Kids who shout out in class perform better in tests
Impulsive children who cannot resist shouting out in class score higher in tests than their counterparts who appear to be better behaved and quiet, according to researchers. ANI

Alzheimer's spreads by 'jumping from one brain region to another'
Results of a new study have supported the theory that Alzheimer's disease begins in one region of the brain and then spreads to neuroanatomically connected areas. ANI

Sleep apnea may up risk of silent strokes, small lesions in brain
People with severe sleep apnea may have an increased risk of silent strokes and small lesions in the brain, researchers have revealed. ANI

1 in 4 of tweets 'not worth reading'
Twitter users say only a little more than a third of the tweets they receive are worthwhile and other tweets are either so-so or, in one out of four cases, not worth reading at all, according to a new study. ANI

Genetic clues behind anxiety disorders uncovered
Researchers have now revealed how genes play a role in making some people more sensitive and others more resilient to anxiety related disorders. ANI

'Oxymoron' Google Music slammed over no clear content industry strategy
Google Music, the company's cloud music service, has been labelled an 'oxymoron' by outgoing Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. ANI

How antipsychotic medications lead to obesity and diabetes
A number of antipsychotic drugs are known to cause the metabolic side effects of obesity and diabetes, leaving patients with a difficult choice between improving their mental health and damaging their physical health, researchers say. ANI

Soon, sensors to take pain out of hunting for parking spots
A new "parking patch" that combines wireless sensors and mobile applications is expected to solve the problem of finding vacant parking spots often faced by drivers. ANI

Now, pacemakers powered by heartbeat
Researchers have now developed a prototype device that could power a pacemaker using vibrations in the chest cavity that primarily occur due to heartbeats. ANI

Monster asteroid hurtles safely past Earth
An Asteroid, which is 400 times the City of London, passed relatively close to Earth on the evening of Jan 31. ANI

Super volcanoes could be predicted even 100 yrs before the event
We could now predict the eruption of some of the largest volcanoes on the planet several decades before the event, researchers say. ANI

Dining partners mimic each other's eating behavior
Your dining partners can influence your eating behavior and vice versa. ANI

How 'incy wincy' spider webs are so well built they survive hurricanes
A team of scientists has worked out why spider's webs are resilient enough to withstand the force of hurricanes and fierce attacks from predators. ANI

First plants caused ice ages by reducing atmospheric carbon
The arrival of the first plants 470 million years ago triggered a series of ice ages, a new study has revealed. ANI

Samsung Galaxy SIII phone 'not' to be unveiled at 2012 Mobile World Congress
The successor to the Samsung Galaxy SII will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event instead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company has said. ANI

Why memory and speech decline as we age
Scientists have discovered a novel mechanism through which the brain may become more reluctant to function, as we grow older. ANI

Facebook files for 'biggest' initial public offering of $5bn
Facebook has filed for an initial public offering of five billion dollars, which is expected to be the biggest technology flotation, with its founder Mark Zuckerberg comparing the launch of the company to the invention of the printing press. ANI

Sun 'punched' Earth with curveball of powerful radiation
A strong follow-up solar flare, which cropped up on Friday, just days after the Sun launched the biggest coronal mass ejection (CME) seen in almost a decade, delivered a powerful radiation punch to Earth's magnetic field even though it was targeted away from our planet, a new study including Indian origin scientist has revealed. ANI

Facebook may not help those with low self-esteem strengthen their relationships
It is said that the social networking website Facebook could help people with low self-esteem to improve their friendships as it provide an opportunity to share their feelings. ANI

Southern Indian Ocean humpback whales sing different songs
Scientists have found that humpback whales on both sides of the southern Indian Ocean sing different tunes. ANI

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