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Technology News on January 12, 2012

Now, 'smart' washing machine that messages you when clothes are done
Samsung has launched a washing machine that alerts you via a smartphone app when your laundry is done. ANI

Excessive salt intake 'doesn't lead to high blood pressure'
Researchers have debunked the widely-believed concept that hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the result of excess salt causing an increased blood volume, exerting extra pressure on the arteries. ANI

Fish oil could prevent and treat nerve damage
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, have the potential to protect nerves from injury and help them to regenerate, researchers suggest. ANI

Smartphone addicts feel stress when they don't get any messages
Many adults had become so addicted to their smartphone that they suffer from anxiety and withdrawal symptoms when they do not receive any text messages, a new study has revealed. ANI

1st major familial gene mutation behind prostate cancer identified
Scientists have identified a rare, inherited gene mutation linked to a significantly higher risk of prostate cancer. ANI

Milky Way 'seems as white as spring snow' from another galaxy
Our galaxy would appear like the shade of fine-grained spring snow in early morning light when seen from another galaxy, according to scientists. ANI

Why faces of adult male primates differ dramatically from one another
The faces of adult male primates differ so dramatically from one another due to evolution, a new study has found. ANI

Protein triggering spread of breast cancer identified
Scientists, led by one of Indian-origin, have demonstrated in a new study that elevated levels of a protein pathway results in the disruption of the cytoskeletal architecture of breast cancer cells. ANI

Tobacco use dates back over 1300 yrs
Nicotine traces have been discovered in a 1,300-year-old Mayan flask decorated with hieroglyphics that apparently point to the intended contents, researchers say. ANI

Twitter accused of failing to prevent child abuse
Child protection policies of Twitter are lagging behind other social networking websites, a British watchdog has warned. ANI

Facebook starts displaying paid adverts in users' news feeds
Facebook's paid adverts, also known as 'sponsored stories', have now started appearing in user's news feeds. ANI

Why dewdrops behave just as Tagore described
Dewdrops inspired poet Rabindranath Tagore to write, "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf." ANI

UK students create new record by folding toilet paper 13 times
Mathematics students from a school in UK have broken a paper-folding record by completing 13 folds. ANI

Internet addiction damages brain 'just like drugs'
Internet addiction disorder may be associated with abnormal white matter structure in the brain and may be as fatal as craving for drugs, researchers say. ANI

2 Jupiter-sized planets orbiting double suns discovered
Astronomers have discovered two new low-density planets called Kepler-34b and Kepler-35b orbiting a binary star system. ANI

Women's brains light up like Christmas trees during orgasm
Women's brains light up like Christmas trees when they experience an orgasm, a new book has claimed. ANI

We're not like chameleons copying everything everybody does
It's common for people to pick up on each other's movements - scratching your head, crossing your legs - but we don't copy everything like chameleons, according to a new study. ANI

What makes alcohol so addictive
Drinking alcohol leads to the release of endorphins in areas of the brain that produce feelings of pleasure and reward, a new study has claimed. ANI

Soon, an app to give lovelorn singles a second chance at love
A new mobile phone application has been launched to help lovelorn singles track down attractive strangers. ANI

3 smallest planets outside solar system found
A team of astronomers has discovered the three smallest confirmed planets ever detected outside our solar system. ANI

China's Internet users top half a billion
China's Internet users are estimated to have reached 505 million, up front 485 million at the end of June, according to a survey. ANI

Sharpest-ever image of double nucleus in Andromeda galaxy captured
The sharpest ever visible-light image of double nucleus in the neighbouring Andromeda Galaxy has been captured by a new Hubble Space Telescope. ANI

How star forming galaxies starve to death
Young and active galaxies evolve into 'red and dead' elliptical galaxies as their central super massive black holes and their jets starve them of their star-forming gas, a new study has revealed. ANI

Milky Way plays host to billions of earth-like planets
Most of the Milky Way's 100 billion stars have Earth-like habitable exoplanets orbiting around them, researchers say. ANI

7.7 mm frog in New Guinea is world's tiniest vertebrate
A scientist has recently discovered two new species of frogs in New Guinea, one of which is now the world's tiniest known vertebrate, averaging less than one-third of an inch. ANI

NASA's Hubble solves mystery on supernova explosion in nearby galaxy
With the help of NASA's Hubble Space telescope, astronomers have finally solved a longstanding mystery on the type of star that caused a supernova seen in a nearby galaxy. ANI

Sloan survey unveils secrets of the universe
Scientists have used galactic brightness to build a precision model of the cosmos and calculate what's in the Universe. ANI

Light treatment has therapeutic effects on Alzheimer's patients
In a new study, Alzheimer's disease patients treated with blue-green light were perceived by their caregivers as having improved global functioning. ANI

Distant exploding star find may help reveal 'mysterious' dark energy
Astronomers have detected a star that exploded more than 9 billion years ago in the distant universe with the help of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. ANI

Rare hot blue stars discovered in neighbouring galaxy's hub
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a large, rare population of hot, bright stars inside the hub of the neighbouring Andromeda galaxy. ANI

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