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Technology News on January 21, 2012

Sun helping to 'scrub' space trash from orbit
Scientists say the sun that threatens the safety of multi-million dollar satellite systems has the wonderful side effect of helping mankind with an increasingly pressing problem: the specter of space junk. ANI

New nanomaterials-based tech could boost solar cell efficiency by 45 pc
Researchers have devised a new technology, which can dramatically increase the amount of sunlight that solar cells convert into electricity up to 45 percent. ANI

New bottle screening tech could soon end liquid restrictions on planes
A new bottle-scanning system may put an end to bottle-dumping at airport security by April next year and allow aircraft passengers to carry liquid items over 100ml once more, researchers say. ANI

Poorer smokers find it toughest to kick the butt
Quitting smoking is a tougher job for people with lower socioeconomic status (SES) than their counterparts, who have greater financial and social status, a new study has revealed. ANI

Google+ attracts over 90 million users since launch in June 2011
Search giant Google's social networking site has attracted over 90 million users since its launch in June 2011. ANI

Why animals carry different amounts of fat
Beside factors like species, status and sex, variation in the amount of fat stored by animals can largely be understood by considering the strategies animals employ to evade two causes of death: starvation and being killed by predators, researchers say. ANI

Soon, PCs and smartphones to become more power efficient
Computer scientists have conducted the first systematic power profiles of microprocessors, which could help cut the power consumption of both small cell phones and giant data centres. Their results may point the way to how companies like Google, Apple, Intel and Microsoft can make software and hardware that will lower the energy costs of very small and very large devices. ANI

Poorest smokers may find it harder to quit the habit
Quitting smoking is a tougher job for people with lower socioeconomic status (SES) than their counterparts, who have greater financial and social status, a new study has revealed. ANI

Twitter users tricked into joining cyberattacks on US government could be jailed
Twitter users are being tricked into joining Anonymous cyber attacks on the U.S. government, and could be jailed for the cybercrime, security experts have warned. ANI

'T-ray' breakthrough may lead to Star Trek-style medical scanners
Biomedical detective devices similar to the 'tricorder' scanner used in 'Star Trek' may be possible someday, say scientists who have developed a new way to create electromagnetic Terahertz (THz) waves or T-rays - the technology behind full-body security scanners. ANI

'Extinct' monkey rediscovered in Bornean rainforest
A monkey thought to be extinct has been rediscovered in Bornean rainforest. ANI

Exercise stimulates cell's housekeeping process
A mouse study has provided the first evidence that exercise stimulates autophagy, a process by which a cell responds to starvation and other stresses by degrading damaged or unneeded parts of itself to produce energy. ANI

Deadly bird flu research paused amid bioterror fears
Scientists, who developed a more deadly strain of bird flu, have called for a temporary moratorium on their research on mutations of the H5N1 influenza virus amid fears that that the data could be used by bioterrorists. ANI

Windows Phones to overtake iPhone, iPad by 2015: Analysts
Windows Phones will overtake iPhones and iPads to become the second-ranked smartphone operating system in the world by 2015 but Android will remain the top operating system, analysts have predicted. ANI

Rising CO2 emissions 'damaging' fish brains
Rising levels of human carbon dioxide emissions may be affecting the brains and central nervous system of sea fishes, thereby threatening their survival in the long run, a new study has suggested. ANI

Religious people well adjusted but only in religious societies
Religious people are better adjusted and feel better about themselves than non-believers, but this may be in societies that are deeply religious themselves, says a new study. ANI

Decision on 'leap second' pushed back till 2015
An international body, called on to decide whether or not to continue adding an extra second - called the 'leap' second - to clocks to keep up with the slowing down of earth's rotation, has postponed its decision to 2015, due to a lack of consensus. ANI

Indian-origin scientists lead fundamental malaria discovery
A team led by Indian-origin scientists has made a fundamental discovery in understanding how malaria parasites cause the deadly disease. ANI

Little alcohol more than doubles worm's life
It has been found that very small amounts of ethanol, the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, can more than double the life span of a tiny worm known as Caenorhabditis elegans, which is used frequently as a model in aging studies, but scientists find their discovery difficult to explain. ANI

Ion beams may serve as forensic tool to reveal counterfeit artwork
Scientists have used accelerated ion beams to pinpoint the age and origin of the material used in pottery, painting, metalwork and other forms of art. ANI

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