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Technology News on January 4, 2012

1 in 4 Aussies do not know all their friends on Facebook
Over a quarter of Australians do not know all the people on their Facebook friends' list, a new study has revealed. ANI

Quadrantids meteor shower set to dazzle under dark sky
The Quadrantid meteor shower, the first of 2012, will peak at 3 am Eastern time on Wednesday, after the moon sets. ANI

BP drug could be effective treatment for smoking-related lung diseases
Scientists have found that a commonly prescribed blood pressure medicine, losartan (Cozaar), prevents almost all of the lung damage caused from two months of exposure to cigarette smoke in mice. ANI

Kids of lesbian mums function as well as those with heterosexual parents
Adolescent children of lesbian mothers lead as good quality of life as those with heterosexual parents, a new study has revealed. ANI

Bright tailed Christmas comet Lovejoy captured in Chile
Comet Lovejoy, which many people thought would be destroyed during a close encounter with the Sun, has been captured at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile. ANI

Unmanned space probe to fly over Saturn's mysterious moon Titan
Scientists have designed a 715 million-dollar space vehicle dubbed 'Aviatr' to fly over Saturn's largest moon, Titan, which would help in building picture of the planet's geology. ANI

How time heals all wounds
Scientists have identified how our wounds heal with time. ANI

'Green' all-terrain car designed for land, water and ice travel
A Chinese inventor has designed a car that is capable of traveling on sand, water and ice - apart from regular roads. ANI

'Dangerous' phorid fly forces honeybees to abandon their hives and die
Researchers have revealed a new threat to honeybees from the tiny but dangerous phorid fly, shedding light on the bees' well-publicized Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a syndrome characterized by worker bees abandoning their hive. ANI

Healthier cigarette created using grape seed extract filters
Researchers have found a way to make smoking less toxic using natural antioxidant extracts in cigarette filters. ANI

Gene behind hearing loss in mice may shed light on human deafness
A gene that is required for proper development of the mouse inner ear may hold clues to human deafness. ANI

'Lost world' of marine life discovered around Antarctic deep-sea vents
Scientists have uncovered the 'lost world' of previously unknown species of yeti crab, starfish, barnacles, sea anemones, and potentially an octopus thriving on the seafloor near Antarctica. ANI

Gestures help grasp new languages more easily
People learn new languages more easily when words are accompanied by gestures, a new study has found. ANI

New technique could boost IVF success and cut multiple births
An advanced imaging technique to identify embryos likely to result in a successful pregnancy could boost IVF success rates and help to reduce the number of multiple births, scientists have revealed. ANI

Deep voice may signal lower sperm count
A deep voice, which is typically seen as a sign of supreme manliness and found to be attractive by women, can also be a sign of lower sperm count, a new study has found. ANI

Now, light therapy device to treat winter blues at home
Researchers have invented YumaLite, which is an at home light therapy visor, designed to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) at home. ANI

Elevated levels of protein fragment behind autism
A protein fragment might be both a biomarker for autism and a new research target for understanding the physiology of the disorder, say researchers of a new study. ANI

Trigger for breast cancer spread identified
A vital change in body's cellular defense system, which is usually involved in fighting bacterial and viral infection, triggers breast cancer spread to other parts of the body, a new study led by Indian origin author has revealed. ANI

Novel compound to stop virus replication identified
Scientists have now identified a novel compound, which can stall virus replication, and thereby fight infection caused by poxviruses, like Monkeypox. ANI

Obesity and hepatitis C infection ups fatal liver cancer risk
Obese people and those who are infected with hepatitis C may be at high risk of developing deadly liver cancer 20 to 30 years later, according to scientists. ANI

Enzyme test in 1st trimester predicts fetal gender
Measuring the ratio of two enzymes in maternal plasma is an effective indicator for the early detection of fetal gender, a new study has suggested. ANI

Changes in cerebrospinal fluid levels can predict risk of Alzheimer's
Changes seen in cerebrospinal fluid levels can help identify individuals at high risk for future Alzheimer disease (AD) at least five to 10 years before conversion to dementia," according to scientists. ANI

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