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Technology News on May 15, 2012

Soon, car that may put drivers to sleep
A leading automobile luxury brand is developing a car that will use aromatherapy and soft music to encourage drivers to take a power nap. ANI

Now, Android-powered mirror that lets users read news while brushing teeth
A Japanese company has come up with an android built in mirror that allows one to check news while carrying out other activities like brushing teeth. ANI

Now, 'smart' under-uniform protective vest with built-in A/C
A new "smart" protective vest with a built-in A/C could keep wearers, for example police personnel, cool during warm summer days. ANI

Gene therapy extends mouse lifespan by 24 pc
Scientists have successfully extended the lifespan of mice using gene therapy, a strategy never before employed to combat ageing. ANI

Acupuncture may benefit patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
In a small clinical trial, Japanese researchers have found that acupuncture appears to be associated with improvement improvement of dyspnea (labored breathing) on exertion, in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ANI

Temperature of food can affect intensity of taste
The temperature of the food we eat can affect the intensity of flavors in the mouth depending on the taste, according to a new study. ANI

Graphene and carbon nanotubes can lead to faster computers and better phones
Graphene and carbon nanotubes could improve the electronics used in computers and mobile phones, says a researcher from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. ANI

Brain circuitry different for women with anorexia and obesity
Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine may answer why some women become anorexic and others obese. ANI

Amateur astronomers to boost hazardous asteroids hunt
ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme is keeping an eye on space hazards, including disruptive space weather, debris objects in Earth orbit and asteroids that pass close enough to cause concern. ANI

Apple fixes Siri bug declaring Nokia Lumia 'best smartphone'
Apple has fixed a bug that caused personal assistant app Siri to declare that Nokia Lumia 900 was the best smartphone ever. ANI

Why painkillers don't always work
A new discovery by University of Leeds researchers could explain the current failings in the drug development process for painkillers and may offer opportunities for a new approach. ANI

Mutation behind rare genetic disorder identified
Scientists have finally identified the genetic cause of a birth defect known as Hamamy syndrome. ANI

Belief in religion helps improve self-control
The primary purpose of religious belief is to enhance the basic cognitive process of self-control, which in turn promotes any number of valuable social behaviours, say psychologist. ANI

Don't look at needle if you want to avoid pain during injection
Before administering an injection, health professionals commonly tell us, "Don't look and it won't hurt," and a new study has proved that this common advice really does reduce pain. ANI

Nearly 9 pc of hemisphere's mammals unlikely to escape climate change
Scientists have for the past decade outlined new areas suitable for mammals likely to be displaced as climate change first makes their current habitat inhospitable, then unlivable. ANI

Soon, light-powered bionic eye that helps restore vision
Scientists have developed a retinal implant or bionic eye, which is powered by light and may help visually impaired to see. ANI

Twitter's new email digest feature to summarise top stories, tweets for users
Micro blogging site Twitter has planned to roll out a new 'email digest' that would summarise top stories and tweets in users' networks. ANI

Apple to launch 'thinner' MacBook Pro
Tech giant Apple is ready to unveil a renovated version of its MacBook Pro, according to a report. ANI

37000-year-old limestone carvings could be oldest p*rn in history (Updated)
Anthropologists working in southern France believe they have discovered the oldest example of cave art on a 1.5 metric ton block limestone, which reveals an interest in the female form - and the type of decor that the first Europeans preferred for their living spaces. ANI

'Emotional' robotic buttocks can tense, twitch and respond to touch
A Japanese scientist has come up with a realistic pair of robotic buttocks, which exhibits some of the most realistic demonstrations of human emotions yet - all portrayed through the clenching or relaxing of a backside cheek. ANI

Dust rings around stars may not always be 'calling cards of unseen planets'
Contrary to popular belief that sharp rings of dust around stars are always carved by planets, a new study has suggested that the rings can even form on their own. ANI

Bone grown from human embryonic stem cells
In a new study, researchers have shown that human embryonic stem cells can be used to grow bone tissue grafts for use in research and potential therapeutic application. ANI

Earliest form of wall art discovered in southern France
Anthropologists believe that a 1.5 metric ton block of engraved limestone unearthed in southern France constitutes the earliest evidence of wall art. ANI

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