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Technology News on May 8, 2012

Orangutans may 'host ancient jumping genes'
Modern-day orangutans are host to ancient jumping genes dubbed Alu, which are over 16 million years old, according to a new study. ANI

Pitch drop experiment's ninth drop could be world's most boring video
University of Queensland's pitch drop experiment, which measures the flow of pitch over several years, could be world's most boring live stream as it has not seen any action since the past 12 years and four months- exactly the same amount of time it took something to happen before that. ANI

'Hot Jupiters' most likely to be lonely
"Hot Jupiter-type" planets are most likely to be alone in their systems, say astronomers. ANI

Promising diagnostic technique for breast cancer merges lasers and sound
Researchers are a step closer to developing safer and more accurate alternative to conventional techniques for detecting breast cancer. ANI

Purpose in life may protect against harmful effects of Alzheimer's
Greater purpose in life may help stave off the harmful effects of plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Magnetic bacteria to help build future bio-computers
Researchers have suggested that magnet-making bacteria may be used for building biological computers of the future. ANI

Oral zinc may reduce common cold symptoms but side effects common
Oral zinc treatments may shorten the duration of symptoms of the common cold in adults, although it could have adverse effects including bad taste and nausea, according to a study. ANI

H1N1 discovery could lead to development of universal flu vaccines
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a potential way to develop universal flu vaccines and eliminate the need for seasonal flu vaccinations. ANI

Mums usually have 'wrong' perception of their toddlers' body size
Mothers of overweight toddlers usually have inaccurate perceptions of their child's body size, according to a new study. ANI

Diabetes drug could help prevent and treat leading cause of blindness
A drug already prescribed to millions of people with diabetes could also treat one of the world's leading causes of blindness, Indian origin researchers have found. ANI

Deep brain stimulation may help those with mild Alzheimer's disease
A device that sends continuous electrical impulses to specific "memory" regions of the brain appears to increase neuronal activity in people with suspected mild Alzheimer's disease (AD), suggest a new study. ANI

Apple rumored to release $799 MacBook Air by end of 2012
US-based tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to launch a 799-dollar MacBook Air by the end of 2012. ANI

Balancing self-expression and functionality 'key to website success'
Giving people the freedom - but not in excess - to express themselves may facilitate designers to build more interactive web portals and online communities, according to a new study including an Indian origin researcher. ANI

'Losing yourself" in fictional character can change your real life
When you "lose yourself" inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behaviour and thoughts to match that of the character, a new study has suggested. ANI

Psychopaths' brains differ structurally from healthy ones
Scientists have found the strongest evidence to date that psychopaths have specific structural abnormalities in the brain. ANI

'Hot Jupiters' probably oust earth-like planets
In the hunt for Earth-like planets, it is helpful to seek clues and patterns that can aid scientist narrow down the types of systems where potentially habitable planets are likely to be discovered. ANI

Sperm crawl and collide along walls of uterus in search of egg
Sperm navigate the female reproductive tract by 'crawling' along the channel walls and swimming around corners with frequent collisions, according to scientists. ANI

Mystery over origin of domesticated horses solved
Domestic horses originated in the steppes of modern-day Ukraine, southwest Russia and west Kazakhstan, mixing with local wild stocks as they spread throughout Europe and Asia, a new research has indicated. ANI

Now, scale to measure Facebook addiction
More and more people are getting addicted to social media, such as Facebook. ANI

Happiness model may help people go from good to great
The sayings "variety is the spice of life" and "happiness isn't getting what you want, but wanting what you get" apparently have a psychological basis, according to a new study. ANI

90pc of world's languages may be wiped out by end of 21st century
Experts have warned that many of the world's languages could become extinct if more is not done to protect threatened environments. ANI

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