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New breakthrough could make Sudden Infant Death Syndrome history
4/16/2014 3:36:00 PM

Adelaide, Apr 16 (ANI): Researchers have made a world breakthrough in the fight against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome with a find that may have already saved one life.

A University of Adelaide study of medical data collected from deceased children could now help spare countless families the heartbreak of SIDS, which kills dozens of babies without warning every year.

Chemical clues in the brains of SIDS victims now indicate a link to breathing problems, Adelaidenow.com.au reported.


LaCie admits to year-long malware security breach
4/16/2014 3:14:00 PM

Washington, Apr 16 (ANI): French hardware company, Lacie, which is a major retailer and tech company, has found itself to be the target of a major security breach by unidentified invaders.

The company confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that malware successfully made its way into their system, accessing sensitive information such as customer names, addresses, email addresses, and payment card numbers and card expiration dates.

According to CNET, LaCie said it started notifying affected

HTC, Samsung flagship handsets set for new look
4/16/2014 2:42:00 PM

Washington, Apr 16 (ANI): HTC and Samsung might be taking lessons from each other with updates to their flagship handsets. Both the companies are forerunners when it comes to adorning new look for their smartphones.

HTC is considering launching an updated HTC One M8 with a plastic chassis. Samsung, meanwhile, is considering a metal-alloy version of its Galaxy S5.

Fighting a bitter battle over supremacy in the Android smartphone market, Samsung launched its front-runner handset, the

Apple loses attempt to dismiss state-level e-book antitrust cases
4/16/2014 2:42:00 PM

Washington, Apr. 16 (ANI): Apple has lost a bid to get a judge to dismiss antitrust lawsuits filed against it.

State attorneys general have accused the tech giant of conspiring with book publishers to fix e-book prices.

US District Judge Denise Cote, in her 24-page opinion, said that Apple presented an argument that seemed to contradict itself, CNET reports.

She added that the tech giant appears on the one hand to concede that the states have standing to seek injunctive relief

How gut microbes helped our ancestors adapt and survive during Paleolithic era
4/16/2014 2:42:00 PM

Washington, April 16 (ANI): Researchers studied a modern hunter-gatherer community, the Hadza of Tanzani, and found that they harbour a unique microbial profile with features yet unseen in any other human group.

The study further shows how gut microbiota may have helped our ancestors adapt and survive during the Paleolithic.

Bacterial populations have co-evolved with humans over millions of years, and have the potential to help us adapt to new environments and foods. Studies of the

Soon, robot that does household chores more efficiently
4/16/2014 2:42:00 PM

Washington, Apr 16 (ANI): The creator of the Roomba, which has been cleaning apartment floors for years now, sees a future where the popular household robot carries out far more useful chores.

iRobot CTO Paolo Pirjanian in an interview with MIT Technology Review said that consumer research says that laundry is the number one household task that people spend their time on, so a laundry robot would be on top of the list, the Verge reported.

Still, by the sounds of it, the company

Three more 'blood moons' to appear in next 18 months
4/16/2014 1:41:00 PM

Washington, Apr 16 (ANI): If you missed your chance to witness the blood moon grace the sky, you're in luck, as scientists have revealed that he moon will glow red three more times in the next 18 months.

It's all part of a lunar eclipse tetrad: a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses that happen at about six-month intervals, ABC News reported.

The next one is due Oct. 8, followed by blood moons April 4, 2015, and Sept. 28, 2015, according to NASA.

There will

Planets having odd tilts could be habitable
4/16/2014 11:13:00 AM

Washington, April 16 (ANI): A new modeling done by researchers has suggested that pivoting planets that lean one way and then change orientation within a short geological time period might be surprisingly habitable.

Shawn Domagal-Goldman, an astrobiologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md, said planets like these are far enough from their stars that it would be easy to write them off as frozen, and poor targets for exploration, but in fact, they might be well-suited

T. rex's neck was powerful enough to hunt and attack
4/16/2014 11:13:00 AM

London, Apr 16 (ANI): A new study suggests that the Tyrannosaurus rex did not need proper arms, because its head and neck were so powerful.

Tyrannosaurs, the family of big predatory dinosaurs that includes T. rex, had necks that were similar to those of modern birds.

So by studying how birds feed, Eric Snively of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and his colleagues were able to reconstruct how T. rex went about making a kill, New Scientist reported.

Snively placed electrodes

Antibiotics improve growth in kids in developing countries
4/16/2014 10:26:00 AM

Washington, April 16 (ANI): Researchers have suggested that antibiotics are able to improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in low and middle income countries.

Their results suggest that the youngest children from the most vulnerable populations benefit most and show significant improvements toward expected growth for their age and sex, particularly for weight.

A team of researchers from McGill, the University of British Columbia and others, set out to determine whether

Now, composite materials that can self-heal repeatedly
4/16/2014 10:26:00 AM

Washington, April 16 (ANI): Researchers have created a 3D vascular system that allows for high-performance composite materials such as fiberglass to heal autonomously, and repeatedly.

Researchers in the Beckman Institute's Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, led by professors Nancy Sottos, Scott White, and Jeff Moore created 3D vascular networks-patterns of microchannels filled with healing chemistries-that thread through a fiber-reinforced

Mars' thin atmosphere may have led to its cold, dry conditions
4/16/2014 10:26:00 AM

Johannesburg, April 16 (ANI): Researchers suggest that Mars' thin atmosphere might have led to its cold, dry conditions.

The results are important because they shed light on how habitable Mars was billions of years ago, and how long any surface water persisted.

Planetary geologist Edwin Kite of the California Institute of Technology and his team measured craters made on Mars by asteroid collisions to get an idea of its past atmospheric pressure, News24 reported.


Researchers herald new breakthrough by transplanting regenerated esophagus
4/16/2014 9:21:00 AM

Washington, April 16 (ANI): Researchers have devised a new method to transplant regenerated esophagus.

The new method has been developed by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, within an international collaboration lead by Professor Paolo Macchiarini.

In this new study, the researchers created the bioengineered organs by using oesophagi from rats and removing all the cells. With the cells gone, a scaffold remains in which the structure as well as mechanical and chemical

How electrical energy naturally produced at sea floor may have given rise to life
4/16/2014 9:21:00 AM

Washington, April 16 (ANI): Researchers have described how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life.

According to the findings, which also can be thought of as the water world theory, life may have begun inside warm, gentle springs on the sea floor, at a time long ago when Earth's oceans churned across the entire planet.

The water world theory from scientist Michael Russell of JPL and his team says that the warm, alkaline hydrothermal

Now, faster, cheaper blood test to accurately diagnose asthma
4/16/2014 9:21:00 AM

Washington, April 16 (ANI): Researchers have developed a faster, cheaper and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma using just a single drop of blood.

The researchers used neutrophil cell function in a clinical study to show accurate asthma diagnosis.

To directly diagnose asthma, David Beebe, a UW-Madison professor of biomedical engineering and co-author on the paper, and his team focused on the cell function of neutrophils. Neutrophils are the most abundant

Girls' mental health suffers when romances play out differently than they imagined
4/16/2014 9:21:00 AM

Washington, April 16 (ANI): Researchers have revealed that adolescent girls' risk of severe depression, thoughts of suicide, and suicide attempt increase after their relationships unfold differently than what they imagined.

The study used data on more than 5,300 high school students from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and examined the mental health consequences of mismatches between adolescents' ideal and actual relationships.

In the initial interview,

Anti-depressants during pregnancy linked to autism and developmental delays in boys
4/16/2014 9:21:00 AM

Washington, April 16 (ANI): Researchers have found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a frequently prescribed treatment for depression, anxiety and other disorders, was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in boys.

The study included 966 mother-child pairs from the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) Study, a population-based case-control study based at the University of California

How food texture affects our calorie intake
4/16/2014 12:42:00 AM

Washington, Apr 16 (ANI): A new study suggests that the way we chew and eat our food impact our overall consumption.

According to the study, people perceive food that are either hard or have a rough texture to have fewer calories.

We studied the link between how a food feels in your mouth and the amount we eat, the types of food we choose, and how many calories we think we are consuming, authors Dipayan Biswas, Courtney Szocs (both University of South Florida), Aradhna Krishna (University

Hackers can easily thwart Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner
4/16/2014 12:42:00 AM

Washington, Apr. 16 (ANI): Researchers at Germany's Security Research Labs were able to break Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint security by using a fingerprint spoof.

In a video of the hack, a researcher from Security Research Labs demonstrated how he was able to bypass the fingerprint security.

The researcher used a 'wood glue spoof' made from a mold taken from a photo of a fingerprint smudge left on a smartphone screen, CNET reports.

According to the report, the

US military building a stealth motorcycle
4/16/2014 12:13:00 AM

Washington, Apr 16 (ANI): The US military has issued a grant for the development of a stealth motorcycle.

According to Defense Tech, the motorcycle's stealthiness will be a product of its hybrid-electric engine, which will allow soldiers to drive for long periods on rough terrain while emitting virtually no engine noise.

And according to Logos Technologies - the company responsible for building the engine - this will be the first hybrid-electric dirt bike ever built.


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