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Technology News on April 24, 2011

Tobacco firms use 'diet-aid chemicals to make you thin'
Wondering why people often gain weight after quitting smoking? It is because of appetite-suppressing chemicals used in cigarettes. ANI

Now, a device to ensure building are pollution free
An invention that turns buildings into pollution-absorbing "sponges" could soon offer help in the future. ANI

Chimps lose out by 'aping dominant member of the group'
A Georgia State University researcher has hinted that a chimpanzee is unable to use its own initiative to gain the best possible reward if it behaves differently from a dominant group member. ANI

Slower brain speed behind elders communication problems
The slow processing speed of an aging brain has been identified as the prime reason for healthy older adults experiencing communication problems, a Kansas University professor has revealed in his study of five years. ANI

Tibetan encyclopedia shows 'brain surgery was practiced 2900 years ago'
A specialist on Tibetan culture and literature has claimed that doctors started practicing brain surgery at least 2,900 years ago. ANI

Carbon nanotubes bring 'synthetic' brains closer to reality
Engineering researchers at the University of Southern California have developed a carbon nanotube synapse circuit that functions like a neuron, the building block of the brain. ANI

Now, chat with your Facebook friends from your wristwatch!
Your wristwatch is no more just a time reminder; you can now update your Facebook pages through it. ANI

Eat popcorn, cheese for healthy aging!
Want to know the secret of healthy aging? Here is the clue. ANI

Gene key to kidney disease, failure and death identified
A new study has found that a gene called PVT1 may help reduce the kidneys ability to filter blood, leading to kidney disease, failure and death. ANI

Major advance in fight against autoimmune diseases and allergies
In a major advance in the treatment of autoimmune diseases and allergies, scientists at the RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) have identified the mechanism governing differentiation of B cells into antibody-producing plasma cells. ANI

ADHD kids' academic grades influenced both by genes and environment
A new study has found that the link between Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and academic performance involves a complex interaction of genes and environment. ANI

Frog embryos may harbour human heart health secrets
Research on frog embryos has shed new light on the process of tissue formation in the human heart, which can help understand cardiac diseases like DiGeorge syndrome. ANI

Human placenta may harbour heart disease and mental illness cure
For the first time scientists have found that the human placenta plays an active role in synthesizing serotonin, providing hope for new treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease and mental illness. ANI

Soon, computers with immune system like humans to avert cyber-attacks
Computer scientists and IT engineers are planning to build a new technology that would help computers fight viruses just like the human immune system. ANI

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