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Technology News on July 4, 2011

Scientists take one step closer to next generation of computers
A study has provided new insight into spintronics, which has been hailed as the successor to the transistor. ANI

DNA replication technology promises faster, more precise diagnostics
Researchers have developed a DNA measurement platform that promises to improve a range of genetic diagnostics and screenings where precise measurement is crucial. ANI

Now, design your own 3-D chocolate with new digital tech!
Do you want to design your own chocolate? Well, a new technology will help you turn your imagination into reality. ANI

Family didn't really matter 9,000 years ago
If recent findings from one of the world's best-preserved Stone Age settlements are anything to go by, then perhaps biological kinship need not have had much significance in early prehistoric societies. ANI

Monster-sized prehistoric marsupial discovery leaves scientists excited
Paleontologists have revealed that they have unearthed the remains of a giant prehistoric marsupial, which may have looked like a large three tonne, hippopotamus-sized version of the common wombat. ANI

Genetic variant that triggers liver cancer in hepatitis C virus carriers found
A recent study has identified a genetic variant associated with the development of liver cancer in chronic hepatitis C virus carriers. ANI

35 pc college students use mobile phones while driving
A recent survey has revealed that 35 percent of college students still use mobile phone applications while driving, despite having faced the dangers firsthand. ANI

Yeast gene 'rejuvenates old cells and erase ageing markers'
It was long known that children typically have the same life expectancy at birth, regardless of whether their father is 20 years old or 80. This must mean that the man's reproductive cells somehow reset their clocks, but how they do this has been a mystery, until now. ANI

Many images on TV can upset preschool kids, finds study
A US expert on children, adolescents and the media has warned that many images on the television-not just the ones adults typically think of as frightening-can be disturbing to young children. ANI

Scientists hone in on new approaches for AD diagnosis and treatment
A new research has shown that a little-studied amyloid peptide could play a greater role in promoting Alzheimer's disease (AD), suggesting a potential role in new approaches for preventing AD-causing amyloidosis. ANI

Powerful IVF drugs may put babies at risk for Down's syndrome
Strong doses of drugs frequently used on women, who are over 35 trying for a baby, to 'drive' their ovaries into producing large numbers of eggs to harvest for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), may be leading to pregnancy loss or the birth of children with conditions such as Down's syndrome, according to a new study. ANI

Warming ocean layers could melt polar ice faster than thought
A new study has warned that as the ocean's subsurface layers warm, it will melt the underwater portions of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets faster than expected. ANI

Discussion with adults can decrease teens' marijuana use
A brief, voluntary conversation with adults leads to up to a 20 percent decrease in marijuana use for teenagers who frequently use the drug, according to a new research. ANI

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