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Technology News on October 17, 2011

Scientists claim viruses may cause up to 40pc of cancers
Viruses may be behind up to 40 per cent of cancers including brain tumours and leukaemia, according to scientists. ANI

Scientists use Google Earth to map typhoid outbreaks in Nepal
Scientists have for the first time accurately mapped typhoid outbreaks in Nepal using Google Earth and new gene sequencing technology. ANI

Now, a motorbike that runs on excrement!
A Japanese company has come up with a motorbike, dubbed Toilet Bike Neo, which will leave nothing to waste, as it will be powered by excrement. ANI

Soon, computer that can rewire itself
Scientists at Northwestern University have developed a new nanomaterial that can "steer" electrical currents, which could lead to a computer that can simply reconfigure its internal wiring and become an entirely different device, based on changing needs. ANI

Smartphones increasing global cyber crime
Cyber security experts have warned that the world is facing a wave of cyber crime, and blame it on our newly found addiction to the smartphone for the cause. ANI

British band creates 'most relaxing song ever'
Sleepless nights could be a thing of the past, thanks to Marconi Union, a musical trio from Manchester ANI

New app reads you your Twitter feed
An app developer has developed a hands-free device that reads you your Twitter feed such as when you are driving or cooking and have floury hands. ANI

Japan firm forced to tone down 'boyfriend tracker' app
A Japanese firm that marketed a smartphone application to girlfriends and wives who wanted to keep an eye on their philandering partners has toned down its service over privacy complaints. ANI

Bill Gates renting massive Wellington mansion for warmer winter
Bill Gates is said to be escaping from his Washington mansion and renting a massive estate for a warmer winter. ANI

Gene discovered that has opposite effects in prostate, breast cancers
Researchers have found that a gene is found in both prostate and breast cancers, and yet has opposite effects on these diseases. ANI

Profanity in TV and video games leads to aggression among kids
Profanity in TV and video games can make physically violent and aggressive, according to new research. ANI

Liz Hurley in no hurry to marry beau Warne
Elizabeth Hurley has revealed that she is in no hurry to marry her cricketer beau Shane Warne. ANI

Gene behind birth defects in babies of mums with diabetes identified
Scientists have identified a key enzyme that significantly increases the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida and some heart defects among babies born to women with diabetes. ANI

One out of six mobiles contaminated with fecal matter
A new study has revealed that one out of every six mobile phones carry fecal matter, as owners don't wash their hands properly and thus give way to the potentially nasty E. coli bacteria to enter the handset. ANI

Soon, biodegradable plastics to be made with help of microalgae
Scientists have found an alternative method to produce a revolutionary bioplastic that has been traditionally too expensive to produce to replace petroleum-based plastics. ANI

Earliest forms of life began in Australia 3.43 bn years ago
The findings of a team of Australian and British scientists have broken the current record as the Earth's oldest known forms of microbial life. ANI

Musical ability 'biologically linked to reading ability'
Musical ability is related to verbal memory and literacy in childhood, according to new research. ANI

Genes behind susceptibility to severe dengue identified
Researchers in South East Asia have identified two genetic variants that offer clues as to why some people are more susceptible to severe dengue than others. ANI

'Fertility switch' that can stop pregnancy and cause miscarriage identified
A newly discovered enzyme that acts as a "fertility switch" has implications for the treatment of infertility and recurrent miscarriage and could also lead to new contraceptives, scientists say. ANI

New drug targets to treat debilitating nervous system disease identified
Scientists have found potential new drug targets to treat a debilitating and fatal disease of the central nervous system called SCA1. ANI

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