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Technology News on April 16, 2012

New genetic regions behind bone-weakening disease and fractures identified
Researchers have uncovered thirty-two previously unidentified genetic regions associated with osteoporosis and fracture. ANI

How plants compete to get sunlight
Scientists have determined precisely how leaves tell stems to grow when a plant is caught in a shady place. ANI

Now, palm-scanning ATMs that don't need card
A Japanese bank has announced that it will be installing about a dozen automated teller machines that can read customers' palms to identify them. ANI

Now, military robots that climb stairs and do push ups
The walking two-legged PETMAN military-crafted humanoid robot has now been advanced to do push ups and climb stairs, and quite possibly faster than many Americans can, while certainly not expressing their fatigue. ANI

Mars' mysterious dark regions 'dominantly composed of glass'
The surface of Mars comprised a number of lava flows and other signs of effusive volcanism. ANI

Printable electronics come closer to reality
An innovative X-ray technique has given researchers new insight into how organic polymers can be used in printable electronics like transistors and solar cells. ANI

Adult memory may be impacted by versions of 4 genes
Certain versions of four genes may speed shrinkage of a brain region involved in making new memories, a new study has revealed. ANI

New drug may help detect marker for Alzheimer's disease early
Scientists believe use of a new drug to detect the beta-amyloid plaques in the brain that are hallmark signs of Alzheimer's disease may help doctors diagnose the disease earlier. ANI

New genes that shape brain size, intelligence uncovered
Researches have identified new genes that may explain individual differences in brain size and intelligence. ANI

Gorillas' diet may ward off cancer
Gorillas and colobus monkeys consume huge quantities of plants, which contain oestrogen-like compounds that may protect against some cancers - but if taken in excessive amounts, it may result in reproductive repercussions, according to a new study. ANI

Genes that influence hippocampal volume identified
Researchers have uncovered four loci that seem to be associated with decreasing the volume of the hippocampus. ANI

Google co-founder says 'Internet freedom facing greatest threat than ever'
Search giant Google's co-founder Sergey Brin has warned that the principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever. ANI

Achilles heel of common leukaemia identified
Researchers have found that gene mutations may play critically important role in acute myeloid leukaemia - one of the most common types of human leukaemia- suggesting a promising new target for the condition. ANI

'Star Trek' tricorder comes closer to reality
A Canadian scientist has come up with a scientific measurement device inspired by the tricorders used in Star Trek - the classic TV series that has spawned several spin-offs in over 45 years. ANI

Human brain to be built using supercomputer
Scientists are trying to build human brain using the world's most powerful computer. ANI

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