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Technology News on April 18, 2012

Gmail goes down worldwide for nearly 45 minutes
Search giant Google's popular email service, Gmail, went down across the world for over 45 minutes, potentially affecting 350 million users. ANI

Simple web browsing may drain your smartphone's battery
While it is known that free apps, watching a video or playing a game consume your cellphone's battery, a new study including Indian origin researcher has revealed that merely surfing the internet on mobile comes with an energy cost. ANI

Ultra-sensitive electrical biosensor unlocks potential for instant diagnostic tools
Indian researchers have come up with a new quantum mechanical-based biosensor that offers tremendous potential for detecting biomolecules at ultra-low concentrations, from instant point-of-care disease diagnostics, to detection of trace substances for forensics and security. ANI

Chinese expert calls Internet 'biggest killer' of copyright protection
The Internet has now become the greatest 'killer' of copyright protection, an official working with a firm formed to safeguard Chinese writers' copyrights online, has said. ANI

Giant dinosaur eggs found in Chechnya
A team of explorers have accidentally discovered what they believe is the largest batch of fossilized dinosaur eggs in a mountainous area south of Chechnya. ANI

Brain scans can predict weight gain and sexual activity
Dartmouth scientists have found that functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans may be able to predict weight gain and sexual desire. ANI

Magnetic fields can send off particles to infinity
Particles charged in a magnetic field can escape into infinity without ever stopping, a new study has suggested. ANI

Web founder says 'UK govt's email snooping plan should be blocked'
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with creating the World Wide Web, has said that the UK government's proposals to allow the security services to monitor people's online activities should be blocked. ANI

Anti-diabetic substance discovered in liquorice root
Researchers have found promising anti-diabetic substance in the amorfrutin class of natural substances. ANI

Some stars 'play baseball in space by trading rogue planets'
Billions of stars in our galaxy have harboured rogue planets that once roamed interstellar space, according to a new study. ANI

Apple hits back at Greenpeace's 'dirtiest tech giant' claims
Apple has responded to environmental campaign group Greenpeace's claims that it is the "dirtiest" of the technology giants for the second year in a row because of the way it powers its cloud-based services. ANI

Green-glowing fish may offer new insights into health impacts of pollution
New green-glowing zebrafish could make understanding the damage that pollution causes to both wildlife and human health much easier, researchers say. ANI

Microsoft unveils three Windows 8 versions
Software giant Microsoft has announced three different editions of its upcoming operating system Windows 8. ANI

Sunlight plus lime juice can quickly get rid of harmful bacteria in water
Scientists have found an inexpensive and effective way to quickly improve the quality of drinking water. ANI

Babies turn off risk 'switch' in women but not men
Women control certain risk-taking behaviours when a baby is present, but men don't, according to a new psychology study. ANI

Egg-laying may have spelled dinosaurs' mass extinction
The fact that dinosaurs laid eggs is what prompted their mass extinction as it put them at a considerable disadvantage compared to viviparous mammals, according to a new study. ANI

Hubble captures image of brightest star-forming region
NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore have released a new image of 30 Doradus, a star-forming complex located in the heart of the Tarantula nebula, in celebration of Hubble Space Telescope's 22nd anniversary. ANI

Many Wikipedia entries contain factual errors
A new study has pointed out that sixty percent of Wikipedia articles about companies contain factual errors. ANI

Simple saliva test could detect oral cancer early
Scientists are on the way to create a simple, cost-effective saliva test to detect oral cancer, a breakthrough that would drastically improve screening and result in fewer people dying of the world's sixth most common cancer. ANI

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