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Technology News on April 19, 2012

Nature's billion-year-old battery brings us one step closer to clean energy
Researchers including one of Indian origin have been working with an enzyme found in bacteria that is crucial for capturing solar energy. ANI

'Mystifying' Stonehenge may have been designed for sound
Researchers have suggested that Stonehenge could have been built with acoustics in mind like a Greek or Roman theatre. ANI

Eye-recognition techniques picking out 'needle in haystack' much faster
Identifying people by capturing pictures of their eyes is becoming easier, a new study has revealed. ANI

Bees' waggle dance disrupted by gravity
Honeybees that dance to give directions to flowers make more errors when performing horizontally than vertically because of gravity, researchers have claimed. ANI

Rivers flowing into the sea offer great potential as electricity source
Researchers say a new genre of electric power-generating stations could supply electricity for more than a half billion people by tapping just one-tenth of the global river water flow into the oceans. ANI

No evidence found to prove gum disease causes heart disease or stroke
Keeping teeth and gums healthy is important for your overall health. ANI

Draw Something update allows users to comment and post drawings on Facebook
Users of the popular mobile game Draw Something can now comment on their pictures and share drawings. ANI

Antidote for cocaine overdose developed
Researchers have shed light on a treatment, which may reverse the effects of cocaine in case of emergency. ANI

'The Great Unconformity' may hold key to understanding Cambrian explosion
The oceans were loaded with life 600 million years ago, but the simple, soft-bodied creatures would have been hardly recognizable as the ancestors of almost all animals on Earth today, researchers say. ANI

Mystery of cosmic rays origin deepens
Although cosmic rays were discovered 100 years ago, their origin has mystified physicists since long. ANI

Every web page of UK's popular websites has 14 tracking tools to store users' data
Every page of Britain's favourite websites has at least 14 tracking tools or cookies to monitor and store users' data, a new research has revealed. ANI

Meat eating enabled earlier weaning, helped humans spread across globe
When early humans became carnivores and started eating meat, their higher-quality diet allowed mothers to wean babies earlier and have more children, with potentially profound effects on population dynamics and the course of human evolution, a new study has revealed. ANI

Online dating scams break hearts, empty wallets
The trauma caused by online dating scams is worse than any other, because the victims experienced 'double hit' - loss of money and loss of 'romantic relationship hit' - says an expert. ANI

New chip could allow cellphones to see through walls
Researchers at UT Dallas have designed an imager chip that could turn mobile phones into devices that can see through walls, wood, plastics, paper and other objects. ANI

Mysterious dark matter gets all the more elusive
The most accurate study till date of the motions of stars in the Milky Way has not found any evidence for dark matter in a large volume around the Sun. ANI

Soon, mobile phones to be turned into credit cards for small cash payments
Under a payment system unveiled on Wednesday, any mobile phone can be turned into a 'tap and go' credit card. ANI

New nanodot-based memory tech sets speed record
By harnessing nanodots researchers have created a new electronic memory technology that can write and erase data 10-100 times faster than today's mainstream charge-storage memory products. ANI

Teens using speed and ecstasy likelier to suffer depression
Synthetic drug use may put teenagers at greater risk of experiencing depressive symptoms, say researchers. ANI

Giant robotic leap may be needed to find aliens
Deploying autonomous, self-replicating robots - exobots - may help in finding and identifying extraterrestrial life, according to a new study. ANI

Freshly unwrapped Apple MacBook smell turned into perfume
The out-of-the-box scent of Apple's MacBook Pro has been made into a fragrance for an Australian art installation. ANI

Paedophiles now take 'merely 2 mins to start sexualised chat with victims'
Online paedophiles are abandoning known grooming practices and striking up highly sexualised conversations with their prey within just two minutes, a new study has warned. ANI

Artificial brain-muscle connections restore monkeys' hand movement after paralysis
Researchers have found that an artificial connection between the brain and muscles can restore complex hand movements in monkeys following paralysis. ANI

How brain hears selective sounds at cocktail parties
Two scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have solved the longstanding mystery of how selective hearing works - how people can tune in to a single speaker while tuning out their crowded, noisy environments. ANI

Google's co-founder says views on Apple, Facebook threatening web freedom 'distorted'
Search giant Google's co-founder Sergey Brin has said his remarks that Internet walled gardens of firms like Apple and Facebook are threatening web freedom, have been 'distorted'. ANI

Photoreceptor transplant may help restore vision in eye disorders
Transplanting photoreceptors - light-sensitive nerve cells that line the back of the eye - could form the basis of a new treatment to restore sight in people suffering from degenerative eye diseases, a new study has suggested. ANI

Rulebook on breast cancer rewritten
Scientists have identified new breast cancer genes that could revolutionise treatment for thousands of women. ANI

Mystery of kidney stone solved
A new study has provided evidence to explain why some people are more prone to developing kidney stones than others. ANI

Kids get more active when given more toy choices
Giving children more toy choices markedly increases their physical play, especially in girls. ANI

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