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Technology News on April 26, 2012

Best seat in an aircraft revealed
A new survey has revealed the best -and worst - seats on a plane. ANI

Rare Amur leopard trapped on camera in China
The first-known camera trap photos of an Amur leopard in China have recently been captured by protected area staff in Hunchun Amur Tiger National Nature Reserve in Jilin Province, the Wildlife Conservation Society has revealed. ANI

New fabric coating can actively shrug off gunk
Scientists have developed and successful tested a fabric coating that would take an active role in sloughing off grease, dirt, strong acids and other gunk. ANI

Warm ocean currents behind majority of ice loss from Antarctica
Warm ocean currents attacking the underside of ice shelves are the dominant cause of recent ice loss from Antarctica, researchers have claimed. ANI

Doubts cast over white potato consumption link to obesity and diabetes
A new study has demonstrated that habitual consumption of white potatoes (baked, boiled and mashed) is not associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes or levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of systemic inflammation once potential confounding factors are controlled for (e.g., age, gender, and education). ANI

Tiny super computer of 1 atom thickness developed
A physicist from Sydney has created a tiny computer of 300 atoms hovering in space that has the potential to provide insights into how materials behave at the quantum level that none of today's conventional computers would be capable of calculating. ANI

New 'Achilles' heel' in fungus that causes dandruff identified
Research on the fungus that ranks as one cause of dandruff is directing scientists towards a much required new treatment for the condition's flaking and itching. ANI

Feel-good music 'aids psychological counselling'
From rock to world beat, pop to blues, music has the power to do much beyond causing the toe to tap. ANI

Male spiders look for 'hotter talent' even after their penises snap off
Male orb web spiders, who only have two chances to mate in their lives that is made even more complex by the fact that females often eat them, still look around for heavier and more fertile females if they've mated with a small one the first time round. ANI

Google seconds project to link former terrorists in efforts of 'counter-radicalisation'
Search engine giant Google has backed a new network, which would link up former terrorists and former violent radicals online, in an attempt to extirpate and combat extremism worldwide. ANI

World's rich putting earth at risk of century of disasters
Global population must be stabilised quickly and high consumption in wealthy nations should be rapidly reduced to save our planet from "a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills", researchers have warned. ANI

Brain responses 'help predict ad campaign success'
Accessing hidden wisdom in the brain may help advertisers and public health officials to more effectively sell their products and promote health and safety, a new study has suggested. ANI

GPS to signal rapid tsunami warnings
Using the high-precision analysis of GPS data from the Fukushima earthquake of 11 March 2011, scientists at the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ believe the earthquake magnitude and the spatial distribution can be determined in just over three minutes, allowing for a rapid and detailed tsunami early warning. ANI

Soon, expressive car that will 'never hit a person no matter what'
A US researcher has proposed a robotic car, which would be more user friendly and have its own voice, eyes, body language, and also an avatar. ANI

Left-handed minority in general population explained
Left-handers, who represent just 10 percent of the general human population, have been viewed with suspicion and persecuted across history. ANI

'Self-repair' mechanism may help identify and fix head and facial defects
Researchers have discovered a "self-correcting" mechanism by which developing organisms recognize and repair abnormalities in the head and face. ANI

Facebook, anit-virus, software, security, URLs, malicious
Facebook has formed a partnership with five security software companies to clear out malicious URLs from the internet. ANI

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