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Microsoft fixes Hotmail password bug helping hackers reset passwords
Software giant Microsoft has said it has fixed a bug within its Hotmail email service, which had allowed hackers to easily reset passwords and take control of users' accounts. ANI

Linkedin launches new iPad app to 'engage more users'
Professional social network Linkedin has launched an iPad app in a bid to encourage more users to engage with the service. ANI

New pill 'may have life-changing effects on those suffering from obesity'
In a new study, scientists have defined the structure of a key part of the human obesity receptor that is an essential factor in the regulation of body fat and could help provide new treatments for the complications of obesity and anorexia. ANI

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea goes green with recyclable digital camera
A Swedish furniture retailer has unveiled an eco-friendly digital camera that is made almost entirely from cardboard. ANI

Rats may have 'best bite of rodent world'
Mice and rats have evolved to gnaw with their front teeth and chew with their back teeth more effectively than rodents that 'specialise' in one or other of these biting mechanisms, according to a new study. ANI

Apple to open 'staff-only' restaurant to 'prevent secrets from leaking out'
Tech giant Apple is planning to open a restaurant exclusively for its employees to allow them to talk openly without worrying about revealing the firm's secrets. ANI

Pigeons have 'GPS in their brain' to assist in navigation
Certain neurons in pigeon brains encode the direction and intensity of Earth's magnetic field, providing the common birds with an internal global positioning system (GPS), a new study has claimed. ANI

Gene `switch` may help mend broken hearts
Researchers have for the first time come up with an avant-garde approach to repair damaged hearts by converting injured cells into healthy beating muscle cells using microRNA. ANI

Wrinkles and twists 'may up solar panels' power output'
Taking their cue from the humble leaf, researchers have used microscopic folds on the surface of photovoltaic material to considerably increase the power output of flexible, low-cost solar cells. ANI

New graphene-based material shows promise to 'revolutionize electronics industry'
Researchers have come up with the most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity. ANI

'lobSTR' brings DNA fingerprinting into 21st century
As any crime show buff can tell us, DNA proof identifies a victim's remains, fingers the guilty, and sets the innocent free. ANI

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