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Technology News on April 5, 2012

Antarctic ice shelf may be disintegrating rapidly
ESA's Envisat satellite, which marks ten years in orbit, is continuing to observe the rapid retreat of one of Antarctica's ice shelves because of climate warming. ANI

Mighty Matterhorn 'crumbling due to global warming'
Matterhorn, one of Europe's tallest and most celebrated peaks, is falling to bits due to climate change, a new study has revealed. ANI

Few 'improved cookstoves' may cause more pollution than traditional mud stoves
The first real-world, head-to-head comparison of "improved cookstoves" (ICs) and traditional mud stoves has revealed that some ICs may at times release more of the worrisome "black carbon," or soot - particles that are tied to serious health and environmental concerns - than traditional mud stoves or open-cook fires. ANI

Older dads may be at higher risk of having autistic kids
Researchers have offered a new clue to the workings of a possible environmental factor in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs): fathers were four times more likely than mothers to transmit tiny, spontaneous mutations to their children with the disorders. ANI

Rare gene glitches 'contribute to autism risk'
Mutations in hundreds of genes involved in wiring the brain may contribute to the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a new study has revealed. ANI

New gene that 'may be behind early-onset forms of Alzheimer's' discovered
In a new study, scientists have discovered a new gene that causes early-onset of Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Enzyme present in saliva 'helps to regulate blood glucose'
Blood glucose levels following starch ingestion are influenced by genetically-determined differences in salivary amylase, an enzyme that breaks down dietary starches, a new study has revealed. ANI

Memory decline speeds up during last 2 years of life
A person's memory declines at a faster rate in the last two-and-a-half years of life than at any other time after memory problems first begin, researchers of two new studies revealed. ANI

Cone snail venom may help ease pain
Venom from fish eating cone snail may be used to develop powerful pain relievers, say scientists. ANI

Injectable contraceptives may double breast cancer risk in young women
Using an injectable form of progestin-only birth control for a year or more doubles the risk of breast cancer in young women, a new study has revealed. ANI

Quantum computer built within diamond
Researchers have built a quantum computer in a diamond, the first of its kind to include protection against "decoherence" - noise that does not allow the computer to function correctly. ANI

New type of 'superradiant' laser demonstrated
Scientists have demonstrated a novel "superradiant" laser design, which has the potential to be 100 to 1,000 times more stable than the best conventional visible lasers. ANI

Rising CO2 levels key factor in ending last Ice Age
A new study has provided compelling evidence that rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) caused much of the global warming that ended the last Ice Age. ANI

Water 'may possibly float on oil'
Researchers have defied thousands of years of conventional wisdom, asserting that it is possible for water to float on oil. ANI

Dark heart of cosmic collision revealed
Observations from two of European Space Agency's space telescopes have been combined to create a multi-wavelength view of violent events taking place within the giant galaxy Centaurus A. ANI

Dress that goes transparent when you're turned on to hit markets soon
A dress, which is made of a special fabric and turns transparent when the wearer becomes aroused, may soon be seen on the high street. ANI

Largest feathered dinosaur found in China
Palaeontologists in China have found evidence of the largest feathered dinosaur so far. ANI

Facial movements can betray liars
Facial ticks that cause raised eyebrows and hints of a smile can give the game away when you lie, researchers say. ANI

Taiwanese man damages finger after playing games on smartphone
A Taiwanese man reportedly 'lost' the use of his index finger after consistently playing games on his touch-screen cell phone for up to six hours daily. ANI

Google unveils its 'web based' reality eyewear
A video posted on Google+ social network gives a brief introduction to Project Glasses, which puts all the functions of Google right in front of the user's eyes. ANI

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