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Technology News on April 9, 2012

Downloading Facebook 'apps' gives away your private info to business firms
Consumers are now giving business companies the right to harvest vast swathes of private information, by downloading various 'apps' on social networking sites such as Facebook. ANI

Radio telescope ALMA opens its eye on Universe
One of the world's largest ground-based astronomical projects is being installed 16,597 feet above sea level in Chile's Atacama Desert, which will help the oxygen-deprived scientists flocking to this region to study the origins of the universe. ANI

Ladybirds 'think like their prey aphids to catch a juicy meal'
Seven-spotted ladybirds measure which plants their aphid prey crave for and then set up camp there to increase the chances of grabbing a wholesome meal for themselves, a new study has claimed. ANI

Genes contributing to common childhood obesity identified
Researchers have identified two new gene variants that increase the risk of common childhood obesity. ANI

Pentagon plans telepathic troops that can read each others' minds
The U.S. Army is dedicating millions of research dollars into discovering building helmets that will allow soldiers to telepathically communicate with one another on the battlefield. ANI

Inflammatory component behind major eye disease identified
Researchers have discovered that a part of the immune system called the inflammasome is involved in regulating the development of one of the most common forms of blindness, called Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). ANI

Sugar production switch in liver may offer new avenue for diabetes therapies
Researchers have discovered a pair of molecules that regulates the liver's production of glucose - the simple sugar that is the source of energy in human cells and the central player in diabetes. ANI

Vitamin B-6 may help you remember all your bizarre dreams
Taking vitamin B-6 may not only give people more vivid dreams but also help in recalling them the next morning, according to a new study. ANI

Genes that cause stomach cancer identified
Hundreds of novel genes that are mutated in stomach cancer, the second-most lethal cancer worldwide, have been identified. ANI

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