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Technology News on February 4, 2012

Fatty food liking gene found, researchers claim
The gene related to fatty foods preference in humans has been claimed to be found by researchers. ANI

Hubble's image offers clear view of barred spiral galaxy
Most spiral galaxies in the Universe have a bar structure in their centre. ANI

Placebos and distractions together provide greater pain relief
A new study has found that using placebos together with a distraction that would keep a brain engaged - like a puzzle - in order to provide pain relief, can help a patient and the two methods don't interfere with each other. ANI

Majority of Facebook activities carried out by minor group of 'power users'
A small group of users on Facebook perform majority of activities on the social networking site, a new research has revealed. ANI

Hearing metaphors triggers brain region sensing texture through touch
Hearing metaphors activates the regions of the brain involved in sensory experiences, a new study has claimed. ANI

How Alzheimer's spreads in brain
Two different research groups, which worked independent of each other, have made the same important discovery on how Alzheimer's disease spreads in the brain. ANI

Extremely long-lived proteins may help understand cell aging process
Scientists have said that they have discovered a weakness in a component of brain cells that may explain how the aging process of cells occurs in the brain. ANI

Colon cancer can be prevented by regular intake of vitamins and minerals
Researchers have suggested that regular use of vitamin and mineral supplements could reduce the risk of colon cancer. ANI

Memory and silence have complicated relationship
In a new study, a group of psychological scientists have tried to explore the relationship between silence and memories. ANI

High-precision map of Milky Way's magnetic fields charted
In a new study, an international team of scientists pooled their radio observations into a database to produce the highest precision map to date of the magnetic field within our own Milky Way galaxy. ANI

New images reveal lava flows on Mars
Newly released images from ESA's Mars Express orbiter show lava flows on the Syrtis Major region of the planet, which was nce thought to be a sea of water. ANI

Mars 'unlikely place for sustaining life after 600m-yr drought'
Mars may have been arid for more than 600 million years, making it too hostile for any life to survive on the planet's surface, researchers have said. ANI

Breastfeeding tied to stronger lungs, chiefly in kids with asthmatic moms
Breastfeeding is associated with improved lung function at school age, particularly in children of asthmatic mothers, a new study has found. ANI

Perfectly preserved fossils of first 'vampire' bat discovered
In a new discovery, scientists have found a one-of-a-kind fossil, which shows that "bat flies" have been doing their noxious business with bats for at least 20 million years. ANI

Soon, virtual reality contact lenses to offer 3D panorama
Contact lenses, which are being designed by scientists using military funding, help enhance normal vision with megapixel 3D panoramic images. ANI

World's largest virtual mirror created by linking 4 telescopes
Astronomers have created the world's largest virtual optical telescope by linking four telescopes in Chile so that they operate as a single device. ANI

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