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Technology News on January 26, 2012

Soon, new system that uses plant DNA to prevent cheating in exams
A firm has come up with a new system that uses molecules of plant DNA to validate a student's identity and thus thwart testing fraud. ANI

Soon, biofuel made from whiskey to power cars
A start-up firm in Scotland will soon be manufacturing biofuel made from whisky by-products, which could be used as a direct alternative for fossil-derived fuel. ANI

How earth looked from the Jurassic age to more recent times
Researchers have now discovered how earth looked at various stages in its history - from the age of the dinosaurs to more recent times- and what would come into focus for alien astronomers. ANI

Potential target for anti-craving medications identified
A potential target for the development of anti-craving medications for people with addictions to stimulants such as methamphetamine has been identified. ANI

World's most powerful X-ray laser creates 2-million-degree matter
Researchers have for the first time created and probed a 2-million-degree piece of matter in a controlled way, using the world's most powerful X-ray laser. ANI

Soon, electric car that folds itself
A tiny, revolutionary, fold-up car designed in Spain's Basque country, which is said to be the answer to urban stress and pollution, was unveiled on Tuesday before it hits European cities in 2013. ANI

Wild early life of today's biggest galaxies revealed
Most intense type of star-forming activity in the early Universe ultimately became the most massive galaxies in today's cosmos, a new study has suggested. ANI

Soon, tool to predict twitter users' whereabouts based on their friends' location
Scientists have developed a new system for predicting a Twitter user's location by looking at where their friends are. ANI

French maritime pine bark extract improves skin hydration, elasticity
Natural supplement Pycnogenol, an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, has been found to reduce visible signs of aging in a new study. ANI

How brain adapts to stress
Scientists have discovered a new mechanism that helps the brain adapt to stress - the finding may eventually lead to a better understanding of why prolonged and repeated exposure to stress can lead to anxiety disorders and depression. ANI

New technique could unravel malaria's genetic secrets
Researchers have devised a technique to overcome the genetic oddity of parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, which is the major cause of malaria in humans. ANI

Stem cell-derived neurons may help find cause of Alzheimer's
Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding the causes of Alzheimer's disease, which could potentially lead to the development of new drugs to treat it. ANI

Protein in brain that may be key target in controlling Alzheimer's identified
A team of scientists has discovered a protein in the brain that could play a key role in regulating the creation of a major component that contributes to the development of Alzheimer's disease. ANI

Geoengineered methods can't fully offset human-caused climate change
Injecting sulfate particles directly into the stratosphere to reduce the rate of future global warming would likely achieve only part of the desired effect, and could carry serious, if unintended, consequences, a new study has found. ANI

Giant Vesta asteroid likely cold and dark enough to have retained ice
Nearly half of giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold and receive so little sunlight that it may have retained ice for billions of years, researchers say. ANI

World's first atomic X-ray laser created
Researchers have created world's shortest and purest X-ray laser pulses, thus paving the way to a new range of scientific discovery. ANI

Will Apple launch much-awaited iPhone 5 in early 2012?
Technology giant Apple is planning to launch its iPhone 5 in early 2012, a report has claimed. ANI

Free-standing 3-D veil brings invisibility cloak closer to reality
Researchers have for the first time cloaked a three-dimensional object standing in free space, bringing the much-talked-about invisibility cloak one step closer to reality. ANI

Simple blood test may provide early diagnosis of Alzheimer's
Scientists have discovered a new promising way to diagnose Alzheimer's disease more accurately by analysing white blood cells. ANI

Cost of asthma caused by traffic-related air pollution rising
The total cost of asthma due to traffic-related air pollution is much higher than past traditional risk assessments have indicated, according to a new study. ANI

Genes could influence people to become criminal
Your genes could be a strong predictor of whether you stray into a life of crime, experts say. ANI

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