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Technology News on January 30, 2012

Nine in ten Facebook users do not favour new 'mandatory' Timeline feature
Nearly nine in ten people have not supported Facebook's plans to make its new 'Timeline' feature mandatory, according to a survey. ANI

Smartphones 'exposing kids to smut'
Children aged eight to 15 are increasingly using their mobile phones to surf violent or pornographic websites, a new study has revealed. ANI

E-books damaging society, says top US novelist
Jonathan Franzen, who is being hailed as one of America's greatest living novelists, has warned that our desire for the instant gratification of e-books is damaging for society. ANI

World's first 'wall-to-wall' map could help estimate carbon storage
Using a combination of remote sensing and field data, researchers have produced the first-of-its kind wall-to-wall map that can give accurate estimates of carbon storage of forests, shrublands, and savannas in the tropics of Africa, Asia, and South America. ANI

Gene mutations linked to lethal childhood brain tumors
Gene mutations may be responsible for aggressive pediatric brain tumors, a new study has suggested. ANI

'High-tech toys' giving adult injuries to kids
Children as young as eight are suffering adult injuries such as repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and neck pains from using hand-held electronic devices, experts say. ANI

How bacteria behind serious childhood disease evolve to evade vaccines
The study of genetics has provided surprising insights into why vaccines used in both the UK and US to combat serious childhood infections can eventually fail. ANI

Human brain cells created from skin samples
In a startling medical breakthrough, scientists in Scotland have created brain tissue from skin samples of patients who are suffering from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression. ANI

Video games turning kids into zombies
A charity has raised concerns that a generation of children are becoming living zombies from sleep deprivation due to computer game addiction. ANI

Leprosy pathogen evades critical vitamin D-dependent immune response
The pathogen behind leprosy has an extraordinary ability to dodge the human immune system by inhibiting the antimicrobial responses vital to our defenses, a new study has revealed. ANI

Solar storms behind vanishing electrons in Earth's outer radiation belt
Scientists have unraveled the mystery behind the disappearing act of high-energy electrons in Earth's outer radiation belt, which may pave the way to predict space weather phenomena. ANI

How 'panic button' triggers cancer cells to elude toxic effects of drugs
Under stressful conditions, yeast cells become unstable, and readily rearrange their chromosomes to facilitate rapid adaptation, according to a new study. ANI

Biomarkers for cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes identified
Researchers have identified thirty one regions of the genome that were associated with levels of circulating metabolites, i.e., small molecules that take part in various chemical reactions of the human body. ANI

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