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Technology News on May 4, 2012

Google Doodle celebrates Keith Haring's 54th birthday
Google is celebrating late artist and social activist Keith Haring's 54th birth anniversary with a doodle dedicated to him on its home page. ANI

Skype slammed for not fixing security hole that could give away users' locations
Researchers have accused Skype for allowing a privacy vulnerability, which potentially let people know the location of a caller, to stay in their software for more than a year. ANI

Early North Americans 'co-existed with extinct giant beasts'
Humans reached the Western Hemisphere during the last ice age and lived alongside giant extinct mammals, according to a new study. ANI

Environmental toxicants 'may lead to ovarian disease across generations'
Ovarian disease can result from exposures to a wide range of environmental chemicals and be inherited by future generations, a new study has revealed. ANI

Dubai plans underwater hotel
Architects in Dubai are all geared up to build a partially submerged hotel, complete with underwater rooms offering views of life below the surface of the sea. ANI

Low oxygen levels 'may drive tumour growth in cancer'
Low oxygen levels in cells may be the primary cause of uncontrollable tumour growth in some cancers, a new study has claimed. ANI

Discovery of new bacteria 'may lead to antibiotic alternatives'
In a new study, scientists have discovered an Achilles heel within human cells that bacteria are able to exploit for causing and spreading infection. ANI

Star Trek-like pod that beams 3D holograms may revolutionize videoconferencing
Researchers have come up with a Star Trek-like human-scale 3D videoconferencing pod that allows people in different locations to video conference as if they are standing in front of each other. ANI

Cause of North Star's decreasing mass revealed
Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany believe they have unlocked the answer to the North Star's decreasing mass. ANI

Blonde hair 'may have evolved twice'
Evolution may have had a soft spot for blondes as a new study suggests that golden locks of dark-skinned people from the Solomon Islands in Melanesia have different genetic basis to those of Europeans. ANI

3D sensors avoid flying surveillance robots from collision
Fraunhofer IMS researchers have developed special 3D sensors for aerial surveillance drones to ensure flawless aerobatics and prevent collisions. ANI

Now, online crowd-sourcing game to diagnose malaria
Researchers have created a crowd-sourced online gaming system to allow public to assist in diagnosis of malaria. ANI

Huggable robot converts your lover's voice into 'heartbeat' pulse
A Japanese robot designer has invented a plush, mono-legged figure that serves as a medium of interacting remotely with people. ANI

'Bionic' eye helps blind Brit man see again
After being blind for over 20 years, a British man is regaining the gift of sight - thanks to a pioneering bionic eye implant. ANI

Its official! Food dropped on floor safe to eat if picked up within 3 secs
Many of us might have picked up a piece of dropped food from the floor, given it a quick blow and assumed it was still safe to eat. ANI

How gene duplication helped our brains become 'human'
In a new study, a team of scientists has shown that an extra copy of a brain-development gene, which appeared in our ancestors' genomes about 2.4 million years ago, allowed maturing neurons to migrate farther and develop more connections. ANI

Greenland glaciers not gaining speed as much as speculated
Greenland's contribution to rising sea level in the 21st century might be significantly less than the upper limits some scientists thought possible, say researchers. ANI

Samsung Galaxy S3 marks London debut
The Samsung Galaxy S3, the latest of the Samsung's android tab phone range, launched globally from London's Earls Court arena. ANI

White dwarf stars caught in the act of swallowing up 'earth-like' exoplanets
Using Hubble Space Telescope, astrophysicists at the University of Warwick have located four white dwarfs surrounded by dust from shattered planetary bodies, which once bore striking similarities to the composition of the Earth. ANI

Lightning signature may tell tale of solar system's origins
Lightning flashes nearly 50 times on Earth every second. ANI

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