New York, December 9 : Morgan Freeman and Idris Elba have spoken out in the wake of Nelson Mandela's death.
Elba, who portrayed the South African leader in his recent film ' Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom', said that he was "stunned" to hear of his death and is in mourning with the rest of the world and Mandela's family.
The 41-year-old British actor added that he is "honored" to be associated with iconic anti-apartheid revolutionary.
Washington, Dec 09 : U. S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned of a possibility of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan post-2014, in case President Hamid Karzai continues to refuse from signing the security agreement with America.
In an interview with CBS News, Hagel said that until the U. S. has a bilateral security agreement (BSA) with Afghanistan, it can't protect its troops that would be there post-2014 and no international partners will come to Kabul due to security concerns.
Washington, Dec 09 - A new study has revealed that as much as 30 percent of the large array of human olfactory receptor differs between any two individuals.
Researchers from the Monell Center and collaborating institutions suggested that this substantial variation is in turn reflected by variability in how each person perceives odours.
Humans have about 400 different types of specialized sensors , known as olfactory receptor proteins, that somehow work together to detect a large variety of odours.
Washington, Dec. 9 - American Airlines and US Airways are all set to merge into world's largest airline company after the U. S. Supreme Court cleared their way.
On Saturday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg declined to hear a stay request filed by a consumer group opposing the merger.
A federal appeals court in New York had denied imposing an emergency stay, which prompted the consumer group to turn to the Supreme Court to block the deal, CNN reports.
The passenger group said that a merger could result in higher fares and reduced choices for fliers.
Washington, Dec. 9 - Few analysts believe that Twitter, which is soaring in market debut, is not worth the hype.
Twitter's five lead underwriters evaluated the company, right after the end of the 'quiet period', a Securities and Exchange Commission-mandated one-month silence after a company's initial public offering.
Analyst Justin Post of Bank of America Merrill Lynch gave a 'sell' rating, indicating that the stock is not worth its price, 40.92 dollars at the time of the report, 44.95 dollars at Friday's close).
Washington, Dec. 9 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has developed advanced surveillance techniques giving it the power to secretly activate web cameras to spy.
Tech savvy G-men can remotely turn on cameras that transmit real-time images to investigators, without turning on the light that shows the camera is in use.
According to the New York Post, the FBI can also carry out surveillance into a suspect's computer and download files, photographs and stored e-mails.
The new snooping capabilities came to light during an investigation of a mysterious man named 'Mo'.
Washington, Dec. 09 - North Korea has acknowledged the elimination of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle from power for "anti-state" acts and "double dealing."
According to the state media, Jang Song Thaek had formed a faction in the ruling party by creating an illusion about him and distorting and weakening the party goals, Fox News reports.
South Korean intelligence officials said two of Jang's aides were executed for corruption.
Washington, Dec 09 - Scientists have discovered a quick-cook recipe for copious volumes of hydrogen (H2).
The breakthrough suggests a better way of producing the hydrogen that propels rockets and energizes battery-like fuel cells. In a few decades, it could even help the world meet key energy needs - without carbon emissions contributing to the greenhouse effect and climate change.
The researchers took a microscopic high-pressure cooker called a diamond anvil cell (within a tiny space about as wide as a pencil lead), in which they combined ingredients: aluminum oxide, water, and the mineral olivine. Set at
Washington, Dec. 9 - Graphene-based electronics have shown promise to advances such as faster internet speeds, cheaper solar cells, novel sensors, space suits spun from graphene yarn, and more.
While searching for an ideal growth platform for the material, investigators from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado, developed a promising new recipe for a graphene substrate: a thin film of copper with massive crystalline grains.
Washington, Dec 09 - Researchers have developed a chemical system that can efficiently perform the first step in the process of creating syngas, gasoline and other energy-rich products out of carbon dioxide.
A novel "co-catalyst" system using inexpensive, easy to fabricate carbon-based nanofiber materials efficiently converts carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide, a useful starting-material for synthesizing fuels.
Washington, Dec 9 - German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Sochi, Russia next year, according to reports.
According to The Huffington Post, Gauck took the decision in protest against human rights violations and the harassment of Russian opposition political figures.
Presidential spokeswoman Ferdos Ferudastan confirmed the move on Sunday, the report said.
Gauck, an outspoken critic of Russia's human-rights record, is yet to visit the country since taking office in March 2012, the report added.
Washington, Dec. 9 - A new study has discovered that a New Zealand bird, called Pukeko, which shows off its status on its head, could give valuable information about social behaviours of all creatures, including human beings.
Research led by McMaster's Cody Dey and Jim Quinn shows that the size of the "badge", a fleshy red wedge extending from the beak and over the forehead of the Pukeko, is an accurate indicator of the bird's status and that it apparently grows and shrinks in keeping with the bird's standing in its social group.
A lot of animals signal dominance or fighting ability to one another and some of them use these types of conventions, Dey said.
Washington, Dec 9 - Researchers are attempting to develop a more supportive bra, which suit the comfort level of every woman wearing them.
Minyoung Suh , assistant professor of apparel, textiles and interior design, is researching the movement of breast tissue in order to develop a better supportive sports bra.
Suh said that even though two bras may be the same size, the space inside the cup might be different depending on the design or the composition of the bra.
Washington, Dec 9 - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed the breakthrough in multilateral trade negotiations as global trade ministers reached a historical deal at the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) meeting in Indonesia.
The breakthrough agreement reached in Bali by the WTO reaffirms the international community's commitment to an open trade system which boosts global growth and jobs, and cuts poverty, Xinhua reported citing IMF chief Christine Lagarde.
Washington, Dec 07 : The development of e-mail authentication standards has finally reduced e-mail phishing scams , according to Google security researchers.
Elie Bursztein, Google's anti-abuse research lead, and Vijay Eranti, Gmail's anti-abuse technical lead, said that these authentication standards, called DomainKey Identified Email (DKIM) and Sender Policy Framework (SPF), are now in widespread use, Cnet reports.
Internet industry and standards groups have been working since 2004 to get e-mail providers to use authentication to put a halt to e-mail address imitation.
Washington, December 7 - New research has shown that the American English speech variant known as uptalk, or " Valley Girl speak" is expanding to other demographic groups, including males.
Researcher Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of California, said that uptalk is becoming more prevalent and systematic in its use for the younger generations in Southern California and has transcended diverse socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender boundaries.
Washington, Dec. 7 - The US military is reportedly working on super advanced drone technology that can evade radar systems along with an all-electric, fuel cell-powered UAV launched from a submerged submarine.
The advanced drone, dubbed the RQ-180, is designed to penetrate deep into heavily defended airspace.
Despite the current drones working well for the US military in wars like Iraq and Afghanistan, where enemy fighters had little to no air-defense capabilities, analysts acknowledge that these aren't too hard to be shot down as they don't have any stealth technology, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
Washington, December 7 - The Grammy Nominations Concert Live has paid a special tribute to Nelson Mandela who passed away recently at the age of 95.
The producers of the concert had earlier said that the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary would be paid homage in the show, CBS News reported.
A rehearsal was also scheduled for the Grammy nominations special, as producers adjusted plans to incorporate a tribute to the Politician. (ANI)
Washington, Dec 7 - Despite some recent concerns on both sides, representatives of US business and industry are agreed that there is enormous potential for growth in India-US trade and notably job creation in both countries.
This appeared to be the consensus emerging from a roundtable hosted by Ami Bera, the lone Indian-American member of the US House of Representatives, here Thursday for members of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Washington, Dec 7 - Men who continue to smoke after being diagnosed with cancer have an increased risk of death compared with those who quit smoking, US researchers said.
The new research, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, Friday showed it is not too late to stop smoking after cancer diagnosis, reported Xinhua.
They used data from a study investigating the association between lifestyle characteristics and risk of cancer among middle-aged and older men in Shanghai, China. Between 1986 and 1989, over 18,000 men aged 45 to 64 were enrolled in the study.
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