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U.S. considering range of military options to tackle Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 17:15

U.S. considering range of military options to tackle Islamic State in Syria, IraqWashington, Aug 23 : The U. S. is reportedly considering a range of military options to combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

According to the Washington Post, the Obama administration is considering seeking congressional authorization for military action against the Islamic State under a revamped counter-terrorism strategy Obama announced last year.

A senior administration official said a mandate from Congress could provide domestic legal justification for the unlimited use of force against the Sunni Muslim group across Iraq and Syria, the report said.


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Europe's Galileo navigation launched in wrong orbit

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 16:40

Europe's Galileo navigation launched in wrong orbitWashington, Aug 23 : Arianespace recently confirmed that two satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation network were released into the wrong orbit.

After the announcement, the teams of industries and agencies involved in the early operations of the satellites are investigating the potential implications on the mission.

Both satellites have been acquired and are safely controlled and operated from ESOC, European Space Agency's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany. (ANI)


'The Adventures of Pinocchio' author's Italian villa goes on sale for $25m

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 14:07

'The Adventures of Pinocchio' author's Italian villa goes on sale for $25mWashington, Aug 23 : The Italian villa in the province of Pistoia, in Tuscany, where the author Carlo Lorenzini wrote 'The Adventures of Pinocchio', has been put up for sale for around 25 million dollars.

Jennifer Giraldi, who would be responsible for the estate agents' legal department, said that potential buyers from the United States and France had showed an interest in the estate and hoped that they would understand its emotional, cultural and financial value, CBS News reported.


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US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologizes for cracking Asian jokes

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:03

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologizes for cracking Asian jokesNew York, Aug 23 - US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev has apologized for cracking Asian-American jokes while giving a speech before the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Reid said in a brief statement that his comments were in extremely poor taste and apologized for the same.

In one of his comments, he said "the Asian population is so productive. I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you have convinced a lot of us you are".

He later made another comment saying "one problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight".


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Chilling IS tweet names Chicago among top U.S. targets of terror

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:14

Chilling IS tweet names Chicago among top U.S. targets of terrorNew York, Aug 23 - Chicago has become one of the top targets of international terrorists over the past six years, said a top security expert after considering threats by Islamic State militants on Twitter.

According to CBS, the threat post by Twitter by the IS militants showed the Old Republic Building and 307 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

The Twitter post said that the IS militants were already present in U. S. cities and streets.

The post also claimed that the U. S. would always remain the top target of IS militants.


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Three Japanese students die in California crash

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:48

San Marcos - Three Japanese college students were killed and five others injured when a car carrying them veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole, officials have said.

The eight students were trapped in the 2000 Honda Prelude after the crash late Thursday on a state highway in Oceanside, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said yesterday.

The car went down an embankment and struck the pole, shearing it in half and leaving power lines dangling, Bettencourt said. The lines did not touch the ground.

The 19-year-old male driver and two passengers a man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene. Two women and three men suffered moderate to major injuries.


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Joe Biden voices support for Georgia's NATO wishes

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:43

Joe BidenWashington : Vice President Joe Biden tells Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili that he supports the former Soviet republic's desire to join NATO.

Although it is believed that Georgia's aspirations to join the Western alliance are a sore point with Russia.

The White House says Biden spoke to Garibashvilli on Friday.

The two leaders also discussed tensions in Ukraine between the Kiev government and Russian-backed rebels.

The United States has been offering new assistance to former Soviet nations to draw them closer to Europe. The US has also pledged to help boost the military capacity of non-NATO countries near Russia in the aftermath of Moscow's annexation of Crimea.


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'Fluorine' in toothpastes was produced in stars billions of years ago

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:05

'Fluorine' in toothpastes was produced in stars billions of years agoWashington, Aug 22 : A new study has claimed that fluorine, which is found in everyday products such as toothpaste and chewing gum, was formed in stars billions of years ago.

Astronomers from Lund University in Sweden with colleagues from Ireland and the USA, have presented findings that say that the chemical element was created in stars similar to the sun but heavier, towards the end of their existence. The sun and the planets in our solar system have then been formed out of material from these dead stars.


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Bill Clinton enjoys smoking most expensive cigars worth $1K a piece

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:46

Bill Clinton enjoys smoking most expensive cigars worth $1K a pieceWashington, Aug 22 : Maker of the world's most expensive cigar has claimed that Bill Clinton is one of their clients and enjoys their 1000 dollar cigar.

Kaizad Hansotia, who is the chief executive officer of a Dominican Republic cigar company, Gurkha, said that one box of their "His Majesty's Reserve" costs 25,000 dollars, Fox News reported.

He said that his clientele includes A-List celebrities like Matthew McConaughey-and apparently one former president, who smoke the company's premium cigar s and that "Clinton loves the Gurkhas."


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Monkey selfie belongs to public domain: US Copyright Office

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:56

 US Copyright OfficeWashington, Aug 22 : The United States Copyright Office has said in its verdict on the copyright tussle over the infamous monkey selfie that it belongs to the public domain.

In the first major revision of copyright laws in more than 20 years, the office stated that that works created by animals belong to the public domain and that it cannot register such works in its official records, reported The Washington Post.


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ISIS vows to 'quench thirst for American blood' in email addressed to Foley family

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:51

ISIS vows to 'quench thirst for American blood' in email addressed to Foley familyNew York, August 22 : American journalist James Foley's former employer, The Global Post has reportedly revealed that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, who had abducted him, sent his family an email before beheading him.

The contents of the mail which was published by The Global Post on its website warned that the group will not stop until they have quenched their thirst for America's blood, both government and citizens alike, reported New York Post.


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How different types of cheese affect how pizzas look

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:25

How different types of cheese affect how pizzas lookWashington, Aug 22 - A new study has evaluated the pizza baking performance of different cheeses in conjunction with a new quantifiable evaluation technique to see how it affects the look of the pizzas.

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) how composition and functional differences of mozzarella, cheddar, colby, Edam, Emmental, Gruyere, and provolone affected browning and blistering. Most consumers have an idea what they want their pizza slice to look like.


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'Best-ever' global color map of Neptune's strange Moon 'Triton' constructed

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:06

'Best-ever' global color map of Neptune's strange Moon 'Triton' constructedWashington, Aug 22 - Scientist has developed a new color map of Neptune's Strange Moon Triton with the help of historic footage of Triton captured by NASA's Voyager 2.

The map, produced by Paul Schenk, a scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, has also been used to make a movie recreating that historic Voyager encounter, which took place 25 years ago, on August 25, 1989.


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Electric Sparks may have changed nature of moon's soil

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:21

Electric Sparks may have changed nature of moon's soil Washington, Aug 22 - A new study has revealed that electric sparking might have altered the nature of lunar soil in its coldest craters.


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Google testing 'self driven car' in 'Matrix-style' virtual world

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:11

Google testing 'self driven car' in 'Matrix-style' virtual worldWashington, Aug 22 - Google is testing its self-driving car in a 'matrix-style' designed digital simulation of the entire Californian road system, and seeking state's regulators for certification based on this virtual driving rather than real driving.

According to The Guardian, the extensive simulation exists entirely inside computers at the company's Mountain View location, and the cars have so far virtually driven more than 4 million miles inside it, facing challenges just like those in the real world, such as lane-weaving motorists, wobbly cyclists and unpredictable pedestrians.


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Lost smartphones can cause anxiety disorders

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:09

Lost smartphones can cause anxiety disorders Washington, Aug 22 - A new study has suggested that losing one's smartphone causes anxiety disorder in individuals as it represented potential privacy and security risk.

The researchers pointed out that the same anxieties applied equally to lost or stolen laptops, tablet computers and other digital devices.

Zhiling Tu, Yufei Yuan and Norm Archer of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, explained that the convenience of mobility, wireless communication and the information processing power of smart phones and other portable digital devices had led to more and more people carrying with them valuable data assets wherever they went.


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Negative feelings at work can be good and vice versa

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:38

Negative feelings at work can be good and vice versaWashington, Aug 22 - A new study has suggested that feeling bad at work can actually be a good thing whilst feeling good in the workplace can also lead to negative outcomes.

The research conducted at the University of Liverpool found that the commonly-held assumption that positivity in the workplace produced positive outcomes, while negative emotions lead to negative outcomes, may be in need for reconsideration.

Management expert, Dr Dirk Lindebaum said that the findings of the studies challenged the widely held assumption that in the workplace positive emotions generated or engendered a positive outcome, and vice versa.


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Malala Yousafzai's mother learning to read and write

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:37

Malala Yousafzai's mother learning to read and writeNew York, Aug 22 - Tor Pekai Yousafzai, the mother of girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai, has started to read and write, and speaks a bit of English.

According to the New York Times, Malala Yousafzai said that her mother goes to school since she wanted to learn and receive education.

The 17 year old Pakistani campaigner 's father thought Pekai Yousafzai remained illiterate even after her daughter became a crusader for girls' education.

Pekai Yousafzai is now learning English and becoming independent as she goes to shops and markets on her own, said Malala.


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Google's Voice Search app now understands more languages simultaneously

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:36

Google's Voice Search app now understands more languages simultaneouslyWashington, Aug 22 - Google has recently updates its Voice Search app, which will now support more than one language at a time.

According to CNET, the new feature is able to understand up to five languages at a time, though the user has to preselect each language before using the app.

However, users will have to stick to one language per sentence, for now.

Meanwhile, Gmail will now be able to recognize email addresses that use characters from languages such as Chinese and Devanagari and will also recognize addresses with accented Latin characters. (ANI)


Chinese farmer grows 'Buddha-shaped pears'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:03

Chinese farmer grows 'Buddha-shaped pears' Washington, Aug 22 - A farmer named Hao Xianzhang in China has been growing pears that are shaped like 'Buddha.'

Xianzhang, who spent 6 years perfecting the method by growing the fruit inside molds, said that his pears were high in demand because they symbolized "good luck," ABC News reported.

To grow the pears in shape, the farmer put the pears while they were little in the molds, and when they took up the space inside the case, he would remove the molds, letting the fruits develop further on their own.


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