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Zoe Saldana admits studios panicked after her pregnancy news

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 20:10
Zoe Saldana admits studios panicked after her pregnancy news

Washington, June 19 : Zoe Saldana has admitted that movie studios panicked when they found out she was pregnant.

The American actress asserted in an interview that she even heard through the grapevine there was even a conversation of her being written off of one of the projects, Us Magazine has reported.

Saldan went back to work after giving birth to her sons last December saying that battle will always be in trying to balance it out and that was the most exhausting thing, the balance of it all. (ANI)


'7.5 percent not India's best potential for economic growth': Jaitley

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 19:56
 Jaitley

New York, June 19 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that India's 7.5 percent economic growth rate is not its best potential growth rate and that there is restlessness in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government to further boost economic growth.

Jaitley said that a series of reforms aided by a lot of investment particularly in infrastructure, improvement in manufacturing, agriculture will help push up India's economic growth.

The Finance Minister predicted an eight percent growth this year.

"Nobody is very excited about a 7-7.5 percent growth rate in India because everybody realizes, including the Prime Minster that probably our potential is a little higher than that," Jaitley said.


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Scientists one step closer to finding HIV vaccine

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 19:40
Scientists one step closer to finding HIV vaccine

Washington, June 19 : New research led by scientists has represented a leap forward in the effort to find a vaccine against HIV virus.

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and The Rockefeller University showed in mice that an experimental vaccine candidate designed at TSRI can stimulate the immune system activity necessary to stop HIV infection.

The researchers' long-term goal is to design a vaccine that prompts the body to produce antibodies that bind to HIV and prevent infection.


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First direct evidence of 'key ingredient' for first life on Earth identified

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 19:03
First direct evidence of 'key ingredient' for first life on Earth identified

Washington, June 19 : Scientists have discovered the first direct experimental evidence showing the "key ingredient" at the dawn of life on Earth.

Scientists from the UNC School of Medicine provide the first direct experimental evidence for how primordial proteins developed the ability to accelerate the central chemical reaction necessary to synthesize proteins and thus allow life to arise not long after Earth was created.

This finding provides another insight into the dramatic inventions nature made as prebiotic chemistry evolved into life billions of years ago.

The latest paper provided evidence that the two major superfamilies of enzymes that translate the genetic code in modern biology evolved from opposite strands of the same remarkable ancestral gene.


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Facebook tests 'See First' which controls what's top of News Feed

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 17:49
Facebook tests 'See First' which controls what's top of News Feed

Washington, June 19 : Facebook is testing a new feature called 'See First', which, when turned on, allows the user see a friend's profile or recent posts at the top of their News Feed.

According to the Techcrunch.com, Facebook said they are always exploring new ways to improve the Facebook experience and are currently running a small test of a feature that lets users indicate that they would like to see posts from a specific person or Page at the top of their News Feed.

See First could be the gold mine for marketers that want to make sure user feed does not filter out their content. Also, the users will be able to sort out better about what they see on Facebook.


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Even teenage Quasars are 'hot mess'

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 17:33
Even teenage Quasars are 'hot mess'

Washington, June 19 : Astronomers recently observed quasars in their teenage years, when they are emerging quickly and all messed up with the help of Hubble Space Telescope.

They used the Hubble Space Telescope's infrared vision to uncover the mysterious early formative years of quasars, the brightest objects in the universe. Hubble's sharp images unveil chaotic galaxy collisions that give birth to quasars by fueling their energy source: a supermassive central black hole devouring infalling material.

Though it had been previously theorized that the mergers of two galaxies could do the trick, the overwhelming glow of the quasar drowns out the light of the accompanying galaxy, making the signs of mergers difficult to see.


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Twitter announces launch of news linked platform

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 17:15
Twitter announces launch of news linked platform

Washington, June 19 : Twitter has announced a new product that will make its real-time news feed accessible to everyone whether they are on desktop, mobile or even signed into Twitter.

According to the Verge, the product is called Project Lightning and according to Twitter's Kevin Weil, it will be a brand new way to look at tweets.

Twitter has taken a decidedly editorial approach to news curation, complete with a team of people with newsroom backgrounds who will identify the best tweets for anyone online trying to follow a news story, so the users will not need to rely on blogs to realize the meaning from the events Twitter thrives on.


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YouTube launches YouTube Newswire that will feature verified eyewitness videos of breaking news

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 17:00
YouTube launches YouTube Newswire that will feature verified eyewitness videos o

Washington, June 19 : Google has launched a service called YouTube Newswire to provide a curated feed of the most newsworthy eyewitness videos of the day.

According to the Verge, video streams on the newly-launched YouTube Newswire channel will cover stories which include footage from local newspaper and of user-generated footage. Youtube said that the service will cover both global and regional news with a Twitter feed and a daily newsletter announcing the latest and best videos.


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Cassini probe captures stunning views of Saturn's moon Dione

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 16:48
Cassini probe captures stunning views of Saturn's moon Dione

Washington, Jun 19 : NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent back images of rugged landscape of Saturn's fracture-faced moon Dione from its latest flyby.

On Aug. 17, the spacecraft will make its final flyby of Dione, diving to within 295 miles (474 kilometers) of the surface. The final Dione encounter will be Cassini's second-closest brush with the icy moon.

A December 2011 flyby saw the spacecraft reach an altitude of just 60 miles (100 kilometers) above Dione. (ANI)


Saturn's moon Titan's polar wind makes it more Earth-like than we thought

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 16:44
Saturn's moon Titan's polar wind makes it more Earth-like than we thought

Washington, Jun 19 : Saturn's moon Titan's atmosphere is even more Earth-like than it was previously believed.

Scientists at UCL have observed how a widespread polar wind is driving gas from the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. The team analysed data gathered over seven years by the international Cassini probe, and found that the interactions between Titan's atmosphere and the solar magnetic field and radiation, create a wind of hydrocarbons and nitriles being blown away from its polar regions into space. This is very similar to the wind observed coming from the Earth's polar regions.


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Musicians not only hear in tune, they also have 'tuney-vision'

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 16:20
Musicians not only hear in tune, they also have 'tuney-vision'

Washington, Jun 19 : Musicians don't just hear in tune, they also see in tune, according to a new research.

Vanderbilt University researchers designed a scientific experiment to puzzle out how the brain creates an apparently seamless view of the external world based on the information it receives from the eyes.

Researcher Randolph Blake said that the brain is remarkably efficient at putting people in touch with objects and events in visual environment, indeed so good that the process seems automatic and effortless.

Blake added that the brain is continually operating like a clever detective, using clues to figure out what in the world we are looking at. And those clues come not only from what we see but also from other sources.


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Nokia reveals that the company will design and license phones

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 16:08
Nokia reveals that the company will design and license phones

Washington, June 19 : Nokia has revealed that it is returning to mobile phones business.

Nokia had sold its devices and services business to Microsoft last year.

Rajeev Suri, Nokia's CEO says that the firm is looking at a return to the mobile phone business. Suri also says that they will look for suitable partners to release the devices.

Suri further says that Microsoft makes mobile phones. Nokia would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license.

According to the Verge, Nokia is currently restricted from using its brand on phones until Q4, 2016. The company plans to simply license its name out rather than build the phones itself. Nokia did the same for its N1 tablet that runs Android.


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How galactic spiral arms form reavealed

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:57
How galactic spiral arms form reavealed

Washington, June 19 : A new study has provided a deeper insight into how galactic spiral arms are formed and how gas can be funneled inward toward the galaxy's center, which possibly hosts a black hole.

Astronomers making a detailed, multi-telescope study of a nearby galaxy have discovered a magnetic field coiled around the galaxy's main spiral arm.

The scientists studied a galaxy called IC 342, some 10 million light-years from Earth, using the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), and the MPIfR's 100-meter Effelsberg radio telescope in Germany. Data from both radio telescopes were merged to reveal the magnetic structures of the galaxy.


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Venus, Jupiter to Converge in Night Sky on June 30

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:18
Venus, Jupiter to Converge in Night Sky on June 30

Washington, June 19 : Venus and Jupiter, the second and fifth planets furthest from Sun respectively, are to converge on June 30.

Every week since winter in 2014, the two planets have been drawing closer to each other and are due to reach their closest point at the end of the month.

At the beginning of June, the two planets were 20 degrees apart in the sky, about twice the width of your fist held at arm's length.

Week by week, Jupiter and the stars behind it have gradually slipped lower in the evening twilight. But Venus, due to its rapid orbital motion around the Sun, has stayed high up. The resulting slow-motion convergence is setting the stage for a pair of dramatic sky sights.


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'Democratic' baboons travel together in troops

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:52
'Democratic' baboons travel together in troops

Washington, June 19 : Baboons are democratic when it comes to the decision of travelling and move together, finds a new study.

Researchers have found evidence of shared decision-making among a troop of wild baboons, providing insight into how animals that live in socially complex, hierarchical societies reach consensus on decisions that affect the entire group.


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USIBC honours Jaitley in New York, looks forward to working with India Inc.

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:32
Arun Jaitley

New York, June 19 - The U. S.-India Business Council (USIBC) has honoured Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a reception in New York, with the association expressing its deep optimism in the bilateral economic relationship between New Delhi and Washington DC.

"One year in and Prime Minister Modi and his government have begun to get India on the front foot with lower inflation, a reduced deficit, higher levels of foreign direct investment, and more. Reforms once thought to be insurmountable are now on the table. Going forward, USIBC members want to help India do the things it needs to do to meet its growth targets: create jobs, boost manufacturing, build up infrastructure, and generate tourism," said USIBC chairman Ajay Banga.


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Fruits may help turn excess white fat into obesity-fighter

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 13:36
Fruits may help turn excess white fat into obesity-fighter

Washington, Jun 19 : A new study has revealed that berries, grapes and other fruits convert excess white fat into calorie-burning "beige" fat, providing new strategies for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

In the Washington State University study, mice were fed a high fat diet. Those receiving resveratrol in amounts equivalent to 12 ounces of fruit per day for humans gained about 40 percent less weight than control mice. Resveratrol is a polyphenol, a type of antioxidant found in most fruits.

Researchers Min Du and Songbo Wang demonstrated that mice fed a diet containing 0.1 percent resveratrol were able to change their excess white fat into the active, energy-burning beige fat.


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George W. Bush's daughter honours him as 'Father of the Year'

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 13:11

Washington, June 19 : George W. Bush has been honoured by daughter as 'Father of the Year.'

During the 74th Annual Father of the Year Awards luncheon at the New York Hilton hotel, Barbara, made the presentation, with the former US President becoming one of three men receiving the title ahead of Father's Day, reported Fox News.

Bush got emotional as he took the award and paid tribute to his own father, former President George H. W. Bush.

Meanwhile, Morris Goldfarb, the head of the G-III Apparel Group also received recognition from the National Father's Day Committee, and David Gonzales of Jacksonville, Florida, was honoured as the Ashok Sani "All-Star" dad.

It recognises a special father who is committed to both his own children and his community.


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Scientists identify 'active volcanism' on Venus

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 13:00
Scientists identify 'active volcanism' on Venus

Washington, June 19 - Scientists have discovered hot lava flows on Venus, providing evidence for active volcanism on Earth's neighbour planet.

ESA's Venus Express, which completed its eight-year study of the planet last year, used a near-infrared channel of the spacecraft's Venus Monitoring Camera (VMC) to map thermal emission from the surface through a transparent spectral window in the planet's atmosphere, and spotted localised changes in surface brightness between images taken only a few days apart.

Lead author Eugene Shalygin from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany said that they had now witnessed several events where a spot on the surface suddenly gets much hotter, and then cools down again.


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Spiral galaxy`s supermassive black hole weighed for 1st time

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:10
Spiral galaxy`s supermassive black hole weighed for 1st time

Washington, Jun 19 - Scientists have for the first time measured the precise mass of a black hole at center of distant spiral galaxy.

In a new proof-of-concept observation, astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to measured the mass of the supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 1097, a barred spiral galaxy located approximately 45 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Fornax.

The researchers determined that this galaxy harbors a black hole 140 million times more massive than our Sun. In comparison, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way is a lightweight, with a mass of just a few million times that of our Sun.


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