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Natural gas expansion not enough to slow climate change

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:30

Natural gas expansion not enough to slow climate changeWashington, Oct 20 : In a new study, scientists have found that natural gas alone was not enough to slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

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Designer organs come closer to reality

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:50

Designer organs come closer to realityWashington, Oct 20 : In a new surgical experiment, researchers had transplanted growing human intestinal 'organoids' into mice that could be useful one day for designing and producing organ parts for repairing diseased tissues using a patient's own skin cells.

Scientists in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center said that the findings could eventually lead to bioengineering personalized human intestinal tissue to treat gastrointestinal diseases.

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Kid's genetic makeup may increase mother's rheumatoid arthritis risk

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:45

Kid's genetic makeup may increase mother's rheumatoid arthritis riskWashington, Oct 20 - A new study has revealed that a child's genetic makeup may contribute to his or her mother's risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

Researcher Giovanna Cruz said that that female predilection of rheumatoid arthritis strongly suggests that factors involved in pregnancy are involved and during pregnancy, you'll find a small number of fetal cells circulating around the mother's body, and it seems that in some women, they persist as long as several decades.

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Microsoft set to jump into smartwatch tussle: Report

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:39

MicrosoftWashington, Oct 20 - Tech giant Microsoft is reportedly set to release a smartwatch of its own within weeks, joining Apple, Samsung and others in the smartwatch race.

According to PC World, the smartwatch will passively track a wearer's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, and that it would be able to go two days when fully charged. That would be an improvement over many current smartwatches, which often need to be charged nightly.

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Companies fostering creativity grows more than less creative counterparts: Study

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:22

 StudyWashington, Oct 20 - A new research from Forrester has revealed that companies that encourage creativity accomplish exceptional revenue growth than other peers.

According to an Expertise Innovation report, the 'Creative Dividend' survey, done on behalf of Adobe, was conducted in May and covered decision from more than 300 large global companies in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia/New Zealand, Korea, Japan and Germany, who influence creative software purchases

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Carbon nanotube-based lights are more efficient than LEDs

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:02

Carbon nanotube-based lights are more efficient than LEDsWashington, Oct 20 - Japanese scientists have recently discovered carbon nanotube-based lights that are more efficient than LEDs.

Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have developed a new type of energy-efficient flat light source based on carbon nanotubes with very low power consumption of around 0.1 Watt for every hour's operation about a hundred times lower than that of an LED.

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U.S. military airdrops arms, medical supplies to Kurds battling against IS in Kobani

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:43

U.S. military airdrops arms, medical supplies to Kurds battling against IS in KobaniNew York, Oct 20 - The United States military claimed on Sunday that it has dropped medical supplies, arms and ammunition to Kurdish fighters who are fighting against Islamic State (IS) militants to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani.

The U. S. Central Command said that the airdrops were followed by U. S. and coalition airstrikes in and around Kobani, reported Fox News.

The Central Command also said that airdrops were made in order to enable continued resistance to IS attacks and efforts to take full control of Kobani town.

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US to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon readies team

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:51

US to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon readies teamWashington : Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the US, if needed.

Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said those caring for an Ebola patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were left vulnerable because some of their skin was exposed.

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Indiana police detain man in deaths of 4 women

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:28

Indiana police detain man in deaths of 4 womenHammond (US)- An Indiana man confessed to killing a woman whose body was found in a motel and told police where the bodies of three more women could be found, police have said.

Police found the bodies of three women at different locations in Gary, Indiana, late Saturday and early yesterday, following up on information the 43-year-old man provided during questioning, Hammond police Lt Rich Hoyda said Sunday.

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US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:51

President Barack ObamaBoston - The US and China are pledging to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combatting terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus ahead of President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to the Chinese capital.

Meeting in Boston on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi (yahng jay-uh-CHUR') said the relationship between the two countries is mature enough to discuss disagreements while building on areas of shared interest.

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Microsoft CEO takes another step to amend 'sexist' comment against women

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:33

Microsoft CEO Satya NadellaWashington, Oct 18 - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is still trying to amend his sexist comment that women should not be asking for raise, but should be having faith in the system.

In a memo Nadella sent to Microsoft employees this week, he said that feedback he received on the comment was a humbling and learning experience, and he is 100 percent committed to diversity and inclusion at the core, The Verge reported.

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Top-secret space plane lands on California coast

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:19

Top-secret space plane lands on California coastVandenberg Air Force Base, California - A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.

The plane spent nearly two years circling Earth on a classified mission. Known as the X-37B, it resembles a mini space shuttle.

It safely touched down at 9:24 am Friday, officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base said.

Just what the plane was doing during its 674 days in orbit has been the subject of sometimes spectacular speculation.

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Obama names Ebola czar, Kerry calls for global response

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:45

President Barack ObamaWashington - President Barack Obama today named an "Ebola czar" to coordinate the US response to the deadly virus, as Secretary of State John Kerry called for collective global action to deal with the raging health crisis.

Attorney Ron Klain was appointed as an "Ebola czar" by Obama to coordinate the US response to the Ebola outbreak, amid growing fear over its spread beyond West Africa.

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Quiet 'whiz kid' now public face of Ebola fight

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:57

EbolaWashington: Last May, as Ebola crept across West Africa, America's top infectious disease expert told a group of Harvard University students in a commencement speech to always second-guess their assumptions because "overconfidence can kill."

Five months later in a congressional hearing room, Tom Frieden was accused of not following his own advice repeatedly assuring the US it was safe from an Ebola outbreak even as two US nurses became infected and one was allowed to board a commercial airline, each following safety protocols Frieden helped put in place.

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US monitors health care worker aboard cruise ship

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:52

State Department spokeswoman Jen PsakiWashington - Obama administration officials said a Dallas health care worker who handled a lab specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola is self-quarantined on a Caribbean cruise ship and is being monitored for infection.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday that the woman had shown no signs of the disease and has been asymptomatic for 19 days.

An administration official and another person familiar with the matter said the cruise ship, the Carnival Magic, had stopped in Belize but officials there would not allow the passenger to leave the vessel.

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Conventional medical centers not good enough to put a stop to Ebola

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 18:54

Conventional medical centers not good enough to put a stop to EbolaWashington, Oct 17 : A group of infectious disease experts have suggested that the conventional U. S. medical centers may not be able to put a stop to spread of Ebola and a national network of specialized containment and treatment facilities may be needed to reduce the virus' spread.

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Freshmen twice likelier to indulge in 'hookups' without protection

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:47

Freshmen twice likelier to indulge in 'hookups' without protectionWashington, Oct 17 : A new study has found that undergraduates were 2 times more likely to have unprotected sex during "hookups."

Jonathan Marc Bearak from New York University explored the changes in undergraduate uncommitted sexual behavior during years 1-4 of college. The article provides reasoning for the decline in the use of condoms, and explains how changes in the odds of coitus and condom use depend on family background, school gender imbalance, and whether the partners attended the same college.

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Apple has no plans to introduce Touch-screen Macs, says Craig Federighi

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:23

Apple has no plans to introduce Touch-screen Macs, says Craig FederighiWashington, Oct 17 : Apple senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi said that introducing Macbooks with touch screens is something Apple has no plans to do.

Federighi said that they don't think it's the right interface, honestly, Mac is sort of a sit-down experience.

He added that it's awkward and uncomfortable to sit at a desk and continuously reach forward to touch a computer screen. It's not like an iPad or iPhone that you hold in your hands and use in a very relaxed position, CNET reported.

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US Vice President Joe Biden's son discharged from Navy over cocaine use

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:32

Joe BidenWashington, Oct 17 : US Vice President Joe Biden's son, who was discharged this year from the US Navy after reportedly testing positive for cocaine, has expressed regret over his actions.

According to FOX News and as reported by the Wall Street Journal, junior Biden was discharged from duty in February this year because he failed a drug test after reporting to his unit at Navy Public Affairs Support Element East in Norfolk, Va.

Biden, 44, said that he was "embarrassed" and "deeply regretted" his actions that led to his administrative discharge.

Biden, who joined the military in 2013, said that it was the honour of his life to have served in the US Navy .

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What lies underneath Saturn's wobbling moon revealed

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:59

What lies underneath Saturn's wobbling moon revealedWashington, Oct 17 - Scientists using instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft, have measured the wobbles of Mimas, the closest of Saturn's regular moons, and observed that the back and forth wobble caused a surface displacement of 6 kilometers.

Also they found that the amount of the to-and-fro motion indicated that Mimas' interior was not uniform and those wobbles could be produced if the moon contained a weirdly shaped, rocky core or if a sub-surface ocean exists beneath its icy shell.

The astronomy team used a technique called stereo-photogrammetry to interpret images taken by the Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem to measure the libration.

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