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Lashing out at wife? Check your glucose level

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:07

Lashing out at wife? Check your glucose levelNew York, April 15 - Do you often lash out at your spouse? Go get your blood sugar checked as lower glucose levels may make couple go 'hangry' and even more likely to lash out aggressively.

“The study shows how one simple, often overlooked factor - hunger caused by low levels of blood glucose - may play a role in marital arguments, confrontations and possibly even some domestic violence,” said Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at the Ohio State University.

People can relate to this idea that when they get hungry, they get cranky. It even has a slang term: “hangry” (hungry + angry), Bushman explained.

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Corporate America committed to long-term investment in India

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:11

Corporate America committed to long-term investment in IndiaWashington, April 15 - Corporate America has reaffirmed US companies' commitment to India's growth and focus on reviving investor sentiment and cross-border collaboration in the first year after India's elections.

The US-India Business Council (USIBC), comprised of more than 350 of the top-tier US and Indian companies, made the reaffirmation at a meeting in New York Monday with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)governor, Raghuram Rajan.

The private meeting was attended by top executives from global financial services companies and institutional investors, USIBC said.

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Cassini spacecraft may have documented birth of Saturn's new moon

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:59

Cassini spacecraft may have documented birth of Saturn's new moonWashington, April 15 - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn, which could may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons.

Images taken with Cassini's narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn's A ring-the outermost of the planet's large, bright rings.

One of these disturbances is an arc about 20 percent brighter than its surroundings, 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) long and 6 miles (10 kilometers) wide.

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Miss America Nina Davuluri to join White House Easter Egg Roll

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:42

Miss America Nina Davuluri to join White House Easter Egg RollWashington, April 15 - Nina Davuluri, the first Indian American and second Asian American to be chosen as Miss America, will be one of the readers on Storytime Stage at this year's White House Easter Egg Roll.

The 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll next Monday marks a tradition in its 136th year, and the largest annual public event at the White House.

The event in support of the First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, "Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape."

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Corruption issue to resonate among Indians in the elections: Gallup poll

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:26

 Gallup pollWashington, April 15 - A majority of Indians of all generations see corruption as a widespread problem that they don't think the current government is doing enough to combat, according to a new US poll, which says the issue will "resonate" in these elections.

Contending political parties' promises of tackling the country's graft "likely resonate with Indian voters, including the estimated 150 million young people who will be casting a ballot for the first time," according to Gallup, a leading US public opinion organisation.

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Bangalore-born Vijay Seshadri wins Pulitzer for poetry

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:03

Bangalore-born Vijay Seshadri wins Pulitzer for poetryWashington, April 15 - Bangalore born Indian-American poet Vijay Seshadri has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for "3 Sections", called "a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia."

Seshadri, 60, will get the $10,000 prize for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, Columbia University, which administers the prestigious prizes announced Monday.

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Kansas shootings suspect to face hate crime charges

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:37

Washington, April 15 - A 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan member accused of killing three people in suburban Kansas city shootings Sunday will face hate crime charges, US law enforcement officials said Monday.

The federal and local law enforcement have said the shooting at a Jewish community centre and a retirement home in Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb in the US state of Kansas, constituted a hate crime, Xinhua reported.

"We have unquestionably determined through the work of local and federal law enforcement agencies that this was a hate crime," Overland Park police chief John Douglass told a press conference Monday.

Douglass said the law enforcement officials made the determination following the suspect's statements to police after the shooting.

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Guardian, Washington Post share Pulitzer

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:32

Guardian, Washington Post share PulitzerWashington, April 15 - The Guardian and The Washington Post were awarded the honour Monday of sharing the Pulitizer Prize in the Public Service category for their news coverage of US espionage based on the revelations of former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

The British newspaper was recognised for "helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy", Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism said.

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Pentagon says Russian jet flies near US warship

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:07

Pentagon says Russian jet flies near US warshipWashington, April 15 - A Russian fighter jet flew near a US warship in the Black Sea for 12 times Saturday amid rising tensions in eastern Ukraine, the Pentagon said Monday.

The USS Donald Cook, a navy destroyer that arrived in the Black Sea April 10, was patrolling in international waters in the western Black Sea when an unarmed Russian Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft repeatedly flew nearby, Xinhua quoted Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesperson, as saying.

"The aircraft did not respond to multiple queries and warnings from Donald Cook, and the event ended without incident after approximately 90 minutes," Warren said.

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Small RNAs may hold key to hereditary trauma

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:16

Small RNAs may hold key to hereditary traumaWashington, April 14 : A new study has revealed that short RNA molecules could hold key to understand the physiological processes underlying hereditary trauma.

The study found that traumatic stress alters the amount of several microRNAs in the blood, brain and sperm, while some microRNAs were produced in excess, others were lower than in the corresponding tissues or cells of control animals, which resulted in misregulation of cellular processes normally controlled by these microRNAs.

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Jewish centre 'killer' yelled 'heil Hitler' as he shot dead victims in Kansas

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:53

Jewish centre 'killer' yelled 'heil Hitler' as he shot dead victims in KansasNew York, Apr 14 - A 73 year old gun man, who reportedly killed three people at Jewish-related locations in the Kansas City area, yelled 'heil Hiltler!'as he opened fire on his victims, the police said.

The man, identified as Frazier Glenn opened fire with a shotgun outside the community center, killing two people, after which, he then drove to a nearby Jewish senior living facility and shot an elderly woman, New York Daily reported.

Cross was later arrested 11 miles south of Kansas City.

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Jeans going out of fashion among teens

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:40

Jeans going out of fashion among teensWashington, Apr 14 : America's teenagers are replacing denims with elastic-waistband stretch pants called Leggings, according to a report on teens' buying habits.

According to a semi-annual study released by financial services firm Piper Jaffray, leggings and yoga pants from Lululemon were ranked as the favorites among female teens this spring and Nike was the most popular trend brand among boys, the Huffington Post reported.

A new term 'Athleisure' has been coined for clothes that can be worn outside the gym as well.

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Soon, smart phone to help detect counterfeit goods

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:56

Soon, smart phone to help detect counterfeit goodsWashington, April 14 : What about a smartphone-readable device that can help authenticate currency, electronic parts and luxury goods to minimise counterfeit?

Chemical engineers from Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) have invented a new type of tiny, smartphone-readable particle that is invisible to the naked eye, contain colored stripes of nanocrystals that glow brightly when lit up with near-infrared light.

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Meet the 'sperminator' who has fathered at least 99 children

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:53

Meet the 'sperminator' who has fathered at least 99 childrenNew York, Apr 14 : A man from Dutch town of Maastricht, who works as a tour guide on weekdays, is reportedly Europe's most prolific sperm donor and has fathered almost 99 children.

Ed Houben said that he has fathered 99 children in Australia, Israel, Canada, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, England but added that there are other possible - women whom he had sex with but never heard from again, the New York Post reported.

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Beware! Sexual narcissist men are likely cheaters

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:36

Beware! Sexual narcissist men are likely cheatersNew York, April 14 - Are you dating a narcissist who carries an unrealistic sense of possessing sexual skills to satisfy anyone in bed? Be alarmed that such a person is more likely to cheat on you.

Research suggests that sexual narcissism could be a potential sign that a person is more likely to be unfaithful.

“People with higher levels of sexual narcissism were more likely to cheat on their partners than participants with lower levels,” said lead researcher James K. McNulty from Florida State University.

“The spouses who were more confident about their sexual skill were more likely to commit an infidelity,” co-author Laura Widman explained.

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UNSC holds 'urgent' meeting amid 'worsening' Ukraine crisis

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:42

UNSC holds 'urgent' meeting amid 'worsening' Ukraine crisisWashington, Apr 14 - The UN Security Council reportedly held an urgent meeting recently to discuss the deepening Ukraine crisis, evoking strong criticism and accusations.

According to CNN, speaking first, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, U. N. assistant secretary-general for political affairs, set the tone for discussions, saying that Ukraine "teeters on the brink."

Taranco said that it is not just Ukraine that will suffer from a scenario where the likelihood of further bloodshed and violent clashes grows by the hour.

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Coming, glasses as strong as steel

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:19

Coming, glasses as strong as steelNew York, April 14 - Imagine glasses that are strong as steel and can be used for producing hard, durable and seamless complex shapes that no other metal processing method can.

Scientists at Yale University have devised a dramatically faster way of identifying and characterising complex alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), a versatile type of pliable glass that is stronger than steel.

Using traditional methods, it usually takes a full day to identify a single metal alloy appropriate for making BMGs.

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Unlocked: How heredity, environment affect gene expression

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:01

 How heredity, environment affect gene expressionWashington, April 14 - Everyone has the same set of genes and it is difficult to determine which genes are heritable or controlled by your DNA versus those that may be affected by the environment. Now, no more.

In a path-breaking research, researchers have taken the first steps toward creating a roadmap that may help scientists narrow down the genetic cause of numerous diseases.

The work also sheds new light on how heredity and environment can affect gene expression.

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Scientists find faster way to create glasses as strong as steel

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:11

Scientists find faster way to create glasses as strong as steelWashington, April 14 - Researchers at Yale University have developed a dramatically faster method of identifying and characterizing complex alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) - a versatile type of pliable glass that's stronger than steel.

The new method allows researchers to screen about 3,000 alloys per day and simultaneously ascertain certain properties, such as melting temperature and malleability.

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Woman arrested for killing her seven babies in US

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:52

Woman arrested for killing her seven babies in USWashington, April 14 - Police in the US state of Utah Sunday arrested a 39-year-old woman for killing her seven infants over a 10-year period, the media reported.

Megan Huntsman was arrested from her Pleasant Grove home and booked on murder charges, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Huntsman's ex-husband, who is believed to be the father of the infants, tipped off police Saturday and they found the body of a newborn infant, who appeared to be full term.

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