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Face recognition tech could end era of forgotten passwords

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:23

Face recognition tech could end era of forgotten passwordsWashington, June 25 : A newly proposed alternative based on the psychology of face recognition was announced recently.

Dubbed 'Facelock', it could put an end to forgotten passwords, and protect users from prying eyes.

Familiarity with a particular face determines a person's ability to identify it across different photographs and as a result a set of faces that are known only to a single individual can be used to create a personalized 'lock'.

Access is then granted to anyone who demonstrates recognition of the faces across images, and denied to anyone who does not.

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Puzzle games can help improve your mental flexibility: Study

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 14:48

 StudyWashington, June 25 - Researchers have shown that adults who played the physics-based puzzle video game 'Cut the Rope' regularly, for as little as an hour a day, had improved executive functions.

The executive functions in your brain are important for making decisions in everyday life when you have to deal with sudden changes in your environment - better known as thinking on your feet.

The video game study by Assistant Professor Michael D. Patterson and his PhD student Mr Adam Oei, tested four different games for the mobile platform, as their previous research had shown that different games trained different skills.

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People with low self-esteem don't crave for cheering up: Study

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 14:30

 StudyWashington, June 25 - A new study has revealed that people with low self esteem does not want others to boost their spirits rather they wish them to see as they are.

Professor Denise Marigold, from Renison University College at Waterloo said that people with low self-esteem want their loved ones to see them as they see themselves and they are often resistant to their friends' reminders of how positively they see them, moreover, they also reject what they call positive reframing expressions of optimism and encouragement for bettering their situation.

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Caffeine's safety concerns increase with energy drinks gaining popularity

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 14:23

Caffeine's safety concerns increase with energy drinks gaining popularityWashington, June 25 - New questions regarding the safety of caffeine for consumers has been recently raised as the caffeine-containing energy drinks have surged in popularity.

However, according to a June 23rd panel discussion at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo in New Orleans there is a rich database of health evidence that had confirmed the safety of caffeine for consumers at current levels of exposure.

But the interaction of caffeine with the myriad of other ingredients that are found in many energy drinks is still unknown.

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ESA considering harpooning space debris

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:25

ESA considering harpooning space debrisWashington, June 25 - Faced with the challenge of capturing tumbling satellites to clear key orbits, ESA is considering harpooning them.

Decades of launches have left Earth surrounded by a halo of space junk: more than 17,000 trackable objects larger than a coffee cup, threatening working missions with catastrophic collision. Even a 1 cm nut could slam into a valuable satellite with the force of a hand grenade.

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'Mysterious' X-ray signal could be dark matter candidate

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:19

'Mysterious' X-ray signal could be dark matter candidateWashington, June 25 - Researchers are mystified by a mysterious X-ray signal which has been found in a detailed study of galaxy clusters using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton.

One intriguing possibility is that the X-rays are produced by the decay of sterile neutrinos, a type of particle that has been proposed as a candidate for dark matter.

While holding exciting potential, these results must be confirmed with additional data to rule out other explanations and determine whether it is plausible that dark matter has been observed.

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Boko Haram abducts 60 more females, 31 boys in Northeast Nigeria

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 19:54

Boko Haram abducts 60 more females, 31 boys in Northeast NigeriaWashington, June 24 : The Islamist terror group Boko Haram has reportedly abducted 60 girls and women along with 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria.

While security forces have denied reports of kidnapping, a local anti-Boko Haram group member said that the abductions took place on Saturday in an attack in which four villagers were killed, ABC News reported.

The Islamist group, earlier, abducted more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April.

Their abduction triggered international outrage, with people protesting and urging governments across the globe to help rescue the girls.

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Michelle Obama won't enter politics after leaving white House

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 19:12

Michelle Obama won't enter politics after leaving white HouseWashington, June 24 : Michelle Obama has said that she won't be getting into politics after leaving White House.

Answering ABC's Robin Roberts question about her considering the political arena, she said that her role would not be political.

She asserted that her new role would be mission-based and service-focused.

Earlier, a new tell- all book penned by journalist Edward Klein had revealed that there was "jealousy" between Clintons and Obamas. (ANI)

Investigators eye pilots' actions in Asiana crash

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 14:18

Washington - Nearly a year after Asiana Flight 214 crashed while landing in San Francisco, the National Transportation Safety Board is meeting to determine what went wrong, who's to blame and how to prevent future accidents.

Among the issues raised by the crash of the South Korean airliner are some that long have concerned aviation officials, including hesitancy by some pilots to abort a landing when things go awry or to challenge a captain's actions.

Other issues include an over-reliance on automated controls that perform functions like maintaining airspeed, and the growing complexity of automated systems, which can confuse pilots.

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Obamas give rare insight into pre-White House days

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 14:14

Obamas give rare insight into pre-White House daysWashington - Giving a rare insight into their pre-White House days, US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle have spoken about their family life when both of them were in jobs and found it tough to spend time together.

"Barack was in Springfield; then he was in Washington. I was in Chicago, trying to manage these two beautiful girls, trying to still hold down a part-time job," the First Lady said while addressing the first White House Summit of Working Families.

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NASA spells out Mars Curiosity Rover's success story in first Martian year

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:55

NASA spells out Mars Curiosity Rover's success story in first Martian yearWashington, June 24 - NASA has spelled out the success story of the Mars Curiosity rover, which would be completing a Martian year - 687 Earth days - on June 24.

The rover has already having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

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First-ever self-powered cardiac pacemaker to make patients' life easier

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:47

First-ever self-powered cardiac pacemaker to make patients' life easierWashington, June 24 - Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a self-powered artificial cardiac pacemaker that is operated semi-permanently by a flexible piezoelectric nanogenerator.

The team headed by Professor Keon Jae Lee of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST and Professor Boyoung Joung, M. D. of the Division of Cardiology at Severance Hospital of Yonsei University, newly designed flexible piezoelectric nanogenerator directly stimulated a living rat's heart using electrical energy converted from the small body movements of the rat.

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Indian researchers shed light on long unanswered question of superconductivity

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:11

Indian researchers shed light on long unanswered question of superconductivityWashington, June 24 - Researchers have shed new light on a long-unanswered question related to superconductivity in so-called transition metal binary alloys.

The team revealed that the local magnetic fluctuations, or spin fluctuations, an intrinsic property of Titanium-Vanadium (Ti-V) alloys, influence superconductivity in a way that is more widespread than previously thought.

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Titan's building blocks may pre-date Saturn itself

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:25

Titan's building blocks may pre-date Saturn itselfWashington, June 24 - Researchers have claimed to have found evidence about the building blocks of Saturn's moon Titan pre-dating the planet itself.

The researchers found that nitrogen in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan originated in

conditions similar to the cold birthplace of the most ancient comets from the Oort cloud.

The finding has ruled out the possibility that Titan's building blocks formed within the warm disk of material thought to have surrounded the infant planet Saturn during its formation.

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White dwarf star that looks like diamond identified

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:22

White dwarf star that looks like diamond identifiedWashington, June 24 - A team of astronomers, using multiple telescopes, have identified a faint white dwarf star that looks like diamond.

White dwarfs are the extremely dense end states of stars like our Sun: after their nuclear fuel is exhausted, they collapse from the size of a star (about 1,000,000 miles across) to the size of the Earth (7,000 miles across).

This white dwarf, located in the constellation Aquarius, is so cool that its carbon has crystallized - in other words, it's like a diamond, with a mass similar to that of our Sun.

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Gestures as important as words to make one understood

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:38

Gestures as important as words to make one understoodWashington, June 24 - Gestures and words form a single communication system which enhances the expression intended as the ability to make oneself understood, according to a new research that demonstrates the role of gestures in speech "prosody".

Marina Nespor, a neuroscientist at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste. Nespor, with Alan Langus, a SISSA research fellow, and Bahia Guellai from the Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defence, conducted the investigation at SISSA.

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Indian physicists say Ti-V alloy's local magnetic fluctuations affect superconductivity

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:32

Washington, June 24 - Indian physicist have said that the local magnetic fluctuations, or spin fluctuations, an intrinsic property of Titanium-Vanadium (Ti-V) alloys, influence superconductivity in a way that is more widespread than previously thought.

According to the study, it is the competition between these local magnetic fluctuations and the interaction between electrons and collective excitations, referred to as phonons, which determine the superconductivity .

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US should elect woman president as soon as possible: Michelle Obama

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:03

First Lady Michelle ObamaWashington - The US should elect a woman as president "as soon as possible" and the country is ready for it, First Lady Michelle Obama has said.

Her remarks come at a time when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being seen as a strong 2016 presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.

"That should happen as soon as possible," Michelle said in response to a question about when a woman should be elected to the highest office in the country.

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Murdoch's News Corp sells community newspapers

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:56

Rupert MurdochNew York - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Said today it was selling a group of 11 community newspapers as part of a move to globalise and digitise its publishing operations.

News Corp., which was formed when Murdoch broke up his corporate empire into two separate units, did not disclose the terms of the sale of Community Newspaper Group (CNG) to Les and Jennifer Goodstein, owners of a group of New York city neighborhood publications.

The sale "helps us reshape the News Corp portfolio as we achieve greater globalisation and digitisation of our businesses with an eye towards long-term growth," said Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp.

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Indian pleads guilty in $200 mn credit card fraud scheme

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:30

Indian pleads guilty in $200 mn credit card fraud schemeNew York - An Indian businessman, involved in USD 200 million credit card fraud schemes, has pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and now faces a penalty of 15 years in prison.

The banking fraud is one of the largest ever prosecuted by US federal authorities businesses and financial institutions. The guilty, Vijay Verma (46) of New Jersey, is scheduled for sentencing in September.

Vijay Verma, who owns a store, pleaded guilty before US District Judge Anne Thompson in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of access device fraud.

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