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China reportedly shows off next-gen submarine at PLAN

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:38

China reportedly shows off next-gen submarine at PLANWashington, July 6 - China reportedly showed off a mock-up of its next-generation nuclear-powered attack submarine at its submarine academy, People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in Qingdao, China.

With this move, speculations are rife about China investing heavily on advanced submarines. According to The Washington Post, the show may just be a means of inspiring students at the academy. However; it also added that the move may also signify PLAN's preparation to bring out its next generation submarines.


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Apple hires Tag Heuer's sales director for upcoming iWatch

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 11:19

Apple hires Tag Heuer's sales director for upcoming iWatchWashington, July 5 - Tech giant Apple has reportedly hired a top sales executive from Swiss luxury-watch maker Tag Heuer, as the iPhone maker purportedly gears up for an October launch of a smartwatch.

Head of watch brands at luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH, which counts Tag Heuer among its subsidiaries, Jean-Claude Biver informed that Apple has signed on Tag Heuer's sales director.

Biver said that if it had been a direct competitor, he would have felt a bit betrayed, but if he ( sales director) goes to Apple then it would be a great experience for him, CNET reported.

The iWatch is expected to launch in September or October. (ANI)


Now, improve your punch with 'smart' iPunch boxing gloves

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:10

Now, improve your punch with 'smart' iPunch boxing glovesWashington, July 4 - 'Smart boxing gloves' called iPunch are the latest in the gadget world. These gloves can connect to smartphone via Bluetooth and display the power and speed of one's punches.

The concept is the brainchild of Stephen Cains, CEO and Founder of the Responsive Sports start-up, who has been practicing Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) forms of boxing and kickboxing respectively for 16 years, Mashable reports.

Cains said that the idea of developing iPunch came from a desire to improve his training methods. He said that he put sensors on his gloves to measure his performance.


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Scientists rewrite human evolution timeline

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:28

Scientists rewrite human evolution timelineWashington, July 4 - Scientists have synthesized a new theory that the traits that have allowed humans to adapt and thrive in a variety of varying climate conditions evolved in Africa gradually and at separate times.

Many traits unique to humans were long thought to have originated in the genus Homo between 2.4 and 1.8 million years ago in Africa and it was earlier believed that large brain, long legs, the ability to craft tools and prolonged maturation periods have evolved together at the start of the Homo lineage as African grasslands expanded and Earth's climate became cooler and drier.


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How giraffes stay upright on 'spindly legs' revealed

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:13

How giraffes stay upright on 'spindly legs' revealedWashington, July 4 - A highly specialized ligament structure has been identified by the researchers at the Royal Veterinary College that is thought to prevent giraffes' legs from collapsing under the immense weight of these animals.

Christ Basu, a PhD student in the Structure and Motion Lab said that giraffes were heavy animals but had unusually skinny limb bones for an animal of this size which means that their leg bones were under high levels of mechanical stress.

The researchers hypothesized that this arrangement may help solve the mystery of how the giraffes' spindly legs could support its weight.


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Study disproves signal clues from two potentially habitable planets

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:11

Study disproves signal clues from two potentially habitable planetsWashington, July 4 - Scientists have revealed that the controversial signals were not coming from the two planets, which might support life, orbiting the dwarf star Gliese 581.

Suvrath Mahadevan, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State, said they have proven that some of the other controversial signals were not coming from two additional proposed Goldilocks planets in the star's habitable zone, but instead were coming from activity within the star itself.


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Key to measuring stars' age lies in acoustic vibrations

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:04

Key to measuring stars' age lies in acoustic vibrationsWashington, July 4 - Young stars can be distinguished from adolescent stars by measuring their acoustic vibrations using ultrasound technology similar to that used in the field of medicine, according to the researchers.

Konstanze Zwintz, a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven's Institute for Astronomy said that their data showed that the youngest stars vibrated slower while the stars nearer to adulthood vibrate faster.

Zwintz asserted that a star's mass had a major impact on its development and stars with a smaller mass evolved slower whereas, heavy stars grew faster and aged more quickly.


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US looking at 'reinvigorating' India-US relationship: Rhodes

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:59

Ben RhodesWashington: The US is excited about the prospect of "reinvigorating" the Indo-US ties under the new Indian Government and is looking forward to a meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a top White House official has said.

"Economy and trade, energy and climate change, regional security, counter-terrorism and Asia Pacific region are expected to be the focus areas when Obama meets Modi, this would also be an opportunity for the two leaders to establish a personal equations for the years to come," Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said yesterday.


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China provides 4th of July fireworks to US

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 10:28

China provides 4th of July fireworks to USWashington, July 4 - On the occasion of 4th of July, United States Independence day, the fireworks would be brought in by China, it has been revealed.

Over the past 35 years, China has grabbed nearly the entire U. S. market, with 98 to 99 percent of what consumers will buy this year being made there, as well as 75 percent of the "display" fireworks, which are used in big, public shows, Politico reported.

Julie Heckman, executive director of American Pyrotechnics Association, said that fireworks were a big business, with 675 million dollars in sales just to consumers who would shoot off their own products expected this year.


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Situation in Iraq complex and fluid: Hagel

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:31

US Defence Secretary Chuck HagelWashington - American military personnel in Baghdad are currently assessing the situation and finding ways to help and assist Iraqi security forces, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said today adding that the situation in Iraq, where Islamic militants have taken control of a large part of the country, is "complex and fluid".


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Obama voted worst President since World War II

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:26

Obama voted worst President since World War IIWashington, July 03 - Thirty-three percent of American voters have voted President Barack Obama as the worst President since the Second World War in a poll. Only eight percent of voters voted Obama as the best in the list that included George W. Bush, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and others.

Released on Wednesday, the poll conducted by Quinnipac University revealed that Bush followed Obama closely as the second-worst at 28 percent. On the other hand, Nixon came third in the list with 13 percent of the votes.


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Rivalry brings out best in one's athletic performance

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:36

Rivalry brings out best in one's athletic performanceWashington, July 3 - A new study has revealed that harnessing personal rivalries could boost up an individual's athletic performance and motivate them to work harder.

The research that surveyed runners and used data from 184 races found that even local races often produce rivals who pushed each other to higher levels of performance, and that several other factors lead to rivalry like similarity (e. g. age and gender), repeated competition and closely-decided contests.


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Key to Tibetans' altitude adaptation may lie in extinct denisovans

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:40

Key to Tibetans' altitude adaptation may lie in extinct denisovansWashington, July 3 - A new study has found that the altitude adaptation in Tibet might have been caused by the introgression of DNA from extinct Denisovans or Denisovan-related individuals into humans.

According to the scientists, this work sheds new light into understanding human's adaptation to diverse environments including temperature extremes, new pathogens, and high altitude.


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Obama calls Saudi King to discuss on Iraq and ISIL

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:52

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama has called Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud to discuss the current situation in Iraq and the threat being posed by ISIL, the White House said.

ISIL or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (alternatively translated as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) have gained control over parts of Iraq and Syria and have declared the areas as Islamic State.


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Sri Lanka asked not to deport members of Pak minority

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:36

Bill FrelickWashington - A US-based human rights group has asked Sri Lanka not to deport members of Pakistani minority Ahmadiya community until the UN refugee agency had full access to them and determined their need for international protection.

At least 142 Pakistanis, mostly of the minority Ahmadiya community, arrested in police sweeps in Sri Lanka in June 2014 are being detained and are at risk of deportation, the Human Rights Watch said.


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HRW tells Lanka Govt not to deport Pakistani minorities summarily

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:35

HRW tells Lanka Govt not to deport Pakistani minorities summarilyNew York, July 3 - At least 142 Pakistanis arrested in police sweeps in Sri Lanka in June 2014 are being detained and are at risk of deportation, Human Rights Watch said today.

It further said that the Sri Lankan controller general of immigration should not deport members of Pakistani minority groups until the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has had full access to them and determined their need for international protection.


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Unwed parents should marry before their kids' turn 3: Study

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:09

 StudyWashington, July 3 - A new study has claimed that the best time to tie the knot for unmarried couples who have kids, is before their kids' 3rd birthday.

Federal policies have often presumed that unmarried parents will be most receptive to marriage right after a baby's birth, a period that has been dubbed the 'magic moment', and as per author Christina Gibson-Davis from Duke University, it turns out that the period lasts longer than conventional wisdom has held, lasting even longer for some subgroups.

But patterns vary greatly by race, with more African-American mothers marrying much later than mothers of other races or ethnicities.


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Titan's ocean may be as saline as Earth's Dead Sea: Study

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:39

 StudyWashington, July 3 - Scientists have revealed that NASA's Cassini mission have provided firm evidence that ocean inside the Saturn 's largest moon, Titan, might be extremely salty like Earth's Dead Sea.

The new results come from a study of gravity and topography data collected during Cassini's repeated flybys of Titan during the past 10 years.


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Kangaroos use their tail as 'fifth leg'

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:36

Kangaroos use their tail as 'fifth leg'Washington, July 3 - A new study has revealed that kangaroos use their tail as a "fifth leg" and plant their tails on the ground in combination with their front and hind legs.

According to the study by researchers at Simon Fraser University showed that the animals move with a "pentapedal" gait, which provides new insight into the diversity of biological movement, and specific insight into why humans walk the way they do.


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Obama congratulates US football team on their WC performance

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:05

President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama has commended the National Football team for their performance and making the country proud in the World Cup tournament in Brazil, the White House has said.

Obama called the team captain Clint Dempsey and the goalkeeper Tim Howard yesterday.

On the call, the President commended them not only for their work on the field, but for carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud.

The President noted how captivating the team`s performance was and asked both men to relay his congratulations to Coach Klinsmann and the entire team on their hard work," the White House said.


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