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HRW urges new Afghan leadership to delay executions in rape case

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 19:00

HRW urges new Afghan leadership to delay executions in rape caseNew York, Oct 8 : Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani to delay the execution of five men convicted in a badly flawed trial following the gang-rape of four women in Paghman district near Kabul.

The men, who were convicted of robbery and extramarital sex (zina), are scheduled to be executed today.

President Ghani should order an independent review of the handling of the case by the government, including the police and the prosecutor's office, Human Rights Watch said.

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Acknowledge your looks to grab masculine jobs

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:57

Acknowledge your looks to grab masculine jobsWashington, Oct 8 : A research has revealed that acknowledging appearance may reduce bias when beautiful women apply for male-dominated jobs.

The study at the University of Colorado Boulder found that when an attractive woman applied for a job typically filled by men, like a construction job, and said, "I know I don't look like your typical applicant," or "I know there aren't a lot of women in this industry," and pointed out successes on her resume, she received higher ratings from reviewers than counterparts who made no mention of their looks.

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Siri distracts the most while driving: Study

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:01

 StudyWashington, Oct 8 : A new study has revealed that drivers using hands-free virtual assistants like Apple's Siri can be distracted by the technology, creating safety hazards.

According to the study, Toyota's Entune was the least distracting in-car system, while the most distracting was Chevy's MyLink and Apple's Siri was the worst, Mashable reported.

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Barack Obama's brother-in-law joins ESPN as color commentator

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:54

Barack ObamaWashington, Oct 8 - Barack Obama's brother-in-law Craig Robinson has joined ESPN as a color commentator for this season's college basketball coverage.

According to the network's announcement, Robinson, a native of Chicago married with four children and is the oldest brother of U. S. First Lady Michelle Obama, and Stan Heath, the former head coach at the University of Arkansas and the University of South Florida, are added to its commentator ranks.

The pair of former coaches will debut during ESPN's mid-November season-opening Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and Robinson's first game will be Nov. 18, on ESPN2, in a game between Iona and Wofford. (ANI)

Now, smart cup that can calculate calories in your drink

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:40

Now, smart cup that can calculate calories in your drinkWashington, Oct 08 - Researchers have developed a smart cup that can count the calories of the drink poured in.

The Vessyl "smart cup" could detect the molecular makeup of a drink with the help of the small sensors fitted in and track the amount of sugar, caffeine, protein or fat, CBS News reported.

The cup could also send the nutritional drink data to a smartphone to help users keep track of their consumption.

The cup took seven years to develop, and would be available for sale in 2015. (ANI)

Sharing both good and bad experiences make it more intense

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:35

Sharing both good and bad experiences make it more intenseWashington, Oct 8 - A new study has revealed that people who share experiences with another person rate those experiences as more pleasant or unpleasant than those who undergo the experience on their own.

In the study, subjects shared chocolate with someone they thought was another study participant (in fact, it was a researcher who always played the same role). In each case, they were given two pieces of chocolate.

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Facebook reportedly working on app to let people interact anonymously

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:27

Facebook reportedly working on app to let people interact anonymouslyWashington, Oct 8 - Facebook is reportedly working on a standalone app that will let users to interact and communicate anonymously.

According to The Verge, it would mark a huge departure from the company's traditional approach to connecting people; real names and identity have long been central to Facebook's model.

The New York Times says this app, which has been developed under the eye of acquihire Josh Miller, would allow Facebook users to ditch their real names in favor of pseudonyms that would theoretically make them feel more comfortable discussing a range of topics with other people.

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Study proves 'out of body', 'near-death' experiences may actually be real

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:19

Study proves 'out of body', 'near-death' experiences may actually be realWashington, Oct 8 - Scientists have revealed for the very first time that they have found evidence that suggests that life can continue after death.

According to the four-year international study of 2060 cardiac arrest cases across 15 hospitals by the AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study, the themes relating to the experience of death appear far broader than what has been understood so far, or what has been described as so called near-death experiences.

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Women were lashed for not covering eyes: Former IS female fighter

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 19:53

 Former IS female fighterWashington, Oct 07 : A former Islamic State (IS) fighter, who joined the terror group's women's brigade, has reportedly revealed that women were not allowed to show their eyes and were lashed for not adhering to the rules outlined by the terror group.

The 25-year-old fighter, who called herself Khadija, said that the group was responsible for patrolling the streets of Raqqa and ensuring that women abided by the codes of conduct laid down by the IS that banned form-fitting or beaded abayas, reported the CNN.

The squad is called Khansa's brigade and comprises about 25 to 30 women led by commander Umm Hamza, she said.

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Floating toll path on Thames to let London cyclists travel without traffic jams

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 18:02

Floating toll path on Thames to let London cyclists travel without traffic jamsWashington, Oct 7 : Artists, architects and engineers have come together with a proposal to create a bike path that would float along roughly seven miles of river Thames, creating protected bike lanes in traffic-clogged London.

The path, which will be called the Thames Deckway, would run east-west along the river's southern bank for about seven miles, from Battersea to Canary Wharf, the Verge reported.

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'Osama's body dropped into sea with 300 pounds of iron chains'

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:49

'Osama's body dropped into sea with 300 pounds of iron chains'Washington - After al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan's garrison town of Abbottabad, his body was kept in a heavy black bag of 300 pounds of iron chain and dropped into the sea, former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said.

After Osama was shot dead, Panetta said, as planned the body of the world's most wanted terrorist was transported by marines flying an Osprey to waiting aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson for his burial by sea.

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NYC Mayor, Modi discussed need for strong working relationship

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:44

NYC Mayor, Modi discussed need for strong working relationshipNew York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi importance of a strong working relationship between India and the US, underscoring that such ties are critical for democracy and security around the world.

The Mayor said he was honoured to have spent time with the visiting Indian leader last week.

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Aritificial Intelligence' robots may be capable of all tasks

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:36

Aritificial Intelligence' robots may be capable of all tasksWashington, Oct 7 - Researchers have produced a theoretical work on quantum mechanics that focused on using quantum computing to accelerate the machine learning, which will allow creation of much smarter and more creative robots than conventional ones.

According to researchers from The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the University of Innsbruck (Austria), the work would come under a new discipline, called 'quantum AI', an area in which the company Google has started to invest millions of dollars via the creation of a specialized laboratory in collaboration with the NASA.

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US faces greatest military challenge from China: Jindal

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:22

Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby JindalWashington - Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has lashed out at Chinese military buildup, saying the US today faces the greatest military challenge from China.

"In terms of traditional military power, the greatest challenge facing the United States is China. For the past nearly 20 years, China has engaged in a massive military buildup," Jindal said in a major policy paper in defense which he co-authored with the former US Senator Jim Talent.

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Warming of Southern Hemisphere oceans underestimated

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:21

Warming of Southern Hemisphere oceans underestimatedWashington, Oct 7 - Scientists have revealed that until recent improvements occurred in the observational system in the early 21st century, Southern Hemisphere ocean heat content changes were likely underestimated.

Lawrence Livermore scientists used a fleet of miniature research vessels (Argo), the global flotilla of more than 3,600 robotic profiling floats, that point towards heating of the upper layers of the world's ocean currents.

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Familiar voices help children better learn languages

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:05

Familiar voices help children better learn languagesWashington, Oct 7 : A new study has shown that a familiar voice only helps children to process and understand words they already know well, not new words that aren't in their vocabularies.

The concept, known as the 'familiar talker advantage', comes into play in situations where it is difficult to hear. For example, in a loud or crowded room, adults can better understand those whose voices they already know.

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Syrian Al Qaeda plotting to attack US or its allies 'very soon': FBI

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:20

James ComeyWashington, Oct 06 - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey has reportedly said that the Syrian offshoot of Al Qaeda, Khorasan, is plotting to attack the United States or its allies and may do it "very soon."

According to CBS News, Comey conceded that Al Nusra, the Syrian front of Al Qaeda which is now sheltering Khorasan, has experienced terrorists, bomb makers, killers, planners with an international eye, who can wage a global jihad.

He also conceded that about "a dozen" Americans are fighting in the Middle East and cannot be prevented from returning back to the homeland but added that they will be monitored "very carefully."

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Now, a prized Clive Christian special edition perfume with a whopping $228K price tag

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:38

Clive ChristianNew York, Oct 7 - British perfumer Clive Christian has created a special edition of his No.?1 perfume in the honor of the opening of the Salon de Parfum boutique at Harrods department store in London, which is priced at a whopping 143,000 pounds.

The special-edition crystal bottle is encased in hand-crafted, 24-karat gold lattice-work and also 2,000 individually set diamonds - including two yellow diamonds and a rare pink diamond on the lion emblem, the New York Post reported.

Christian has said on his website that he was inspired to create an iconic bottle as precious as a crown jewel to mark this special event.

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Leaders may be made, not born

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:57

Leaders may be made, not bornWashington, Oct 7 - A new research has demonstrated that leaders may be made, but not born and the development of the leadership qualities follows a specific progression.

The study suggested that science is involved in teaching leadership development.

Professors Kari Keating, who teaches leadership courses in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' agricultural leadership education major, said that in only 15 weeks in their introductory class, students reported significant gains in three important components of leadership, self-efficacy, or confidence in their ability to lead, skills and motivation to lead.

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Second total Lunar Eclipse of 2014 set to light up skies on Oct 8

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:16

Second total Lunar Eclipse of 2014 set to light up skies on Oct 8Washington, Oct 07 - The second total lunar eclipse of 2014 will light up the sky across a vast swathe of the world on October 8.

The entire "total" phase of the eclipse would be visible across all but a narrow strip of the East Coast.

The eclipse would begin at 4:15 a. m. Central Daylight Time, when the Moon first touches Earth's dark inner shadow. It'll be fully immersed in the shadow about an hour later, beginning the total eclipse.

The western U. S., including Alaska and Hawaii, would see the whole thing. The Moon would set while the eclipse would be in progress as seen from the eastern half of the country. (ANI)

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