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'Blue' dominates choice of color in most websites, mobile apps

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 13:28

'Blue' dominates choice of color in most websites, mobile appsWashington, June 29 - A new research shows that 'blue' is the dominant color of choice for many leading websites and mobile apps.

John Herrman at The Awl observes that blue is most commonly and widely used in websites, mobile apps, and other platforms. Even the color of most app icons is blue, The Verge reported.

Blue is considered a cool and calming color, which may be the reason behind the choice.

The most famous websites like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn etc and mobile apps like Instagram have something in common, and that is their 'blue' color. (ANI)


Users spend more time on mobile apps than any other digital media

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 12:59

Users spend more time on mobile apps than any other digital mediaWashington, June 29 - A new report revealed that time spent on mobile apps is higher than any other digital medium, coming in at 51 percent.

The analytic company 'ComScore' looked at roughly 10 billion minutes of user engagement on apps during the month of May.

According to CNET, of all the app categories, digital radio is where people spend the most amount of time, with 96 percent of user engagement coming from mobile devices and Pandora leading that category.


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New tell-all book claims Hillary Clinton shared trick to get pregnant with Chelsea

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 16:19

New tell-all book claims Hillary Clinton shared trick to get pregnant with ChelseaWashington, June 28 : Hillary Clinton was so keen on becoming a grandmother that she shared tips on how to conceive with her daughter Chelsea, according to a new tell-all book.

Edward Klein has claimed in ' Blood Feud: The Clintons vs the Obamas' that the former First Lady had been urging her daughter to get pregnant and advised her to get away from all the stress she was under to make it happen, Radar Online reported.


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Study reveals monkeys believe in winning and losing streaks

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 14:51

Study reveals monkeys believe in winning and losing streaksWashington, June 28 : A new study has revealed that monkeys also share humans' unfounded belief in winning and losing streaks .

According to the researchers, the penchant to see patterns that actually don't exist may be inherited, an evolutionary adaptation that may have provided our ancestors a selective advantage when foraging for food in the wild.


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Julian Assange may make modeling debut in London Fashion Week

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 14:23

Julian Assange may make modeling debut in London Fashion WeekWashington, June 28 : Julian Assange has been reportedly asked to model during London Fashion Week in a show by designer Ben Westwood.

The show will take place at the Ecuadorian embassy, where the WikiLeaks founder has been for two years in order to avoid political asylum from a British court order to extradite him to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, CNet reported.

Westwood said that according to him Assange was a popular hero, so he wanted to highlight Assange's plight as it was a citizen's duty to stand up for justice and freedom of speech.


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Only reduction in CO2 emissions can help address climate change

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:19

Only reduction in CO2 emissions can help address climate changeWashington, June 28 - A new study has said that the politically expedient way to mitigate climate change is essentially no way at all.

Among the climate pollutants humans put into the atmosphere in significant quantities, the effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the longest-lived, with effects on climate that extend thousands of years after emissions cease.


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People less likely to recommend favorite products on social media sites

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:05

People less likely to recommend favorite products on social media sitesWashington, June 28 - Researchers have found that users of social media websites are less likely to use the platform to promote their favorite products and services.

According to the study, people are more likely to express their opinions about products in intimate face-to-face social situations instead of their social media pages as most users usually have a wide range of " friends " or "followers" on social media sites, which deters them from expressing their opinions as they feel more vulnerable to adverse comments.


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Study finds new hypothesis behind ice age caused 2.6m yrs ago

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 11:51

Study finds new hypothesis behind ice age caused 2.6m yrs agoWashington, June 28 - A new research has provided major latest theory that might explain the cause of ice age that covered large parts of the Northern Hemisphere 2.6 million years ago.

The study found that previously unknown mechanism by which the joining of North and South America changed the salinity of the Pacific Ocean and caused major ice sheet growth across the Northern Hemisphere.


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Now, have sex with your iPad with 'Fleshlight Launchpad'

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 11:39

Now, have sex with your iPad with 'Fleshlight Launchpad'Washington, June 28 - A new iPad case has been launched with a sex toy attached to it called ' Fleshlight Launchpad' that allows adults to masturbate while watching a raunchy video on the gadget.

The Launchpad only works with older full-sized iPad models like iPad 2 through fourth generation and rugged handgrips on either side is also included in it.

The company behind both the Fleshlight and the Launchpad case, Interactive Life Forms, said that it was inspired by an image that was leaked years ago of an iPad case that holds a Fleshlight.


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Ancient ocean currents may have changed pace and intensity of ice ages

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:42

Ancient ocean currents may have changed pace and intensity of ice agesWashington, June 28 - Researchers have long tried to explain why ice-age cycles became longer and more intense some 900,000 years ago, switching from 41,000-year cycles to 100,000-year cycles.

However, now researchers report that the deep ocean currents that move heat around the globe stalled or may have stopped at that time, possibly due to expanding ice cover in the Northern Hemisphere.


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Study reveals tofu ingredient could revolutionize solar panel production

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 18:11

Study reveals tofu ingredient could revolutionize solar panel productionWashington, June 27 : A new study has found that chemical used to make tofu and bath salts could also replace a highly toxic and expensive substance used to make solar cells.

According to University of Liverpool researchers, cadmium chloride, which is a highly toxic soluble compound used in making solar panels, requires elaborate safety measures to protect workers during manufacture, but it can be replaced it with magnesium chloride, which is extracted from seawater and is already used in products such as tofu, bath salts and for de-icing roads.


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Obama seeks authorization for direct military training of Syrian rebels

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 14:51

Obama seeks authorization for direct military training of Syrian rebelsWashington, June 27 - The Obama administration has asked the U. S. Congress to authorize the release of 500 million dollars to allow the U. S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels.

According to the Washington Post, if this amount is sanctioned, it could significantly escalate American involvement in the civil war in Syria.


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Ukraine, Russia continue peace talks while violence persists

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 13:43

John KerryWashington, 27 June - Russia and Ukraine confirmed on Thursday that they would continue talks while an already weak ceasefire is expected to end.

Ceasefire has somewhat settled issues but the violence continues in Eastern Ukraine. Russian separatists are reported to have taken over the government buildings. A Ukraine base in the Donetsk area was attacked by the rebels and nine soldiers died while a military helicopter was shot down.

According to the Washington Post, many Ukrainians were fleeing to Russia from the Eastern border. There was a sense of betrayal among them and they pledged to never come back to their homelands.


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How one of Earth's oldest reefs was formed 550m yrs ago

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 13:28

How one of Earth's oldest reefs was formed 550m yrs agoWashington, June 27 - A new research has revealed one of these reefs located on dry land in Namibia was built almost 550 million years ago by the first animals to have hard shells.

The creatures known as Cloudina built reefs in ancient seas that now form part of Namibia. Their fossilized remains are the oldest reefs of their type in the world.


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Now, NASA will carry your messages to aliens

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 13:22

Now, NASA will carry your messages to aliensWashington, June 27 - NASA is planning to upload crowd sourced messages from Earth into the outer space through its New Horizons space probe.

According to Space. com, Jon Lomberg , who started this project and also helped create the human time capsules carried on board the Voyager spacecrafts, will be responsible for curating the collated material along with NASA and online voters, the Verge reported.


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Study links nearsightedness to higher education

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:44

Study links nearsightedness to higher educationWashington, June 27 - A new study has revealed that that attaining a higher level of education and spending more years in school are two factors associated with a greater prevalence and severity of nearsightedness, or myopia.

According to German researchers, environmental factors may outweigh genetics in myopia development and suggested that students should spend time outdoors.


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Experts warn that U.S. drone strikes may create a more unstable and violent world

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:34

America Drone StrikeWashington, June 27 - America's drone strike program may create a more unstable and violent world, a group of former military and government officials have said in a report.

According to thw report published in the Verve, these experts have said that the use of relatively low-risk, but increasingly common missile strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could result in an escalation of conflicts and increasing instability as other countries might want to emulate the United States strategy of targeting suspected terrorists even outside official war zones.


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McCain joins chorus for Modi to address joint Congress session

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:33

John McCainWashington: Senior Republican Senator John McCain has joined the group of lawmakers urging Congressional leadership to invite India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of the US Congress. "When the Prime Minister comes to Washington, I urge our congressional leaders to invite him to address a joint session of Congress," McCain said in a major speech on India at the Senate yesterday. The Arizona Senator is travelling to India next week to meet Modi and his national security team. Last week, two top American lawmakers had urged the Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner to invite Modi to address a joint session of the US Congress.


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Now, just pinprick of blood could provide astronauts with correct medical diagnosis

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:23

Astronauts SuitsWashington, June 27 - ESA is building a prototype tester for crews on the International Space Station to provide diagnoses within a few minutes from a pinprick of blood.

The ultimate device will offer rapid health checks and results for scientific research.

The droplet is placed on a portable device built around a disc like a mini-DVD. The disc is set spinning to separate the sample into plasma and serum for a whole range of simultaneous tests.

On the ground, there are already numerous applications - the automated laboratory unit covers illnesses such as heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes and liver disease.


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Electric eel's genome reveal how fishes with electric organs evolved

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:23

Electric eel's genome reveal how fishes with electric organs evolvedWashington, June 27 - Researchers have sequenced the genome of the electric eel, which has revealed how fishes with electric organs evolved six times in the history of life to produce electricity outside of their bodies.

The research sheds light on the genetic blueprint used to evolve these complex, novel organs. It was co-led by Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Texas-Austin and the Systemix Institute.


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