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Marine life inspires camouflage system

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:59

Marine life inspires camouflage systemHouston: Soon put your cell phone down on a table and watch it fade into the woodwork, thanks to a new technology.

Researchers have developed a technology that allows a material to automatically read its environment and adapt to mimic its surroundings such as changing its colour for camouflage, an advance that holds valuable defence applications.

Cunjiang Yu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston and lead author of the paper, said the optoelectronic camouflage system was inspired by the skins of cephalopods.


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Immune system becomes 'confused' during spaceflight

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:57

Immune system becomes 'confused' during spaceflight Washington, Aug 18 : A new study has revealed that spaceflight may temporarily alter the immune system of crew members flying long duration missions aboard the International Space Station , leaving it "confused".

According to the findings of two NASA collaborative investigations, the distribution of immune cells in the blood of crew members aboard the space station is relatively unchanged during flight, however, some cell function is significantly lower than normal, or depressed, and some cell activity is heightened.


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John McCain shows off 'robot moves' with Jamie Foxx

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:55

John McCainNew York, Aug 19 - Republican Senator John McCain recently set the crowd roaring when he took to stage and showed off his robot dance moves with actor Jamie Foxx.

It was after Gov. Chris Christie danced with Foxx and The Roots at a Hamptons benefit held at Ron Perelman's East Hampton estate, that McCain decided to flaunt some moves of his own, the New York Post reported.

The audience included Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, Paul McCartney, Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, Robert De Niro, Bill O'Reilly and Matt Lauer. (ANI)


Friendly social network helps reduce heart attack risk

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:39

Friendly social network helps reduce heart attack riskWashington, Aug 19 - A new study has demonstrated that residing with neighbors that help in difficult times and a friendly local community can help in controlling heart attack risk.

The study showed that extending one's social network is also linked to lower cardiovascular disease risk.

Analysis of the data showed that each standard deviation increased in perceived neighborhood social cohesion was associated with a 22percent reduced risk of a heart attack.


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Men balance work-life better than women

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:34

Men balance work-life better than womenWashington, Aug 19 - A new study has suggested that men seem to be more flexible when they requested to work from home or work in non-traditional hours for childcare related reasons as compared to women.

The study conducted by Furman University analyzed the reactions that both men and women received when making flexible work requests.


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Neglected boys may grow up to be violent adolescents

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:50

Neglected boys may grow up to be violent adolescents Washington, Aug 19 - A new research has come up with a conclusion that boys who are neglected by their parents may turn into violent adolescents.

The study indicated that while physical abuse was a considerable contributor to violent behavior, physical neglect alone was an even stronger predictor of male adolescent violence than physical abuse, or even physical abuse and neglect combined.

William McGuigan, associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State Shenango asserted that one of the problems with studying neglect was that it was an act of omission, rather than one of commission.


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Obama lauds Syria arms destruction

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:21

Obama lauds Syria arms destruction Washington - US President Barack Obama has lauded the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, which was carried out on board a US Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea, and urged Damascus to fulfill its commitment to destroy its remaining production facilities.

"Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile," Obama said in a statement.


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Google buys travel guide app startup Jetpac

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:26

GooglSan Francisco: Google confirmed it has bought the startup behind a Jetpac mobile application that creates insightful travel guides by analyzing pictures from social networks such as Instagram.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jetpac said that its application would be removed from Apple's online App Store in the days ahead and that it would stop supporting the software in the middle of September.

"We look forward to working on exciting projects with our colleagues at Google," Jetpac said in an online post on Monday.


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On vacation break, Obama discusses Iraq, Missouri

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:18

Barack ObamaWashington: Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, President Barack Obama met with top advisers at the White House on Monday to review developments in Iraq and in racially charged Ferguson, Missouri, two trouble spots where Obama has ordered his administration to intervene.

Obama planned to issue a statement on the two crises later on Monday.

The president made a brief return to Washington from Martha's Vineyard to confer with advisers about the military and political situation in Iraq, where he recently authorized airstrikes, and in the St. Louis suburb that erupted in protests over the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old man.


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Apple CEO joins ALS ice bucket league

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 12:29

Tim CookWashington, Aug 17 - Apple CEO Tim Cook is the newest celebrity to join the ALS ice bucket challenge league.

A video posted on Apple's website showed Cook receiving a cold splash from rapper-singer Michael Franti on stage at the California campus of Apple, reported Mashable.

The challenge is aimed at raising money for ALS Association and creating awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The participant who receives the cold splash dares three other people to take up the challenge.

After receiving the splash, Cook challenged Franti, Disney's Bob Iger and new Apple recruit, Dr. Dre.


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US military conducts airstrikes near Mosul Dam, Irbil

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:27

US military conducts airstrikes near Mosul Dam, IrbilWashington - The US military has conducted air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Irbil and Iraq's largest dam in an effort to help Kurdish forces retake it from violent extremists.

American fighter and remotely piloted aircraft successfully conducted airstrikes near Irbil and the Mosul Dam, the Pentagon said yesterday.

These strikes were carried out under the authority to support humanitarian efforts in Iraq, as well as to protect US personnel and facilities, it added.


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Possible immigration rift for Obama with Democrats

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:22

Possible immigration rift for Obama with DemocratsWashington - President Barack Obama is facing potential rifts with members of his own party in tough re-election contests as he barrels toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies.

If Obama takes the broadest action under consideration removing the threat of deportation for millions of people in this country illegally, the short-term risks appear greatest for Senate Democrats in conservative-leaning states.

Weeks before the November vote, they could find themselves on the hot seat for their views not only on immigration but also on Obama's use of his presidential powers.


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Amazon CEO gets soaked in ice bucket, dares star trek actors next

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 17:36

Amazon CEO gets soaked in ice bucket, dares star trek actors nextWashington, Aug 16 : Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the latest to take part in the ice bucket challenge after Bill Gates and further challenged Star Trek actors to get soaked in the water.

Bezos went on to the stage during a company all-hands meeting to soak himself in water in an inflatable pool, reports the Verge.

Bezos passed the Ice Bucket challenge to Star Trek actors Patrick Stewart, George Takei and William Shatner.

The Ice Bucket Challenge dares someone to either get soaked in the water or donate money to a charity for Lou Gehrig's Disease. (ANI)


Bill Gates accepts Zuckerberg's challenge, takes ice bucket on head

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 16:07

Bill Gates accepts Zuckerberg's challenge, takes ice bucket on headWashington, Aug 16 : Bill Gates has taken a bucket of ice water over the head in the name of charity after Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid down the challenge before him.

The Ice Bucket Challenge dares someone to either get soaked in the water or donate money to a charity for Lou Gehrig's Disease.

People who accept the challenge often end up getting soaked as well as making the charity, reports the Verge.

Bill Gates joined the growing list of people who have taken the challenge. (ANI)


You will be 'romancing' robots in 2025, claims study

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:00

You will be 'romancing' robots in 2025, claims studyWashington, Aug 16 - A new report has suggested that lots of people will have actual robot lovers in 2025.

The report mentioned that these robots would know humans' every need and minister to it accordingly, CNet reported.

In 2013, 9 percent of people expressed their cheeriness at the idea of robot sex.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to sport new design language

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:45

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to sport new design languageWashington, Aug 16 - According to new reports, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will sport the company's new metal design language.

The next generation of Galaxy Note is expected to debut at an event for the annual IFA show in Berlin on September 3, reports the CNET.

The device will boast a 64GB of internal storage, 4GB RAM and a 5.7-inch Quad HD (1,440-pixel) display.

There are predictions that it will be one of the strongest smartphones in the market.

According to reports, the announcement of the Samsung device is only a few weeks away. (ANI)


Facebook mobile app users complain about new changes in online reviews

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:40

Facebook mobile app users complain about new changes in online reviewsWashington, Aug 16 - Facebook users have started complain ing in online reviews about the social networking site's shift from the main mobile application to the new messenger app, say reports.

According to the new changes made by Facebook, users are prompted to download messenger when they send messages through Facebook's standalone mobile application.

A Facebook spokesperson said that 200 million people use messenger services every month and that Facebook will work towards making the application even better and faster, reports CNET.


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Magpies are no trinket thieves

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:28

Magpies are no trinket thievesWashington, August 16 - A new study has shown that contrary to folklore, magpies are not attracted to shiny objects and don't routinely steal small trinkets such as jewellery.

According to psychologists at the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour, the species is actually frightened of new and unfamiliar objects, rather than attracted to them, thus countering the folklore that the "pilferers of the bird kingdom" are unconditionally attracted to sparkly things and prone to pinching them for their nests, almost as a compulsion.


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How bats track their targets in cluttered scenes revealed

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:15

How bats track their targets in cluttered scenes revealedWashington, Aug 16 - A study has provided a new insight into how bats focus on their targets such as bugs through the trees in the dark of night.

It was found that 'temporal binding hypotheses' had the explanation. The hypothesis proposed that people and animals focus on objects versus the background when a set of neurons in the brain attuned to features of an object all respond in synchrony.


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US seeks clarification from Russian on its humanitarian convoy

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 09:16

Washington: The United States has sought clarification from Russia on its "humanitarian convoy" in Ukraine and stated that the escalation in Russian activity designed to destabilise the war-torn nation is dangerous and provocative.

In a telephonic conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, the US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, "requested clarification regarding" the Russian humanitarian convoy in Ukraine, the Pentagon said in a readout of the call.

"Shoygu "guaranteed" that there were no Russian military personnel involved in the humanitarian convoy, nor was the convoy to be used as a pretext to further intervene in Ukraine," the Pentagon said.


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