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Hyundai-Kia surpasses Honda as 'greenest' automaker

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 17:01

Hyundai-Kia surpasses Honda as 'greenest' automakerWashington, May 28 : The Union of Concerned Scientists has named Hyundai-Kia as the greenest automaker , which has beat Honda.

The scientists' group has ranked the eight top-selling automakers based on carbon and smog-forming emissions of their fleets, who they say have reduced pollution for the first time, Fox News reported.

Hyundai-Kia beat Honda by equipping many models with smaller turbocharged engines and the researchers said that the automaker introduced gas-electric hybrid versions of its two top-selling models, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima.


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Learn from sperm how to swim against current!

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 15:59

Learn from sperm how to swim against current!New York, May 28 : Like salmon travelling upstream to spawn, sperm cells are extremely efficient at swimming against the current, said a study that could help scientists design new diagnostic tools and more efficient artificial-insemination techniques.

At certain flow speeds, the sperm cells were able to swim very efficiently upstream, the researchers discovered.

“We found that if you create the right flow velocities, you can observe them swimming upstream for several minutes,” said Jorn Dunkel, an assistant professor of mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The mechanism is very robust, Dunkel added.


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Qatar's new campaign 'reflect your respect' prohibits tourists from wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless tops

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 15:53

Qatar's new campaign 'reflect your respect' prohibits tourists from wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless topsWashington, May 28 : Qatar has initiated a new campaign called ' reflect your respect' which encourages tourist to dress 'decently' and preserve Qatar's culture and values.

According to the Washington post, the campaign was started by a group of Qatari women that will officially launch next month.

The campaign includes distributing brochures to tourists, proving details of what attire they should avoid, the report added.

The brochure includes graphic images of people wearing shorts, skirts, and t-shirts and a 'cross' sign signaling prohibition of such attire.


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Two aircraft engine concepts to reduce fuel consumption by 15 pc

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 15:49

Two aircraft engine concepts to reduce fuel consumption by 15 pcWashington, May 28 : Two aircraft engine concepts, geared turbofan and open rotor, can enable a significant reduction to aircraft fuel consumption.

With open rotor, the potential reduction is 15 percent. These are the findings of Linda Larsson, who has analysed and evaluated the two concepts.

The average annual increase in passenger kilometres travelled by air has been 5.8 percent over the last 40 years, and fuel sales have increased by 2.2 percent annually during the same period. New technological solutions are needed if aviation is to reduce its impact on the climate.


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Giant Mars volcano may have harboured life

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 14:38

Giant Mars volcano may have harboured lifeWashington, May 28 : In a major breakthrough, geologists have discovered a giant volcano - once covered in glacial ice and nearly twice as tall as Mount Everest - on Mars that may have harboured life.

One of the largest mountains in the solar system, Arsia Mons is the third tallest volcano on Mars and may be home to one of the most recent habitable environments yet found on the Red Planet.

"If signs of past life are ever found at older sites, then Arsia Mons would be the next place I would want to go," Kat Scanlon, a graduate student at Rhode Island-based Brown University said.


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'Signglasses' to let deaf people see and feel

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 13:20

'Signglasses' to let deaf people see and feelNew York, May 28 : In what could open a universe of opportunity for deaf people, a team of scientists have developed a system to project the sign language narration onto several types of glasses - including Google Glass.

The project - inspired by a visit to a planetarium by deaf students - is personal for Tyler Foulger and a few other student researchers from Brigham Young University because they were born deaf.

“My favourite part of the project is conducting experiments with deaf children in the planetarium,” Tyler said.


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US banks on India, Pakistan for stability after Afghanistan pullout

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:36

US banks on India, Pakistan for stability after Afghanistan pulloutWashington, May 28 - As President Barack Obama announced plans for Afghanistan after ending US combat mission by year end, the US hoped India, Pakistan and Afghanistan would help provide greater stability and security in the region.

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif had set a "constructive tone from the very beginning," a senior administration official told reporters Tuesday in a background briefing on Obama's plans.


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US to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 08:29

US to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2014Washington, May 28 - US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he planned to leave 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The troops will be reduced by roughly half by the end of 2015 and draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul by the end of 2016, Xinhua quoted the US president as saying at the White House.

After 2014, he said, US troops in Afghanistan will have "two narrow missions": training Afghan forces and supporting counter-terrorism operations against the remnants of Al Qaeda.

"We have now been in Afghanistan longer than many Americans expected," Obama said. "Now we're finishing the job we started."


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US urges citizens to leave Libya immediately

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 08:26

US urges citizens to leave Libya immediatelyWashington, May 28 - The US Tuesday warned that its citizens leave Libya "immediately" due to "unpredictable and unstable" security situation in the North African nation.

The State Department issued an updated travel warning, advising Americans against all travel to Libya and recommending that those currently in the country "depart immediately", Xinhua reported.


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Obama plans to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 08:06

Obama plans to keep 9,800 troops in AfghanistanWashington, May 28 - US President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he plans to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The troops will be reduced by roughly half by the end of 2015 and draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul by the end of 2016, Xinhua quoted Obama as saying at the White House.

After 2014, Obama said, US troops in Afghanistan will have "two narrow missions": training Afghan forces and supporting counter-terrorism operations against the remnants of Al Qaeda.

"We have now been in Afghanistan longer than many Americans expected," Obama said. "Now we're finishing the job we started."


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US state gears up for Atlantic hurricane season

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 08:03

US state gears up for Atlantic hurricane seasonWashington, May 28 - New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday urged residents of the US east coast state to get fully prepared as the Atlantic hurricane season approaches.

While designating this week as the 'Hurricane Preparedness Week in New York State', Cuomo reminded New Yorkers of damage done by previous devastating hurricanes and urged them to review their family emergency plans and to checking on emergency supplies they have at home, in their cars and at work in case new powerful hurricanes strike, Xinhua reported.


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Obama pledges support for Ukraine's president-elect

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 07:56

Obama pledges support for Ukraine's president-electWashington, May 28 - US President Barack Obama Tuesday called Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko, pledging "full support" for his efforts to resolve the crisis facing the Eastern European nation.

Obama congratulated Poroshenko on his victory in the presidential election Sunday, seen by the West as vital to stabilising the country, and offered "full support of the United States as he seeks to unify and move his country forward," Xinhua quoted the White House as saying in a readout of the phone conversation.


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Soon, an app to curb food waste

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 15:32

Soon, an app to curb food wasteWashington, May 27 : Giving a boost to the growing number of green gazettes, researchers have now developed an app that could help curb food waste which leads to not only loss of money but also natural resources.

Named PareUp, the app is designed to bring those who wish to sell their extra food and those who wish to buy them to the negotiating table.

The app will have an inventory of each of the participating store’s products and each day the retailers would be able update the inventory and report its excess items.

Like an online clearinghouse, the app will enable consumers to log on and see what is discounted that day in their area.


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First trial of suspended animation on humans set to start this month

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 14:51

Washington, May 27 : The world's first attempts at placing humans in suspended animation using a new technique will take place this month at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The technique will initially be used on 10 patients whose wounds would otherwise be lethal in an attempt to buy the surgeons some time, CNet reported.

It works, as suggested by science fiction, by cooling the body-but not by applying an external temperature change.

Instead, a team of surgeons will remove all of the patient's blood, replacing it with a cold saline solution.

This will cool the body, slowing its functions to a halt and reducing the need for oxygen.


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Japan to build giant underground ice wall at Fukushima plant to prevent radioactive leakage

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 13:52

underground ice wallWashington, May 27 : A gigantic underground ice wall is being created to prevent the supply of contaminated water in Fukushima plant from entering the regular water supply in Japan .

The authorities have approved the ambitious plan to freeze the ground around Fukushima plant and disable the water containing radioactive materials from entering the major water supply facilities.


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Apple reportedly eyeing Macs, may soon develop ARM-based Mac products

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 13:26

Apple reportedly eyeing Macs, may soon develop ARM-based Mac productsWashington, May 27 : Apple has been reportedly testing Mac products and may consider developing ARM-based Mac products.

According to Cnet, speculations are rife whether Apple has been considering OS X-based Macs using its own A series processors or other ARM processors and if they would move from Intel to ARM in a real product.

However, it is apparent from blogs that Apple is developing ARM-based Mac products such as iMAC, iMini, 13-inch Mac Book and several other products.


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Google cameras to safeguard your home soon

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:59

Google cameras to safeguard your home soonCalifornia, May 27 - Soon, Google CCTV cameras may secure your house from intruders.

The multinational corporation is reportedly planning to buy home security camera firm Dropcam.

San Francisco-based Dropcam offers a $150 internet-connected camera.

The camera is controlled from a special app.

Using the special app, users can see live feeds, zoom and record footage.

It also has a night vision mode, two-way talk back and digital zoom, said a report on tech blog The Information.


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Robots to replace astronauts for space repair works

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:26

Robots to replace astronauts for space repair worksToronto, May 27 - Soon, spacewalks can be a thing of the past. While robots are replacing humans on earth in various walks of life, a Canadian robot is repairing and fixing cameras on the ”Canadarm2” and its mobile base at the International Space Station (ISS).

Dextre is currently in the middle of a week-long repair job to replace and fix cameras on the “Canadarm2” and would finish the job Thursday.

“`Dextre', `Canadarm2' and the base make up the space station's robotic Mobile Servicing System, making this the first ever robot self-repair in space,” the Canadian Space Agency announced in a statement.


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US media focuses on Modi's regional ambitions

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:06

US media focuses on Modi's regional ambitionsWashington, May 27 - As President Barack Obama vowed to work closely together with the new Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi "for years to come", the US media focused on "his regional ambitions".

Building bridges with a man the US had shunned for over a decade, Obama congratulated Modi and said the US looked "forward to working closely together with the new government to continue to strengthen and expand the US-India strategic partnership for years to come".


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NASA to monitor your garden from space

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:01

NASA to monitor your garden from spaceWashington, May 27 - You may find managing your garden from space a bit sci-fi but this is what NASA is planning to do to protect our earth.

The US space agency is planning to launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite next month that will keep a tab on your lawns and gardens to create a global map of carbon sources and carbon sinks.

The job of the satellite is to provide the most detailed map of photosynthetic fluorescence ever created.

Using this data, scientists should be able to estimate how quickly the world’s plants are absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, NASA said in a statement.


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