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Chimps prefer African, Indian tunes over strong beats of Western music

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:19

Chimps prefer African, Indian tunes over strong beats of Western musicWashington, June 27 - Researchers have claimed that chimpanzees prefer listening to the different rhythms of music from Africa and India over strong beats of Western music.

Study co-author Frans de Waal, PhD, of Emory University, said their objective was not to find a preference for different cultures' music and that they used cultural music from Africa, India and Japan to pinpoint specific acoustic properties.

When African and Indian music was played near their large outdoor enclosures, the chimps spent significantly more time in areas where they could best hear the music.

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Crops grown on 'land-grabbed' areas could help feed about 300 million people: Study

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:17

 StudyWashington, June 27 - Researchers have claimed that crops grown on "land-grabbed" areas in developing countries could have the potential to feed an extra 100 million people worldwide. The improved infrastructure brought about by foreign investment could increase the productivity of subsistence farmlands in countries such as Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and could mean these lands can feed at least 300 million people around the world. This is compared to about 190 million people that could be fed if the land was left tended to by the local population.

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US high court rebukes Barack Obama on recess appointments

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:34

President Barack ObamaWashington - The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Barack Obama acted illegally when he made recess appointments to a key government agency, a decision that appears to block any president's ability to get around political gridlock in Washington by making appointments without congressional approval.

The court's unanimous decision was the first case involving the US Constitution's recess appointments clause, and the nine justices held that Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 without Senate confirmation were illegal.

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US under direct threat from al-qaeda: Report

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:58

 ReportWashington, June 26 : The al Qaeda-linked army is ready to make its Islamic state a launching pad for its next US attack and is invading territory in Iraq and Syria, says a new congressional report.

Four analysts at the Congressional Research Service cited intelligence reports and the words of the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Abu Nakr al-Baghdadi.

Al-Baghdadi threatened US that the US will not benefit from a proxy war in the Levant or Iraq and that they will be in warfare, reports Washington Times.

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Google wants Android to dominate world market

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 15:20

Google wants Android to dominate world marketWashington, June 26 : Google at its I/O conference revealed their ambition make Android the dominating OS worldwide.

Google executives pitches the mobile operating software, Android, as the driving force behind everything from connected TVs and cars to new wearable devices.

Google's Android chief Sundar Pichai said that their goal is to reach the next 5 billion people in the world, however, with over one billion active users, Android is still the most popular mobile operating system thanks to adoption by tech giants like Samsung, CNET reported.

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Ex- aide claims Bill Clinton once admitted Chelsea not his daughter

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:51

Ex- aide claims Bill Clinton once admitted Chelsea not his daughterWashington, June 26 - Bill Clinton's former aide has claimed that the former president had once admitted that Chelsea Clinton is not his biological daughter.

According to Larry Nichols, the 42nd President of the United States had allegedly said the real father is the former mayor of Little Rock, Ark., Webster Hubbell, who was once a law partner of his wife Hillary Clinton , Radar Online reported.

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Now, 'cheap' water-based organic battery that's eco-friendly too

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:45

Now, 'cheap' water-based organic battery that's eco-friendly tooWashington, June 26 - Researchers have developed a water-based organic battery that is long lasting, built from cheap, eco-friendly components.

The new battery - which uses no metals or toxic materials - is intended for use in power plants, where it can make the energy grid more resilient and efficient by creating a large-scale means to store energy for use as needed.

Sri Narayan, professor of chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and corresponding author of the paper, said the batteries last for about 5,000 recharge cycles, giving them an estimated

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Tightly packed trio of black holes discovered

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:55

Tightly packed trio of black holes discoveredWashington, June 26 - Astronomers have discovered three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than 4 billion light years away.

This is the tightest trio of black holes known to date and is remarkable since most galaxies have just one at their center (usually with a mass between 1 million to 10 billion times that of the Sun).

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Curiosity traversing ancient glaciers on Red Planet

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:40

Curiosity traversing ancient glaciers on Red PlanetWashington, June 26 - NASA has revealed that the Martian crater Gale, through which the NASA rover Curiosity is currently traversing, was covered with glaciers about 3,500 million years ago.

Very cold liquid water also flowed through its rivers and lakes on the lower-lying areas, forming landscapes similar to those which can be found in Iceland or Alaska. This is reflected in an analysis of the images taken by the spacecraft orbiting the red planet.

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NASA maps much larger solar atmosphere than previously observed

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:40

NASA maps much larger solar atmosphere than previously observedWashington, June 26 - NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory ( STEREO), has mapped a vast atmosphere of solar particles surrounding the sun, through which magnetic fields swarm, solar flares erupt, and gigantic columns of material rise, fall and jostle each other around.

Now, using NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, scientists have found that this atmosphere, called the corona, is even larger than thought, extending out some 5 million miles above the sun's surface-the equivalent of 12 solar radii.

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'Copyright piracy has reached alarming level in China,India'

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:30

'Copyright piracy has reached alarming level in China,India'Washington: An influential Congressional caucus in a latest report has expressed concern over alarming level of copyright piracy in four countries China, Russia, Switzerland and India.

It has added India to the 2014 Watch List. The report "2014 International Piracy Watch List," by International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus highlights the high levels of piracy and the lack of legal protections for copyright in China, Russia, Switzerland and India.

"India continues to present a seriously flawed environment for the promotion of copyright and Intellectual Property," the report said.

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Neanderthals ate vegetables too!

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:16

Neanderthals ate vegetables too!Washington, June 26 - Researchers have claimed that Neanderthal diet while heavy on meat, also included plant tissues, such as tubers and nuts.

Scientists from MIT and the University of La Laguna in Spain identified human fecal remains from El Salt, a known site of Neanderthal occupation in southern Spain that dates back 50,000 years.

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US negotiating MoU with India on women's issues

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:02

US negotiating MoU with India on women's issuesWashington: The US is in the process of negotiating a memorandum of understanding with India on women's issues, a top Obama Administration official has informed lawmakers, saying they are "horrified" at the recent incidents of gang-rape and murder of two girls in UP.

"We are in the process of negotiating an MoU with the Indian government on women's issues and I think that we're fairly optimistic going forward," Ambassador At Large For Global Women's Issues, Catherine M Russell, said yesterday.

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US welcomes Sri Lanka rights probe panel

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 08:57

US welcomes Sri Lanka rights probe panelWashington: The US has welcomed the United Nations' announcement of experts, who will advise the team probing the alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the last months of civil war in 2009.

"The US welcomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay's announcement of the distinguished experts who will advise the panel conducting the international investigation into the alleged human rights violations and related crimes in Sri Lanka, as called for in the March 2014 Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka," State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said yesterday.

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US appeals court: Utah can't ban gay marriage

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 08:42

 Utah can't ban gay marriageDenver - A US appeals court today ruled for the first time that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel in Denver found it "wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of the love and commitment between same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples."

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Facebook still teens' favorite social-networking website: Survey

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 20:54

 SurveyWashington, June 25 : A new survey has revealed that Facebook is still teens' favorite social networking website in the US.

Teenagers were asked about which site they use and how often to which more than three-quarters raised their hands for Facebook, twice as many as those for Pinterest, Tumblr, or Snapchat, and more than the total of Instagram and WhatsApp combined, CNET reported.

Mark Zuckerburg's site has been facing an image problem, and it was in news that the website is no longer the 'in-thing' among the teenage crowd.

Meanwhile, past surveys concluded that the site is not as appealing to teens as it was. (ANI)

Dr Harsh Vardhan denies discounting role of condoms in AIDS prevention

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 20:40

Dr Harsh Vardhan denies discounting role of condoms in AIDS preventionWashington, June 25 : India's Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, has expressed his"disappointment" over the way sections of the media have distorted his statements on the efficacy of condoms in the prevention of AIDS.

In an interview given to the New York Times on Tuesday, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said: "Through misleading headlines, an impression is sought to be created that I have misgivings about the efficacy of condoms or, that I have a moral problem with condoms."

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Face recognition tech could end era of forgotten passwords

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:23

Face recognition tech could end era of forgotten passwordsWashington, June 25 : A newly proposed alternative based on the psychology of face recognition was announced recently.

Dubbed 'Facelock', it could put an end to forgotten passwords, and protect users from prying eyes.

Familiarity with a particular face determines a person's ability to identify it across different photographs and as a result a set of faces that are known only to a single individual can be used to create a personalized 'lock'.

Access is then granted to anyone who demonstrates recognition of the faces across images, and denied to anyone who does not.

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Puzzle games can help improve your mental flexibility: Study

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 14:48

 StudyWashington, June 25 - Researchers have shown that adults who played the physics-based puzzle video game 'Cut the Rope' regularly, for as little as an hour a day, had improved executive functions.

The executive functions in your brain are important for making decisions in everyday life when you have to deal with sudden changes in your environment - better known as thinking on your feet.

The video game study by Assistant Professor Michael D. Patterson and his PhD student Mr Adam Oei, tested four different games for the mobile platform, as their previous research had shown that different games trained different skills.

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People with low self-esteem don't crave for cheering up: Study

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 14:30

 StudyWashington, June 25 - A new study has revealed that people with low self esteem does not want others to boost their spirits rather they wish them to see as they are.

Professor Denise Marigold, from Renison University College at Waterloo said that people with low self-esteem want their loved ones to see them as they see themselves and they are often resistant to their friends' reminders of how positively they see them, moreover, they also reject what they call positive reframing expressions of optimism and encouragement for bettering their situation.

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