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UN report says IS putting literal price tags on abducted girls

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 18:30

UN report says IS putting literal price tags on abducted girlsWashington, Oct 04 : The United Nations human rights report claims that militants of the Islamic State (IS) are literally putting price tags on abducted women and girls to sell them as merchandise in a major Iraqi city.

According to ABC News, the UN report says that UNAMI/OHCHR received a number of reports that an office for the sale of abducted women was opened in the al-Quds area of Mosul city.

The report said that women and girls were brought with price tags for the buyers to choose and negotiate the sale.

These buyers are reportedly said to be mostly youth belonging to the local communities.

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Hillary Clinton advices granddaughter to pursue passion

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 18:21

Hillary Clinton advices granddaughter to pursue passionWashington, Oct 4 : Hillary Clinton recently advised her granddaughter Charlotte in a speech at a women's conference about pursuing her passions.

The former Secretary of State was recently lauded at the event, for her beauty, to which she responded that it could be her 'grandmother glow,' People magazine reported.

The 66-year-old kept at it by wishing for her granddaughter, to do her best, learn from mistakes and be kind.

Clinton also spoke of woman and girl empowerment at her Chelsea 'passion project.'(ANI)

Climate change may be responsible for altering male-female ratio

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 14:31

Climate change may be responsible for altering male-female ratioWashington, Oct 4 - In a recent study in Japan, researchers have found that climate change could affect the ratio of human males to females that are born in some countries.

The study by M and K Health Institute in Ako was done on recent years, and recorded nearly 90,000 newborns and about 1,000 fetal deaths per month in Japan. The scientists found the ratio of male to female babies born in the country had been decreasing, meaning there had been fewer and fewer male babies born relative to the number of female babies born, Live Science reported.

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Yahoo keen to invest in messaging app Snapchat

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 13:56

YahooWashington, Oct 04 - Yahoo is reportedly planning to invest in the popular messaging app Snapchat that allows users to send messages that disappear after a few seconds after being opened.

CNET reports that the investment round would value Snapchat at 10 billion dollars, though it remains unclear as to how much Yahoo would invest.

The news of Yahoo's investment plans come while investors anticipate Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's next moves following increased scrutiny of the company over the Alibaba IPO.

Yahoo received a bonus of over 8 billion dollars for selling 6 percent of its stake in the Chinese company.

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Now, `SmartMat` to help you do perfect Yoga

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 13:02

Now, `SmartMat` to help you do perfect YogaWashington, Oct 4 : A California-based startup has created a yoga mat called SmartMat, which would help one track and adjust their postures.

According to Tomsguide. com, though the mat, which has been priced at 347 dollars, looks just like any other yoga mat, it consists of a Piezoresistive (electromagnetic) layer combined with SmartGrip Surface Technology that would give the users a layer of sensors for tracking their position.

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Deepest, least-explored parts of Earth's oceans mapped

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 12:34

Deepest, least-explored parts of Earth's oceans mappedWashington, Oct 4 - A team of scientists have created a new map of the world's seafloor, offering thousands of unseen seamounts on ocean floor.

The map provides a more vivid picture of the structures that make up the deepest, least-explored parts of the ocean, along with new clues about the formation of the continents.

The researchers discovered that seamounts and earthquakes are often linked and most seamounts, which were once active volcanoes, are usually found near tectonically active plate boundaries, mid-ocean ridges and subducting zones.

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'Harry Potter' type flying car maybe reality by 2050

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 12:13

'Harry Potter' type flying car maybe reality by 2050Washington, Oct 4 - People may soon have flying cars like the one Mr. Weasley had in ' Harry Potter', as six institutes across Europe are trying to develop a personal air commutation vehicle.

The project called 'MyCopter' has been on for quite some time but would seemingly take more as challenges like air traffic systems, crash avoidance technology and accessibility were still unprecedented, the CNN reported.

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Michelle tweets, Obama offers marriage tips on 22nd wedding anniversary

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:34

Michelle tweets, Obama offers marriage tips on 22nd wedding anniversaryWashington, Oct 04 - Michelle Obama recently tweeted a wedding photograph and Barack Obama gave a marriage advice to a new bride while at a stop in Princeton, Indiana as the couple celebrated their 22 years of marriage .

US President said that husbands screw up a bunch of times but they eventually learn, although it takes a little longer because they are not very smart, CBS News reported.

President Obama also mentioned that his wife has been very patient with him. (ANI)

Scientists develop world's 1st 'solar battery' that runs on light, air

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:31

Scientists develop world's 1st 'solar battery' that runs on light, airWashington, Oct 04 - Scientists have recently developed World's first 'solar battery' that runs on light and air.

The hybrid device created at the Ohio State University is a mesh solar panel, which allows air to enter the battery, and a special process for transferring electrons between the solar panel and the battery electrode. Inside the device, light and oxygen enable different parts of the chemical reactions that charge the battery.

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Barack Obama condemns 'brutal murder' of British national

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 09:30

Barack ObamaWashington: US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the "brutal murder" of British national Alan Henning, and vowed to bring to justice those who were responsible for it.

"The United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of United Kingdom citizen Alan Henning by the terrorist group ISIL," Obama said yesterday.

Henning worked to help improve the lives of the Syrian people and his death is a great loss for them, for his family and the people of the UK, he said.

"Standing together with our UK friends and allies, we will work to bring the perpetrators of Alan's murder - as well as the murders of Jim Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines - to justice," he added.

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First lady Michelle Obama hitting campaign trail

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:50

First lady Michelle Obama hitting campaign trailWashington - A month before critical midterm congressional elections, Michelle Obama is putting her popularity and influence to the test, trying to help elect Democratic candidates and give her husband a fighting chance to complete his agenda.

Democrats are clamoring for her to campaign with them even as they avoid appearing with President Barack Obama, whose job approval rating has sunk to the low 40s.

Voters will decide tomorrow who will control both the House of Republicans and Senate during Obama's remaining two years in office, along with determining control of more than 30 governor's offices.

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Hillary Clinton planning lengthy campaign push this month

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:45

Hillary Clinton planning lengthy campaign push this monthWashington - Hillary Rodham Clinton is hitting the campaign trail for Democrats this month.

Clinton's lending her name and support in key races for Senate and governor as she considers another White House bid in 2016.

The former secretary of state plans to campaign for Senate candidates in six states: Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Georgia and Kentucky. She will also help gubernatorial campaigns in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Illinois.

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Dalai Lama in informal talks with China over possible return to Tibet

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 19:05

Dalai LamaWashington, Oct 3 : The Dalai Lama has hinted that he is in informal talks with China over his possible return to Tibet after more than half a century in exile.

The Washington Post reports that the Dalai Lama, 79, sat down for an interview in his temple in the north Indian town of Dharmsala before a celebration of the 25th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize, after a month of media speculation of a thaw between the exiled leader and the Chinese government.

The Dalai Lama also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying that he was a more "realistic" and "open-minded" leader than his predecessors.

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After Modi visit, NSA Doval talks counter-terrorism with top US officials

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:15

After Modi visit, NSA Doval talks counter-terrorism with top US officialsWashington: Following up on the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has met top US officials to discuss US-India security cooperation and counter-terrorism issues.

Doval, who stayed back after Modi's departure, met his US counterpart Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday after meeting Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel Wednesday.

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Curiosity makes learning 'piece of cake'

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:06

Curiosity makes learning 'piece of cake'Washington, Oct 3 - A new study has explored the changes that happen in our brains when we are curious about a specific topic and showed that it becomes easier to learn information about that topic.

The study conducted at University of California suggested that this study could help scientists find ways to enhance overall learning and memory in both healthy individuals and those with neurological conditions.

Lead author Dr. Matthias Gruber from University of California at Davis, said that their findings potentially had far-reaching implications for the public because they revealed insights into how a form of intrinsic motivation and curiosity affected memory.

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New study suggests impulsive decisions can be controlled

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:00

New study suggests impulsive decisions can be controlledWashington, Oct 3, - In a new study, scientists have shown that people's tendency to make impulsive decisions could be controlled.

The research led by the University Of Melbourne found that people make immediate judgments about images they were shown prompted or impromptu, which could impact on their decisions, even when they may not be conscious.

The study was done to predict abstract judgments from brain waves, and it also increased the understanding of impulsive behaviours and how to regulate it. ??

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Human activity possible reason for plummeting Cheetahs

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:36

Human activity possible reason for plummeting CheetahsWashington, Oct 3 - A new study has revealed that it might have been human activity which is responsible for the decline in number of cheetahs.

A landmark study of over ten years has suggested that barricading of forests and protected areas have been reducing the potential of Cheetahs in the area, to hunt for their prey. In the process, the animal numbers were rapidly dropping down.

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Mumbai native dies in bus crash in US

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:14

New York - An Indian woman succumbed to the injuries she sustained in a fatal tour bus crash last week in Delaware state in the US, the third victim of the accident.

Jyostina Poojari, 43, from Mumbai was a passenger on the tour bus that crashed on September 21.

She sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center in Newark where she remained in critical condition.

She was pronounced dead yesterday, Sergeant Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police said in a statement.

Poojari was the third female passenger who died from injuries sustained in the fatal tour bus crash.

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Peaceful protests achieve more than military aggression: UN

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:33

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moonNew York - As the world grapples with "increased sectarian violence" and conflict, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to follow Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence, saying the Indian leader proved that peaceful protests accomplished much more than military aggression.

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After PM Modi visit, two US Senators headed to India

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:14

After PM Modi visit, two US Senators headed to IndiaWashington - Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "successful trip" to the US, two top American Senators would soon be travelling to India, during which they would meet senior defence and foreign affairs officials and pay their respect to the victims of 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Senators Angus King from Maine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, and Tim Kaine from Virginia, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, will travel to India from October 6 to 11.

They would be travelling to New Delhi and Mumbai.

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