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Rivalry brings out best in one's athletic performance

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:36

Rivalry brings out best in one's athletic performanceWashington, July 3 - A new study has revealed that harnessing personal rivalries could boost up an individual's athletic performance and motivate them to work harder.

The research that surveyed runners and used data from 184 races found that even local races often produce rivals who pushed each other to higher levels of performance, and that several other factors lead to rivalry like similarity (e. g. age and gender), repeated competition and closely-decided contests.


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Key to Tibetans' altitude adaptation may lie in extinct denisovans

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:40

Key to Tibetans' altitude adaptation may lie in extinct denisovansWashington, July 3 - A new study has found that the altitude adaptation in Tibet might have been caused by the introgression of DNA from extinct Denisovans or Denisovan-related individuals into humans.

According to the scientists, this work sheds new light into understanding human's adaptation to diverse environments including temperature extremes, new pathogens, and high altitude.


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Obama calls Saudi King to discuss on Iraq and ISIL

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:52

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama has called Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud to discuss the current situation in Iraq and the threat being posed by ISIL, the White House said.

ISIL or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (alternatively translated as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) have gained control over parts of Iraq and Syria and have declared the areas as Islamic State.


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Sri Lanka asked not to deport members of Pak minority

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:36

Bill FrelickWashington - A US-based human rights group has asked Sri Lanka not to deport members of Pakistani minority Ahmadiya community until the UN refugee agency had full access to them and determined their need for international protection.

At least 142 Pakistanis, mostly of the minority Ahmadiya community, arrested in police sweeps in Sri Lanka in June 2014 are being detained and are at risk of deportation, the Human Rights Watch said.


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HRW tells Lanka Govt not to deport Pakistani minorities summarily

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:35

HRW tells Lanka Govt not to deport Pakistani minorities summarilyNew York, July 3 - At least 142 Pakistanis arrested in police sweeps in Sri Lanka in June 2014 are being detained and are at risk of deportation, Human Rights Watch said today.

It further said that the Sri Lankan controller general of immigration should not deport members of Pakistani minority groups until the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has had full access to them and determined their need for international protection.


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Unwed parents should marry before their kids' turn 3: Study

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:09

 StudyWashington, July 3 - A new study has claimed that the best time to tie the knot for unmarried couples who have kids, is before their kids' 3rd birthday.

Federal policies have often presumed that unmarried parents will be most receptive to marriage right after a baby's birth, a period that has been dubbed the 'magic moment', and as per author Christina Gibson-Davis from Duke University, it turns out that the period lasts longer than conventional wisdom has held, lasting even longer for some subgroups.

But patterns vary greatly by race, with more African-American mothers marrying much later than mothers of other races or ethnicities.


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Titan's ocean may be as saline as Earth's Dead Sea: Study

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:39

 StudyWashington, July 3 - Scientists have revealed that NASA's Cassini mission have provided firm evidence that ocean inside the Saturn 's largest moon, Titan, might be extremely salty like Earth's Dead Sea.

The new results come from a study of gravity and topography data collected during Cassini's repeated flybys of Titan during the past 10 years.


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Kangaroos use their tail as 'fifth leg'

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:36

Kangaroos use their tail as 'fifth leg'Washington, July 3 - A new study has revealed that kangaroos use their tail as a "fifth leg" and plant their tails on the ground in combination with their front and hind legs.

According to the study by researchers at Simon Fraser University showed that the animals move with a "pentapedal" gait, which provides new insight into the diversity of biological movement, and specific insight into why humans walk the way they do.


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Obama congratulates US football team on their WC performance

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:05

President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama has commended the National Football team for their performance and making the country proud in the World Cup tournament in Brazil, the White House has said.

Obama called the team captain Clint Dempsey and the goalkeeper Tim Howard yesterday.

On the call, the President commended them not only for their work on the field, but for carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud.

The President noted how captivating the team`s performance was and asked both men to relay his congratulations to Coach Klinsmann and the entire team on their hard work," the White House said.


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Pentagon notifies Congress of proposed sale of missile to India

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:10

Missiles 10 UTM-84L HarpoonWashington - The Pentagon has notified the US Congress about its decision to sell anti-ship Harpoon missiles to India at an estimated cost of USD 200 million arguing that it will strengthen India-US strategic relationship and improve security of an important partner.

The entire package under the foreign military sale route includes a dozen odd UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Encapsulated Missiles, 10 UTM-84L Harpoon Encapsulated Training missiles, and two Encapsulated Harpoon certification training vehicles, the Department of Defence's, Defence Security Cooperation Agency said.


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Obama worst US President since World War II: Poll

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 20:50

 PollWashington: Barack Obama is the worst US President since World War II, 33 per cent of Americans have said in a new poll released today which gave negative grades for him for his handling of key issues like the economy, foreign policy, terrorism, heatlhcare and environment.

America would be better off if Republican Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, 45 per cent of voters say, while 38 per cent say the country would be worse off, according to the Quinnipiac University National Poll.


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Fish can remember things even after 12 days

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:51

Fish can remember things even after 12 daysWashington, July 2 : Contrary to the belief that fish have a memory span of 30 seconds, it turns out that the aquatic creatures are smarter than we think, and can recall context and associations even 12 days later.

According to the Canadian scientists, who studied African Cichlids, a popular aquarium species, fish demonstrate several complex behaviours, including aggression, causing the scientists to predict that they could be capable of advanced memory tasks.


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Now, 'muscle-powered' bio-bots that can walk 'on their own'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:14

muscle-powered' bio-bots that can walk 'on their own'Washington, July 2 - Researchers have successfully developed tiny muscle-powered "bio-bots" that can be controlled with an electric current and can "walk on their own."

The scientists from University of Illinois demonstrated a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function.


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Iran has a choice to make on its nuclear programme: US

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:47

Ben RhodesWashington: On the eve of the most crucial round of talks between Iran and the world powers, the US has said that Tehran has a choice to make in the coming weeks to address concerns about its military nuclear programme.

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes yesterday called on Iran to make right choices ahead of the talks with the so-called P5+1 nations comprising of the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany.

"Our view here is that Iran now has a choice in the coming weeks. They should be able to demonstrate that their programme is peaceful," Rhodes said.


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More US lawmakers seek joint address to Congress by Modi

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:40

Prime Minister Narendra ModiWashington - Three top US lawmakers have asked the Congressional leadership to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of the US Congress when he visits Washington at the invitation of President Barack Obama.

"Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Washington in late September 2014. Given the importance of our relationship with India, we ask you to invite Prime Minister Modi to address a Joint Session of Congress," Congressmen Brad Sherman, Ted Poe and Eni Faleomavaega wrote in a joint letter to the top leadership of the US Congress.


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BNP Paribas to pay a record $8.97 bn in penalties to US

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 18:43

BNP Paribas to pay a record $8.97 bn in penalties to USNew York: France's largest bank BNP Paribas will pay a record USD 8.97 billion in penalties to settle charges that it "knowingly and willfully" processed transactions worth billions of dollars on behalf of Cuban, Sudanese and Iranian entities that had been blacklisted.

BNP Paribas, the global financial institution headquartered in Paris, agreed to enter a guilty plea to conspiring to violate the International Emergency- Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA), the first time a global bank has agreed to plead guilty to large-scale, systematic violations of US economic sanctions.


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Obama lashes out at opponents for not passing Immigration Bill

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:52

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama has lashed out at his Republican opponents in the Congress for not passing the comprehensive immigration bill which would provide citizenship path to some 11 million undocumented people.

Obama announced to take a series of executive actions including a shift of immigration enforcement resources. But even with aggressive steps on his part, administrative action alone will not adequately address the problem, he said.


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Apple may lose business without 'large screen' iPhone 6

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:38

Apple may lose business without 'large screen' iPhone 6Washington, July 14 - An Australian report reveals that Apple may lose half of iPhone 6 buyers if it does not increase its screen size.

Figures from Telsyte's Australian Smartphone Market Study reveal Apple's big risk, showing two in five people intending to buy a new iPhone would change their minds if the handset did not have a screen larger than four inches, CNET reported.

The sudden drop in Apple customers could cripple the company's chances of leading the smartphone market again, a position it once held by a large margin.


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Samsung launches 4 new Galaxy 'budget' smartphones

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:16

Samsung launches 4 new Galaxy 'budget' smartphonesWashington, July 1 - Tech giant Samsung has reportedly launched four new budget Galaxy devices - Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Star 2, Galaxy Ace 4, and Galaxy Young 2.

Samsung is making efforts to capture more market share and launch something for every segment. Just last week, Sprint announced it would exclusively offer the new fitness-focused, water-resistant, and dust-proof Galaxy S5 Sport.

The Korean company is focusing on 'affordability' with the new devices. However, they have not disclosed the pricing for the devices.

The Galaxy Core II was the highest-end of the bunch, with a 4.5-inch display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, CNET reported.


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Now, 'happiness blanket' changes hues according to moods

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:07

Now, 'happiness blanket' changes hues according to moodsWashington, July 1 - British Airways recently tested a wearable technology, called "happiness blanket" to measure passengers' moods in flight in their London to New York flight.

Passengers were fitted with wearable technology that measured brainwave patterns and used neurosensors to capture the passengers' moods in fiber-optic blankets and it turned colors red for tense and blue for calm, ABC News reported.


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