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24-year-old Hubble now able to measure 10 times furtherer into space

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:56

24-year-old Hubble now able to measure 10 times furtherer into spaceWashington, April 11 : Astronomers have come with a new use of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, even though it is 24 years old.

The innovative technique improves Hubble's observing accuracy to the point where rock-solid distance measurements can be made to Milky Way stars 10 times farther away than ever accomplished before.

To do this, Hubble observations and subsequent analysis were fine-tuned to make angular measurements (needed for estimating distances) that are so fine that if your eyes had a similar capability you could read a car's license plate located as far away as the Moon!


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New math app to help you overcome jet lag in a jiff

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:34

New math app to help you overcome jet lag in a jiffWashington, April 11 : Do your take days to get over your jet lag? Well, a newly released app is offering the best and the quickest way that can help you overcome fatigue and insomnia by snapping your internal clock to new time zones.

Danny Forger, a professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan, said that overcoming jet lag is fundamentally a math problem and his team has calculated the optimal way of doing it.

The new iPhone app, called Entrain, is believed to be the first to take a numbers-based approach to "entrainment," the scientific term for synchronizing circadian rhythms with the outside hour.


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Faking orgasms don't fool sexual partners

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:29

Washington, April 11 : A new study has revealed that there are chances that one's sexual partner can tell if they are faking their orgasms and are really satisfied or not.

The study conducted by University of Waterloo found that men and women are equally perceptive of their partners' levels of sexual satisfaction.

The researchers also identified sexual communication and ability to recognize emotions as important factors that predict accuracy in gauging one partner's sexual satisfaction.

Erin Fallis said that on average, both men and women have fairly accurate and unbiased perceptions of their partners' sexual satisfaction and having good communication about sexual issues helped participants to understand their partners' sexual satisfaction.


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Why second hour of a journey appears shorter than first

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:12

Washington, April 11 : Researchers have suggested that a person's physical orientation in space makes the second hour of a voyage seem shorter than the first to him or her.

In a series of six studies, Sam Maglio, an assistant professor in University of Toronto Scarborough's Department of Management, demonstrated that a person's orientation - the direction they are headed - changed how they thought of an object or event.

Maglio explained that feeling close to or distant from something impacts our behavior and judgment and we feel more socially connected, more emotionally engaged, and more attuned to the present when something is perceived as close.


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Gospel of Jesus' Wife' papyrus fragment 'not a modern forgery'

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:07

Gospel of Jesus' Wife' papyrus fragment 'not a modern forgery'Washington, April 11 : Researchers have dispelled the rumours about the 'Gospel of Jesus' Wife' being a modern forgery.

The paper published by the researchers said that the controversial document suggesting that Jesus of Nazareth had a wife is most likely ancient.

The papyrus fragment, which was discovered in 2012, includes the phrase "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...'." It also mentions that "she will be able to be my disciple," which led some to question whether women should be allowed to become Catholic priests, the Verge reported.


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Possible exomoon found

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:03

Possible exomoon foundWashington, April 11 : Researchers have spotted the first signs of an "exomoon," but say that it's impossible to confirm its presence.

The discovery was made by watching a chance encounter of objects in our galaxy, which can be witnessed only once.

The international study is led by the joint Japan-New Zealand-American Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) and the Probing Lensing Anomalies NETwork (PLANET) programs, using telescopes in New Zealand and Tasmania.


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'Tibetan Plateau was larger than previously believed 40m years ago'

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:53

'Tibetan Plateau was larger than previously believed 40m years ago'Washington, April 11 : Geologists have determined that the Tibetan Plateau-the world's largest, highest, and flattest plateau-had a larger initial extent than was previously documented.

Gregory Hoke, assistant professor of Earth sciences, said they've determined the elevation history of the southeast margin of the Tibetan Plateau, asserting by the Eocene epoch (approximately 40 million years ago), the southern part of the plateau extended some 600 miles more to the east than previously documented. This discovery upends a popular model for plateau formation.


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First ever lab-grown vaginas successfully implanted in patients

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:42

First ever lab-grown vaginas successfully implanted in patientsWashington, April 11 : Researchers in a medical breakthrough have successfully implanted laboratory-grown vaginas in four teenage girls.

The girls in the study were born with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a rare genetic condition in which the vagina and uterus are underdeveloped or absent.


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Flies use fighter jet maneuvers to avoid getting swatted

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:36

Flies use fighter jet maneuvers to avoid getting swattedWashington, April 11 : Researchers have said when startled by predators, tiny fruit flies respond like fighter jets - employing screaming-fast banked turns to evade attacks.

Researchers at the University of Washington used an array of high-speed video cameras operating at 7,500 frames a second to capture the wing and body motion of flies after they encountered a looming image of an approaching predator.


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World Bank for focus on world's poorest topped by India

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:57

World Bank for focus on world's poorest topped by IndiaWashington, April 10 : With close to one-third of the world's extreme poor concentrated in India and another one-third in four more countries, a sharp focus on them will be central to ending extreme poverty, says a new World Bank paper.

The top five poorest countries - India (with 33 percent of the world's poor), China (13 percent), Nigeria (7 percent), Bangladesh (6 percent) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (5 percent) - together are home to nearly 760 million of the world's poor.

Adding another five countries -- Indonesia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya -- would encompass almost 80 percent of the extreme poor.


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CNN teams up with Twitter for 15-second video series

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:42

CNN teams up with Twitter for 15-second video seriesWashington, Apr 10 : CNN is reportedly teaming up with social network Twitter for a new video series called "Your 15 Second Morning".

According to Mashable, the videos will highlight one or more big topics from the day in a 15-second clip embedded natively on the social network and shared from CNN's main Twitter account.

The 24-hour cable news channel is reportedly taking its inspiration from NowThis News, which airs short news videos produced for particular social networks like Instagram and Vine.


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Key iPhone engineer to leave Apple post fallout

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 17:56

Key iPhone engineer to leave Apple post falloutWashington, Apr 10 : Greg Christie, vice president and a senior engineer who played an important role in developing the original iPhone, is reportedly leaving Apple following a scuffle with a senior executive.

Christie was head of Apple's Human interface team whose aim was to make elegant and user-friendly softwares.

His team created the iPhone's famous 'slide to unlock; function and the ability to place calls from a contact list, CNET reported.

9to5mac reported that Christie was leaving following a spat with Jonathan Ive, the head of industrial and software design.


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Post-its, the newest social media!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:34

Post-its, the newest social media!Washington, Apr 10 : Four buildings in San Francisco were used for sending post-it messages to communicate with the neighbours.

People created collages of different characters, including Hello kitty, pac-man, and sent messages like 'we r hungover' and 'hire us' as post-it messages and hung them on their windows.

Participants reportedly also made plans to meet up for drinks with this unique way of sending messages to friends and neighbours.

An #SFPostIt tumbler deemed the new form of communication "San Francisco's newest social media platform, "according to SFGate blog. (ANI)


NASA plans to send people to Mars, toss asteroid at moon in future

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:33

NASA plans to send people to Mars, toss asteroid at moon in futureWashington, Apr 10 : NASA has some projects in the works when it comes to space exploration, including grabbing an asteroid and throwing it at the moon, sending people to Mars and laying the groundwork for permanent human settlements in the solar system.

William Gerstenmaier, an associate administrator at NASA, said during testimony before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science and Space that their architecture is designed for long-term human exploration of the solar system, including the goal of human missions to Mars, the Huffington Post reported.


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Sheryl Sandberg says there's 'real pay gap' between men and women

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:24

Sheryl Sandberg says there's 'real pay gap' between men and womenWashington, Apr 10 : American businesswoman, activist and writer Sheryl Sandberg has reportedly said that there is a real pay gap between what men and women earn.

Talking to HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani during an interview aired recently, Sandberg vehemently disagreed with a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed that argued evidence of a "widespread" gender pay gap are "fundamentally misleading," HuffPost reported.

Sandberg said that it's indisputable that there's a real pay gap, adding that people can argue about how big, but that's almost besides the point.


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Putting dogs in kennels can literally drive them crazy

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:19

Putting dogs in kennels can literally drive them crazyWashington, April 10 : Researchers have claimed that dogs in kennels may show signs of extreme distress often linked to mental illness.

Lead author Hamish Denham of the University of Bristol's Anthrozoology Institute with his team videotaped male German shepherd trained police dogs and noted that the dogs bounced off the walls, Discovery reported.

They also saw that the dog spun - turned in tight circle pivoting about their hind legs, circled walked or trotted around perimeter of pen in circles or paced - walked or trotted back and forth along an imaginary line.


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When 6-year-old boy left 'Madam President' Hillary Clinton speechless!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:14

When 6-year-old boy left 'Madam President' Hillary Clinton speechless!Washington, April 10 : A 6-year-old boy recently left Hillary Clinton speechless after he asked her about her plans for running for 2016 Presidential election.

The unidentified elementary school kid asked the former first lady whether she preferred to be called Madam President or Mrs. President in 2016, the Washington Post reported.

Clinton smiled, but did not answer the question, she did, however, add that the question was really good.

Before walking off the stage, Clinton paused, looked at the audience and shrugged exaggeratingly. (ANI)


Chromium supplementation 'not helpful in lowering blood sugar levels'

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:07

Chromium supplementation 'not helpful in lowering blood sugar levels'Washington, April 10 : Researchers have shown that chromium supplementation is not effective at lowering fasting blood sugar in healthy individuals or diabetics.

Christopher H. Bailey, a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, at UM's School of Education and Human Development and author of the study, said that though chromium supplementation doesn't lower fasting blood sugar, there may be other beneficial effects on the body that require more research.


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Dropbox's new app 'Carousel' lets users organize, share photos sans storage on device

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:04

Dropbox's new app 'Carousel' lets users organize, share photos sans storage on deviceWashington, Apr 10 : Dropbox recently unveiled Carousel, an iOS and Android app that lets users organize and share photos and videos.

The app that was reportedly released at an event in San Francisco, allows users to view and organize all their images that have been shared online or backed up using Dropbox without having to store them locally on their device.


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Facebook set to kill 'chat' to boost 'Messenger' app

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:58

Facebook set to kill 'chat' to boost 'Messenger' appWashington, Apr 10 : Facebook is reportedly planning to soon turn off its chat feature from mobile devices and prompt to download the ' messenger' app .

The company has already notified some European users that in two weeks, messaging will be disabled and people will be prompted to download Messenger.

According to Cnet, users can use the chat feature for now and chat with their friends normally.

The company confirmed that this is not a test and will soon begin to disclose it worldwide.(ANI)