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Could early birds fly? 125m-yr-old wing holds clue to ancient mystery

US News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 10:14
Could early birds fly? 125m-yr-old wing holds clue to ancient mystery

Washington D.C, Oct 9 - With the discovery of 125-million-year-old fossil, a new study has tried to answer whether prehistoric birds could actually take to the air and fly.

Some of the most ancient birds were capable of performing aerodynamic feats in a manner similar to many living birds, according to the University of Bristol study.

Birds have an enormously long evolutionary history: the earliest of them, the famed Archaeopteryx, lived 150 million years ago in what is now southern Germany. This new fossil preserves not only the articulated bones of the forelimb but also abundant remains of the plumage and of the soft-tissues of the wing.

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New robotic finger can be mistaken for real deal

US News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 09:50
New robotic finger can be mistaken for real deal

Washington D.C, Oct 9 - A novel robotic finger that looks and feels lifelike has been designed.

Researcher Erik Engeberg described how he has developed and tested this robotic finger using shape memory alloy (SMA), a 3D CAD model of a human finger, a 3D printer, and a unique thermal training technique.

Researchers have been able to thermomechanically train our robotic finger to mimic the motions of a human finger like flexion and extension, said Engeberg, adding that because of its light weight, dexterity and strength, the robotic design offers tremendous advantages over traditional mechanisms, and could ultimately be adapted for use as a prosthetic device, such as on a prosthetic hand.

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Rocket with secret payload launches from California coast

US News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 09:42
Rocket with secret payload launches from California coast

Vandenberg air force base : A rocket carrying a secret payload for the US government has successfully launched from the central California coast.

The Atlas V rocket lit up the sky at 5:49 a.M. Today, lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base toward low-Earth orbit.

The rocket carried a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates the nation's system of intelligence-gathering satellites. The agency hasn't released any details about the payload.

The rocket also carried 13 research nanosatellites for NASA and the NRO. Students, including some from Native American tribes, took part in designing and building the tiny satellites known as CubeSats.

Today's launch was the 58th Atlas V mission since the rocket's inaugural takeoff in 2002. (PTI)

US committed to freedom of navigation in South China Sea: WH

US News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 09:00

Washington : The US is committed to the principle of the freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, the White House said today reaffirming its position that it favours peaceful resolution of territorial conflicts.

The Obama administration is committed to the principle of the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

"We certainly make no claim on any territory in that region of the world, but we are actively engaged in encouraging all sides who have a difference of opinion about those territorial claims to resolve them peacefully and through diplomacy to ensure that the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce continues uninhibited," he said.

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Top US commander in Afghanistan makes rare visit to India

US News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 08:46
Top US commander in Afghanistan makes rare visit to India

Washington: In a first of its kind development, a top American commander in Afghanistan recently visited India to hold talks with senior Indian leadership on the country's role in the war-torn Afghanistan vis-a-vis Pakistan and China.

Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John Campbell told members of the House Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing yesterday that he travelled to New Delhi to discuss Afghanistan's situation with Indian leaders.

"I did have the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to go to India to talk to some of the senior leadership in India to talk about Afghanistan, how they're tied in with Afghanistan," Campbell said.

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Mahindra USA to host national dealer meet in Kansas City

US News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 08:38
Mahindra USA to host national dealer meet in Kansas City

Washington : India's top automobile company Mahindra & Mahindra will host its fifth national dealer meeting in the US' Kansas City to celebrate the firm's rapid growth in North America.

The three-day event, to be held late this month, will bring more than 1,500 attendees from all over the world and is expected to generate USD seven million for the economy of Kansas City, a media release said yesterday.

It will showcase Mahindra's 2016 tractor and utility vehicle lineup and several high profile guests to help celebrate the company's rapid growth in North America. "The 2015 NDM will be a pinnacle event, celebrating Mahindra's rapid growth in North America," said Mani Iyer, president Mahindra.

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US issues travel warning to its citizens in Nepal

US News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 08:32
US issues travel warning to its citizens in Nepal

Washington: The US has warned its nationals against traveling to Nepal citing concern about recent incidents of violence in the earthquake-ravaged country which might affect its tourism sector.

"While the frequency and severity of aftershocks have greatly diminished, the possibility of earthquakes or aftershocks continues. The overall effect of the initial earthquake and its aftershocks varied greatly across the country," the US State Department yesterday said in a travel advisory.

"Areas close to the epicenters suffered significant damage, while other areas in the country were nearly unaffected," the advisory said.

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Perjury accused Cairns lied, `threatened teammate with bat`, court hears

Sports News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:28
Chris Cairns

Johannesburg, Oct. 8 - Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns threatened a team mate with a bat for scoring too many runs in a fixed match and then through a friend pressured him into lying during a libel action, a London court has heard.

The all-rounder, who represented New Zealand in 62 Tests and 215 ODIs, saw his reputation take a beating when the former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi accused Cairns of match-fixing while he was playing for the Chandigarh Lions in the now defunct Indian Cricket League in 2008.

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Henson quashes feud rumours with `Empire` co-star Howard with hilarious video

Entertainment News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:16
Taraji P. Henson

Washington D.C., Oct.8 - After the rumours started swirling that Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard were clashing on the 'Empire' set, the actress took to social media to shut down the feud rumours.

The 45-year-old actress took to her Instagram page to quash the rumours with her co-star Howard and shared the hilarious video alongside caption, "HA! Word on THA street is Terrence and I don't get along! Like I would fight to work with someone I DO NOT get along with?!Don't be silly", E! Online reports.

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Look who's Reese Witherspoon's new family member

Entertainment News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:00
Reese Witherspoon

Washington D.C., Oct. 8 - Reese Witherspoon has got new member in her family and the latest addition is a sweet bull terrier named LouAnn.

The 39-year-old actress introduced her four-legged pal to fans by posting his close-up shot on Instagram and Twitter, reports E! Online.

The 'Wild' star captioned the picture, "Drum roll please!!!! Introducing the newest member to our family # LouAnn !! #bullterrier #madlyinlove (just look at that face sigh)." (ANI)

Vladimir Putin marks 63rd birthday with ice hockey match

US News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 13:26
Vladimir Putin marks 63rd birthday with ice hockey match

Washington D.C., Oct.8 - Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated his 63rd birthday by playing a ice hockey match with NHL stars.

The 63-year-old president scored seven goals as his team, which included NHL legends Vyacheslav Fetisov and Pavel Bure, won the game 15-10, TMZ reports.

The opposing team included Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as well as Putin's close pals' tycoons Gennady Timchenko and Arkady Rotenberg.

Putin was rewarded with a trophy for his team's win at the end of the game and a medal for his contribution to hockey in Russia. (ANI)

'Old Yeller' star Kevin Corcoran dies at 66

Entertainment News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 13:23
'Old Yeller' star Kevin Corcoran dies at 66

Washington D.C., Oct. 8 - ' Old Yeller' child star Kevin Corcoran passed away on October 6 in Santa Monica, California at the age of 66.

The actor, who played the youngest son in the classic 1957 drama and went on to work as a producer on TV series, such as 'Sons of Anarchy' and 'The Shield,' died after battling colorectal cancer for five years, reported E! Online.

Paying tribute to the actor, the maker of the hit-series Shawn Ryan tweeted, "Corcoran was a delightful person and producer, including on The Shield."

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