220m yr-old 'stuck in bone' tooth provides new insight on ancient reptiles

stuck in boneWashington, Sept 30 : Scientists have come across a tooth lodged in a thigh bone of a giant ancient reptile, which has shed light on how the animals lived 220 million years ago.

Till now, it was thought that animals at the age of dinosaurs, where some lived on land and others in water, didn't much interact. But the tooth, which was found by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researcher in the thigh of one of these ancient animals, has challenged the belief.

Scientists may have found 'Dracula's dungeon'

Dracula-s-dungeonMelbourne, Sept 30 : Archaeologists in Turkey believe they have unearthed dungeons that once held Dracula.

According to reports, restoration works in the Tokat Castle in Turkey have discovered a secret tunnel leading to the Pervane Bath and a military shelter and two dungeons in the castle, where Wallachian Prince Vlad III the Impaler, who was also known as Dracula, is said to have been held as political hostage in the early 15th century by the Ottoman Turks, News. com. au reported.

Brad Pitt feels marriage is 'more than just a title'

Brad PittMelbourne, Sept 30 : Brad Pitt has said that his marriage to Angelina Jolie is "more than just a title".

The 'Troy' star told British GQ that he would not say that marriage was just a title, News. com. au reported.

Pitt also spoke about George Clooney who married lawyer Amal Alamuddin over the weekend. (ANI)

Kelly Brook says David Mackintosh is needy

Kelly-Brook-David-McintoshLondon - Actress Kelly Brook has slammed her ex-fiance David McIntosh saying that he is a very needy and insecure man.

The 34-year-old beauty slammed McIntosh in text messages to Sarah Harper insisting the 'Gladiators' star, who is rumoured to have cheated on her with the latter, doesn't deserve either of them, reportedly.

"I fell out of love with him a while ago. He is a needy insecure man that will never treat a woman right. "We both deserve better. I'm happy you came forward because he deserves everything that's coming to him," Brook wrote. (PTI)

An apple a day could keep obesity away

AppleWashington - An apple a day could help to keep the doctor away, at least as far as obesity is concerned, according to a new study.

Scientists at Washington State University have found that non-digestible compounds in apples ? specifically, Granny Smith apples - may help prevent disorders associated with obesity.

The study is thought to be the first to assess these compounds in apple cultivars grown in the Pacific Northwest.

"We know that, in general, apples are a good source of these nondigestible compounds but there are differences in varieties," said food scientist Giuliana Noratto, the study's lead researcher.

Dolphins are attracted to magnets: Study

DolphinsLondon - Dolphins are sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetised objects, a new study has found.

The research by Dorothee Kremers and her colleagues at Ethos unit of the Universite de Rennes in France provides experimental behavioural proof that these marine animals are magnetoreceptive.

Magnetoreception implies the ability to perceive a magnetic field. It is supposed to play an important role in how some land and aquatic species orientate and navigate themselves, researchers said.

Microsoft has most partner friendly approach, says Satya Nadella

Satya NadellaNew Delhi, Sept. 30 - Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satya Nadella who was in New Delhi to participate in a Nasscom event said that his company has the most partner friendly approach and scale.

"Today, we have the broadest eco system of partners and the most partner friendly approach and scale," Nadella said while addressing the gathering at the 'mobile-first, cloud-first' event.

"We don't need to go hunt for one deal. We want to have ubiquity of access in partner opportunity," he added.

Diesel rate likely to be cut by Re 1/litre, petrol by Rs 1.75

DieselNew Delhi: Diesel price is likely to be cut by about Re 1 per litre, the first reduction in rates in over five years, while petrol price may be slashed by Rs 1.75.

State-owned oil firms are likely to announce reduction in rates, made possible because of softening in international oil rates, this evening, government and industry sources said.

Under-recovery or the difference between retail price and its imported cost was wiped out and there was an over-recovery of 35 paise a litre from September 16. This over-recovery is now about Re 1 a litre.

AirAsia to fly from Hyderabad to Kuala Lumpur; announces promotional fare at Rs 2,099

AirAsiaMumbai - No-frills carrier AirAsia has announced resumption of its flight services to Hyderabad from Kuala Lumpur and also offered a promotional all-inclusive fare of Rs 2,099 for a one-way journey.

The airline had discontinued the route in 2011.

"The recommencement of Hyderabad-Kuala Lumpur route will enable many guests to experience our 'fly-thru' service through Kuala Lumpur. The resumed service will also connect to other exciting domestic destinations such as Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and many more," AirAsia head of commercial Spencer Lee said in a release.

Rupee trades at a fresh seven-month low of 61.62 Vs dollar

RupeeMumbai: The rupee weakened by nine paise to trade at a fresh seven-month low of 61.62 against the dollar in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market today following increased demand for the US currency from importers ahead of RBI's policy review.

A lower opening at the domestic equity market and the dollar's rise against other major currencies overseas also put pressure on the rupee, dealers said.

Yesterday, the rupee had tanked 38 paise to log nearly 7-month closing low of 61.53 against the Greenback following dollar demand from importers and some weakness in stocks ahead of the RBI policy review.

Sensex down 30 points in early trade ahead of RBI policy

Sensex downMumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 30 points in early trade on Tuesday on increased selling by funds and retail investors ahead of RBI's monetary policy review.

Continuing yesterday's weakness, the 30-share index moved further down by 30.38 points, or 0.11 per cent, to 26,566.73, with metal, FMCG, PSU, oil & gas and banking sector stocks leading the fall. The gauge had lost 29.21 points in the previous session.

Also, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty shed 11.25 points, or 0.14 per cent, to 7,947.65 in early trade.

Michael Strahan to do a cameo in 'Magic Mike' sequel

Michael StrahanWashington, Sept 30 - Former rugby player Michael Strahan will make an appearance in the sequel of 'Magic Mike', it has been revealed.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Strahan , who currently co-hosts a show called 'Live' was formally invited by Channing Tatum to appear in the movie after the actor visited the show again.

The sequel of the movie titled ' Magic Mike XXL' catches up with the group of male strippers at the center of the first movie.

Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer and Gabriel Iglesias will reprise their role for the sequel that is scheduled to hit the theatres in July, 2015. (ANI)

Raghuram Rajan likely to hold onto key rates today

Raghuram-RajanMumbai - Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan is widely expected to hold the key rates citing high inflation at the fourth bi-monthly monetary policy announcement on Tuesday, even though the pro-growth lobby has been wishing for a rate cut.

This is despite some downward movement in consumer price inflation of late, which eased to 7.8 percent for August. But it is the medium-term targets that worry the central bank, say RBI watchers.

Pregnant Duchess Kate set to resume royal duties post morning sickness recovery

Duchess KateWashington, Sep 29 : Pregnant Kate Middleton plans to return to her royal duties after suffering from three weeks of severe morning sickness, it has been reported.

Duchess of Cambridge has been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition she also went through during her pregnancy with Prince George, Radaronline.com reported.

Symptoms of the illness could include persistent nausea and vomiting, which could account for the 32-year-old princess' skinny appearance while pregnant.

Prince William recently admitted that Middleton's morning sickness has been "tricky," but both are "immensely thrilled" about expecting their second child. (ANI)

Bottled up 'warm' water can be harmful for health

bottled waterWashington, Sept 29 : Scientists have warned against drinking water from a bottle if it had been left somewhere warm for a long time.

According to the study by University of Florida, since plastic water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate, when heated, the material releases the chemicals antimony and bisphenol A, commonly called BPA.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said BPA is not a major concern at low levels found in beverage containers, it continues to study the chemical's impacts, and some health officials claim that the chemical can cause negative effects on children's health.

Afghan President Ghani calls for peace talks with Taliban

Ashraf-GhaniKabul, Sept 29 : President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on Monday used his inaugural speech to call on Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war.

Speaking after a ceremonial and democratic transfer of power, President Ghani said, "We ask opponents of the government, specially the Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami (another militant group), to enter political talks. Any problems that they have, they should tell us, we will find a solution."

"We ask every villager to call for peace. We ask Muslim scholars to advise the Taliban, and if they don't listen to their advice, they should cut off any relations," he added.

Taylor Swift, Metallica to perform at 2015 Rock in Rio festival

Taylor-SwiftWashington, Sept 29 : Taylor Swift, No Doubt and Metallica are set to perform at America's first Rock in Rio festival in 2015.

The Brazilian festival is heading for 2015 with a U.S. version of the annual event, which will be held in Las Vegas, Contactmusic reported.

Linkin Park and John Legend, among others will also perform at the rock fest. (ANI)

Oscar Isaac wishes George Lucas hadn't tweaked the original 'Star Wars'

Oscar-IsaacWashington, Sep 29 : Oscar Isaac recently expressed his wish that George Lucas should not have tweaked the original Star Wars movies.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 'Inside Llewyn Davis' actor said that adding changes in the original product with the new technology make the film even more "less interesting."

He'd much rather go back and watch the old thing, because it's a product of the time as Lucas made it with the technology of that era, which made the movie so amazing, he further added.

Windows 9 will be free update for Windows 8 users

WindowsWashington, Sep 29 : Several Windows 9 reports have confirmed that Windows 9 will be a free update for Windows 8 users.

According to Boy Genius Report, the Windows 9 upgrade will be available free of charge to all existing Windows 8 users once it's released.

Microsoft is reportedly interested in moving many people from the older, and no longer supported, Windows XP and offering Windows 9 as a free download might be a great incentive for some, report said.

However, it's not clear whether other Windows users who are on older versions of the OS will get any other special offers, and actual prices for Windows 9 have yet to be revealed. (ANI)

Lehmann claims Johnson, Clarke likely to play in upcoming Test, ODI series against Pak

Darren LehmannKarachi, Sep 29 : Former Australian cricketer and current national team coach Darren Lehmann claimed on Sunday that fast bowler Mitchell Johnson would play in the upcoming Test and ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Johnson withdrew from the Twenty20 Champions League with a rib injury, but was part of the Australian squad that left for the United Arab Emirates ( UAE) on Sunday.

Lehmann calmed fears that the world's leading pacer was a doubt for the first Test against Pakistan that starts in Dubai on October 22, The Express Tribune reported.

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