Washington, April 4: A new study has found that tiny shifts that are making our days longer by some milliseconds, may be due to electrical forces present deep under the Earth.
According to a report in National Geographic News, it has long been known that natural phenomena on Earth’s surface, such as tides and winds, affect its rotation speed.
Now scientists are investigating how events in a mineral layer at the core-mantle boundary, 1,615 miles (2,600 kilometers) deep, similarly affect the planet’s spin.
London - Britain's Prince William has spoken of the "emptiness" he often feels about the loss of his mother, the late Princess Diana, in 1997 when he was aged just 15.
The prince, now aged 26 and second-in-line to the throne, made his unusually candid and personal remarks in an article for the Daily Mail Friday, based on a speech he gave at a children's charity co- founded by Diana.
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Wellington - New Zealand's newly elected conservative government pledged Tuesday to cut income taxes in each of the next three years to spur workers into raising productivity and revive the lagging economy.
A single-minded concentration on economic growth was the main feature of the National Party's policy programme, outlined at the official opening of the new Parliament following last month's general election.
The programme was set out in a speech prepared by Prime Minister John Key but read, according to tradition, by Governor-General Anand Satyanand, the representative of Queen Elizabeth, who is New Zealand's head of state.
London, Mar 2 : A football that generates enough electricity to power a small LED light for three hours every time it is kicked during half an hour of play, has been developed in the United States using funds from a crowd funding website named Kickstarter.
The airless ball, named as SOCCKET, harnesses kinetic energy which can then be used as an off-grid power source and its use is being projected in deprived areas of both North and South America, the Telegraph reports.
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Zinc yesterday traded with the positive node and settled 0.9% up at 94 on short covering after the sell-off seen on friday, as the US dollar index rose to 78, LME zinc prices dipped to a new low this year at USD 1,894/mt at noon, and then rallied to USD 1,900/mt. Finally, LME zinc prices closed at USD 1,910/mt, down USD 82/mt. Downstream buyers will increase purchases ahead of the China's National Day holiday. The European debt crisis worsened last Friday, and dimmed US economic outlook and an economic slowdown in China triggered turmoil in global financial markets, which caused LME prices to continuously set a new yearly low.
New Delhi, Dec 23 - Calling for a radical restructuring of India's security architecture, Home Minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday proposed the setting up of a National Counter Terrorism Centre.
"As the name suggests the goal is to counter terrorism. Such an organisation does not exist today; it has to be created from scratch. I am told that the US was able to do it within 36 months of 9/11," Chidambaram said.
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Rome - Colourful tartans well-known in Scotland currently are all the rage in Italy. Anyone with a sense of style from Milan to Messina and from Pordenone to Palermo is wearing plaids.
The imagination of the style-conscious Italians knows no limits. Whether it's handbags, hair bands, pumps, sneakers, bustiers, miniskirts or cigarette lighters, almost everything is available in the new look. Officially, everything is allowed from punk to conservative, for both men and women. The main thing is that plaids are part of the attire.
It's all being described as either British or Scottish style. A style magazine for youths recently featured a cover with the title "Scotland is Close to You. (dpa)
Kabul - Six civilians were killed when a bomb-filled fuel tanker exploded close to the building where the brother of President Hamid Karzai was attending a meeting in the southern province of Kandahar on Wednesday, according to government sources.
The bomb injured 43 people, however, Ahmed Wali Karzai escaped uninjured when the tanker exploded near where he was attending a meeting at the office of the provincial council, the BBC reported.
Sydney - Australia Liberals squared off for another bruising round of infighting Monday when Brendan Nelson shocked them by putting his leadership on the line.
Liberal lawmakers meet Tuesday and are expected to either vote Nelson back into office or endorse economics spokesman Malcolm Turnbull as the new party leader.
Nelson has been leader since John Howard's coalition fell in a Labor landslide in November and Kevin Rudd became prime minister.
Washington, May 9: Ancient seaweed samples from the Monte Verde archaeological site in southern Chile has confirmed its status as the earliest known human settlement in the Americas, dating back to 14,000 years.
It also provides additional support for the theory that one early migration route followed the Pacific Coast more than 14,000 years ago.
The study was conducted by a team of anthropologists, geologists and botanists headed by Vanderbilt University’s Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Tom Dillehay.
The study, which includes the first new data reported from the site in 10 years, includes the identification of nine species of seaweed and marine algae recovered from hearths and other areas in the ancient settlement.
According to the latest data released, House prices in Auckland have risen to record high levels as the housing market records growth.
QV revealed today showed that the market prices also increased in Christchurch but the growth was weak in other urban areas. The data showed that the prices increased by 5.7 per cent on average nationwide. The House values rose by about 6per cent in 2012, according to the data released.
Islamabad, June 8 : Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s close aides have called on disgraced scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and asked him to avoid giving statements against the President.
The meeting took place in the backdrop of the scientist’s recent statements that he had made the confession under pressure.
Dr Khan has recently said that he had given the televised confessional statement in the larger interest of the country, but the promises made to him by Musharraf for doing so had never been fulfilled.
London, November 1: ‘Take That’ has made a record sell-out with its 600,000 tour tickets vanishing in just four-and-a-half hours.
Becoming the fastest selling tour in UK history, the band’s 2009 stadium tour, ‘The Circus’, has managed to displace Michael Jackson’s record sales of ‘Bad tour’ tickets in 1987, reports the Daily Star.
The tour tickets, which were put on sale at 9 am, were all sold by 1.30 pm – despite the added announcement of two extra shows at Wembley and Manchester.
While many fans queued themselves in the cold to make sure they would see their favourite group perform, others crashed the Internet sites by flooding the cyberspace in want of the passes.