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Distant tiny spinning star discovered

spinning-starMelbourne, May 7 : Using the ‘empty’ space between stars and galaxies that is made up of sparsely spread charged particles as a giant lens, researchers have made a measurement of a distant rotating neutron star that is believed to be the most precise till now.

The new measurement is one million times more precise than the previous world’s best.

Neutron stars were particularly interesting objects to study, as some of them - called pulsars - gave off pulsed radio waves whose beams swept across telescopes at regular intervals.


How Australian camels turned into 'humped pests'

australian-camelsMelbourne, April 24 : The once useful Australian camels that helped the country establish its modern infrastructure are now regarded as "humped pests" and culled on a large scale, says a study.

Australian camels exemplify the idea of "animals out of place", said Sarah Crowley from the University of Exeter in Britain.

Extreme measures including shooting them with rifles from helicopters are being taken to reduce the population of camels in Australia, contended Crowley.


Miranda Kerr makes singing debut with Elvis' song 'You're the Boss'

Miranda-KerrMelbourne, Apr 22 : Miranda Kerr recently crooned on Bobby Fox's new single, 'You're the Boss,' which was earlier recorded by Elvis Presley and Swedish-born singer and actress Ann-Margret for the 1964 movie 'Viva Las Vegas'.

The Victoria Secret's model said that it was just a bit of fun and they approached her and she said that she was not a singer, adding that they said that she sang in a commercial, News. com. au reported.

However, the 31-year-old supermodel said that if she did not like it, it was definitely not going anywhere and they agreed.


Audi A3 named 2014 'World Car of Year'

Audi A3Melbourne, April 18 - Audi A3 has been named the 2014 ' World Car of the Year' after being voted by 69 jurors from 22 countries at the New York Motor Show.

The Audi A3, which beat Mazda3 from Japan to win the title, was among five German cars that won in different categories making it Audi's second win in 10 years, News. co. au reported.

Audi's North America president Scott Keogh exclaimed that Audi A3 has only been on sale three weeks and already it's "off to a flying start" and Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi added that the major award win is an achievement for the whole company.


Taylor Swift surprises fan by showing up at bridal shower

Taylor-SwiftMelbourne, Apr 17 : Taylor Swift recently gave a fan the surprise of her life when she showed up at her bridal shower .

The 'Love Story' singer's fan had written a letter to her along with an invitation to the event in Ohio, News. com. au reported.

Swift was earlier left red-faced after hundreds of fan letters were found dumped in a bin in Nashville. (ANI)


'Bewakoofiyaan' director reveals her struggle in Bollywood

'Bewakoofiyaan' director reveals her struggle in BollywoodMelbourne, Mar 17 : Nupur Asthana, the director of 'Bewakoofiyaan' recently spilled the beans about her hardships in life and her journey from directing TV serials to movies.

Asthana in an interview with Indus Age Magazine said that she remembers in her early days she used to take up small projects to pay her rents.

The director started her journey with the TV serial 'Hip Hip Hurray' on Zee Television and made her debut on the big screen with the film, 'Mujhse Frandship Karoge'.


Diabetes increases pancreatic cancer risk

DiabetesMelbourne, March 15 : Screening all newly diagnosed diabetics for pancreatic cancer may soon become the norm as researchers have now discovered a link between diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

"The study revealed the risk of pancreatic cancer was greatest after the diagnosis of diabetes but remained elevated long after the diagnosis,” said Mehrdad Nikfarjam, liver, pancreas and biliary specialist at the University of Melbourne.

“The presence of diabetes remains a modest risk factor for the development of a cancer later in life," he said.


Hamilton claims pole for Australian GP

Lewis-HamiltonMelbourne, March 15 : Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes Saturday claimed pole position in the Formula 1 season opening Australian Grand Prix qualifying session at Albert Park, with teammate Nico Rosberg placing third, giving Mercedes a great advantage for the race Sunday.

The qualifying session kicked off under heavy showers but Hamilton kept his composure and handled the pressure to snatch top spot, 0.317 seconds faster than Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull in the second, reports Xinhua.

However, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull ended the second qualifying session in 13th place.


Australia's Harris to undergo rehabilitation

Ryan-HarrisMelbourne, March 12 : Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris will have a "long rehabilitation period" after he underwent a knee surgery Tuesday. However, he is expected to be fit before the home Test series against Pakistan in October.

“Ryan underwent surgery yesterday on his right knee, which included a clean out of some loose bits of bone and removing bone spurs within the joint," Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Wednesday.


Johnson to miss T20s against South Africa

Mitchell-JohnsonMelbourne, March 6 : Cricket Australia's national selection panel Thursday said Mitchell Johnson will return home to rest ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and will not take part in the Twenty20 Series against South Africa beginning Sunday.

All-rounder Moises Henriques will stay on in South Africa as a replacement for Johnson, CA said in a release.


Was Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar celeb 'selfie' premeditated phone promotion stunt?

Ellen DeGeneresMelbourne, March 4  : Speculations are rife that Ellen DeGeneres' epic celebrity filled selfie at the 86th Annual Academy Awards was a stunt to promote a mobile phone.

The phone in the Oscar host's hand, which was a Samsung, not an iPhone, alerted people to the fact this was not a random injection of fun, but rather a ploy to please the mobile company that was one of the major sponsors of the event, News. com. au reported.

She had also revealed on Twitter that she handed out Samsung phones to every viewer at her talk show, further arousing suspicions of collaboration with the brand.


Warner fined 15 pc match fee for accusing De Villiers of 'ball tampering'

David WarnerMelbourne, Feb 28 - Australian opener David Warner has reportedly been fined 15 per cent of his match fee- an amount of 2900 dollars, for accusing South African batsman AB de Villiers of ball tampering during the second Test at Port Elizabeth .

The ICC charged Warner under its code of conduct with 'public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in any international match'.


Australia name Sultan Azlan Shah Cup squad

Hockey-AustraliaMelbourne, Feb 27 : Hockey Australia (HA) Thursday announced an 18-man squad for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, from March 13-23.

Three-time Olympian and 2004 Athens Games gold medallist Liam De Young is set to become only the fourth Australian to make 300 appearances for the Kookaburras after being named in the squad. He will join Jay Stacy (321 caps), Brent Livermore (317) and fellow Queenslander Jamie Dwyer (308) as a member of the '300 club'.


Property and Real Estate emerge as most popular 2013 jobs

Property and Real Estate emerge as most popular 2013 jobsMelbourne, February 20 : Real estate has blossomed as one of the most popular jobs of 2013 in Australia.

Property and Real Estate have emerged as the fastest-growing job category of 2013 on the CareerOne, SEEK and MyCareer websites and has fuelled an unprecedented growth in jobs, the Daily Telegraph reported.

According to the county's top three job searching websites, the real estate industry saw a 25 percent increase in jobs posted online between 2012 and December last year.


Everything you wanted to know about McDonald's revealed!

Everything you wanted to know about McDonald's revealed!Melbourne, February 11 : McDonald's has answered over 14,000 questions they received from curious Australians since they launched their myth-busting ' Your Questions ' campaign explaining their products.

One of the consumers asked if the fastfood chain used only gherkins in their burgers so they wouldn't be considered confectionary, to which the company replied that they didn't, News. com. au reported.


Clarke says Test series against Proteas to be measure of 'how far Oz has come'

Michael-ClarkeMelbourne, Feb 11 : Australian Test captain Michael Clarke has said that three-Test series against South Africa will be a measure of how much his team has improved, especially with their performances in a 'golden summer' against England.

Clarke is confident that his team is chomping on the bit to charge against the South Africans at their own turf and is backing their old formula of a positive, aggressive approach to the game to succeed, starting in the first Test in Pretoria on Wednesday.


George Clooney 'shocks' dad with latest prank

George-ClooneyMelbourne, February 6 : George Clooney has revealed that he shocked his father with his latest prank during the filming on ' Monuments Men'.

The 52-year-old American actor pranked his father by showing him his upcoming film followed by the first credits, which mentioned "In Loving Memory of Nick Clooney", News. com. au reported.

George added that his father plays me at the end of the film and is seen walking off a beautiful church into the light before the screen does black and just after the credits appeared which shocked his father.


Sienna Miller admits to 'brief encounter' with Daniel Craig

Sienna-MillerMelbourne, February 1 : Sienna Miller has slammed the media for sensationalizing the reports of her relationship with Daniel Craig which was just "a very brief encounter".

Miller said that her relationship with Craig was a very brief encounter, as he was her best friend and her saying "I love you" was nothing new, News. com. au reported.

The 32-year-old star stated that this is a very difficult and uncomfortable period of her life to discuss, to be gossiped about, analyzed and vilified.


Justin Bieber's girl 'trying to sell story' for $20k

justin-bieberMelbourne, January 29 : Justin Bieber's latest girlfriend Chantel Jeffries is reportedly trying to sell the story about her night with him to the media for 20,000 dollars.

Sources have revealed that Jeffries has reached out to weekly magazines and to producers of shows including Good Morning America, Today and Inside Edition, News. com. au reported.

Insiders added that she has hired an attorney and is negotiating a deal with the weekly magazines and the big TV shows and has asked for 20,000 dollars plus a guaranteed mention of her modeling career. (ANI)


Virgin Galactic bans Chinese tourists from space flights fearing espionage

Virgin-GalacticMelbourne, January 27 : Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flights has banned Chinese nationals from boarding it, as the officials fear that their rocket technology might get stolen, it has been revealed.

Tycoons from China, who are willing to pay 250,000 dollars for the tickets, have been told that they cannot board the flights because of anti-espionage regulations in the US, News. com. au reported.


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