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Gang warfare not unique to humans - banded mongooses do it too

Gang warfare not unique to humans - banded mongooses do it too

WashingtonD.C.[USA], Mar.1 : Researchers from the University of Exeter have shed light on the causes of the fights - and found they are most common when females are receptive to breeding and when there is competition over food and territory.

The study has been published in the journal Animal Behaviour. The scientists, who studied a population of banded mongooses in Uganda, observed ferocious fighting between groups that often led to serious injury and even death.

During the conflicts, they saw individuals raiding dens and killing the pups of their neighbours, and males and females of rival groups mating with each other.

Egg-free surrogate chickens can save rare poultry breeds

Egg-free surrogate chickens can save rare poultry breeds

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 18 : To boost breeding of endangered poultry breeds, Briton researchers have come up with gene-editing techniques for the rare breeds to use them as surrogates that cannot produce their own chicks.

The advance -- using gene-editing techniques -- could help to boost breeding of endangered birds, as well as improving production of commercial hens, researchers say.

The appeared in the journal Development.

Researchers explained that donor primordial germ cells from other breeds could be implanted into the gene-edited chickens as they are developing inside an egg. The surrogate hens would then grow up to produce eggs containing all of the genetic information from the donor breeds.

Two largest satellite galaxies Magellanic Clouds bridged by stars

Two largest satellite galaxies Magellanic Clouds bridged by stars

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 8 : According to an international team of astronomers led by researchers from University Of Cambridge, the Magellanic Clouds, the two largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, appear to be connected by a bridge stretching across 43,000 light years.

The discovery is based on the Galactic Stellar census being conducted by the European Space Observatory, Gaia and reported in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS).

For the past 15 years, scientists have been eagerly anticipating the data from Gaia. The first portion of information from the satellite was released three months ago and is freely accessible to everyone.

Missile test row: U.S. enacts sanctions on Iran

Missile test row: U.S. enacts sanctions on Iran

Washington .D.C [USA], Feb. 4 : After putting Tehran "on notice" earlier this week in the wake of the ballistic missile tested by it, U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Friday enacted new sanctions on Iran.

The Treasury Department said that it was imposing the sanctions on 25 individuals and companies connected to the missile program and those who were providing support to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force, reports CNN.

This list also included three separate networks linked to support the missile program, which was opposed by US.

The tensions between the two countries have been on the boil since the election of Trump.

Healthy food may benefit people with HIV, diabetes: Study

Healthy food may benefit people with HIV, diabetes: Study

Washington D. C. [USA], Jan. 26 : Mediterranean diet loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats for six months may benefit people with HIV and Type 2 diabetes.

According to researchers, through healthy food and snacks HIV-positive people were more likely to adhere to their medication regimens, and people with type 2 diabetes, were less depressed and less likely to make trade-offs between food and healthcare.

The study, which appeared online in the Journal of Urban Health, was designed to evaluate whether helping people get medically appropriate, comprehensive nutrition would improve their health.

Include green leafy vegetables, nuts in your daughter's diet to boost her grades

Include green leafy vegetables, nuts in your daughter's diet to boost her grades

Washington D. C. [USA], Jan. 26 : Dear parents, boost your daughter's iron intake with green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans and pulses as a new study reveals that physically fit female students with normal iron levels may perform better academically.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Pennsylvania State University have found that a student's fitness level and iron status could be the difference between making an A or a B.

The findings, published in the journal of Nutrition, suggest that the difference in grade point average was as much as 0.34 -- enough to drop or increase a letter grade.

'We are going to make America great again': Trump tells supporters

'We are going to make America great again': Trump tells supporters

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 20 : Calling himself the "messenger" of a movement, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to make America great again.

"We are going to make America great again, and I'll add greater than ever before," ABC news quoted Trump as saying.

Trump was addressing a large gathering of his supporters at his inaugural concert, a day before officially being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

"This journey began 18 months ago. I had something to do with it but you had much more to do with it than I did. I'm the messenger," Trump said.

He said that all Americans were tired of seeing what was going on in the country and wanted a real change to take place.

'You made me a better president': Obama tells Americans in thank you letter

'You made me a better president': Obama tells Americans in thank you letter

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 20 : Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has praised the American people for making him 'a better president' and 'a better man'.

"Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man, Obama said in a thank you letter to the American people on Thursday.

On his last day in office before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Obama described the American people as 'the source of goodness, resilience, from which he has pulled strength.

Trump asks nearly 50 Senior Obama holdovers to remain in their posts

Trump asks nearly 50 Senior Obama holdovers to remain in their posts

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 20 : Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that nearly 50 senior Obama administration appointees have been asked by President-elect Donald Trump to remain in their posts after his inauguration in order to ensure continuity in the government.

The Obama holdovers include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and the State Department.

Spicer said Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and America's third-ranking diplomat, Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon, will remain in their agencies until a replacement is named by the Senate, reports VOA news.

U.S. makes additional USD500 million grant to support Green Climate Fund

U.S. makes additional USD500 million grant to support Green Climate Fund

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 18 : The United States has made an additional USD500 million grant to support the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Consistent with last year's GCF grant, this funding is provided from the fiscal year 2016 Economic Support Fund (ESF) appropriation.

"This grant follows last year's initial grant of 500 million as part of the $3 billion pledge to the GCF made by President Obama in 2014," said U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby.

He said the Green Climate Fund is a critical tool that helps catalyse billions of dollars in public and private investment in countries dealing not only with the challenges of climate change but the immense economic opportunities that are embedded in the transition to a lower-carbon economy.

Meet the new moth named after Donald Trump

Meet the new moth named after Donald Trump

Washington [USA], Jan. 18 : To encourage the conservation in the fragile areas, scientists have named a new moth as 'Neopalpa donaldtrumpi' in the honour of U.S President-elect Donald Trump.

Biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari from University of California named the moth officially as ' Neopalpa donaldtrumpi' because it stands out with yellowish-white scales present on the head in adults and in these scales he found an amusing reference to Trump's hairstyle and turned it into an additional justification for its name.

The study, published in the open access journal ZooKeys, hopes that the fame around the new moth will successfully point to the critical need for further conservation efforts in the fragile areas such as the habitat of the new species.

Fashion Alert! Victoria Beckham says 'don't mess with your b**bs'

Fashion Alert! Victoria Beckham says 'don't mess with your b**bs'

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 11 : Victoria Beckham, a name synonymous to high style and fashion, too had her infamous fashion phases.

Hence, the fashionista, recently, penned a letter to her 18-year-old self for British Vogue, where she regretted 'messing with' breast implants, reports People magazine.

Victoria, who had visible changes in her cup sizes over the years, regretted it and wrote, "I should probably say, don't mess with your boobs," adding, "all those years I denied it - stupid. A sign of insecurity. Just celebrate what you've got."

The businesswoman even spoke about her marriage in the letter.

She and her very hot husband David Beckham are together for 17 years and as she said, 'effort' was the reason for that longevity.

Scientists discover 'BioClay' for pest-free crops

Scientists discover 'BioClay' for pest-free crops

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 11 : Scientists, including an Indian-origin researcher, have found a nano-sized degradable clay, an alternative to chemicals and pesticides, that protects plants from specific disease-causing pathogens.

Researcher Neena Mitter from University of Queensland in Australia said BioClay - an environmentally sustainable alternative to chemicals and pesticides - could be a game-changer for crop protection.

The study was recently published in Nature Plants.

"In agriculture, the need for new control agents grows each year, driven by demand for greater production, the effects of climate change, community and regulatory demands and toxicity and pesticide resistance," she said.

'Yes we can, yes we did': Teary eyed Obama radiates optimism in farewell address

'Yes we can, yes we did': Teary eyed Obama radiates optimism in farewell address

Washington D.C. [U.S.], Jan. 11 : United States President Barack Obama said goodbye to his nation today in an emotional address enriched with wisdom and optimism, asserting that he would never give up on his vision for change and reminding Americans that they made him a better leader.

"This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it," Obama said from a packed hall of supporters in his adopted hometown.

"After eight years as your President, I still believe that," he went on. "And it's not just my belief. It's the beating heart of our American idea -- our bold experiment in self-government."

'Carrie Fisher' was extraordinary, shares J.J. Abrams at Golden Globes

Washington D.C. [USA], January 10 : J.J. Abrams was all praise for late 'extraordinary' Carrie Fisher and her 'beautiful and not long enough journey' at the recently concluded Golden Globe Awards.

According to People magazine, Abrams, who directed Fisher for ' Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' told reporters, "It was beautiful and not long enough. She was extraordinary and it's impossible to really quantify the impact she had on not just legions of movies and books, but also her friends."

On the same note, Golden Globes honoured the late actress and her mother Debbie Reynolds, at the award show.

He continued, "The wisdom, the wit, the heart. She was like no other, so she's deeply missed."

16 arrested in France in connection to Kim K robbery

16 arrested in France in connection to Kim K robbery

Washington D.C. [USA], January 10 : Finally, the much spoke about robbery of Kim Kardashian West, had its first busts!

French police have arrested 16 suspects in connection with the violent jewellery heist, which took place in Paris in October, reports the Guardian.

The suspects, who were reportedly well known to detectives for armed robbery, were picked up in coordinated early morning raids on January 9.

The suspects were in age from 23 to 72 and three of them were women, according to police.

Police identified two of them from fingerprints left at the luxury apartment, from where the 36-year-old reality star had nine million euros in jewels and valuables snatched, during Paris fashion week. The police immediately put them and their associates under surveillance.

Mariah Carey bids adieu to social media over disastrous NYE performance

Mariah Carey bids adieu to social media over disastrous NYE performance

Washington D.C. [USA], January 10 : Things are not at all going well for Mariah Carey, it seems!

After an embarrassing New Year's Eve performance and the backlash that followed, Carey called quits on social media.

In a recently released audio clip, the 47-year-old star said that she is taking break from 'media moments.'

"I'm gonna take a break from media moments, social media moments," she announced in an audio clip posted on Twitter.

In the audio statement, the 'Without You' songstress explained that she needs time for herself and her loved ones right now.

'La La Land','Moonlight' win big: See complete winners list of Golden Globes 2017

'La La Land','Moonlight' win big: See complete winners list of Golden Globes

Washington D.C.[USA], Jan. 9 : The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, chose its big winners in film and television, giving top honors to 'Moonlight',' La La Land', 'The Crown' and 'Atlanta'.

Here's the complete list of the winners, as reported by People Magazine, who took home the prestigious trophy:

-Best Motion Picture, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight - WINNER

-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea - WINNER

Joel Edgerton, Loving

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Amy Adams, Arrival

#GoldenGlobes2017: Meryl Streep slams Trump in Cecil B. DeMille Award Speech

#GoldenGlobes2017: Meryl Streep slams Trump in Cecil B. DeMille Award Speech

Washington D.C.[USA], Jan. 9 : Eight times Golden Globe winner Meryl Streep, who was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globes Awards, did not hesitate to make her thoughts about Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated as president in less than two weeks, crystal clear.

After thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press, Meryl praised the many foreign actors in the audience who bring us all joy with their incredible talent, clearly letting Donald Trump know that his anti immigrant rhetoric was not appreciated in Tinsel Town.

"Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if you kick them all out you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts - which are not the arts," she said as reported by People Magazine.

President Obama assured by Trump's commitment: White House

President Obama assured by Trump's commitment: White House

Washington D.C. (United States), Nov. 11 : White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest asserted that President Obama is filled with renewed confidence in the commitment of the President-elect Donald Trump to engage in an effective, smooth transition after meeting him at the White House.

"We are committed to doing what is required on our part to make sure that that happens. And the President was pleased to hear a similar commitment expressed by the President-elect," said Earnest while responding to a question.




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