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La Toya Jackson calls off engagement with Jeffre Phillips

Latoya Jackson and Jeffre Phillips

Washington, Feb 28 - La Toya Jackson and her longtime business partner Jeffre Phillips have called off their engagement, it has been reported.

The duo, who did not reveal the big news , stepped out for a dinner where they spilled the beans about their relationship, TMZ. com reported.

Phillips told a paparazzo that the duo was not engaged anymore.

The couple got engaged in June, 2014. (ANI)

Meditation can reduce chronic neck pain

Meditation can reduce chronic neck pain

Washington: Meditation might be an effective treatment for reducing chronic neck pain, according to a new research.

Chronic neck pain can lead to serious comorbidities like depression. Patients with chronic neck pain frequently experience distress, researchers said.

Previous research has shown that chronic pain is associated with distress and that meditation has stress relieving benefits.

In a study published in The Journal of Pain, researchers compared the effects of meditation on pain, perceived stress and psychological well being.

They hypothesised that an eight-week meditation programme will decrease pain more effectively than a standardised exercise programme and that pain relief will coincide with stress reduction.

Spacewalk to go ahead on Sunday despite helmet leak: NASA

Spacewalk to go ahead on Sunday despite helmet leak: NASA

Washington - Two US astronauts will go ahead with a spacewalk this weekend despite a flaw in one of the spacesuits that allowed water to seep into the helmet, the US space agency NASA said Friday.

Mission managers made the decision after discussing what NASA called "the minor seepage of water into the helmet of Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry Virts of NASA following the last spacewalk on February 25."

Virts had finished his six-plus hour spacewalk and was back inside the crew lock section of the Quest airlock when he noticed water building up in his helmet and felt dampness on the back of his head.

Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D may control brain serotonin

Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D may control brain serotonin

Washington: Eating fish and soaking up some sun may protect brain health, a new study suggests.

Vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the symptoms associated with a broad array of brain disorders by controlling brain serotonin, scientists say.

In a previous study, researchers found that vitamin D regulates the conversion of the essential amino acid tryptophan into serotonin and this may influence the development of autism, particularly in developing children with poor vitamin D status.

Serotonin affects a wide-range of cognitive functions and behaviours including mood, decision-making, social behaviour, impulsive behaviour, and even plays a role in social decision-making by keeping in check aggressive social responses or impulsive behaviour.

Shailene Woodley goes topless for Glamour UK's racy shoot

Shailene Woodley goes topless for Glamour UK's racy shoot

Washington, Feb 27 : Shailene Woodley has recently gone topless for a racy shoot of Glamour UK , and was completely comfortable with nudity.

'The Fault in Our Stars' actress said in her cover interview with the magazine that she had no problem while shooting sex scenes, as it's obvious that no sex could be done with bra and panty on, E! Online reported.

The 23-year-old actress added that she couldn't get American attitude towards sex, and prefer the European lifestyle because she feels it's more comfortable about sex and sexuality and it's not at all a big deal for them.

Woodley even confessed that she had no interest in watching the latest Hollywood erotic film, 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. (ANI)

Scarlett Johansson says John Travolta's Oscars 'welcome' kiss wasn't 'creepy'

Scarlett Johansson says John Travolta's Oscars 'welcome' kiss wasn't 'creepy'

Washington, Feb 27 : Scarlett Johansson has defended John Travolta, who planted a kiss on her cheek at the Oscars, by saying that he didn't overstep.

The 30-year-old actress said in a statement that there is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about Travolta, who is a true class act and everyone in the business would agree, E! Online reported.

The 'Lucy' star added that the image, in which Travolta had his hand on her waist and she at least appeared to not be welcoming the exchange, that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome.

Facebook to allow users to define their gender themselves

Facebook

Washington, Feb 27 - A year after Facebook introduced preset custom genders like "cisgender" or " transgender," it has now started rolling out a new version of its custom gender field where users can type in any word to represent their gender across Facebook.

While the earlier feature allowed users to choose their gender from a set of pre-defined options, they will now be able to define their gender themselves. The version although populates suggestions as you type but you can choose any word and then a pronoun to represent yourself on the platform, reported The Verge.

IPCC sea-level rise scenarios fall short for high-risk coastal cities

IPCC sea-level rise scenarios fall short for high-risk coastal cities

Washington, Feb 27 : According to a new research, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sea-level rise scenarios may not provide complete information for high-risk coastal decision-making and management.

The research warned that the IPCC scenarios are often inappropriate or incomplete for the management of high-risk coastal areas as they exclude the potential for extreme sea-level rises. This missing information was also crucial for a number of policy processes, such as discussions by G7 countries to establish climate insurance policies and allocations of adaptation funding by the Green Climate Funds.

Apple enjoyed 89 pc of smartphone profits in Q4 last year

Apple enjoyed 89 pc of smartphone profits in Q4 last year

Washington, Feb 27 : Apple enjoyed 89 percent of all smartphone profits in Q4 last year.

According to Tech Crunch, Strategy Analytics said that Apple in Q4 last year accounted for 89 percent of all smartphone profits, equating to 18.8 billion dollars, with Android taking only 11 percent, or 2.4 billion dollars.

It is reported that other platform players like Microsoft, Blackberry and Firefox did not make profit at all.

Neil Mawson, research director for Strategy Analytics, named Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi as "three big profit drivers" for Android.

He said that Samsung is the Android giant that delivers most of Android's smartphone profits worldwide, adding that the company accounted for well over half of all Android smartphone profits globally in Q4 2014. (ANI)

Facebook adds new tools to offer assistance to users with suicidal tendencies

Facebook adds new tools to offer assistance to users with suicidal tendencies

Washington, Feb 27 - Facebook has reportedly added new tools to provide help to users who may be feeling suicidal.

According to the Verge, in a blog post, Facebook announced it has worked with mental health organizations including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Now Matters Now to find the proper way to offer assistance through the social network.

Facebook says that if it comes across profiles of users indicating suicidal tendencies in them, then it would encourage them to speak with a mental health expert at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will ensure support to help them deal with whatever issues they may be going through.

The social network site says that it came up with the methods in "conjunction with our clinical and academic partners."

Coffee may cut risk of developing 'multiple sclerosis'

Coffee may cut risk of developing 'multiple sclerosis'

Washington, Feb 27 : Sipping on that cup of coffee may do more than waking you up in the mornings, as a new study has found that caffeine may help reduce risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS).

Study author Ellen Mowry, MD, at Johns Hopkins University said that caffeine intake has been associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and their study shows that coffee intake may also protect against MS, supporting the idea that the drug may have protective effects for the brain.

Two loose llamas in Arizona become trending topic on Twitter worldwide

Two loose llamas in Arizona become trending topic on Twitter worldwide

Washington, Feb. 27 - Two loose llamas in Arizona recently became a trending topic on Twitter worldwide.

The chase began after a 911 call came in to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office just before noon, reporting that a black llama and a white llama had escaped from an assisted living facility, the CNN reported.

The llama drama spawned an immediate Internet sensation and even a Tumblr page which included highlights like; "Alpacaclypse," "llow speed chase," and "Dali Llama."

Video of their breakout became a social media sensation and quickly inspired a Twitter account and several hashtags.

The runaway llamas were eventually lassoed and rounded-up by the authorities. In total, the chase lasted a little more than half an hour. (ANI)

Watered-down version of First World War explosive reverses diabetes in mice

Watered-down version of First World War explosive reverses diabetes in mice

Washington, Feb 27 - A new study has revealed that an agent, which caused munitions factory workers to lose weight inexplicably in the First World War and had originally been used for weight loss more than 70 years ago, reversed type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease in rats.

Existing therapies for type 2 diabetes, and the closely associated conditions of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), have had limited success at treating the root causes of these diseases.

Regular breakfast skippers should gradually increase morning protein intake

Regular breakfast skippers should gradually increase morning protein intake

Washington, Feb 26 : A new study shows that an individual's breakfast habits play a vital role in gradually increasing the protein intake in the morning.

The study led by University Of Missouri-Columbia found that the metabolic responses to eating a high-protein breakfast were different from breakfast skippers than to who daily have their morning meal.

The researchers explained that the habitual breakfast skippers experienced poorer glucose control throughout the day when they consumed a high-protein breakfast, whereas those who typically ate a high-carbohydrate breakfast had improved glucose control after they ate a high-protein breakfast.

Another dimmer 'bright spot' on dwarf planet Ceres

Another dimmer 'bright spot' on dwarf planet Ceres

Washington, Feb 26 : There's not one, but two bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres, scientists have found.

NASA 's Dawn spacecraft got closer to being captured into orbit around the object, and the latest images, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) from Ceres, reveal that a bright spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area.

Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission said that the Ceres' bright spot can now be seen to have a companion of lesser brightness, but apparently in the same basin. This may be pointing to a volcano-like origin of the spots, but they would have to wait for better resolution before making such geologic interpretations.

Kim K says `it's not easy` getting pregnant second time

Kim K says `it's not easy` getting pregnant second time

Washington, Feb 26 : Kim Kardashian has revealed that she and her rapper husband Kanye West are trying their best to giver their daughter North West a sibling.

The American reality star said in an interview that getting pregnant the second time was easier said than done, and her coming up season of 'Keeping up with Kardashian' would include her struggle of conceiving baby no. 2, E! Online reported.

Previously, the 34-year-old TV personality said that she wanted to have six children just like her mother Kris Jenner, but soon after she gave birth to North she expressed that she wanted to have million children, and they would even go for IVF if things doesn't work out naturally. (ANI)

Black hole family tree's intriguing member discovered

Black hole family tree's intriguing member discovered

Washington, Feb 26 : An intriguing member of the Black hole family tree has been discovered, which may help provide answers to some long-standing questions about how black holes evolve and influence their surroundings.

Mar Mezcua of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said that in paleontology, the discovery of certain fossils can help scientists fill in the evolutionary gaps between different dinosaurs and they do the same thing in astronomy, but they often have to "dig" up our discoveries in galaxies that are millions of light years away.

The intriguing object, called NGC-2276-3c, is located in an arm of the spiral galaxy NGC 2276, which is about 100 million light years from Earth. NGC-2276-3c appears to be what astronomers call an "intermediate-mass black hole"

Newly discovered 'monster black hole' is largest and brightest ever

Newly discovered 'monster black hole' is largest and brightest ever

Washington, Feb 26 - A team of scientists has discovered the brightest quasar in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet known at that time.

The quasar SDSS J0100+2802, which is the one with the most massive black hole and the highest luminosity among all known distant quasars, marks an important step in understanding how quasars, the most powerful objects in the universe, have evolved from the earliest epoch, only 900 million years after the Big Bang, which is thought to have happened 13.7 billion years ago.

The discovery of this ultraluminous quasar, by astronomers from Peking University in China and from the University of Arizona, also presents a major puzzle to the theory of black hole growth at early universe, according to researcher Xiaohui Fan.

How plants help prevent liver damage during menopause

How plants help prevent liver damage during menopause

Washington, Feb 26 - Plants can help prevent liver damage in women caused by fat accumulated during menopause, claims a new study.

Researchers at the University of Georgia have shown in studies of post-menopausal animals that a mix of phytochemicals, along with vitamin D, may help protect the liver against inflammation caused by the accumulation of fat.

Study's lead author Colette Miller said that women going through menopause have an increased tendency to store fat in their liver. They also have increases in visceral fat-the fat around their organs-where inflammation also occurs.

Gerbils, not rats, may have fueled 14th century European plague

Gerbils, not rats, may have fueled 14th century European plague

Washington, Feb 26 - A new study has challenged the widely held view that communities of rats pushed plague to Europe in 14th century by suggesting that rodent with a much cuddlier reputation, the gerbil, may have played host to the fleas carrying the disease for hundreds of years.

A team of scientists from Norway and Switzerland say that they think the plague bacteria could have sprung from populations of the great gerbil and other rodent species in Central Asia, the CNN reported.

Researcher Nils Christian Stenseth of the University of Oslo said that if they're right, they'll have to rewrite that part of history.




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