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Scientists generate leg muscle from engineered cells in a dish

Scientists generate leg muscle from engineered cells in a dish

Washington, Feb 26 - Scientists have successfully grown leg muscle from engineered cells in a dish.

Researchers from Italy, Israel and the United Kingdom teamed up to generate mature, functional skeletal muscles in mice using a new approach for tissue engineering to produce a graft. The subsequent graft was implanted close to a normal, contracting skeletal muscle where the new muscle was nurtured and grown. In time, the method could allow for patient-specific treatments for a large number of muscle disorders.

Taylor Swift donates $50,000 to NYC public schools

Taylor Swift donates $50,000 to NYC public schools

Washington, Feb 25 : Taylor Swift has stayed true to her words and donated her proceeds from the song 'Welcome To New York' i.e. 50,000 dollars to the New York City public schools.

The officials of the Department of Education revealed that this was not a one-time donation and the 'Blank Space' singer will continue to donate the proceeds she receives from the sale of her New York single to NYC public schools, E! Online reported.

The 25-year-old NYC's welcome ambassador, who has been showing her love for New York from a long time, previously declared that it was good that her single was doing well in the market as she wanted to donate all its proceeds to New York City public schools. (ANI)

Fluoride in drinking water linked to depression, obesity

Fluoride in drinking water linked to depression, obesity

Washington, Feb 25 : Before you take that sip to quench your thirst, make sure the water isn't too high in fluoride content, as a new study claims, fluoride can cause depression and weight gain.

According to the researchers at the University of Kent, water fluoridation above a certain level is linked to 30 percent higher than expected rates of underactive thyroid, and high hypothyroidism, which can lead to weight gain and depression, the Daily Express reported.

Microsoft brings virtual keyboard concept to Band hardware

Microsoft brings virtual keyboard concept to Band hardware

Washington, Feb 25 : Microsoft is reportedly introducing the concept of wearable keyboards to its own Band hardware.

According to the Verge, Microsoft's Band has become a lot more useful for Windows Phone users, thanks to a new Cortana-powered dictation mode for replying to texts and the addition of a virtual keyboard.

It operates exactly like a standard QWERTY keyboard.

Microsoft is resorting to its Word Flow software from Windows Phone for accurate detection of letters and words. (ANI)

Reddit to ban naked picture, sex video posts without permission from people being depicted

Reddit to ban naked picture, sex video posts without permission from people bein

Washington, Feb 25 : Reddit, the online message board known for its users' unrestrained posts, is going to restrict people from posting naked photos and sex videos from March 10 onwards if they do not have the permission from the people being depicted in them.

According to PCWorld, the move comes under the revised privacy policy that will be into effect from the next month.

Under the new ban, affected people can write an email to the company on contact reddit com to remove the offensive photos or videos.

Reddit has a following of nearly 160 million users who can express themselves with various degrees of anonymity to communicate about any topic.

'Pebble Time' smartwatch breaks all Kickstarter records making 5 mln dollars in just 30 minutes

'Pebble Time' smartwatch breaks all Kickstarter records making 5 mln dollars in

Washington, Feb 25 : Pebble has introduced a new smartwatch called "Pebble Time" on kickstarter that has made five million dollars in just half an hour from pre-orders.

The company's repeated success has started a debate that it is too successful to turn to a crowdfunding site.

According to Tech Crunch, it has a week-long battery life and features a slimmer and sleeker design.

The hardware has a full colour, always on e-paper screen. It is 20 percent thinner than the original Pebble and supports customer watch faces but the emphasis is now shifted to notifications.

The smartwatch is named 'time' because time is the central idea on the device, eschewing individual apps in favour of a timeline that displays most pressing notifications.

Microsoft rolls out 'free' Office 365 to students across globe

Microsoft

Washington, Feb 25 - Microsoft has decided to roll out Office 365 to students across the globe free of cost.

The company said on Tuesday that the offer was being extended anywhere Office is available, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, or dozens of countries around the world. It added that schools must license Office in order for its students to be eligible, reported PC World.

The move came two years after Microsoft announced that it would offer Microsoft Office to U. S. students for free.

Students can go to office. com/getoffice365 and enter a school-provided email address, and teachers can visit the office. com/teachers site and do the same. (ANI)

Russia has lied about its activities in Ukraine: John Kerry

John Kerry

Washington : Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that Russia has repeatedly lied to him about its activities in Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting national forces.

"Russia is engaged in a rather remarkable period of the most overt and extensive propaganda exercise that I've seen since the very height of the Cold War," Kerry told a US Senate Appropriations subcommittee.

"And they have been persisting in their misrepresentations lies whatever you want to call them about their activities there to my face, to the face of others on many different occasions."

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies arming rebels in the war in eastern Ukraine, which has killed more than 5,600 people and forced over a million to flee their homes.

Why J-Law skipped the Oscars

Why J-Law skipped the Oscars

Washington, Feb 24 : Jennifer Lawrence didn't attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards but instead chose to spend her time strolling with her pet pooch in Boston.

The 24-year-old actress braved the chilly weather without make-up and wearing a black headband, puffy black jacket, with her blonde locks in a low bun, Us Magazine reported.

Lawrence was currently in town shooting David O. Russell's 'Joy.' (ANI)

Facebook facing new trouble in Europe over data protection practices

Facebook facing new trouble in Europe over data protection practices

Washington, Feb 24 : Facebook is reportedly facing new trouble in Europe over data protection practices.

According to Tech Crunch, a report commissioned by Belgium's data protection authority has found Facebook's revised privacy policy, last updated in January, violates European consumer protection law in a number of ways.

The 61-page report compiled by at the Universities of Leuven and Brussels and entitled From social media service to advertising network points out at Facebook's "failure to secure valid consent from users to its processing of their data - based on offering "limited information" and "the absence of meaningful choice."

It also highlights the social networking site's "problematic" opt-outs for behavioral marketing along with a myriad of other issues.

La Nina-like conditions triggered 2500-yr-long Panama coral reef collapse

La Nina-like conditions triggered 2500-yr-long Panama coral reef collapse

Washington, Feb 24 - A new study has revealed that La Nina-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Panama were closely associated with 2,500-year-long abrupt shutdown in coral reef growth.

The research at Georgia Institute of Technology found cooler sea temperatures, greater precipitation and stronger upwelling, all indicators of La Nina-like conditions at the study site in Panama, during a period when coral reef accretion stopped in this region around
4,100 years ago.

YouTube launches 'bright and playful' app for kids that features 'parental controls' too

YouTube launches 'bright and playful' app for kids that features 'parental contr

Washington, Feb 24 : Finally heeding to parents' demands, YouTube has reportedly released an app for kids.

It is touted to be "the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind" and is available for Android and iOS users, The Verge reported.

It offers a curated selection of videos appropriate for young viewers and features a "bright and playful design" meant to grab the attention of kids.

YouTube for Kids has four sections: shows, music, learning, and explore.

The collection of videos comprise a pretty extensive vault of popular children's content from Reading Rainbow, DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends, and others.

Microsoft correctly predicted top 2015 Oscar winning awards

Bing

Washington, Feb 24 - Microsoft's Bing prediction engine has correctly predicted the 2015 top Oscar winning wards that include best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, and the results for supporting actor and actress.

According to the Verge, in all Microsoft successfully predicted 84 percent of the 24 results and only 4 were wrongly predicted.

Microsoft uses a prediction model for the Oscars that is under Microsoft researcher David Rothschild over at the company's New York City research lab.

Microsoft had also predict ed the World Cup, English soccer results and NFL games. (ANI)

Apple offers glimpse of what its 'multicultural emojis' would look like

Apple

Washington, Feb 24 - Apple's newly launched second OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 beta updates offer a glimpse of what its " multicultural emojis" would look like, a report said.

The updates feature a redesigned emoji keyboard and emoji skin tone modifiers. Any human icon can be given a new skin tone if the user taps and holds the character. The available skin tones are based on five tones in the Fitzpatrick scale, a dermatology standard adopted by the Unicode Consortium, reported The Verge.

Its family emoji category now also includes same-sex couples and couples without children.

There are also more than 300 new additions to the emoji group.

The old watch emoji has now been changed into an Apple watch.

India's tiger success story based on dodgy science: Study

Tiger

Washington, Feb 24 - A new study has indicated that methods commonly used in censuses of tigers and other rare wildlife put the accuracy of such surveys in doubt.

The study conducted at University of Oxford focused on the inherent shortcomings in the "index-calibration" method that means it can produce inaccurate results.

J Lo dazzles in cleavage-baring golden gown for 2015 Oscars

J Lo dazzles in cleavage-baring golden gown for 2015 Oscars

Washington, Feb 23 : Jennifer Lopez opted for a cleavage-baring sparkling gold colored gown to turn million heads at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

The 'Booty' singer looked ageless in the beaded detailed Elie Saab golden gown and slicked back her long locks into a clean ponytail with dark eye make-up, Us Magazine reported.

The 45-year-old American singer had shared the pic on

Instagram before Oscars and captioned it as, "Had to steal this one from @leahremini, thanks my luv!! #repost #partytime #oscarsweekend".

Lopez topped it with platinum and diamond drop earrings and platinum and diamond rings. (ANI)

Genes involved in Allergies, Asthma identified

Genes involved in Allergies, Asthma identified

Washington, Feb 23 : Scientists have identified over 30 genes that drastically affect an antibody that is involved in allergies and asthma.

According to the researchers from Canada, the UK, Sweden and the US, found that the genes are concentrated in eosinophils, a white cell that ignites inflammation in asthmatic airways. The genes indicate when the eosinophils are activated and primed to cause the most damage.

The research team used a novel technique, known as an "epigenome-wide association study," to discover these genes. Epigenetic changes to DNA do not alter the underlying sequence of the genetic code, but can still be passed on as cells divide. They program the cells to form specialized types and tissues.

HTC One M9 pictures reportedly leaked ahead of official launch

HTC One M9 pictures reportedly leaked ahead of official launch

Washington, Feb 23 - Pictures of HTC's new model called One M9 has reportedly been leaked out just days before its scheduled launch.

According to the Verge, Mobile Geeks has come across online listings of HTC's new flagship - expected to be called the One M9 - which provide a full set of specifications and press images alongside a price of 749 euros in Germany.

The leaked pictures show that the new phone will have a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage plus microSD expansion.

The device will operate on Android 5.0 Lollipop and will come equipped with a new Sense 7 software skin.

In the front, the device will have an UltraPixel camera and on the rear, it will have a new 20-megapixel sensor placed inside a camera module. (ANI)

Now, 'changed' Katy Perry, John Mayer determined to make their relationship work

Katy Perry and John Mayer

Washington, Feb. 22 - Katy Perry and John Mayer, who recently rekindled their romance after splitting in February 2014, are reportedly determined to make their relationship work this time.

Sources revealed that the on-again, off-again couple, who first started dating in 2012, seemingly admitted that they both have changed and after nearly a year apart they've realized what they want, Contactmusic reported.

The 37-year-old singer, who released a duet, 'Who You Love,' with the 30-year-old in 2014, was also said to be thinking about asking her to marry him in the near future. (ANI)

Julianne Moore wins Best Female Lead at 2015 Independent Spirit Awards

Julianne Moore

Washington, Feb 22 - Julianne Moore has been honored with the Best Female Lead award at 2015 Independent Spirit Awards in LA for her movie 'Still Alice'.

The Hollywood's prestigious award show which was hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen gave the title of Best Male Lead to Michael Keaton for his latest flick 'Birdman' which also grabbed the 'Best Feature' award, People Magazine reported.

J. K. Simmons nabbed the Best Supporting Male award for 'Whiplash', whereas Patricia Arquette received Best Supporting Female for 'Boyhood', which was also honored for the best direction by Richard Linklater.

'Ida', a movie from Poland was considered as the best Best International Film at the awards ceremony.

Here's the list of other winners:




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