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'Emboldened' Putin warns no country can 'gain military superiority over Russia'

Vladimir Putin

Washington, Feb 21 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that no country should be under "the illusion that they can gain military superiority over Russia".

According to the Washington Times, Putin said that the country would always answer back in any such cases where nations try to gain military superiority .

Putin believes that Russian soldiers and officers are ready to act in defence and perform difficult tasks that would mark their military duty.

Putin's remarks come two days after the UK released pictures of Russian SA-22 surface-to-air missile systems in Ukraine. (ANI)

Mark Zuckerberg likens Facebook access to police service 911

Mark Zuckerberg likens Facebook access to police service 911

Washington, Feb 20 : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a recent interview with Bloomberg, compared access to the social network with access to critical services like 911.

According to the Verge, Zuckerberg said that he considered the model to be most similar to is 911 in the US, adding that even if one had not paid for a phone plan, the person could always dial 911 , and if there is a crime or a health emergency or a fire, one get basic help.

He said that there should be an equivalent of this for the internet as well-where even if one hasn't paid for a data plan, the person can get access to basic health information or education or job tools or basic communication tools, and it will vary, country by country. (ANI)

Salma Hayek opens up about feeling sexier than ever

Salma Hayek opens up about feeling sexier than ever

Washington, Feb 20 : Actress Salma Hayek Pinault, who is looking stunning in a sizzling photoshoot for Net-a-porter's The Edit, has revealed that she is feeling sexier than ever.

The 48-year-old actress said in an interview that she feels great as she looked worse in her youth and she is in good shape right now, People Magazine reported.

The star, who was always borderline chubby because she likes her food and wine, revealed that she never exercised her whole life, but now she does yoga.

Pinault , who sports a black Gareth Pugh gown and Maison Margiela arm cuffs on her new cover, admitted that her "quite short and overly wavy" figure made casting difficult at some points in her career.

Blackberry set to release software update for older smartphones

Blackberry set to release software update for older smartphones

Washington, Feb 20 - Blackberry has announced that it will be soon releasing a software update - version 10.3.1 -for its older smartphones.

The update, which also contains bug fixes for latest models, will be essentially for products including the BlackBerry Z10, Z30, and Q10.

According to the Verge, for its QWERTY devices, BlackBerry is bringing over the extensive list of keyboard shortcuts that debuted on the Classic. 10.3.1 also brings the company's virtual assistant - BlackBerry's answer for Siri, Google Now, and Cortana - to prior BlackBerry 10 devices.

Users will be able to add reminders, compose emails, and set calendar appointments using only their voices.

Hookah smokers breathe in higher quantities of heavy metals than believed

Hookah smokers breathe in higher quantities of heavy metals than believed

Washington, Feb 20 : According to a new study, when smoking hookah, only a minimal amount of heavy metals are removed in the "filtration" process, suggesting that shisha pipes are not as toxin-free as previously believed.

Research of the German Jordanian University and the Royal Scientific Society Amman-Jordan showed that on average, 3 percent of heavy metals present in tobacco are removed and this would not be enough to protect users from exposure to these toxins.

Shisha is often thought to be less severe than cigarette smoking due to 'filtering' by bubbling through water. Yet, we know that a typical shisha smoking session, which can last up to an hour, can expose someone to 100-200 times the volume of smoke in a single cigarette.

Indian hotel company Stayzilla raises 20 mln dollars in series B round funding

Stayzilla

Washington, Feb 20 - Stayzilla, an India-based service that combines regular hotel bookings with short-term, Airbnb -style rentals, has raised 20 million dollars in series B round for its hybrid service.

According to TechCrunch, Stayzilla's focus is on allowing users book accommodation across India for a stay of up to one month.

Stayzilla CEO and co-founder Yogendra Vasupal said that the service has almost 22,000 rooms wherein 36 percent of them are alternative and across 4,000 towns as of December 2014.

Vasupal said that alternative accommodation has emerged over the past year and the company aims to hit 50,000 rooms by the end of 2015. (ANI)

MAVEN spacecraft accomplishes first Martian deep-dip campaign

MAVEN spacecraft accomplishes first Martian deep-dip campaign

Washington, Feb 20 - NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution has completed the first of five deep-dip maneuvers designed to gather measurements closer to the lower end of the Martian upper atmosphere.

Bruce Jakosky of the University of Colorado said that during normal science mapping, they make measurements between an altitude of about 150 km and 6,200 km (93 miles and 3,853 miles) above the surface and during the deep-dip campaigns, they lower the lowest altitude in the orbit, known as periapsis, to about 125 km (78 miles) which allows them to take measurements throughout the entire upper atmosphere.

Black holes' ferocious winds 'restrict' growth of galaxies

Black holes' ferocious winds 'restrict' growth of galaxies

Washington, Feb 20 - A new research has revealed that black holes' intense winds stunt the galaxies' growth and prevent new stars from forming.

Using the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (link is external) (NuSTAR), researchers were able to use the X-ray spectra of an extremely luminous black hole (quasar PDS 456) to detect a nearly spherical stream of highly ionized gas streaming out of it.

The discovery allowed astronomers to measure, for the first time, the strength of ultra-fast black hole winds and show that they are mighty enough to affect the fate of their host galaxies.

Most sunlight damage to skin occurs in dark

Most sunlight damage to skin occurs in dark

Washington, Feb 20 - So it turns out that most damage to the skin due to exposure to sunlight occurs in dark, hours after we have actually been out in daylight.

A team of Yale-led researchers claimed that exposure to UV light from the sun or from tanning beds can damage the DNA in melanocytes, the cells that make the melanin that gives skin its color. This damage is a major cause of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States.

In the past, experts believed that melanin protected the skin by blocking harmful UV light. But there was also evidence from studies suggesting that melanin was associated with skin cell damage.

Origin of magnetic field covering Sun discovered

Origin of magnetic field covering Sun discovered

Washington, Feb 20 - A team of scientists has discovered the origin of the magnetic field covering the Sun.

The magnetic field that covers the Sun and determines its behavior, the eleven year cycles no less than such conspicuous phenomena as solar spots and solar storms, also has another side to it, that is, a magnetic web that covers the entire surface of the Sun at rest and whose net magnetic flow is greater than that of the active areas.

A study led by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) has revealed where the flow that feeds this web comes from.

Wannabe rapper claims to be alleged love child of Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Washington, Feb 20 - Jay-Z has been sued by a wannabe rapper Rymir Satterthwaite after claiming that he is the love child of the American rapper.

Rymir and Lillie Coley, the legal guardian of Satterthwaite, has claimed that his mother hooked up with the 45-year-old rapper back in the early '90s before he was world famous, and long before Beyonce was in the picture, TMZ. com reported.

According to legal documents, the 'Empire State of Mind' rapper is now blocking the guy's efforts to prove he's the son of the rap mogul.

The civil lawsuit was handwritten by Coley who has claimed that the rapper's actions have caused Rymir financial and emotional damage. (ANI)

Breathometer partners with Uber to drive drunks back home safely

Breathometer partners with Uber to drive drunks back home safely

Washington, Feb 19 : Breathometer and Uber are reportedly teamingup to make sure that inebriated people go back home safe and sound.

According to Tech Crunch, the blood alcohol level breath analysis startup has announced a partnership and API integration with Uber.

Following the deal, any person who is found to be drunk up to the halfway point of the legal limit in California (.04 blood alcohol concentration level) or higher on a Breathometer Breeze device will be asked to hire a cab.

CEO of Breathometer Charles Michael Yim reportedly said, "Access to a dependable and on-demand ride solution directly from our app for anyone that has been consuming alcohol is critical." (ANI)

Mars hills may be hiding several hundred million-yr-old glaciers

Mars hills may be hiding several hundred million-yr-old glaciers

Washington, Feb 19 : A new research has revealed that a complex network of isolated hills, ridges and small basins spanning 1400 km on Mars may be hiding large quantities of water-ice.

Phlegra Montes stretches from the Elysium volcanic region at about 30 degree N and deep into the northern lowlands at about 50 degree N, and is a product of ancient tectonic forces. Its age is estimated to be 3.65-3.91 billion years.

ESA's Mars Express imaged the portion of Phlegra Montes seen on 8 October 2014. It captures the southernmost tip of the range centred on 31degreeN / 160 degree E.

Facebook building versions of its apps in 'virtual reality'

Facebook building versions of its apps in 'virtual reality'

Washington, Feb 19 : Facebook has reportedly declared that it is building versions of its apps in virtual reality.

Chris Cox, the company's head of product said while speaking at Recode's Code Media conference in Dana Point that Facebook VR was on its way. While he did not describe the app in details, he imagines world where people would be able to share their "current environment" with others using the app. It would become an everyday way of sharing, Cox added, reported The Verge.

However, he also added that users may have to wait "a while" before they could try Facebook in virtual reality. "We're a long way away from everyone having those headsets," Cox said.

Pinterest seeking 11 bln dollar valuation

Pinterest seeking 11 bln dollar valuation

Washington, Feb 19 : Pinterest is reportedly in talks to raise funds worth 500 million dollars, which would push the photo bookmarking site's value to 11 billion dollars, a report said.

The company, which boasts of more than 75 million users globally, is showing no signs of slowing down with offerings of promoted pins to all advertisers, reported Mashable.

The website allows visual bookmarking or " pinning " of ideas and sharing them with friends, like an online version of scrapbooking.

The company had secured 200 million dollar worth of funding in May, pushing its value to 5 billion dollars.

It was founded in 2010 by Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp and Paul Sciarra. (ANI)

Microsoft to shut down Windows Phone's 'Rooms Group chat' feature in March

Microsoft to shut down Windows Phone's 'Rooms Group chat' feature in March

Washington, Feb 19 : Microsoft has reportedly announced its decision to end support for its Windows Phone's Rooms group chat, beginning next month.

The company said in an email that the move was aimed at making way for new features in Windows 10 that will enable users to keep in touch with friends and family, reported The Verge.

Rooms group chats were extension to the People hub that allowed users to hold conversations, share images, notes and calendars in private groups.

Windows Phone 8 users will be able to view their existing "Rooms" but will not be able to create new ones or send any messages from March. The group chat feature will be removed entirely for those who update to Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones.

Moths evade enemy sonar with flick of tail

Moths evade enemy sonar with flick of tail

Washington, Feb. 19 - A new research has revealed that moths evade enemy sonar with a flick of the tail.

The research showed that luna moths spin their trailing hindtails as they fly, confusing the sonar cries bats use to detect prey and other objects.

The collaborative work between University of Florida and Boise State University researchers was a first step in determining why bats are lured into striking a false target.

The findings could have implications on sonar development for the military, said Akito Kawahara, assistant curator of Lepidoptera at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus.

New Snapchat feature lets users shoot video while playing music on phone

New Snapchat feature lets users shoot video while playing music on phone

Washington, Feb 19 : Snapchat has rolled out a new feature that lets users record video while playing music on their phones.

According to Tech Crunch, users can play jams from iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, or any other app while recording.

The feature is available on iOS with the release of Snapchat version 9.2.0.

Android users will have to wait for a while before the feature will be made available to them. (ANI)

Neanderthal groups assigned tasks according to gender

Neanderthal groups assigned tasks according to gender

Washington, Feb. 19 - A new study has recently revealed that Neanderthal groups assigned some of their tasks according to the gender.

Study performed by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), analyzed 99 incisors and canine teeth of 19 individuals from three different sites (El Sidron, in Asturias - Spain, L'Hortus in France, and Spy in Belgium), reveals that the dental grooves present in the female fossils follow the same pattern, which was different to that found in male individuals.

Analyses showed that all Neanderthal individuals, regardless of age, had dental grooves .

NASA observes supersonic blast wave of solar wind for first time ever

NASA observes supersonic blast wave of solar wind for first time ever

Washington, Feb. 19 - NASA's spacecraft has captured a solar shockwave in action for the first time ever.

On Oct. 8, 2013, an explosion on the Sun's surface sent a supersonic blast wave of solar wind out into space. This shockwave tore past Mercury and Venus, blitzing by the Moon before streaming toward Earth. The shockwave struck a massive blow to the Earth's magnetic field, setting off a magnetized sound pulse around the planet.

NASA's Van Allen Probes, twin spacecraft orbiting within the radiation belts deep inside the Earth's magnetic field, captured the effects of the solar shockwave just before and after it struck.




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