Facebook launches new "sidebar status" update to mobile app for iOS, Android

Facebook launches new "sidebar status" update to mobile app for iOS, Android

Washington, Apr. 15 - Facebook has launched a new feature " sidebar status" on its mobile application for iOS and Android , starting in Taiwan and Australia, wherein users can write an "away" message which will be accompanied with a picture icon.

According to the Verge, the sidebar currently shows the most frequently messaged friends.

Now, in a test that Facebook is running in Taiwan and Australia, users will see short status messages under their friends' names.

The message shows up only in the sidebar, it does not appear in the newsfeed and they expire in 12 hours. (ANI)


US security questioned after gyrocopter lands on West front of Capitol building

US security questioned after gyrocopter lands on West front of Capitol building

Washington, Apr. 15 - The US security has been questioned after a gyrocopter flew into the restricted airspace over the Capitol building in Washington , D. C., on Wednesday

The military said that it had been unaware of any aircraft flying and was only informed after it landed.

According to ABC News, US Capitol Police said that the pilot Douglas Hughes was arrested after landing his gyrocopter on the West front of the United States Capitol building.

The United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the military organizations responsible for protecting the capital region airspace, said that they never saw the aircraft.


How 'love hormone' leads to maternal instincts

How 'love hormone' leads to maternal instincts

Washington, April 16 : Scientists have unraveled how the "love hormone" oxytocin acts on brain cells to make females understand and tend to their offspring's needs.

The findings by the neuroscientists at NYU Langone Medical Center could lead to a better understanding of how oxytocin, which is better known for its role in inducing sexual attraction and orgasm, and other hormones could be used to treat behavioral problems resulting from disease or trauma to the brain.

Senior investigator of the study, Assistant Professor Robert Froemke, PhD, said that the findings redefine oxytocin as something completely different from a 'love drug,' but more as an amplifier and suppressor of neural signals in the brain. The hormone turns up the volume of social information processed in the brain.


Hillary Clinton says 'marriage equality' should be constitutional right

Hillary Clinton

Washington, April 16 - Barely days after announcing her presidential bid, former U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has voiced her support for one of the most hotly debated topics in politics: same sex marriage, in her first remarks on the issue in nearly a year.

Adrienne Elrod, a spokeswoman for Clinton's campaign, said that the former FLOTUS supported " marriage equality" and hoped that the Supreme Court will "come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right" when it considered cases out of four states on April 28, reported E Online.

So far, Clinton is the only presidential candidate who believes that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.


Now, a battery-less video camera that doesn't need charging

Now, a battery-less video camera that doesn't need charging

Washington, April 16 - Scientists have invented a prototype video camera, that runs without a battery.

The first to be fully self-powered, the camera, created by the research team led by Professor Shree K. Nayar, T. C. Chang at Columbia Engineering, can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. The pixel is designed as such that it can not only measure incident light but also convert the incident light into electric power.


Bouncing robots may soon replace rovers on NASA missions

Bouncing robots may soon replace rovers on NASA missions

Washington, Apr. 16 - Researchers are in works to develop bouncing robots that may replace rovers on NASA's future missions.

Researchers at NASA and the University of California at Berkeley are developing a robot that's robust enough to be dropped directly onto planets and go straight to work, PC World reported.

Bouncing robot 2 Martyn Williams, prototype tensegrity robot developed by UC Berkeley can bounce and roll around by adjusting tension on cables.

In contrast, prototypes of the new robot resemble something a child might make in a craft class, one was a mass of wires, control cables and Lego bricks, but what it lacks in appearance it more than makes up for in physics.


IS militants may be hours away from capturing key city of Ramadi in Iraq

IS militants may be hours away from capturing key city of Ramadi in Iraq

Washington, Apr. 16 - The deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council in Iraq has said that the Islamic State (IS) militants might be just hours away from taking over the key city of Ramadi, which lies 70 miles west of Baghdad.

According to CNN, Falih Essawi said that it is not clear as to for how long the government troops can hold their front lines against the IS offensive.

The city of Ramadi has been engulfed with fierce fighting.

Essawi said that the security was rapidly collapsing as he was on a front line himself, armed with a machine gun.

At least 150,000 people have fled Ramadi since Wednesday morning, causing huge traffic jams on the roads leading outside the city, according to Essawi. (ANI)


Pope Francis' old iPad fetches $30,500 at charity auction

Pope Francis' old iPad fetches $30,500 at charity auction

Washington, Apr 16 - Pope Francis' old iPad has fetched 30,500 dollars at a charity auction in Uruguay, it has been revealed.

The proceedings from the sale will go to a local Uruguayan school for the poor, the Verge reported.

iPad's back inscription reads, "His Holiness Francisco. Servizio Internet Vatican, March 2013" and it also comes with a signed certificate from the Vatican and, a black Logitech keyboard, according to photos published to the Castells auction house website.

Pope Francis has openly embraced technology during his tenure, pointing to the internet as a powerful way to foster dialogue across different faiths.


Here's why popping sounds occur when we crack our knuckles

Here's why popping sounds occur when we crack our knuckles

Washington, April 16 - In a new study, scientists have unraveled the mystery as to why the popping sounds occur when we crack our knuckles.

An international team of researchers led by the University of Alberta used MRI video to determine the act inside finger joints, and observed for the first time, that the cause is a cavity forming rapidly inside the joint.

Lead author, Professor Greg Kawchuk, said that the study they call "pull my finger study" shows very clearly in the MRI what happens when someone's finger is pulled.


How finger-like structures seen in Saturn's moon Enceladus vicinity formed

How finger-like structures seen in Saturn's moon Enceladus vicinity formed

Washington, Apr 15 : A new study has revealed that long, tendril-like structures seen in the vicinity of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus originated directly from geysers erupting from its south polar region surface.

These results also found that the structures are composed of particles about a millionth of a meter in size.

As the researchers examined images from different times and positions around Saturn, they also found that the detailed appearance of the tendrils changes over time.


Nokia to buy French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent for 16.6 bln dollars

Nokia to buy French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent for 16.6 bln dollars

Washington, Apr 15 : Nokia has confirmed that it will acquire French global telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent for 16.6 billion dollars.

According to CNN, the deal will create a telecom-supply giant and possibly spur a wave of consolidation in the industry.

The combined company will be called Nokia Corporation and its headquarters in Finland.

Both firms provide equipment, infrastructure and support to the telecommunications industry. Alcatel shareholders will own 33.5 percent of the combined company. (ANI)


Dark matter may not be as dark as previously believed

Dark matter may not be as dark as previously believed

Washington, Apr 15 : First signs of self-interacting dark matter have suggested that it may not be as dark as previously believed.

Astronomers believe they might have observed the first potential signs of dark matter interacting with a force other than gravity.

An international team of scientists, led by researchers at Durham University, UK, made the discovery using the Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope to view the simultaneous collision of four distant galaxies at the centre of a galaxy cluster 1.3 billion light years away from Earth.

They said the clump was currently offset from its galaxy by 5,000 light years (50,000 million million km) - a distance it would take NASA's Voyager spacecraft 90 million years to travel.


Wireless industries file lawsuit against FCC's new net neutrality rules

Wireless industries file lawsuit against FCC's new net neutrality rules

Washington, Apr 15 : Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), the trade association that has represented the w ireless industry since 1984 has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new net neutrality rules.

According to the Verge, a group wrote in a blog that it intends to push back against the FCC's decision to impose new net neutrality rules and "reclassifying mobile broadband as a common carrier utility".

The National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the American Cable Association, and ATandT have also filed similar lawsuits on these grounds.

The lawsuit s follow an earlier legal challenge by broadband companies, who object to be classified as Title II services.


Indian startup Grofers raises 'additional' 35 million dollars from Tiger, Sequoia

Indian startup Grofers raises 'additional' 35 million dollars from Tiger, Sequoi

Washington, April 15 : Barely two months after scooping out 10 million dollar Series A from Sequoia Capital and Tiger Capital, on-demand, Indian startup Grofers has now raised another 35 million dollars from the same investors.

The fresh capital brought the total raised by Grofers so far to about 45.5 million dollars. The funds are expected to be used to increase the number of consumable items, including groceries, that the firm offers, reported TechCrunch.

The news came after Grofers acquired My Green Box , a grocery delivery app, for an unknown amount, last week. The firm, which currently partners with 400 merchants, has been using its funds to expand its business. (ANI)


Neanderthals used to mutilate bodies of recently deceased adults, kids

Neanderthals used to mutilate bodies of recently deceased adults, kids

Washington, Apr. 15 - A new study of Neanderthal bones found at the Marillac site in the he French region of Poitou-Charentes shows that they used to beat and cut the bodies of newly dead members of their family with stone tools.

However, the scientists still do not know whether they did this for food or ceremony.

The study for the first time analyzed the fragments of three individuals found between 1967 and 1980 at the French site dating back some 57,600 years. These are an incomplete diaphysis (middle part of long bones) of a right radius, another of a left fibula and the majority of a right femur. The latter belonged to a child.


Syndicate content