How parrots can 'talk' like humans finally unveiled

How parrots can 'talk' like humans finally unveiled

Washington, Jun 25 : Researchers have uncovered key structural differences in the brains of parrots that may explain the birds' unparalleled ability to imitate sounds and human speech.

Duke University's Mukta Chakraborty said that the finding opens up a huge avenue of research in parrots, in trying to understand how parrots are processing the information necessary to copy novel sounds and what are the mechanisms that underlie imitation of human speech sounds.

By examining gene expression patterns, the new study found that parrot brains are structured differently than the brains of songbirds and hummingbirds, which also exhibit vocal learning.


Would you eat 'animal poop-shaped' treats sold at Disney World?

Would you eat 'animal poop-shaped' treats sold at Disney World?

New York, June 25 - Disney World now has a disgustingly special treat for its visitors, as they introduce animal poop deserts onto the menu of an Animal Kingdom shop.

Visitors will now be served chocolate animal poop available in four varieties of edible excrement at the Florida theme park, which will cost $ 3.99 per pop, reported the New York Daily News.

They are of course not actual steaming piles of manure but chocolate, brownie and fudge creations available under names elephant, hippo, giraffe and cotton top tamarin.

Visitors claim that this is not the best treat they have had at Disney but they are a conversation piece. (ANI)


China defends its 'dog meat' festival post protests

China defends its 'dog meat' festival post protests

New York, June 25 - After the hype that was created due to the dog meat festival in China, where almost 10,000 dogs were feasted upon, the citizens of Yulin are now raising their voice in favour of this festival.

During the occasion, the street-side food stalls were set with various delicacies along with two most essential traditional dishes, lychees and heaping bowls of stewed dog, reported the New York Times.

After the big dispute it looks like it is the perceived hypocrisy of the critics that has annoyed the residents of this bustling city of seven million in the southern region of Guangxi.

Claiming that there was nothing bad in eating dog meat, resident Tang Chengfei said, "Haven't you seen how the Japanese eat live bullfrog sashimi?"


Hillary Clinton on course to win 2016 presidential election: Poll

Hillary Clinton on course to win 2016 presidential election: Poll

Washington: Hillary Clinton is the firm favourite to be chosen as the Democratic Party nominee for 2016 US presidential polls and go on to be elected as the first woman president of America, according to a new poll.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll taken in the days after Clinton held her first public rally earlier this month, showed the former secretary of state garnering broad support for being chosen the Democratic presidential nominee.

Three-quarters of Democratic primary voters said Clinton was their top pick to be the nominee, compared with the 15 per cent who selected Bernie Sanders.


Viagra doesn't cause skin cancer, but following a Viagra lifestyle might

Viagra doesn't cause skin cancer, but following a Viagra lifestyle might

Washington D.C., June 24 : A new research has revealed that erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra, don't cause skin cancer, but following lifestyle that involves ingesting medications to prevent erectile dysfunction can be blamed.

The research conducted at NYU Langone Medical Center and its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center suggested that as per around 20,000 medical reports analysed, likely source of the observed uptick in malignant melanoma risk among users of erectile dysfunction drugs is socio-economic and lifestyle based.


Google unveils a new medical wristband that tracks health

Google unveils a new medical wristband that tracks health

Washington, June 24 : Google has announced that it is working on a medical-grade fitness tracking wristband.

According to the Verge, the device measures vitals like heart rate, pulse and skin temperature continuously and it will also measure external information like sun exposure.

The device is the product of Google X, the experimental group within the search giant that is responsible for projects including Google Glass, its driverless cars and Project Loon.

The device will not be available to general consumers. Instead, Google intends for the device to be used in clinical trials and prescribed to medical patients. This will help doctors tackle the problem of reliably tracking the health of their patients away from the hospital.


Google rolls out free version of music streaming service Play Music

Google rolls out free version of music streaming service Play Music

Washington, June 24 : Google has announced that Play Music will now offer a free, ad-supported version of the service to users who do not want to pay USD 9.99/month.

Google's Play Music is a music streaming service.

According to the Techcrunch. com, unlike the paid version, the free version will not let users choose their own songs to play on-demand. Instead users will have the option to choose from pre-curated playlists which is similar to Pandora or iTunes Radio.

Users will be able to choose from themed stations like 'Driving' or 'Working Out,' or search by genre, artist, or song to create a station of similar music. These playlists will be crafted by Songza, the music curation service that Google acquired in 2014.


'Style guru' Tom Ford gives Apple's watch a new twist

Tom Ford

Washington, June 24 - Tom Ford knows how to make things chic and beautiful and this time he did the magic with Apple's watch.

The 53-year-old designer recently customised the gadget and turned it into a pocket watch by attaching it to a silver chain to it through a silver loop, leaving its traditional bright strap look behind, reported Harpersbazar. com

Though it's features like heart rate monitor and apple pay service have become useless after the transformation as it needs wrist attachment, he has created something that is a must have item for any well-dressed gentleman.

Ford is an American fashion designer and a film director, who rose to fame after the creation of the Tom Ford label before directing the Oscar-nominated film 'A Single Man.'(ANI)


Michelle Obama stuns in 'summer-perfect' fashion in Italy

Michelle Obama

Washington, June 24 - Michelle Obama, who was recently on a tour of Italy with daughters Sasha and Malia, showcased her varied and classy wardrobe collection and dressed with care, matching accessories with aplomb.

The US First Lady wore a printed shirt dress and rose-gold wedge heels while departing from Venice, whereas her 17-year-old daughter Malia opted for a printed chambray frock with flats and 14-year-old Sasha chose to wear summer white dress, E! Online reported.

President Barack Obama's wife was seen wearing a summer-perfect yellow-and-blue lace dress when she arrived at Stanstead airport, and then at her inspirational speech to young school girls, she wore a multicolor Mary Kantrantzou dress that popped against the girls' uniforms.


Orchids join endangered species list

Orchids join endangered species list

Washington, Jun 24 : A new study has suggested that because of illegal trading, Paphiopedilum callosumis, one of several species of slipper orchids, has been classified as endangered.

The illegal trading of exquisite orchids at plant markets in Thailand is "invisible" because hardly any of it makes it into government statistics that are supposed to document illegal trade in wild flora, noted Jacob Phelps and Edward Webb of the Center for International Forestry Research, Science News reported.

The pair conducted a rare in-depth study of trade in wild-collected ornamental plants in Southeast Asia and found 347 orchid species, including many considered threatened, for sale at Thai markets.


Dropbox releases a redesigned app for Android

Dropbox releases a redesigned app for Android

Washington, June 24 : Dropbox has released a redesign of its Android app to streamline the process of sharing files and uploading folders.

According to the Techcrunch. com, the new app is a redesign of user interface which is more faultless compared to the previous versions. The app also includes a new spot for the company's search function, based at the top of the app's interface. These kinds of features are important for frequent users that have to quickly browse through a number of large files.

Also, users can take photos directly from a folder that they are currently browsing with a new button on the bottom of the screen. The new app has also moved sharing controls and processes like moving files and adding them to favorites to a single spot on the user interface.


A 'law degree in fashion'? Now it's possible!

A 'law degree in fashion'? Now it's possible!

Washington, June 24 - It's official! One can now get a law degree in fashion as Fordham University School of Law has recently announced their two new courses.

The Master of Law in Fashion course is for the lawyers who want to specialize in fashion, while the Master of Studies in Law course is for those who are working in the fashion industry and want to become well-versed with the legal side of the business, reported Harpersbazar. com.

Giving an insight in the programme, Professor Susan Scafidi said that legal savvy like business expertise has always been an important component in building a successful fashion house or design career, it just hasn't yet been recognised to the same degree.


Chefs, restaurant owners don't want their burgers going over the top

Chefs, restaurant owners don't want their burgers going over the top

Washington, June 24 - What makes for a classic American burger? It seems chefs and connoisseurs of food in the Washington D. C. may have differing views on this, but one thing is for sure, a majority of them are against ruining the beauty of an American classic.

Recently, according to the Washington Post, frequent restaurant goers and chefs together, and indulged in note-sharing which revealed small things that could diminish an otherwise nice experience.

For example, take a burger that was once on the menu of the Provision 14's restaurant. It had toppings of goat cheese, foie gras, truffles and lobster, but when bought to the table, it's all too rich ingredients resulted in it falling apart. It cost USD 28.


India and Pakistan should resolve their issues peacefully without third party involvement: US

John Kerry

Washington : The US expects Pakistan will be a responsible stakeholder on security issues and believes that India and Pakistan should resolve all their differences peacefully without any involvement of a third party, a senior American official has said.

"Our expectation continues to be that Pakistan will be a responsible stakeholder on security issues, in particular the nuclear issue," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

Kirby said America was concerned about the growing tensions between India and Pakistan and it was precisely the reason US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week.


US to help Nepal build back better: American diplomat

US to help Nepal build back better: American diplomat

Washington : As Nepal enter recovery and reconstruction phase after the two devastating earthquakes, America's goal is to help the Himalayan democracy "build back better", the US ambassadorial nominee to the country has said.

"Our government is preparing for a large recovery and reconstruction effort in Nepal," Alaina B Teplitz , the US ambassadorial nominee for Nepal, told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during her confirmation hearing.


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