Bystanders' indifference applies to online bullying too

Bystanders' indifference applies to online bullying too

Washington, Feb 25 : A new study has revealed that most of the bystanders don't try to stop online bullies.

As per the study at The Ohio State University, out of 221 college students, who participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get "bullied" right before their eyes, only 10 percent of the students directly intervened, either by confronting the bully online or helping the victim.

Lead author Kelly Dillon said that the results weren't surprising as many other studies have shown bystanders are reluctant to get involved when they see bullying. The results were disappointing as a human, but weren't surprising as a scientist.


'Pregnancy perfume' broadcasts whether mom-to-be is carrying boy or girl

'Pregnancy perfume' broadcasts whether mom-to-be is carrying boy or girl

Washington, Feb 25 : A new study has revealed that lemur moms carrying boys smell different from those carrying girls, suggesting that pregnancy odor reveals unborn baby's sex.

The study suggests that some female primates release a natural "pregnancy perfume" that males can probably detect and such scents appear to broadcast whether the mom-to-be is carrying a boy or a girl, the Discovery reported.

Authors Jeremy Crawford from the University of California and Christine Drea from Duke University wrote that the scent signatures may help guide social interactions, potentially promoting mother-infant recognition, reducing intragroup conflict or sort out paternity.


Former Marine sentenced to life in prison over killing of 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle

Former Marine sentenced to life in prison over killing of 'American Sniper' auth

Washington, Feb 25 : A former Marine Eddie Ray Routh has been sentenced to life in prison over 2013 shooting of former Navy SEAL and the author of " American Sniper " Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.

According to Fox News, State District Judge Jason Cashon sentenced Routh to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the case.

Littlefield's mother Judy said outside the courthouse that they had waited two years for God to give them justice.

Routh showed no visible emotions at the time of the hearing. (ANI)


Crocodiles, not dinosaurs ruled Earth 13mln yrs ago

Crocodiles, not dinosaurs ruled Earth 13mln yrs ago

Washington, Feb 25 - Scientists have found that it weren't the dinosaurs who ruled Earth 13 million years ago in Peru, it were the crocodiles.

There were at least 7 different species of the reptile that hunted in the lakes, swamps and rivers of the massive wetland region that pre-dated the Amazon basin, the Mirror reported.

Scientists uncovered the crocodile fossils from a rock layer known as the Pebas Formation in north-eastern Peru in a series of excavations conducted since 2002, of which 3 of the species are entirely new to science.

Gnatusuchus pebasensis, a short-faced caiman with "globular teeth" is the most unusual, which is believed to have used its snout as a shovel to dig for clams and other mollusks.


Google likely to unveil new Chromebook Pixel soon

Google likely to unveil new Chromebook Pixel soon

Washington, Feb 25 - Google is reportedly preparing to unveil its new Chromebook Pixel .

According to the Verge, Renee Niemi, who runs Google's Android and Chrome programs for work and education, reportedly confirmed the device on stage at the TeamWork 2015 partner event.

During the presentation that was uploaded on YouTube, Niemi said that a new Pixel was coming out soon.

However, the video was later taken down from YouTube. (ANI)


Microsoft to discontinue support for Google, Facebook chat in Outlook.comTech

Microsoft

Washington, Feb 25 - Microsoft has announced that it will be killing off Google and Facebook chat from its Outlook. com email service in the coming weeks.

According to the Verge, in an email to Outlook. com customers, Microsoft says it's removing Google Talk integration "due to Google's decision to discontinue the chat protocol used by the Google Talk platform."

Microsoft has confirmed that it will no longer provide support for Facebook chat in Outlook. com.

However, the company refrained from divulging details on why it was killing off the social network's chat integration. (ANI)


Thermal images prove story behind 3-boobed woman 'fake'

Thermal images prove story behind 3-boobed woman 'fake'

Washington, Feb 25 : Thermal imaging camera footage has proven that the fame-hungry woman claiming to have added a third breast in order to make herself appear "unattractive to men" is a fraud.

Jasmine Tridevil, real name Alisha Hessler, recently claimed that she knows her breasts are real and she doesn't care what anyone else thinks, the Daily Star reported.

A German TV network, which took the footage and posted it online, ruled out the kinky claims that the third breast is real by showing an image of the 3rd boob without any blood pumping around it.

Reporter Hans Huebner said that these images are absolute proof that Tridevil Tridevil is a liar as they exposed her as a fake.


Samsung leads smartphone market in India

Samsung leads smartphone market in India

Washington, Feb 25 - Samsung has taken the lead in the smartphone market in India in the last quarter with a 22 percent share while the global rival Apple has not even made it to top five.

According to PCWorld, Samsung is facing a tiff competition from Indian players like Micromaxthat holds an 18 percent share in the Indian market in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Samsung also faces a strong competition from Xiaomi that exclusively sold its phones online.

However, the rankings are not clear according to research firm Canalys that said last month that Micromax had already overtaken Smasung. (ANI)


Indian cow holds Guinness World Record for being shortest at 61.5cm tall

Indian cow holds Guinness World Record for being shortest at 61.5cm tall

Washington, Feb 25 - A cow in India holds Guinness record for being the shortest in the world.

The six-year-old cow, known as Manikyam, was reared by an Indian farmer and environmentalist called NV Balakrishnan in Atholi in the south Indian state of Kerala and stands at just 61.5cm tall, the Mirror reported.

The cow, who smashed the previous record of 69.07cm, was bed and bred just like any other cow, but never grew higher than two feet tall.

In a video, NV Balakrishnan reveals that he got the cow 5 years ago, and had felt her uniqueness immediately and hence reared her with special care.

He added that the cow was very intelligent and like a family member to them, and was with them with all times. (ANI)


New 'sun-grazing' comet captured

New 'sun-grazing' comet captured

Washington, Feb 25 - The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, has captured an unusual comet skimmed past the sun on Feb 18-21, 2015.

This comet was interesting for two reasons. First it's what's called a non-group comet, meaning it's not part of any known family of comets.

Most comets seen by SOHO belong to the Kreutz family, all of which broke off from a single giant comet many centuries ago.

The second reason it's interesting is because the vast majority of comets that come close enough to the sun to be seen by SOHO do not survive the trip.

Known as sungrazers, these comets usually evaporate in the intense sunlight. This comet made it to within 2.2 million miles of the sun's surface, but survived the trip intact.


Dissident group claims Iran secretly running 'clandestine nuclear program' for years

Iran

Washington, Feb 25 - A prominent Iranian dissident group has claimed that the Iranian dispensation has been lying to the U. N. nuclear inspectors for years and has been running a secret uranium enrichment operation at a facility buried deep beneath the ground in the northeast suburbs of Tehran since 2008.

According to the National Coalition of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the nuclear facility, called " Lavizan-3," has been used for "clandestine nuclear program research and development" as well as for enrichment with advanced IR-2m and IR-4 centrifuge machines. It asserted that the operation's existence has never been disclosed to the international community, reported The Washington Times.


Why 'foamy' latte doesn't spill like coffee

Why 'foamy' latte doesn't spill like coffee

Washington, Feb 25 - Ever wonder why foamy latte is less likely to spill than cup of coffee? Turns out, it's all because of the foam.

Scientists have found that just a few layers of bubbles can significantly dampen the sloshing motion of liquid.

Emilie Dressaire, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, first thought about foam as a damping mechanism when she was handed a latte at Starbucks and told she probably would not need a stopper to keep it from spilling. When Dressaire began working in the complex fluids group at Princeton University, she learned that her colleagues had noticed a similar phenomenon with a different foamy beverage: beer.


Obama endorses India's bid for permanent UNSC membership

Obama endorses India's bid for permanent UNSC membership

Washington: US President Barack Obama endorses India's candidature as a permanent member of the reformed UN security council, the White House has said.

"As it relates to India's membership in the security council, I know the President endorsed that... the security council in the context of a variety of other important reforms to the operations of the United Nations," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.

Earnest said he had no updates on the status of the ongoing reforms of the UN or efforts to try to bring about some of those reforms.

During his India visit last month, Obama had reaffirmed his support for a reformed UN security council with India as a permanent member.


Spouses of H-1B visa holders to get work permits in US

Spouses of H-1B visa holders to get work permits in US

Washington - The US on Tuesday announced that it will provide work permits to spouses of H-1B visa holders beginning May 26, a move that is expected to benefit thousands of talented and professional Indian spouses who come to America but are unable to work.

Under existing laws, spouses of H-1B visa holders, many of whom are Indians, are not eligible to work.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications for work visas from H-1B spouses on May 26.

Once USCIS approves the 'Form I-765' and the H-4 dependent spouse receives an Employment Authorisation Card,, he or she may begin working in the United States.


Obama's India visit helped boost bilateral ties: White House

Obama's India visit helped boost bilateral ties: White House

Washington - US President Barack Obama's visit to India provided an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries and America is willing to work together with Indian government, the White House has said, a month after the historic trip.

"There is an opportunity for us to try to advance the interest of both our countries by working together and by coordinating our efforts. And the (US) President is certainly committed to that. In part because of the substantial economic benefits that could be enjoyed by the American people," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.


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