Al Qaeda magazine threatens to bomb Vegas casinos, military colleges in upcoming terror attacks

Al Qaeda magazine threatens to bomb Vegas casinos, military colleges in upcoming terror attacksNew York, Aug 28 - An Al-Qaeda magazine published in English language features an article that proposes casinos in Las Vegas, military colleges and oil tankers as potential terror targets in the Unites States while hinting that an attack is impending.

The online publication of the magazine called Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem suggests how to make car bombs and urges Muslims across the world to follow steps in order to set off the bombs in public areas.


'Walking fish' unveil mystery of human evolution on land 400m yrs ago

'Walking fish' unveil mystery of human evolution on land 400m yrs agoWashington, Aug 28 - A new study has explained how 'walking fishes' walked on land and helped humans evolve about 400 million years ago.

Researchers at McGill University, turned to a living fish, called Polypterus, an African fish that can breathe air, 'walk' on land and similar to the ancient fishes that evolved into tetrapods, to help show what might have happened when fish first attempted to walk out of the water. The team raised juvenile Polypterus on land for nearly a year, with an aim to revealing how these 'terrestrialized' fish looked and moved differently.


Humans, flies and worms share biological processes

Humans, flies and worms share biological processes Washington, Aug 28 - A new research has revealed that human, fly and worm genomes have a lot of processes in common.

Researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) studied the gene expression patterns and regulatory proteins that in the three species often shared common features.

Investigators also detailed the similar ways in which the three species used protein packaging to compact DNA into the cell nucleus and to regulate genome function by controlling access to DNA.


Why it's tough to learn things revealed

Why it's tough to learn things revealedWashington, Aug 28 - A new study has discovered why learning tasks can be easier said than done.

Neural engineers from the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), a joint program between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, have discovered a fundamental constraint in the brain that may explain why this happens.


'Black beauty' meteorite helps scientists discover climate history of Mars

'Black beauty' meteorite helps scientists discover climate history of Mars Washington, Aug 28 - A new study has helped scientists uncover the climate history of the 'red planet' with the help of an ancient Martian meteorite known as 'Black Beauty'.

Florida State University Professor Munir Humayun and an international research team found the evidence for the climate shift in minerals called zircons embedded inside the dark, glossy meteorite. Zircons, which are also abundant in the Earth's crust, form when lava cools. The secret to Mars' climate lies in the fact that zircons (ZrSiO4) contain oxygen, an element with three isotopes.


Astronomers witness formation of gigantic galaxy for 1st time ever

Astronomers witness formation of gigantic galaxy for 1st time everWashington, Aug 28 NASA's Telescopes have helped astronomers to observe the construction of a massive galaxy, for the first time ever, at the building site dubbed as "sparky".

The discovery was made possible through combined observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, the W. M. Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory, in which NASA plays an important role.


Indian American from Chicago indicted in visa fraud

Indian American from Chicago indicted in visa fraudWashington - A 30-year-old Indian American businessmen has been indicted on charges for exploiting a US visa program to fraudulently raise approximately USD 160 million from nearly 290 Chinese nationals who invested in the project while seeking US residency.

Chicago-based Anshoo Sethi, who purported to be building a USD 912 million hotel and convention center complex near O'Hare International Airport, was charged yesterday with eight counts of wire fraud and two counts of making false statements in a 10-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury.


US slaps sanctions against LeT leader, its financial conduit

David S CohenWashington - The US on Wednesday slapped sanctions against a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader and a financial conduit of the Pakistan-based terrorist group that has been involved in a series of attacks in India, including the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The US Department of Treasury targeted the leadership and financial networks of LeT by designating Muhammad Iqbal and Asma Money Exchangers as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).

Iqbal and Asma Money Exchangers are being designated for providing financial, material, or technological support to, or financial or other services to or in support of LeT.


'Obama and his team closely watching developments in Iraq'

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama and his team is closely watching the situation in Iraq, the White House said Wednesday noting that military action alone could not address the challenge being posed by the Islamic State.

"The President and his team are closely watching the situation in Iraq and monitoring the ongoing military activities, US military activities against ISIL and Iraq to protect American citizens and interests in that country," the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, said.


At least 1,400 children sexually exploited in Rotherham, says report

At least 1,400 children sexually exploited in Rotherham, says reportWashington, Aug 27 : At least 1,400 children were sexually exploited by Asian criminal gangs in Rotherham over a span of 16 years, a report has revealed.

Some of the victims were raped by multiple attackers and even doused with petrol and threatened with being set alight, the Metro reports.

Professor Alexis Jay, a former senior social worker who authored the report into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham since 1997, said the evidence handed over to police and social services was dismissed and suppressed.


China planning submarine that would travel Shanghai to San Francisco in 2 hours

China planning submarine that would travel Shanghai to San Francisco in 2 hoursWashington, Aug 27 : China has reportedly revealed plans for a new supersonic submarine based on Cold War technology that will travel inside an air bubble to reduce friction.

If successful, researchers believe the submarine will reach up to 3,600 miles per hour. That means that a trip from Shanghai to San Francisco in the submarine will take about two hours, elitedaily reported.

A scientific team at Harbin Institute of Technology's Complex Flow and Heat Transfer Lab is developing the submarine. However, the submarine's technology isn't new: it's based on Soviet ideas from the Cold War. (ANI)


Swiss officials hail drive-in 'sex boxes' a success

Swiss officials hail drive-in 'sex boxes' a successWashington, Aug 27 : Officials in Switzerland have declared their drive-in "sex-boxes" a success.

The boxes, which were installed last year in Zurich to improve safety for sex workers, involve prostitutes to relocate from a popular strip in downtown Zurich to the wooden, car-sized boxes just outside the city.

The boxes, which have on-site social workers and security and no involvement of pimps, even include a panic button, laundry, showers and a cafe.


Estrogen replacements may limit binge-eating

Estrogen replacements may limit binge-eatingWashington, Aug 27 : A new mice model has revealed that estrogen replacement may limit binge-eating behaviors.

According to the study, effect required the presence of estrogen receptors in serotonin neurons and direct delivery of an estrogen conjugate to serotonin neurons reduced binge eating in these animals.

The researchers found that activation of estrogen receptors with the drug propylpyrazole triol suppressed binge eating and believe that targeting estrogen receptors should be further explored as a strategy to inhibit binge eating.


Fastest sprinters deliver forceful punches to ground to maximize speed

Fastest sprinters deliver forceful punches to ground to maximize speedWashington, August 27 : A new study has found that world-class sprinters attack the ground to maximize impact forces and speed.

According to the research by Southern Methodist University, world's fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds.

Lead author of the study Ken Clark said that the study has shown that elite sprinters don't use their legs to just bounce off the ground as most other runners do, instead, they have developed a wind-up and delivery mechanism to augment impact forces.


Steve Ballmer binged on 'The Good Wife' to kill time post Microsoft stint

Steve Ballmer binged Washington, Aug 27 : Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer, who spent 34 years in the company, was reportedly binged on the TV series ' The Good Wife' and watched 100 episodes in just two weeks after leaving the company.

In the meantime, he decided to buy the LA Clippers basketball team

After settling to the decision of buying the basketball team, he was in doubts that he would be able to get the team as his opponent in the bid was Oprah Winfrey, The Verge reported.

However, he came out as the 'favorite' man for the deal and Donald Sterling's wife Shelly said that she would have considered a lower bid to get him as the owner. (ANI)


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