Washington, Dec 06 - Researchers have discovered that many of the endangered great white shark's proteins involved in an array of different functions- including metabolism- match humans more closely than they do zebrafish, the quintessential fish model.
The study by Michael Stanhope , professor of evolutionary genomics at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, lays the foundation for genomic exploration of sharks and vastly expands genetic tools for their conservation, said Stanhope.
Washington, Dec 6 - America's first black President, Barack Obama, in a moving and eloquent tribute, remembered South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela as "a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice."
"We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," said Obama on the death Thursday of the South African leader, who inspired by his other idol Indian freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi, led a peaceful struggle against racial oppression.
Washington, Dec. 06 - World leaders are mourning the anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela's death, whose soul departed peacefully last night at his home following complications from the recurring lung infection.
South African President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela's death, saying that the nation has lost its greatest son and several have lost a father, Fox News reports.
Zuma said that Mandela will be accorded a full state funeral, the report added.
President Barack Obama called him one of the "most influential, courageous and profoundly good" people to ever have lived.
Washington, Dec 5 : A businesswoman in Long Island in New York is wanting to build a massive 'Chinese Disneyland' in the Catskills.
The Disneyland would include an amusement park, huge mansions and a 'Forbidden City' laid out according to the principles of Feng Shui.
The China City of America scheme could bring thousands of wealthy Chinese immigrants to the town of Thompson, under a federal program that lets foreigners get visas by investing $500,000 in the US, the New York Post reports.
According to the report, the mastermind behind the plan, Sherry Li, said the development would eventually draw six billion dollars in foreign investment.
The designs for China City include a college, 1,000 residences, a Chinese-themed retail center and possibly a casino.
Washington, Dec 5 : A researcher has come up with an 'algorithm' that tags photos based on the relationships that people in images have with each other.
The algorithm uses the name and location of existing photo tags to build a 'relationship graph,' where personal connections in the images are calculated, Mashable reports.
The new method makes it faster and more efficient at tagging pictures.
According to the report, University of Toronto engineering professor Parham Aarabi has been working on the technology since 2005.
Washington, Dec 05 : A new study has suggested that mating with more than one male increases reproductive success for female prairie dogs, despite an increase in risks.
Mating entails significant costs such as increased susceptibility to predation and increased exposure to diseases and parasites. So why would a female prairie dog take the risk to mate with multiple males? The answer is simple and clear: female prairie dogs that mate with two or more males rear more offspring than those that mate with only one.
Washington, Dec 5 : Former US President George H. W. Bush has added socks printed with the image of his smiling face to his extensive list of "wackiest socks," that includes socks featuring Superman.
The former President wore the new pair while receiving the Lyndon B. Johnson award at his Houston office, CBS News reported.
Bush has regularly shown his love for sock, like when he wore red, white and blue striped socks at his son George W. Bush's portrait unveiling at the White House in 2012 and at his son's library dedication he wore bright pink socks with blue accents. (ANI)
Washington, Dec 03 : Twitter is reportedly going to roll out retargeted ads fueled by browser cookies to target mobile users based on what they surf on the web.
Cookie retargeted ads could make sure that the ads seen on Twitter are for those things which users actually want, TechCrunch reports.
According to the report, all advertisers might not be immediately eligible to buy the ads, and they might not show up to all users even. (ANI)
Washington, Dec. 5 - Astronomers have used observations from a novel instrument to look at magnetic fields at the heart of gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic explosions in the universe.
Gamma-ray bursts are the most luminous explosions in the cosmos. Most are thought to be triggered when the core of a massive star runs out of nuclear fuel, collapses under its own weight, and forms a black hole.
The black hole then drives jets of particles that drill all the way through the collapsing star and erupt into space at nearly the speed of light.
Washington, Dec 5 - US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced plans to cut Pentagon staff by 20 percent, which would save $1 billion from 2014 to 2019.
Hagel said Wednesday the cuts, first announced in broad terms earlier this year, will first start with his own staff and shed about 200 workers from a team of 2,400, reports Xinhua.
"With the Pentagon confronting historically deep, steep, and abrupt spending reductions after a decade of significant budget growth, there is a clear need and an opportunity ... to pare back overhead and streamline headquarters across this department," he said.
Washington, Dec 5 - The US National Security Agency gathers nearly 5 billion cell phone records around the world every day to track the movements of individuals and map their relationships, according to the Washington Post.
The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, the influential US newspaper reported Wednesday citing top-secret documents and interviews with US intelligence officials
New York, Dec. 5 - A UK company is in the midst of developing a technology that will take power plants to skies.
UK-based New Wave Energy is in the process of developing an army of power-generating drone aircraft measuring 20x20m (65ft).
The crafts are going to be fitted with four small propellers that keep it aloft, and a large, flat surface that's covered in solar panels, Extreme Tech reported.
Turbines are also going to be fitted to the drone in strategic locations to generate power from wind.
The drones would be capable of flying at a height of up to 50,000 feet.
Washington, Dec 5 : Researchers have been left searching for potential plasma loss mechanisms from Saturn's magnetosphere.
In-depth observations made by the Cassini orbiter, which has been circling Saturn since 2004, have revealed fundamental differences between the behavior of Saturn's magnetosphere and that of the Earth's magnetosphere.
Earth's magnetospheric plasma is largely populated by ions captured from the solar wind, whereas Saturn's plasma comes predominantly from water vapor that spews from massive geysers on the southern end of its icy moon Enceladus.
Washington, Dec 5 : A new research study has revealed that increase of carbon dioxide uptake in the oceans is resulting in fish getting anxious.
A growing base of scientific evidence has shown that the absorption of human-produced carbon dioxide into the world's oceans is causing surface waters to decline in pH, causing a rise in acidity.
In the study, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada, have shown for the first time that rising acidity levels increase anxiety in juvenile rockfish, an important commercial species in California.
Washington, Dec 05 : A research team has found a way to stabilize hemoglobin, the oxygen carrier protein in the blood, a discovery that could lead to the development of stable vaccines and affordable artificial blood substitutes.
The new approach by UConn research team involves wrapping the polymer poly(acrylic acid) around hemoglobin, protecting it from the intense heat used in sterilization and allowing it to maintain its biological function and structural integrity.