Indeed, birds of a feather flock together!

Indeed, birds of a feather flock together!

Washington, May 19 - A new research has shown that birds of a feather do flock together, shedding light on why societal trends happen.

In the study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists found that people's inherent risk-taking preferences affect how they view and act on information from other people.

The brain scans showed that study participants increased their perceived value of a gamble after seeing other people take that gamble. The neural signals also predicted the likelihood that participants would conform to others' choices.


Bristol Palin, Dakota Meyer's wedding cancelled days before nuptials

Sarah Palin

Washington, May 19 - Sarah Palin has announced that her daughter Bristol Palin's planned wedding to her long-time partner Dakota Meyer has been cancelled .

The Former Governor of Alaska wrote on her Facebook that the nuptials, which were scheduled for May 23, will not be held, but the friends and the family were still invited for a get together at the wedding venue, the old Kentucky home, on the set date, to celebrate life, E! Online reported.

The 51-year-old American politician added that family members and close friends were welcomed to share a great bar-b-que on the farm with her speaker daughter, Meyer, who's a United States Marine vet, their parents and grandparents. (ANI)


PM Narendra Modi has successfully used social media: Study

PM Narendra Modi has successfully used social media: Study

Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the most popular politician on Twitter after US President Barack Obama, has successfully used social media to shape his public image as a tech savvy leader, according to new study.

Modi uses social media as a personal signal than for issues, per se, US-based scholar Joyojeet Pal has said after doing an extensive research of the prime ministers postings on social media websites.

"Modi has used social media successfully to shape his public image as a tech savvy leader, aligning himself with the aspirations of a younger generation in India," said Pal, assistant professor at University of Michigan's School of Information, whose paper has been published in the latest issue of the Television and New Media journal.


Bobby Jindal moves step closer to announcing presidential bid

Bobby Jindal

Washington : Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Monday moved a step closer to his 2016 US presidential bid by announcing that he is forming an exploratory committee in this regard.

If Jindal, 43, announces to go ahead with his plans, he would be the first ever Indian-American politician to run for a US presidential election. And in doing so, he would join already crowded Republican presidential aspirants.

Forming an exploratory committee is considered to be the first serious step toward a presidential bid. The Republican Governor, however, said he would make a final decision on a White House bid after his state's legislative session ends in mid-June.


Yoga reverses effects on brain marked by chronic pain

Yoga reverses effects on brain marked by chronic pain

Washington, May 18 : A new study has found that chronic pain causes brain anatomy changes and impairments, however, yoga prevents and reverses the effects of chronic pain on the brain.

The study conducted by National Institutes of Health explained that chronic pain patients go through anxiety, depression, deficits cognitive functions and reduced gray matter volume and white matter integrity in the brain, but yoga and meditation, can counteract the brain anatomy affects of chronic pain.

M. Catherine Bushnell, PhD, scientific director mentioned that yoga practitioners have more gray matter than controls in multiple brain regions, including those involved in pain modulation as gray matter increases in yogis correspond to duration of yoga practice.


LG rolls out latest smartphone `G4` for sale worldwide

LG rolls out latest smartphone `G4` for sale worldwide

Washington, May 18 : LG has confirmed that it has started to roll out its latest flagship device, G4, for sale worldwide, starting with Hong Kong.

The 5.5-inch screen smartphone, which went up on sale in its native Korea first, will eventually come to Turkey, Russia and Singapore. LG said that the phone will hit the markets in most of Europe, North America, CIS, Southeast Asia, Middle East/Africa and South/Central America over the next month but refused to provide more specific dates for those releases, reported TechCrunch.


Apple acquires 'another' startup to boost its mapping services

Apple acquires 'another' startup to boost its mapping services

Washington, May 18 - In a bid to boost its mapping and navigation efforts, Apple has reportedly acquired Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area firm working on high-accuracy GPS and navigation technologies.

The iPhone maker has confirmed the deal, but has refused to divulge more details about the purpose or its future plans, the Verge reports.

The mapping firm has now joined a long list of mapping and navigation startups acquired by Apple, that includes Locationary, Embark, Hop Stop, WifiSLAM, and BroadMap. (ANI)


Ukraine confirms capturing two Russian soldiers

Ukraine confirms capturing two Russian soldiers

Washington, May 18 - The Government of Ukraine has claimed that it has captured two Russian officers who were operating in the rebel-held east part of the nation.

Fox News quoted Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko, as saying that the two Russian officers were caught by the volunteer Aidar Battalion in the town of Shchastia, and they were now being interrogated.

Aidar's Facebook page said both Russian soldiers were injured during an encounter on Sunday.

Ukrainian Member of Parliament Anton Herashchenko posted a video on Facebook that purportedly one of the captured Russian soldiers being questioned.


MIT scientists solve mystery of the dress that split Internet

MIT scientists solve mystery of the dress that split Internet

Washington : MIT scientists have cracked the science behind the dress that went viral on the internet after some saw it as black and blue while others perceived it to be gold and white.

In a survey of 1,400 individuals, with over 300 who had never seen "The Dress" before, researchers found that people who perceive it as white and gold may have just been exposed to natural daylight, while those who saw a black and blue garment may spend most of their time surrounded by artificial light sources.

Neuroscientist Bevil Conway believes "The Dress" phenomenon marked the greatest extent of individual differences in colour perception ever documented.


Long-awaited 'Apple Music' service may launch next month

Long-awaited 'Apple Music' service may launch next month

Washington, May 16 : Apple Music, Apple's much awaited music service , is reportedly set to be launched at the brand's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in June.

The service, based on Beats Music, would be built into a redesigned version of the Music app on iOS, ans would also offer a Mac and Android versions, the Verge reported.

It'll also offer a social layer, but unlike Ping, only artists themselves will have their own profiles, while regular users would be able to like or comment only using their iTunes accounts.

The service will offer a free trial, hinting towards no long-term free option like Spotify. (ANI)


Meet Opah, world's very first 'warm-blooded' fish

Meet Opah, world's very first 'warm-blooded' fish

Washington, May 15 : A new research has revealed world's very first fully warm-blooded fish called opah, or moonfish.

New research by NOAA Fisheries shows that the silvery fish, roughly the size of a large automobile tire, can swim faster and see better, thanks to the heated blood that circulates throughout its body much like mammals and birds, giving it a competitive advantage in the cold ocean depths.

It dwells hundreds of feet beneath the surface in chilly, dimly lit waters, and swims by rapidly flapping its large, red pectoral fins like wings through the water.

Lead author, Nicholas Wegner of NOAA Fisheries, said that because it can warm its body, it turns out to be a very active predator that chases down agile prey like squid and can migrate long distances.


'Newly identified' 100 M yr old grass could be the oldest on Earth

'Newly identified' 100 M yr old grass could be the oldest on Earth

Washington, May 15 : Scientists have found a 100 million-year-old specimen of grass preserved in amber in Myanmar.

The finding by Oregon State University researchers pushes the date of the earliest dated grasses from 55 million-years to 100 million-years, potentially to the Late Cretaceous period.

Scientists used non-invasive methods to determine the type of grass found, as amber specimens can be unique. They believe they have identified "spikelet", which is grass in its flowering state, and fossilized ergot, which is a major ingredient of LSD. This potentially means that dinosaurs could have been eating hallucinogens and grass.

Other members of the scientific community have argued that the findings are inconclusive as the results of the tests are less rigorous.


Reddit unveils new 'anti-harassment' rules

Reddit unveils new 'anti-harassment' rules

Washington, May 15 : In a bid to curb online harassment, Reddit has reportedly announced new anti-harassment rules.

In a blog post entitled "Promote ideas, protect people," the site's administrators said that they will now be prohibiting "attacks and harassment of individuals" through the platform, reported The Verge.

It defined harassment as: "Systematic and/or continued actions to torment or demean someone in a way that would make a reasonable person (1) conclude that reddit is not a safe platform to express their ideas or participate in the conversation, or (2) fear for their safety or the safety of those around them."


'Fluffiest galaxies' as wide as our own Milky Way spotted

'Fluffiest galaxies' as wide as our own Milky Way spotted

Washington, May 15 - A team of scientists has discovered the most diffuse class of galaxies known in the universe.

Yale University researchers used the W. M. Keck Observatory to spot the "fluffiest galaxies," which are nearly as wide as our own Milky Way galaxy, about 60,000 light-years, and yet harbor only one percent as many stars.

Lead researcher Pieter van Dokkum said that if the Milky Way is a sea of stars, then these newly discovered galaxies are like wisps of clouds, adding that scientists are beginning to form some ideas about how they were born and it's remarkable they have survived at all.


Bing to give boost to mobile-friendly sites in smartphone search results

Bing to give boost to mobile-friendly sites in smartphone search results

Washington, May 15 : Following Google's steps, Bing will now start giving mobile-friendly websites a boost in search results delivered to smartphones and other mobile devices.

The move is significant as it could directly impact certain websites' traffic. For websites that are not mobile-friendly, it could mean loss of visitors. However, it also means that people using Bing on mobile will have better experience, reported The Verge.

Bing expects to roll out the changes "in the coming months." (ANI)


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