'The Adventures of Pinocchio' author's Italian villa goes on sale for $25m

'The Adventures of Pinocchio' author's Italian villa goes on sale for $25mWashington, Aug 23 : The Italian villa in the province of Pistoia, in Tuscany, where the author Carlo Lorenzini wrote 'The Adventures of Pinocchio', has been put up for sale for around 25 million dollars.

Jennifer Giraldi, who would be responsible for the estate agents' legal department, said that potential buyers from the United States and France had showed an interest in the estate and hoped that they would understand its emotional, cultural and financial value, CBS News reported.


US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologizes for cracking Asian jokes

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologizes for cracking Asian jokesNew York, Aug 23 - US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev has apologized for cracking Asian-American jokes while giving a speech before the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Reid said in a brief statement that his comments were in extremely poor taste and apologized for the same.

In one of his comments, he said "the Asian population is so productive. I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you have convinced a lot of us you are".

He later made another comment saying "one problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight".


Chilling IS tweet names Chicago among top U.S. targets of terror

Chilling IS tweet names Chicago among top U.S. targets of terrorNew York, Aug 23 - Chicago has become one of the top targets of international terrorists over the past six years, said a top security expert after considering threats by Islamic State militants on Twitter.

According to CBS, the threat post by Twitter by the IS militants showed the Old Republic Building and 307 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

The Twitter post said that the IS militants were already present in U. S. cities and streets.

The post also claimed that the U. S. would always remain the top target of IS militants.


Three Japanese students die in California crash

San Marcos - Three Japanese college students were killed and five others injured when a car carrying them veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole, officials have said.

The eight students were trapped in the 2000 Honda Prelude after the crash late Thursday on a state highway in Oceanside, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said yesterday.

The car went down an embankment and struck the pole, shearing it in half and leaving power lines dangling, Bettencourt said. The lines did not touch the ground.

The 19-year-old male driver and two passengers a man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene. Two women and three men suffered moderate to major injuries.


Joe Biden voices support for Georgia's NATO wishes

Joe BidenWashington : Vice President Joe Biden tells Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili that he supports the former Soviet republic's desire to join NATO.

Although it is believed that Georgia's aspirations to join the Western alliance are a sore point with Russia.

The White House says Biden spoke to Garibashvilli on Friday.

The two leaders also discussed tensions in Ukraine between the Kiev government and Russian-backed rebels.

The United States has been offering new assistance to former Soviet nations to draw them closer to Europe. The US has also pledged to help boost the military capacity of non-NATO countries near Russia in the aftermath of Moscow's annexation of Crimea.


'Fluorine' in toothpastes was produced in stars billions of years ago

'Fluorine' in toothpastes was produced in stars billions of years agoWashington, Aug 22 : A new study has claimed that fluorine, which is found in everyday products such as toothpaste and chewing gum, was formed in stars billions of years ago.

Astronomers from Lund University in Sweden with colleagues from Ireland and the USA, have presented findings that say that the chemical element was created in stars similar to the sun but heavier, towards the end of their existence. The sun and the planets in our solar system have then been formed out of material from these dead stars.


Bill Clinton enjoys smoking most expensive cigars worth $1K a piece

Bill Clinton enjoys smoking most expensive cigars worth $1K a pieceWashington, Aug 22 : Maker of the world's most expensive cigar has claimed that Bill Clinton is one of their clients and enjoys their 1000 dollar cigar.

Kaizad Hansotia, who is the chief executive officer of a Dominican Republic cigar company, Gurkha, said that one box of their "His Majesty's Reserve" costs 25,000 dollars, Fox News reported.

He said that his clientele includes A-List celebrities like Matthew McConaughey-and apparently one former president, who smoke the company's premium cigar s and that "Clinton loves the Gurkhas."


Monkey selfie belongs to public domain: US Copyright Office

Monkey selfie belongs to public domain: US Copyright OfficeWashington, Aug 22 : The United States Copyright Office has said in its verdict on the copyright tussle over the infamous monkey selfie that it belongs to the public domain.

In the first major revision of copyright laws in more than 20 years, the office stated that that works created by animals belong to the public domain and that it cannot register such works in its official records, reported The Washington Post.


ISIS vows to 'quench thirst for American blood' in email addressed to Foley family

ISIS vows to 'quench thirst for American blood' in email addressed to Foley familyNew York, August 22 : American journalist James Foley's former employer, The Global Post has reportedly revealed that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, who had abducted him, sent his family an email before beheading him.

The contents of the mail which was published by The Global Post on its website warned that the group will not stop until they have quenched their thirst for America's blood, both government and citizens alike, reported New York Post.


How different types of cheese affect how pizzas look

How different types of cheese affect how pizzas lookWashington, Aug 22 - A new study has evaluated the pizza baking performance of different cheeses in conjunction with a new quantifiable evaluation technique to see how it affects the look of the pizzas.

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) how composition and functional differences of mozzarella, cheddar, colby, Edam, Emmental, Gruyere, and provolone affected browning and blistering. Most consumers have an idea what they want their pizza slice to look like.


'Best-ever' global color map of Neptune's strange Moon 'Triton' constructed

'Best-ever' global color map of Neptune's strange Moon 'Triton' constructedWashington, Aug 22 - Scientist has developed a new color map of Neptune's Strange Moon Triton with the help of historic footage of Triton captured by NASA's Voyager 2.

The map, produced by Paul Schenk, a scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, has also been used to make a movie recreating that historic Voyager encounter, which took place 25 years ago, on August 25, 1989.


Electric Sparks may have changed nature of moon's soil

Electric Sparks may have changed nature of moon's soil Washington, Aug 22 - A new study has revealed that electric sparking might have altered the nature of lunar soil in its coldest craters.


Google testing 'self driven car' in 'Matrix-style' virtual world

Google testing 'self driven car' in 'Matrix-style' virtual worldWashington, Aug 22 - Google is testing its self-driving car in a 'matrix-style' designed digital simulation of the entire Californian road system, and seeking state's regulators for certification based on this virtual driving rather than real driving.

According to The Guardian, the extensive simulation exists entirely inside computers at the company's Mountain View location, and the cars have so far virtually driven more than 4 million miles inside it, facing challenges just like those in the real world, such as lane-weaving motorists, wobbly cyclists and unpredictable pedestrians.


Lost smartphones can cause anxiety disorders

Lost smartphones can cause anxiety disorders Washington, Aug 22 - A new study has suggested that losing one's smartphone causes anxiety disorder in individuals as it represented potential privacy and security risk.

The researchers pointed out that the same anxieties applied equally to lost or stolen laptops, tablet computers and other digital devices.

Zhiling Tu, Yufei Yuan and Norm Archer of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, explained that the convenience of mobility, wireless communication and the information processing power of smart phones and other portable digital devices had led to more and more people carrying with them valuable data assets wherever they went.


Negative feelings at work can be good and vice versa

Negative feelings at work can be good and vice versaWashington, Aug 22 - A new study has suggested that feeling bad at work can actually be a good thing whilst feeling good in the workplace can also lead to negative outcomes.

The research conducted at the University of Liverpool found that the commonly-held assumption that positivity in the workplace produced positive outcomes, while negative emotions lead to negative outcomes, may be in need for reconsideration.

Management expert, Dr Dirk Lindebaum said that the findings of the studies challenged the widely held assumption that in the workplace positive emotions generated or engendered a positive outcome, and vice versa.


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