Vitamin D may reduce progression of low-grade prostate cancer

Vitamin D may reduce progression of low-grade prostate cancer

Washington, Mar 23 : According to a recent research, Vitamin D consumption may lead to lowering or even reverse the progression of low-grade prostate cancer, without the need of surgery or radiation.

The tumor's aggressiveness after a prostate biopsy was measured on Gleason Grading System, and tumors with Gleason scores of 7 and above were considered aggressive and likely to spread whereas those with a score of 6 and below considered less aggressive.

Bruce Hollis, scientist at the Medical University of South Carolina, said that low-grade prostate cancer could be cured with surgery and that a person should wait for 60 days from the time of his biopsy, to undergo prostatectomy.


CIA Director says IS represents 'ideology of violence, ' not Islam

CIA Director says IS represents 'ideology of violence, ' not Islam

Washington, Mar 23 : CIA Director John O. Brennan has cautioned against categorizing the Islamic State (IS) fighters as followers of Muslim faith by saying that they represent an "ideology of violence" and not religion.

In an interview, Brennan stuck to the Obama administration's official line and stressed on the need to not use phrases like "radical Islam" for the IS terrorists, The Washington Times reported.

Brennan warned that it would be a mistake to link the IS with Islam, when majority of Muslims around the globe have denounced, condemned their actions and therefore, he added, "we should not give them any religious legitimacy."

The CIA Chief added that he was prepared to call them "extremists" and "violent terrorists" who misrepresent Islamic faith. (ANI)


Facebook to introduce new dialer application soon

Facebook to introduce new dialer application soon

Washington, Mar 23 : Social networking site Facebook has announced plans to introduce a new dialer application for android users.

Facebook is currently testing this app with Android and will eventually bring it to smart phones.

According to the gizmodo. com web site, the new application will be a lot like Truecaller, judging by the screenshot. The application will have access to your call logs and will let you block numbers that you desire and even pick out of the commonly blocked numbers from its database.

Facebook is looking to get more involved with its user base by introducing a new dialer application.


Google to add two new features for better smart phone use

Google to add two new features for better smart phone use

Washington, Mar 23 : American conglomerate Google has announced plans to add two new features-"on-body detection" and "smart lock"-which essentially uses the accelerometer on the smart phone and judges whether the phone is in use or rested on a surface.

According to the gizmodo. com web site, if the phone is unlocked and in your hand or in your pocket, the device will keep itself unlocked. But if you rest it on the table or on any other flat surface, the phone will automatically lock itself.

The device cannot judge who is using the phone, so even if we hand over the phone to a friend nearby, it will follow the same protocol. This can be a security concern, especially if the device is stolen.


Aliens planned John F. Kennedy's assassination, claims author

John F. Kennedy

New York, Mar.23 - Author Larry Holcombe claims that aliens played an important in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, in his new book 'The Presidents and UFOs-A Secret History from FDR to Obama.'

The late comedian Jackie Gleason was good friends with President Richard Nixon and both men were obsessed with UFOs, the New York Post reported.

Holcombe, a clear believer, breaks down every rumor about UFO visitation and the government's "involvement" in it. There are many stories of sightings by high-level people, and it's no secret that the government has looked into many of these reports over the years.


Amazon cleared to begin testing of drones for online deliveries

Amazon cleared to begin testing of drones for online deliveries

Washington, Mar. 23 - American electronic commerce company Amazon has been cleared to begin the testing of drones for online deliveries by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

According to the BBC, the FAA had granted Amazon a certificate for people with pilot's licenses to test the unmanned aircraft. The drones must be flown at 400 feet or below during daylight hours, and must remain within the sight of the pilot.

Also the internet retail giant must also provide data on the number of flights conducted and any other relevant information on a monthly basis.

Amazon announced that it was going to begin trialing delivery to some customers by drone in December 2013.


WordPress blogs facing blockade in Pak

WordPress blogs facing blockade in Pak

Washington, March 23 - WordPress blogs are currently not accessible in Pakistan and several local outlets have held the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) responsible for the blockade, a report said.

According to TechCrunch, self-hosted WordPress blogs still work but WordPress. com and blogs hosted by WordPress cannot be reached.

The Pakistan government has blocked websites like, Facebook, Flickr, IMDb, Twitter and Wikipedia temporarily in the past for hosting content that it sees as blasphemous and inflammatory. (ANI)


Android rolls out new feature to keep phone unlocked for convenience

Android rolls out new feature to keep phone unlocked for convenience

Washington, Mar 22 : Google may soon come up with a new Android feature that would help smartphone users get rid of the hassle of unlocking their phones dozens of times a day when it's simply unnecessary.

The tech giant is working on a feature, known as ' on-body detection ', that would make sure that a smartphone remained unlocked while the user had it on person, which could possibly solve the problem of unlocking it multiple times.

Some Android Police readers, who posted its screenshots to the site, recently spotted the new feature and explained that it would disable the lock screen once in the user's hand, pocket or purse and revert it back to the lock as soon as it was placed onto some other surface, The Verge reported.


NASA working on more efficient, electric-powered plane with 18 propellers

NASA working on more efficient, electric-powered plane with 18 propellers

Washington, Mar 22 : NASA has been reportedly working on an experimental plane, whose wings have been attached with 18 propellers in a bid to make a more-efficient, electric-powered craft.

NASA has attached 18 small engines to the plane's 31-feet wingspan, which is a part of their Leading Edge Asynchronous Propellers Technology (LEAPTech) project that work together to provide lift and propel it forward, The Verge reported.

Each electric propeller, which may be operated independently at different speeds to optimize power, has been powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries.


Facebook testing app for `advanced call blocking`

Facebook testing app for `advanced call blocking`

Washington, Mar 22 : Facebook has been testing a new Android-only dialer app which would include advanced call blocking in a smartphone, a report said.

According to the Android Police, the app, marked 'FB-only', would show information about the caller and automatically block the call from commonly blocked numbers, The Verge reported.

Facebook has confirmed the existence of the app called 'Phone', and said that they were always testing things but had no announcements to make yet. (ANI)


Obama to announce 'modified plan for troop withdrawal in Afghanistan' on Tuesday

Obama to announce 'modified plan for troop withdrawal in Afghanistan' on Tuesday

Washington, March 22 - United States President Barack Obama is expected to announce a modified plan on troop withdrawal in Afghanistan in order to help the nation's new dispensation fight the Taliban and other insurgent groups.

As part of his government's emerging national security strategy, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had urged Obama to consider some flexibility in his plans to reduce the number of non-combat U.S. troops from 10,000 to 5,500 by year's end, reported Fox News.

He is also expected to make his case personally when he visits Washington from Sunday through Tuesday.


Mom's age at childbirth linked to son's diabetes risk

Mom's age at childbirth linked to son's diabetes risk

Washington, Mar 22 - A new research has revealed that a mom's age at childbirth may affect her baby boy's birth weight as well as his adult glucose metabolism.

Charlotte Verroken of Ghent University Hospital in Ghent, Belgium said that their findings indicate that women giving birth at a very young (under 25 years) or older (over 34 years) age might result in less favorable sugar handling and thus possibly higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes in their sons.


Job loss could lead to decade of distrust

Job loss could lead to decade of distrust

Washington, Mar 22 - A new study has explored that losing one's job scars trust to such an extent that even finding new work may not reverse it.

The study conducted at University of Manchester suggested that people who lose their jobs are less willing to trust others for up to a decade after being laid-off.

According to the new findings of social scientist Dr. James Laurence, being made redundant or forced into unemployment could scar trust to such an extent that even after finding new work this distrust persists this meant that the large-scale job losses of the recent recession could lead to a worrying level of long-term distrust among the British public and risks having a detrimental effect on the fabric of society.


Now's your chance to put names on Pluto and Charon map

Now's your chance to put names on Pluto and Charon map

Washington, Mar 21 - Public has been asked to help name features on Pluto.

On July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will fly past Pluto, offering the first close-up look at that small, distant world and its largest moon, Charon. These denizens of the outer solar system will be transformed from poorly seen, hazy bodies to tangible worlds with distinct features.

Now, the public can help decide what labels will go on the images and maps coming from the flyby. The SETI Institute has announced the launch of its "Our Pluto" campaign, which is soliciting input on how to name features on the surfaces of Pluto and Charon.

New Horizon science team member Mark Showalter said that Pluto belongs to everyone and so they want everyone to be involved in making the map of this distant world.


'Superfast' computers come closer to reality with 'fastest-ever' quantum switch

'Superfast' computers come closer to reality with 'fastest-ever' quantum switch

Washington, Mar 21 - As per a new study, superfast computers are a step closer to reality as a silicon chip's quantum capabilities have been improved.

The University of Surrey team demonstrated a quantum on/off switching time of about a millionth of a millionth of a second, the fastest-ever quantum switch to be achieved with silicon and over a thousand times faster than previous attempts.

Researcher Ellis Bowyer said that quantum computing exploits the fact that, according to quantum mechanics atoms can exist in two states at once, being both excited and unexcited at the same time. This is known as a superposition state, and is most famously illustrated by Schrodinger's quantum cat which is simultaneously dead and alive.


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