Revivifying drugs with anti-stroke potential by minimizing side effects

Revivifying drugs with anti-stroke potential by minimizing side effects

Washington, Mar 1 : A team of researchers is revivifying drugs with anti-stroke potential by minimizing their side effects.

In the 1990s, neuroscientists identified a class of drugs that showed promise in the area of stroke. NMDA receptor antagonists could limit damage to the brain in animal models of stroke, but one problem complicated testing the drugs in a clinical setting, that is, the side effects included disorientation and hallucinations.

Senior author Stephen Traynelis at Emory University School of Medicine said that they have found neuroprotective compounds that can limit damage to the brain during ischemia associated with stroke and other brain injuries, but have minimal side effects.


Pentagon relying on experimental deep web tool to dig out data on Islamic State group

Pentagon relying on experimental deep web tool to dig out data on Islamic State

Washington, Feb 28 : The Pentagon is reportedly relying on an experimental deep web tool to dig out data on Islamic State group and its supporters.

According to the Washington Times, Arati Prabhakar, a physicist and director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), disclosed some information about the tool, known as Memex, while speaking earlier this at a Washington, D. C. conference put on by the New America Foundation .

Prabhakar said Tuesday of a Dallas demonstration of the technology, Military. com that her colleagues working with the law enforcement were taken aback by how rich that data set was.

She said that through this tool, it was possible to see how the ever-expanding IS group was using that infrastructure similarly. (ANI)


Real-life `Notebook` couple dies hand-in-hand after 67-yr-long romance

Real-life `Notebook` couple dies hand-in-hand after 67-yr-long romance

Washington, Feb 28 : A California-based couple, who were married for 67 years, died within hours of one another, lying side by side and holding hands.

Floyd and Violet Hartwig, who got married on Aug. 16, 1947, died at home on Feb. 11 while holding hands, People Magazine reported.

The 90-year-old Floyd died first and the 89-year-old Violet followed five hours later. Their family noticed something was wrong when their synchronized breathing stopped.

Daughter Donna Scharton said the elderly couple wanted to go together and it was meant to be that way."


Oxford Dictionary adds 'Ride-share, ' unboxing' in list

Oxford Dictionary adds 'Ride-share, ' unboxing' in list

Washington, Feb. 28 - Oxford dictionary has added words "Ride-share" and "unboxing" in the new list.

"Ride-share" has been defined as to "participate in an arrangement in which a passenger travels in a private vehicle driven by its owner, for free or for a fee, especially as arranged by means of a website or app," PCWorld reported.

Other additions included bioprinting, defined as as "the use of 3D printing technology with materials that incorporate viable living cells, e. g. to produce tissue for reconstructive surgery."

And unboxing, a favorite past time for Apple enthusiasts especially: "An act or instance of removing a newly purchased product from its packaging and examining its features, typically when filmed and shared on a social media site."


Google planning to set up 'glass campus' in Mountain View

Google planning to set up 'glass campus' in Mountain View

Washington, Feb 28 : Google is reportedly planning to submit a proposal seeking to set up a new campus in Mountain View next month.

According to the Verge, the company worked with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels from the Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio to build a series of city block-sized "canopies" - glass greenhouse-style buildings.

It is reported that the canopies are similar to a piece of glass fabric.

The company is opting for a "high-tech shading system" to keep the buildings from being too warm.

David Radcliffe, Google's vice president of real estate, said to the SVBJ: "We envision there will be some more permanent structures like stairwells and restroom cores and things like that."


Uber database containing names, drivers' licenses of 50,000 cabbies in US compromised

Uber database containing names, drivers' licenses of 50,000 cabbies in US compro

Washington, Feb 28 : Taxi company Uber says that its database containing the names and drivers' license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers in the US was hacked in May last year.

According to CBS News, the ride-sharing service says it has notified the drivers and hasn't received any reports of the information being misused.

The company said that it will provide the affected drivers with a one-year membership in Experian's ProtectMyID Alert identity theft protection service.

Uber said that while the breach involved drivers in multiple states, only a 'small percentage' of its current and former drivers were affected by it. (ANI)


Curiosity rover's proof of methane on Mars fuels speculation of life on planet

Curiosity rover's proof of methane on Mars fuels speculation of life on planet

Washington, Feb. 28 - NASA's curiosity rover has confirmed the existence of methane on the Mars' atmosphere which may hint that life existed on the Red planet.

The tunable laser spectrometer in the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument of the Curiosity robot has unequivocally detected an episodic increase in the concentration of methane in Mars' atmosphere after an exhaustive analysis of data obtained during 605 soles or Martian days.

This puts an end to the long controversy on the presence of methane in Mars, which started over a decade ago when this gas was first detected with telescopes from Earth.


Need to take advantage of Indo-US relationship: Congressmen

Need to take advantage of Indo-US relationship: Congressmen

Washington - The current momentum in India-US relationship, resulting after two high profile meetings between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, needs to be tapped and taken advantage of, according to top American lawmakers.

"To take advantage of the momentum and move forward especially in our economic partnership," said Congressman Ami Bera, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans at a luncheon organised jointly by the Indian embassy and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

"We need to harness the energy and success of the Indian American community and recognise the increasing significance of investments by Indian companies in the US," Bera said.


Decision on running for US prez in couple of months: Bobby​ Jindal

Republican leader Bobby Jindal

Washington - Republican leader Bobby Jindal has said he will decide on his 2016 presidential run in the next couple of months.

"(Wife) Supriya and I are thinking and praying about whether I'll run - let me tell you this. I will make that decision the next couple of months," Jindal said yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

"Anybody thinking about running for president, what is more important, forgets the polls, forget the fund-rising forget the consultants, forget the media. They need to think about what they would do if they were elected president," said the first Indian-American Louisiana Governor.


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to make first US visit next month

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to make first US visit next month

Washington - US President Barack Obama will meet new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah here on March 24, the White House said today.

This would be the first US visit of the new Afghan President after taking over from his predecessor Hamid Karzai last year.

Obama will host Ghani, Abdullah, and key members of their unity government for meetings and a working lunch at the White House.

"The two presidents will discuss a range of issues including security, economic development, and US support to the Afghan-led reconciliation process," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.


US intelligence chief says cyberattacks pose biggest threat to nation

US intelligence chief says cyberattacks pose biggest threat to nation

Washington, Feb 27 : James R. Clapper, Director of US National Intelligence, says that one of the biggest threat that US currently faces is that of cyberattacks carried out by miscreants aiming to breach government and private computer networks.

According to the Washington Times, Clapper said in prepared remarks to the Senate Armed Services Committee : "Cyber threats to US national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication and severity of impact; [and] the ranges of cyber threat actors, methods of attack, targeted systems and victims are also expanding."

He said the likelihood of a catastrophic attack from any particular actor is remote at this time.


Blame gender biased teachers for discouraging girls to study Math, Science

Blame gender biased teachers for discouraging girls to study Math, Science

Washington, Feb. 27 - A new study has revealed that gender biased teachers put girls off Math and Science, which ultimately leads to discourage them fields of computer science, engineering, and mathematics later in life.

The study found that elementary school teachers' unconscious biases significantly influence female students' academic choices later on. According to researchers Dr. Edith Sand, an economist at the Bank of Israel and an instructor at TAU's Berglas School of Economics, and Prof. Victor Lavy, a professor at Hebrew University and University of Warwick in England, the classroom teacher's unwitting prejudice was a key factor explaining the divergence of boys' and girls' academic preferences.


Believers in God could be biggest risk-takers

Believers in God could be biggest risk-takers

Washington, Feb 27 - A new research has revealed that people who blindly believe in God are the biggest risk takers as they view him as a security provider against potential negative outcomes.

The research conducted by Association For Psychological Science explained that thinking about God might have a different effect in relation to risks that have no moral connotation, since people tend to view God as a source of protection and security.

Daniella Kupor, lead researcher said that references to God pervade daily life in fact it was one of the most common nouns in the English language, and the reminders of God are so ubiquitous which concludes that it effects a large number of people.


Apple set to unveil 'much-awaited' watch on March 9

Apple set to unveil 'much-awaited' watch on March 9

Washington, Feb 27 - Apple has reportedly announced its decision to unveil the much-awaited watch at an event on March 9.

The event, titled "Spring forward," will take place in San Francisco. Details about the watch's final pricing and availability are expected to be revealed at the event, reported The Verge.

Reports had earlier said that the Apple Watch's aluminum Sport model will be priced at 350 dollars but the company had remained tightlipped about the pricing of the regular version and the ultra-luxurious Apple Watch Edition.

The watch is Apple's first landmark product introduction since Steve Jobs introduced the original iPad in 2010. (ANI)


Messaging app Viber makes games services available to users wordwide

Messaging app Viber makes games services available to users wordwide

Washington, Feb 27 - Chat app Viber has reportedly opened its games services to all users across the world.

According to Tech Crunch, the company, which was bought by Rakuten for 900 million dollars a year ago, initially launched three games for users in Belarus, Malaysia, Israel, Singapore and Ukraine in December 2014.

The games titled Viber Candy Mania, Wild Luck Casino and Viber Pop are apparently standalone apps with links to Viber.

Viber CEO Talmon Marcos said that he was thrilled to bring the titles to more of Viber's international userbase, which currently stands at 236 million active monthly users, the report added. (ANI)


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