Jimmy Carter slams Mike Huckabee's parenting comment on Obamas

Jimmy CarterWashington, Jan 15 - Jimmy Carter has shot back at Mike Huckabee after he criticized the parenting skills of Obamas.

The former US President was at LaGuardia Airport, when he was asked about Huckabee's comment on the first family saying that good parents don't let their kids listen to Beyonce, TMZ.com reported.

Carter responded by saying that he disagreed with most of the things that the would-be presidential candidate said, and thought that President Obama was "doing a good job." (ANI)


As Turkey bans Charlie Hebdo cover, newspaper receives death threats for carrying its images

Yalcin AkdoganWashington, Jan 15 - While a court has reportedly banned website pages that showed the new cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a newspaper that published images of the cover received death threats in Turkey.

After Cumhuriyet printed a four-page sample of Charlie Hebdo's latest edition, translated into Turkish and published two columns on the inside pages that included small images of the cover, the entrance to the newspaper's Istanbul office and all the traffic around it was blocked by the police. Also, distribution trucks were stopped at the printing press in the city, reported the CNN.


1 in 3 college men say they would 'forcefully have sex' if there was no penalty

1 in 3 college men say they would 'forcefully have sex' if there was no penaltyWashington, Jan 15 : According to a recent study, over a third of college men said that they would force a woman to have sex if nobody would ever know and there wouldn't be any consequences.

The researchers interviewed 86 heterosexual, mostly white, males, over 18, who filled out multiple questionaires that guaged their sexual attitudes and behaviors toward women, the Discovery reported.

The study's aim was to dig beneath the label of "rapist" to see what young men's attitudes were toward forceful and coercive sexual behaviors.


Ola gears up to overtake Uber by announcing plans to cover 200 Indian cities in 2015

Ola gears up to overtake Uber by announcing plans to cover 200 Indian cities in 2015Washington, Jan 15 - Web-based taxi service Ola, which currently operates in nearly 50 Indian cities, has reportedly announced its plan to expand to 200 cities in India by the end of this year.

The announcement followed SoftBank's 210 million dollar investment in the startup last year that pushed its value to 1 billion dollars. Ola was present in 19 cities in October when the deal took place and it has now expanded to 40 new locations including, tier-two and three cities, in the past five months, reported TechCrunch.


How artificial intelligence can help physicists predict hazardous solar flares

How artificial intelligence can help physicists predict hazardous solar flaresWashington, Jan. 15 - A new research has provided a deeper insight into how artificial intelligence can help physicists predict hazardous solarflares.

Though scientists do not completely understand what triggers solar flares, Stanford solar physicists Monica Bobra and Sebastien Couvidat have automated the analysis of those gigantic explosions. The method could someday provide advance warning to protect power grids and communication satellites.

Solar flares can release the energy equivalent of many atomic bombs, enough to cut out satellite communications and damage power grids on Earth, 93 million miles away.


Big asteroid on its way to swoop by Earth on January 26

Big asteroid on its way to swoop by Earth on January 26Washington, Jan 15 - An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26.

From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about a third of a mile (0.5 kilometers) in size and the flyby of 2004 BL86 will be the closest by any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies past Earth in 2027.


Samsung rolls out its first Tizen-powered phone Z1 in India

Samsung rolls out its first Tizen-powered phone Z1 in IndiaWashington, Jan 15 : Following a lot of speculation and an abort launch in Russia last year, Samsung has finally launched its first phone powered by the Tizen operating system.

The Samsung Z1, which has been launched in India initially, is priced at 5,700 rupees (92 dollars) and is available in stores, reported TechCrunch.

The affordable phone comes with a four-inch WVGA PLS screen, 768 MB RAM and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. It features a 3.1-megapixel camera on the rear, and a limited VGA camera on the front.


Carbon nanotubes bring 'flexible electronics' with longer battery life closer to reality

Carbon nanotubes bring 'flexible electronics' with longer battery life closer to realityWashington, Jan. 15 - Discovery of "carbon nanotube" can lead to flexible electronics with longer battery life, it has been reported.

University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have made a significant leap toward creating higher-performance electronics with improved battery life, and the ability to flex and stretch.


Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe agree to 'new settlement deal' in employee poaching lawsuit

Apple, Google, Intel, AdobeWashington, Jan 15 - Four tech giants including, Adobe, Intel, Google, and Apple, have reportedly agreed to a new settlement deal in an antitrust lawsuit that claimed that the companies had forged an agreement to not poach each others' employees.

District Judge Lucy Koh had earlier rejected a 324.5 million dollar settlement offered by the four tech companies by terming it insufficient, after one of the named plaintiffs objected. The full value of the new settlement has although not been revealed but Koh had said last year that a new compensation would have to total at least 380 million dollars, reported The Verge.


US court dismisses lawsuit against PM Modi

US court dismisses lawsuit against PM ModiNew York, Jan. 15 - A U.S. Federal Court has dismissed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

The court stated that the Prime Minister immunity as the sitting head of a foreign government.

The summons against Prime Minister Modi were issued by the U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District of New York last year in September, following a lawsuit filed by the New York based American Justice Center, a non-profit human rights organisation. (ANI)


Kamala Harris wins major endorsement for the Senate bid

Kamala Harris wins major endorsement for the Senate bidWashington - Indian-American California Attorney General Kamala Harris has won a major endorsement for her Senate bid from top Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.

A day after Harris declared her candidacy for the 2016 Senate race, Warren, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, in an email to her supporters praised the Indian-American attorney and urged them to donate generously for her campaign.

"California Attorney General Kamala Harris is a smart, tough, and experienced prosecutor who has consistently stood up to Wall Street... She (has) announced her candidacy for the US Senate and I'm happy to support her campaign," Warren said.


Tiny worms on ISS may help astronauts fight muscle, bone loss

Tiny worms on ISS may help astronauts fight muscle, bone lossWashington, Jan 14 : Researchers have recently revealed that tiny roundworms on International Space Station (ISS) may help astronauts fight muscle and bone loss.

Two Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) investigations on the International Space Station help researchers seek clues to physiological problems found in astronauts by studying Caenorhabditis elegans, a millimeter-long roundworm that, like the fruit fly, is widely used as a model for larger organisms.


UK introduces its first ever Indian inspired pizza called 'the Currizza'

UK introduces its first ever Indian inspired pizza called 'the Currizza'Washington, Jan 14 - Good news for all the Indian food and pizza lovers in the UK, as now they can have both in just one.

Entrepreneur and chef Dave Gannon has introduced the UK's first ever curry pizza, called the Currizza, which had started only as an experimental snack for the staff at his Indian restaurant in the French ski resort of Chamonix, the Daily Star reported.

But in 2013, Gannon launched the Curry Dave range, which now produces 10,000 Currizzas a week, and has launched new stores in Tesco stores.


Repressing anger about important matters makes negotiators lose focus

Repressing anger about important matters makes negotiators lose focusWashington, Jan 14 - A new study has suggested that it is not always cool to stay cool for negotiators during a heated meeting, since they lose the focus of discussions.

Researchers of the University of New South Wales in Australia examined how and when anger suppression affects negotiators' mental states and indirectly also their performance. The study is also one of the first to consider the role that the source of anger plays in negotiations.


No fixes for IE on Microsoft Patch Tuesday this month

No fixes for IE on Microsoft Patch Tuesday this monthWashington, Jan 14 : The January 2015 edition of Microsoft Patch Tuesday contains no fixes for the Microsoft Explorer browser.

According to PC World, to date, almost every Patch Tuesday has come with a fix for Explorer, which has long been a target for abuse by malicious attackers.

Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer of security vendor Qualys, said that the lack of fixes for IE was surprising, adding that the one common feature in every Patch Tuesday was that Internet Explorer would get patched.


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