Washington, April 18 - A maglev train in Japan has set a new world record for speed by going 590 kilometers (366 miles) per hour.
Central Japan Railway Co. announced the achievement after the company's seven-car train successfully finished a test run on an experimental track in Yamanashi prefecture, breaking a 12 year world record , the Verge reported.
The previous record was set at 581 kilometers (361 miles) per hour, in 2003.
However, a spokesman said that the record may not stand for long, as another test run was scheduled to happen, where the vehicle could reach the mark of 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles).
Washington, Apr 17 : Music streaming service Spotify announced that it is releasing a new form of ad targeting for brands.
According to thenextweb.com, the new form of ad targeting by Spotify allows them to use the context of what users are doing while listening to music in order to target them with tailored ads.
Spotify is taking help of the Echo Nest , the music analytics company which was acquired last year, to do this by using their data with them.
Spotify has about 1.5 billion playlists with over 60 million active monthly users. Around 45 million people are availing to the free version, so it is these people who will be the targets of the ads.
The service will be started from May 1.
Washington, Apr 17 : Microsoft is launching a new service that lets companies upload and share video content with their entire organizations on desktops and mobile devices called 'Office 365 Video'.
According to techradar.com, Office 365 Video is a free service with an enterprise Office 365 account.
The new service by Microsoft lets administrators create channels for various categories of videos and upload content with metadata so they're easy to browse in companies' video portals and in Delve.
Multiple versions with different resolutions are generated after a video is uploaded so they stream without any waiting for video to load.
Microsoft Office 365 Video will work on mobile phones, tablets, and desktops as it uses an HTML5 player
Washington, Apr 17 : The Solar Impulse 2, first experimental around the world solar-powered plane is stuck in China due to weather.
What was supposed to be an overnight pit stop in the southwestern city of Chongqing has now stretched into a two-and-a-half week stay, the CNN reported.
It's an unexpected layover that's testing the patience of the pilots and more than 60 team members, just a quarter of the way along a journey that will cover some 35,000 kilometers over five months.
The takeoff was canceled, because the cross winds in Nanjing, the plane's destination, were forecast to be too strong around its expected landing time.
Washington, Apr 17 : A new jumbo jet has been recently designed that looks like 'Star Wars' droid R2 - D2.
Japanese airliner ANA announced the new project, which was actually just a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that's been given droid wrappings, the Verge reported.
The design is not too much of a stretch, as both the Dreamliner and fictional R2-D2 share the confines of a tube enclosure.
ANA stated that this was part of a five-year "Star Wars Project" that would presumably bring more Star Wars-themed airliners into its fleet. (ANI)
Washington, April 17 : It turns out that the sweet treat you pour over your pancakes could make antibiotics more effective against bacteria.
According to the findings of the researchers at McGill University , combining the concentrated extract of maple syrup with common antibiotics could increase the microbes' susceptibility, leading to lower antibiotic usage. Overuse of antibiotics fuels the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria, which has become a major public-health concern worldwide.
Prof. Nathalie Tufenkji's research team prepared a concentrated extract of maple syrup that consists mainly of phenolic compounds. Maple syrup, made by concentrating the sap from North American maple trees, is a rich source of phenolic compounds.
Washington, Apr 17 : NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured images of sunlit North Pole of Ceres, it has been reported.
After spending more than a month in orbit on the dark side of dwarf planet Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has captured several views of the sunlit north pole of this intriguing world. These images were taken on April 10 from a distance of 21,000 miles, and they represent the highest-resolution views of Ceres to date.
Dawn arrived at Ceres on March 6, marking the first time a spacecraft has orbited a dwarf planet.
Ceres, with an average diameter of about 590 miles, is the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Washington, Apr 17 : Google rolled out a new service, which shows users links to download apps that have content which is relevant to their search.
The app-download links will appear alongside links to normal websites.
Once users has download the app that appears in search results, they simply have to click 'continue', Google will automatically bring them to the part of the app that is relevant to their search.
According to TechCrunch, the feature for now is only available with devices that run Google's Android operating system and not Apple's iPhones and iPads.
Washington, Apr. 17 - Yahoo has updated its Mail's contact cards to add support for Twitter and LinkedIn information.
According to the TechCrunch, the contact cards now display a person's most recent tweets, company, title, phone number and more.
Contact cards were first introduced as an enhancement to Yahoo Mail in March, after Google's revamp of its own Google Contacts service. The contact cards are used to offer additional data about the person user is emailing.
Yahoo says that it's now able to pull in names for email addresses as well as profile photos now with the help from its Twitter and LinkedIn partnership. It will also display links to these social profiles, in addition to Facebook and Yahoo's photo-sharing service Flickr.
Washington, Apr. 17 - A new analysis of meteorites from the Main Asteroid Belt revealed that moon is 4.5 billion years old.
The NASA-funded research team led by Dr. Bill Bottke of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), used numerical simulations to show that the giant impact likely created a disk near Earth that eventually coalesced to form the Moon, while ejecting huge amounts of debris completely out of the Earth-Moon system.
Washington, Apr. 17 - Photo-sharing app Instagram has introduced new community guidelines to control harassment and pornography.
According to the Verge, these were the biggest changes in the guidelines since Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012.
The move by Instagram came after critics complained that the rules were lax and enforced with double standards.
Nicky Jackson Colaco, director of public policy for Instagram said that the language in the guidelines is much stronger now. (ANI)
Washington, Apr. 17 - A new study has revealed that dead galaxies made stars on outskirts, but no longer in their interiors even 3 billion years after the Big Bang.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) for the first time analyzed how star formation in dead galaxies sputtered out billions of years ago.
Astronomers refer to these big galaxies as red and dead as they exhibit an ample abundance of ancient red stars, but lack young blue stars and show no evidence of new star formation.
Washington, Apr 17 : A new study has revealed that playing a wind instrument can help you lower the risk of sleep apnea.
European Lung Foundation's study found that wind instrument players have a reduced risk of developing obstructive sleep apnoea, suggesting that this could be considered beneficial to those individuals who are at high risk of developing it.
Researchers in India conducted lung function testing in 64 people who played a wind instrument and compared results to a control group of 65 people who did not play any wind instruments. All participants also completed the Berlin questionnaire, an established method used to assess the risk of sleep apnoea.
Washington, Apr 17 : Retro Yeti, a team of students from the University of Utah's Entertainment Arts and Engineering program have created a video game 404Sight which is based on net neutrality that has recently become a hot political topic.
According to the Verge, net neutrality is a slightly twisted name for a set of rules governing which companies can send which traffic at which speed from which carrier.
404Sight is a running game set in a surreal pastel manifestation of cyberspace, where bandwidth is life and "fast lanes" are hidden green strips that boost user's health and accelerate the pace.
Washington, Apr 17 : Based in Mauritius, Indian focused business enterprise Helion Venture Partners has raised 300 million dollars for startups in India.
According to TechCrunch, Helion is the latest company to raise money for investments in India.
With its new fund, Helion is targeting early to mid stage tech startups in India.
According to Helion co-founder Sanjeev Aggarwal, the fund is expected to last for three to four years.
Aggarwal said that the company resisted the temptation to raise more in order to stick to its niche in spite of the face that India's startup and investment scene has taken off in a major way this year. (ANI)
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