George W. Bush's daughter honours him as 'Father of the Year'

Washington, June 19 : George W. Bush has been honoured by daughter as 'Father of the Year.'

During the 74th Annual Father of the Year Awards luncheon at the New York Hilton hotel, Barbara, made the presentation, with the former US President becoming one of three men receiving the title ahead of Father's Day, reported Fox News.

Bush got emotional as he took the award and paid tribute to his own father, former President George H. W. Bush.

Meanwhile, Morris Goldfarb, the head of the G-III Apparel Group also received recognition from the National Father's Day Committee, and David Gonzales of Jacksonville, Florida, was honoured as the Ashok Sani "All-Star" dad.

It recognises a special father who is committed to both his own children and his community.


Scientists identify 'active volcanism' on Venus

Scientists identify 'active volcanism' on Venus

Washington, June 19 - Scientists have discovered hot lava flows on Venus, providing evidence for active volcanism on Earth's neighbour planet.

ESA's Venus Express, which completed its eight-year study of the planet last year, used a near-infrared channel of the spacecraft's Venus Monitoring Camera (VMC) to map thermal emission from the surface through a transparent spectral window in the planet's atmosphere, and spotted localised changes in surface brightness between images taken only a few days apart.

Lead author Eugene Shalygin from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany said that they had now witnessed several events where a spot on the surface suddenly gets much hotter, and then cools down again.


Spiral galaxy`s supermassive black hole weighed for 1st time

Spiral galaxy`s supermassive black hole weighed for 1st time

Washington, Jun 19 - Scientists have for the first time measured the precise mass of a black hole at center of distant spiral galaxy.

In a new proof-of-concept observation, astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to measured the mass of the supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 1097, a barred spiral galaxy located approximately 45 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Fornax.

The researchers determined that this galaxy harbors a black hole 140 million times more massive than our Sun. In comparison, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way is a lightweight, with a mass of just a few million times that of our Sun.


Sharp introduces a new type of screen to make smartphones thinner and lighter

Sharp introduces a new type of screen to make smartphones thinner and lighter

Washington, June 18 : Japanese multinational corporation Sharp has introduced a new type of screen that it has begun manufacturing.

According to Techcrunch.com, the company's 'in-cell type touch displays,' which they said combine the LCD and touch sensor that are generally fitted separately on mobile devices. Sharp said that by putting them both together frees up space for phone makers to add additional things.

The company was quoted, as saying that the in-cell type touch display has the touch sensor function built into the LCD, thus enabling thinner and lighter displays. This also gives more design freedom to smart-phone manufacturers.

Initially, these displays are for mobile phones. Sharp has planned to develop them for tablets and PCs in the near future.


Google unveils redesigned Google Trends that shows data in real-time

Google unveils redesigned Google Trends that shows data in real-time

Washington, June 18 : Google has launched a redesigned version of Google Trends that brings real-time data to the service.

According to TechCrunch.com, the new design mostly follows Google's own Material Design guidelines, the design language the company announced about a year ago and that is now being used into most of its mobile and web products.

The new homepage of Google Trends is now available in 28 countries and Google says it will add more locations in the next few months.

Google will now also provide a real-time list of trending stories and additional information on the improved Trends search page.


Skype's translator rolls out support for French and German languages

Skype's translator rolls out support for French and German languages

Washington, June 18 : Microsoft has released support for French and German for its Skype Translator app.

With the release of these two languages, brings the total number of languages supported by Skype to six, with English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish. This is nearly 30 percent of the world's native speakers.

According to The Verge, Skype Translator works by using a modified version of the Skype Windows 8 app to translate spoken words into text or audio. The software was first introduced back in December during an early preview and while there were a few translation issues, it works well enough to hold a conversation in a language user does not understand.


Kindle launches a new Paperwhite E-Reader with a new easier to read font

Kindle launches a new Paperwhite E-Reader with a new easier to read font

Washington, June 18 : Amazon has announced a new paper-white e-reader.

The new e-reader has a 6-inch 300ppi display and a new font and book layout system that will make it easier to read the text. The new Paperwhite e-reader will be available at USD 119.

According to the TechCrunch.com, the reader is available for pre-order now and will ship on June 30.

The e-reader also includes a backlight and is available with or without cellular data and Amazon's advertisement offers. The WAN model costs USD 209 without special offers.

Like the previous Paper-white this one also has a bright, almost white glare-free screen inside a slab of black plastic, but this model has twice as many pixels as the previous version and will display laser quality text.


Mantis shrimp inspires 'stronger' body armor, athletic gear design

Mantis shrimp inspires 'stronger' body armor, athletic gear design

Washington, June 18 : Mantis shrimp has inspired the scientists to create new range of stronger aerospace and automotive frames, body armor and athletic gear like football helmet.

According to a new research paper by University of California, Riverside and Purdue University engineers, the mantis shrimp is able to repeatedly pummel the shells of prey using a hammer-like appendage that can withstand rapid-fire blows by neutralizing certain frequencies of "shear waves."

This spiral architecture is naturally designed to survive the repeated high-velocity blows.

David Kisailus said that with this novel concept, they could make composite materials able to filter certain stress waves that would otherwise damage the material.


After black, now there's a 'red burger' by Japanese Burger King

After black, now there's a 'red burger' by Japanese Burger King

Washington, June 18 : As if black wasn't a bit weird enough, Burger King Japan is now introducing a new burger in bright red color.

Called "Aka Samurai Chicken," the sandwich has red buns, bright red cheese and a red sauce made from miso and hot pepper, and will be launched on July 3, priced at 4.40 dollars, reported E! Online.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the food chain had used tomato powder in its buns and cheese to give the bright red color.

They are also offering an Aka Samurai Beef burger.

Burger King U.S. congratulated Japan on the innovation writing "Now that is a pretty, pretty burger."

However, customer reactions were a bit mixed up as while some found it "gross," others said "When are they bringing these to America I need pretty pattys in my life." (ANI)


Dropbox rolls out File Requests feature which lets anyone upload files to an account

Dropbox rolls out File Requests feature which lets anyone upload files to an acc

Washington, June 18 : Dropbox has released a new feature that will allow people without an account of their own to share files with Dropbox users.

According to the TechCrunch.com, the new feature is called the 'File Requests,' gives anyone the user ask the ability to upload files into your Dropbox account, into a folder of their choosing. Using a simple interface on Dropbox.com/requests, user can specify what file or files they are looking for and they are then provided a link they can distribute or can select the option to have Dropbox send a request email on their behalf.


CEO Evan Spiegel erases his Tweets to better explain Snapchat

CEO Evan Spiegel erases his Tweets to better explain Snapchat

Washington, June 18 - A day after Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel starred in a low-fi video aimed at explaining his social network to old people, he has now cleared his Twitter account of every single tweet but one in order to better explain the concept behind his app that focuses on 'instant expression' and living in the present.

In the video, he had said that instant expression should tell people who you are right now, which is what the self-destructive messaging service did. He used pen and paper to explain the concept to people that stressed on the idea of living in the present, reports The Verge.


'Bashful' black hole in neighboring galaxy revealed

'Bashful' black hole in neighboring galaxy revealed

Washington, Jun 18 : Astronomers have detected what they believe is the long-sought radio emission coming from a supermassive black hole at the center of one of our closest neighboring galaxies, using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA).

The elliptical galaxy, called Messier 32 (M32), with little star formation is a satellite of the Andromeda Galaxy, our own Milky Way's giant neighbor. About 2.5 million light-years from Earth, M32 is much smaller than either the Milky Way or Andromeda.

Supermassive black holes are found at the cores of most galaxies, and as those black holes draw in matter from their surroundings, jets of material propelled to speeds close to that of light by the black holes often generate radio waves detectable with radio telescopes.


White gunman kills nine in South Carolina's African-American church

White gunman kills nine in South Carolina's African-American church

Washington, June 18 - At least nine people have been killed in a gun attack at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reports state that a white gunman entered the church and opened fire during a Bible study class.

The shooting took place on Wednesday evening and the attacker is still absconding, reported the CNN.

Noting that the killing could have been a hate crime, Mayor Joe Riley said that there couldn't have been any other reason for someone to walk into a church and shoot people who were praying. (ANI)


Here's when 'yes' should mean 'no' and 'no' 'yes'

Here's when 'yes' should mean 'no' and 'no' 'yes'

Washington, Jun 18 - Researchers have explained what we don't understand about the words "yes" and "no," which may seem like two of the easiest expressions to understand in any language, but they aren't.

Two linguists examine the workings of "yes" and "no" and show that understanding them leads to new insights concerning the understanding of questions and statements more generally.

Floris Roelofsen (University of Amsterdam) and Donka F. Farkas (UC - Santa Cruz) provide a comprehensive account of "polarity particles," as these words are called, across languages, and explain the intricate pattern of their distribution.


Humans, like pigeons, use 3-D sense of smell as 'radar'

Humans, like pigeons, use 3-D sense of smell as 'radar'

Washington, June 18 - Humans too, like homing pigeons, navigate but through their sense of smell.

New research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that while humans may lack the scent-tracking sophistication of a search-and-rescue dog, we can sniff our way, blindfolded, toward a location whose scent we've smelled only once before.

This is the first time smell-based navigation has been field-tested on humans, and the results evoke a GPS-like superpower one could call an "olfactory positioning system."


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