New technique lets you capture entire brain's activity in a snapshot

New technique lets you capture entire brain's activity in a snapshot

Washington D. C, May 29 - A team of researchers at Rockefeller University has come up with a new technique that can capture a detailed snapshot of global activity in the mouse brain.

Study author Nicolas Renier of the Rockefeller University said that they wanted to develop a technique that would show the level of activity at the precision of a single neuron, but at the scale of the whole brain.

The new method takes a picture of all the active neurons in the brain at a specific time. The mouse brain contains dozens of millions of neurons and a typical image depicts the activity of approximately one million neurons, said Marc Tessier-Lavigne. "The purpose of the technique is to accelerate our understanding of how the brain works."


70 ISIS fighters killed in Falluja: US

70 ISIS fighters killed in Falluja: US

Washington, May 28 : The U. S. military has said that its coalition strikes have killed 70 Islamic State militants including the group's commander during the bid to recapture the city of Falluja.

Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman for the US-led military campaign against ISIS said Maher al-Bilawi, commander of Islamic State fighters in Falluja, was killed on Wednesday, reports the Guardian.

He said that over the past four days, the coalition had carried out 20 strikes in support of the campaign.

Meanwhile, a Shia militia leader reportedly said the final battle to recapture the Islamic State stronghold near Baghdad will start in days, not weeks.


Pak. can help U.S. destabilise Taliban: Senator Bob Corker

Pak. can help U.S. destabilise Taliban: Senator Bob Corker

Washington, May 28 : U. S Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has said that Pakistan's support can help destabilise the Taliban far more rapidly than U. S. military operations alone could.

Senator Corker asserted that while Mullah Mansour's elimination was an important victory in the fight against terror, such strikes alone could not achieve the desired result of uprooting the Taliban movement.

"If Pakistan would play a more constructive role, we could destabilise the Taliban far more rapidly," Dawn quoted him as saying.

He is the same senator who blocked U. S. financing for the F-16 sale to Pakistan.


Zuckerberg to call ISS astronauts via Facebook Live

Zuckerberg to call ISS astronauts via Facebook Live

Washington, May 28 : Taking connectivity to a new high, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will speak with three astronauts currently living and working aboard the International Space Station on June 1, NASA said in a statement.

Yoo too could watch the Earth-to-space call live on NASA's Facebook page.

During the 20-minute Facebook Live video call with NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams, and the ESA's (European Space Agency's) Tim Peake, Zuckerberg will ask questions submitted on NASA's Facebook page by its users.

Some of the questions already posted on the Facebook page include-- How long will it take for foods to rot in ISS? Will the ISS ever become privately owned when decommissioned ?


Duke, Duchess of Cambridge'a snap 'glows' on thank you card

Duke, Duchess of Cambridge'a snap 'glows' on thank you card

Washington D.C., May27 : As a part of a thank you note to U.K. royal photographer Paul Ratcliffe for wishing on their fifth wedding anniversary, Kate Middleton and Prince William sent a "perfect" portrait to him.

Radcliffe took to his Twitter handle to share the snap and wrote alongside, "Lovely thank you card received from TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge for their 5th Wedding anniversary," reports Us Magazine.

The image showed the happy couple posing in a garden.

In the photo, 34-year-old Duchess dons a mint green pleated skirt and matching 3/4-sleeve tweed jacket, with her hair down in loose curls around her shoulders.

On other hand, the 33-year-old Prince is seen wearing a blue suit, white dress shirt, and a cornwall blue tie.


Pakistan should completely stop support to terror to boost ties: PM Narendra Modi

Pakistan should completely stop support to terror to boost ties: PM Narendra Mod

Washington: Indo-Pak ties can "truly scale great heights" if Pakistan removes the "self-imposed" obstacle of terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he asked Islamabad to play its part by putting a complete stop to any kind of support to terrorism - "whether state or non-state".

"In my view, our ties can truly scale great heights once Pakistan removes the self-imposed obstacle of terrorism in the path of our relationship."

"We are ready to take the first step, but the path to peace is a two-way street," Modi told The Wall Street Journal, in comments posted on its website today.

He said he has always maintained that instead of fighting with each other, India and Pakistan should together fight against poverty.

"Naturally we expect Pakistan to play its part," he said.


Raghuram Rajan's reappointment as RBI Governor should not be of media's interest: PM Modi

Raghuram Rajan's reappointment as RBI Governor should not be of media's interest

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the issue of reappointment of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan was an administrative subject and it should not be an issue of interest of the media, in his first comments in the wake of continuing attack on the top economist in recent months.

"I don't think this administrative subject should be an issue of interest to the media," Modi said.

"Besides, it will come up only in September," he told The Wall Street Journal, referring to the three-year term of Rajan which ends in September.

"Do you support the reappointment of Mr Rajan, the central bank governor? the Prime Minister was asked.


Trump secures numbers to clinch GOP nomination

Trump secures numbers to clinch GOP nomination

New York, May 27 : Donald Trump has reached the required numbers of delegates to clinch the GOP presidential nomination.

He has now reached the threshold of 1,237 delegates with the help of previously uncommitted delegates, who now support his candidacy.

Speaking at a news conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, the New York billionaire reveled in the fact that he had clinched his party's nomination before Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"Here I am watching Hillary fight and she can't close the deal," CNN quoted Trump as saying.

However, a handful of states, including California and New Jersey, will hold the final primaries on June 7.

The Republicans will finalise their nomination at a convention in July.


26/11 attacks: U.S. says it wants justice, asks Pak to 'cooperate' with India

26/11 attacks: U.S. says it wants justice, asks Pak to 'cooperate' with India

Washington D. C., May 27 : The United States has called on the Pakistan government to cooperate with the Indian authorities to fully investigate the deadly 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.

"We continue to urge the Pakistani Government to cooperate with the Indian authorities to fully investigate these attacks. It was a terrible tragedy. We want to see justice done and we continue to urge Pakistani cooperation," U. S State Department official spokesperson Mark Toner said in a press briefing.

Asserting that the U. S is continuing the process of having talks with Pakistan to address all terror outfits operating on their soil, Toner added that Islamabad must take cognizance of the matter.


US has been clear-eyed in talks with Pakistan on militants: State Department

US has been clear-eyed in talks with Pakistan on militants: State Department

Washington, May 26 : The U S State Department has said that Washington has been "very clear-eyed" in its interactions with Pakistan on the activities of militant groups based inside the country.

"We have been very clear-eyed and very clear in our interaction with Pakistan where we've believed that they need to do more to root out terrorists, who find safe haven on some of their territory, and we're going to continue to do that," Mark Toner, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson said.

Toner refused to acknowledge that the Washington no longer trusted Islamabad as an ally and conveyed US concerns on the alleged presence of certain 'terrorist' groups in Pakistan.


My government has undertaken maximum reforms since coming to power: PM Narendra Modi

My government has undertaken maximum reforms since coming to power: PM Narendra

Washington: Expecting the long-pending GST bill to get passed this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said any efforts to amend this law at central level are "over now" and it is up to individual states to pursue any changes.

Modi also hit out at critics who accuse him of failing to pursue "big bang" measures to revamp the Indian economy, saying his government has undertaken maximum reforms since coming to power in May 2014.

He said that many of the changes he has put in place would have been regarded by previous administrations as difficult to implement, but now that he has done them, to his critics they no longer qualify as "big bang".


Facebook bids goodbye to desktop ad exchange

Facebook bids goodbye to desktop ad exchange

Washington, May 26 : Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly planning to close FBX -- an ad exchange that allows advertisers to buy desktop ads, media reports said on Thursday.

According to Tech Crunch, Matt Idema, vice president of monetization product marketing at Facebook confirmed to them that this is part of Facebook's shift to mobile.

"Mobile is now a necessary component of effective marketing campaigns, and Facebook is helping millions of businesses understand their customers' purchase path across devices," he said.

"Dynamic Ads and Custom Audiences have mobile at their core and are delivering excellent results for businesses, so Facebook Exchange spending has shifted towards those solutions," he added.


Perks of being in the 'Trump' family!

Perks of being in the 'Trump' family!

Washington D.C., May 25 : Seems like the US elections will have a serious impact on the finale of 'Dancing With the Stars' (DWTS).

The show, which will have Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany, in the audience, is all set to get double police security, reports TMZ.

The 22-year-old daughter of the US Republican presidential candidate will be seen supporting her mother Marla Maples, who is a contestant this year.

While Tiffany has been to the studio before this season, the heightened security details come in wake of her dad officially being a Republican front-runner. (ANI)


Express more in 140 characters on Twitter soon

Express more in 140 characters on Twitter soon

New York, May 25 : Micro-blogging site Twitter is rolling out new features that will help its over 300 million users express even more in 140 characters.

In the coming months, it will make changes to simplify Tweets, including what counts toward your 140 characters. So for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos and polls) will no longer "use up" valuable characters.

"When replying to a tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group," Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday.


Donald Trump's Washington win overshadowed by protest

Donald Trump's Washington win overshadowed by protest

Washington, May 25 : Winning the Washington state primary on Tuesday, Donald Trump is less than ten delegates shy of clinching the Republican presidential nomination.

According to CNN estimates, winning at least 40 of Washington's delegates means the New York billionaire now has 1,229 of the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination.

Four more Washington delegates are still to be decided, which could add to Trump's total delegate count.

Following his decisive win in Indiana which forced his remaining rivals out of the race, he became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee earlier this month.

However, his victory was overshadowed on Tuesday night, as clashes between anti-Trump protesters and police outside his event in Albuquerque, New Mexico drew more attention.


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