Turns out, early animals responsible for first mass extinction

Turns out, early animals responsible for first mass extinction

Washington D.C, Jul 30 : Newly-discovered fossil evidence from Namibia supports the theory that the world's first mass extinction was caused by " ecosystem engineers" - newly evolved biological organisms that altered the environment so radically it drove older species to extinction.

The event, known as the end-Ediacaran extinction, took place 540 million years ago. The earliest life on Earth consisted of microbes - various types of single-celled organisms. These held sway for more than 3 billion years, when the first multicellular organisms evolved. The most successful of these were the Ediacarans, which spread around the globe about 600 million years ago. They were a largely immobile form of marine life shaped like discs and tubes, fronds and quilted mattresses.


Modern day Indian Ocean Monsoon system's abrupt onset

Modern day Indian Ocean Monsoon system's abrupt onset

Washington D.C, Jul 30 - A team of researchers has pinpointed the abrupt onset of modern day Indian Ocean Monsoon system, offering some clues to future climate changes and sea-level rise.

Their study revealed the exact timing of the onset of the modern monsoon pattern in the Maldives 12.9 million years ago, and its connection to past climate changes and coral reefs in the region. The analysis of sediment cores provides direct physical evidence of the environmental conditions that sparked the monsoon conditions that exist today around the low-lying island nation and the Indian subcontinent.


Clinton, Kaine begins bus tour

Clinton, Kaine begins bus tour

Washington, July 30 : Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton along with her Vice President candidate Tim Kaine began a bus campaign that will take them through economically struggling regions of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The bus has the slogan "Stronger Together" written on it and its been painted a bright, royal blue, CBS News reported.

"This is the part of the campaign I really like," Kaine said at a joint rally in Philadelphia, the unofficial starting point of the tour.

"I don't like wearing a tie that much. I'd rather just go out and pound the pavement," the Virginia Senator added.


Hillary Clinton campaign 'hacked'

Hillary Clinton campaign 'hacked'

Washington, July 30 : Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign along with other Democratic Party organisations has been hacked as part of a larger cyber attack, law enforcement officials said on Friday night.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Justice Department has launched a probe against the latest hack that follows two data breaches involving the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DNCC), CNN reported.

"An analytics data programme maintained by the DNC, and used by our campaign and a number of other entities, was accessed as part of the DNC hack," said Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill.


Breastfed preemies tend to be smarter

Breastfed preemies tend to be smarter

Washington D.C, Jul 30 : Turns out, the longer a pre-term baby breastfeeds, the more he/she achieves in life.

A new study at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, which followed 180 pre-term infants from birth to age seven, found that babies who were fed more breast milk within the first 28 days of life had had larger volumes of certain regions of the brain at term equivalent and had better IQs, academic achievement, working memory and motor function.


President Barack Obama considers PM Narendra Modi good friend: White House

President Barack Obama considers PM Narendra Modi good friend: White House

Washington: US President Barack Obama considers Prime Minister Narendra Modi a good friend and the two countries have collaborated on a number of projects, the White House said on Friday.

"We are in close contact with the government of India. President Obama considers Prime Minister Modi a good friend. We've collaborated on a number of projects," White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters at his daily press conference.

Schultz was responding to a question on Chinese aggressive behaviour on South China Sea.


Clinton hits Trump for picture frames made in India

Clinton hits Trump for picture frames made in India

Philadelphia (US), July 29 : "Made in India" versus "Make in America" has emerged an election issue in the US.

Democratic Party's presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday night criticized her Republican rival Donald Trump for making in India the picture frames he sells under his brand.

In her speech accepting the party nomination on Thursday night here, one of her many criticisms of Trump was that while he has said he would bring back jobs to the US through a policy of Make in America, his own products were made abroad.

One of the products she cited were Trump picture frames made in India.


Microsoft to cut additional 2,850 jobs from smartphone sector

Microsoft to cut additional 2,850 jobs from smartphone sector

New York, July 29 : Hurt by a failed $7.6 billion Nokia experiment amid growing losses in the smartphone hardware business segment, Microsoft has announced to lay off an additional 2,850 workers to the previously 1,850 jobs it said it would cut.

In a regulatory filing, the tech giant said it will cut 4,700 jobs globally by the end of fiscal year 2017, PC World reported on Friday.

Last June, Microsoft had announced it will cut 7,400 jobs from the smartphone business unit.

Earlier in May, signalling the end of its Nokia experiment, Microsoft announced it was cutting 1,850 jobs and writing off $950 million of which $200 million will be used for severance payments.


Hillary Clinton accepts historic Democratic presidential nomination

Hillary Clinton accepts historic Democratic presidential nomination

Philadelphia, July 29 : Promising a populist agenda to build a better nation based on unity, Hillary Clinton on Thursday night aceppted the Democratic Party's historic presidential nomination making her the first women candidate of a major US party and challenged Republican rival Donald Trump on what she said was his message of hate and divisiveness.

"It is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise that I accept your nomination for President of the United States," Clinton said to thunderous applause at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia.

"Your cause is our cause," she declared as her party members waved placards and flags and roared their support. "Our country needs your ideas and commitment."


Trump wants to 'hit' Democrats for disparaging him

Trump wants to 'hit' Democrats for disparaging him

Washington, July 29 : Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, after hearing speeches at the ongoing Democratic National Convention (DNC), said he wanted to "hit a number of those speakers so hard, their heads would spin".

The Republican nominee zoomed in on one speaker especially, though he did not mention his name, CNN reported.

"I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy," Trump said on Thursday at a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa.

"I was going to hit this guy so hard his head would spin, he wouldn't know what the hell happened," CNN quoted Trump as saying.

The real estate mogul said this individual "came out of nowhere" and said had worked with Trump in the past.


I'm a very, very proud daughter: Chelsea Clinton

I'm a very, very proud daughter: Chelsea Clinton

Philadelphia, July 29 : Chelsea Clinton beamed with pride as she introduced her mother Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia where the former secretary of state will formally accept the presidential nomination.

"It is such an honour to be here tonight," she said. "I'm here as a proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother and, tonight, in particular, a very, very proud daughter," Politico reported.

Chelsea, 36, delivered a potent testimony of her mother, who will become the first woman in US history to accept the presidential nomination of a major political party.


History-maker Clinton accepts Democratic presidential nomination

History-maker Clinton accepts Democratic presidential nomination

Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), July 29 : Scripting history at the Democratic convention by becoming the first woman to accept the U.S. presidential nomination of a major political party, Hillary Clinton has said when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit and criticised her Republican opponent Donald Trump over his policy promises.

Clinton was welcomed with loud cheers as she entered the arena and embraced her daughter Chelsea, who introduced her as the next President of the United States.

"It is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise that I accept your nomination for President of the United States," CNN quoted her as saying at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.


Trump asks female reporter to 'be quiet'

Trump asks female reporter to 'be quiet'

Washington, July 28 : Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a live TV press conference asked a female reporter to "be quiet" following a heated discussion.

The incident occurred at the press conference in Florida on Wednesday, during which NBC News' correspondent Katy Tur asked the real estate mogul whether he had "any qualms about asking a foreign government, Russia, China, anybody, to interfere, to hack into a system of anybody in this country," the New York Magazine reported.

She pressed him, reading back one of his own quotes, to which he replied, "Well, they probably have (the emails). I'd like to have them released."


With strong quarter growth, Facebook hits over 1 bn users

With strong quarter growth, Facebook hits over 1 bn users

New York, July 28 : With a strong revenue and profit growth, social networking giant Facebook has added 60 million monthly users in the second quarter of 2016 to reach 1.71 billion users while scoring $6.44 billion in revenue - blowing the earlier estimates of $6.02 billion.

Its social network operation raked in $2.05 billion in profit compared to $719 million a year ago.

Wall Street on Thursday reacted to the positive earnings with a 7.5 per cent surge in Facebook's shares ($132 per share) in after-hours trading.

While daily active users (DAUs) were 1.13 billion on average for June - an increase of 17 per cent year-over-year, mobile DAUs were 1.03 billion on average for the same month - an increase of 22 per cent year-over-year.


Oil prices decline

Oil prices decline

New York, July 28 : Oil prices dropped on Wednesday as government data showed US crude stockpiles gained unexpectedly, deepening market concerns on oversupply.

The West Texas Intermediate for September delivery lost $1.00 to settle at $41.92 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for September delivery erased $1.40 to close at $43.47 a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its weekly report on Wednesday that US oil inventories rose 1.7 million barrels last week to 521.1 million barrels, ending a 7-week streak of declines and beating market consensus of a 2.3-million barrels decrease.


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