Amount of galaxy's mysterious dark matter determines size of black hole

Amount of galaxy's mysterious dark matter determines size of black hole

Washington, Feb. 19 - A new study has provided a deeper insight into how the amount of galaxy's mysterious dark matter determines the size of its central black hole.

The research of football-shaped collections of stars called elliptical galaxies provides new insights into the connection between a galaxy and its black hole. It finds that the invisible hand of dark matter somehow influences black hole growth.

This connection was likely to be related to how elliptical galaxies grow. An elliptical galaxy would be formed when smaller galaxies merge, their stars and dark matter mingling and mixing together. Because the dark matter outweighs everything else, it molds the newly formed elliptical galaxy and guides the growth of the central black hole.


Workplace bullying can become vicious cycle for anxious victims

Workplace bullying can become vicious cycle for anxious victims

Washington, Feb 19 - A new research has revealed that bullying people at work, breaks the victims down and makes them an easy target for further abuse.

The study led by University Of East Anglia explained that bullying victims get anxious and short of confidence to stand up for themselves and at the end becomes more vulnerable to further harassment.

Dr Ana Sanz Vergel, from UEA's Norwich Business School said that the findings explained that the relationship between workplace bullying and the psychological impact on victims was much more complex than expected.


Algae may harbor malaria cure

Algae may harbor malaria cure

Washington, Feb 19 - A team of scientists has produced malaria vaccine candidate from algae that prevents transmission of the malaria parasite from host to mosquito.

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine used algae as a mini-factory to produce a malaria parasite protein, which paired with an immune-boosting cocktail suitable for use in humans, generated antibodies in mice that nearly eliminated mosquito infection by the malaria parasite.

Senior author Joseph M. Vinetz said that most malaria vaccine approaches are aimed at preventing humans from becoming infected when bitten by mosquitos that carry the parasite, but their approach is to prevent transmission of the malaria parasite from infected humans to mosquitoes.


Drug for macular degeneration reverses blindness caused by diabetes

Drug for macular degeneration reverses blindness caused by diabetes

Washington, Feb 19 - A new research has revealed that ranibizumab, a prescription drug, commonly used to treat age-related vision loss or macular degeneration, also reverses vision loss caused by diabetes among Hispanic and non-Hispanic whites.

Diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema are the leading causes of vision loss in working-age adults in the United States, according to the National Eye Institute.

Laser surgery is the standard treatment for advanced stages of the disease, characterized by blurred vision, but previous research has shown that only 30 percent of patients saw improvement in their vision.


Indian-American appointed as US Special Envoy and Coordinator

Indian-American Rashad Hussain

Washington - Indian-American Rashad Hussain has been appointed Special Envoy and Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications to expand global engagement and partnerships of the US to counter violent extremism, the state department has said.

37-year-old Hussain is currently the Special Envoy of the US to Organisation for Islamic Countries (OIC).

He will also serve as Coordinator of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, established at the direction of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010 to coordinate, orient, and inform government-wide strategic communications focused on violent extremists and terrorist organisations.


Osama bin Laden wanted to rebrand al Qaeda: White House

Osama bin Laden wanted to rebrand al Qaeda: White House

Washington: Frustrated over al Qaeda's recognition as a global terror outfit, its chief Osama bin Laden wanted to change the name of the group to identify it more closely with Islam before he was killed by US special forces in Pakistan, the White House has said.

"He (bin Laden) even contemplated, in those writings, changing the name of al Qaeda to try to more closely identify it with Islam," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, referring to the treasure trove of information recovered from the Abbottabad hide out of the al Qaeda leader.


A man's fingers can predict how heal care for women

A man's fingers can predict how heal care for women

Washington, Feb 19 - A new study has shed light on a link between relative lengths of index and ring fingers in men and behavior towards women.

The study conducted by Mcgill University showed that men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards women, and this unexpected phenomenon stems from the hormones these men have been exposed to in their mother's womb.

Men's index fingers are generally shorter than their ring fingers. The difference is less pronounced in women. Previous research has found that digit ratio defined as the second digit length divided by the fourth digit length is an indication of the amount of male hormones, chiefly testosterone, someone has been exposed to as a fetus: the smaller the ratio, the more male hormones.


Reports of US not sharing info with Israel on Iran untrue: WH

Josh Earnest

Washington : The White House today refuted reports that the US is not sharing information with Israel over its negotiations with Tehran on the controversial nuclear programme.

"I know that there were some initial reports that indicated that the US is no longer communicating with our allies in Israel about the ongoing negotiations with Iran. That obviously is false," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

He said: "There are any number of meetings that have taken place in recent weeks and are scheduled for the weeks ahead that indicate the continued close communication and coordination between US national security officials and their Israel counterparts."


US government announces plans to counteract IS' propaganda on social media

US government announces plans to counteract IS' propaganda on social media

Washington, Feb 18 : The United States government has announced plans to counteract IS' propaganda on social media wherein the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications will manage Twitter accounts across the government and also coordinate with Muslim academics, scholars, and community leaders who oppose IS to leave a stronger impact on the militant group.

According to the Verge, the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications was created in 2011 to coordinate such communications.

A new group, called the Information Coordination Cell will be tasked with the efforts in the new operation on the social media.

The plan is expected to be detailed this week at a broad level.


BlackBerry files fresh lawsuit against Ryan Seacrest's keyboard startup

BlackBerry files fresh lawsuit against Ryan Seacrest's keyboard startup

Washington, Feb 18 - Blackberry has once again filed a lawsuit against Ryan Seacrest's keyboard startup Typo over alleged theft of designs and patents.

According to the Verge, the company is now suing Typo over the Typo 2, claiming that the case maker has once again copied its designs and patents.

The complaint reportedly reads that The Typo2 Keyboard still blatantly copies BlackBerry's iconic keyboard trade dress designs that have been embodied in numerous BlackBerry smartphones from the 2007 BlackBerry 8800 to the current Q10 and Classic models

Blackberry is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop Typo from selling the new case, the report said. (ANI)


Libyan ambassador says IS grew strong due to international disengagement post Qaddafi's fall

Libyan ambassador says IS grew strong due to international disengagement

Washington, Feb 18 - Libya's ambassador to the US said that the Islamic State militants in the country grew strong following international disengagement after the fall of former ruler Muammar Qaddafi .

According to FOX News, Ibrahim Dabbashi also expressed skepticism that the international community has the will to militarily get involved again in Libya.

The statement came as the terror group released a video online showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants on Libyan beaches.

Libya is yet to seek international military aid to fight the terror group.

Dabbashi said that the most important thing right now is to lift the arms embargo on Libya so that the national army has the means to battle Islamic State.


Now, new tool to help Twitterati make 'the perfect tweet'

Now, new tool to help Twitterati make 'the perfect tweet'

Washington, Feb 18 : A new tool developed by researchers after a thorough study will now help the Twitterati to construct the " perfect tweet ."

A study backed by the National Science Foundation and Google used an algorithm to thoroughly analyse the sentence constructions, rhetoric and keywords that makes certain tweets get more attention than others. The findings were then used to create a tool that weighed two wordings of the same tweet to ascertain a percentage chance that one is likely to be more popular than the other, reported Mashable.

According to researchers, politely requesting followers to retweet can go a long way in pushing the popularity curve of a tweet. Words like, "please," "pls," "plz" and "retweet" topped the list of factors that constitute a successful tweet.


115-year-old woman credits 'raw eggs, no men' for longevity

Emma Morano

Washington, Feb 18 - Three raw eggs per day and no men is the secret to longevity, claims 115 year-old woman named Emma Morano.

The Italian woman, who's believed to be the oldest living European and the 5th oldest person in the world, said that she has been single for the last 77 years ever since her first marriage ended in 1938, and it was what had made her live to this age, Fox News reported.

According to the reports Morano has been following a doctor's long-ago advice to consume 3 raw eggs a day (since reduced to two), which makes for a tally of around 100,000 eggs over her long life.


Mashable announces foray into India in partnership with India.com

Mashable announces foray into India in partnership with India.com

Washington, Feb 18 : U. S.-headquartered news portal Mashable has announced its foray into India with the creation of Mashable India in partnership with India. com.

The company will be setting up an editorial team in New Delhi and Mumbai and launching its dedicated site for Mashable india .

Mashable's mission, since 2005, has been to chronicle the technology and social media trends across the world and its impact in the global transformation.

According to Mashable, the juxtaposition of digital media and technology with culture and society give Mashable a natural place for growth.

Mashable said that India ranks among its top five markets across the world that shows that the Indian audience is eager for Mashable content. (ANI)


China building new islands in disputed South China Sea, new analysis shows

China building new islands in disputed South China Sea, new analysis shows

Washington, Feb 18 - China is building new islands with helipads, airstrips, harbors and facilities to support troops in disputed waters in the South China Sea through land reclamation, new analysis shows.

According to CNN, satellite images show that China is reclaiming a significant amount at three sites in the Spratly Islands along with two other sites.

According to an editor, it is "a methodical, well-planned campaign" to build sea and are capable fortresses across the Spratly Islands chain centre.

According to reports, in November, China was building an "air strip capable" island at least 3,000 meters long on Fiery Cross Reef.


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