How 'geckos' move comfortably on steep, smooth downhill surfaces

How 'geckos' move comfortably on steep, smooth downhill surfaces Washington, Oct 15 : A new study has provided deeper insight into how geckos alter foot orientation during downhill locomotion.

Found in warm regions of the world, geckos are extremely capable of climbing up steep, smooth surfaces. To do so, they employ an adhesive system, a key evolutionary innovation that facilitates climbing vertically, and even in inverted positions.

On the underside of their toes are "setae," millions of very fine hair-like structures, which provide increased surface area and close contact between the foot and the surface on which it rests.


Iran Parliament chief warns air strikes alone will not destroy IS in Iraq, Syria

Iran Parliament chief warns air strikes alone will not destroy IS in Iraq, SyriaWashington, Oct 15 : While touting Iran's "good experience" in fighting terrorism, Iranian Parliament head has reportedly said that air strikes alone would not be enough to destroy the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.

Ali Larijani , chairman of the Parliament of Iran, said that terrorists cannot be destroyed by "dropping bombs on their heads" and remarked that Iran knows it because they have fought terrorists in the past, reported the CNN.


Prolonged use of touch-screens keyboards leads to chronic shoulder problems

Prolonged use of touch-screens keyboards leads to chronic shoulder problemsWashington, Oct 15 : A new study has revealed that using touch-screen keyboards on tablet computers for long periods of time could lead to chronic shoulder problems.

The study found that touch screen, or virtual, keyboards, which lack a feedback mechanism indicating a key has been pressed, require less typing force and finger-muscle activity than conventional keyboards, but tablet users must keep their fingers hovering above the keyboard to avoid accidentally activating the keys, Fox News reported.


Darwin's 1857 letter, Vintage Apple1 from 1976 to be auctioned

Darwin's 1857 letter, Vintage Apple1 from 1976 to be auctionedWashington, Oct 14 : A letter by Charles Darwin on the sex life of barnacles and a still-working vintage Apple computer from 1976 has been put up for auction.

In the letter, Darwin said that he wanted to learn more about the sex act of barnacles, such things as "were the specimens under water at times" and "if the recipient was in full vigor," the Washington Post reported.


Now, 'iPhone-controlled' vibrator that you can turn on from anywhere

Now, 'iPhone-controlled' vibrator that you can turn on from anywhereNew York, Oct 14 : A new vibrator has been developed that can be controlled by your iPhone, allowing you to turn it on from anywhere.

The We-Vibe 4 Plus claims to be the first hands-free device out there and can easily fit under clothing, the New York Post reported.

To access it, both partners download the free We-Vibe 4 Plus app from the iTunes App Store and register the vibrator.

When your partner asks to connect you can the link that enables them to control the device and he or she can choose from various vibrations, such as "peak" or "bounce."

The U-shaped toy, which is just three inches long, costs 179 dollars. (ANI)


Why Himalayan glaciers are expanding instead of shrinking

Why Himalayan glaciers are expanding instead of shrinkingWashington, Oct 14 - Scientists' observations in the Karakoram region have revealed that the glaciers there were stable, and snowfall is increasing instead of decreasing.

The researchers found that while precipitation is increasing across the Himalayas, most of this moisture drops in the summer - except in Karakoram, where snow dominates the scene, Discovery News reported.

Study researcher Sarah Kapnick, a postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric and ocean sciences at Princeton University, gave reasoning for why you can have increased snowfall in a region and have increased glaciers or stable glaciers in a warming world.


Now, 'Smart' lithium-ion battery that warns before it overheats and explodes

Now, 'Smart' lithium-ion battery that warns before it overheats and explodesWashington, Oct 14 - Scientists in Stanford University have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames.

The battery is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices, as well as a growing number of cars and airplanes.

Yi Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford, said that they wanted to create an early-warning system that saves lives and property.


Now, boob dance based on beats of Mozart's classic Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Now, boob dance based on beats of Mozart's classic Eine Kleine NachtmusikWashington, Oct 14 - A model X recently took to YouTube to bounce her boobs on the Mozart song " Eine Kleine Nachtmusik."

Sara X, who was criticized by people claiming that her routine was fake, said on a Facebook post that while her boobs are very fake, the video is very real, as she is flexing her muscles, which is moving her implants, Huffington Post reported.

The video, which has gone viral, has already crossed 1.9 million views on YouTube.(ANI)


French professor famed for work on monopolies awarded Nobel Prize in economics

French professor famed for work on monopolies awarded Nobel Prize in economicsWashington, Oct 14 - French economist Jean Tirole has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Memorial Prize in economics for his outstanding analysis on monopolies created by powerful companies and ways to regulate them.

A former MIT student, Tirole now works as the head of economics at Toulouse University, France.

Tirole has spent the last 30 years studying how a small number of large firms can dominate markets and the damage that can do-and how governments should respond, CNN reports.


Now, batteries that charge 70 percent in just 2 minutes

Now, batteries that charge 70 percent in just 2 minutesWashington, Oct 14 - Researchers in Singapore have come up with a new battery which could be charged 70 percent in just 2 minutes, which would allow electric cars to fuel up as fast as petrol-diesel cars.

According to CNET, scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have created a lithium ion battery, using a titanium dioxide gel, that can get up to a 70 percent charge in just 2 minutes and can allegedly last up to 20 years.


Australian scientists bring quantum computing closer to reality

Australian scientists bring quantum computing closer to realityWashington, Oct 13 : Australian scientists have made a breakthrough and found distinct solutions that would make super powerful quantum computing a reality.

Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia created two types of quantum bits, or "qubits" - the building blocks for quantum computers - that each process quantum data with an accuracy above 99 percent.


Human Rights Watch urges Bangladesh not to lower marriage age

Human Rights Watch urges Bangladesh not to lower marriage ageNew York Oct 13 : Human Rights Watch (HRW) today said the Bangladeshi Government should set 18 as the minimum age for marriage to comply with international prohibitions against child marriage as it claimed that the proposed revisions would reverse the stated government aims to reduce child marriage.

Media reports indicate that the Prime Minister's Cabinet is considering a revision to the law to make 16 the minimum age of marriage for girls. The minimum age for men would be 18.


IS may soon seize control of 350 miles of territory from Baghdad's doorstep to Raqqa

IS may soon seize control of 350 miles of territory from Baghdad's doorstep to RaqqaWashington, Oct 13 : As the Islamic State (IS) advances through a strategic town on the border of Syria and Turkey and an entire province on Baghdad's border, Falleh al-Issawi, Anbar Provincial Council's deputy head has warned that the group may soon seize control over 350 miles of territory beginning from the perimeter of Iraq's capital to Raqqa in Syria, a report said.

Leaders in Iraq's Anbar province have pleaded the United States to send ground troops to prevent the group's rapid, relentless assault, reported the CNN.


Turkey agrees to permit US-led coalition to use its territory to take on IS

Turkey agrees to permit US-led coalition to use its territory to take on ISWashington, Oct 13 - United States President Barack Obama's administration has reportedly said that Turkey has agreed to allow the U.S.-led coalition to use its military bases for taking on the Islamic State (IS) and to use its territory as part of a training program for Syrian opposition fighters.

The announcement came on Sunday and was welcomed by Susan E. Rice, Obama's National Security Adviser, reported The Washington Post.


Black adolescents 21 times more likely to be killed by police than whites in America: Study

Black adolescents 21 times more likely to be killed by police than whites in America: StudyWashington, Oct 13 : A new study by ProPublica, following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, reveals that black males between the age of 15 to 19 are 21 times more likely to be killed by police than white teenagers in America.

The study says that black teenagers were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million while white adolescents' rate dropped to 1.47 deaths per million.

ProPublica is an independent public interest news organization that published the recent study called 'Deadly Force in Black and White'.


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