Top U.S. officials say IS militant group not immediate threat to country

Top U.S. officials say IS militant group not immediate threat to countryWashington, Sep 11 : Top U. S. intelligence officials said on Wednesday that the Islamic State (IS) militants do not pose an immediate threat to the country.

Meanwhile U. S. President Barack Obama is set to give a speech describing his strategies to combat the IS militants in Iraq and Syria.

The undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, Francis X Taylor said that the Department of Homeland Security does not know of any credible threat from the Islamic State.

However, Taylor warned that the IS group could launch attacks without warnings and constitutes a serious threat within the region, reported the Washington Post.


Google re-launches 'Person Finder' tool to locate people stranded in Kashmir

GoogleWashington, Sep 11 - Tech giant Google has reintroduced its web and SMS-based tool to help people locate their friends and family stranded in Kashmir, which is currently facing one of the worst floods in 60 years.

Google Person Finder, available in both English and Hindi, is an application that has been used time and again in disaster-hit areas to post and search for information about each other's status and whereabouts, and was created by volunteer Google engineers in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.


Facebook currently testing Snapchat-like feature that allows users to set expiry dates for posts: Report

FacebookWashington, Sep 11 - A report has revealed that Facebook has started to test a new feature, borrowed from Snapchat, which allows users to set their posts for deletion after a certain interval of time, anything from one hour to seven days.

According to The Verge, Facebook said that the feature was a "pilot" and was being tested only on their iPhone apps. It is only available to a few users like many other experiments it runs.

The social networking website also placed a brief Help page on its website that explained how to set an expiry date for a Facebook post.


Aggressive people's brains react lesser to violent media

Aggressive people's brains react lesser to violent media Washington, Sept 11 : A new research has found that people with aggressive traits react differently to exposure to violence.

The study, which was led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the NIH Intramural Program, featured brain scans which revealed that both watching and not watching violent images caused different brain activity in people with different aggression levels.

Lead investigator Nelly Alia-Klein said that they had hypothesized if people had aggressive traits to begin with, they would process violent media in a very different way as compared to non-aggressive people.


Groundwater may have helped ancestors to thrive, evolve

Groundwater may have helped ancestors to thrive, evolve Washington, Sep 11 - A new study has revealed that the ability to find the new groundwater sources during extremely dry periods in Africa millions of years ago may have helped ancient ancestors to survive and evolve as species.

The research combined the geological evidence from the Olduvai sedimentary basin in Northern Tanzania, which formed about 2.2 million years ago, and results from a hydrological model.


Dog breeds featured in movies more popular amongst people

Dog breeds featured in movies more popular amongst peopleWashington, Sept 11 - A new research has revealed that dog breeds gain more popularity from movies featuring them.

New study from the University of Bristol, the City University of New York, and Western Carolina University showed that movies' influence was strongest in the early twentieth century and has declined since.

The researchers used data from the American Kennel Club, which maintains the world's largest dog registry totaling over 65 million dogs, and analyzed a total of 87 movies that featured dogs.


Cyberbullying in children increases with age

Cyberbullying in children increases with ageWashington, Sept 11 - A new study has revealed that although verbal and physical bullying decreases as students grow older, cyberbullying increases.

According to the study, non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students' transition from elementary to middle school.


Significant 'X-class' solar flare erupts on Sun

Significant 'X-class' solar flare erupts on SunWashington, Sep 11 - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a major X1.6-class solar flare eruption event in the middle of the Sun on Sept. 10, 2014.

Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth 's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground. However, when intense enough, they could disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation.

The flare classified as an X1.6 class flare, where "X-class" denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength. (ANI)


Obama vows to ' degrade, and ultimately destroy' ISIS in Iraq, Syria

Barack ObamaWashington, Sep 11 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama has reportedly said that the United States will "degrade, and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism plan.

In a nationally televised address, Obama said on Wednesday that the campaign would entail "an escalated U. S. military role" and the formation of a broad international coalition to support the Iraqi forces and troops from other allies in countering the ISIS in Iraq and Syria, reported the BBC.

He also said that the U. S. airstrikes that have been targeting the jihadists in Iraq will also be expanded to cover ISIS targets in Syria.


Indian man admits to sexually touching sleeping woman on plane

US Attorney Paul FishmanNew York - A 62-year-old Indian man has pleaded guilty to sexually touching a woman seated next to him aboard a flight from Houston to Newark and faces two years in prison.

The accused, Devender Singh, a resident of Louisiana, admitted before US District Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark federal court to an information charging him with abusive sexual contact, US Attorney Paul Fishman said.

The charge carries a maximum potential penalty of two years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.


Serena Williams 'too tired' to appear on TV after partying all night with Wozniacki

Serena Williams 'too tired' to appear on TV after partying all night with WozniackiNew York, Sep 10 : World number one Serena Williams missed all of her TV appearances after winning the US Open championship as she was parting until the early hours of Monday with Caroline Wozniacki.

Williams was due to appear on NBC's 'Today' and ABC's ' Good Morning America' followed by 'Live With Kelly and Michael' with her trophy on Monday after bagging her 18th Grand Slam title.


Sharing pain brings people closer

Sharing pain brings people closerWashington, Sept 10 : A new study has revealed that pain may actually have positive social consequences, acting as a sort of "social glue" that fosters cohesion and solidarity within groups.

According to researchers, the findings show that pain is a particularly powerful ingredient in producing bonding and cooperation between those who share painful experiences, which explains why camaraderie may develop between soldiers or others who share difficult and painful experiences.


New digital mapping helps researchers discover 'unseen' archaeology of Stonehenge

 StonehengeWashington, Sep 10 : Researchers have discovered many previously unknown archaeological monuments around Stonehenge through a new digital map.

The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, led by the University of Birmingham in conjunction with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, would be the largest project of its kind.

Remote sensing techniques and geophysical surveys have discovered hundreds of new features which now form part of the most detailed archaeological digital map of the Stonehenge landscape ever produced.


Twitter sees mixed reactions on iPhone 6, Apple Watch launch

Twitter sees mixed reactions on iPhone 6, Apple Watch launchWashington, Sep 10 : Apple launched its much anticipated products, the iPhone 6 and the Apple watch on Tuesday which raised mixed reactions on Twitter.

Some users expressed that they are desperately waiting for the watch, some cracked some jokes about the products, while there were some people who criticized the products.

One of the users posted on Twitter that 'I just want to buy the iPhone 6. Where is it why is it not here yet. I can't wait another hour' while another wrote that 'Oh iPhone 6... I can't wait to meet you!'


Tim Cook believes Steve Jobs would be smiling on Apple's achievements

Tim Cook believes Steve Jobs would be smiling on Apple's achievementsWashington, Sep 10 : Apple CEO Tim Cook remembers Steve Job on the launch of the iPhone 6, and he believes that Jobs would be smiling for Apple's achievement.

Tim Cook said that they have launched the biggest advancement in the history of iPhones.

Cook made the big unveiling announcement from the Flint Center stage in Cupertino, the same stage where the company's late co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled the Mac computer 30 years ago.

Cook said that he thinks about Steve a lot. He loves Steve dearly and there's not a day that goes by that he doesn't think about him, and at the launch he especially thought about him.


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