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Ex-Guatemala president sentenced in US for money laundering

Ex-Guatemala president sentenced in US for money launderingNew York, May 23 - Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo has been sentenced here to five years and 10 months behind bars for money laundering, federal prosecutors said.

Besides the jail time ordered Thursday, Portillo will have to return the $2.5 million he accepted as a bribe from the government of Taiwan so that Guatemala would maintain diplomatic relations with Taipei. He will also have to pay a fine of up to $500,000.

Portillo was extradited to New York in May 2013 from Guatemala to face charges of conspiring to launder money he obtained illegally during his 2000-2004 mandate.


When diamonds are not a girl's best friend!

New York, May 23 - Don't buy this piece of diamond for your beloved as it has a tendency to disappear!

You read it right.

According to scientist from Rice University, some microscopic diamonds only last seconds before fading back into less-structured forms of carbon under the impact of an electron beam.

“The most 'nano' of the nanodiamonds were seen to fade away under the power of the electron beam in a succession of images taken over 30 seconds,” said Ed Billups from Rice University.

Billups and Yanqiu Sun, a former post-doctoral researcher in his lab, witnessed the interesting effect while working on ways to chemically reduce carbon from anthracite coal and make it soluble.


Swiss court rules Hitler's 'Nazi salute' not always punishable as racist ideology

Swiss court rules Hitler's 'Nazi salute' not always punishable as racist ideologyNew York, May 22 : Switzerland's Federal Tribunal has ruled that controversial "Nazi salute" won't be deemed punishable if it is a personal statement.

The court, which tried to strike a balance between free speech and discrimination, said that saluting like Hitler is still a crime if someone is trying to spread racist ideology, the New York Daily News reported.

The ruling by the Lausanne-based court overturned a lower court's conviction last year of a man, who was charged with racial discrimination, after he took part in an August 2010 demonstration with 150 participants.


Google ads on car dashboards, watches soon

Google ads on car dashboards, watches soonNew York, May 22 - Google may soon be seen on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses and watches -- in the form of an ad!

In a latest filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the internet search leader has revealed its plan to show ads to generate revenue on everything from car dashboards to watches.

"Our expectation is that users will be using our services and viewing our ads on an increasingly wide diversity of devices in the future," the company officials were quoted as saying in Wall Street Journal.

Google's concept watch has a touchscreen and also voice control built in.


NYPD to use drones to fight crime in city

NYPD to use drones to fight crime in cityNew York, May 21 : The New York Police Department (NYPD) is reportedly planning to use drones and gunshot detectors to fight crime in the city.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has said that the unmanned machines equipped with cameras and tiny microphones could help spy on crime hotspots like housing projects, where shootings are up about 32 percent this year, New York Daily News reported.

Bratton said that he himself is supportive of the concept of drones for the police and public safety.


For Muslims, Modi will have to offer powerful balancing message, says NYT editorial

Narendra ModiNew York, May 21 - Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) prime minister-designate Narendra Modi has a historic opportunity to shape the country's future on the basis of an incoming government having the strongest mandate in the last 30 years, claims an editorial in the New York Times.

Though the editorial admits that there will be several factors that will keep that past alive and hinder the new government's ability to deliver on promises, it says that Modi is in a position to offer a powerful balancing message.


An ultrasound detector to help spot weapons

An ultrasound detector to help spot weaponsNew York, May 20 - Airport security may soon get a boost as scientists have now developed a unique terahertz detector and imaging system that could could convert light to sound.

"We convert the T-ray (terahertz radiation) light into sound," said Jay Guo, a professor at University of Michigan.

"Our detector is sensitive, compact and works at room temperature, and we have made it using an unconventional approach," Guo added.

The so-called T-rays, which are light waves too long for human eyes to see, could help airport security guards find chemical and other weapons.

They might let doctors image body tissues with less damage to healthy areas.


'Smart' lock won't let thieves steal your bike

New York, May 20 - Afraid of parking your bike in open as it might be stolen? Relax. Here comes a solar-powered 'smart' lock that alerts you if a thief tries to steal your bike.

Not just this, if would send a message to your near and dear ones if you met with an accident.

The $159 (Rs. 9,500) Skylock connects to a smart phone app via Bluetooth so owners can keep an eye on their bike wherever they are.

A built-in accelerometer can detect if the lock is being tampered with.

It then sends an alert to the company and the bike's owner via app.


When young sperm are not just sperm anymore

When young sperm are not just sperm anymoreNew York, May 20 - You know that in your first hours of life, cells in the nascent embryo mature into skin, heart, gut, or any type of cell - called totipotency.

New research shows that that totipotency is a step-wise process, manifesting as early as in precursors to sperm - called adult germline stem cells (AGSCs) which reside in the testicles.

Typically, sperm precursors live a mundane life.

They divide, making more cells like themselves, until they receive the signal instructing them to mature into sperm.

There is evidence now that these cells have the potential to do more.


Global crackdown nabs 90 'BlackShades' webcam spies

Global crackdown nabs 90 'BlackShades' webcam spiesNew York, May 20 - An international crackdown by the FBI and police in 19 countries has exposed a malware called "Blackshades" that enabled hackers around the world to secretly and remotely control victims' computers.

The ""creepware" that allowed hackers to activate victims' web cameras and steal files and account information may have infected over half a million victim computers in more than 100 countries, according to Manhattan's Indian-American attorney Preet Bharara.


Apple rejects app to facilitate female masturbation

Apple rejects app to facilitate female masturbationNew York, May 19 : An app that teaches women how to masturbate has been removed by Apple from its iTunes stores worldwide.

Created by designer Tina Gong, 'HappyPlayTime' is a sex education app currently in development that teaches women how to masturbate.

The app uses light-hearted games to teach users about the female anatomy and provides lessons on different masturbation techniques.

“At the heart of our mission is the desire to see more women be vocal about their sexuality - in particular, about masturbation,” Gong said on the HappyPlayTime blog.


Forget jobs, how about finding love on Linkedin!

Forget jobs, how about finding love on Linkedin!New York, May 19 : Move over job hunting on Linkedin. Here comes an app that would find right love for you on the professional career network.

Called LinkedUp!, this app uses data from Linkedin to help you find a perfect date.

“LinkedUp! users get a very true sense of who someone is, where they are from, where they went to school and what they do, giving users a sense of comfort and trust,” its developer Max Fischer from Los Angeles was quoted as saying in media reports.

How does it work?

The app connects to the profiles of 300 million Linkedin users.

It allows you to judge a would-be date by appearance, profession and education.


Drunk zebrafish shows why you go nuts after booze

Drunk zebrafish shows why you go nuts after boozeNew York, May 19 - For a zebrafish, “don't drink and swim” warning may not work at all.

High on booze, a zebrafish nearly doubled her speed in an experiment, leaving scientists with results that may help them find why some people on a high behave like weirdos in a party.

Researchers wanted to know how the presence of non-drinking zebrafish would impact the social behaviour of one drunkard among them.

The researchers found that because the tank was full of sober fish, it gave the tipsy swimmer a case of hyperactivity to get noticed.


President Obama keeps watch 10 mins ahead to be punctual

President Obama keeps watch 10 mins ahead to be punctualNew York, May 18 - President Obama's trick to be on time is keeping his watch 10 minutes ahead, it has been revealed.

According to the New York Post, during a gathering at the InterContinental Times Square Hotel, it was author of the Jack Reacher novels, Lee Child, who noticed that the President's watch was running faster than the rest.

The US President explained that his watch has been set like that for more than a decade and it still helps whenever he is close to running late. (ANI)


Indians in New York celebrate news of Modi's win in Lok Sabha elections

Indians in New York celebrate news of Modi's win in Lok Sabha electionsNew York, May 17 - Indian Residents in New York City welcomed the news of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win in the Lok Sabha elections led by party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

"This is the biggest win after 40 years of Indian history. He's (Modi) been the chief minister of Gujarat for the last 15 years and he has done a tremendous job there," said supermarket owner Sharad Agarwal.


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