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Ronald Reagan was concerned his son might be gay

Ronald Reagan was concerned his son might be gayNew York, June 3 : Ronald Reagan was apparently worried that his son Ron, might be gay, when he gave up Yale University to pursue a dancing in 1976.

Novelist Christopher Buckley, who discussed the former US President's doubts with playwright John Guare for the play 'The City of Conversation', revealed that his father, William F. Buckley, was close to Reagan, and the President had called him to express his worry at the time, New York Post reported.

Buckley said his father had advised that though he couldn't say much on the topic, not everyone who pursued arts was gay .

Too many photos won't sell your product online

Too many photos won't sell your product onlineNew York, May 31 : If you wish to sell your old laptop online before buying a new tablet, restrain the urge to upload several photos as researchers have found that too many photos can confuse consumers and dent your chances of selling.

Looking at more photos when making product comparisons can ultimately inhibit consumers from noticing what differentiates them in the first place.

"The intuition that 'seeing more is always better' does not consider the possibility that when presented with too many product photos, the way we process information is altered," said Jayson Shi Jia from the University of Hong Kong.

Spike in shooting of police officers in Rio with less than two weeks left before WC kick-off

Spike in shooting of police officers in Rio with less than two weeks left before WC kick-offNew York, May 31 : With just less than two weeks left before the World Cup kicks off, Rio de Janeiro has reportedly seen a spike in shootings of police officers accompanied by a rise in muggings and homicides in the city that would be hosting an expected 9,00,000 visitors.

Bicycling your way to happiness

Bicycling your way to happinessNew York, May 30 - Which mode of transportation makes you happier - Metro, bus or auto? Forget those this weekend and try riding a bicycle to gain maximum happiness on the way.

Investigating how emotions like happiness, pain, stress, sadness and fatigue vary during travel and by travel mode, researchers have found that bicycling is the best way to lift your happiness quotient up.

“We found that people are in the best mood while they are bicycling compared to any other mode of transportation,” said Eric Morris, an assistant professor at Clemson University’s planning, development and preservation department.

Porn star Nikki Benz contesting for Toronto mayor against Rob Ford

Porn star Nikki Benz contesting for Toronto mayor against Rob FordNew York, May 29 : Porn star Nikki Benz has announced her candidacy against Rob Ford for Toronto mayor.

The veteran porn star, whose prior work includes starring in 'Strap on Sally' and 'Meet the F-----s 6', has promised to cut taxes and bring the porn industry to Toronto, the New York Daily News reported.

She has claimed that she would do a better job than Ford, who is currently undergoing drug rehab, at running Canada's largest city. (ANI)

An app to make you an avid bird watcher

An app to make you an avid bird watcherNew York, May 29 : For the uninitiated and the novice in bird watching, here comes an electronic field guide in the form of an app that would help you spot a new feathered friend.

Aptly christened Birdsnap, the free app enables users to identify bird species through uploaded photos, accompanies a visually beautiful, comprehensive website that includes some 50,000 images.

Birdsnap, which also features birdcalls for each species, offers users numerous ways to organise species-alphabetically, by their relationship in the Tree of Life, and by the frequency with which they are sighted at a particular place and season.

In your 60s? Connect on social media to stay fit

In your 60s? Connect on social media to stay fitNew York, May 29 - Social media is not all that bad, especially if you are in your 60s as you can connect with your family and friends for positive interactions and stay healthy.

Having regular interactions and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier, according to new research.

“Close connections with others are likely to promote but can also sometimes detract from good health by shaping daily behaviour that directly affects physical health,” said Lynn M Martire from Pennsylvania State University.

Learn from sperm how to swim against current!

Learn from sperm how to swim against current!New York, May 28 : Like salmon travelling upstream to spawn, sperm cells are extremely efficient at swimming against the current, said a study that could help scientists design new diagnostic tools and more efficient artificial-insemination techniques.

At certain flow speeds, the sperm cells were able to swim very efficiently upstream, the researchers discovered.

“We found that if you create the right flow velocities, you can observe them swimming upstream for several minutes,” said Jorn Dunkel, an assistant professor of mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The mechanism is very robust, Dunkel added.

'Signglasses' to let deaf people see and feel

'Signglasses' to let deaf people see and feelNew York, May 28 : In what could open a universe of opportunity for deaf people, a team of scientists have developed a system to project the sign language narration onto several types of glasses - including Google Glass.

The project - inspired by a visit to a planetarium by deaf students - is personal for Tyler Foulger and a few other student researchers from Brigham Young University because they were born deaf.

“My favourite part of the project is conducting experiments with deaf children in the planetarium,” Tyler said.

New gurdwara faces opposition in US

New gurdwara faces opposition in USNew York, May 26 : A Sikh temple in the US is facing local opposition because of plans to replace its existing prayer hall with a 12,000-sq-ft building with gold domes in a rural neighbourhood, media reported Monday.

The construction of a new building has been opposed by the people in Sacramento County in California. Gurdwara authorities are questioning the residents whether race has played a role in the opposition, since building a church does not face any such opposition, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The Community Planning Advisory Council is scheduled to hear the Sri Guru Ravidass Gurdwara's proposal Wednesday.

Car chassis, home walls to turn into batteries soon

New York, May 26 - The days when you have to look around for a functioning plug point to charge your phone or laptop may be numbered. Researchers have now developed a material that turn can your phone casings, car chassis or even walls into batteries!

With the new material, you can soon have electric cars or even aircraft powered by energy stored in their chassis or even home where the walls can light up your house.

Called supercapacitor, the small dull grey wafer-shaped materials that the researchers created can store electricity by assembling electrically charged ions on the surface of a porous material, instead of storing it in chemical reactions the way batteries do.

What if your smart phone can bounce water off

What if your smart phone can bounce water offNew York, May 26 - How about a smart phone or a shoe that repels water so strongly that it causes liquid droplets to “bounce off” its surface!

Possible. Researchers have created a super-hydrophobic surface to make any surface super waterproof.

“To create a super-hydrophobic surface, you cannot just do that with a coating like Teflon or wax you have to actually put a structure on it,” explained professor Julie Crockett from Brigham Young University in Utah.

Existing waterproofing involves spraying surfaces with a coating.

By adding tiny structures to the surface instead, droplets bounce rather than roll off, she added.

Forget anaconda, this monster snake had crocs for dinner!

Forget anaconda, this monster snake had crocs for dinner!New York, May 26 - Move over anaconda. At nearly 50-feet long and weighing in at 1,124 kgs, titanoboa is by far the biggest snake that ever lived on earth.

Sixty million years ago in the swampy waters of what is now Colombia, the monster snake - 10 times as heavy as the average green anaconda - hunted lungfish, huge turtles and giant crocodiles, media reports said.

“It was so outsized that almost certainly it would have spent a large part of its time in water,” David Polly, a vertebrate paleontologist at Indiana University, was quoted as saying.

Is Instagram biased against fatter 'belfies'?

New York, May 26 - Forget selfies as the war has now moved to “belfies”. The online photo-video sharing website Instagram has recently been accused of censoring plump, underwear-clad bottom while continuing to allow skinnier, skimpier clothed bodies to appear.

A Californian musician and video blogger Meghan Tonjes who posted pictures of her body on Instagram as part of her story of her weight loss, accused Instagram of double standards.

She posted her “belfie” in black underwear but Instagram told her the picture breached community guidelines including its nudity and “mature content” clause and removed her photo.

The company later restored the photo following criticism on social media and apologised to Tonjes, Daily Life reported.

Meet the living dragon at NY zoo

Meet the living dragon at NY zooNew York, May 25 : Having a date with the world's largest lizard on earth has just become a possibility.

Komodo dragons, known for their size and deadly bite, are now on display at the Bronx Zoo in New York after more than 50 years. The last Komodo dragon at the Bronx Zoo died in 1959.

At five-foot long and about 13.6 kg each, the three Komodos are still relatively small but will grow much bigger.

Male Komodos can grow to nine-foot long and 136 kg, the New York Times reported.

The dragons eat large animals, including deer, pigs and even water buffaloes. They are, however, fed rats and mice at the zoo.

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