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Why some people are more naturally inclined to music than others

Why some people are more naturally inclined to music than othersWashington, Sept 16 - A new study has revealed that hearing and cognitive function affecting genes determine one's musical aptitude.

Researchers explained that extremes capacity or no capacity in musical aptitude, which is the ability to understand and perceive rhythm, pitch, timbre, tone durations, and formal structure in music, are rare within a population, with the majority of individuals having moderate aptitude.


Four Brit colleges make it to top 5 world universities

Four Brit colleges make it to top 5 world universitiesWashington, Sept 16 - Four British institutions have been ranked in top five of the world's universities, it has been revealed.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology grabbed the top spot in top five of the world's universities, whereas Cambridge University and Imperial College were ranked at second-equal in the list, the Guardian reported.

According to the QS rankings of world universities , Harvard University was ranked fourth and Oxford and University College London were placed jointly at fifth place.


Security issues to be discussed during Narendra Modi's US visit

Narendra ModiWashington - The US on Tuesday said it shares a very broad relationship with India and key issues of security, economy and energy among others would be discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden visit to the country.

"We are all looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi to Washington for a number of meetings," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told foreign correspondents at a news conference here.

The Obama administration is gearing up to give a red carpet welcome to Prime Minister Modi when he arrives in Washington on September 29 from New York where he would attend the annual General Assembly session of the United Nations.


Obama expands US fight against Ebola

Obama expands US fight against EbolaWashington - Congress could approve an USD 88 million request by President Barack Obama to back expanded efforts to combat Ebola as soon as this week, in a sign of rising US concern over the epidemic.

Obama will travel to Atlanta tomorrow to meet medical authorities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and announce new aid to Ebola-affected regions in West Africa, which could include portable hospitals and US experts.

Congress meanwhile is expected to debate and likely pass a temporary government funding bill this week, which includes a White House request for USD 88 million in funding to fight Ebola.


Kashmiri Americans offer telemedicine to flood victims in J&K

Kashmiri Americans offer telemedicine to flood victims in J&KWashington : As fears grew over potential spread of water-borne diseases in the flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmiri Americans on Monday offered telemedicine facility through Skype and phone to the affected people in the state.

The Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA), in partnership with Grand Opinion, has decided to provide free consultations to the flood-ravaged people in anticipation of medical and infectious diseases to avoid morbidity and mortality, a statement said.


How to make your tattoo look its best

How to make your tattoo look its bestWashington, Sept 15 : Tattoos are one of the popular ways to change one's appearance, while expressing oneself.

According to board-certified dermatologist Bruce E. Katz, permanent and often pricey form of body art, tattoos are an investment and in order to protect that investment, it's important to take steps to keep tattooed skin healthy and vibrant.


Mobile advertising market grows fastest in India among all Asia Pacific countries: Report

Mobile advertising market growsWashington, Sep 15 : According to the State of Mobile Advertising report, India is the most powerful driver of the Asia Pacific mobile advertising market with mobile-ad impression percentage growing by 260 since July 2013.

It is due to the fact that in India, there has been a rapid shift from feature phones to smart phones which is primarily dominated by Android operating systems.

Mobile application stores, gaming and education sites are extremely popular among Indian users, reported Enterprise Innovation.

Advertisements served are generally for games and mobile devices representing nearly half of all impressions.


17-year-old Colorado kid develops 'fingerprint recognition' gun to reduce accidental deaths

17-year-old ColoradoWashington, Sep 15 : A 17-year-old high school student from Colorado has applied biometric user authentication to firearms to develop a gun that unlocks with the user's fingerprints.

Kai Kloepfer developed the gun that works by creating a user ID and locking in the fingerprint of each user allowed to use the gun. It will only unlock with the unique fingerprint of those who have already permission to access the gun.


Men think women's 'hotness' starts decreasing after age 20

Men think women's 'hotness' starts decreasing after age 20Washington, Sept 15 : Men think women who're 22 would be less hot than the ones who are 20, according to a new book on relationship s.

The book, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking), is based on the data from the dating website OkCupid, that was co-founded by author Christian Rudder, and reveals the way people interact and view each other, Discovery News reported.

It also stated that men up to age 50 find women between ages 20-24 most attractive.


Retired U.S. Air Force General compares objective of military airstrikes to 'casual sex' without commitment

Michael HaydenWashington, Sep 15 - Retired U. S. Air Force General Michael Hayden has likened the objective of military airstrikes in the Middle East to casual sex as it offers satisfaction but with little or no commitment.

According to the Washington Times, he arranged a conference call with reporters to warn about the dangers of relying on airstrikes.

Hayden said that the U. S. needs to be wary of strategies that put emphasis on airpower alone.

U. S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that they would not be sending troops into Iraq and Syria.

The Pentagon plans to train 5,000 Syrian rebels every year as a part of Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State militants. (ANI)


ISIS relocated hostages after revelation of US rescue mission: Intelligence

ISISWashington, Sep 15 - After the United States revealed details of a rescue operation planned in July to free journalist James Foley and others in Syria, intelligence has suggested that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has dispersed the remaining hostages to multiple locations in order to make them harder to locate, said a military source.

The source also added that the guard forces around the hostages have been doubled and the group's pattern of behavior on the ground has also changed after reports about the scope of the new aerial surveillance in the region were made public, reported Fox News.


Asian monsoon at least 15m yrs older than previously thought

Asian monsoon at least 15m yrs older than previously thoughtWashington, Sept 15 - A new study has found that Asian monsoon actually started 40 million years ago than previously thought.

An international research team led by a University of Arizona geoscientist claim that it began during a period of high atmospheric carbon dioxide and warmer temperatures, and not as a result of the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya Mountains 22-25 million years.

The monsoon, the largest climate system in the world, governs the climate in much of mainland Asia, bringing torrential summer rains and dry winters.


Religious youth likelier to stay away from alcohol, drugs

Religious youth likelier to stay away from alcohol, drugsWashington, Sep 15 - A new study has revealed that religious youth are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol.

Researchers at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion, the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that that young people who connect to a "higher power" may feel a greater sense of purpose and are less likely to be bothered by feelings of not fitting in.

Researchers used four measures to conduct the study; alcohol or drug use, craving for alcohol or drugs; prosocial behaviors (service to others); and self-centered or narcissistic behavior.


Hillary Clinton's 'new chapters in American dream' remarks stoke 2016 speculation

Chelsea Clinton celebrates baby shower with Hillary ClintonWashington, Sep 15 - Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reportedly hinted at running the 2016 Presidential elections at a fundraising event in Iowa, a report said.

Addressing a crowd at the 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry, held in honor of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa who is retiring from Congress this year, Clinton said although her immediate focus is helping fellow Democrats in the midterm elections but she has also been thinking about "that other thing," reported Fox News.


White House seeks coalition in Mideast war

White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughWashington - The White House today said it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough signaled that the State Department in coming days will name allies that will pledge ground troops to fight the Islamic State group, something the United States does not plan to do.

Meantime, McDonough said, US personnel will train and equip Iraqi forces and moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group, also known as ISIS and ISIL.


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