Washington

Meet Facebook's oldest registered user who just turned 107

Meet Facebook's oldest registered user who just turned 107Washington, Jan. 20 - Facebook's oldest registered user, who will turn 107 in January 2015, earned the distinction when her friends at the medical aid charity signed her up for an account on her 105th birthday.

Santa Barbara resident Edythe Kirchmaier , who was born in 1908- that's 49 years before the Internet was invented, now has nearly 55,000 followers on her Facebook page, ABC News reported.

Kirchmaier said she embraces social media because it allows her to check in daily with friends and family. She's also used her status to raise awareness for causes she believes in, such as Direct Relief.


Science behind movies' greatness revealed

Science behind movies' greatness revealedWashington, Jan. 20 - A new study has recently revealed that automated method beats critics, wisdom of crowds, the numbers of awards won and the amount of box office sales, among others in picking great movies, especially in movies 25 years old or older.

According to a new Northwestern University study, the best predictor of a movie's significance was how often a movie was referenced by other movies. In other words, a movie's significance was decided by today's and tomorrow's film directors, not the critics.


Michelle invites Indian doctor for State of the Union Address

US First Lady Michelle ObamaWashington - US First Lady Michelle Obama has invited a prominent Indian-American doctor, who is playing a key role in fighting the dreaded Ebola disease in West Africa, for tomorrow's State of the Union Address.

Dr Pranav Shetty from the International Medical Corps is the only Indian-American to be invited by the First Lady to her box in the US Congress when US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union Address here.

Shetty is the Global Emergency Health Coordinator for International Medical Corps, a critical partner in the US-supported effort to bring the Ebola epidemic under control in West Africa.


65m-yr-old ankle bones reveal Earth`s earliest primates were `tree-dwellers`

65m-yr-old ankle bones reveal Earth`s earliest primates were `tree-dwellers`Washington, Jan 20 - A new study of 65-million-year-old ankle bones, discovered from the sites in northeastern Montana, has revealed that Earth's earliest primates lived in trees.

Paleontologists at Yale University found that Purgatorius, a small mammal that lived on a diet of fruit and insects and is a part of an extinct group of primates called plesiadapiforms that first appears in the fossil record shortly after the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs, was a tree dweller.


Mysterious `cosmic radio burst` captured in real-time for first time ever

Mysterious `cosmic radio burst` captured in real-time for first time everWashington, Jan 20 - Australia astronomers have, for the first time, captured cosmic radio burst in real-time by using CSIRO's 64-m Parkes radio telescope.

Researcher Emily Petroff from University of Technology in Melbourne said that these bursts were generally discovered weeks or months or even more than a decade after they happened and they're the first to catch one in real time.

Banking that she'd spot a "live" burst, Petroff had an international team poised to make rapid follow-up observations, at wavelengths from radio to X-rays.


Poroshenko vows to not give up 'an inch' of eastern Ukraine to 'Russia-backed rebels'

Petro PoroshenkoWashington, Jan 19 - Reaffirming his control over the conflict-torn eastern parts of Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has declared that the nation would not give up "an inch of its land" to Russian-backed separatists.

He made the above statement while addressing a crowd of several thousand in central Kiev on Sunday as violence in eastern Ukraine touched a new peak of intensity, reported Fox News.

The separatist stronghold of Donetsk has witnessed intense shelling from both sides as the battle to claim control over the city's airport raged. Streets in the city, which were home to nearly one million people earlier, were completely deserted.


Multiple gunshots fired outside Biden's residence in Delaware

Joe BidenWashington : Multiple gunshots were fired from a moving vehicle outside the Delaware residence of US Vice President Joe Biden, the Secret Service said on Sunday as it launched an investigation into the incident.

Biden and his family were not at home when the firing happened last night at around 8.25 pm local time.

According to Secret Service spokesman, Robert Hoback, at about 8.25 pm residents of the Biden's neighbourhood saw a vehicle drive past at a high speed, fleeing the scene.


Presidential candidate's expressions do as much to drive public reaction to debates as their words

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 18 - A new study has revealed that facial expressions, gestures and voice tone are as important as words in the presidential debates.

Research at Texas Tech University show through visual analysis and social media gives a good indication that voters pick up on nonverbal communications as much as a candidate's rhetoric.

Researcher Erik Bucy said that not everybody pays really that close of attention to elections or knows all their party's positions on the issues, but they can get a sense of the candidates' traits by observing competitive political behavior and traits are reliable predictors of candidate support.


IS militants force children to donate blood in Syrian province of Raqqa

IS militants force children to donate blood in Syrian province of RaqqaWashington, Jan 18 - According to stranded residents in the Syrian province of Raqqa, children in the area are being forced to donate blood by Islamic State (IS) militants who have taken over the province.

According to Fox News, IS militants often threaten residents with death sentences in the mosques where around 2,20,000 people once worshipped freely.

Abu Ibrahim RaqqAwi, the pseudonym of a lifelong Raqqa resident who in April 2014, founded the activist campaign "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", said that people have now become accustomed to death threats and are no longer afraid of it.


2 killed in `possible` domestic violence shooting in Florida mall food court

2 killed in `possible` domestic violence shooting in Florida mall food courtWashington, Jan 18 - Two people have been killed at a mall southeast of Orlando in a possible domestic violence shooting, a report said.

A gunman, identified as Jose Garcia Rodriguez, 57, opened fire near the food court area of the Melbourne Square Mall in Melbourne on Saturday morning. While two people died including the gunman, a woman, identified as the alleged shooter's wife, Ida Garcia, 33, was injured, reported ABC News.

Police said that Rodriguez's wound may have been self-inflicted. His wife has been hospitalized and listed in good condition.


Small, locally owned businesses are big on employee loyalty

Small, locally owned businesses are big on employee loyaltyWashington, Jan 18 - A new study has revealed that employees who work at small, locally owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty to their employers.

Baylor University researchers found that for rural workers, working for a company that was both small and locally owned was the greatest predictor for organizational commitment as it may be a matter of, "I have to be committed, because I don't have many other job opportunities."


Jackie Kennedy's notes to designers to go under the hammer

Jackie Kennedy's notes to designers to go under the hammerWashington, Jan 17 : Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' timeless handwritten thank-you letters and a few dozen pieces of Onassis's personal memorabilia will be auctioned off in West Palm Beach.

Rico Baca, auctioneer and co-owner of Palm Beach Modern Auctions, where the items will go up for sale, said that the one thing that interior designer Richard Keith Langham, the photographer Bob Davidoff and former design director of Carolina Herrera Bill Hamilton have in common is that you can't do someone's clothing or someone's interiors or take their photograph consistently without them being vulnerable, People Magazine reported.


Twitter accounts of New York Post, UPI hacked

Twitter accounts of New York Post, UPI hackedWashington, Jan 17 - In the latest attack on social media accounts of prominent organizations, Twitter accounts of the New York Post and UPI were reportedly hacked.

According to PC World, at just before 1pm EST, the first in what appear to be a string of false tweets was sent on the UPI account claiming the U.S. Federal Reserve had declared a banking holiday for later in January.

Another set of tweets were posted soon after, claiming that Chinese forces had fired an anti-ship missile at the U.S.S. George Washington, and that the U.S. ship had returned fire, the report said.


Turkish President says Muslims pay price for West's hypocrisy on terror massacres

Recep Tayyip ErdoganWashington, Jan 17 - Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan has denied involvement of Muslims in terrorist massacres saying that "French citizens carry out such a massacre, and Muslims pay the price", accusing the West of hypocrisy post the deadly attacks in Paris last week.

He also said that behind such terrorist massacres, lie "racism, hate speech and Islamophobia".

Erdogan's statement came a day after the France rally that was joined by world leaders to condemn the January 7 attack in Paris.

Erdogan spoke further about terrorism saying that such "acts follow a predetermined script" and we should be aware of a conspiracy against the Islamic World. (ANI)


Bitcoin CEO denies masterminding billion dollar illegal drug operation Silk Road

Bitcoin CEO denies masterminding billion dollar illegal drug operation Silk RoadWashington, Jan 17 : Defense of Ross Ulbricht, the possible mastermind of Silk Road, has pointed out to Mark Karpeles , CEO of now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox as the person responsible for the billion-dollar operation of the online marketplace for illegal drugs while Karpeles immediately issued a denial.

According to Mashable, Ulbricht is on trial for allegedly being the mastermind behind Silk Road.


Syndicate content