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Swatch to update Swatch Touch with new fitness features

Swatch to update Swatch Touch with new fitness features

Washington, March 01 - Swatch has reportedly announced its decision to update its current touchscreen offering, the Swatch Touch.

The Swatch Touch Zero One is a fitness watch geared towards volleyball players. While it can track calories burnt and steps taken, it's mainly tracks and focuses on volleyball-specific maneuvers like low hits, high hits, power hits, and high-fives. The watch will send that information to Swatch's app, which will rate your skills as a volleyball player on a scale of zero to 100, reported The Verge.

The watch is expected to retail at 160 dollars after it is released last year. (ANI)


This protein helps birds traverse via magnetic field

This protein helps birds traverse via magnetic field

Washington, Mar. 01 - Researchers have revealed that protein, called Cryptochrome, helps birds traverse such great distances via magnetic field.

Researchers have established that birds can sense the earth's magnetic field and use it to orient themselves. How this internal compass works, though, remains poorly understood.

Physicists at the University of Oxford are exploring one possible explanation: a magnetically sensitive protein called cryptochrome that mediates circadian rhythms in plants and animals. Blue or green light triggers electrons in the protein to produce pairs of radicals whose electron spins respond to magnetic fields.


Tinder Plus set to launch on Monday for 9.99 dollars

Tinder Plus set to launch on Monday for 9.99 dollars

Washington, March 01 - Dating app Tinder's first foray into the world of freemium monetization, Tinder Plus, is set to launch on Monday for 9.99 dollars, a report said.

The app has been testing pricing in several markets over the past few months, with prices ranging from 0.99 dollars to 19.99 dollars per month. Sources said that the pricing is expected to vary from market to market but added that the service will hit the U. S. market at a price under 10 dollars, reported TechCrunch.

This is the first time Tinder has asked its users to start paying for a product.


Methane-based, oxygen-free aliens may exist on Saturn's moon Titan

Methane-based, oxygen-free aliens may exist on Saturn's moon Titan

Washington, Mar. 01 - Researchers have revealed that Saturn's moon, Titan, could host methane-based and oxygen-free life form.

A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers.

Taking a simultaneously imaginative and rigidly scientific view, chemical engineers and astronomers offer a template for life that could thrive in a harsh, cold world - specifically Titan, the giant moon of Saturn. A planetary body awash with seas not of water, but of liquid methane, Titan could harbor methane-based, oxygen-free cells.


U.S. may launch month-long campaign of airstrikes against IS in Iraq to retake Mosul

U.S. may launch month-long campaign of airstrikes against IS in Iraq to retake M

Washington, March 01 : The United States military is considering launching a month-long campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State militants to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul before inserting ground troops, said officials.

According to Fox News, the on-the-ground fight to retake Mosul will not start until the fall.

U. S. military's Central Command official in February said that the U. S. and Iraq were considering beginning a campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, by April or May.

U. S. officials, talking about the campaign, said that the Iraqi military is far from conducting a successful operation. (ANI)


Revivifying drugs with anti-stroke potential by minimizing side effects

Revivifying drugs with anti-stroke potential by minimizing side effects

Washington, Mar 1 : A team of researchers is revivifying drugs with anti-stroke potential by minimizing their side effects.

In the 1990s, neuroscientists identified a class of drugs that showed promise in the area of stroke. NMDA receptor antagonists could limit damage to the brain in animal models of stroke, but one problem complicated testing the drugs in a clinical setting, that is, the side effects included disorientation and hallucinations.

Senior author Stephen Traynelis at Emory University School of Medicine said that they have found neuroprotective compounds that can limit damage to the brain during ischemia associated with stroke and other brain injuries, but have minimal side effects.


Pentagon relying on experimental deep web tool to dig out data on Islamic State group

Pentagon relying on experimental deep web tool to dig out data on Islamic State

Washington, Feb 28 : The Pentagon is reportedly relying on an experimental deep web tool to dig out data on Islamic State group and its supporters.

According to the Washington Times, Arati Prabhakar, a physicist and director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), disclosed some information about the tool, known as Memex, while speaking earlier this at a Washington, D. C. conference put on by the New America Foundation .

Prabhakar said Tuesday of a Dallas demonstration of the technology, Military. com that her colleagues working with the law enforcement were taken aback by how rich that data set was.

She said that through this tool, it was possible to see how the ever-expanding IS group was using that infrastructure similarly. (ANI)


Real-life `Notebook` couple dies hand-in-hand after 67-yr-long romance

Real-life `Notebook` couple dies hand-in-hand after 67-yr-long romance

Washington, Feb 28 : A California-based couple, who were married for 67 years, died within hours of one another, lying side by side and holding hands.

Floyd and Violet Hartwig, who got married on Aug. 16, 1947, died at home on Feb. 11 while holding hands, People Magazine reported.

The 90-year-old Floyd died first and the 89-year-old Violet followed five hours later. Their family noticed something was wrong when their synchronized breathing stopped.

Daughter Donna Scharton said the elderly couple wanted to go together and it was meant to be that way."


Oxford Dictionary adds 'Ride-share, ' unboxing' in list

Oxford Dictionary adds 'Ride-share, ' unboxing' in list

Washington, Feb. 28 - Oxford dictionary has added words "Ride-share" and "unboxing" in the new list.

"Ride-share" has been defined as to "participate in an arrangement in which a passenger travels in a private vehicle driven by its owner, for free or for a fee, especially as arranged by means of a website or app," PCWorld reported.

Other additions included bioprinting, defined as as "the use of 3D printing technology with materials that incorporate viable living cells, e. g. to produce tissue for reconstructive surgery."

And unboxing, a favorite past time for Apple enthusiasts especially: "An act or instance of removing a newly purchased product from its packaging and examining its features, typically when filmed and shared on a social media site."


Google planning to set up 'glass campus' in Mountain View

Google planning to set up 'glass campus' in Mountain View

Washington, Feb 28 : Google is reportedly planning to submit a proposal seeking to set up a new campus in Mountain View next month.

According to the Verge, the company worked with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels from the Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio to build a series of city block-sized "canopies" - glass greenhouse-style buildings.

It is reported that the canopies are similar to a piece of glass fabric.

The company is opting for a "high-tech shading system" to keep the buildings from being too warm.

David Radcliffe, Google's vice president of real estate, said to the SVBJ: "We envision there will be some more permanent structures like stairwells and restroom cores and things like that."


Uber database containing names, drivers' licenses of 50,000 cabbies in US compromised

Uber database containing names, drivers' licenses of 50,000 cabbies in US compro

Washington, Feb 28 : Taxi company Uber says that its database containing the names and drivers' license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers in the US was hacked in May last year.

According to CBS News, the ride-sharing service says it has notified the drivers and hasn't received any reports of the information being misused.

The company said that it will provide the affected drivers with a one-year membership in Experian's ProtectMyID Alert identity theft protection service.

Uber said that while the breach involved drivers in multiple states, only a 'small percentage' of its current and former drivers were affected by it. (ANI)


Curiosity rover's proof of methane on Mars fuels speculation of life on planet

Curiosity rover's proof of methane on Mars fuels speculation of life on planet

Washington, Feb. 28 - NASA's curiosity rover has confirmed the existence of methane on the Mars' atmosphere which may hint that life existed on the Red planet.

The tunable laser spectrometer in the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument of the Curiosity robot has unequivocally detected an episodic increase in the concentration of methane in Mars' atmosphere after an exhaustive analysis of data obtained during 605 soles or Martian days.

This puts an end to the long controversy on the presence of methane in Mars, which started over a decade ago when this gas was first detected with telescopes from Earth.


Need to take advantage of Indo-US relationship: Congressmen

Need to take advantage of Indo-US relationship: Congressmen

Washington - The current momentum in India-US relationship, resulting after two high profile meetings between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, needs to be tapped and taken advantage of, according to top American lawmakers.

"To take advantage of the momentum and move forward especially in our economic partnership," said Congressman Ami Bera, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans at a luncheon organised jointly by the Indian embassy and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

"We need to harness the energy and success of the Indian American community and recognise the increasing significance of investments by Indian companies in the US," Bera said.


Decision on running for US prez in couple of months: Bobby​ Jindal

Republican leader Bobby Jindal

Washington - Republican leader Bobby Jindal has said he will decide on his 2016 presidential run in the next couple of months.

"(Wife) Supriya and I are thinking and praying about whether I'll run - let me tell you this. I will make that decision the next couple of months," Jindal said yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

"Anybody thinking about running for president, what is more important, forgets the polls, forget the fund-rising forget the consultants, forget the media. They need to think about what they would do if they were elected president," said the first Indian-American Louisiana Governor.


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to make first US visit next month

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to make first US visit next month

Washington - US President Barack Obama will meet new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah here on March 24, the White House said today.

This would be the first US visit of the new Afghan President after taking over from his predecessor Hamid Karzai last year.

Obama will host Ghani, Abdullah, and key members of their unity government for meetings and a working lunch at the White House.

"The two presidents will discuss a range of issues including security, economic development, and US support to the Afghan-led reconciliation process," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.


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