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Is the Universe a 2D Hologram?

Is the Universe a 2D HologramWashington, Aug 27 - A new experiment has been recently launched that may soon be able to provide proof regarding whether the universe is a 2D Hologram or not.

It has been believed for many years that the world was three dimensional, but to determine if the universe would actually be two dimensional, physicists at Fermi National Laboratory in Illinois have set up an experiment called the holometer, which might finally be able to determine how the universe stores the information people interact with everyday.


U.S. dismisses cooperation with Syria over airstrikes against IS militants

Jen PsakiWashington, Aug 27 - The United States has dismissed the possibility of coordinating any U. S. airstrikes with Syrian government to fight the Islamic State (IS) militants while American officials were told to design a campaign that would avoid Syrian air defenses or organize it through a third party.

U. S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that there would be no cooperation with Syrian President Bashar al- Assad despite the common interests in defeating IS militants.

She said that the U. S. would not ask the Syrian regime for their permission on the matter of airstrikes.


ISIL has become most well-funded terrorist group: US Senators

ISIL has become most well-funded terrorist group: US SenatorsWashington - Asserting that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has become the most well-funded terrorist group in recent memory, two top US Senators have urged the Obama Administration to label the outfit as a 'Transnational Criminal Organisation', a designation given to Hezbollah.

"ISIL has the resources, weaponry, and operational safe havens to continue to threaten the stability of the region and US national security interests," Senators Bob Casey and Marco Rubio said in a letter to Secretary of State, John Kerry yesterday.


First American jihadi dies fighting for ISIL in Syria

Washington: California-born Douglas McAuthur McCain has become the first American jihadi to have died in Syria while fighting for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a terrorist outfit that has gained control of large parts of Syria and Iraq.

The death of the 33-year-old American has left many top US officials seriously concerned.

"We were aware of US Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death. We continue to use every tool we possess to disrupt and dissuade individuals from travelling abroad for violent jihad and to track and engage those who return," Caitlin Hayden, Spokesperson of the National Security Council, the White House said.


John Kerry hopes Hamas-Israel ceasefire agreement will be durable

US Secretary of State John KerryWashington - Welcoming the latest ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, US Secretary of State John Kerry hoped the move would prove to be durable and sustainable towards bringing lasting peace in the region.

"We strongly support today's ceasefire agreement, and call on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms. We hope very much that this ceasefire will prove to be durable and sustainable, that it will put an end to rocket and mortar attacks, and that it will help to bring about an enduring end to the conflict in Gaza," Kerry said yesterday.


Pakistan continues to be a safe heaven for terrorists:US

John KirbyWashington - The pentagon has said Pakistan continues to be a safe heaven for terrorists while lauding the efforts of the country's military to eliminate extremism, which it described as a "common threat" for both the countries.

"Extremists and the safe haven pose a challenge and the sanctuary that they continue to enjoy in Pakistan, but the Pakistani military has taken action against some of those extremist threats inside their own country. They've conducted operations not too long ago, just this summer," Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said.


US is and will be only indispensable nation in world: Obama

President Barack ObamaWashington - Asserting that the US is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that country has to use its power wisely to sustain this leadership.

"The United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world. Now, sustaining our leadership, keeping America strong and secure means we have to use our power wisely," Obama said in his address to the American Legion in North Carolina.


New 'Quantum of the Seas' cruise to feature 'robot bartenders', 'virtual balconies'

Quantum of the SeasWashington, Aug 26 - Royal Caribbean's high-tech cruise ship called 'Quantum of the Seas' will have robot bartenders and 80-inch virtual balconies.

The 167,800-ton ship would have the Bionic Bar for people to place an order on their Windows tablet built specially for the ship and they can watch a robot bartender mix their drink, the Verge reported.

People could also play Xbox Live while they sit in a SeaPod in the SeaPlex because the ship has broadband-level internet. And in Two70, the huge showroom on the ship, there are six "Roboscreens" that would show performances during every cruise, and on Vistarama they could see huge projections of anything they want.


Facebook to scale down click-bait stories from users' newsfeed

Facebook to scale down click-bait stories from users' newsfeedWashington, Aug 26 - Facebook has reportedly decided to scale down the number of so-called click-bait stories that appear high on people's news feeds.

Facebook research scientist Khalid El-Arini and product specialist Joyce Tang wrote in a blog post that the decision is aimed at providing users more relevant information and to weed out stories that have been marked as spam by users. It will also ensure that posts from friends are not drowned out, reported CNET.


Robots can now tab 'Robo Brain' to learn what they need from internet

Robots can now tab 'Robo Brain' to learn what they need from internetWashington, Aug 26 - A new research has revealed about a large-scale computational system, called 'Robo Brain', which will help robots to draw information when they need it from the internet.

Ashutosh Saxena, assistant professor of computer science at Cornell University, said their laptops and cell phones had access to all the information they wanted and if a robot encountered a situation it had not seen before it can query 'Robo Brain' in the cloud.


Ancestral exposure to toxics can add more stress in great granddaughters' lives

Ancestral exposure to toxics can add more stress in great granddaughters' livesWashington, Aug 26 : A new study has revealed that ancestral exposure to toxics can add more stress in the great granddaughters' life.

Scientists have known that toxic effects of substances known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), found in both natural and human-made materials, can pass from one generation to the next, but according to a new study by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University, females with ancestral exposure to EDC might show especially adverse reactions to stress.


Mozilla's low-cost Firefox OS smartphone debuts in India at Rs. 1999

Mozilla's low-cost Firefox OS smartphone debuts in India at Rs. 1999Washington, Aug 26 - Mozilla's new smartphone that features Firefox operating system has reportedly gone on sale on the website Snadpdeal. com, India's largest e-shopping website, the company said.

The sale marks the introduction of the smartphone for the first time in Asian market.

Mozilla said on Monday that the Cloud FX although retails at 2490 rupees but it is currently available at a discount of 20 percent for 1999 rupees, reported CNET.


NASA's spacecraft crosses Neptune's orbit, now on way to Pluto

NASA's spacecraft crosses Neptune's orbit, now on way to PlutoWashington, Aug 26 - NASA's spacecraft New Horizons has crossed the Neptune's orbit and now it is on its way to become the first probe to make the historic Pluto flyby on July 14, 2015.

The sophisticated piano-sized spacecraft, which launched in January 2006, reached Neptune's orbit, nearly 2.75 billion miles from Earth, in a record eight years and eight months. New Horizons' milestone matches precisely the 25th anniversary of the historic encounter of NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft with Neptune on Aug. 25, 1989.


Rosetta identifies 5 landing sites for 100kg Philae lander

Rosetta identifies 5 landing sites for 100kg Philae landerWashington, August 26 - ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has identified five locations to set down the Philae lander in November.

Rosetta, which is the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration, has been looking for a suitable landing site for the 100 kg lander ever since it came close to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in early August.


Obama not decided on military option against ISIL in Syria: White House

US President Barack ObamaWashington - President Barack Obama has far not decided on whether to launch military strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria, the White House has said.

"The President thus far has not made a decision to order additional military action in Syria. That said, the President remains committed, as he has throughout this situation, throughout the advance of ISIL in Iraq -- has remained committed to consulting regularly with members of Congress and congressional leaders," White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters.

However, he did not rule out the military option.


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