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Cigarette ash can help remove over 96 pc arsenic from water

Cigarette ash can help remove over 96 pc arsenic from waterWashington, Oct 16 : Scientists have revealed that they may have developed a cheaper new way to effectively remove arsenic from water with the help of cigarette ash.

Jiaxing Li and colleagues explain that naturally occurring and industry-related arsenic contaminates groundwater at high levels in many countries, including Chile, China, Hungary and Mexico and the odorless, tasteless element can cause skin discoloration, stomach pain, partial paralysis and a range of other serious health problems.


US has 'winning strategy' to counter IS but won't send ground troops to Iraq unnecessarily: Dempsey

General Martin DempseyWashington, Oct 16 - A top U.S. military official has reportedly said that the United States has a "winning strategy" to defeat the Islamic State (IS) and that he "can't foresee" sending large ground troops to Iraq.

General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the U.S. has received a "significant commitment" from other members of the anti- IS coalition to add advisory teams. He added that the plan is to set up three bases where the U.S. and others can train Iraqi security forces along with Kurdish forces which are fighting the terror group on ground.


New study to shed light on 'super-Earths'

New study to shed light on 'super-Earths'Washington, Oct 16 - A new study has provided a deeper insight into the long-running hunt for super-Earths orbiting into the space.

NASA's Kepler spacecraft, which had launched on a planet-hunting mission in 2009, searched one small patch of the sky and identified more than 4,000 candidate exoplanets-worlds orbiting stars other than our own Sun. It was the first survey to provide a definitive look at the relative frequency of planets as a function of size.


US senator welcomes WTO ruling against India on poultry

Johny IsaksonWashington: A senior US senator has welcomed the World Trade Organization's decision against India's ban on American poultry products, saying that the move would boost the country's export of poultry products to India.

"This is a great victory for the United States and Georgia poultry, in particular. I have been working to open up India to US poultry since this issue was brought to my attention," Senator Johny Isakson, ranking member on the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, said.


Dropbox denies claims passwords of 7 million users compromised by hackers

Dropbox denies claims passwords of 7 million users compromised by hackersWashington, Oct 15 : Cloud storage service Dropbox has refuted claims that its systems were breached by hackers, who reportedly stole 7 million usernames and leaked hundreds of passwords online.

The hackers are threatening a major breach in Dropbox security and promising to release more password details if they're paid a Bitcoin ransom , CNET reports.

Dropbox has outright rubbished reports that it has been compromised.

The company claims that the passwords were stolen from third-party services.


How 'geckos' move comfortably on steep, smooth downhill surfaces

How 'geckos' move comfortably on steep, smooth downhill surfaces Washington, Oct 15 : A new study has provided deeper insight into how geckos alter foot orientation during downhill locomotion.

Found in warm regions of the world, geckos are extremely capable of climbing up steep, smooth surfaces. To do so, they employ an adhesive system, a key evolutionary innovation that facilitates climbing vertically, and even in inverted positions.

On the underside of their toes are "setae," millions of very fine hair-like structures, which provide increased surface area and close contact between the foot and the surface on which it rests.


Iran Parliament chief warns air strikes alone will not destroy IS in Iraq, Syria

Iran Parliament chief warns air strikes alone will not destroy IS in Iraq, SyriaWashington, Oct 15 : While touting Iran's "good experience" in fighting terrorism, Iranian Parliament head has reportedly said that air strikes alone would not be enough to destroy the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.

Ali Larijani , chairman of the Parliament of Iran, said that terrorists cannot be destroyed by "dropping bombs on their heads" and remarked that Iran knows it because they have fought terrorists in the past, reported the CNN.


Prolonged use of touch-screens keyboards leads to chronic shoulder problems

Prolonged use of touch-screens keyboards leads to chronic shoulder problemsWashington, Oct 15 : A new study has revealed that using touch-screen keyboards on tablet computers for long periods of time could lead to chronic shoulder problems.

The study found that touch screen, or virtual, keyboards, which lack a feedback mechanism indicating a key has been pressed, require less typing force and finger-muscle activity than conventional keyboards, but tablet users must keep their fingers hovering above the keyboard to avoid accidentally activating the keys, Fox News reported.


Darwin's 1857 letter, Vintage Apple1 from 1976 to be auctioned

Darwin's 1857 letter, Vintage Apple1 from 1976 to be auctionedWashington, Oct 14 : A letter by Charles Darwin on the sex life of barnacles and a still-working vintage Apple computer from 1976 has been put up for auction.

In the letter, Darwin said that he wanted to learn more about the sex act of barnacles, such things as "were the specimens under water at times" and "if the recipient was in full vigor," the Washington Post reported.


Why Himalayan glaciers are expanding instead of shrinking

Why Himalayan glaciers are expanding instead of shrinkingWashington, Oct 14 - Scientists' observations in the Karakoram region have revealed that the glaciers there were stable, and snowfall is increasing instead of decreasing.

The researchers found that while precipitation is increasing across the Himalayas, most of this moisture drops in the summer - except in Karakoram, where snow dominates the scene, Discovery News reported.

Study researcher Sarah Kapnick, a postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric and ocean sciences at Princeton University, gave reasoning for why you can have increased snowfall in a region and have increased glaciers or stable glaciers in a warming world.


Now, 'Smart' lithium-ion battery that warns before it overheats and explodes

Now, 'Smart' lithium-ion battery that warns before it overheats and explodesWashington, Oct 14 - Scientists in Stanford University have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames.

The battery is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices, as well as a growing number of cars and airplanes.

Yi Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford, said that they wanted to create an early-warning system that saves lives and property.


Now, boob dance based on beats of Mozart's classic Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Now, boob dance based on beats of Mozart's classic Eine Kleine NachtmusikWashington, Oct 14 - A model X recently took to YouTube to bounce her boobs on the Mozart song " Eine Kleine Nachtmusik."

Sara X, who was criticized by people claiming that her routine was fake, said on a Facebook post that while her boobs are very fake, the video is very real, as she is flexing her muscles, which is moving her implants, Huffington Post reported.

The video, which has gone viral, has already crossed 1.9 million views on YouTube.(ANI)


French professor famed for work on monopolies awarded Nobel Prize in economics

French professor famed for work on monopolies awarded Nobel Prize in economicsWashington, Oct 14 - French economist Jean Tirole has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Memorial Prize in economics for his outstanding analysis on monopolies created by powerful companies and ways to regulate them.

A former MIT student, Tirole now works as the head of economics at Toulouse University, France.

Tirole has spent the last 30 years studying how a small number of large firms can dominate markets and the damage that can do-and how governments should respond, CNN reports.


Now, batteries that charge 70 percent in just 2 minutes

Now, batteries that charge 70 percent in just 2 minutesWashington, Oct 14 - Researchers in Singapore have come up with a new battery which could be charged 70 percent in just 2 minutes, which would allow electric cars to fuel up as fast as petrol-diesel cars.

According to CNET, scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have created a lithium ion battery, using a titanium dioxide gel, that can get up to a 70 percent charge in just 2 minutes and can allegedly last up to 20 years.


Australian scientists bring quantum computing closer to reality

Australian scientists bring quantum computing closer to realityWashington, Oct 13 : Australian scientists have made a breakthrough and found distinct solutions that would make super powerful quantum computing a reality.

Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia created two types of quantum bits, or "qubits" - the building blocks for quantum computers - that each process quantum data with an accuracy above 99 percent.


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