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NASA's Kepler identifies new 'circumbinary' planet orbiting two stars

NASA's Kepler identifies new 'circumbinary' planet orbiting two stars

Washington DC, Aug 11 - NASA's Kepler has detected a new "circumbinary" planet orbiting a pair of stars.

A team of astronomers including a San Francisco State University researcher found the new planet known as Kepler-453b, which is the 10th one discovered by NASA's Kepler Mission and a milestone for the 6-year-old spacecraft.

The planet is located within its host stars' "habitable zone," the area around the stars in which life could potentially exist. And the somewhat fortuitous nature of its discovery indicate there could be more like it than previously believed, according to Stephen Kane, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at San Francisco State University and member of the team that made the discovery.


Move over 2D! Scientists develop 3D computer cursors

Move over 2D! Scientists develop 3D computer cursors

Washington DC, Aug 10 - Putting one more step forward in the age of 3D, scientists have now developed techniques that enable computer cursors to interact in 3D in single or multiuser, local or remote collaboration scenarios.

Crafted by the researchers at the University of Montreal, the system is not so much about turning Word into an IMAX experience as offering designers an opportunity to navigate through and modify their creations manipulating 3D objects with 3D interactions.


Blame `match format` for inconsistency in female tennis player's performance

Blame `match format` for inconsistency in female tennis player's performance

Washington DC, Aug. 10 - A quantitative analysis of male and female tennis player's performance has revealed that the inconsistency in women's play is due to match format and not gender.

Lead researcher Stephanie Kovalchik carried out a research project to test the hypothesis that female tennis players are less consistent than their male counterparts.

Kovalchik explained that the results suggest that differences in consistency between the women's and men's tours are not due to gender but rather to differences in the format of matches men and women play at the Grand Slam events.


`Heart-broken` Emma Watson recovered `silently` post horrendous breakup

`Heart-broken` Emma Watson recovered `silently` post horrendous breakup

Washington DC, Aug. 10 - Emma Watson's breakup with Matt Janney was so "horrendous" that it sent the actress in a silent retreat.

During an interview for Vogue, the 25-year-old actress said that she felt uncomfortable and even before her relationship ended, she went on a silent retreat because she wanted to figure out how to be at home with herself, reported E! Online.

At the time of Watson's breakup, it was reported that the 'Harry Potter' star spent a week at a private facility in Canada's Rocky Mountains and took a week-long vow of silence.

Further talking about dating in general, the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador said that her past boyfriends have generally made her feel really cherished and have built her as a person. (ANI)


Curing epilepsy with `music`

Curing epilepsy with `music`

Washington DC, Aug 10 - In a new research, scientists have found that brains of epileptic patients react to music in a "different" way from the ones who don't have the disorder.

According to research Scans show brainwaves of those with disorder appear to synchronize with music and the findings could lead to new therapies to prevent seizures.

Visiting assistant professor Christine Charyton, PhD, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center along with colleagues compared the musical processing abilities of the brains of people with and without epilepsy using an electroencephalogram, where electrodes are attached to the scalp to detect and record brainwave patterns.


Did ancient flood volcanoes trigger climate change?

Did ancient flood volcanoes trigger climate change

Washington DC, Aug 8 - NASA scientists have found evidence pointing towards ancient flood volcanoes to be reason for altered climate.

Lori Glaze of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said that they had been trying to understand how volcanoes alter the climate for about 30 years now, and it turned out that the El Chichon eruption included much more sulfur than Mount Saint Helens.

The eruptions of El Chichon and Pinatubo were powerful enough to propel their gases into the stratosphere, which gave them the potential to alter short-term climate. Since the stratosphere has been stable, if gas in volcanic plumes gets into the stratosphere, it stays there for a long time - a couple years, said Glaze.


'Salt deposits' on Mars point towards planet's last habitable surface water

'Salt deposits' on Mars point towards planet's last habitable surface water

Washington DC, Aug 8 - In a new research, scientists have stumbled upon salt deposits on Mars, pointing towards what could have been the last habitable surface water on the Red Plant before it went cold and dry.

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered evidence of an ancient lake that likely represents some of the last potentially habitable surface water ever to exist on the Mars.

The study examined an 18-square-mile chloride salt deposit in the planet's Meridiani region near the Mars Opportunity rover's landing site.


Not aware of Narendra Modi's planned visit: White House

Not aware of Narendra Modi's planned visit: White House

Washington : The US has said it is not aware of any planned visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House during his trip to the country to attend 70th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York next month.

"I'm not aware of any planned visits by Prime Minister Modi to the White House in conjunction with his travel to the US for the United Nations General Assembly," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.

Responding to questions on possibility of Modi meeting President Barack Obama, Earnest said the White House was oblivious of any such development.


Humans and horses have same `facial expressions`

Humans and horses have same `facial expressions`

Washington DC, Aug. 6 - Next time you see a horse don't make a face at it because it can do the same, as a new study that claims horses have facial expressions similar to humans.

A mammal communication research conducted by the University of Sussex research has shown that, like humans, horses use muscles underlying various facial features including their nostrils, lips and eyes to alter their facial expressions in a variety of social situations.

The study builds on previous research showing that cues from the face are important for horses to communicate by developing an objective coding system to identify different individual facial expressions on the basis of underlying muscle movement.


UK committed to supporting India's growth ambitions and invest in 'Make in India'

UK committed to supporting India's growth ambitions and invest in 'Make in India

Washington/Mumbai, Aug.6 - A senior British diplomat posted in Mumbai, India, has said that the David Cameron-led Conservative Party Government is committed to supporting India's growth ambitions, and in helping to bring capital from around the world to invest in the 'Make in India' scheme introduced and promoted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mr. Kumar Iyer, Britain's Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai and Director General UK Trade and Investment, praising India for supporting the first international green bond for climate friendly investment to float in the India market, said, "This bond is the latest in a series Rupee denominated issuances pioneered in London and in which London is leading the way."


Microsoft announces upcoming features including Windows 10 update

Microsoft announces upcoming features including Windows 10 update

Washington D C, Aug. 5 - Microsoft has announced some major new projects and features that will released on Xbox One in the upcoming months.

According to the Verge, Microsoft revealed that they will be a releasing a redesigned dashboard on the Xbox One's in November which will bring Windows 10 to the console.

The software update will focus on speed, performance and simplicity. The Xbox One dashboard update will also bring Windows 10's Cortana feature. Cortana will require the Kinect sensor for audio controls.

Also, a new feature called TV DVR is coming to the console in 2016. The Xbox One users will be able to record TV without requiring any subscription and stream games to any Windows 10 PC. Microsoft is even allowing Windows
10 PCs to download shows.


Gionee launches Marathon M4 with a 5000mAh battery for Rs 15,499

Gionee launches Marathon M4 with a 5000mAh battery for Rs 15,499

Washington D C, Aug. 5 - Gionee has rolled out its Marathon M4 smartphone in India.

According to the Techradar, the smartphone comes with a 5000mAh battery and the company claims that it can deliver up to 50 Hrs of talk time and 440 Hrs of standby time.

The Marathon M4 also sports 1.3 GHz quad-core 64-bit processor with 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal memory, which can be expanded by up to 32GB via a microSD card. It supports 4G capability on both the SIM. The smartphone also supports OTG.

Gionee Marathon M4 comes with a 5-inch HD AMOLED screen and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, along with their Amigo 3.0 UI. It has an 8MP primary camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera.


Elon Musk withdraws divorce decision with wife Talulah Riley, again!

Elon Musk withdraws divorce decision with wife Talulah Riley, again!

Washington DC, Aug 5 - The Tesla founder Elon Musk has decided to withdraw the divorce papers he filed against wife Talulah Riley. Again!

Musk, who was spotted spending time with Riley, had filed for a divorce in January this year and has now filed a request to dismiss his request, TMZ.com reported.

Musk and Riley have been on and off ever since they first tied knot in 2010. The pair had divorced two years later in 2012, but remarried in July 2013, only to hit the skids again.

The indecision had cost the tech billionaire, as he has already shelled out 4.2 million dollars and 16 million dollars for each split as settlements. (ANI)


Amazon allows developer to use Alexa in devices

Amazon allows developer to use Alexa in devices

Washington DC, August 3 - Amazon has released a developer preview of the Alexa Voice Service (AVS)

According to the Engadget, Alexa Voice Service developer preview is open for integration for both hobbyists and hardware manufacturers into their own connected devices. Also, the company is offering its technology for free.

Last month, Amazon announced it was opening up its Alexa Appkit for use by third parties developers to create new features for the voice technology that powers the Echo.

The company's Getting Started Guide says that by adding Alexa to their device, the users can request and receive information in the same way they would from an Amazon Echo.


Obama to unveil revised Clean Power Plan on Monday

Barack Obama

Washington D.C., Aug.3 - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce a revised "Clean Power Plan" on Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions from American power stations by nearly a third within the next 15 years.

According to the BBC, this revised plan is likely to place significant emphasis on wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources.

However, opponents in the energy industry have vowed to fight President Obama declared war on coal, which provides over a third of electricity supply in the United States.

The revised plan will aim to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.


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