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What is the similarity between 'Yin and yang' switch, animal stem cells?

What is the similarity between 'Yin and yang' switch, animal stem cells?

Washington D.C., Aug .10 - A study says that a molecular switch that flips between different versions of genes could be crucial for maintaining stem cells across all animals from simple flatworms to humans.

The study at Center for Genomic Regulation says that flatworms (also known as planarians) have an incredible capacity for self-renewal, with almost any part of their body able to regenerate a whole new worm in a matter of days.

The researchers found that they 'mix and match' certain parts of their genes in particular ways - a process known as alternative splicing. The same analysis of flatworm cells that had changed into more specific cell types revealed a different mixture of gene parts.


Why do people 'pass the buck'?

Why do people 'pass the buck'?

Washington D.C., Aug .10 - A new study says that people prefer passing on the responsibility, when faced with choices that affect others, than when those decisions affect only themselves.

A series of experiments by Mary Steffel from Northeastern University and her collaborators found that these findings were particularly true when those choices had potentially negative consequences.

In domains as diverse as making a business decision, choosing a hotel, ordering meals, and even participating in experiments, people were two or three times as likely to delegate an unappealing choice on behalf of someone else than one on their own behalf.

Participants in one experiment imagined that they or their bosses needed a hotel reservation for an upcoming business trip.


No plan to change temperament: Trump

No plan to change temperament: Trump

Washington, Aug 10 : US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had no plan to change his temperament as he was grappling with his sagging poll numbers following recent feud with a family of a fallen Muslim American soldier and leaders within his own party.

"I think that my temperament has gotten me here," Xinhua cited Trump as saying in an interview with Fox Business Network.

"I have always had a good temperament and it's gotten me here. We beat a lot of people in the primaries and now we have one person left, and we're actually doing pretty well there, but we'll see how it all comes out," he added.


Trump's campaign spends zero on ads, Clinton spent millions

Trump's campaign spends zero on ads, Clinton spent millions

Washington, Aug 10 : Since the end of the political primaries in June, the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has spent absolutely nothing on television advertisements, the media reported on Wednesday.

However, the campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has laid out $52 million on TV ads, most of it in swing states that are predicted to be key in the November elections, EFE news cited figures gathered by the Advertising Analytics analysis firm as showing.

The billionaire's austerity calls attention to his unpopularity in the polls, where Clinton has a wide lead, and his fundraising efforts and donations in July, when he collected more than $80 million.


Rights to sexual freedom hampered at retirement homes: Study

Rights to sexual freedom hampered at retirement homes: Study

Washington D.C., Aug. 9 - Putting up at retirement homes limits older adults' rights to sexual freedom because of a lack of policies regarding the issue and the actions of staff and administrators at these facilities.

According to a Georgia State University study, though assisted-living facilities emphasize independence and autonomy, the staff and administrators behave in ways that create an environment of surveillance.

This indicates conflict between autonomy and the protection of residents in regard to sexual freedom in assisted-living facilities.

Regulations at these facilities may vary, but they share a mission of providing a home-like environment that emphasizes consumer choice, autonomy, privacy and control.


Trump endorses House Speaker Paul Ryan

Trump endorses House Speaker Paul Ryan

Washington, Aug 6 : Donald Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday in a move aimed at mending an intra-party rift that has put the Republican presidential nominee at odds with his party's highest-ranking elected official.

Trump's endorsement of Ryan came at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Ryan's home state, CNN reported.

"We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory. And very importantly, toward real change. So in our shared mission, to make America great again, I support and endorse our speaker of the House, Paul Ryan," Trump said on Friday night.

On Tuesday, Trump shocked party members when he refused to endorse Ryan, as well as Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte.


Trump 'finally' endorses Paul Ryan after refusing to back him

Trump 'finally' endorses Paul Ryan after refusing to back him

Washington, Aug 6 : Donald Trump finally endorsed U.S. House speaker Paul Ryan, changing his previous stance of refusing to back the highest ranking elected Republican, in a move to mend an intra-party rift.

Trump read his endorsement off a sheet of paper in a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, last night.

"In our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. We may disagree on a couple of things but mostly we agree," the Guardian quoted him as saying.

Both Trump and Ryan were at odds as they shared different opinions on various issues.


IS losing ground but continues to inspire attacks: Obama

IS losing ground but continues to inspire attacks: Obama

Washington, Aug.5 : Admitting that efforts to find a solution to the Syria crisis are turning his hair grey, U.S. President Barack Obama has said that Islamic State (IS) group is losing ground in the Middle East but it continues to inspire attacks around the world.

Obama at a press briefing in Washington after meeting top military and security officials at the Pentagon said, "Two years ago ISIL was racing across Iraq to the outskirts of Baghdad itself and to many observers ISIL looked invincible."

"[But] in both Iraq and Syria, ISIL has not been able to reclaim any significant territory that they have lost. Even ISIL's leaders know they're going to keep losing," abc.net.au quoted Obama, as saying.


Pence distances self from Trump, backs House Speaker Ryan

Pence distances self from Trump, backs House Speaker Ryan

Washington, Aug 4 : Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence on Wednesday distanced himself from Donald Trump and expressed his "strong" support for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is running for re-election to his Wisconsin congressional seat.

The real estate magnate's decision not to back Ryan's candidacy, or that of Arizona Senator John McCain, another GOP heavyweight who is running for re-election, was severely criticised on Tuesday by the Republican Party. EFE news reported.

On Wednesday, Pence, who is the Governor of Indiana, told Fox News that Ryan is an old friend and said that he is a "strong conservative leader", who -- if re-elected -- will do "great things".


Clinton gains a 10-point lead over Trump

Clinton gains a 10-point lead over Trump

Washington, Aug 4 : US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has gained a 10-point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump, who has attracted outrage over his comments about a Muslim Gold Star family, according to a new national poll.

Clinton leads Trump 49 per cent to 39 per cent in a head-to-head Fox News survey released on Wednesday. In a three-way race including Libertarian Gary Johnson, Clinton leads 44 per cent to 35 per cent, with Johnson claiming 12 per cent, CNN reported.

A CNN/ORC poll this week showed Clinton with a 9-point edge in a head-to-head matchup with Trump.

When Fox polled voters in late June -- before both conventions -- Clinton was up only six points, 44 per cent to 38 per cent.


Trump's chicken tweet tears Twitter users apart

Trump's chicken tweet tears Twitter users apart

Washington, Aug 3 : Politicians prefer to document what they are eating on social media to attract voters, but sometimes a culinary misstep can cause a mishap. Donald Trump is currently facing such a situation.

The Republican presidential nominee tweeted a picture of himself enjoying a KFC meal with a knife and fork on his private plane, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Good afternoon in Ohio and a great evening in Pennsylvania -- departing now. See you tomorrow, Virginia," he captioned the snap.

Many made fun of the real estate mogul for eating what is considered to be a common everyman meal on his private jet, chiding the businessman's lack of credibility as a man of the people.

"Eating KFC with a fork and a knife on a private plane. True man of the people," one user tweeted.


Trump unfit to serve as president, declares Obama

Trump unfit to serve as president, declares Obama

Washington, Aug. 3 : Launching the harshest comment till date on Donald Trump, U.S. President Barack Obama declared the Republican nominee as entirely unfit to serve in the top post.

This comment in the White House East Room came on Tuesday after Trump's criticism of the family of a slain Muslim U.S. soldier.

"The Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president.. He keeps on proving it," CNN quoted Obama as saying at a White House news conference.

Describing his feelings about Trump as unprecedented, Obama recalled disagreements with previous GOP presidential nominees Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney.


Trump accepts US military honour as gift, says 'much easier' than combat

Trump accepts US military honour as gift, says 'much easier' than combat

Washington, Aug 3 : US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accepted a Purple Heart from a military veteran during a rally on Tuesday, saying it was "much easier" to receive the medal as a gift than by serving in combat.

Trump said Lt Col Louis Dorfman gave him his actual Purple Heart, but an NBC reporter was told the one given to the candidate was a replica, the Independent reported.

The Republican candidate, who is locked in a bitter public dispute with the family of a Muslim soldier who was killed in Iraq, attracted fresh criticism for his off-hand response accepting an honour bestowed upon soldiers wounded in combat and joking about how easily he received his.


Trump fears US presidential elections could be 'rigged'

Trump fears US presidential elections could be 'rigged'

Washington, Aug 3 : Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said he feared that the November elections could be "rigged", and referred to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as "the devil".

"I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest," EFE news quoted Trump as saying during a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio.

Later, the businessman-turned-politician reiterated his comments in an interview with Fox.

Trump urged the public to "watch very closely" when the Nov 8 elections roll around and called on Republicans to be vigilant since he fears the transparency of the voting process could be threatened.


Obama says Trump 'unfit' to be President

Obama says Trump 'unfit' to be President

Washington, Aug 3 : US President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump "unfit" to serve as President and lambasted Republicans for sticking with the businessman-turned-politician.

The strong rebuke came after Trump's criticism of the family of a slain Muslim US soldier, along with comments that displayed apparent confusion related to the Russian incursion into Ukraine, CNN reported.

"The Republican nominee is unfit to serve as President," Obama said at a White House news conference with the Prime Minister of Singapore. "He keeps on proving it."

The Trump campaign responded by going after the Democratic nominee as well as the President.


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