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Key to making better decisions is pretending to be advising others

Key to making better decisions is pretending to be advising others

London, Feb. 23 - A new study has revealed that people make better decisions in life if they pretend that they are advising someone else.

The researchers attempted to find out the answer to what has been known as Solomon's paradox, named after the Old Testament King, who was famed for his wisdom but failed to make good decisions in his own life, the Independent reported.

Researchers concluded that people are wiser when reasoning about others' problems than when reasoning about their own problems and the results demonstrated that self-distancing reduces this asymmetry in wise reasoning, whereas aging does not, contrary to what some recent research might lead one to expect.

The study is published in the journal Psychological Science. (ANI)

Former UK watchdog brands HSBC's tax evasion scheme 'serious criminal activity'

Former UK watchdog brands HSBC's tax evasion scheme 'serious criminal activity'

London, Feb 23 - A former Director of Public Prosecutions has accused banking giant HSBC of "grave" cross border crime and of engaging in "a systematic and profitable collusion in serious criminal activity" in the UK.

According to the Independent, in a damming intervention Lord Ken Macdonald, who led the Crown Prosecution Service until 2008, said there existed "credible evidence" of HSBC's involvement in "grave" cross border crimes that should have been the subject of urgent and "sustained criminal investigation".

He said that the decision by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to not launch a probe into allegations of tax evasion by HSBC was "seriously legally flawed".

US mulling 'serious sanctions' against Russia post ceasefire violations in east Ukraine

John Kerry

London, Feb 22 - Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly warned that the United States is mulling "serious sanctions" against Russia after the recently-forged ceasefire deal failed to hold in east Ukraine.

While accusing Russia of engaging in "an absolutely brazen and cynical process" over the last few days by supporting the rebels and undermining the ceasefire agreement, Kerry, who was a visit to London, warned that the U. S. was not going to "sit there and be part of this kind of extraordinarily craven behaviour at the expense of the sovereignty and integrity of a nation," reported the BBC.

He said that if this failure continued then there will be "further consequences" including, "consequences that would place additional strains on Russia's already troubled economy."

Soon, Starbucks to start serving booze and beef in UK outlets


London, Feb 21 - World renowned coffee shop chain Starbucks would soon be serving alcoholic drinks in the evenings at its UK outlets.

The company said though they won't be selling spirits like gin, whisky or vodka, the branches will serve food alongside premium wines and beers, and the alcohol would be available for consumption on the premises only, the Daily Star reported.

Ian Cranna, VP marketing for Starbucks Europe said that "welcoming coffeehouse environment" has always been their focus, and with their new evening menu, which would be available from about 4 pm, they were offering something terrific choices to the later in the day customers.

Black holes emit 'ferocious' winds that prevent star formation

Black holes emit 'ferocious' winds that prevent star formation

London, Feb. 21 - Astronomers have revealed that black holes emit ferocious winds that eventually drives away galaxy's reservoir of molecular gas, the raw material that is needed for stars to form.

Astronomers have discovered that the winds from supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies blow outward in all directions, a suspected phenomenon that had been difficult to prove before now.

The new findings, by an international team of astrophysicists, were made possible by simultaneous observations of the luminous quasar PDS 456 with ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's NuSTAR X-ray telescopes, and support the picture of black holes having a significant impact on star formation in their host galaxies.

Is Coca-Cola's secret formula finally revealed?

Is Coca-Cola's secret formula finally revealed?

London, Feb 20 : The secret formula to carbonated soft drink Coca-Cola might have been revealed.

The secret formula, which claims to be publicly available since 1993, includes herbs like nutmeg, coriander, vanilla and cinnamon, the Mirror reported.

Mark Pendergrast first published the secret history of the company in the book For God, Country and Coca-Cola, which had a surprising appendix where he stumbled on the special list of ingredients, that company kept as secret.

Pendergrast mentioned that citrate caffein 1 oz, extract vanilla 1 oz, F. E. coco 4 oz, citric acid 3 oz, lime juice 1 quart, sugar 30lbs, water 2.5 gallons

Will Smith says he still is 'nervous' 5-yr-old from inside

Will Smith says he still is 'nervous' 5-yr-old from inside

London, Feb 20 : Will Smith has revealed that he is still a scared and nervous 5-year-old child from inside.

The 'Hancock' star said at a press conference of his upcoming movie ' Focus' that usually people present themselves exactly opposite of what they are actually, as he portrays himself as a loud man but from inside he also has many insecurities, the Daily Star reported.

The 46-year-old American actor added that people usually concentrate on every petty thing but forgets to choose exactly what they are and stay like that to everyone and everywhere, and should not hide the integral parts to themselves.

Smith mentioned that his upcoming movie teaches on how to watch out for dangers like picking pockets, running a scam rather than encouraging them. (ANI)

Tottenham held to first leg draw in Europa League by Fiorentina

Roberto Soldado

London, Feb 20 - ACF Fiorentina held Tottenham Hotspur to a round of 32 first-leg 1-1 draw in the Europa League at the White Hart Lane and the Premier League side now faces a battle to remain in the European league.

Roberto Soldado volleyed in a sixth-minute opener from Paulinho's corner to give Tottenham the lead and help them dominate the opening half-hour.

However, Argentine centre-back Jose Maria Basanta scrambled in an away goal to give Vincenzo Montella's side the edge ahead of next week's second leg, the BBC reported.

Nacer Chadli hit the bar for Tottenham, who faded after half time, as both the sides failed to score another goal.

Stephen Hawking believes aggression threatens to destroy everyone

Stephen Hawking believes aggression threatens to destroy everyone

London, Feb 20 - Stephen Hawking has said that aggression may have had survival advantage in caveman days, but now it threatens to destroy everyone.

The British scientist spoke at the Science Museum while giving a tour to Californian Adaeze Uyanwah saying that the human failing he would most like to correct is aggression, the Independent reported.

The 73-year-old astrophysicist feels that the human quality that would most like to magnify was empathy as it brings everyone together in a peaceful loving state.

Professor Hawking was most recently the subject of the film, 'The Theory of Everything', in which he is played by Eddie Redmayne. (ANI)

Mobile phone addicts more prone to mood swings

Mobile phone addicts more prone to mood swings

London, Feb 19 - People who are addicted to their cell phones are more likely get mood swings, says a new study.

According to the researchers at Baylor University in Texas, "moody and temperamental" extroverts were more likely to be hooked to their phones, and spend 10 hours a day on it, the Daily Express reported.

Much like substance addictions, phone addiction may be an attempt at mood repair, they added.

The findings are published in the journal Personality And Individual Differences. (ANI)

Clarke set to return for Oz's WC tie against Bangladesh

Michael Clarke

London, Feb 19 - Australia cricket team coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed that skipper Michael Clarke will be returning for Saturday's World Cup group stage game against Bangladesh in Brisbane.

Following his recovery from hamstring injury, Clarke made a solid return by smacking 64 runs against United Arab Emirates in a warm-up game last week.

Reflecting on Clarke's chances, Lehmann said that yes, he is playing.

Commenting on his fitness, Clarke said that they had a good conversation (with selectors) last week and thought it was in the team's best interests to not play against England and give him another week, Sport24 reported.

The returning skipper, who is likely to replace stand-in skipper George Bailey, was satisfied with his progress after a good practice session.

Apple removes sensors from smartwatch after arm hair disrupts readings

Apple removes sensors from smartwatch after arm hair disrupts readings

London, Feb 18 : Apple reportedly had some sensors removed from its new smartwatch after discovering that arm hair was obstructing its functioning.

According to Daily Star, a report from The Wall Street Journal has suggested that Apple wanted their watch to measure a host of bodily functions, such as blood pressure and stress levels.

However, the company figured that strap tightness, skin types and hair issues disrupted the smartwatch's accurate readings and decided to have the sensors removed.

The smartwatch will be launched in April and the device and will be fitted with some fitness aids including heart rate monitor and activity tracking, the report added. (ANI)

Amanda Holden ready to pose nude for 'Playboy' if price is right

Amanda Holden ready to pose nude for 'Playboy' if price is right

London, Feb 18 : Amanda Holden has admitted that she would pose nude for 'Playboy' if the price is right.

The 'Britain's Got Talent' judge said in an interview that she is all ready to bare it all for 'Playboy', but for a good reason, the Daily Star reported.

The 44-year-old English actress has been criticized on Twitter for her desire to strip it all as she is in her forties and should not be allowed to do so.

Notably, Nancy Sinatra could encourage Holden as she posed nude for the dirt magazine when she was 54 and it was damn sexy. (ANI)

NSA-linked spying team 'Equation Group' has software to spy on any computer across countries

Kaspersky Lab

London, Feb 18 : Kaspersky Lab, the computer security firm has claimed that an NSA-linked spying team ' Equation Group' has discovered software that enables it to spy on home computers almost anywhere in the world.

According to the independent, Russian researchers as Kaspersky Lab said that the software gave the team the power to listen on the majority of the world's computers.

According to Kaspersky Lab researchers, the group is unique almost in every aspect of their activities and they use tools that are very complicated and expensive to develop, in order to infect victims, retrieve data and hide activity in an outstandingly professional way, and utilize classic spying techniques to deliver malicious payloads to the victims.

Changing stem cell structure may help fight obesity

Changing stem cell structure may help fight obesity

London: Scientists have found that reducing the size of tiny hair like structures on stem cells stops them from turning into fat cells, a discovery that may allow for new treatments to prevent obesity.

The research, conducted at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), found that a slight regulation in the length of primary cilia, small hair-like projections found on most cells, prevented the production of fat cells from human stem cells taken from adult bone marrow.

Part of the process by which calories are turned into fat involves adipogenesis, the differentiation of stem cells into fat cells, researchers said.

The study showed that during this process of adipogenesis, the length of primary cilia increases associated with movement of specific proteins onto the cilia.

Mysterious giant clouds spotted on Mars

Mysterious giant clouds spotted on Mars

London: Mysterious cloud-like plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars have puzzled scientists studying the atmosphere of the Red Planet.

On two separate occasions in March and April 2012, amateur astronomers reported definite plume-like features developing on the planet.

The plumes were seen rising to altitudes of over 250 km above the same region of Mars on both occasions. By comparison, similar features seen in the past have not exceeded 100 km.

"At about 250 km, the division between the atmosphere and outer space is very thin, so the reported plumes are extremely unexpected," said Agustin Sanchez-Lavega of the Universidad del Pais Vasco in Spain, lead author of the paper published in the journal Nature.

Katy Perry's hectic tour schedule made her turn to 'mandatory' acupuncture

Katy Perry's hectic tour schedule made her turn to 'mandatory' acupuncture

London, Feb 16 : Katy Perry has said that she her knees are giving out on her now and she does acupuncture every two to three days.

The 30-year-old singer, who performed more than 100 shows in seven months in 2014, asserted that now her body just cannot take lot of alcohol, the Mirror reported.

The 'Dark Horse' hitmaker also said that she tours with a sage that goes from the front of the house to the back of the house with a triangle thrust that is a moving treadmill which she thinks that she was some kind of Olympic athlete. (ANI)

'Hands-on dads' like Becks have been around since Victorian times

'Hands-on dads' like Becks have been around since Victorian times

London, Feb 16 : So what if David Beckham is a 'hands-on' dad? Scientists have claimed that doting have existed since the Victorian times.

The University of Manchester researchers analyzed fatherhood in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries and found strong evidence that dads were much more involved in their children's lives than previously thought, Manchester Evening News reported.

The findings contest the widely-held belief of a huge generational shift in attitudes to fatherhood and that 'modern men' were more at ease with parenting and engaged with their kids.

Jamie Dornan 'shocked' after visiting real-life sex dungeon

Jamie Dornan 'shocked' after visiting real-life sex dungeon

London, Feb 16 : Jamie Dornan has admitted that he was completely shocked when he visited a real-life dominatrix dungeon to research for his latest erotic flick 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

The Irish actor confessed that when he spent a night in Rascal's in Vancouver, Canada, he was scared as there were men bound at the wrists being whipped by leather-clad women and people tied up in all sorts of ways, wearing lingerie, the Daily Star reported.

The 32-year-old actor added that when he went at the S and M sex dungeon he was offered beer and then did whatever they were required to do and with this he was stunned by some of the explicit acts on display.

Toyota launches world's first car that 'giggles' when you tickle it

Toyota launches world's first car that 'giggles' when you tickle it

London, Feb 16 : Engineers have created the world's very first ticklish car which "giggles" when touched at sensitive areas.

The new Toyota Yaris with a "TICK LME" number plate, which was unveiled for Red Nose Day, reacts to touch by lighting up and flashing its headlights and indicators, spraying water from the windscreen washer fluid spouts and moving as if it was chuckling, in addition to a laugh recorded by Red Nose Day legend Lenny Henry, the Daily Star reported.

Mr Tickle from the Mr Men series, who unveiled the red hatchback and is the celebrity consultant on the project, said that he was "tickled pink" to be part of the innovative project.

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