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Now, lip-reading computer to interpret different languages

Washington, Apr 30 : In a breakthrough study, researchers from University of East Anglia (UEA) have developed a novel computer, which can distinguish between different languages.

The researchers hope that the discovery could have practical uses for deaf people, for law enforcement agencies, and in noisy environments.

Lead researchers Stephen Cox and Jake Newman of UEA’s School of Computing Sciences developed the novel system by statistical modelling of the lip motions made by a group of 23 bilingual and trilingual speakers.

The study showed that the computer was able to identify which language was spoken by an individual speaker with very high accuracy.

Obama gives himself a passing grade on 100th day in office

Obama gives himself a passing grade on 100th day in officeWashington, Apr. 30 : President Barack Obama has given himself a grade of satisfactory with room for improvement on completing 100 days in office.

"On my 100th day in office, I''ve come back to report to you, the American people, that we have begun to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off," the President said in a campaign-style town-hall meeting in Arnold, Mo.

Chris Brown’s fate hinging on leaked photo of beaten Rihanna

Chris BrownNew York, Apr 30 : The result of Chris Brown’s felony assault case depends on the leaked pic showing a battered and bloodied Rihanna.

While in court, Brown''s lawyer Mark Geragos has declared that he wants access to an internal LAPD investigation into how the damaging photo ended up on the celebrity website TMZ. com, reports The New York Daily News.

The outcome of his motion could show "misconduct and or bias" on the part of investigators and lead him to ask for a mistrial, Geragos told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg.

US needs to make ''gestures,'' not Cuba: Raul Castro

Castro calls for "optimism" in 5-billion-dollar recoveryWashington, Apr. 30 : Cuban strongman Raul Castro has said that it is the United States that needs to come forward with gestures to show that it is keen on improving relations with Cuba.

Echoing his ailing older brother Fidel, the Daily News quoted Cuban President Raul Castro as saying: "Cuba has not imposed sanctions against the U. S." and "therefore it is not Cuba that has to make gestures."

New pill to replace painful multiple sclerosis jabs

Pain KillerWashington, Apr 30 : A new pill may soon replace the painful injections for multiple sclerosis treatment, say researchers.

The research team led by Professor Gavin Giovannoni of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has shown that cladribine tablets just a few times a year can reduce the chances of a relapse by well over 50 per cent.

Cladribine tablets work by suppressing the immune system, reducing the risk of further damage to a patient''s nervous system.

In the new study, the researchers followed over 1,300 MS patients for nearly two years.

Ancient temple in Turkey to cast new light on “dark age”

Turkey Washington, April 30 : Archaeologists have found an ancient temple in Turkey, filled with broken metal, ivory carvings, and stone slabs engraved with a dead language, which would cast new light on the “dark age” that was thought to have engulfed the region from 1200 to 900 B. C.

Written sources from the era, including the Old Testament of the Bible, Greek Homeric epics, and texts from Egyptian pharaoh Ramses III, record the transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age as a turbulent period of cultural collapse, famine, and violence.