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Witherspoon speaks out against domestic abuse on Brazilian stage

Washington, Aug 29 : Reese Witherspoon has spoken against domestic violence during her recent visit to Brazil.

The Legally Blonde star is touring the South American country as part of her duties as she is the global ambassador of Speak Out Against Domestic Violence campaign.

The initiative was launched by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Avon cosmetics company in 2004.

And Witherspoon is hoping her involvement will help stamp out the abuse of women - insisting she herself has been close to people who were the victims of domestic violence.

Indian-origin researcher creates 6-D holograms that interact with light

Washington, August 29 : An Indian-origin scientist in the U. S. has devised a way to create six-dimensional images that respond to changes in light and the viewer''s direction, by adapting the basic technology used in cheap 3-D postcards and novelty items for the purpose.

"We are the first ones to build a display that changes with lighting. We''ve finally found a way to build the most realistic display," Discovery News quoted Ramesh Raskar, a scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as saying.

Large population of endangered monkeys discovered in Cambodia

Wildlife Conservation Society Washington, Aug 29 : Researchers from Wildlife Conser

Obama aides believe ‘new voters’ will help him to win presidential election

Barack ObamaDenver, Aug 29 : Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign has brushed aside questions about its standing among traditional Democrats, saying it would win the presidential election by bringing new voters “particularly young people, blacks, Hispanics, and Independents” to the polls in November.

There are millions more Democrats today than when this process started and that’s going to be beneficial to us in November, said campaign’s chief strategist David Axelrod.

US worried over lack of larger plan in Afghanistan: CSM

AfgahnistanWashington, Aug 29 : The US is worried about the lack of a larger plan to improve the deteriorating security scenario in Afghanistan as senior defence officials are debating how many troops they can send there and how soon to bring the situation under control.

The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) reports that as political pressure mounts to do more to stop the violence in Afghanistan, there is an increasing fear in the Pentagon that sending in more forces is just a stopgap measure that masks the absence of a broader, viable strategy.

Giant clams fed first modern humans moving out of Africa

Washington, August 29 : A study on a newly discovered living species of giant clam called Tridacna costata suggests that modern humans’ dispersal out of Africa into the Red Sea and adjacent regions 110,000 to 90,000 years ago might have been driven largely by competition for marine resources.

Fossil evidence reveals that the new species called Tridacna costata once accounted for more than 80 percent of giant clams in the Red Sea, while it presently represents less than one percent of giant clams living there.

Claudio Richter of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany says that new species appears to live only in the shallowest waters, making it particularly vulnerable to over-fishing.