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Excerpts of Obama's acceptance speech

Excerpts of Obama's acceptance speechDenver, Colorado - Below are a series of excerpts from Barack Obama's speech Thursday night accepting the Democratic Party's nomination to be its candidate for president of the United States.

"With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States."

"We meet at one of those defining moments - a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more."

Indian-origin researcher’s new microwave cookware halves rice cooking time

Washington, August 29 : An Indian-origin professor of clay mineralogy at Pennsylvania State University has made a new cookware that interacts with microwaves to generate heat, and cooks rice in about half the time conventional utensils take.

Sridhar Komarneni says that the new material he and his colleagues have designed for use in microwaves not only heats foods and beverages more quickly, but also saves energy.

He has revealed that a rice cooker and plates made from the material are already being sold by ASAHI Ceramics Research Co. in Japan.

Apes can follow conversations the same way humans do

Washington, August 29 : Experts at Great Ape Trust of Iowa have opened an important new chapter in a decades-long debate about the linguistic capabilities of apes, by applying linguistic tools used to analyse human language to a conversation between a language-competent bonobo and a scientist.

Janni Pedersen, an Iowa State University Ph. D. candidate from Denmark, and William M. Fields, director of bonobo research at Great Ape Trust, say that their study indicates the bonobos may exhibit larger linguistic competency in ordinary conversation than in controlled experimental settings.

Barack Obama says US Prez poll a chance to keep the ‘American promise alive’

Barack ObamaDenver, Aug 29: Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has said in his acceptance speech that the forthcoming election was a chance for America to keep the promise alive in the 21st century. Accepting the nomination to run for the President of the US, Obama, in his address at the party's National Convention at Invesco stadium, said: “This moment, this election, is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive.”

Republican nominee McCain could surprise in November

Republican nominee McCain could surprise in NovemberWashington - Barack Obama's celebrity candidacy has stolen the international spotlight, but Republican Party standardbearer John McCain's chances of capturing the White House in November may be better than foreign observers perceive.

His populist "straight talk" style, relatively moderate views on domestic issues and hawkish foreign policy - girded by a maverick reputation within his own party - resonate well with centrist and

Candidates tussle for media spotlight

Candidates tussle for media spotlightLos Angeles - It was meant to be Barack Obama's big moment - his first speech as his party's official candidate for president.

The preparations had been painstaking - a mass rally at a Denver football field designed to showcase the popular appeal that had allowed Obama to leapfrog the Clinton political machine and become the first black presidential nominee.

But if Obama thought that his opponent John McCain would sit back Thursday night and applaud admiringly he had another think coming.