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Indian-origin NASA scientist finds baby Sun’s tantrums buried in moon’s crust

When the Sun was just a baby four billion years ago, it went through violent outbursts of intense radiation, spewing particles across the solar system but these growing pains helped seed life on early Earth by igniting chemical reactions that kept Earth warm and wet. Ironic butthe same solar tantrums may have prevented life from forming on other planets such ...

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Goodbye China? Minami Tori island off Japan finds huge treasure of rare earth materials

A rare form of mud found in a Japanese island may turn out to be a treasure for the future scientists and it consists of huge quantity of rare earth materials, scientists say. With an estimated 16 million tonnes of mud, the massive, “semi-infinite” stores of valuable rare earth minerals in the island off Japan shores in the Pacific Ocean ...

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These natives experimented flats, city lifestyle 9000 years ago

The ancient ruins of Çatalhöyük, in modern Turkey, revealed that its inhabitants – 3,500 to 8,000 people at its peak – experienced overcrowding, infectious diseases, violence and environmental problems almost 9,000 years ago, said an international team of bioarchaeologists after 25 years of study. The results paint a picture of what it was like for humans to move from a ...

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This student-made robot dog jumps, flips and trots, will you buy?

Kurt Hickman/Stanford News Service

Putting their own twist on robots that amble through complicated landscapes, the Stanford Student Robotics club’s Extreme Mobility team at Stanford University has developed a four-legged robot that is capable of performing acrobatic tricks and traversing challenging terrain. Anyone who wants their own version of the robot, dubbed Stanford Doggo, can consult comprehensive plans, code and a supply list that ...

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Deny teenagers any screen, they’ll soon go to sleep: Study

Sleep in teenagers can be improved by just one week of limiting their evening exposure to light-emitting screens on phones, tablets and computers, said a study whose findings will be presented in Lyon, at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2019. The study indicates that by simply limiting their exposure to blue-light emitting devices in the evening, adolescents ...

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There’s an insane inner pickpocket in everyone of us, says study

Researchers have identified how the human brain is able to determine the properties of a particular object using purely statistical information, thus suggesting that there is an ‘inner pickpocket’ in all of us. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, the Central European University, and Columbia University, found that one of the reasons that successful pickpockets are so efficient is ...

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Japan, Germany join hands for Mars Moon Exploration (MMX)

When it comes to expansion or exploration, Japan and Germany stand together as history has repeatedly shown us. Soon after launching a rover on asteroid Ryugu last month, Japan has announced its future vision to explore Mars moons in collaboration with the German space agency. JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and Germany’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), and the German ...

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HAL parody website takes on defence minister’s remarks

India’s state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore was caught in between its own minister and its proxy defender, a fake website, amidst the ongoing brouhaha over the capabilities of the Bangalore-HQ defence establishment. When Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman publicly humiliated the defence organisation HAL for not having capabilities to manufacture 126 Rafale combat aircraft, all the defence establishments run ...

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Diplomatic Dinner? Israeli dinner Dessert in a Shoe Shocks Japan PM Abe

Whether intentionally or unintentionally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made a faux paux of sort when his renowned and creative chef served visiting Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with desert dishes in a shoe on last week May 2. Shocked Japanese revealed it a week later. Japanese, like any Asian culture, do not bring shoes inside the home, ...

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Sauna bath daily reduces risk of heart disease by 61%, says study

Frequent sauna bathing is good as it reduces the risk of stroke, said a new international study. The study followed people taking a sauna for 15 years and found the frequent goers benefit more from it. Those taking saunda 4-7 times a week were 61% less likely to suffer a stroke than those taking a sauna once a week, said ...

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Adnan Sami not alone, many Indians do face humiliation abroad

When Bollywood singer Adnan Sami landed in Kuwaiti airport on Sunday, he was in for a shock to see how the officials of Kuwaiti immigration treat Indians. Enraged, Adnan Sami tweeted about the episode:"Kuwaiti airport immigration mistreated my staff for no reason and called them ‘Indian Dogs’! When you were contacted you did nothing!! How dare d Kuwaitis behave like ...

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National Film Award 2018: Winners say ‘No’ to Smriti Irani, insist on receiving from President

The annual national film awards have met with boycott call and aversion among the film fraternity when the function itinerari revealed that about 60 winners out of all, will be honoured by the ministers, instead of the President of India Ram Nath Kovind. The new rule does not allow the President to spare more than one hour for any awards ...

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Mallya Dose? India approves MoU with UK on return of Illegal Migrants

Indian Cabinet has approved an MoU last month with the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland on the return of illegal migrants, in view of businessman and former MP Vijay Mallya’s escape from the tax dragon in the country. The MoU will facilitate that the Visa Free Agreement for holders of Diplomatic passports as well as liberalization of UK Visa Regime ...

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EPFO Introduces App for View of Pension Passbook Online

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has introduced a new service through ‘UMANG app’ that provides a ‘View Passbook’ option to check the details like any passbook. Once the pensioner enters the PPO Number and Date of Birth, the app will ask for a validation. Once the validation is successful, OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number of the ...

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Video of vendor in train toilet with tea, coffee cans goes viral; Contractor fined

A video was doing rounds in social media in the past one week showing a vendor coming out of train toilet with tea and coffee cans, which raised apprehension that he is mixing water in the cans inside the toilet. The Railway ministry said it has identified the vendor and action has been taken. See video “The incident has occurred ...

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Xiaomi Mi 7 photo leaked on Weibo, Sports 8GB RAM, finger scanner, snapdragon 845

Xiaomi Mi 7 is all set for a grand release with in-display fingerprint scanner, Snapdragon 845 chipset among other features and a Chinese website has leaked the picture with the possible date of its release. The Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, who is going to IPO in Hong Kong exchange currently, was supposed to have announced its flagship Mi 7 at ...

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Frequent sauna bathing brings down stroke risk, says study

Frequent sauna bathing can bring down the risk of stroke, said a new international study, based on a 15-year follow-up on people taking a sauna 4-7 times a week. the study found that they were 61% less likely to suffer a stroke than those taking a sauna once a week. This is the first such large-scale study and the findings ...

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Sri Reddy row: Telugu Film Industry promises CASH committees, Helplines, Toilets and more

Amid an ugly #MeToo movement when actress Sri Reddy bared her body in the public, the shocked Telugu film industry (TFI) has come up with a series of steps to ensure women’s safety. In a statement, the Telugu Film industry said that it has decided collectively to deal with the matter with utmost urgency and in a wholistic manner. Despite ...

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UFOs floating in shape over Shrewsbury, claims ex-army officer

An ex-army officer has claimed that he has captured a streak of UFOs floating over Shrewsbury, in Pontesbury Hill and the witness assured the viewers that it was not a military aircraft. "Having served in the forces for over 30 years, I can bet my pension they are not known to the military. They moved slowly around the back of ...

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Breastfeeding saved infants in Ice Age, led to bigger breast size in humans: Study

Breast feeding might have played a criticial role in infant survival during the last ice age, and it might have led to a common genetic mutation in East Asians and Native Americans, which could have affected the shape of their teeth, says a new study. The genetic mutation, which probably occurred 20,000 years ago, in turn led to more density ...

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‘102 Not Out’ to release on May 4 in Russia, Why?

Bringing back the old ties with Russia when Rishi Kapoor’s father Raj Kapoor had many fans there, the latest Kapoor film ‘102 Not Out’ starring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role will hit the theatres in Russia, at a time when all Bollywood films get queued first in American theatres. Director Umesh Shukla’s forthcoming film "102 Not Out" will also ...

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Karnataka Elections 2018: EC extends polling time till 6 PM on May 12

The Election Commission has extended the hours of poll in the Karnataka elections citing the sub-section (2) of section 15 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The polling time earlier mentioned under Section 56 of the said Act notified hours of poll to begin from 7.00 am and to complete by 5.00 pm as the hours of poll ...

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Former foreign Secretary Jaishankar joins Tata Group as PM relaxes ‘Cooling Off Period’

Former Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar, the former ambassador known for his coveted roles in Japan, singapore and China, besides the US, has been allowed to take over a new post as President of Global Corporate Affairs of Tata group and he will report to N Chandrasekaran, executive chairman of Tata Sons. Since senior bureaucrats are bound by one-year cooling ...

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Trichomonosis disease discovered among myna birds in Pakistan: Report

A strain of the disease responsible for killing off nearly two thirds of the UK’s greenfinches has been discovered in myna bird populations in Pakistan. Mynas are native to the Indian subcontinent and are one of the world’s most invasive species. Although the disease is not generally fatal to them, experts from the University of East Anglia studying the birds ...

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#MeToo knocks the door of Indore as 2 men try to pull skirt of model on scooter

Last week the #MeToo movement reached its peak in Hyderabad when an actress bared her top in protest against ‘Casting Couch’ in the Telugu Film Industry. Almost everybody familiar with the Telugu films were shocked to know the dark side of the film industry. While many parents are swearing not ever send their children to act as models or actors ...

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Why Kate’s 3rd child is special to Queen Elizabeth?

As Prince William’s wife Kate was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in west London on Monday morning to give birth to the royal couple’s third child, Queen Elizabeth may receive a happy news on her 92nd Birthday. If Kate gives birth to the child on Monday, then there will be a double whammy in the UK royalty on every April ...

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Kate Middleton rushed to St Mary’s; People throng hospital to welcome third royal child

Prince William’s wife Kate was admitted to a hospital in London on Monday morning to give birth to the couple’s third child. Kate, officially known as the Duchess of Cambridge, started the early signs of labour in the morning and she was rushed to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in west London where their two children, George ...

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Fakenews finder NewsGuard opens hotline, encrypted service now

NewsGuard, which has been scanning thousands of news websites to identify fake and irresponsible news, has started a new hotline service. Planning to employ trained journalists to check and rate thousands of news conetent daily, the hotline service will be supported by a secure and encrypted digital infrastructure, said the company in a statement. The telephone hotline will be useful ...

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Mahesh Babu-starrer ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’ set for huge Box-office Collections

Mahesh Babu-starrer ‘Bharat Ane nenu’ is going packed on 2,000 screens hoping to surpass the non-Bahubali record of Rs.60 crore in box office collections, set by Pawan Kalayan’s ‘Agnyathavasi’ on its opening day. The first take on the film since morning on Friday was that the film will be a big hit like ‘Srimanthudu’ by the same Mahesh-Koratala combination in ...

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Unnecessary pill-popping leads to dementia, finds new study

A new study by University of Sydney has found that excessive use of medication increases dementia, particularly unnecessary or inappropriate medications. Nearly 2,500 people were examined for the study conducted in collaboration with Yale University and University of Kentucky. The number of people living with dementia around the world is 50 million. In Australia alone, it is currently 425,000, which ...

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