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Some new moms living with parents suffer more baby blues
4/5/2014 1:13:00 PM

Washington, April 5 (ANI): A new study has revealed that married and single moms, who are living with parents, suffer higher rates of depression.

The study conducted by Duke University found that married and single mothers suffer higher rates of depression when they live in multi-generational households in their baby's first year of life.

However, the study suggested that moms, who lived with their romantic partners but weren't married, had lower rates of depression when they

Deadly fungus poses threat to 26-billion-pound worth of global banana crop
4/5/2014 11:26:00 AM

London, Apr 5 (ANI): Scientists suggest that the world's banana crop, worth 26 billion pounds and a crucial part of the diet of more than 400 million people, is facing disaster from virulent diseases immune to pesticides or other forms of control.

Alarm at the most potent threat - a fungus known as Panama disease tropical race 4 (TR4) - has risen dramatically after it was announced in recent weeks that it has jumped from South-east Asia, where it has already devastated export crops,

3D structure of malaria parasite genome generated
4/5/2014 11:05:00 AM

Washington, April 5 (ANI): Researchers have generated a 3D model of the human malaria parasite genome at three different stages in the parasite's life cycle.

The parasite that causes malaria in humans is Plasmodium falciparum. The female Anopheles mosquito transmits P. falciparum from an infected human to healthy individuals, spreading malaria in the process.

Karine Le Roch, an associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience, who led the study and her research team also

Light may help restore function to paralysed muscles
4/5/2014 11:05:00 AM

Washington, April 5 (ANI): Researchers have discovered a new method to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to muscles paralysed by conditions such as motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury.

The technique developed by scientists at UCL and King's College London involves transplanting specially-designed motor neurons created from stem cells into injured nerve branches.

In the study, the team demonstrated the method in mice in which

How avalanches are triggered in Himalayas revealed
4/5/2014 11:05:00 AM

Washington, April 5 (ANI): Researchers have said that the amount of snow needed to trigger an avalanche in the Himalayans can be up to four times smaller than in the Alps.

The proposed universal model from a materials scientist at Queen Mary University of London could have implications in better understanding strategies for mitigating natural hazards related to snow and rock avalanches and safeguarding people on mountain villages, roads and ski resorts.

By using a branch of mechanics

Little gas cloud's fate could reveal much about growth of black holes
4/5/2014 11:05:00 AM

Washington, April 5 (ANI): Researchers have said that the gas cloud that's edging closer to the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy could reveal much about these entities.

Northwestern University's Daryl Haggard has been closely watching the little cloud, called G2, and the black hole, called Sgr A*, as part of a study that should eventually help solve one of the outstanding questions surrounding black holes: How exactly do they achieve such supermassive

Video of Japanese model exercising with poodles goes viral
4/5/2014 12:56:00 AM

London, Apr 5 (ANI): A surreal exercise video featuring Japanese model Mariko Takahashi and a team of poodles has gone viral online, 10 years after it was made.

California-born Takahashi features strange inflated muscles similar to how poodles' hair is shaved.

They all dress in leotards and perform an 80's style aerobics exercise, the Daily Star reported.

The clip, which was made in 2004 by Panasonic ahead of the Olympic Games, has seen a revival with hundreds of thousands

Tiny medical robots could one day provide emergency surgery in space
4/5/2014 12:21:00 AM

Washington, Apr 5 (ANI): Tiny medical robots could one day operate inside an astronaut's body during an emergency in space.

A fist-sized robot is scheduled for its first zero-gravity test in the next several months-one small step toward enabling robotic medical attention for humans stuck on deep-space missions lasting for months.

The compact robot is the product of Virtual Incision and researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, New Scientist reported.

It's

eBay adds section for virtual currency in US website
4/5/2014

Washington, 5 Apr (ANI): The e-commerce bigshot eBay now allows users to deal in virtual currencies like Bitcoin and Dongecoin.

According to The Verge, the new section allows users to buy shares of mining operations and mining contracts.

The section is divided into three subs - mining contracts, currency and miners.

Most of the virtual currency listings by now are classifying ads; therefore eBay is not ignoring individual transactions.(ANI)

Taking smartphones, iPads to bed could make you an insomniac
4/5/2014

London, Apr 5 (ANI): As insomnia becomes a serious epidemic, experts have revealed that more than 28 million people do not get at least seven hours a night.

While partying and pulling all-nighters are obvious culprits, researchers are also blaming the use of phones, tablets and TVs before bed.

And some of us are so attached to our gadgets that we even take them to bed with us, the Daily Star reported.

The blue light emitted from the brightly-lit screens meddles with the brain's

Google's Project Loon balloon circumnavigates globe in record 22 days
4/4/2014 5:32:00 PM

Washington, Apr 4 (ANI): Google's Project Loon Wi-Fi broadcasting balloon Ibis-167 reportedly circled the Earth in a record 22 days.

Earlier, Google had estimated a total of 33 days for Ibis-167 to successfully circumnavigate the globe.

According to Cnet, before Ibis-167, Google had floated Project Loon balloons up into the atmosphere-in all the project has traveled 311,000 miles and experienced wind speeds ranging from 2 knots to 75 knots-but it hadn't yet seen such a speedy

Microsoft to launch Windows Kinect this summer
4/4/2014 2:44:00 PM

Washington, 4 Apr (ANI): Microsoft is planning to use the in-built PC cameras and turn it to Kinect camera as mounting Kinect sensors on every PC is not feasible.

The general manager of Xbox application, Michael Mott, said that instead of mounting sensors on every PC, they can use other alternates using Webcams.

PC World reported that the latest addition to Kinect for windows could be launch by this summer. Kinect can recognize users and track their movements.

Mott said that

Search for FireTv ending up in porn site
4/4/2014 2:44:00 PM

Washington, 4 Apr (ANI): Adding '.com' to the end something usually takes you to webpage somehow related to it, but that is not same with Amazon's newly launched FireTv.

The website in limelight here is, FireTv.com, which sounds related to Amazon's new product is actually a porn site, Cnet reports.

Domain search suggests that the URL was created in 2000, and was renewed in March this year. It is not clear if the owner of the pornographic website was clever enough to know

Google Street-view fined 1.6 million dollars by Italian watchdogs
4/4/2014 2:44:00 PM

Wellington, 4 Apr (ANI): Italy's data protection watchdog has fined Google with NZD 1.6 million as the cars used by Google were not distinctly recognizable.

People complained that the cars were not clearly recognizable and they did not get any chance of deciding whether they want to get clicked or not.

The fine is related only to vehicles which were not distinctly labeled. It is also reported that Google accidently some electronic communications as part of research in the country,

Vine's new messaging feature lets users share videos and text messages
4/4/2014 2:06:00 PM

Washington, Apr 4 (ANI): The Twitter-owned video app Vine has reportedly come up with a new messaging feature that allows users to send video and text messages to anyone on Vine.

Moreover, the new feature also lets users to send videos to anyone in their personal address book and even to those who are not on vine.

Vine Product Manager Jason Toff wrote in a blog post that from Vine's early days, it had been recognized that there was a growing desire and need for private messaging

Google fails to trademark word 'Glass'
4/4/2014 2:06:00 PM

Washington, 4 Apr (ANI): Google was trying to get hold of the word 'glass', when written in Google's stylized marketing logo font, to restrain other companies to copy their computer-enabled eyeglass.

According to Cnet, trade-marking a common term as 'Glass' raises some issues, although they have allowed trademark of 'Google Glass'.

Trademark office sent a letter to Google stating that 'Glass' is a generic term and they cannot allow them to trademark it,

Now, Sex Calculator to measure how much calories you burn while making love
4/4/2014 1:41:00 PM

London, Apr.4 (ANI): A team of researchers recently created an online instrument to measure the amount of energy lost during a love making session.

The Sex Calculator has been designed by UKMedix.co.uk, an online pharmacy that specializes in weight loss and sexual health, the Mirror reported.

According to the sex calculator, a half-an-hour session can burn up to 150 calories, which is equivalent of 15 minutes jogging. (ANI)

'Homo' only primate whose tooth size decreased as brain size increased
4/4/2014 1:09:00 PM

Washington, Apr 4 (ANI): Andalusian researchers led by the University of Granada, have discovered that members of the human lineage, classed as the genus Homo are the only primates throughout their 2.5-million year history, whose size of teeth has decreased as their brain size increased.

The key to this phenomenon, which scientists call evolutionary paradox, could be in how Homo's diet has evolved.

Digestion starts first in the mouth and, so, teeth are essential in breaking food

Google to launch own wireless network
4/4/2014 1:09:00 PM

Washington, Apr 4 (ANI): Google is reportedly planning to launch its own wireless network.

The company executives are considering offering wireless service in areas where it has already installed Google Fiber high-speed internet.

According to the Verge, Google is interested in becoming a mobile virtual network operator or MVNO, buying access to a larger network at wholesale rates and reselling it to customers.

Meanwhile, sources have revealed that the company engaged in talks

New app that lets you text without Internet connection or cell service
4/4/2014 11:55:00 AM

Washington, 4 Apr (ANI): A new app in the virtual world called FireChat has been launched that lets users communicate with others in close proximity without any service provider or Internet.

According to Fox News, FireChat works on a technology called 'wireless mesh networking', the technology might someday make it possible to connect thousands of devices without spending a single penny for connection.

The app was launched on iPhone two weeks ago. This app is proving to be

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