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Mysterious bright light in Mars photo not caused by aliens, says NASA
4/10/2014 11:24:00 AM

London, Apr 10 (ANI): NASA has revealed that the bright light that features in a photo from the surface of Mars taken by its Curiosity rover is not some kind of luminous alien, but it is likely a glinting rock or cosmic-ray hit.

The image has been widely shared since the rover tweeted it, with people trading various optimistic theories as to what could be causing the light on Mars' horizon, the Independent reported.

Justin Maki of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the leader

India's first Mars mission crosses halfway mark
4/10/2014 10:48:00 AM

Johannesburg, Apr 10 (ANI): India's first mission to Mars has successfully crossed the half-way mark, four months after leaving on an voyage to the Red Planet which is scheduled to take 11 months.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made the announcement on Wednesday in a statement from the southern city of Bangalore, News 24 reported.

It said that the spacecraft and its five scientific instruments are in good health.

The gold-coloured probe, the size of a small

India made second-highest number of user data requests to Google in 2013
4/10/2014 10:48:00 AM

Washington, Apr. 10 (ANI): India ranks second in Google's latest Transparency Report, focusing on law, policy and access to information online.

The report revealed the number of law enforcement agency requests that Google and YouTube received from each country in 2013.

It also listed the percentage of requests with which the company actually complied.

According to Mashable, law enforcement agencies in the U.S. submitted 21,492 requests for data on Google users last year,

Neanderthals were affectionate towards their children
4/10/2014 10:20:00 AM

Washington, Apr 10 (ANI): A new study suggests that Neanderthal children experienced strong emotional attachments with their immediate social group, used play to develop skills and played a significant role in their society.

The traditional perception of the toughness of Neanderthal childhood is based largely on biological evidence, but the archaeologists, led by Dr Penny Spikins, also studied cultural and social evidence to explore the experience of Neanderthal children.

The research

Cold beer's origins revealed
4/10/2014 12:44:00 AM

Washington, April 10 (ANI): Researchers have solved the mystery of the cold-adapted yeast that blended with a distant cousin to make the lager-churning hybrid endured for almost 500 years.

A team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Genetics Chris Hittinger confirms that Saccharomyces eubayanus, the wandering parent of hybrid lager yeast discovered in 2011, is indeed a native of Patagonia.

An analysis of the yeast's genetic sequence revealed its closest affinity

New software lets you see how your child will age
4/10/2014 12:01:00 AM

Washington, Apr 11 (ANI): If you are imagining what your child will look like when he or she grows up, a computer could now answer that question in less than a minute.

University of Washington researchers have developed software that automatically generates images of a young child's face as it ages through a lifetime.

The technique is the first fully automated approach for aging babies to adults that works with variable lighting, expressions and poses.

Using one photo of

New technique developed to turn pee into fuel and drinking water during space missions
4/10/2014 12:01:00 AM

Washington, Apr 10 (ANI): Rather than ejecting astronaut pee into space, scientists are developing a new technique that can turn this waste burden into a boon by converting it into fuel and much-needed drinking water.

Their report could also inspire new ways to treat municipal wastewater.

Eduardo Nicolau, Carlos R. Cabrera and colleagues point out that human waste on long-term journeys into space makes up about half of the mission's total waste.

Recycling it is critical

Land Rover's 'transparent car' set to become a reality
4/10/2014 12:01:00 AM

Washington, April 10 (ANI): Land Rover has brought out a new concept that would give drivers a better view of the road.

The Transparent Bonnet Concept uses cameras on the car's grille to capture a view of the road which is usually obscured by the hood, the Verge reported.

This data is then fed to a heads-up display that shows the video in real-time at the bottom of the windscreen, giving the impression that the bonnet - and the engine - are transparent. (ANI)

Here's why Apple is seeking $2.2Bln claim from Samsung
4/10/2014 12:01:00 AM

Washington, Apr 10 (ANI): Apple has accounted a claim of 2.2 billion dollars against Samsung Electronics, demanding money for the lost sales and royalties the company faced.

Apple stated that the patent infringement by Samsung has caused a significant loss to the company.

The trial began last week, involving 5 Apple patents and 10 Samsung products.

The patents are 'slide to lock', 'universal search', data syncing in background, autocorrect, and contextual links

What makes you satisfied with your love life revealed
4/10/2014 12:01:00 AM

Washington, April 10 (ANI): Researchers have suggested that regular churchgoers, married people or those who enjoy harmonious social ties are most satisfied with their love life.

This also goes for people who are currently in love or who experience the commitment and sexual desire of their partners, says Felix Neto and Maria da Conceicao Pinto of the Universidade do Porto in Portugal.

To investigate the factors that influence this across various age groups, 1,284 adult Portuguese

'Impregnable' superbugs may soon be history
4/10/2014 12:01:00 AM

Washington, April 10 (ANI): Researchers have discovered a class of agents that can make some of the most notorious strains vulnerable to the same antibiotics that they once handily shrugged off.

Chuanbing Tang and colleagues note that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is responsible for a significant fraction of the infections that patients acquire in hospitals.

They tested a recently discovered class of metallopolymers

Spacesuits, moon dust, astronaut gear up for grabs
4/9/2014 5:00:00 PM

Washington, April 9 (ANI): Space-age memorabilia has gone under the hammer, which includes a collection of nearly 300 items from the U.S. and Russian space programs.

The auction by Bonhams also features an emblem autographed by all three members of the Apollo 11 crew, including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, which was flown into space on the first moon landing, CBS News reported.

The emblem is estimated at 40,000 dollars to 60,000 dollars, while other prized items

Now, a dress that will help you get laid as soon as you get turned on
4/9/2014 4:00:00 PM

London, April 9 (ANI): A Dutch designer has created a dress that will help you tell the object of your desires how you feel by becoming transparent when you get turned on.

Daan Roosegaarde's creation, which comes in black faux-leather or white fabric, has been dubbed Intimacy 2.0 dress, Metro.co.uk reported.

Fitted with e-foils, the dress reads the wearer's heart rate and plastic parts of the dress go see-through when the wearer is turned on.

Roosegaarde said that his

Almost every human experiences unwanted, intrusive thoughts
4/9/2014 4:00:00 PM

Washington, April 9 (ANI): A new study has revealed 94 per cent of people unwanted, intrusive thoughts.

The research conducted by Concordia University found that it's not the unwanted, intrusive thoughts that are the problem, but what people make of those thoughts.

Adam Radomsky said that the intrusive thoughts are the heart of their cognitive and behavioral interventions for helping people overcome OCD.

The study was published in the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and

Samsung working on a stand-alone smartwatch: Rumor
4/9/2014 3:31:00 PM

Washington, Apr 9 (ANI): Samsung is reportedly adding a new product to its wrist worn gadget list.

According to Greenbot, if rumours are to be believed Samsung is working on a wrist gadget with integrated SIM and will allow users to make and receive calls without pairing it to any other mobile device.

This watch will work independently and will be a different device altogether.

Samsung has filed a patent for the Gear Solo name though there is no information whether this will

Zoove launches mobile contact-sharing service that doesn't require an app
4/9/2014 3:31:00 PM

Washington, Apr. 9 (ANI): Zoove is introducing a contact-sharing service called StarStar myInfo that does not require an app.

The myInfo service, which will be available to U.S. consumers on any of the four major carriers, will offer users ways to both share and receive updated contact details from their friends and colleagues without requiring a mobile app.

Zoove offers a registry of unique mobile numbers for brands and consumers (StarStar Brand and StarStar Me, respectively),

Solar-powered plane to fly around the world in 2015
4/9/2014 3:31:00 PM

Washington, Apr 9 (ANI): The two Swiss pilots who flew a solar-powered plane on a record-setting coast-to-coast flight across the United States last summer have revealed that they will use their next-generation solar plane in 2015 to circumnavigate the globe.

Pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard are slated to reveal a new solar-powered airplane, dubbed Solar Impulse 2, in a ceremony on April 9. The event will be webcast live on the Solar Impulse website, according to Mashable.


'Game-changing' discovery for US Navy as seawater is turned to fuel
4/9/2014 2:57:00 PM

Washington, Apr 9 (ANI): The US Navy has claimed that it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades of how to take seawater and use it as fuel.

The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as a game-changer because it would significantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack.

According to some scientists, we must begin using more nuclear power to keep global warming from accelerating.

Researchers trying to determine extent of malware infection rates on smartphones
4/9/2014 2:57:00 PM

Washington, Apr. 09 (ANI): Researchers in Finland are trying to measure the severity at which smartphones could be infected by malware infections.

University of Helsinki researchers working at the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC) will present a paper at this year's World Wide Web conference which will provide an answer to this question based on their work in the 'Malware Insights' project.

The project team has been investigating the true

72 percent Americans say no to Google Glass over privacy fears
4/9/2014 2:30:00 PM

Washington, Apr. 9 (ANI): There is a considerable opposition to the idea of people wearing Glass in public because of privacy issues, a new survey has found.

A study by market research firm Toluna tried to discover Americans' deeper feelings about Google's fine gadget.

The study found that Americans do have deeper feelings and, 72 percent of people won't buy Google Glass because of privacy concerns, CNET reports.

The survey found that people are afraid of hacking,

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