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       HEADLINES: VS has won in Malampuzha with BJP votes: Oommen Chandy                                              Central zone IG to probe Jisha’s death, says Chandy                                              Bomb making in Nadapuram with consent of CPM, says Sudheeran                                              Youth injured in Nadapuram bomb explosion dies                                              Couple dies in accident                                              Modi asks BJP MPs to highlight government's achievements                                              I am happy to be targeted, says Rahul                                              UN tribunal's order on marines affirms SC's authority                                              'Cash-strapped ISIS selling chickens and eggs in Libya'                                              Pakistan will buy F-16s from others if US fails to deliver: Aziz                                              Threats force Afghan boy, fan of Messi, to leave the country                                              Pakistan raps Trump over vow to free doctor who helped track bin Laden                                              Italy must return marine if India's jurisdiction is proved: UN court                                              BCCI recommends Kohli for Khel Ratna, Rahane for Arjuna                                              Soccer-Amazing Leicester celebrate fairytale title success                                              Sachin accepts IOA's invitation to become goodwill ambassador                                              Kaumudi Facebook
       SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY  
         NASA-inspired 'miracle suits' helping save new moms globally    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Inspired by NASA research on inflated anti-gravity suit, 'miracle suits' are helping save new mothers around the world by preventing blood loss during or after childbirth, according to the US space agency.

 
         Reduce sitting time to live longer: study    
 
HOUSTON: Reducing daily sitting time by one to two hours could have a significant and positive impact on future cardiovascular health, scientists, including one of Indian-origin suggest.

 
         Slow networks in India preventing Apple from full bloom: Cook    
 
 
NEW YORK: India presents a "really great opportunity" for Apple but slow networks and the informal retail structure there is preventing the tech giant from realising its full potential, its CEO Tim Cook said as the company's revenues plunged for the first time in 13 years.

 
         Higher CO2 levels greening Earth: study    
 
WASHINGTON: A quarter to half of Earth's vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), a new study has found.

 
         New app magnifies smartphone screen for visually impaired    
 
WASHINGTON: An application that can magnify a smartphone screen to potentially benefit low-vision users has been developed by researchers, including an Indian-origin.

 
         How the World Health Organization's cancer agency confuses consumers    
 
Thanks to scientists working under the auspices of the World Health Organization, you can be fairly sure your toothbrush won't give you cancer. Over four decades, a WHO research agency has assessed 989 substances and activities, ranging from arsenic to hairdressing, and found only one was "probably not" likely to cause cancer in humans. It was an ingredient in nylon used in stretchy yoga pants and toothbrush bristles.

 
         EU hits Google with anti-trust charges over Android    
 
 
BRUSSELS: The EU slapped Google with anti-trust charges today over its widely-used Android mobile phone operating system, in a fresh salvo by Brussels against the Silicon Valley giant. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google had used practices such as making manufacturers pre-install its search engine as the default in order to preserve its market dominance.

 
         New bubble technology can shoot drugs deep into tumours    
 
 
SINGAPORE: Scientists have invented a new way to deliver cancer drugs deep into tumour cells using gas bubbles, a finding which may solve some of the most pressing problems faced in chemotherapy.

 
         'Night shifts may affect women more than men'    
 
LONDON: Ladies, take note! Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that women may be more affected by night-shift work than men. The study found that shifted sleep-wake cycles affect men and women's brain function differently.

 
         Derailed train of thought? Blame brain's stopping system    
 
 
LOS ANGELES: Did you forget what you were about to say when the phone rang? Your brain's stopping system may be to blame! The same brain system that is involved in interrupting, or stopping, movement in our bodies also interrupts cognition which derails your train of thought, a new study has found.

 
         NASA's Saturn probe detects interstellar dust    
 
WASHINGTON: NASA's Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn has for the first time detected and analysed dust coming from beyond our solar system. Cassini has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004, studying the giant planet, its rings and its moons. The spacecraft has also sampled millions of ice-rich dust grains with its cosmic dust analyser instrument.

 
         Google, RailTel expand free WiFi reach, cover 9 more stations    
 
NEW DELHI: Google in collaboration with RailTel, the telecom arm of the Indian Railways, has rolled out free WiFi service at 9 more stations, taking the total to 10 where it will offer high-speed Internet to an estimated 1.5 million passengers and visitors. Free WiFi by Google-RailTel took off at Mumbai Central in January this year. The new stations include Pune, Bhubaneswar and Ranchi.

 
         New method may help detect gravitational waves    
 
MELBOURNE: Scientists have discovered new technology that may identify gravitational waves throughout 'the observable universe', instead of detecting them a billion light years away. The breakthrough could eventually see hundreds of gravity wave 'events' being recorded every day, according to Professor David Blair from at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

 
         Facebook brings 'chat bots' to Messenger    
 
 
SANFRANCISCO: Facebook today extended its reach beyond online socializing by building artificial-intelligence powered "bots" into its Messenger application to allow businesses to have software engage in lifelike text exchanges. The move announced at the leading online social network's annual developers conference in San Francisco came as the number of monthly users of Messenger topped 900 million and the Silicon Valley company works to stay in tune with mobile Internet lifestyles.

 
         16-yr-old Indian-American student invents low-cost hearing aid    
 
 
HOUSTON: A 16-year-old Indian-American boy has created a low-cost hearing aid costing USD 60 to help those who cannot afford expensive devices. Mukund Venkatakrishnan of Kentucky's Louisville city worked on the device for two years and presented it at the Jefferson County Public Schools Idea Fest and recently won first place the Kentucky State Science and Engineering Fair. The device, which can be used with even the cheapest set of headphones, is built to first test hearing by playing sev

 
         Researchers bring 'smart hands' closer to reality    
 
LONDON: You may be soon able to use your skin as a touchscreen, as researchers including one of Indian- origin have successfully created tactile sensations on the palm using ultrasound sent through the hand.

 
         Earth's soils can lock greenhouse gases, curb warming: study    
 
LONDON: The Earth's soils could store an extra 8 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases which may help limit the effect of climate change, according to a new study.

 
         Google pulls out Taliban app after it was on Play for two days    
 
 
HOUSTON: Internet giant Google has removed a propaganda app created by Taliban militants over hate speech concerns. The App called "Pashto Afghan News - Alemara," that was initially accepted on the Play store, reportedly featured videos and statements from the group's main website. The app, which allowed users to access the group's Pashto website, is part of a growing digital campaign by the Taliban to grow its audience.

 
         Ancient 'Kite Runner' carried its babies in bubbles: Study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Scientists have discovered a bizarre ancient animal that carried its babies in capsules tied to the parent's body like tiny, swirling kites and named it after the 2003 bestselling novel 'The Kite Runner'.

 
         'Planet X' caused mass extinctions on Earth?    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Planet X, a suspected ninth planet in our solar system, may have caused periodic mass extinctions on Earth, according to a new study. The yet undiscovered 'Planet X' triggers comet showers linked to mass extinctions on our planet at intervals of approximately 27 million years, researchers said.

 
         Microsoft unveils new free tools for developers    
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO: Technology giant Microsoft has unveiled new free development tools for its developers, including those in India, to help them easily build apps and reach the largest possible number of customers.

 
         Google's Gmail joke for April Fools' day backfires    
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO: Google has removed an April Fool's Gmail button, which sent a comical animation to recipients, after reports of that the feature caused "more headaches than laughs" to people at work.

 
         Ultimately it's going to be man with machines: Nadella    
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO: Envisaging a technological future where computers can learn human language and have conversations with people, Microsoft's India-born CEO Satya Nadella has said companies need to build "respectful" technology which gets the best of humanity and not the worst.

 
         Smartphones could soon replace your passport    
 
 
LONDON: A UK-based company is working on a new technology that may spell the end for paper passports by allowing you to use your smartphone at immigration control.

 
         Soon, clothes that can clean themselves with light    
 
MELBOURNE: A spot of sunshine is all it could take to clean your clothes within minutes, as scientists, including those of Indian-origin, have developed a low-cost, efficient way to grow nanostructures on textiles that can degrade organic matter when exposed to light.

 
         3D technology in the fight against ovarian cancer    
 
SYDNEY: An inexpensive 3D model to grow cancer cells can be the key to finding effective and affordable treatments for ovarian cancer which kills 140,000 women annually worldwide.

 
         Humanoid robot works in therapy for children with autism    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Scientists have created a robot with artificial intelligence that teaches children with autism to recognise facial expressions in people. Children with autism have special difficulty in expressing emotions, usually have no social skills and face major problems when communicating.

 
         Agasthyamala listed among 20 world biosphere reserves    
 
 
India's "unique" Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve is among 20 new sites added by the UN's top cultural body UNESCO to its World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The International Co-ordinating Council added the new sites during a two-day meeting on Saturday in Lima, capital of Peru, bringing the total number of biosphere reserves to 669 sites in 120 countries, including 16 transboundary sites.

 
         WHO suspends TB drugs from big India supplier on quality fear    
 
 
LONDON: The World Health Organization has suspended the approval of tuberculosis drugs made by India's Svizera Labs, a major supplier to developing countries, following an investigation into standards. The United Nations agency, which acts as a drug watchdog in markets lacking robust local regulation, said on Friday it had suspended all TB products made at Svizera's Mumbai site because manufacturing standards and quality management were unreliable.

 
         Rendezvous with an unsung hero of Silent Valley    
 
 
The more I was pointing towards trees and understorey flora, the more he was volleying me floral identities and the more exciting it was turning. This thrill prevailed for all ten days during a Tiger census in Silent Valley National Park where I was a participant in December 2013.

 
 
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