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       HEADLINES: VACB raid at residences of Saji Basheer                                              Former acting chief justice G Rajashekaran dies                                              Fire at plywood factory                                              Govt raises limit for bonus of govt employees                                              A group in CPM leaving Communism to join Criminalism, says Sudheeran                                              Chennai dog torture case: Medicos to pay Rs 2 lakh each as compensation to AWBI                                              Teenager killed in fresh clashes in the valley                                              'Don't bypass the Cabinet': President to govt on ordinance sent to him                                              Indian-origin escapes jail in US due to family's Hindu culture                                              Pakistan has to do more to clear terror sanctuaries: John Kerry                                              Key Islamic State leader killed in apparent US strike in Syria                                              Death sentence to Bangladeshi national in Shramjeevi blast case                                              3 ISIS militants arrested for planning attacks on Hindu temple                                              Pakistan to acquire eight attack submarines from China                                              I was lucky I wasn't good in studies, says Gopichand                                              Sindhu-Marin clash watched by 17 million TV viewers: Star                                              Skipper Azhar Ali faces criticism after ODI series loss                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Indian-origin boy devises breast cancer treatment    
LONDON: A 16-year-old Indian-origin boy in the UK has claimed to have found a treatment for the most deadly form of breast cancer which is unresponsive to drugs. Krtin Nithiyanandam, who moved to the UK from India with his parents, hopes he has found a way to turn so-called triple negative breast cancer into a kind which responds to drugs.

         Brain's chemical signals seen in real time    
NEW YORK: Scientists have developed a new technique that allows them to see what happens in the brains of live animals in real time, an advance that may eventually lead to a greater understanding of how we learn, develop and fight addictions. "We developed cell-based detectors called CNiFERs that can be implanted in a mouse brain and sense the release of specific neurotransmitters in real time," said Paul A Slesinger, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the US.

         Google launches Duo to take on Apple's FaceTime, Skype    
NEW DELHI: Tech giant Google has launched its video calling app, Google Duo, for Android and iOS users, which will compete with apps like FaceTime and Skype. The video calling app, which was first announced by Google three months ago at its I/O developer conference, aims to take the "complexity out of video calling".

         Hotel in Dubai to house tropical rainforest, indoor beach    
DUBAI: A first-of-its-kind USD 2 billion hotel being built in Dubai will house a tropical rainforest, roaming mechanical dinosaurs, robot hosts and an indoor beach.

         Samsung launches Note 7 for Rs 59,900; partners RJio    
NEW DELHI: Samsung today launched its new flagship Galaxy Note 7 in India with a price tag of Rs 59,900 and has partnered Reliance Jio for offering three months of free voice and data usage to customers. The Galaxy Note 7, which will compete with the likes of Apple's iPhone, BlackBerry Priv and HTC 10, will be available for pre-bookings from August 22 till August 30.

         'Your phone's battery level could be used to track you'    
WASHINGTON: Smartphone users, beware! Your phone's battery status could be used to track you online, researchers including one of Indian-origin have warned. The way this happens is linked to how you access websites from your mobile phone, researchers said.

         World's oldest evidence of cancer discovered    
JOHASSESBURG: Scientists have discovered the world's oldest evidence for cancer and bony tumours in human ancestor fossils found in South Africa, dating back to nearly two million years, suggesting that these deadly diseases may not be a consequence of modern lifestyles. The discovery of a foot bone dated to about 1.7 million years ago from Swartkrans in South African, with definitive evidence of malignant cancer, pushes the oldest date for this disease back from recent times into deep prehi

         New way to purify drinking water using sunlight    
WASHINGTON: Scientists have found a novel way to purify drinking water quickly and efficiently using graphene oxide and sunlight, an advance that may be a game changer for countries such as India. "We hope that for countries where there is ample sunlight, such as India, you'll be able to take some dirty water, evaporate it using our material, and collect fresh water," said Srikanth Singamaneni, associate professor at Washington University.

         DNA test may predict academic achievement: study    
LONDON: Scientists have found a new genetic scoring technique that may predict a student's academic achievement from DNA alone and help identify children who are at risk of having learning difficulties. The technique is the strongest prediction of behaviour from DNA to date, researchers said.

         Facebook team brings light-based internet closer to reality    
WASHINGTON: Scientists at the Facebook's Connectivity Lab have developed a new way to detect light signals travelling through the air, an advance that may lead to fast optical wireless networks capable of delivering internet service to remote places. High-speed wired communication networks today use lasers to carry information through optical fibres, but wireless networks are based on radio frequencies or microwaves.

         NASA's next Mars rover progresses towards 2020 launch    
WASHINGTON: NASA is ready to proceed with the final design and construction of its next Mars rover, targeted to launch in the year 2020, which will probe for evidence of past life on the red planet and help prepare for future manned missions.

         Facebook helps find baby lost in Nice attack    
NICE: An eight-month-old baby boy lost in the chaos after a truck rammed into a crowd in the French Riviera city of Nice killing at least 84 people was tracked down through Facebook today.

         Moon 'photobombs' Earth again in new NASA image!    
WASHINGTON: For the second time in a year, a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a 'lunar photobomb' - a stunning view the Moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth, crossing over the Indian and Pacific oceans.

         Massive planet with three suns discovered    
WASHINGTON: Scientists have discovered a new planet - located 340 light years from Earth and four times the mass of Jupiter - that orbits three stars and witnesses triple sunrises and sunsets each day, depending on the seasons, which last longer than human lifetimes.

         'Smartwatches, fitness trackers can give away your ATM PIN'    
WASHINGTON: Wearable devices can give away your passwords, say scientists who, for the first time, used data from sensors in smartwatches and fitness trackers to crack private PINs with upto 90 per cent accuracy.

         Study warns common malaria species is evolving    
MANILA: Plasmodium vivax, the more widespread strain of malaria, has greater genetic diversity than the deadly P. falciparum, which means that P. vivax may evolve differently to the anti-malarial drugs used in varying parts of the world, according to a new study in the Nature Genetics (27 June).

         Juno enters Jupiter's orbit and Google puts it on homepage    
WASHINGTON: After Juno, a spinning robotic NASA spacecraft built like a tank entered into the orbit of Juptier, the largest planet in the solar system, search engine giant Google celebrated the momentous occasion with a doodle on its homepage. The doodle is an animated image shows a pixelated version of NASA's ground crew jumping for joy as Juno — forming the second O in "Google" — beams back happy little emoji from around Jupiter.

         NASA's Juno probe set for date with Jupiter    
WASHINGTON: NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft, launched nearly five years ago, is set for a rendezvous with Jupiter, when it enters the orbit of the most massive planet in our solar system tomorrow.

         New camera can take images at speed of light    
WASHINGTON: Scientists have improved upon a new camera technology that can image at speeds about 100 times faster than today's commercial cameras and could enable imaging of ultrafast processes involving neurons, combustion and stars.

         Woman named Isis banned from Facebook, asked to prove identity    
LONDON: A 27-year-old UK woman named Isis was denied access to her Facebook account and asked to send an identity proof by the social networking site as part of its stringent policy to erase all traces of ISIS terror outfit.

         New AI system beats human in aerial combat simulation    
WASHINGTON: In a breakthrough, an artificial intelligence (AI) system has emerged victorious against a human expert during a high-fidelity air combat simulation. The system developed at the University of Cincinnati in the US was assessed by subject-matter expert and retired US Air Force Colonel Gene Lee - who holds extensive aerial combat experience as an instructor and Air Battle Manager with considerable fighter aircraft expertise.

         NASA wants you to work on Mars!    
HOUSTON: US space agency NASA has just come out with a series of retro recruitment posters that advertise a series of potential positions it may one day need filled on Mars.

         First complex organic molecule discovered in space    
WASHINGTON: A complex organic molecule essential for biology has been discovered for the first time in interstellar space, a finding that may help understand how life originated in the universe.

         World's first vaccine developed against "tampon disease"    
LONDON: Scientists have developed what they say is the world's first safe and effective vaccine against Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) that often occurs in young women who use "super tampons" during their periods. TSS -- known as tampon disease -- is a severe circulatory and organ failure caused by bacterial toxins, usually triggered by bacteria from the Staphylococcus group.

         Scientists turn atmospheric CO2 into rock    
LONDON: In a breakthrough towards mitigating climate change, scientists have discovered a quick and permanent method to remove human-produced carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - by turning it into harmless rock. A new study has shown for the first time that the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) can be permanently and rapidly locked away from the atmosphere, by injecting it into volcanic bedrock.

         Celebrating 200 years of inventing Stethoscope    
Any doctor is always pictured with the Stethoscope around his neck or in the hand. This instrument has become the 'sine qua non' of doctors, thanks to the discovery of it by a French physician, Rene T H Laennec in 1816.

         New method to make glass 'smart' developed    
MELBOURNE: In a major step towards 'smart glass' applications such as 3D display screens or remote radiation sensors, scientists have developed a method for embedding light-emitting nanoparticles into glass without affecting their unique properties.

         Fish can recognise human faces: study    
LONDON: In a first, scientists have discovered that fish are able to distinguish between human faces with a high degree of accuracy - an impressive feat, given this task requires sophisticated visual recognition capabilities. "Being able to distinguish between a large number of human faces is a surprisingly difficult task, mainly due to the fact that all human faces share the same basic features," said Cait Newport, a research fellow at University of Oxford in the UK.

         NASA spots giant coronal hole on Sun    
WASHINGTON: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has spotted a giant dark area on the upper half of the Sun known as a coronal hole. Coronal holes are areas on the Sun where the solar magnetic field extends up and out into interplanetary space, sending solar material speeding out in a high-speed stream of solar wind.

         Malaria breathalyser tests in Bangladesh    
Bangladesh figures in a list of countries due for field trials of a new breathalyser test that can detect malaria at an early stage. Other high-incidence countries where trials are to be conducted are Malawi, Sudan and Malaysia (Sabah province).

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