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         Don't share with FB info of users who stop using WhatsApp: HC    
 
 
NEW DELHI: WhatsApp, the instant messaging software, was today directed by the Delhi High Court to delete the information and data of those users who would stop using the app before September 25, when its new privacy policy comes into effect. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal also asked WhatsApp not to share with Facebook or other group companies the information and details of users who would opt out of the app, as well as the existing users upto September 2

 
         Google launches 'Allo' messaging app    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Google has launched its messaging app 'Allo', which would compete with the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Available for both Android and iOS platforms, Allo will also mark the debut of Google Assistant in a preview edition.

 
         Origin of Pluto's huge 'icy heart' found    
 
 
LONDON: Scientists have unveiled the origin of the large heart-shaped nitrogen glacier on Pluto spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic flyby of the icy-dwarf planet last year. Researchers from the Laboratoire de meteorologie dynamique in France show that Pluto's peculiar insolation and atmosphere favour nitrogen condensation near the equator, in the lower altitude regions, leading to an accumulation of ice at the bottom of Sputnik Planum, a vast topographic basin.

 
         Mobile device to detect irregular heartbeat, prevent stroke    
 
LONDON: Scientists have developed a new smartphone app and a thumb-size device which can detect irregular heartbeat and may help to prevent strokes at an early stage. The mobile device, developed at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, has been tested with excellent results for around two years in real-life conditions in cooperation with Turku University Central Hospital.

 
         Wet period on Mars more recent than thought: study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Lakes and snowmelt-fed streams on Mars formed much later than previously thought possible, according to new findings using data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The recently discovered lakes and streams appeared roughly a billion years after a well-documented, earlier era of wet conditions on ancient Mars, NASA said.

 
         Apple slashes iPhone 6S, 6S Plus prices by up to Rs 22,000    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Weeks ahead of the impending India launch of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple has slashed prices of the previous generation handsets -- iPhone 6S and 6S Plus -- by up to Rs 22,000. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, launched earlier this month in the US, are slated to hit the Indian market from October 7, with prices starting at Rs 60,000.

 
         How X-ray damages DNA, causes cancer decoded    
 
 
LONDON: Scientists have, for the first time, found how X-rays and radioactive particles cause cancer in humans by damaging DNA, a finding that may lead to more effective treatments for tumours caused by radiation. Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK have been able to identify in human cancers two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by ionising radiation, such as gamma rays, X-rays and radioactive particles.

 
         NASA images unveil origins of solar wind    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA scientists have for the first time imaged the edge of the Sun, enabling them to describe the mysterious origins of solar wind. Ever since the 1950s discovery of the solar wind - the constant flow of charged particles from the Sun - there has been a disconnect between this outpouring and the Sun itself.

 
         Satellite owner says SpaceX owes $50 million or free flight    
 
 
CAPE CANAVERAL: Israel's Space Communication Ltd said on Sunday it could seek $50 million or a free flight from Elon Musk's SpaceX after a Spacecom communications satellite was destroyed last week by an explosion at SpaceX's Florida launch site. Officials of the Israeli company said in a conference call with reporters Sunday that Spacecom also could collect $205 million from Israel Aerospace Industries, which built the AMOS-6 satellite.

 
         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.

 
 
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