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         Mysterious 'Higgs Bison' species identified    
MELBOURNE: A mysterious hybrid species, recorded by Ice Age cave artists in great detail more than 15,000 years ago and dubbed as the Higgs Bison due its elusive nature, was the ancestor of the modern European bison, scientists who analysed ancient DNA have discovered. The mystery species originated over 120,000 years ago through the hybridisation of the extinct Aurochs (the ancestor of modern cattle) and the Ice Age Steppe Bison, which ranged across the cold grasslands from Europe to Mexico.

         Note 7 debacle may hit Samsung's India rev by Rs 6,500 cr: CMR    
NEW DELHI: Samsung's smartphone shipment to India may fall short of target by 4 million units in 2016, hit by global recall and halt in production of its flagship Note 7 smartphone, research firm CMR today said. While Samsung had unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 in July in India with a price tag of Rs 59,900, it delayed selling of the handset in India after cases of battery exploding while charging were reported in various countries.

         America will take the giant leap to Mars by 2030s: Obama    
WASHINGTON: The US has set an ambitious goal of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s as part of its efforts to open up new avenues of space exploration, US President Barack Obama said today. "We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America's story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time," Obama said in an op-ed in CNN.

         Global dust storm may hit Mars soon: NASA    
WASHINGTON: Mars is likely to experience a global dust storm in the next few months, encircling the red planet in a thick haze and obscuring surface features beneath, NASA has predicted. Global dust storms on Mars could soon become more predictable - which would be a boon for future astronauts there - if the next one follows a pattern suggested by those in the past.

         'Atomic sandwich' to power gen-next, energy-efficient devices    
WASHINGTON: Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have designed new 'atomic sandwiches' - materials that could lead to the next generation of devices that have more computing power and consume 100 times less energy than current electronics.

         Google announces new Pixel phone at San Francisco event    
SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday announced a new "Pixel" smartphone at an event on Tuesday, the company's latest effort to sell consumers on a Google-branded device and to challenge Apple Inc's iPhone at the high end of the $400 billion global market.

         Whatsapp adds new camera features    
NEW DELHI: Messaging app Whatsapp has added new camera features which will allow users to write and draw on photos and videos as well as add emojis to them.

         World's first baby born from 3-parent technique    
MIAMI: The world's first baby has been born thanks to a controversial new technique employed by US scientists to include DNA from three parents in the embryo, said a report today.

         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.

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