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April 24, Monday 2017 8:37 PM       
       HEADLINES: Alancier stages dramatised protest against M M Mani                                              Senkumar case a boost to people standing up against Marxist aristocracy: Surendran                                              I’ll not directly apologize to Pembilai Orumai, says Minister Mani                                              DGP Senkumar’s removal: SC rules in favour of Senkumar                                              SC order should be carried out in entirety: VS                                              Day 2: Delhi cops grill Dhinakaran for 11 hours                                              26 CRPF killed in Naxal encounter in Chhattisgarh                                              Chhota Rajan, three others guilty in fake passport case                                              Situation in Kashmir will improve in 2-3 months: Mehbooba                                              Mexico will 'eventually' pay for border wall: Trump                                              N Korean media issue threat to 'wipe out' US                                              Tendulkar turns 44, wishes pour in from across the globe                                              Younis breaks 10,000-run barrier as Pak build reply                                              Kaumudi Facebook
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         Offensive WhatsApp posts can land group admin in jail    
 
 
VARANASI: Think twice before becoming administrator of a group on WhatsApp or Facebook as one is liable for prosecution if any rumour or fake news is circulated on it.

 
         Facebook for 'everyone' and not just high end: Zuckerberg    
 
 
Facebook does innovation to serve "everyone" in the community and not just the "high end", its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said in an apparent swipe at the Snapchat boss' reported "poor countries" remark that triggered a controversy in India. "I think one thing that people probably don't think about as much as we do is innovation to serve everyone in the community, not just the high end, right?," Zuckerberg told Tech Crunch on the sidelines of the annual Facebook Developer Conference (F

 
         Google Earth re-invented for new era    
 
 
SAN FRANCICSO: Google today launched a re- imagined version of its free Earth mapping service, weaving in storytelling and artificial intelligence and freeing it from apps. "This is our gift to the world," Google Earth director Rebecca Moore said while giving AFP an early look at the new version of the program that lets people range the planet from the comfort of their computers, smartphones or tablets.

 
         NASA images show how India looks from space at night    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA today released new global nighttime images of the Earth - including a detailed view of India and its surroundings that show how patterns of human settlement changed across the country between 2012 and 2016. The new images compare the composite night-time view of India and its surrounding areas in 2016 with that of 2012.

 
         Signs of life detected below world's deepest point    
 
 
LONDON: Scientists have discovered potential evidence of life ten kilometres below the sea floor in the Mariana Trench - the deepest part of the world's oceans.

 
         'iPhones assembly in Bengaluru by Apple in less than a month'    
 
 
BENGALURU: Apple Inc will be ready to start asembling high-end iPhones in the city in less than a month to boost its chances of gaining a foothold in the fast growing Indian market,Karnataka IT Minister Priyank Khargesaid today. "In less than a month, we will have something out - Apple will start assembling and making its high-end iPhones at its plant in the city. Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp will help Apple in doing so," he told PTI here. Kharge said making iPhones in In

 
         Five astronauts assigned to future ISS mission: NASA    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA has assigned five astronauts for upcoming missions aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the US space agency said today. Astronauts Joe Acaba, Ricky Arnold, Nick Hague, Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Shannon Walker all have begun training for missions launching later this year and throughout 2018. Acaba will be the first to launch, assigned to the Expedition 53 and 54 crews that already include Mark Vande Hei of NASA, and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian space agency R

 
         Trump plans to send humans to Mars    
 
 
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has signed a new bill authorising nearly USD 20 billion for NASA programmes, that include human exploration of the red planet. The NASA Transition Authorisation Act gives the agency USD 19.5 billion for 2018. The legislation also asks it to chalk out a plan to send a "crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s."

 
         First patient cured of rare blood disorder'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: In a first, doctors in the US claim to have successfully cured an adult patient with a rare blood disorder in which the body does not produce enough red blood cells, causing progressive organ damage and early death. Physicians employed a technique that avoids the use of high-dose chemotherapy and radiation in preparation for a stem cell transplant to cure the patient with congenital dyserythropoietic anemia (CDA).

 
         Indian-American teen wins top science award worth USD 250,000    
 
 
WASHINGTON: An Indian-American teen has won the top award, worth USD 250,000, in the oldest and most prestigious science and math competition in the US, for her research on preventing death of neurons due to brain injuries or neurodegenerative diseases. Indrani Das, a 17-year-old resident of New Jersey, and four other Indian-origin students were among the top ten finalists to be honoured at the annual Regeneron Science Talent Search Awards Gala for their research projects demonstrating except

 
         'New extension may improve inflight WiFi'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: For air travellers who waste precious time inflight staring blankly as their browser struggles to load a page, relief may be a quick download away. Researchers have developed an extension for the Google Chrome browser that drastically improves web browsing speeds at 30,000 feet.

 
         Frogs can see colour in extreme darkness: study    
 
 
LONDON: Frogs have a unique ability to see colour even when it is so dark that humans are not able to see anything at all, a new study has found. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden found that night vision of frogs and toads appears to be superior to that of all other animals. Most vertebrates, including humans, have two types of visual cells located in the retina, namely cones and rods. The cones enable us to see colour, but they usually require a lot of light and therefore stop

 
         NASA may put astronauts on deep space test flight    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA said today it is considering putting astronauts on an upcoming test flight of the agency's deep space Orion spacecraft as it aims to orbit the Moon. The US space agency is building new deep space capabilities to take humans farther into the solar system than we have ever travelled, and ultimately to Mars. NASA is assessing the feasibility of adding a crew to the first integrated flight of Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1).

 
         Juno to remain in current orbit around Jupiter: NASA    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft, which has been probing Jupiter since July last year, will remain in its current 53-day orbit around the gas giant planet for the remainder of its mission.

 
         US man receives new face from donor    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Doctors in the US have successfully completed a near-total face transplant on a 32-year-old man during an extensive, life-changing surgery to improve his ability to chew, speak, breathe and smell. The face of recipient Andrew Sandness was devastated by a gunshot wound at the age of 21. The surgery, which spanned more than 50 hours, was carried last year and involved restoring Sandness' nose, upper and lower jaw, palate, teeth, cheeks, facial muscles, oral mucosa, some of the sali

 
         Over 100 new potential planets spotted    
 
WASHINGTON: Scientists have detected more than 100 new potential exoplanets, including one orbiting a star about 8.1 light years away from the Earth, using one of the most successful techniques for spotting alien worlds. Astronomers released the largest-ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method.

 
         ISRO to launch record 104 satellites on Feb 15    
 
 
BEGALURU: Indian Space Research Organisation's workhorse PSLV will carry a record 104 satellites in a single mission on February 15 from the space centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. "PSLV-C37/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission is scheduled to be launched on February 15, 2017 at 9.28 hours IST from SDSC SHAR Sriharikota," ISRO said.

 
         Now, video-makers can live stream on YouTube    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Video creators can now live stream their videos on YouTube, as the streaming site rolled out a mobile live streaming feature today for channels with at least 10,000 followers. The mobile live stream feature, which was so far available to select users like The Young Turks, AIB, Alex Wassabi, Platica Polinesia and SacconeJolys, will now be accessible to all uploaders with more than 10,000 subscribers. And it will soon be made available for other users as well, the company said.

 
         Music, drugs stimulate same part of brain: study    
 
 
TORONTO: The same brain-chemical system that is stimulated by listening to our favourite music also mediates the feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs and tasty food, researchers have found. "This is the first demonstration that the brain's own opioids are directly involved in musical pleasure," said Daniel Levitin, from McGill University in Canada.

 
         Facebook adds tool for helping in times of crisis    
 
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook today updated its Safety Check feature with a way for people to lend, or get, helping hands after disasters. A new "Community Help" feature provides a forum at the leading social network where assistance can be offered to victims of floods, earthquakes, fires or other kinds of natural or accidental tragedy, according to Facebook vice president of social good Naomi Gleit.

 
         Moon may have formed from collision of tiny 'moonlets'    
 
 
JERUSALEM: Small 'moonlets' may have collided to form the Moon as we see it today, according to a new study which contradicts the prevalent theory that our natural satellite resulted from a giant impact between a small Mars-like planet and the ancient Earth. The study also claims that the Moon we see now is not Earth's first moon, but rather the last in a series of moons that orbited our planet.

 
         China to set up world's highest altitude telescopes in Tibet    
 
 
BEIJING: China is setting up the world's highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in a Tibet prefecture close to Line of Actual Control with India with a budget of USD 18.8 million to detect faintest echoes resonating from universe which may reveal more about the Big Bang theory.

 
         NASA to launch two robotic probes to study early solar system    
 
 
WASHINGTON: NASA has announced two robotic missions to asteroids that will open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 million years after the birth of the Sun. The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen from five finalists and will proceed to mission formulation, with the goal of launching in 2021 and 2023, respectively.

 
         After Mars, ISRO eyes Venus and Jupiter    
 
 
TIRUPATI: After its successful Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM), ISRO is eyeing inter-planetary missions to Jupiter and Venus and is studying their feasibility. "We are looking at other planets that we can explore. So, two of them are Jupiter and Venus. The mission analysis is on what type of satellite we are supposed to build and what type of rocket we need.

 
         New, rare galaxy spotted over 359 mln light-years away    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Scientists have for the first time observed a rare galaxy with two outer rings surrounding a red core located about 359 million light-years away from Earth. The galaxy named PGC 1000714 appears to belong to a class of rarely observed, Hoag-type galaxies.

 
         Coconut sized tumor removed from Iraqi woman's head    
 
 
BENGALURU: A 35-year-old Iraqi woman has got a new lease of life from two years of pain, after doctors at a private hospital here successfully removed a coconut sized tumor from her head. Doctors in Iraq had rated "very low" the post-surgery survival chances of Wizdan Khadim and referred her to Fortis Hospital here for brain surgery.

 
         Bacteria-powered battery built on single sheet of paper    
 
 
NEW YORK: Scientists have developed a bacteria-powered battery on a single sheet of paper that can power disposable electronics such as diagnostic sensors. The manufacturing technique reduces fabrication time and cost, and the design could revolutionise the use of bio-batteries as a power source in remote, dangerous and resource-limited areas, researchers said.

 
         'Human-made objects on Earth amount to 30 trillion tonnes'    
 
 
LONDON: Earth's technosphere, which comprises of all the structures that humans have constructed to keep them alive on the planet, amounts to an enormous 30 trillion tonnes, a new study has found.

 
         Element 117 officially named 'Tennessine'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: The superheavy element 117 has been officially named "tennessine" - about six years after its discovery was first reported. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) - which validates the existence of newly discovered elements and approves their official names - gave its final approval to the name "tennessine" following a year-long process.

 
         Predatory bacteria may wipe out 'superbugs': study    
 
 
LONDON: Predatory bacteria - that eat others of their kind - could be a new weapon in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria or 'superbugs', a new study suggests.

 
 
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