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How our brain decodes sound

New York, April 26 (IANS) In an interesting discovery, scientists have found that when we hear a sound, neurons fire in sync with the rhythmic structure of the sound, exactly encoding its original structure in the timing of spikes. When people hear the sound of footsteps or the drilling of a woodpecker, the rhythmic structure of the sounds is striking. Even when the temporal stru...

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Hepatitis C increases cancer risk

London, April 26 (IANS) People infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) may be at increased risk of various forms of cancers, including renal, prostate as well as liver cancer, warns a new research. The researchers found that cancer rates in patients with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) were more than double compared to those without HCV. The results suggest that cancer rates are increa...

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Goa's ageing population becoming cause for concern

Panaji, April 26 (IANS) Holiday destination Goa, that is increasingly drawing retirees, is just one or two generations away from being a haven for geriatrics, top medical professionals warn. Dropping fertility rates and the mortality odometer swinging opposite, its young workforce migrating away from its shores and the increasing trend of the state being a top destination for the country...

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Air pollution bad for your brain too

New York, April 26 (IANS) Long-term exposure to fine particle air pollution may cause subtle structural changes in the brain that increase risks of poor cognitive function and dementia, says a study. Fine particle air pollution - smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5) - may be the most common and hazardous type of air pollution. It comes from burning wood or coal, car exhaust a...

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India will wipe tears of every Nepali: Modi

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) India is with the sisters and brothers of Nepal in its time of crisis following the terrible earthquake, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his radio address 'Mann ki Baat' on Sunday. We will wipe the tears of every Nepali, hold their hands and give every support, Modi said. Modi said the earthquake that hit Nepal and also affected many parts of Ind...

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Nine militants killed in Pakistan

Islamabad, April 26 (IANS) Nine militants have been killed in the air strikes in Pakistan's Khyber Agency, media reported on Sunday. An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said jets pounded Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) hideouts on Saturday in Tirah Valley, Dawn online reported. The ISPR claimed that nine militants affiliated with the Teh...

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Pakistan to send relief aid to Nepal

Islamabad, April 26 (IANS) Four Pakistan Air Force aircrafts carrying rescue and relief aid would be flown to the quake-hit Himalayan country of Nepal, media reported on Sunday. Four C-130 aircrafts carrying a 30-bed hospital, special search and rescue teams and relief items will be dispatched to Nepal on Sunday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Prime Minister Naw...

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Sunny Sunday in Delhi

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) It was a sunny Sunday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 22.8 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season's average. The Met office has forecast a clear day ahead. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 37 degrees Celsius. Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 67 percent. Saturday's maximum temperat...

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India's aid to Nepal named 'Operation Maitri'

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Indian Army has named the aid to Nepal 'Operation Maitri' or friendship, a day after it started extending help to the neighbouring country that was hit by a massive earthquake just before noon on Saturday, leaving a trail of death and destruction. In addition to the specialist teams of its National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), India has already moved lar...

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Nepal earthquake: Over 1,800 dead

Kathmandu, April 26 (IANS) The earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday has killed at least 1,805 people, an official statement said on Sunday. The earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre in Lamjung district, around 75 km northwest of capital Kathmandu. Following the massive quake, over 50 aftershocks were also felt. The statement issued by the Nep...

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17 killed in Tibet earthquake

Lhasa, April 26 (IANS) At least 17 people have been confirmed dead and 53 injured in Tibet after a powerful earthquake struck neighbouring Nepal on Saturday, officials said on Sunday. A massive 7.9-magnitude quake, followed by a second 7.0-magnitude quake left over 1,500 people dead in Nepal, Xinhua news agency reported. The quake also jolted the neighbouring regions of Tibet, In...

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Record numbers to run 35th London Marathon

London, April 26 (IANS) Record numbers are expected to run the 2015 London Marathon on Sunday as more than 38,000 registered for the race, organisers said. When registration desks at the London Marathon Expo at ExCeL London closed on Saturday, a total of 38,262 accepted applicants for places had picked up their running numbers and timing tags, Xinhua reported. Around 37,800 are p...

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Shamans, Communists and Crimes: The Dr Siri series

Devices for travelling instantly to any corner of the world and any time period already exist - they are called books. Though Western Europe and North America may form the most frequent settings for English fiction, there is at least one writer who will use unconventional locales - Africa's arid wastes or trackless bush, Central America's steamy forests, South Pacific's laid-back but isolated isl...

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Eva Mendes face of Estee Lauder's 'New Dimension'

Los Angeles, April 26 (IANS) Actress Eva Mendes is the face of cosmetics giant Estée Lauder's 'New Dimension' line, which promises users a positive transformation with the help of two new products. Jane Hertzmark Hudis, the company's global brand president said of the line, which consists of the New Dimension Shape+ Fill Expert Serum and the New Dimension Expert Liquid Tape: Women have ...

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China sends search and rescue team to Nepal

Beijing, April 26 (IANS) A 62-member China International Search and Rescue Team left for Nepal at around 6 a.m. on Sunday Beijing time for humanitarian rescue following a 7.9-magnitude earthquake on Saturday. With six sniffer dogs and relevant rescue and medical equipment, the team is expected to arrive in Kathmandu midday Sunday on a chartered plane, according to the China Earthquake Ad...

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Kanye helped Kim understand Bruce Jenner's transition

Los Angeles, April 26 (IANS) Former athlete and TV personality Bruce Jenner says Kanye West helped his wife and Bruce's stepdaughter Kim Kardashian West understand why he had chosen to undergo a gender transition. The 65-year-old Olympian, who confirmed on Friday that he had transitioned into a woman, recalled the conversation the rapper had with his wife, which he says helped Kim come t...

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Indian Air Force planes fetch 546 people back from Kathmandu

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Indian Air Force planes have fetched around 546 of its citizens, including several infants, back from quake-hit Kathmandu since late Saturday with more sorties firmed up during Sunday, officials here said. The first Indian Air Force plan to arrive from the Nepalese capital was a C-130J Super Hercules with 55 passengers, including fur infants, on board at around...

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Indian Air Force planes fetch 309 people back from Kathmandu

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Indian Air Force planes have fetched around 309 of its citizens, including at least five infants, back from quake-hit Kathmandu since late Saturday with more sorties firmed up during Sunday, officials here said. The first Indian Air Force plan to arrive from the Nepalese capital was a C-130J Super Hercules with 55 passengers, including fur infants, on board at ...

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Elle Macpherson takes urine tester kit everywhere

Los Angeles, April 26 (IANS) Supermodel Elle Macpherson has admitted that the most surprising thing in her handbag is the urine tester kit, which she uses to check her alkaline state. The 51-year-old said: (The most surprising thing in my handbag is) a pH balance urine tester kit to check that I'm in an alkaline state. I believe that most ailments come from having an acidic body. ...

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Louis Tomlinson parties with mystery girl

London, April 26 (IANS) One Direction band member Louis Tomlinson partied with a group of friends and spent six hours in his hotel room with a mystery girl following a nightout at a club here. The singer, who recently split from long-term love Eleanor Calder after four years together, reportedly held a late-night party in his room, reports femalefirst.co.uk. The 23-year-old star ...

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