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'College athletes more likely to be involved in gang rapes'

New York, March 1 (IANS) College athletes are almost three times more likely to be involved in gang rapes, a disturbing US-based study has found. They made up 40 percent of multiple-perpetrator attacks reported to schools, according to an analysis of data by US-based United Educators, an insurance company which offers liability insurance to schools. For the company, student-on-st...

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'Adventure Time' to get film adaptation

Los Angeles, March 1 (IANS) The popular animated TV series Adventure Time is heading for the big screen. Chris McKay and Roy Lee are producing the Cartoon Network show's adaptation for Warner Bros, reports deadline.com. Created by animator Pendleton Ward, Adventure Time tells the story of a boy named Finn and his best friend, a shape-shifting dog named Jake. Many celebri...

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Gender ceases to be predefined on Facebook

New York, March 1 (IANS) Facebook users can now use any term, with which they wish to describe their gender. Previously, it required you to choose from a list of predefined genders. Announced recently on a Facebook Diversity post, the new option lets users add a customised description to their profile if they feel that one of the predefined terms does not accurately describe their gender...

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Barcelona sneak home on a good day for Bueno

Madrid, March 1 (IANS) FC Barcelona pulled to within one point of Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga with a 3-1 win away against a struggling Granada. It was not a vintage show from the Catalans on a dry and bumpy pitch on Saturday, reports Xinhua. But star performances from Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic were enough to give them the points against a rival haunted by relegation. ...

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Occasional fasting may help you live longer

Washington, March 1 (IANS) Intermittent fasting may actually help people live longer and healthier, says a study. Fasting in mice has been shown to extend lifespan and to improve age-related diseases. We found that intermittent fasting caused a slight increase in SIRT3, a well-known gene that promotes longevity and is involved in protective cell responses, said Michael Guo, a stu...

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Indian, Brazilian experts' method to treat thalassemia

Kolkata, March 1 (IANS) Indian and Brazilian experts have devised a method to estimate iron build-up in thalassemia patients, which will aid in better management of the blood disorder. The novel Magnetic Resonance Imaging-based technology has been developed by Brazilian physician and researcher Juliano Lara Fernandez and Kolkata-based doctors Manas Saha and Prosanto Chowdhury. It has bee...

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Will.i.am house-hunting in Britain

London, March 1 (IANS) Rapper Will.i.am is reportedly searching for a property in Britain while serving as a mentor on the singing based reality show The Voice. According to a source, the 39-year-old has seen a four million pounds mansion with eight bedrooms and five living rooms in Essex, reports mirror.co.uk. Will has been looking for somewhere to live in the UK and he is reall...

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Pakistan post 235/7 against Zimbabwe

Brisbane, March 1 (IANS) Pakistan posted a respectable total of 235/7 in 50 overs in their cricket World Cup Pool B encounter against Zimbabwe at the Gabba here Sunday. Considering the slow start Pakistan got after winning the toss, 235 is a competitive total on a slow wicket. Zimbabwe bowlers were brilliant at the start, taking two early wickets and restricting Pakistan to 14/2...

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Jaishankar lands in Thimphu on SAARC mission

Thimphu, March 1 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar landed in Bhutan's capital Sunday on the first leg of his visit to four SAARC countries. Jaishankar will call on Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. Jaishankar, who took charge on January 28, travels to Bangladesh on Monday, to Pakistan on Tuesday and to Afghanistan the follo...

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Lily Cole expecting first child

London, March 1 (IANS) Model-actress Lily Cole says she's expecting her first child with boyfriend Kwame Ferreira. The 27-year-old used her own site, Impossible.com on Saturday, to share the news with a simple message written on a note along with a toy dinosaur, reports dailymail.co.uk. The first known impossible baby is being born, she wrote alongside the photograph. I ...

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Openers gave us perfect start: Sangakkara

Wellington, March 1 (IANS) Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara praised his team's openers for their 100-run stand which led to the target being easily chased down against England in a World Cup Pool A encounter here at the Westpac Stadium on Sunday. Chasing a total of 310 for victory, the 1996 World Cup champions were totally in command over their run chase. Their first wicket fe...

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'Sun has maximum impact when the Earth is cooler'

London, March 1 (IANS) Giving fresh insight into the role of the Sun in climate change, a new study shows its impact is not constant over time but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler. During the last 4,000 years, there appears to have been a close correlation between solar activity and the sea surface temperature in summer in the North Atlantic region. This correlat...

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Metal-free catalyst to help generate low-cost clean energy

Washington, March 1 (IANS) In a pioneering feat, researchers have shown that an inexpensive metal-free catalyst can help us reduce the cost of generating clean energy from polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) cells. PEM cells are a type of fuel cell being developed for transport applications as well as for stationary and portable fuel cell applications. Such a low-cost catalyst can...

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Smita Patil 'forced' Nana to join film industry

Mumbai, March 1 (IANS) Acclaimed actor Nana Patekar says he enjoyed doing plays on stage, but late actress and very good friend Smita Patil forced him to enter the film industry. I used to do plays and I was very happy there, but Smita Patil forced me to get into films. Smita recommended my name to Ravi Chopra for the film 'Aaj Ki Aawaz'. She was a very good friend of mine. Now,...

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A way to measure the effectiveness of blood cancer drug

London, March 1 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new method to monitor the effect of anti-cancer drugs on people suffering from a type of blood cancer. The new antibody-based approach that monitors the effect of drugs on small samples of cells could allow doctors to screen patients and personalise their treatment. This new approach will enable us to test drugs on cells taken f...

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Agra has 100 suspected swine flu cases

Agra, March 1 (IANS) With four more new probable swine flu cases, the total number has touched 100 in the Taj Mahal city. Of the reports of 20 patients received in Agra, seven have tested positive. According to Agra's Chief Medical Officer H.S. Danu, 82 samples were sent for testing at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in New Delhi. With the weather taking a...

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IOC backs November/December World Cup in Qatar

Rio de Janeiro, March 1 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has expressed support in moving the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar to November and December, avoiding any clash with that year's Winter Olympic Games. A FIFA taskforce recommended playing the 2022 World Cup in winter instead of summer to avoid temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius in Qatar, reports Xinhua. <...

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Charles replaces injured Bravo

Perth, March 1 (IANS) Batsman Johnson Charles has been called up to replace Darren Bravo in the West Indies World Cup squad. The replacement was approved on Saturday by the International Cricket Council (ICC) event technical committee, after Bravo was forced to return home with a hamstring injury, reports CMC. Johnson, a hard-hitting right-hander, has played 30 One-Day Internatio...

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'Katham Katham' based on real life police stories

Chennai, March 1 (IANS) Director Babu Thooyavan says his upcoming Tamil directorial Katham Katham, which is about ego clash between two police characters, is based on true stories from real life police officers. I have a few friends in the Chennai police department. Former additional deputy commissioner Jayanth Murali is a family friend. Some of the key events in my film were inspired fr...

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Algal species help corals survive in extreme heat

London, March 1 (IANS) A new species of algae has been discovered in the coral reefs of the Persian Gulf that helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 degrees Celsius. Such a high temperatures would kill corals elsewhere. The new species is named Symbiodinium thermophilum in reference to its ability to survive unusually high temperatures. Understanding ho...

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