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Why drinking makes a smile more contagious among men

New York, Sep 30 (IANS) Alcohol induces a sort of social bravery among men, disrupting processes that would normally prevent them from responding to another person's smile, says an interesting study. This experimental study finds the clearest evidence yet of greater alcohol reinforcement for men than women, said psychological scientist and lead researcher Catharine Fairbairn from Univers...

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Security tightened in Tripura, Assam for Durga Puja

Agartala/Silchar, Sep 30 (IANS) Armed with sophisticated weapons and electronic gadgets, a large number of security personnel have been deployed in Tripura and Assam for the Durga Puja. The puja began Tuesday with 'Maha Sasthi' or 'Bodhan'- the welcoming of the Durga idols. The BSF has been asked to maintain a close watch on the India-Bangladesh border to ensure that the festival...

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Unique 'signature' found in ageing brain

London, Sep 30 (IANS) In a discovery that may lead to treatments that can slow or reverse cognitive decline in the elderly, researchers have found evidence of a unique signature in the ageing brain. The immune system plays an important role, both in healing the brain after injury and in maintaining the brain's normal functioning, the findings showed. This signature of ageing exis...

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Microsoft to set up cloud data centres in India

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) Microsoft will offer its commercial cloud services -- Azure and Office 365 --by the end of 2015 from local data centres in India where the company sees a $2 trillion business opportunity. Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, announced this here Tuesday, saying that Microsoft would enable the burgeoning entrepreneurial experience of Indians.

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We are not observing fast under threat: Sarath Kumar

Chennai, Sep 30 (IANS) Actor-politician Sarath Kumar Tuesday said that the Tamil film fraternity is not observing a fast here under any threat or compulsion. They are doing it to show solidarity with former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years in jail and fined Rs.100 crore by a special court Saturday for corruption. Associations rep...

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RBI keeps key rates unchanged; markets marginally high

Mumbai, Sep 30 (IANS) In its fourth bi-monthly monetary policy, the Reserve Bank (RBI) Tuesday kept key interest rates unchanged in a bid to maintain financial and price stability. The Indian equities markets did not react much to the status quo, which India Inc. said was expected. Saying the country is currently positioned to reach the central bank's inflation target of 6 percent by Jan...

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Jet fuel oil seed boosts liver detoxification

New York, Sep 30 (IANS) Crushed seeds left after oil extraction from Camelina sativa seed, an oilseed crop used in jet fuel, may boost liver detoxification enzymes nearly fivefold, says a study. The seed meal is a promising nutritional supplement because its bioactive ingredients increase the liver's ability to clear foreign chemicals and oxidative products, said Elizabeth Jeffery, a pro...

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98,000 denied Makkah entry for Haj

Riyadh, Sep 30 (IANS) Saudi Arabia has barred 98,000 people from entering Makkah because they did not have Haj permits, media reported Tuesday. The authorities also did not allow 25,216 vehicles to enter into the holy site because they were not licensed to carry pilgrims, Arab News reported. Police seized 85 vehicles for violating other Haj-related regulations. Makkah Gov...

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Durga puja begins in Bengal

Kolkata, Sep 30 (IANS) West Bengal was a picture of merriment and religiosity Tuesday due to Durga puja - the biggest festival in the state. The generally five-day carnival, shortened to a four-day affair according to the almanac, is being celebrated across the state with everyone joining in with religious fervour. Thousands of men, women and children, turned up in their best on ...

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Dolphins sensitive to magnets

London, Sep 30 (IANS) Dolphins behave differently when swimming near magnetised objects, indicating that they are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, says a study. Dolphins are able to discriminate between objects based on their magnetic properties, which is a prerequisite for magnetoreception-based navigation, said co-researcher Dorothee Kremers from Université de Rennes in France.

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Asiad boxing: Satish in semis, Thapa bows out

Incheon, Sep 30 (IANS) Boxer Satish Kumar Tuesday reached the semi-finals, assuring India a medal in the superheavy weight category (+91kg), after winning his quarter-final bout in the 17th Asian Games at the Seonhak Gymnasium here. He beat Jordan's Hussein Eishaish 2-1 by a split decision. He got a cumulative 28-29 verdict from Uzbekistan's Judge A and favourable vedicts from C...

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Indian hockey team in Asiad final

Incheon, Sep 30 (IANS) The Indian men's hockey team entered the final beating South Korea 1-0 in the semi-final of the 17th Asian Games at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium here Tuesday. Akashdeep Singh scored the lone goal of the match in the 44th minute. India will face the winner of the match between defending champions Pakistan and Malaysia. ...

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Indian boxer Pooja Rani settles for bronze

Incheon, Sep 30 (IANS) Indian boxer Pooja Rani settled for the bronze medal after losing the semi-final of the women's middleweight (69-75kg) category at the 17th Asian Games here Tuesday. Pooja lost 0-2, with the third judge giving a tied score, to China's Li Qian at the Seonhak Gymnasium. Though it was a closely fought affair from the outset, the 23-year-old Indian got 37-39 fr...

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Algeria's tourism hit after guide's beheading

Algiers, Sep 30 (IANS) The beheading of a French mountain guide in Algeria has hit the tourism sector of the north African country, with over a thousand tourists cancelling their bookings. Kidnapped Sep 21 in Tizi Ouzou in Algeria's east by Caliphate Soldiers, Herve Gourdel, 55, was beheaded 24 hours after an ultimatum was given to France to end airstrikes against the Islamic State, Xinh...

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State sponsors Tripura's Durga Puja, thanks to ex-royals

Agartala, Sep 30 (IANS) Tripura, ruled by a Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front government, is possibly the only one in India where the government sponsors the Durga Puja festivities, and that too together with the erstwhile royal family. The Puja began Tuesday at the famous Durgabari temple, located in front of the 113-year-old Ujjayanta Palace, eastern India's biggest such....

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New frontier for heart failure treatment

Toronto, Sep 30 (IANS) Opening new avenues for the treatment of heart failure, a research has found how the function of a key cardiac protein changes in the case of heart failure. Since 1976, researchers have known that the heart regulates its calcium sensitivity by phosphorylating (adding negative phosphate groups) to a key cardiac protein called troponin I. The troponin complex...

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Want to put together a film: Fawad Khan

Mumbai, Sep 30 (IANS) Pakistani sensation Fawad Khan, who enjoys a burgeoning fan following across the border too, doesn't want to be trapped in one kind of role. He says he believes in experimenting new things and increase the bandwidth of his cinematic knowledge. After I managed to make a mark, I wanted to move on. There is no variation or challenge in working with the same set of peop...

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Alcohol can disrupt sleep even after quitting

New York, Sep 30 (IANS) Chronic alcohol exposure can lead to disruptions in the sleep cycle, not just when one actively drinks but even years after one stops drinking. Individuals with alcohol use disorder frequently suffer from severely disrupted sleep, said the study co-authored by an Indian-origin professor. Sleep-wake disturbances can last for months, or even years after some...

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NASA app teaches kids about rocket launches

New York, Sep 30 (IANS) The US space agency NASA has launched a new app to make children aware of how rockets are launched. The free app called LSP Activity Book lets kids learn about the mission planning process and the precise measurements behind creating the right kind of launch vehicle. NASA's Launch Services Programme (LSP) prepares unmanned spacecraft for launch. Th...

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Hong Kong chief executive urges protest stoppage

Hong Kong, Sep 30 (IANS) Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung Tuesday urged the people to end the on-going protest over the issue of Hong Kong's constitutional development. Protests have been taking place in various parts of Hong Kong, occupying some of the main roads, Xinhua reported. The protestors called for withdrawal of the decision on Hong Kong's constitutional development ...

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