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New cylinders for CNG cars offer longer journeys

New York, Dec 19 (IANS) Scientists at Rice University are looking at new materials for developing cylinders that can store compressed natural gas (CNG) at low pressure and at room temperature for longer, efficient journeys. Rather than bulky high-pressure cylinders like those used in buses and trucks into light vehicles, they are trying cage-like synthetic macromolecules called metal org...

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Tweets with images, hashtags get more re-tweets

New York, Dec 19 (IANS) A study that analysed two million tweets has found images in a tweet increases chances of its re-tweet more than four times. The study by digital marketing agency Stone Temple Consulting from Framington, Massachusetts, found that using images, hashtags and links in a tweet had an even greater impact on engaging other users than it was thought. Tweets with ...

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Bolivia ends year with improved FIFA ranking

La Paz, Dec 19 (IANS) Bolivia's national football team ended the year with a notable improvement in its FIFA rankings, up two places to 85. The rankings, published monthly by world soccer body FIFA (International Federation of Association Football), showed the team moved up 16 spots in November to reach 87, before moving up another two in December, with a total of 375 points, reports Xin...

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French Open unveils 2015 poster designed by Chinese artist

Paris, Dec 19 (IANS) French Open organisers have unveiled the 2015 Roland-Garro poster, while its designer Du Zhenjun has become the first Chinese artist in 35 years to create a work of art for the Grand Slam tennis tournament. The 2015 French Open poster depicts a player serving to begin a point, the shot so crisp and powerful that the ball almost seems to rip right through the canvas, ...

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Speeding truck crushes Delhi Police officer to death

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) A 55-year-old Delhi Police sub-inspector was crushed to death by a speeding truck Thursday night in the capital's Alipur area, police said Friday. Hazarilal, who was deputed at west Delhi's Bhalswa Dairy police station, was riding his motorbike to reach Narela when he was hit by the truck Thursday at around 10 p.m. in Alipur. He was on duty when the accident occ...

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Conversion row continues in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The opposition Friday continued its demand for a statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of conversions, disrupting zero hour in the Rajya Sabha. Raising the issue, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had been busy with Jammu and Kashmir elections and was not present in the house earlier, said the issue is serious and no one but the prime mi...

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Everton striker Mirallas's ankle suffers minor injury

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Everton's forward Kevin Mirallas suffered minor injury on the ankle and could return in two weeks, manager Roberto Martinez said. Mirallas was stretchered-off after being fouled by Jordon Mutch. However, tests showed that he had sustained only minor ligament damage, reports Xinhua. Martinez also revealed that Mirallas could join in Everton's festive fixture ...

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Decoded: How human colour vision evolved

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) Who got the colour vision first, humans or chimpanzees? According to biologists from Georgia-based Emory University, humans actually got the ability to see colours from gorillas and chimpanzees in the evolution process. Around 90 million years ago, our primitive mammalian ancestors were nocturnal and had ultraviolet-sensitive and red-sensitive colour, giving the...

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32 militants killed in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) At least 32 militants were killed Friday in Pakistan's Khyber Agency. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a group of terrorists were moving from Tirah valley towards the Afghanistan border, Radio Pakistan reported. Security forces attacked the group at Wurmagai and Shorkot. Three security personnel were also injured in the att...

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Pakistani PM, army chief meet over security

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the army chief, General Raheel Sharif, Friday at the army headquarters in Rawalpindi to discuss national security. Sharif was accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during the meet, Dawn reported. The meeting occurred after General Raheel Sharif late Thursday night approved the execution of six t...

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Much food for thought at this media hangout

Lucknow, Dec 19 (IANS) Since the times of the nawabs, the city has been known for its delectable street food. While the royals munched on mouth-watering delicacies cooked by their 'khansamas', old Lucknow has been dotted with several dhabas and roadside food joints serving a cocktail of Mughlai and traditional Avadhi cuisine. And the best of the eat streets in the Lucknow of today can be...

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Zidane impressed by revived Marseille under Bielsa's reign

Paris, Dec 19 (IANS) French football legend Zinedine Zidane has said he's overjoyed to see Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa has revived the fortunes of his hometown club Marseille. Zidane, who has never played for the city-based club, paid a visit to the Ligue 1 leaders' training ground Thursday while continuing his study for a coaching license, reports Xinhua. He's warmly received...

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Party time on 'Chidiya Ghar' set, clocks 800 episodes

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) The cast and crew members of light-hearted family entertainer Chidiya Ghar celebrated its feat of clocking 800 episodes with a bang. Present on the occasion were Chidiya Ghar actors Paresh Ganatra, Aditi Sajwan, Saraansh Verma, Sumit Arora and Trishikha Tripathi. They shared their special memories of the show and also expressed their feeling working alongsid...

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Djokovic, Serena named World Champions for 2014

Paris, Dec 19 (IANS) Leading players Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been titled the men's and women's World Champions for 2014 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The 27-year-old Djokovic won Wimbledon, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour finals and finished the year ranked No.1 in the world, reports Xinhua. The 33-year-old Williams, the ol...

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26/11 mastermind Lakhvi again detained

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who was granted bail, has now been detained under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) at Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, a media report said Friday. A government source told Dawn that the government has also decided to appeal in superior courts against Lakhvi's bail. An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad Thursday ...

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Ajax equal biggest home defeat to crash out of Dutch Cup

Amsterdam, Dec 19 (IANS) After a lacklustre performance and defensive errors AFC Ajax suffered a 0-4 defeat against Vitesse in the last sixteen of the KNVB Beker, the Dutch Cup at the Amsterdam Arena here. Vitesse forward Bertrand Traore opened the scoring after a self by Joel Veltman and at the stroke of half-time Thursday, reports Xinhua. Ajax captain Davy Klaassen directed a w...

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Blood groups A, B, AB at higher diabetes risk

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Compared to individuals with blood type O, women with blood groups A, B and AB are at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a study has found. Our findings support a strong relationship between blood group and diabetes risk, with participants with the O blood type having a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, said Guy Fagherazzi from Centre for Research in...

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Poor balance on leg may reveal stroke risk

Tokyo, Dec 19 (IANS) If you struggle to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer, check for brain health and stroke risk even if you are otherwise healthy. According to research, the inability to balance on one leg was linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms. We ...

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'C.I.D.', 'Adaalat' teams come together for telefilm

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The team of long-running investigative series C.I.D. and protagonist K.D. Pathak of courtroom drama Adaalat will come together for a three-hour special telefilm. They will join forces to solve a murder mystery, which will be aired on Sony Entertainment Television Saturday. Titled CID - Adaalat Karmyuddh, the movie will be about a 'mahaguru' of an 'ashram'...

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Stories of the brave and a few myths

Inspiring real-life stories and an incredible journey to a mythical land. The IANS bookshelf this weekend has best of both worlds. Take a look. 1. Book: Sunita Williams - A star in Space; Author: Aravinda Anantharaman; Publisher: Puffin Books; Pages: 113; Price: Rs.199 From wishing to become a professional swimmer to training as a veterinarian, Sunita Williams went on to join the...

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