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Melting East Antarctic ice sheet may cause global sea level rise

New York, Dec 18 (IANS) The East Antarctic ice sheet -- one of the two large ice sheets in Antarctica and the largest on the entire planet -- may contribute substantially to global sea level rise, finds a study. The East Antarctic ice sheet, with more than 12,000 feet thick ice in many places, was thought to be among the most stable, not gaining or losing mass even as ice sheets in West ...

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Early hominins' walk was as energetic as modern humans: Study

London, Dec 18 (IANS) The walk of hominins in the Pleistocene era -- which lasted from about 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago -- was no less efficient energetically than that of present-day humans, a study has showed. Traditionally, it was thought that the leaner skeletons of modern humans reflected biomechanical advantages which made locomotion a more efficient activity. The slimm...

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Trump not considering firing Special Counsel Mueller

Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has said he is not planning to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Returning to the White House from Camp David, Trump was asked on Sunday whether he intended to fire Mueller. No, I'm not, he told journalists, insisting that there was no collusion whatsoe...

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When celebrations turned sombre at Congress office

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Congress headquarters in Delhi wore a deserted look on Monday after initial celebrations as it became clear that the party was set to lose in both the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections to the BJP. As early trends showed the Congress ahead of the BJP in Gujarat, Congress leaders and workers kept gathering at the party office here shouting slogans...

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After cricket, Australian football can build bridges with India

With Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Malcolm Turnbull approving a Memorandum of Understanding on sports between the two governments, it is time to explore the potential of sports diplomacy between Australia and India. Sport is an avenue through which Australians and Indians can achieve greater inter-cultural understanding and emotional attachment. The common passion of Australians and ...

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Congress' Karnataka government has failed to nab Lankesh killers: Rajnath

Bengaluru, Dec 17 (IANS) The Congress government in Karnataka had failed to nab the alleged killers of Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh even three months after the incident, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday. Though its over three months since she (Gauri) was killed, the state government had failed to solve the case. We will conduct a thorough probe into her murder and bri...

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Researchers unveil design of silicon quantum computer chip

Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) In a first, a team of Australian and Dutch engineers has created a complete design for a quantum computer chip that can be manufactured using mostly standard silicon technology. The new chip design, published in the journal Nature Communications, details a novel architecture that allows quantum calculations to be performed using existing semiconductor components, kn...

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Cave paintings treasure trove found on Indonesian island

Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) Researchers have found that a tiny Indonesian island, previously unexplored by archaeologists, is very rich in ancient cave paintings dating from at least 2,500 years ago. The team uncovered a total of 28 rock art sites on the island of Kisar which measures just 81 square kilometres and lies north of East Timor. The paintings portray boats, dogs, horses and ...

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Railway nod for Rs 12,000-cr upgrade of mishap-prevention system

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Indian Railways has cleared a Rs 12,000-crore proposal to equip electric locomotives with the latest European train protection system. At its meeting on December 15, the Railway Board cleared the proposal to equip 6,000 electric locos with European Train Control System (ETCS) Level-II to help drivers - or pilots -- to prevent rail mishaps, a senior Railway Mi...

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What made the oldest plesiosaur a strong swimmer

London, Dec 17 (IANS) An analysis of the fossil remains of the oldest-known plesiosaur, an unusual underwater reptile that lived 201 million years ago, has revealed that the species was a very effective swimmer. Whereas sea turtles mainly use their strong forelimbs for propulsion, the plesiosaurs moved all four limbs together, resulting in powerful thrusts, researchers found. Th...

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On a wing and verse: Bengal girl gives poetic meaning to broken life

Kolkata, Dec 17 (IANS) Eight years back, Sathi Mondal was a normal, jovial teenager, enjoying life and dreaming of making it big in sports. That's till a botched-up medical treatment derailed her life's planned journey. Now she can't take a morsel of food or even water through her mouth, shuttles between home and hospital, and suffers excruciating pain. But the girl, coming from a family...

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Bipolar disorder has seven key characteristics: Study

New York, Dec 17 (IANS) Every patient's experience with bipolar disorder can vary from that of others with the condition, but all of their experiences include features that fall into seven classes of phenotypes, or characteristics, researchers said. In fact, not one genetic change, or chemical imbalance, or life event, lies at the heart of every case of the mental health condition once k...

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Modi launches road project in Meghalaya, bats for NE development

Shillong, Dec 16 (IANS) Inaugurating the Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura road project here in Meghalaya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed the need for connectivity to ensure development in the north-eastern region (NE). Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Public Works Department (Roads) Minister, Martin M. Danggo, who received Modi at the advanced landing ground in Upper Sh...

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World cricket's concern is future of Tests

Best value for all stakeholders. Its a great marketing line for selling cricket. In India the game is in a sellers market and the buyers take anything without a complaint as long as it provides some enjoyment. See how it works. India will play 81 matches at home across all formats in the 2019-2023 Cycle of the Future Tour Programme (FTP) - up by 30 from the previous Programme, but the nu...

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Erectile dysfunction may signal heart disease risk

New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Young men suffering from erectile dysfunction may be at an increased risk of developing heart disease -- the leading cause of death among men worldwide, finds a study. The findings suggested that erectile dysfunction -- afflicting more than half of men aged 40-70 years and greater than 70 per cent of men over age 70 -- can be a simple and effective marker of unde...

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Canola oil study provides no evidence of ill-effect in humans: Stakeholders

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) After a US study that linked canola oil intake with worsened Alzheimer's symptoms and weight gain stirred a debate in India, industry stakeholders have said that the study was conducted on mice and provides no evidence of harmful effect in humans. The study, entitled Effect of canola oil consumption on memory, synapse and neuropathology in the triple transgenic m...

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AI may help identify bacteria quickly, accurately

New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Microscopes enhanced with artificial intelligence (AI) could help in the quick and accurate diagnosis of the deadly blood infections, which may improve patients' odds of survival, according to a study. The bacteria that most often cause bloodstream infections include the rod-shaped bacteria including Escherichia coli or E.coli, the round clusters of Staphylococcus...

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Maternal blood sugar may affect baby's heart

New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Women with high blood sugar early in pregnancy may raise their baby's risk of developing a congenital heart defect, according to a study. While it has been long known that diabetes in pregnancy raises the odds for congenital heart defects in babies. The new findings reveal that risk extends even to women without diabetes in their earliest part of pregnanc...

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Akshay Kumar emerges as street-smart hero of 2017

Not only in 2017. This has been going on for some years. Akshay Kumar, the full-nationalistic package, blending the best of desh-bhakti with consumerism, represents that rare breed of star-actors who have constantly evolved and become more watchable with each passing year. Included in this rarefied breed are Mumtaz, Rekha and Sridevi. Among the male stars I can think of no one else as Bo...

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Novy Kapadia appointed DSA president's adviser

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Veteran sports writer and football expert Novy Kapadia was on Friday appointed adviser to Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) president Shaji Prabhakarn. Delighted to announce the appointment of renowned football expert n veteran journalist @NovyKapadia as an adviser to DSA President, Prabhakarn tweeted. Apart from being a writer, Kapadia has worn many a hat a...

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