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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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Western societies may quit alcohol with alcosynth-laded drinks: Scientist

London, Dec 18 (IANS) People living in western countries are likely to quit alcohol in around two decades after they switch to a synthetic substance that mimics alcohol but does not harm people or cause hangovers, a British scientist has revealed. Alcosynth -- molecules, which mimic the pleasurable effects of alcohol but are not toxic, have the power to transform public health around the...

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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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DU asks colleges to shortlist names for faculty recruitment

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) In a move to push the long-stalled faculty recruitment process, Delhi University (DU) has asked its colleges to shortlist candidates for appointment as Assistant Professor. In a letter to the principals of several colleges on Friday, the university asked them to complete the task of scrutinising/ shortlisting of candidates at the college level as per the guidelin...

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Women more likely to be sidelined at workplace: Study

New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Love to toss creative ideas in the brainstorming session at your workplace? If you are a women, beware, you are more likely to receive less credit than your male counterparts, new research revealed. The findings showed that when it comes time to replace the team's leader, these men are more likely to be nominated to do so. Further, women are more likely t...

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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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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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World War I's forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacy

Title: The Vanquished - Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923; Author: Robert Gerwarth; Publisher: Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 416; Price: Rs 699 Not all wars end when the fighting does is a lesson that we still have to learn. The First World War was supposed, despite all the upheaval it caused and immense destruction it left across three continents, to be the war to end a...

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New fellowship to promote research in Hindi

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Researchers in Hindi can opt for an upcoming fellowship that will grant Rs 75,000 per month for a period of six to nine months. The research will ultimately culminate into a full-fledged book, which the organisers will help publish. Titled Gyanvriti, the fellowship is being organised by the Dainik Jagran newspaper and is aimed at promoting research in original wr...

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India witnessed infusion of AI across industries

(ATTN Editors: Beginning December 15, IANS will be running a series of Yearenders that look at the highs and lows in the areas of politics, business, economy, technology, lifestyle, literature and sports during the year coming to an end. Editor, IANS) By Nishant Arora New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) When it comes to disruptive technologies that will drive businesses in the coming years,...

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Colouring books for adults can help reduce stress

New York, Dec 15 (IANS) Spending some time with couloring books after a tough day at work can help you feel better, although it may not leave as lasting impact on your mood as actual art therapy can, new research suggests. The main takeaway is that colouring has some limited benefits like reducing stress and negative mental states, said one of the researchers Girija Kaimal, Assistant Pro...

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Three kg tumour removed from 65-year-old man

Aligarh, Dec 14 (IANS) A three kg tumour located between the heart and lung of a 65-year-old man was removed at the AMU's medical college here, it was announced on Thursday. It was rare case as the tumour has been present and growing since birth in the body of Aligarh resident Hemendra Gupta Arya, said Professor M.H. Beg, who led the surgical team in the six-hour operation at the Jawahar...

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'Hare Krishna...': A shrewdly crafted filmic paean

Film: Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami who started it all; Director: John Griesser; Cast: Srila Prabhupada, George Harrison, Thomas J. Hopkins, Sally Agarwal, Allen Ginsberg, Larry Shinn, Mukunda Goswami, Yogeshvara Das, Abhirama Das and Rameshvara Das; Rating: **1/2 Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami who started it all is a fascinating and informati...

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Samsung might lose ground in smartphone market in 2018

Seoul, Dec 14 (IANS) Samsung Electronics Co is likely to lose ground in the smartphone segment in 2018 due to the rise of Chinese smartphone manufacturers, an industry tracker said on Thursday. Strategy Analytics said the company is expected to post a market share of 19.2 per cent in the global smartphone industry in 2018 by shipping 315 million units, down from 20.5 per cent estimated f...

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Wine glasses seven times larger now: Study

London, Dec 14 (IANS) Scientists have found that the capacity of wine glasses has ballooned nearly seven-fold over the past 300 years, rising most sharply in the last two decades in line with a surge in wine consumption, a study has revealed. Wine glasses have swelled in size from an average capacity of 66ml in the early 1700s to 449ml today, the scientists from the University of Cambrid...

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Railways forms committee to review flexi-fare scheme

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Over two months after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the flexi-fare scheme will be reviewed, the railways has set up a six-member committee to review the scheme, by comparing the prices with that of other modes of transport. According to a railway board letter issued on December 11, the board has formed a six-member committee comprising two railway ...

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MIT engineers induce plants to give off light

New York, Dec 14 (IANS) Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way to induce plants to give off dim light, a major step towards realising their vision of using plants to illuminate the workspace. The vision is to make a plant that will function as a desk lamp -- a lamp that you don't have to plug in. The light is ultimately powered by the energy metabolism ...

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Gene mutation causing low sensitivity to pain identified

London, Dec 14 (IANS) Researchers have identified a rare mutation that causes unusually low sensitivity to pain, a finding that could be used to identify new treatment for people suffering from chronic pain. The mutation was identified in the ZFHX2 gene, found in an Italian family -- the Marsilis, which includes six people. The Marsilis' members were found with a rare inherited ...

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Indonesian court's 'no' to criminalise extramarital affairs

Jakarta, Dec 14 (IANS) An Indonesian court on Thursday rejected the petition of a conservative organisation to criminalise sexual relations outside of marriage and between people of the same sex. The petition to reform the criminal code was dismissed by five of the nine judges, reports Efe news. The petition was filed in 2016 by a university professor and 11 members of the Family...

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Indian-origin student pleads guilty of US cyber attacks

Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) A 21-year-old Indian-origin student has pleaded guilty of executing a series of cyber attacks on the Rutgers University computer network in the US, authorities said. Paras Jha of New Jersey along with two others -- Josiah White of Pennsylvania and Dalton Norman of Louisiana -- also admitted on Wednesday to creating and operating two botnets which targeted Intern...

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