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Capsule Full of Space Station Junk Makes Fiery Re-Entry

Capsule Full of Space Station Junk Makes Fiery Re-Entry

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A capsule filled with space station trash bit the cosmic dust Wednesday with a keenly interested scientific audience. The cargo carrier broke apart and burned up while re-entering Earth's atmosphere high above the Pacific. Researchers gathered information on the breakup from sensors it carried, in hopes that the data will improve future spacecraft. Built by Virginia-based Orbital ATK Inc., the capsule had been cut loose from the International Space Station last week. It followed its own orbit until it was steered into the atmosphere, where it was consumed by the heat of re-entry. The vessel had been the scene of another fiery experiment shortly after it left the space station. A large blaze deliberately was ignited in it so Nasa could study the spread of flames in weightlessness. Like the...
iPhone 7 Said to Come in 3 Variants; 256GB Model Tipped Again

iPhone 7 Said to Come in 3 Variants; 256GB Model Tipped Again

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Apple unveiled iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 this month, and the commercial release is expected to be rolled out with the release of the iPhone 7 in September. The leaks surrounding the upcoming smartphone are in full force, and the latest one testifies to previous rumours of a 256GB storage variant and a possible third variant of the iPhone 7 this year. The iPhone 7 has been rumoured previously to come in three variants, the third one being called either the iPhone 7 Pro or the iPhone 7 Plus Premium. A leak out of Weibo (spotted first by PocketNow) also claims that Apple is looking to introduce a third model, and is most likely going to call it the iPhone 7 Pro. The tipster also attests to the 256GB rumour. Apparently, the iPhone 7 will come in new storage options namely - 32GB, 64GB, and 256GB. H...
Oppo A37 With 4G Support, 7.6mm Thickness

Oppo A37 With 4G Support, 7.6mm Thickness

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Oppo has unveiled its new A-series smartphone, the A37, in China. Priced at CNY 1,299 (approximately Rs. 13,300), the Oppo A37 is now available to buy in China via the company's official store. The company has so far not revealed plans to launch the Oppo A37 in more markets. The Oppo A37 features a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS display and comes with a pixel density of 293ppi. The smartphone runs ColorOS 3.0 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with dual-SIM support (Micro-SIM + Nano-SIM). It will be available in China in Gold, Grey, and Rose Gold colours. Under the hood, the Oppo A37 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor clocked at 1.5GHz paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The handset supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity op...
Chinese Economic Cyber-Espionage Plummets in the US

Chinese Economic Cyber-Espionage Plummets in the US

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The Chinese government appears to be abiding by its September pledge to stop supporting the hacking of American trade secrets to help companies there compete, private US security executives and government advisors said on Monday. FireEye Inc, the US network security company best known for fighting sophisticated Chinese hacking, said in a report released late Monday that breaches attributed to China-based groups had plunged by 90 percent in the past two years. The most dramatic drop came during last summer's run-up to the bilateral agreement, it added. FireEye's Mandiant unit in 2013 famously blamed a specific unit of China's Peoples Liberation Army for a major campaign of economic espionage. Kevin Mandia, the Mandiant founder who took over last week as FireEye chief executive, said in an ...
New 3D-Printed Polymer Can Convert Methane Into Methanol

New 3D-Printed Polymer Can Convert Methane Into Methanol

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Scientists have combined 3D printed polymers with methane-eating bacteria to create the first reactor that can produce methanol from the greenhouse gas, an advance that may lead to a more efficient energy production. The researchers removed enzymes from methanotrophs, bacteria that eat methane, and mixed them with polymers that they printed or molded into innovative reactors. "Remarkably, the enzymes retain up to 100 percent activity in the polymer," said Sarah Baker, from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US. "The printed enzyme-embedded polymer is highly flexible for future development and should be useful in a wide range of applications, especially those involving gas-liquid reactions," Baker said. Advances in oil and gas extraction techniques have made vast new stores ...
International Yoga Day: Embrace Yoga to Age Gracefully, Say Experts

International Yoga Day: Embrace Yoga to Age Gracefully, Say Experts

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Yoga won't give you immortality but this ancient discipline of bringing union between the body, mind and spirit can definitely help you fight age - both physical and mental, say health and wellness experts. "In my practice in India and abroad I have seen several cases where my clients have gotten better by regular yoga, pranayam and meditation," Preeti Rao, Health, Lifestyle and Wellness Consultant at Max Healthcare. Regular yoga practice can help fight chronic lifestyle diseases like hypertension, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, reproductive disorders, and respiratory and cardiovascular related health concerns. Besides people with obesity, anxiety, constipation and digestive disorders can benefit significantly from practising yoga, according to the experts. "From diabetes to high blood pr...
‘We’re Horrified’: At Stanford, The Impact Of A Sexual Assault Is Searing

‘We’re Horrified’: At Stanford, The Impact Of A Sexual Assault Is Searing

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It could have been mistaken for any other late afternoon in the expectant days before graduation. Seniors shuttled four years of possessions from the Kappa Alpha fraternity into waiting U-Hauls that would carry them away from Stanford for the last time. But the students weren't talking just about commencement, or summer, or jobs ahead. Their conversations this week, like so many on this elite campus these days, kept turning to sexual assault. It was inescapable on their phones and laptops, what happened just a few hundred feet away and its lingering impact: A woman left one of their parties drunk, passed out behind a dumpster and was attacked by a Stanford swimmer. "We're horrified that this happened here," said Dominick Francks, 22, a Kappa Alpha brother majoring in atmosphere/energy ...
ISIS Releases Longest ‘Kill List’, Over 8,000 Americans Are Its Targets

ISIS Releases Longest ‘Kill List’, Over 8,000 Americans Are Its Targets

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A pro-ISIS hacker group has placed nearly 8,000 Americans on its longest 'kill list' that also includes names of Canadians, Australians and Europeans, a British media report said today. The pro-ISIS United Cyber Caliphate hacker group released a list of 8,318 people, including their addresses and email contact details, on a secretive messaging app service. It urged its supporters to "follow" those listed - and "kill them strongly to take revenge for Muslims", Daily Mirror reported. It is one of the longest kill lists any ISIS-affiliated group has distributed to date and reportedly includes the names of 7,848 Americans, 312 Canadians, 39 Britons and 69 Australians. The rest of the targets listed are reported to be from a variety of nations including Belgium, Brazil, China, Estonia, Fran...
‘Time Bomb’: Subramanian Swamy’s New Attack On Raghuram Rajan

‘Time Bomb’: Subramanian Swamy’s New Attack On Raghuram Rajan

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BJP lawmaker Subramanian Swamy today launched another attack on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, saying he had planted "a time bomb" in the Indian financial system that will explode in December. Mr Swamy, who had written twice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking that Dr Rajan be dropped for keeping interest rate high, took to Twitter to criticise the RBI Governor. He did not specify further. The 'f.e' in the tweet apparently refers to foreign exchange. There was no immediate response to the query sent to RBI spokesperson Alpana Killawala in this regard. On May 26, Mr Swamy had levelled six allegations against Dr Rajan and asked the Prime Minister to sack him immediately. He had also claimed that Dr Rajan was "mentally not fully Indian" and alleged that he has "wilfully wrecked the econ...
Facebook Takes on Twitch, YouTube With ‘Live’ In-Game Streaming

Facebook Takes on Twitch, YouTube With ‘Live’ In-Game Streaming

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Facebook on Monday announced that it is getting into the e-Sports game, jumping into the field of video games as spectator sports against Amazon-owned Twitch and Google's YouTube Gaming. Later this month, people will be able to use Facebook accounts to log in to Blizzard Entertainment computer games such as "World of Warcraft." The move will pave the way for Blizzard game fans to use the leading social network's Live video service to broadcast play in real time, the companies said in a joint release. California-based Blizzard, owned by video game publisher Activision, is in the process of creating a "Go Live" feature that would let players stream on-screen action to Facebook timelines, according to the companies. Blizzard games in line for the Facebook streaming capability included freshl...