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Now, a computer that tracks 21 distinct facial expressions

Now, a computer that tracks 21 distinct facial expressionsWashington, April 1 : Researchers have found a way for a computer to maps 21 distinct facial expressions.

The researchers at The Ohio State University have revealed that they were able to more than triple the number of documented facial expressions that can now be used for cognitive analysis.

Aleix Martinez, a cognitive scientist and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State said that they have gone beyond facial expressions for simple emotions like 'happy' or 'sad' and they have found that these 21 emotions are expressed in the same way by nearly everyone.


US man who admitted assassination bid on Obama gets 25 years prison term

US man who admitted assassination bid on Obama gets 25 years prison termWashington, Apr. 1 - A U. S. man who admitted he tried to assassinate President Barack Obama by shooting at the White House has been awarded a 25-year prison sentence.

Oscar Ortega-Hernandez appeared in federal court after pleading guilty in September to terrorism and weapons charges.

He had been originally indicted on 17 criminal counts.

According to CNN, prosecutors had charged the 23-year-old from Idaho with firing a Romanian-made assault rifle out of his car window on November 11, 2011.


US Navy captain pessimistic over MH370 black box recovery

US Navy captain pessimistic over MH370 black box recoveryWashington, March 31 - US Navy officer Captain Mark Matthews, now in-charge of leading the missing Malaysia Airline search team has reportedly said that the chances of finding the jet's black box flight recorder are simply 'untenable.

Matthews made the comment as the Royal Australian Navy vessel Ocean Shield was being loaded with a "pinger" locator and an underwater drone, essential tools for kick starting the search for the black box.


Reducing meat and dairy consumption could help reduce global gas emissions

Reducing meat and dairy consumption could help reduce global gas emissionsWashington, Mar 31 : A new study suggests that reducing meat and dairy consumption could bring agricultural climate pollution down to safe levels.

According to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy and transportation sectors currently account for the largest share of climate pollution. However, a study from Chalmers now shows that eliminating these emissions would not guarantee staying below the UN limit.


Egypt's presidential vote to be held on May 26 and 28

Egypt's presidential vote to be held on May 26 and 28Washington, Mar. 31 - Egypt has set dates for the presidential election, which will be held on May 26 and 28, the Electoral Commission has announced.

The crucial vote is expected to be won by former military chief, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted elected president, Mohammed Morsi, last year.

The election commission said the results are expected by June 5, and if a second round is necessary it will be held by mid-month with results announced no later than June 26, Fox News reports.

El-Sissi has resigned from the military to run for office-a requirement since only civilians can run for president.


Why we miss visual changes in movies or real world

New York, March 31 - In a first, scientists have discovered an upside to the brain mechanism that can blind us to subtle visual changes in movies and in the real world.

The researchers from University of California (UC), Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a 'continuity field' in which the brain visually merges similar objects seen within a 15-second time frame.

So, now you can understand how you missed actor Julia Roberts' croissant inexplicably morphing into a pancake in the film “Pretty Woman”.

Unlike in the movies, objects in the real world do not spontaneously change from, say, a croissant to a pancake in a matter of seconds, so the continuity field stabilises what we see over time.


North Korea threatens to carry out 'new form' of nuke test

Cho Tai-YoungWashington, Mar. 31 - North Korea has vowed to carry out a 'new form' of nuclear test.

The move comes a year after its third nuclear test raised military tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula and prompted the United Nations to tighten sanctions against it.

The North's Foreign Ministry did not clarify what it meant by a 'new form' of test.

However, Washington and its allies have long suspected the North of trying to make small and sophisticated nuclear devices, the New York Times reports.


How Bill Clinton's aides tried to tone down Monica Lewinsky scandal

How Bill Clinton's aides tried to tone down Monica Lewinsky scandalWashington, March 30 - Newly released documents about Monica Lewinsky scandal have revealed how aides to the then President Bill Clinton scrambled to address the situation.

Some of the most sensitive scandal-related documents of about 33,000 pages of records seem to have been not released, Politico reported.

Just a day after the scandal hit the mainstream media in January 1998, top Clinton aide Minyon Moore urged a shift in the "tone" of the State of the Union address Clinton was scheduled to give five days later.


Indian origin boy gives US govt. formula to save $400m by changing font

Indian origin boy gives US govt. formula to save $400m by changing fontWashington, March 30 - An Indian origin boy has told the US govt. that they could save 400 million dollars by just changing their typeset.

Teenager Suvir Mirchandani calculated that if the government chose Garamond font instead of Times New Roman , it could reduce ink use by about 25 as each character is lighter and thinner.

Mirchandani told CNN that Ink is two times more expensive than French perfume by volume.

The idea germinated while he was working on how much his school in Pennsylvania could save in ink. (ANI)


President Obama gifts Pope Francis chest of seeds from White House garden

President Obama gifts Pope Francis chest of seeds from White House gardenWashington, March 28 : President Barack Obama was recently in Vatican City for his meeting with Pope Francis, where he presented him with a custom seed chest which included seeds for fruits and vegetables directly from the White House garden.

According to reports, the US President held up a pouch and explained that each one has a different seed in it and the chest is made from timber from the first cathedral to open in Baltimore, US, Politico reported.


Osama's son-in-law convicted of terror charges

Osama's son-in-law convicted of terror chargesWashington, March 27 - Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti national, was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans at a trial in New York city Wednesday, the media reported.

The 48-year-old clergyman now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to Russia Today.

Federal prosecutors for the US government argued at the trial that Ghaith worked within the top ranks of the terror group and assumed the role of a spokesperson of sorts, appearing in propaganda videotapes released in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks orchestrated by Al Qaeda.


Don't attack schools, Maoists told

Don't attack schools, Maoists toldNew York, March 26 : Maoists and security forces in India should respect children’s safety by keeping away from schools in the weeks before Lok Sabha election, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

The Maoists should cease all attacks on schools which will be used as balloting centres. Security forces should not occupy schools as barracks which puts children at risk, the US-based group said in a statement.

Three months before the 2009 election, Maoists conducted a spate of attacks on schools, at least 14 of them in Jharkhand and Bihar, it said.


Tumblr boosts up security with two-step authentication

Tumblr boosts up security with two-step authenticationWashington, Mar 26 : Microblogging and social media site Tumblr has reportedly added two-step authentication feature for its users in a bid to keep hackers at bay.

Earlier, Tumblr users were required to log-in the same way of putting a password to gain acess, but with the new process in place, users would be required to put in two keys to log-in their Tumblr Dashboard.

According to Mashable, one key would be a user's password, while the other would be their cellular phone and both are mandatory to access the account.


OMG! This perfume smells like a corpse

OMG! This perfume smells like a corpseNew York, March 26 - A die-hard perfume lover? Trying this 'death cologne' needs real guts, dear.

By mixing a combination of three disgusting smells, a Nebraska-based chemist claims she can create 'Eau De Death’ that mimics the smell of rotting human flesh!

The three compounds are putrescine, cadaverine and Methanethiol.

While putrescine and cadaverine are emitted by the body in the early stages of decay, Methanethiol smells like rotting eggs.


Goats are intelligent animals after all

Goats are intelligent animals after allWashington, Mar 26 : Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have found that goats learn how to solve complicated tasks quickly and can recall how to perform them for at least 10 months.

This might explain their remarkable ability to adapt to harsh environments, the researchers said.

The scientists trained a group of goats to retrieve food from a box using a linked sequence of steps; first by pulling a lever with their mouths and then by lifting it to release the reward.


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