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Animal books affecting your kids' factual learning

Animal books affecting your kids' factual learningToronto, March 26 - Does you kid love reading story books featuring animals with human characteristics? This may lead to less factual learning and influence his/her reasoning about animals.

Young readers are more likely to attribute human behaviours and emotions to animals when exposed to books with personified animals than books depicting animals realistically, researchers say.

"Books that portray animals realistically lead to more learning and more accurate biological understanding," said lead author Patricia Ganea, an assistant professor with University of Toronto’s department of applied psychology and human development.


More teenage boys reporting 'forced' sex by women in US

More teenage boys reporting 'forced' sex by women in USWashington, March 26 - Women are seducing or even threatening teenage boys and male college students into forced or coerced sex, according to a significant study that explores sexual victimisation of men in the US.

A large proportion of teenage boys and college men have reported having been coerced into sex or sexual behaviour.

Nearly 43 percent of high school boys and young college men reported they had an unwanted sexual experience and of those, 95 percent said a female acquaintance was the aggressor.


Art masterpieces helping map pollution levels in Earth's past atmosphere

Art masterpieces helping map pollution levels in Earth's past atmosphereWashington, March 26 : Researchers have shown the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth 's past atmosphere.

In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red.


North Korea fires two mid-range missiles: South Korea

North Korea fires two mid-range missiles: South KoreaWashington, Mar. 26 - North Korea test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea has said.

The move from Pyongyang comes hours after its rivals South Korea, Japan and the United States met in the Netherlands to discuss the security threat posed by the country.

According to Fox News, a South Korean military official said two likely Rodong missiles flew about 650 kilometers off North Korea's east coast early on Wednesday.


Majority of Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of Ukraine crisis

Majority of Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of Ukraine crisisWashington, Mar. 26 - A majority of Americans support U. S. sanctions against Russia, but are less pleased with President Barack Obama's handling of the Ukraine crisis overall, a new poll has found.

The CBS News Poll found that overall nearly 56 percent Americans disapproved of Obama's handling of the situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Nearly 46 percent disapprove of how Obama is handling these events, as compared to 38 percent who approve.


'Immigration reform in US would reduce deficit by $900 bn'

'Immigration reform in US would reduce deficit by $900 bn'Washington, March 26 - The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday that the immigration form plan presented by Democrats in the House of Representatives would reduce the US budget deficit by $900 billion over the next 20 years.

The CBO estimates that approving the bill - virtually identical to the bipartisan measure passed by the Senate last June - would save the country about $200 billion in the first decade and some $700 billion in the second.


Obama's first Indian-American CTO starts new venture

Obama's first Indian-American CTO starts new ventureWashington, March 25 : Indian-American Aneesh Chopra, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as America's first chief technology officer, has co-founded a data and analytics company aimed at healthcare, education and energy sectors.

Chopra, 41, who stepped down from his White House job to run an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor of Virginia, co-founded Hunch Analytics based in Arlington, a Washington suburb in neighbouring Virginia, last October.

Details about the company are scarce beyond what's stated on its website and on social networks, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the story.


Mahindra, Mittal only Indians to make it to Fortune Magazine's greatest leaders list

Mahindra, Mittal only Indians to make it to Fortune Magazine's greatest leaders listWashington, Mar 25 : Two Indian industrialists have reportedly made it to the coveted 'World's 50 greatest leaders' list compiled by Fortune Magazine.

Industrialists Anand Mahindra, who chairs Mahindra and Mahindra, and Laxmi Mittal, CEO Arcelor Mittal have been named amongst the top 50 leaders in the world at positions 40 and 48 respectively.

According to the Washington Post, the list includes heads of state, nonprofit leaders, sports luminaries and CEOs.

Pope Francis tops the list, while US District Court Judge, Jed Rakoff, features at number 50.

The top ten greatest leaders from a list of 50 includes:


Pope Francis tops Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

Pope Francis tops Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' listWashington, Mar 25 : Pope Francis has topped Fortune Magazine's list of world's 50 greatest leaders.

The global list includes heads of state, nonprofit leaders, sports luminaries and CEOs.

According to the Washington Post, while Pope Francis tops the list, German Chancellor Angela Merkel took the second position.

Surprisingly, on the list that includes Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai, and Hollywood actor, Angelina Jolie, US President Barack Obama is nowhere to be seen.

The top ten greatest leaders from the list of 50 includes:

1. Pope Francis

2. Angela Merkel

3. Alan Mulally

4. Warren Buffet


14 dead, 176 missing in 'deadly' mudslide in Washington state

14 dead, 176 missing in 'deadly' mudslide in Washington stateWashington, Mar. 25 - Washington state saw a deadly mudslide last Saturday and authorities have reportedly revealed that they still do not know how many people remain missing from the disaster.

At least 14 people have reportedly died in the tragic incident, which occurred in Snohomish County about 55 miles north of Seattle in Washington.

According to the Huffington Post, Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington said that officials were still working off a potential list of 176 people.

However, Pennington stressed that the authorities believe that the list includes many duplicate names.


Not just males, female college students watch porn too

Not just males, female college students watch porn tooWashington, March 25 : Female college students are finally speaking out about the kinds of adult films they'd like to see, confirming the fact that women watch porn too.

Jamie Pizzi, columnist at the Rollins College Sandspur said that as women have louder voices now, porn should be something they too can appreciate.

She said that she knows tons of her friends who watch porn and many women aren't into the kind of porn that's currently out there.


Russia shrugs off US decision to exclude it from G8

Russia shrugs off US decision to exclude it from G8Washington, Mar 25 : Russia has reportedly shrugged off the latest efforts by the US and its allies to isolate the country as they excluded Russia from G8 for now in retaliation of its Crimea takeover.

The US and its allies announced that they would boycott a planned summit in Sochi, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reportedly revealed that it would not be a 'big problem' if the G8 does not convene.


Intuitive sense more reliable at detecting lies than conscious thought

Intuitive sense more reliable at detecting lies than conscious thoughtWashington, March 25 : A new study has revealed that unconscious mind may be more accurate than conscious thought in detecting lies.

According to the research, automatic associations may be helpful in detecting deceit and pegging truth-tellers and liars, as conscious awareness may hinder the ability of detection.

The study revealed that humans tend to seek out behaviors that are supposedly stereotypical of liars, like averted eyes or fidgeting, but those behaviors may not be all that indicative of an untrustworthy person.


Intuitive sense more reliable at detecting lies than conscious thought

Intuitive sense more reliable at detecting lies than conscious thoughtWashington, March 25 : A new study has revealed that unconscious mind may be more accurate than conscious thought in detecting lies.

According to the research, automatic associations may be helpful in detecting deceit and pegging truth-tellers and liars, as conscious awareness may hinder the ability of detection.

The study revealed that humans tend to seek out behaviors that are supposedly stereotypical of liars, like averted eyes or fidgeting, but those behaviors may not be all that indicative of an untrustworthy person.


Intuitive sense more reliable at detecting lies than conscious thought

Intuitive sense more reliable at detecting lies than conscious thoughtWashington, March 25 : A new study has revealed that unconscious mind may be more accurate than conscious thought in detecting lies.

According to the research, automatic associations may be helpful in detecting deceit and pegging truth-tellers and liars, as conscious awareness may hinder the ability of detection.

The study revealed that humans tend to seek out behaviors that are supposedly stereotypical of liars, like averted eyes or fidgeting, but those behaviors may not be all that indicative of an untrustworthy person.


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