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Beware! Sexual narcissist men are likely cheaters

Beware! Sexual narcissist men are likely cheatersNew York, April 14 - Are you dating a narcissist who carries an unrealistic sense of possessing sexual skills to satisfy anyone in bed? Be alarmed that such a person is more likely to cheat on you.

Research suggests that sexual narcissism could be a potential sign that a person is more likely to be unfaithful.

“People with higher levels of sexual narcissism were more likely to cheat on their partners than participants with lower levels,” said lead researcher James K. McNulty from Florida State University.

“The spouses who were more confident about their sexual skill were more likely to commit an infidelity,” co-author Laura Widman explained.

Coming, glasses as strong as steel

Coming, glasses as strong as steelNew York, April 14 - Imagine glasses that are strong as steel and can be used for producing hard, durable and seamless complex shapes that no other metal processing method can.

Scientists at Yale University have devised a dramatically faster way of identifying and characterising complex alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), a versatile type of pliable glass that is stronger than steel.

Using traditional methods, it usually takes a full day to identify a single metal alloy appropriate for making BMGs.

Indian-origin porn star Belle Knox inspiring NYC co-eds to be strippers

Indian-origin porn star Belle Knox inspiring NYC co-eds to be strippersNew York, Apr 13 : Belle Knox, who is paying her tuition fees at Duke University by working as a porn star, is reportedly inspiring other New York co-eds to become strippers.

Mike Diaz, the club manager, asserted that many co-eds got inspired by Knox's story and that they have gotten flooded with applications and were receiving five to ten applicants a day, the New York Post reported.

Diaz said that Baruch and Brooklyn Colleges have provided the best pole dancers however, the biggest number of rejected applicants came from Queens College and NYU.

American women forgoing motherhood for pooches: Study

American women forgoing motherhood for pooches: StudyNew York, April 13 : A new study has shown that more American women are choosing dogs over motherhood .

According to business-news site Quartz, a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a big drop in the number of babies born to women ages 15 to 29, which corresponds with a huge increase in the number of tiny dogs owned by young women, the New York Post reported.

A robot that better interacts with people

A robot that better interacts with peopleNew York, April 12 : You must have seen in movies robots that act and behave like human beings. That's going to happen in real life.

Researchers are programming robots to communicate with people using human-like body language and cues.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia enlisted the help of a human-friendly robot named Charlie to study the simple task of handing an object to a person.

"We hand things to other people multiple times a day and we do it seamlessly," said AJung Moon, a PhD student in the university's department of mechanical engineering.

3D printed tumours for research

New York, April 12 - In what could aid cancer treatment research in a big way, scientists have now made a tumour-like lump of cancer cells using 3D printing technology.

This lump shows a greater resemblance to natural cancer than do the two-dimensional cultured cells grown in a lab dish, according to researchers.

“With further understanding of these 3D models, we can use them to study the development, invasion, metastasis and treatment of cancer using specific cancer cells from patients,” said researcher Wei Sun, a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

“We can also use these models to test the efficacy and safety of new cancer treatment therapies and new cancer drugs,” said Wei.

World's largest gold crystal is here

World's largest gold crystal is hereNew York, April 12 - A heavy piece of gold, found years ago in Venezuela, has now been identified as the world’s largest single crystal of gold.

Worth an estimated $1.5 million (about Rs. 9 crore), the rare lump of gold weighs 217.78 grams and is the size of a golf ball.

“The structure or atomic arrangement of gold crystals of this size has never been studied before, and we have a unique opportunity to do so,” Miami University geologist John Rakovan was quoted as saying.

Too much Twitter kills romance in life

Too much Twitter kills romance in lifeNew York, April 12 - Are 140 characters coming between you and romance in your life?

You are not alone.

A study contends that those addicted to Twitter are likely to have problems with their partners than those who are not.

The more time you spend on Twitter, the more harm you are causing to your relationship, said the study by researchers of the University of Missouri.

Of the 500 Twitter users polled, researchers found the more active the tweeter, the more conflict a relationship had.

The findings were not any different even for couples who have been together for long.

New towns pose health risks for India's poor: Study

New towns pose health risks for India's poor: StudyNew York, April 11 : While the skyscrapers and growing satellite city projects in India are fast emerging as markers of development, the new towns pose serious health risks to the poor, a study has found.

The Indian government has set an ambitious plan to build 100 new towns with a million people each by 2020.

The planners of the new towns do not take into account the informal settlements that invariably crop up beside these new cities and supply their labour force, the study has found.

When cyclones or monsoons occur, the poor suffer flooding along with diseases like cholera, hepatitis and dysentery.

HRW calls upon Pakistan to revise repressive anti-terrorism law

HRW calls upon Pakistan to revise repressive anti-terrorism lawNew York, Apr 11 : The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday said that Pakistan's draft counterterrorism law threatens basic rights and freedoms in violation of Pakistan's international legal obligations,.

The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, 2013, which was approved by President Mamnoon Hussain on October 20, 2013 and the National Assembly on April 7, 2014, requires Senate approval by April 20 or it will expire.

"Pakistan's anti-terror laws shouldn't be used to undermine fundamental rights," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

Create strong passwords to dodge Heartbleed bug

Create strong passwords to dodge Heartbleed bugNew York, April 11 : Amid the looming threat from Heartbleed bug - that might have compromised millions of websites including Yahoo, Flickr and Tumblr by now - it is imperative to have a strong password that can stand hackers’ assaults, experts say.

To create a strong password, experts recommend using more than 10 characters at least.

“If eight characters is all you use, and if you restrict your characters to only alphabetic letters, it can be cracked in minutes,” Richard Boyd, a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta was quoted as saying.

Apple iWatch could come with a $1000 plus price tag

Apple iWatch could come with a $1000 plus price tagNew York, Apr 11 - Apple may launch its iWatch for an outrageous price, which is likely to cost over 1000 dollars.

One Apple watcher predicts that the company will sell the long-rumored device as a luxury accessory and that certain models will cost upwards of 1,000 dollars, the New York Post reported.

Meanwhile, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple's new gadget will come in two sizes with a1.3-inch and 1.5-inch display.

Beware! Kitchens may carry multi-drug resistant bacteria

Beware! Kitchens may carry multi-drug resistant bacteriaNew York, April 9 - Prefer spicy restaurant food over home-made delicacies? Get alarmed as hands of food preparers and chopping boards remain a source of transmission for multi-drug resistant bacteria such as E coli, a study warns.

“The spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria has been associated with the hospital setting, but new findings suggest that transmission of drug-resistant E coli occurs both in hospitals and kitchens,” explained Andreas Widmer from University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland.

Dodge that cough cloud entering your nose!

New York, April 9 - Travelling inside a crowed Metro or a jam-packed public transport bus? Make sure that you raise your elbow to cover up that turbulent buoyant cloud your neighbourhood commuter is about to expel.

Coughs and sneezes stay airborne for long distances in gas clouds that keep their potentially infectious droplets aloft over much greater distances than previously realised, the researchers said.

“When you cough or sneeze, you see the droplets, or feel them if someone sneezes on you. But you do not see the cloud, the invisible gas phase. The influence of this gas cloud is to extend the range of the individual droplets, particularly the small ones,” explained John Bush, a professor of applied mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Songs with alcohol references driving teens to binge drinking

Songs with alcohol references driving teens to binge drinkingNew York, April 9 - Are you concerned about singer Yo Yo Honey Singh and his frequent chants about alcohol consumption in his songs that may affect your kids? Read this.

A significant research reveals that binge drinking among teenagers and young adults is strongly associated with liking and identifying music that references alcohol by brand name.

In the survey, participants were given the titles of popular songs with alcohol mentions and asked if they liked the song or owned the song.

They were also tested to determine if they could spontaneously recall what brand of alcohol was mentioned in the song.

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