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Obama critic Dinesh D'Souza pleads not guilty

Obama critic Dinesh D'Souza pleads not guiltyNew York, Jan 25 - President Barack Obama's Indian-American filmmaker critic Dinesh D'Souza has pleaded not guilty to charges he made illegal contributions to New York Republican senate hopeful Wendy Long in her 2012 campaign.

Mumbai-born D'Souza, 52, whose documentary "2016: Obama's America" took a highly critical look at Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

IBM to sell server business to China's Lenovo for $2.3 bn

IBM to sell server business to China's Lenovo for $2.3 bnNew York, Jan 24 - US technology giant IBM Thursday announced a definitive agreement to sell its low-end server business to China's Lenovo for roughly $2.3 billion.

IBM will receive $2 billion in cash and the rest of the payment in Lenovo stock, the US company said in a press release.

In the deal, Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business, which "includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations," IBM said.

You can even sniff fat in food!

You can even sniff fat in food!New York, Jan 23 - Believe it! Humans can smell whether the food on the dining table or in a restaurant is low or high on fat.

New research reveals humans can use the sense of smell to detect dietary fat in food. However, it remains unclear which sensory systems contribute to this ability.

“That we have the ability to detect and discriminate minute differences in the fat content of our food suggests that this ability must have had considerable evolutionary importance,” said senior author Johan Lundström, a cognitive neuroscientist at Monell Chemical Senses Centre in the US.

Tired in office? Turn off smartphone at night

Tired in office? Turn off smartphone at nightNew York, Jan 23 - Switching off your smartphone at night means better productivity at work the next day.

“Smartphones are almost perfectly designed to disrupt sleep,” said Russell Johnson, assistant professor of management at Michigan State University in the US.

“Because they keep us mentally engaged late into the evening, they make it hard to detach from work so we can relax and fall asleep,” he warned.

In a pair of studies surveying a broad spectrum of workers, his team found that people who monitored their smartphones for business purposes after 9 p. m. were more tired and were less engaged the following day on the job.

Halting papaya pest saved over $300 mn for India

Halting papaya pest saved over $300 mn for IndiaNew York, Jan 23 - A natural pest-control plan from US-based Virginia Tech that halted the papaya mealybug - that created havoc in southern India causing mold and stunted growth of several crops - has saved up to $309 million in the first year itself.

For a relatively modest cost of $200,000 during the first year of the intervention, financial loss that would have crossed $1.34 billion over five years has been prevented, said researchers from Virginia Tech.

Michelle Obama shows off her slam dunking skills in new video

Michelle Obama shows off her slam dunking skills in new videoNew York, Jan 22 : Michelle Obama has proved that she has got basketball skills after she shot a video with Miami Heat's title-winning team for her 'Let's Move' campaign.

In the video, video bomber LeBron James can be seen holding a mini-hoop which is dunked on by Michelle, the New York Post reported.

After the dunk, the First Lady celebrates with an amazing look on her face.

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and coach/host Erik Spoelstra also appeared in the video. (ANI)

Chennai native to run New York's public hospital system

Chennai native to run New York's public hospital systemNew York, Jan 22 - New York City's new Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Ramanathan Raju, a respected Indian-American doctor, as commissioner of Health and Hospitals Corporation, the nation's largest public hospital system.

The mayor announced Chennai native Raju's appointment Tuesday along with Maria Torres-Springer, as Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services, with a pledge to deepen each agency's connections to neighbourhoods across the city's five boroughs.

Robotic kidney transplants are here

Robotic kidney transplants are hereNew York, Jan 22 - In a major breakthrough, surgeons at India-based Medanta Hospital and Michigan-based Henry Ford Hospital have successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure.

In this surgery, called 'Icy' technique, the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation.

The research advances minimally invasive robotic surgery as a safe alternative to traditional open surgery.

“Minimally invasive surgery reduces post-operative pain and minimises complications in comparison to conventional surgery,” said Mani Menon, chair of Henry Ford's Vattikuti Urology Institute.

State of emergency declared as snowstorm hits New York

State of emergency declared as snowstorm hits New YorkNew York, Jan 22 - A state of emergency was declared as a major winter storm moved into the New York City metropolitan area.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency covering counties of Suffolk, Nassau, Richmond, Kings, Queens, New York, Bronx, Westchester and Rockland, Xinhua reported.

Cuomo also activated the State Emergency Operations Center in a bid to monitor the major winter storm that is expected to bring moderate to heavy snow and strong winds to Long Island, New York city and the Lower Hudson Valley.

It is also anticipated to usher in extremely cold temperatures statewide.

Indian govt. failed to keep promise of protecting women, children from sexual violence: HRW

Indian govt. failed to keep promise of protecting women, children from sexual violence: HRWNew York, Jan 21 : The Human Rights Watch has reportedly said that Indian government's inability to protect women and children from sexual violence and rape undermines its commitment to uphold the rights of all Indians.

HRW in its World Report 2014 noted that Indian authorities also failed to enforce laws that protect vulnerable communities including Dalits, religious minorities, and tribal groups, while the government's efforts to increase mass surveillance raised concerns over rights to privacy and free speech.

Learn how humans walk

Learn how humans walkNew York, Jan 18 - Humans have been walking on earth for over a million years and researchers are now close to figuring out how they do it.

A research published in the Journal of Experimental Biology outline a specific interaction between the ankle, knee, muscles and tendons that improve the understanding of a leg moving forward in a way that maximises motion while using minimal amounts of energy.

"Human walking is extraordinarily complex and we still don’t understand completely how it works,” said Jonathan Hurst, professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio State University (OSU) in the US.

Congress party challenges US court's jurisdiction in 1984 riots' case

Congress party challenges US court's jurisdiction in 1984 riots' caseNew York, Jan 18 - India's Congress party has filed a motion before the US Federal Court of Southern District of New York seeking dismissal of a human rights violation case relating to 1984 anti-Sikh violence.

The motion filed Friday challenges the court's jurisdiction, the legal standing of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a New York based human rights group, to file the case, and asserts that the statute of limitations has expired.

Soon, a headband to give your dreams wings

Soon, a headband to give your dreams wingsNew York, Jan 17 - What if you could transform that frightening nightmare into a jacuzzi bath at a five-star hotel or scuba diving in Egyptian red sea? Possible.

A new headband promises to do just that by helping you reach what the creators call a 'lucid dream' state.

The headband - called Aurora - measures brain waves and eye movement activity to determine when a person enters Rapid eye movement sleep (REM) - a stage of sleep where dreams are more likely to occur, said a report on FoxNews. com.

Police personnel in night shifts prone to more injuries

Police personnel in night shifts prone to more injuriesNew York, Jan 17 - Know why at times police personnel in night shifts - when crime rates are generally high - are not able to take a quick decision required in fast-paced, high-risk situations?

According to a new research, police officers working the night shift are significantly more likely to suffer long-term on-the-job injuries than officers on day and afternoon shifts.

“Evening and night police shifts are inherently more active than day shifts where the calls for service are generally more hazardous and more frequent - resulting in sleep disturbance, fatigue-related impairment and more serious injuries,” he says.

US returns three 'most wanted' stolen antiquities to India

New York, Jan 15 - India and the US turned to the gods to ease tensions after their month long diplomatic spat when the US returned three recovered, 'most wanted' stolen antiquities valued at over $1.5 million to India.

The objects, including a 350-pound sandstone sculpture stolen from an Indian temple in 2009 and listed as one of INTERPOL's top 10 most wanted stolen works of art, were returned at an event Tuesday at the Indian consulate to consul general Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay.

Devyani Khobragade, who worked as Mulay's deputy at the time of her Dec 12 arrest and strip search on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny, returned home last week after India declined to waive her immunity despite her indictment by a New York grand jury.

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