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Secret plan behind bringing Nazi scientists to US revealed

Secret plan behind bringing Nazi scientists to US revealedNew York, Feb. 3 : A new book is has laid bare some of the facets of the controversial plan to bring Nazi scientists to US.

' Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America' author Annie Jacobsen used newly released documents, court transcripts, and family-held archives to give the fullest accounting yet of the plan - one shared by the British, the French, and the Russians, all of whom enlisted and embraced top Nazis, the New York Post reported.

How to stay happy in marriage

How to stay happy in marriageNew York, Feb 3 : A relationship expert has listed out some things help in making a marriage a happy one.

Relationship expert Ty Tashiro has said that the more traits that one picks above the average, the lower the statistical odds would be that they'll find a match.

He said that if there is a room of 100 men, and if one chooses mediocrity - trifecta of average income, looks and height - one will have, statistically, only 13 suitors, and when the criteria is increased to an attractive man at least
6-feet tall who makes 87,000 dollars, there is only one person left out of the 100.

Unlocked: how brain works as team to perform a task

Unlocked: how brain works as team to perform a taskNew York, Feb 3 - What mechanism allows two brain regions to communicate when they need to cooperate yet avoid interfering with one another when they must work alone? The puzzle is now solved, thanks to an Indian-American scientist.

A team led by Stanford electrical engineering professor Krishna Shenoy has revealed a previously unknown process that helps two brain regions cooperate when joint action is required to perform a task.

Candlelight vigil for slain Indian-origin army veteran

Candlelight vigil for slain Indian-origin army veteranNew York, Feb 1 : The family and friends of an Indian-origin man in California, who was killed in a police firing, gathered at a candlelight vigil in his memory.

Parminder Singh Shergill, a 43 year-old army veteran, was shot and killed by two police officers Jan 25 at Lodi in San Joaquin county, California, after he allegedly charged at two veteran officers with a knife.

The candlelight vigil was held at the Deshmesh Darbar Sikh temple in south Lodi Friday, media reported.

Friends said Parminder suffered an episode of post-traumatic stress, and a family member called police.

Michelle Obama 'can't get enough' of Kerry Washington in 'Scandal'

Michelle Obama 'can't get enough' of Kerry Washington in 'Scandal'New York, February 1 : Michelle Obama has admitted that she can't get enough of the hit ABC drama ' Scandal' and loves Kerry Washington's role as Olivia Pope.

During a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest, the First Lady revealed that she is hooked onto the Washington, D. C based hit show, the New York Daily News reported.

She added that she first started watching the series, which revolves around the 37-year-old American actress, who plays a professional fixer, and her affair with the President of the United Sates, while on a long flight to Hawaii . (ANI)

Kids close to pets connect better with people

New York, Feb 1 - If your kid has a strong emotional attachment with pets, be sure she would grow to become a better and sensitive human being.

Young adults who care for an animal may have stronger social relationships and connection to their communities, says new research.

“Our findings suggest that it may not be whether an animal is present in an individual’s life that is most significant but rather the quality of that relationship,” said Megan Mueller, a developmental psychologist and research assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

“The young adults who had strong attachment to pets reported feeling more connected to their communities and relationships,” added Mueller.

Vikas Khanna's new book offers a gastronomic tour

Vikas Khanna's new book offers a gastronomic tourNew York, Jan 31 : Award-winning Michelin-starred Indian chef Vikas Khanna has launched a new book, "Return to the Rivers - Recipes and Memories of The Himalayan River Valleys", offering a gastronomic tour of the wonders of international cuisines.

Co-authored with Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn and with a foreword by the Dalai Lama, the 444 page book published by Lake Isle Press, was launched at a media event here Tuesday at Junoon Restaurant.

Smoking rooms health hazard for kids, spouses

Smoking rooms health hazard for kids, spousesNew York, Jan 31 - Non smokers beware! Frequently visiting smoking areas in houses, apartments, offices and hotels is just as deadly as first-hand or second-hand smoke, shows research.

Third-hand smoke is a potential health threat to children, spouses of smokers and workers in environments where smoking is allowed, it warned.

“We studied on mice the effects of third-hand smoke on several organ systems under conditions that simulated third-hand smoke exposure of humans,” said Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology at the University of California, Riverside.

New spy entrant! A one-way sound machine is here

New York, Jan 31 - What about a device that can help people hear someone talking but they themselves cannot be heard. Here comes one.

A team of researchers at University of Texas (UT) has built the first-ever circulator for sound - a one-way road for sound.

Called an acoustic circulator, the device creates one-way communication and can be a game changer for the spying industry.

The fundamental symmetry with which acoustic waves travel through air between two points in space can be broken by a compact and simple device.

“Using the proposed concept, we were able to create one-way communication for sound traveling through air,” said Andrea Alù, associate professor at the Cockrell School of Engineering at University of Texas in Austin.

New era of rechargeable batteries soon: Indian-origin engineer

New York, Jan 30 - Gurpreet Singh, an assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University in the US, has made a breakthrough in developing cheaper sodium ion batteries in the future.

Singh and his team have demonstrated that a composite paper - made of molybdenum disulfide and graphene nanosheets - can work both as an active material to efficiently store sodium atoms and a flexible current collector.

The composite paper can be used as a negative electrode in sodium-ion batteries - a boon for flexible batteries and supercapacitors.

In contrast to lithium, sodium supplies are essentially unlimited and the batteries are expected to be a lot cheaper.

Soon, thermal devices that may control heat flow

New York, Jan 29 - Here comes a new technology that may control the flow of heat the way electronic devices control electrical current - a discovery that could have applications in a diverse range of fields from electronics to textiles.

In most systems, heat flow is equal in both directions, so there are no thermal devices like electrical diodes.

“If we are able to control heat flow like we control electricity using diodes, then we can enable new and exciting thermal devices including thermal switches, thermal transistors, logic gates and memory," said Xiulin Ruan, an associate professor in Purdue University's school of mechanical engineering.

US court to hear Congress party's challenge to 1984 riots'

US court to hear Congress party's challenge to 1984 riots'New York, Jan 29 - A US federal court will hear March 19 a motion filed by India's Congress party for dismissing of a human rights violation case relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh violence.

Federal Judge Robert W. Sweet will hear the motion filed by the Congress Jan 17 before the US Federal Court of Southern District of New York.

The motion 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.

Indian-American student develops 3-D printed loudspeaker

Indian-American student develops 3-D printed loudspeakerNew York, Jan 29 - Led by an Indian-American student Apoorva Kiran, scientists at Cornell University here have 3-D printed a working loudspeaker - seamlessly integrating the plastic, conductive and magnetic parts - and ready for use almost as soon as it comes out of the printer.

The thrilling discovery means that rather than assembling consumer products from parts and components, complete functioning products could be fabricated at once, on demand.

Here's how good cholesterol turns bad

Here's how good cholesterol turns badNew York, Jan 27 - In path-breaking research, scientists have discovered how the good cholesterol in the body becomes dysfunctional and loses its cardio-protective properties - leading to clogging and hardening of the arteries.

"In the artery wall during atherosclerosis, a large proportion of apolipoprotein A1 (apoA1) - a primary protein present in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) - becomes oxidised and contributes to the development of coronary artery disease,” said Stanley Hazen, head of preventive cardiology and rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

US Sikh group gets time to probe Sonia Gandhi's presence

US Sikh group gets time to probe Sonia Gandhi's presenceNew York, Jan 25 - A Federal Court in Brooklyn has granted a Sikh group time till Feb 6 to file its opposition to Congress party president Sonia Gandhi's motion to dismiss a human rights violation lawsuit against her.

In support of her Jan 2 motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that she had not been served the summons, Sonia Gandhi had submitted a declaration on Jan 13 claiming that she has "not been in New York or in the United States" between Sep 3 and Sep 9.

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