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Depression can lead to obesity in adolescent girls

Depression can lead to obesity in adolescent girlsNew York, March 23 - Adolescent girls who suffer from depression are at a greater risk for developing obesity as they grow older, a research said.

"Adolescence is a key developmental period for both obesity and depression, so we thought it significant to look at the onset of these disorders at an early age," said Naomi Marmorstein, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers University-Camden in US.

By assessing a statewide sample of over 1,500 males and females in Minnesota, Marmorstein and colleagues found that depression occurring by early adolescence in females predicts obesity by late adolescence.


Crimea's new attorney general's pics go viral

Vladimir PutinNew York, Mar. 23 - Crimea's new attorney general Natalia Poklonskaya has apparently become an online sensation after she climbed the career ladder in the region, which President Vladimir Putin has officially absorbed into Russia.

The 33-year-old attorney general's photos surfaced online after her promotion and have become massively popular online after her first high profile press conference, the New York Daily News reported.

According to the BBC reports, many have depicted the feisty legal eagle as a "battle-ready heroine".

Far Eastern fans have been busy drawing manga images and anime fan art in honor of the staunch pro-Russian.


Swiss Emmentaler named best cheese in the world

Swiss Emmentaler named best cheese in the worldNew York, March 22 : Swiss Emmentaler has been named the best cheese at the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest held in Wisconsin.

This is the country's fourth win in the past five years, the New York Post reported.

Cheesemaker Gerard Sinnesberger's original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler was deemed the best of 2,615 entries from 22 nations.

The second spot was grabbed by an Austrian entry, called Erzherzog Johann, followed by another Swiss entry, Gruyere AOP. (ANI)


App that controls your AC, saves money too

App that controls your AC, saves money tooNew York, March 22 : This summer, get ready for a smart air conditioner that can be operated remotely with a mobile app.

You can turn it on as you are near home from a tiring day at office or start it automatically based on your phone's GPS.

The wi-fi-enabled window AC called Aros is the brainchild of New York-based startup Quirky and General Electric and is armed with on-board temperature and humidity sensors.

The unit is able to detect when you are in and out of the home and adjust the temperature accordingly.

The AC also creates a cooling schedule for you based on your usage habits after a couple of weeks.


Cheers! Google Glass to earn you a free drink in this bar

Cheers! Google Glass to earn you a free drink in this barNew York, March 22 - Wear the Google wearable computer device and get your drink absolutely free at this bar at a San Francisco-based hotel.

In a bid to project itself as a tech haven, Stanford Court hotel is offering a cocktail on the house to anyone who visits the bar wearing Google Glass.

Many hotels in the US have even banned visitors wearing the trendy tracking devices.

But the Stanford Court hotel is doing just the opposite.

"We want to attract the tech crowd, so we are telling Google Glass wearers they are welcome along with everyone else," Stanford Court hotel's general manager Michael Baier was quoted as saying.


Hack, a New Age programming language from Facebook

Hack, a New Age programming language from FacebookNew York, March 22 - It is called Hack but it has little to do with hacking. It is a new programming language designed by Facebook that lets programmers build complex websites and other software quickly and without many flaws.

"We can say with complete assurance that this has been as battle-tested as it can possibly be,” Bryan O'Sullivan, the Facebook engineer behind the language, said in a statement.

Experts say Hack is a new version of PHP - the language Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg used when he started building Facebook.

Hack too runs on the Hip Hop Virtual Machine but it lets coders use both dynamic typing and static typing.


9/11 air pollution linked to stress disorder

New York, March 21 - People who were exposed to a massive dust cloud of air pollution at Ground Zero when the 9/11 twin terror attacks took place are at an increased risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai here have linked high levels of exposure to inhaled particulate matter by first responders at Ground Zero to these conditions that may impact cardiovascular health.

“Our study shows high exposure to the massive dust cloud of air pollution at Ground Zero has increased the risk among first responders of both obstructive sleep apnea and PTSD,” added cardiologist Mary Ann McLaughlin, principal investigator for the WTC-CHEST Programme at Mount Sinai.


1984 anti-Sikh riots case: U.S. court asks Sonia Gandhi to submit passport

1984 anti-Sikh riots case: U.S. court asks Sonia Gandhi to submit passportNew York, Mar 21 - A United States (U. S.) federal judge in Brooklyn on Friday asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to submit a copy of her passport, showing her most recent entry and exit stamps into and out of the U. S.

The judge held that Sonia Gandhi's January 10 declaration is insufficient to prove her absence from the United States, and the submission of her passport's copy would demonstrate that she was not in the country from February 9 to December 9, 2013.


New York mayor taps three Indian-Americans for key jobs

New York mayor taps three Indian-Americans for key jobsNew York, March 21 - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped three Indian-Americans for key positions with Meera Joshi named to serve as chairperson and CEO of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).

Nisha Agarwal, a leading advocate for the city'simmigrant communities, has been named as commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and Udai Tambar, the executive director of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), the new Director of Children and Youth Services.


US court asks Sonia Gandhi to show passport

US court asks Sonia Gandhi to show passportNew York, March 21 - A US court has asked India's Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi to provide a copy of her passport to show that she was not in the US between Sep 2 and Sep 9 last year.

Gandhi had filed a motion in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, seeking dismissal of a human rights violation case against her relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, asserting she had not been served the summons as she was not in the US during that time.


This 'smart lens' to give you night vision

This 'smart lens' to give you night visionNew York, March 20 - What about wearing a contact lens that can let you see things in the dark? A smart contact lens is in the offing that could give its wearer infra-red 'night vision'.

According to researchers from University of Michigan, by placing graphene inside the lens, they can build a sensor capable of capturing infrared light.

A prototype is already here. Smaller than a fingernail, it could one day be built into lenses for soldiers and others who need to see in the dark.


Water vapour detected around a 'hot Jupiter'

Water vapour detected around a 'hot Jupiter'New York, March 20 - In a quest for life beyond earth, scientists at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have detected water vapour in the atmosphere of a 'hot Jupiter' outside our solar system.

The team applied a sophisticated Doppler technique to the infra-red to directly detect the planet and demonstrate the presence of water in its atmosphere.

The planet, named tau Boo b, orbits the nearby star tau Bootis and belongs to a class of exotic planets called 'hot Jupiters' that are not found in our solar system.


Congress party asks US court to respect India's sovereignty

US courtNew York, March 20 - Asking a US court to respect India's sovereignty, India's Congress party has sought dismissal of a human rights violation case relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh violence filed by a US-based Sikh rights group.

After hearing arguments on Congress party's challenge to the "extraterritorial jurisdiction" of US courts, Manhattan's US Federal Judge Robert W. Sweet Wednesday reserved his ruling.


Indian-American researchers find new target to control diabetes

Indian-American researchers find new target to control diabetes New York, March 20 - In a thrilling discovery, two Indian-American researchers have identified a new potential therapeutic target for controlling high blood sugar - a finding that could help millions suffering from type 2 diabetes worldwide.

Researchers showed that lipid molecules called phosphatidic acids enhance glucose production in the liver.

The findings suggest that inhibiting or reducing production of phosphatidic acids may do the opposite.


Family dog carries your body odour in brain!

Family dog carries your body odour in brain!New York, March 19 - You love it when your pet dog jumps on you and licks you when you come home from office.

What you perhaps do not know is that your body odour lingers like perfume in your dog's brain even if you are not near him.

An area of the canine brain responds more strongly to the scents of familiar humans than it does to the scents of other humans, or even to those of familiar dogs, research has shown.


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