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Apple rejects app to facilitate female masturbation

Apple rejects app to facilitate female masturbationNew York, May 19 : An app that teaches women how to masturbate has been removed by Apple from its iTunes stores worldwide.

Created by designer Tina Gong, 'HappyPlayTime' is a sex education app currently in development that teaches women how to masturbate.

The app uses light-hearted games to teach users about the female anatomy and provides lessons on different masturbation techniques.

“At the heart of our mission is the desire to see more women be vocal about their sexuality - in particular, about masturbation,” Gong said on the HappyPlayTime blog.


Forget jobs, how about finding love on Linkedin!

Forget jobs, how about finding love on Linkedin!New York, May 19 : Move over job hunting on Linkedin. Here comes an app that would find right love for you on the professional career network.

Called LinkedUp!, this app uses data from Linkedin to help you find a perfect date.

“LinkedUp! users get a very true sense of who someone is, where they are from, where they went to school and what they do, giving users a sense of comfort and trust,” its developer Max Fischer from Los Angeles was quoted as saying in media reports.

How does it work?

The app connects to the profiles of 300 million Linkedin users.

It allows you to judge a would-be date by appearance, profession and education.


Drunk zebrafish shows why you go nuts after booze

Drunk zebrafish shows why you go nuts after boozeNew York, May 19 - For a zebrafish, “don't drink and swim” warning may not work at all.

High on booze, a zebrafish nearly doubled her speed in an experiment, leaving scientists with results that may help them find why some people on a high behave like weirdos in a party.

Researchers wanted to know how the presence of non-drinking zebrafish would impact the social behaviour of one drunkard among them.

The researchers found that because the tank was full of sober fish, it gave the tipsy swimmer a case of hyperactivity to get noticed.


President Obama keeps watch 10 mins ahead to be punctual

President Obama keeps watch 10 mins ahead to be punctualNew York, May 18 - President Obama's trick to be on time is keeping his watch 10 minutes ahead, it has been revealed.

According to the New York Post, during a gathering at the InterContinental Times Square Hotel, it was author of the Jack Reacher novels, Lee Child, who noticed that the President's watch was running faster than the rest.

The US President explained that his watch has been set like that for more than a decade and it still helps whenever he is close to running late. (ANI)


Indians in New York celebrate news of Modi's win in Lok Sabha elections

Indians in New York celebrate news of Modi's win in Lok Sabha electionsNew York, May 17 - Indian Residents in New York City welcomed the news of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win in the Lok Sabha elections led by party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

"This is the biggest win after 40 years of Indian history. He's (Modi) been the chief minister of Gujarat for the last 15 years and he has done a tremendous job there," said supermarket owner Sharad Agarwal.


Handle this! Teenagers don't trust information via tweets

Handle this! Teenagers don't trust information via tweetsNew York, May 15 - Are you among those who love tweeting but somewhat wary of information via tweets from others? Join the 'Millennial Generation' that has a “healthy mistrust” of the information they read on Twitter.

“Nearly anyone can start a Twitter account and post 140 characters of information at a time, bogus or not, a fact participants seemed to grasp,” Kimberly Fenn, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University, was quoted as saying.

During the study, researchers showed 74 undergraduates in their 20s a series of images on a computer that depicted a story of a man robbing a car.


Columbus' ship discoverer hopes for help from Spain, Haiti

Columbus' ship discoverer hopes for help from Spain, HaitiNew York, May 15 - A US marine explorer who thinks that he has found the wreckage of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, off the coast of Haiti, has said he hopes Spain and Haiti would help in excavation.

"I think it's extremely important that there be cooperation between the two countries," Barry Clifford said Wednesday after a press conference here in which he formally announced the discovery.

Clifford said the wreck found in just six metres (about 20 feet) of water "is most likely the Santa Maria".


The New York Times 'fires' 'bossy' executive editor Jill Abramson

The New York Times 'fires' 'bossy' executive editor Jill AbramsonNew York, May 15 - The New York Times has replaced their executive editor, Jill Abramson, with Dean Baquet, their managing editor for reportedly being polarizing and mercurial. The 60-year-old journalist had held the job since September 2011.

Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. revealed that it was due to an issue with management in the newsroom that he had to take this decision.

According to people in the company briefed on the situation, there was serious tension between her and Sulzberger, who was concerned about complaints from employees about her being polarizing and mercurial, The New York Times reported.


Indian-origin scientists claim human learning breakthrough

New York, May 15 - Stimulation of a certain population of dopamine-containing neurons within the brain can alter the human learning process, claim two Indian-origin scientists, paving the way for rehabilitation after injury or addictive behaviours.

“Stimulating dopamine-containing neurons in a deep brain structure known as the substantia nigra can modify human learning,” said neuroscience student Ashwin Ramayya from University of Pennsylvania and Amrit Misra from California-based Drexel University.

They suggest that the stimulation may have altered learning by biasing individuals to repeat physical actions that resulted in reward.


Probe Bangladeshi force for executions: rights body

Probe Bangladeshi force for executions: rights bodyNew York, May 14 : Bangladesh should set up an independent body to investigate evidence that the paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) was responsible for extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture and other serious abuses over many years, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Following the abduction and apparent contract killings of seven people by members of RAB and other security forces in Narayangunj district May 2, state minister for home affairs Asaduzzaman Khan announced that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had ordered law enforcement agencies to ensure that all those responsible were found and punished.


Investigate killing of Pakistani rights lawyer: rights body

Investigate killing of Pakistani rights lawyer: rights bodyNew York, May 14 : Pakistani authorities should conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the May 7 killing of human rights activist and lawyer Rashid Rehman, Human Rights Watch said Wedneday.

Those responsible should be fully and promptly prosecuted, it said.

Rehman's killing, an apparent reprisal for his willingness to represent people charged under Pakistan's blasphemy law, underscores the urgent need for the government to repeal that law, Human Rights Watch said.

Two unidentified gunmen killed Rehman in his office in Multan in Punjab province.


Memory boosting pills harmful for your kid's brain

Memory boosting pills harmful for your kid's brainNew York, May 14 - Do you often give memory boosting 'smart' pills to your children to increase attention span and memory to stay awake and score high in exams? Stop this as such drugs pose special risks to the developing brain of young adults, researchers warn.

Such “smart” drugs are getting more and more popular owing to peer pressure, stricter academic requirements and the tough job market.

“But young people who misuse them risk long-term impairments to brain function,” said Kimberly Urban at University of Delaware and Wen-Jun Gao at Drexel University College of Medicine in the US.


Nitrogen pollution can be cut by half: Experts

Nitrogen pollution can be cut by half: ExpertsNew York, May 14 : With combined efforts by farmers and consumers, the risk of nitrogen pollution could be cut down by half, researchers said.

"Nitrogen is an irreplaceable nutrient and a true life-saver as it helps agriculture to feed a growing world population - but it is unfortunately also a dangerous pollutant," said Benjamin Bodirsky of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia (CIAT).

In the different forms it can take through chemical reactions, it massively contributes to respirable dust, leads to the formation of aggressive ground-level ozone, and destabilises water ecosystems.


Teenagers prefer smart phones over sex: Study

Teenagers prefer smart phones over sex: StudyNew York, May 14 : Teenagers are so touchy about their screens that they are willing to give up almost everything - even the pleasures of a sexual encounter - in exchange for their smart phones, a fascinating research has revealed.

While 26 percent of teenager students in the US can not live without their mobile phones, only 20 percent said they could not survive without sex, a recent survey showed.

Students spend more than five hours online daily, and often use more than five apps at any one time.

The increasing penetration of technologies have also changed the ways students prefer to learn.


HRW asks Bangladesh to widen inquiry against RAB extra-judicial killings

HRW asks Bangladesh to widen inquiry against RAB extra-judicial killingsNew York, May 14 - The Bangladesh authorities should establish an independent body to investigate evidence that the paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has been responsible for extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture, and other serious abuses over many years, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.


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