New 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.
New 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.
New 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".
New 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.
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.
New 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.
New 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.
New 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.
New 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.
New 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.
New 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.
New York, May 13 - A new study suggests that " small talk" helps parents cultivate linguistic skills of their little ones.
For many parents, the idea of talking to their newborn seems foreign, and even a waste of time. But Nicola Lathey, a children's speech and language therapist, said that mindset couldn't be further from the truth.
Lathey, a mother of one, told the New York Daily News that one can predict the level of intelligence by how good their language skills are at 18 months.
New York, May 13 - Have a doberman at home? This news may interest you. Researchers have identified a genetic mutation in Doberman that causes albinism in the breed - a discovery that has eluded veterinarians until now.
“What we found was a gene mutation that results in a missing protein necessary for cells to be pigmented. Some defects in this same gene cause a condition called oculocutaneous albinism in humans,” explained Paige Winkler, a doctoral student at University of Michigan's college of veterinary medicine.
This type of albinism has certain characteristics that are evident in both humans and dogs.
New York, May 13 - A Bolivian man has made his own drone by using mostly recycled materials which he picked up from flea markets.
Alex Chipana's small drone with four propellers can fly for as long as 20 minutes, as high as 1.2 miles and as fast at 43 mph, the New York Daily News reported.
Chipana bought his own motor, camera and GPS but found the rest of the parts at flea markets and other places and fit the pieces into his own design.
Some of these "valuable" items include wood, pieces of a pen, and a cap from a deodorant or perfume bottle.
New York, May 10 - The world's first leadless pacemaker, developed by an Indian-origin scientist Vivek Reddy, has shown promising results after one year of human trials on 32 patients who received the pacemaker.
"This is the first time we have seen one-year follow-up data for this innovative, wireless cardiac pacing technology. Our results show the leadless pacemaker is comparable to traditional pacemakers," said Reddy, director of arrhythmia services at the Mount Sinai Hospital here.
The findings further support the promising performance and safety of this minimally-invasive, non-surgical pacing device.
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