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Brain can recognize objects faster than previously believed

 Brain can recognize objects faster than previously believedWashington, Apr 30 : Humans have an inherent ability to recognize faces and other objects with just a glimpse, and now researchers have found that this ability to visually process images is much faster than it is believed.

Taking advantage of brain mapping in patients about to undergo surgery for epilepsy, researchers at Children''s Hospital Boston, have for the first time showed that the brain, at a very early processing stage, can recognize objects under a variety of conditions very rapidly.

Hugh Hefner: Holly Madison is welcome at mansion ‘but not as a girlfriend’

 Hugh Hefner: Holly Madison is welcome at mansion ‘but not as a girlfriend’Washington, Apr 30 : Hugh Hefner has said that he was misquoted in a recent interview about ex-girlfriend Holly Madison, and claimed that she is welcome at the Playboy mansion, but not as a girlfriend.

Insisting he has moved on from the former `Girls Next Door' star, the Playboy mogul said that the interview with Los Angeles Confidential, which claimed that he wants Madison to move back into the mansion, was taken out of context.

Technique for modifying plant genes could help provide sustainable food, fuel and fiber

 Technique for modifying plant genes could help provide sustainable food, fuel and fiberWashington, April 30 : Scientists have used a genome engineering tool they developed to make a model crop plant herbicide-resistant without significant changes to its DNA, which could help provide sustainable food, fuel and fiber.

The research team was from the University of Minnesota and Massachusetts General Hospital in the US.

Ultra fast “Scramjets” can be effectively guided by new control system software

 Ultra fast “Scramjets” can be effectively guided by new control system softwareWashington, April 30 : Engineers at the Ohio State University, US, have designed control system software that can effectively guide a hypersonic experimental "scramjet", which is faster than the speed of sound.

Government agencies have been developing faster-than-sound vehicles for decades.

The latest supersonic combustion ramjets, called scramjets, burn air for fuel, and could one day carry people to space or around the world in a matter of hours.

Intervention proves effective in increasing correct breast self-exams

Intervention proves effective in increasing correct breast self-examsWashington, April 30 : In a new study, researchers have found that a brief intervention program boosted the number of women correctly performing breast self- exams by tenfold.

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research study is one of the first to show intervention programs can be effective in increasing breast self-exams.

Greater transparency needed in development of US policy on cyber attack

cyber attackWashington, April 30 : A new report from the National Research Council has determined that the current policy and legal framework regulating use of cyber attack by the US is ill-formed, undeveloped, and highly uncertain.

The United States should establish clear national policy on the use of cyberattack, while also continuing to develop its technological capabilities in this area, it says.

The US policy should be informed by open national debate on the technological, policy, legal, and ethical issues of cyberwarfare, according to the committee that wrote the report.

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