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Frustrated and baffled, Republicans don’t know how to counter Obama

Barack ObamaWashington, Apr. 30 : Baffled and frustrated Republicans say they don’t know how to counter or combat President Barack Obama.

“Our base is getting frustrated,” said one top Republican at the Capitol.

Even among other Republicans, the question of how to deal with Obama has lead to mixed messages.

House Republican leaders wrote a letter to Obama this week, praising him for his “call for a new era of bipartisanship in Washington.”

“The GOP is disjointed, because we have no national message machine,” lamented a party official who is privy to the media strategy.

Avian flu study offers insight into swine flu outbreak

FranceWashington, April 30 : A new study examining the mechanisms underlying transmission of combined avian-human viruses has shed light on how virus outbreaks like that of the current swine flu come about.

The study, conducted by University of Maryland researchers, suggests that the ease with which a dangerous avian influenza virus can cause a human flu pandemic may be greater than previously thought.

In his study, associate Professor Daniel Perez from the University of Maryland has shown that after an avian and human-like virus combine, the virus requires relatively few mutations to spread rapidly between mammals by respiratory droplets.

Noel Gallagher sings in the shower for Bono’s charity

Noel Gallagher sings in the shower for Bono’s charityWashington, Apr 30 : If you''ve ever wanted to watch Oasis'' Noel Gallagher singing in the shower, then here’s you chance.

The singer has been filmed singing in the shower for pal Bono’s new (Red)Wire online magazine.

Noel agreed to perform a solo rendition of the band’s Waiting for The Rapture in a shower room at New York’s Madison Square Garden for the new issue of the downloaded subscription service, which went live in December (09), reports Contactmusic.

Nuggets close out Hornets, Hawks beat Heat take 3-2 lead

Nuggets close out Hornets, Hawks beat Heat take 3-2 leadLos Angeles - After years of frustration, Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets are celebrating a Rocky Mountain High.

Anthony scored a career-playoff high 34 points, J. R. Smith added 20 and the Nuggets rocked the New Orleans Hornets 107-86 at home on Wednesday to wrap up their Western Conference opening-round playoff series in five games.

Denver had lost five consecutive first-round series before advancing for the first time since 1994.

Mystery of Milky Way’s X-ray glow solved

Milky Way’s fastest stars may be immigrants from another galaxyWashington, April 30 : An image of a region near the center of our galaxy has resolved a long-standing mystery about an X-ray glow along the plane of the galaxy, attributing it to hundreds of point-like X-ray sources, implying that the glow is due to millions of such sources.

The image shows an infrared view from the Spitzer Space Telescope of the central region of the Milky Way, with a pullout showing a Chandra X–ray Observatory image of a region located only 1.4 degrees away from the center of the galaxy.

Older men more likely to die after pneumonia than women

Older men more likely to die after pneumonia than womenWashington, April 30 : Old men are more likely do die after being hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) than women, according to a new study, which suggests that the reason may be differing biological response to infection between males and females.

The findings may have important implications for understanding sex differences in life expectancy.