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Monthly archives: July 2014

Last surviving Hiroshima bomb crew member dies

The last surviving member of the US air crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Georgia aged 93. Theodore Van Kirk, also known as “Dutch”, was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the bomb. The attack on Japan on 6 August 1945 killed an estimated 140,000 people. Van Kirk said he had “no regrets” about the mission and […]

Moeen Ali banned from wearing ' Save Gaza' wristbands for England

English all-rounder Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” wristbands till the remainder of the third Test match against India in Southampton. ICC match referee David Boon inflicted the decision upon Ali. Earlier, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had cleared Ali to wear the bands. They stated that he was making a humanitarian statement and not a political one. But the ICC issued […]

Running for just seven MINUTES a day can 'halve the risk of dying from heart disease'

Study at Iowa University found running at slow speeds is good for you Analysed 55,137 adults aged between 18 and 100 and determined healthy exercise ‘does not have to be exhausting or time-consuming’ Runners had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke They also lived, on average, three years longer than non-runners. Running for just seven […]

European Startups Raise Highest Quarterly VC Financing Since 2001

  LONDON—European startups have had a bumper few months, raising €2.1 billion (more than $2.8 billion) from venture-capital investors in the second quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly total since 2001, according to data from Dow Jones Venture Source. The influx of funding into privately held European companies echoes a similar investment boom in the U.S., where private companies raised $13.8 billion in venture capital in the same period, according […]

Primordial soup that spawned life 4 billion years ago is STILL in our cells, scientists claim

Scientists at the University of East Anglia say our cells have ancient ability Cells perform reactions from the origin of life 4 billion years ago Primordial soup theory suggests life began in a pond or ocean Energy such as lightning made the buildings blocks evolve into species Research shows mitochondria continue to perform similar actions today Parts of the primordial soup in which life arose have been maintained in our […]

CAG finds Rs 25,000 crore of 'disputed transactions' in Modi's Gujarat

Notwithstanding the tall development and financial management claims of the state, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)’s five audit reports on the last leg of Narendra Modi’s rule as the Gujarat Chief Minister have fished out disputed transactions worth Rs 25,000 crore, which point to fiscal profligacy and a rising debt burden. Among several other things, the CAG has questioned the Gujarat government’s claim of a Rs 5,570 […]

Israel PM Netanyahu warns of 'prolonged' Gaza campaign

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of a “prolonged” military campaign in Gaza. Mr Netanyahu said Israel would continue to act until it had achieved its aim of destroying militant group Hamas’ network of underground tunnels. It comes amid an upsurge of violence in Gaza and southern Israel, despite a UN plea for a cessation of hostilities. Fighting continued in the early hours of Tuesday, with attacks reported from […]

World Hepatitis Day: India has the second highest number of Hepatitis B infected

Today marks World Hepatitis Day. Established by the World Health Assembly in 2010, this is the fourth celebration of the annual day. This day makes a clarion call for the change in attitude to viral hepatitis and bring about awareness about this global disease. This year’s theme, ‘Think Again’ acknowledges that ‘we do not know nearly enough about viral hepatitis as a health threat in much of the world.’ Viral […]

New species of mayfly discovered in India

WASHINGTON: Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India.  This is the first time that any mayfly belonging to the genus Labiobaetis has been collected in peninsular India, researchers said.  The new species, called Labiobaetis soldani, “is named in honour of Dr T Soldan for his substantial contribution to the understanding of the Ephemeroptera of Palaearctic […]

Bollywood and Billionaires Turn Out To Cheer for India’s New Kabaddi League

Professional kabaddi, launched amid much fanfare over the weekend, may be the sport to steal the spotlight from cricket in India. Bollywood actors and billionaires showed up this weekend to watch the ancient sport which mixes wrestling, tag and capture the flag. Two, seven-player teams play on a field roughly the size of a tennis court, which has been split into two sides. Teams take turns sending someone into the […]