New Delhi: Several Youth Congress activists were detained on Monday while heading towards the Parliament House to protest over the issue of intolerance, police said.
New Delhi: Gold prices fell Rs 93 to Rs 25,152 per 10 grams in futures trade today as participants trimmed positions, largely in tune with a weak trend overseas.
Nagpur: India skipper Virat Kohli on Friday clarified that there is no “policy” of preparing spinning tracks but playing on placid batting wickets will never produce match-winning bowlers.
Mumbai: Actress Preity Zinta has denied her marriage reports, saying she has no plans of tying the knot for a year. The "Veer-Zaara" star, 40, who is dating Gene Goodenough, was reported to be getting hitched with her American boyfriend in January next year. "Also It's getting a bit weird telling people that I'm not getting married in January. I don't want to hear this word or have this discussion for another year at least... Plssssss," she posted on Twitter.
The actreess, who had always been vocal about her past relationship with Ness Wadia, said she will surely let the world know about her wedding. "I promise I will tell you all as and when I do! Ting," she added. Preity will be next seen in "Bhaiyyaji Superhit" opposite Sunny Deol.
Google, the world search behemoth, plans to reintroduce their controversial Google Glass, which the company took off the market in 2014 in response to a global public backlash against it.
Tokyo: Japan scrambled jets after 11 Chinese military planes flew near southern Japanese islands during what Beijing said was a drill to improve its long-range combat abilities, reports said today. The planes - eight bombers, two intelligence gathering planes and one early-warning aircraft - flew near Miyako and Okinawa yesterday without violating Japan's airspace, the Japanese defence ministry said in a statement. Some of them flew between the two islands while others made flights close to neighbouring islands, the ministry said.
A Chinese air force spokesman said several types of planes, including H-6K bombers, were involved in yesterday's drill over the western Pacific, China's Xinhua news agency reported. Shen Jinke said such open sea exercises had improved the force's long-distance combat abilities, according to Xinhua. While there were no further comments from the Japanese ministry, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported that it was "unusual" for China to dispatch such a large fleet close to Japan's airspace and the ministry was analysing the purpose of the mission.
Japan scrambles jets hundreds of times a year to defend its airspace, both against Russia and these days also against Chinese aircraft. Beijing has warned this is heightening tensions between the two Asian powerhouses, which are already at loggerheads over a long standing territorial row in the East China Sea and Japanese military aggression in the first half of the 20th century. The move comes with tensions running high in the South China Sea after a US warship sailed close to at least one land formation claimed by China, which has rattled its neighbours with its increasingly assertive stance in territorial disputes.
China transformed reefs in the region into small islands capable of supporting military facilities, a move the US says threatens freedom of navigation in a region through which one-third of the world's oil passes. China insists on sovereignty over virtually all the resource-endowed South China Sea, which is also claimed in part by a handful of other countries. Washington has repeatedly said it does not recognise the Chinese claims.
New Delhi: Punjab Dy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal said the Congress was playing a “dangerous game” for political gains, and accused the party of to create disturbances.
Mumbai: The bearish sentiment is likely to continue in the residential real estate sector for the next six months and the pricing situation will remain stagnant or may even worsen,
London: European and North American blood pressure guidelines, issued last year, may actually boost the stroke risk if adapted for Asian patients, particularly the elderly, experts have warned. High blood pressure is a key risk factor for stroke, but the link between the two is much stronger in Asians than it is in Europeans or North Americans, the authors wrote on an expert opinion published online in the journal Heart Asia.
"Although evidence-based and qualified guidelines have been recently released from Europe and North America, the unique features of Asian hypertensive patients raise concerns on the real clinical applicability of these guidelines to Asian populations," the authors noted. The latest Western guidelines increased target blood pressure to 140/90 mmHg (millimeters of mercury - the units used to measure blood pressure) for patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease and renal failure, but this may be too high for Asian populations, warned Paolo Verdecchia from Hospital of Assisi in Italy, and colleagues.
Some Asian guidelines have recommended more stringent targets in these patients, they pointed out. High blood pressure among Asian populations has unique features in terms of the response to drug treatment, risk of complications, and outcomes. This leads to disproportionately high rates of death and ill health from stroke compared with Western populations, the authors pointed out. The global number of people with poorly controlled high blood pressure has risen from 600 million in 1980 to almost 1 billion in 2008, and predicted to rise a further 60 percent to 1.56 billion by 2025.
The prevalence of high blood pressure in Asian countries has risen sharply in the past 30 years, and particularly over the past decade, as a result of increasing urbanisation and the adoption of a Western lifestyle, the researchers explained.
Washington: A team of scientists has offered an explanation of the "missing" carbon on Red Planet, suggesting that it may have escaped into the atmosphere owing to the strong ultraviolet (UV) rays from the Sun. They suggest that 3.8 billion years ago, Mars might have had a moderately dense atmosphere. Such an atmosphere -- with a surface pressure equal to or less than that found on Earth -- could have evolved into the current thin one.
"Our paper shows that transitioning from a moderately dense atmosphere to the current thin one is entirely possible,” says postdoctoral fellow Renyu Hu from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The solar wind stripped away much of Mars' ancient atmosphere and is still removing tons of it every day. There are two possible mechanisms for the removal of the excess carbon dioxide.
Either the carbon dioxide was incorporated into minerals in rocks called carbonates or it was lost to space. One way carbon dioxide escapes to space from Mars' atmosphere is called sputtering, which involves interactions between the solar wind and the upper atmosphere. NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) mission has yielded recent results indicating that about about 100 grams of particles every second are stripped from today's Martian atmosphere via this process.
Sputtering slightly favours loss of carbon-12, compared to carbon-13, but this effect is small. The Curiosity measurement shows that today's Martian atmosphere is far more enriched in carbon-13 -- in proportion to carbon-12 -- than it should be as a result of sputtering alone, so a different process must also be at work.
Hu and his co-authors identify a mechanism that could have significantly contributed to the carbon-13 enrichment. The process begins with ultraviolet (UV) light from the Sun striking a molecule of carbon dioxide in the upper atmosphere, splitting it into carbon monoxide and oxygen.
Then, UV light hits the carbon monoxide and splits it into carbon and oxygen. Some carbon atoms produced this way have enough energy to escape from the atmosphere, and the new study shows that carbon-12 is far more likely to escape than carbon-13. There are three naturally occurring isotopes of carbon: 12, 13 and 14. Modeling the long-term effects of this mechanism, the researchers found that a small amount of escape by this process leaves a large fingerprint in the carbon isotopic ratio.
That, in turn, allowed them to calculate that the atmosphere 3.8 billion years ago might have had a surface pressure a bit less thick than Earth's atmosphere today. "This solves a long-standing paradox,” added Bethany Ehlmann of Caltech and NASA's JPL in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications.
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