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Fitbit Alta doesn't track heart rate
Fitbit Alta doesn't track heart rate

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Fitbit Inc. is an American company, founded and managed by James Park and Eric Friedman.

Leopard cats were domesticated in ancient China: Study
Leopard cats were domesticated in ancient China: Study

The researchers suspect Asian leopard cats were probably domesticated by the same processes as wildcats in the Near East.

Paper waste turned into green aerogel
Paper waste turned into green aerogel

They can be squeezed to recover over 99 per cent of the crude oil absorbed.

Gravity-defying shoes to simulate Moonwalk!
Gravity-defying shoes to simulate Moonwalk!

The repellent force comes from the orientation of the magnets, which are arranged so that their north poles align with each other.

Texting, entertainment equally important for smartphone users
Texting, entertainment equally important for smartphone users

Phone calls also accounted for another 22 percent of time, while social media and emails each accounted for 10 percent of respondents' time.

Humans responsible for spreading bee killing virus: Study
Humans responsible for spreading bee killing virus: Study

Researchers said that moving animals and plants around the world could have devastating consequences both for domestic animals and for wildlife.

Twitter to launch new Facebook-style timeline in 23 countries
Twitter to launch new Facebook-style timeline in 23 countries

The new timeline is a way for Twitter to elevate popular content, make content accessible for everyone even if they are not signed in, and feed people what they want to see and discuss most.

World is shrinking, we are just 3.5 degrees apart: Facebook
World is shrinking, we are just 3.5 degrees apart: Facebook

In 2011, researchers at Cornell University, the Università degli Studi di Milano and Facebook computed the average across the 721 million people using the website.

Scientists find dinosaur-like features in ancient mammal
Scientists find dinosaur-like features in ancient mammal

The similarity to hadrosaurs was immediately clear to the researchers when they opened CT scan files revealing the inner structures of those bones.

Malaria infects white-tailed deer too
Malaria infects white-tailed deer too

 While looking for malaria that might infect birds in a US zoo, researchers have accidentally discovered for the first time a malaria parasite that infects the white-tailed deer.

DNA data uncovers unknown chapter of human history
DNA data uncovers unknown chapter of human history

This is remarkable because the M haplogroup is effectively absent in modern Europeans but is extremely common in modern Asian, Australasian, and Native American populations.

Firefighting robot unveiled in Dubai
Firefighting robot unveiled in Dubai

The robot called 'Fire Bot' is part of Dubai Civil Defence's plans to adopt non-conventional systems and technologies to improve the safety of residents and property.

Amazon launches grocery delivery app in Bangalore
Amazon launches grocery delivery app in Bangalore

E-Commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday launched a grocery delivery app for customers in the city, taking domestic players such as Grofers, LocalBanya and PepperTap head on.

New low-cost portable device to detect fake pills

Scientists, including those of Indian-origin, are developing a low-cost, portable device to authenticate medicines and supplements in order to prevent incorrectly labelled or fake pills from reaching consumers.

Culture, technology-sharing helped us evolve

Contact between cultures has been vital to the survival and development of our common ancestors Homo sapiens.  

All languages equally efficient at conveying meaning

The study compared the way three groups of people in Britain, China and Finland read their own languages.

Why your grandfather hates self-reliant robots at home
Why your grandfather hates self-reliant robots at home

Seniors do not mind having robots as companions but they worry about the potential loss of control over social order to robots.

Prehistoric humans savoured roasted turtles!
Prehistoric humans savoured roasted turtles!

The findings were published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews.

Most vaccine-related posts on social media are anti-vaccine: Study
Most vaccine-related posts on social media are anti-vaccine: Study

These visual platforms are growing quickly. Pinterest now has around 74 million users.

Mark Zuckerberg shares favourite friendship stories of Facebook users!
Mark Zuckerberg shares favourite friendship stories of Facebook users!

Zuckerberg has encouraged its users to celebrate Facebook's 12th birthday as “Friends Day”!

Global expedition discovers mantle rocks with signs of life

The 32-member team that recently returned from a 47-day research expedition to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean collected these unique rock samples using seabed rock drills from Germany and Britain.

Coming soon: World's first fully robotic farm in Japan!
Coming soon: World's first fully robotic farm in Japan!

Spread, a Kyoto-based company says it intends to start operating the farm by 2017 with an entire staff of robots and produce 30,000 heads of lettuce a day.

Robotic fingers to pick fragile objects with a gentle touch
Robotic fingers to pick fragile objects with a gentle touch

They also have been unable to handle flat or deformable objects.

 

Computer scientist develops software to detect nuclear tests

Sudderth and his team devised an efficient inference algorithm that can scan incoming data to find events that likely represent an actual seismic signal.

 

Smartphone device that will spot 'fake' Viagra for you
Smartphone device that will spot 'fake' Viagra for you

The device looks like a portable smartphone battery and connects to a smartphone via a USB cable.

 

Coral species bred in laboratory reproduce in the wild
Coral species bred in laboratory reproduce in the wild

In 2011, the offsprings of the endangered elkhorn coral were reared from gametes collected in the field and were outplanted to a reef one year later.

Three best pedometer smartphone apps inaccurate: Study
Three best pedometer smartphone apps inaccurate: Study

According to a study of pedometer apps Runtastic, Moves and Accupedo by researchers from University of Toronto, fitness apps have lower accuracy than standard pedometers in tracking how much users walk daily.

Self-driving car technology poses high hacking risk
Self-driving car technology poses high hacking risk

Tech giant Google is working on autonomous cars as part of Google X project to develop technology for mainly electronic cars.

The smarter you are, the healthier is your life
The smarter you are, the healthier is your life

The study supports an existing theory, which says that those with better overall health are likely to have higher levels of intelligence.

Twitter facing challenges: Dorsey urges staff to post positive tweets
Twitter facing challenges: Dorsey urges staff to post positive tweets

Facebook is a very different business based on a closed, selective network compared with Twitter's outward-facing publishing platform.