Free Press Journal
  • What keeps Pluto’s icy ‘heart’ beating

    Washington: In a discovery that points to exciting geological activity on a distant cold planet billions of miles from the Earth, NASA scientists have discovered that the icy surface of Pluto’s “heart” is being constantly renewed by a process called convection that replaces older surface ice with fresher material. The prime attraction in the photos of Pluto sent by NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft during its July 2015 flyby was its heart —

  • Reliance Industries says PTA unit up and running

    Mumbai: Reliance Industries has restarted its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plants and is ramping up production to full capacity at Dahej, the company said in a statement. The PTA plants had been shut for a brief period owing to increased water salinity.

  • Pak not taking action against LeT, JeM: US

    Washington: Pakistan has not taken “sufficient action” against terror groups like LeT and JeM, blamed for attacks in India, the US has said while noting that these outfits continue to operate, train, organise and fundraise in that country. The State Department in its annual ‘Country Reports on Terrorism – 2015’ report said that the Pakistani military and security forces undertook operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan such as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan

  • US woman accused of stabbing her 3 sons

    Washington: A woman in Arizona state of the US is suspected of stabbing her three sons to death, hiding their bodies in a closet and then trying to kill herself, police said. The woman’s brother called police on Thursday after finding her wounded in a bathroom at her residence in Phoenix, authorities said. Phoenix police said they walked on to a horrific scene: the mother had allegedly stabbed herself in the abdomen,

  • Amid cynicism and scrutiny, Russia makes high-decibel pitch for start-ups

    Skolkovo (Russia): With the Russian economy not in the best of health and cynicism around its ‘Start-Up Village’ initiative in this Moscow suburb, it was a high-decibel pitch by officials at an event here as speaker after speaker said that time had come to “put the past behind” and to move ahead.

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    Maha BJP chief dubs charges against Khadse as “political”

    Pune: Even as speculations are rife on the fate of Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse amid a host of allegations against him, BJP state unit president Raosaheb Danve today ruled out any “party action” against him till the charges against him are proved.

  • ‘Bionic’ leaf that turns sunlight into liquid fuel

    New York: A team of scientists from Harvard University has co-created a unique “bionic leaf” that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. Dubbed “bionic leaf 2.0,” the new system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent efficiency — far above the one per cent seen in the fastest growing plants.

  • Using brainwaves to monitor mental health

    Toronto: Using non-invasive electrodes to track the brain’s electrical activity — or brainwaves — researchers have developed a simple way to monitor brain health over time. The discovery makes it possible to translate complex brainwaves into objective, practical and deployable brain vital signs, using longstanding brainwave technologies that have existed for nearly a century.

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    HC faces shortage of 458 judges, says latest data

    New Delhi: The high courts face a shortage of 458 judges, according to a latest Law Ministry data which comes at a time when the judiciary and the government are divided on various clauses of a document which will guide future appointment of members to the higher courts.

  • New compound effective in inhibiting breast cancer cells

    New York: Researchers have identified a promising new compound that has appeared to slow down a process that fuels breast cancer in mice, a discovery that could have implications in treating a host of cancers. Apart from short-circuiting the proliferation of cancer cells, the new agent, which the researchers called Fasnall, also contributed to the death of existing cancer cells, the researchers said.

  • Manipur team, led by CM, to press New Delhi over three bills

    Imphal: A team of Manipuri politicians, led by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, left for New Delhi on Friday to urge the central government to give assent to three bills the state assembly passed on August 31, 2015 on regulating the influx of “outsiders” but which some view as anti-tribal.

  • Prabhu, Chowdary elected to RS from Andhra Pradesh

    Vijayawada: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y Satyanarayana Chowdary have been elected unanimously to Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh.

  • New super PAC to help Trump, this time organised by a friend

    Washington: A close friend of Donald Trump has helped start a super PAC to support him, potentially giving the presumptive Republican presidential nominee his first big-donor help for the general election. Tom Barrack, a Los Angeles real estate investor, said in an interview with CNN yesterday that the group has already received USD 32 million in financial commitments. The group is called Rebuilding America Now, according to documents filed with federal regulators.

  • Patanjali claim on carcinogenic mustard oil not supported by quoted study

    New Delhi: Even as the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed its central licensing arm to issue a show cause notice to Patanjali Ayurved Ltd over complaints about ‘alleged misleading advertisement’, it has emerged that the “US Institute” quoted by Yoga guru Baba Ramdev-led FMCG group on mustard oil does not support its contention.

  • 24 abducted Afghan civilians freed

    Kabul: Twenty-four abducted civilians have been released by their captors in Afghanistan’s Sari Pul province, an official said on Friday.  “After the provincial officials were aware of abduction of 24 passengers by the Taliban on Wednesday, efforts were put in place to secure the safe release of the abductees. Following the mediation of local elders, the 24 were freed late on Thursday,” the official told Xinhua news agency.

  • Paris on alert as swollen Seine reaches peak levels

    Paris: The rain-swollen River Seine in Paris reached its highest level in three decades today, spilling its banks and prompting the Louvre museum to shut its doors and evacuate artworks in its basement. Parisians were urged to avoid the banks of the river which was expected to reach a peak of six metres (19 feet) today, while deadly floods continued to wreak havoc elsewhere in France and Germany.