Sleep ‘cleans’ the brain of toxins

October 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News

Brain in a head

The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day’s thinking, researchers have shown.

The US team believe the “waste removal system” is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep.

Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps between neurons and allow fluid to wash the brain clean.

British scientist ‘solves’ mystery of Himalayan yetis

October 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Professor Bryan Sykes: “Yeti hairs genetically identical to polar bear”

Research by a British scientist has concluded that the legendary Himalayan yeti may in fact be a sub-species of brown bear.

DNA tests on hair samples carried out by Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes found that they matched those from an ancient polar bear.

Oracle releases bumper security update for Java

October 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Minecraft pumpkin heads Many popular applications such as block-building game Minecraft use Java

Oracle has released a bumper update package for Java that closes lots of security holes in the software.

Windows 8.1 gets global release

October 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Windows 8.1 screenshot The update for Windows 8 restores some features to the operating system

Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 update for its flagship operating system.

The download seeks to address some of the criticisms levelled at the original version of Windows 8.

Google shares touch record highs after latest results

October 17, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Google logo and man Google’s earnings beat expectations after weak earnings last quarter

Google has reported a profit of $2.97bn (£1.84bn) during the July -September period, beating expectations.

The company missed forecasts during the last quarter.

Canon launches portable scanner, eyes households- Nidhi Singal BT

October 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm


Canon launches portable scanner, eyes households

Canon, the well known digital imaging and printing company, announced the launch of its first ultralight portable scanner, imageFormula P-201 on Wednesday (October 16).
This is a portable scanner which can be used for documents of 2 inch to 8.5 inch length and is accompanied by a Capture OnTouch mobile application. The scanner has a USB port that can be used to power it up. There is an optional Wi-Fi unit too that can be paired with the scanner. This wireless unit comes with a built-in battery, allowing the scanner to power-up in locations without any power source. In addition, the Wi-Fi connection allows scanning operations without a PC, using just a smartphone or a tablet.

Neyveli Lignite, Hindalco equally entitled to coal block, says ex-coal secretary P C Parakh-E. Kumar Sharma Hyderabad BT

October 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm


Former coal secretary Prakash Chandra Parakh.

Former coal secretary Prakash Chandra Parakh insisted on Wednesday (October 16) that there was nothing criminal or untoward about Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla’s meeting with him over the allocation of a coal block to the group’s company, Hindalco in 2005.

Khuram Shaikh: Sri Lanka urged to speed up death probe

October 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Khuram Shaikh Khuram Shaikh was killed on Christmas Day 2011

Britain has urged Sri Lanka to speed up the investigation into the death of aid worker Khuram Shaikh, who was killed on holiday on Christmas Day 2011.

Asia’s parents suffering ‘education fever’

October 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm

By Yojana Sharma .

Parents seeing off children taking gaokao exam, in Anhui province Not sports stars, but Chinese parents seeing off their children to take exams

Zhang Yang, a bright 18-year old from a rural town in Anhui province in China was accepted to study at a prestigious traditional medicine college in Hefei. But the news was too much for his father Zhang Jiasheng.

Grim consequences of Afghan Governor Jamal’s death

October 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Dawood Azami By Dawood Azami BBC World Service

Arsala Jamal Mr Jamal is among about 1,000 mid-level to senior leaders who have been killed in targeted attacks over the last decade

The killing of Arsala Jamal, governor of the Afghan province of Logar, is one of the most high-profile assassinations of a government official since the US-led invasion that toppled the Taliban in late 2001.

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