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MIT engineers induce plants to give off light (14:38)
New York, Dec 14 (IANS) Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way to induce plants to give off dim light, a major step towards realising their vision of using plants to illuminate the workspace.

Gene mutation causing low sensitivity to pain identified (14:38)
London, Dec 14 (IANS) Researchers have identified a rare mutation that causes unusually low sensitivity to pain, a finding that could be used to identify new treatment for people suffering from chronic pain.

Israel bombs Hamas positions (14:24)
Tel Aviv, Dec 14 (IANS) Israeli forces on Thursday bombed three Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after projectiles were launched towards Israel a day earlier, the military announced.

Indonesian court's 'no' to criminalise extramarital affairs (14:16)
Jakarta, Dec 14 (IANS) An Indonesian court on Thursday rejected the petition of a conservative organisation to criminalise sexual relations outside of marriage and between people of the same sex.

Indian-origin student pleads guilty of US cyber attacks (14:10)
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) A 21-year-old Indian-origin student has pleaded guilty of executing a series of cyber attacks on the Rutgers University computer network in the US, authorities said.

DENSO, BlackBerry develop integrated HMI automobile platform (13:50)
Toronto, Dec 14 (IANS) DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited on Thursday announced their collaboration with Intel Corp to develop the world's first automobile integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) platform which will appear in car models scheduled for release after 2019.

Human 'common cold' virus killed chimps in Uganda (13:48)
New York, Dec 14 (IANS) Poachers, predators and deforestation are not the only threats that chimpanzees now face. New research finds that even a human "common cold" virus can give them a deadly blow.

NASA to screen 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' for crew (13:32)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) The "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is set to release this week around the world but astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will also be able to watch it in the coming days, NASA said.

US Senator McCain hospitalized (13:20)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) Republican Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain has been hospitalized over side effects from brain tumour therapy, his office said.

13 killed in Somalia suicide attack (13:18)
Mogadishu, Dec 14 (IANS) At least 13 people were killed and 15 others injured in a suicide attack that targeted a police academy here, Somalian authorities said on Thursday.

Microsoft announces AI updates in products, partnership with Reddit (13:18)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Dec 14 (IANS) Highlighting its progress in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Microsoft has announced a slew of updates to its AI assistant Cortana, search engine Bing and Office 365.

Sri Lankan risks torture if deported from Australia (13:00)
Canberra, Dec 14 (IANS) A UN committee against torture has advised the Australian government not to deport a Sri Lankan man, fearing he might be tortured upon return, the media reported on Thursday.

It's poop heat in Kenyan slums -- and business too (Environment Feature) (12:04)
By Vishal Gulati
Nairobi, Dec 14 (IANS) It's really not a dirty business. They have adopted a simple, clean technology that turns human waste into an odourless renewable alternative to charcoal, which locals use to ignite their hearths and to keep themselves warm.

Apple invests $390mn in US-made iPhone lasers (11:52)
San Francisco, Dec 14 (IANS) As part of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund to support innovation and job creation by American manufacturers, Apple has invested $390 million in optical communication component manufacturer Finisar whose technology has made the iPhone's Face ID feature viable.

May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss (11:32)IANS Photo Service
London, Dec 14 (IANS) British Prime Minister Theresa May headed to Brussels on Thursday, hours after Conservative Party rebels defeated the government in a key Brexit vote.

Gene therapy drug shows promise of haemophilia cure (11:22)
London, Dec 14 (IANS) A single treatment with a gene therapy drug has shown promise in curing patients with haemophilia -- a disorder in which blood does not clot normally, results of a clinical trial in Britain show.

6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar: Report (11:16)IANS Photo Service
Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14 (IANS) Global humanitarian NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced on Thursday that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed after violence broke out in Myanmar's Rakhine state late August.

Messenger records 17bn realtime video chats in 2017 (11:06)
San Francisco, Dec 14 (IANS) This year video chat took a leap forward with Facebook Messenger recording 17 billion realtime video chats -- two times as many video chat sessions in 2017 compared to 2016, the company said.

Australia's child abuse inquiry calls for changes (11:00)
Canberra, Dec 14 (IANS) Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday called for changes at all levels in its final hearing after five years of investigation.

Republican lawmaker commits suicide amid sexual molestation allegations (10:56)
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) A Republican lawmaker has committed suicide after denying accusations of sexually molesting a teenage girl, police said.

Republicans strikes deal on Trump tax cuts (Lead) (10:40)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) US Senate and House Republicans have struck an agreement on a sweeping tax-cut bill that, if passed, would be the first major piece of legislation signed by President Donald Trump, the media reported.

Trump's African-American aide to depart White House (Lead) (10:20)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) Omarosa Manigault Newman, one of US President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American aide, is set to leave the White House in January 2018, according to the administration.

World skyscraper construction hits record high: Report (09:40)
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) More skyscrapers were built in 2017 than during any other year in history, according to a report released by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Russians spent less than 1 pound on ads during Brexit: Facebook (08:18)IANS Photo Service
London, Dec 14 (IANS) Downplaying claims that Kremlin-backed groups helped swing the Brexit vote in 2016, Facebook has told EU investigators that less than one pound was spent by Russians on ads posted on its platform during the referendum, The Telegraph reported on Thursday.

Hamas vows to liberate Palestine on 30th anniversary (07:56)IANS Photo Service
Gaza, Dec 14 (IANS) Militant organisation Hamas has said Palestine will continue with its project of liberation and resistance in all forms, according to a statement released on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of its foundation which will be observed on Thursday.

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