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Tarantulas shoot silk from feet to save themselves from falling
Previous studies have suggested that tarantulas - a group of hairy and often very large spiders weighing in at anything up to 50gm - may save themselves from falling by releasing silk threads from their feet. ANI

Botox mom's daughter, 8, taken into care
An eight-year-old girl who was regularly injected with botox by her mother to boost her chances in beauty pageants has reportedly been taken into care. ANI

Ruins of ancient Greek city discovered in Russia
A unique discovery was made in Taman, South Russia, at the Black Sea when the ruins of an ancient Greek city, dated around the 6th century BC, came to light, leaving archaeologists stunned both by the number of the findings and the condition they were found in. ANI

Whimsical men spend more on shopping than women
Good news for women who always are pinched for spending money recklessly on shopping! A research has revealed that modern men spend more on impulse buys than women do. ANI

Texas University students demand release of Iranian physics graduate
The student community at the University of Texas has called for a release of jailed Iranian physics graduate student Omid Kokabee. ANI

Two NATO oil tankers torched near Attock in Pakistan
Two NATO oil tankers were charred near the Khaur police post, 90 km from Attock on the Fatehjang-Talagang Road on Monday. ANI

Zardari advised to suspend political activities
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has been advised by legal aides to suspend his political activities as the co-chairperson of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) unless the Lahore High Court (LHC) order on dual operation is suspended by the Pakistan Supreme Court. ANI

Actress Green worked as Brit spy against Nazis in Norway
Actress Sigrid Green has finally been recognised as an undercover British agent against the Nazis after Prime Minister David Cameron presented her with a Bletchley Park badge and certificate. ANI

Taliban made more money by selling mud following Kandahar jailbreak mission
The Taliban had made more money by selling the earth they had excavated during a jailbreak mission that saw nearly 500 prisoners escape from the Kandahar Jail in April. ANI

Malay satellite TV's Tamil channels to go off air
The change of government in Tamil Nadu state, has prompted Malaysia's Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) to call on the satellite television service Astro to replace its Tamil news channels. ANI

Bhattarai receives death threat, supporters stage demo to demand security
A day after UCPN-Maoist Vice Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai received 'death threats', his supporters staged a demonstration in front of the party headquarters in Perisdanda on Tuesday, demanding security and action against the culprit. ANI

Russian investigators arrest liver-eating cannibal
Police in Russian capital Moscow have arrested a man who dismembered an acquaintance and kept him in his fridge, eating the liver. ANI

Massachusetts Govt may ban mid-divorce sex
Couples seeking divorce in Massachusetts may have to abstain from indulging in sexual activity with each other, according to a proposed law. ANI

Lawyer of Iran woman to be stoned tortured and jailed
The former lawyer of an Iranian woman facing death by stoning has been jailed for eleven years for his efforts to publicise her case. ANI

M and S lingerie ads banned from outdoor promotion due to 'provocative' content
A string of lingerie advertisements of M and S have drawn complaints from viewers who deemed the posters as too 'sexually suggestive'. ANI

Will-Kat charter œ2m yacht for treasure islands tour in Seychelles
Prince William and his wife Kate, honeymooning in Seychelles, have chartered a super luxury yacht to cruise between former pirate hideouts Praslin and La Digue. ANI

Security officials defuse bomb ahead of Queen's historic Ireland visit
A bomb has been found close to Dublin and defused just hours before Queen Elizabeth's historic state visit to Ireland. ANI

Early withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan to jeopardize US' special relations with UK
UK Prime Minister David Cameron's push for an early withdrawal of British commanders from Afghanistan has caused alarm in the US, raising fears that it would strain the special relationship between the two countries. ANI

Pak to suffer "severe consequences" if 'friend' Kerry returns to US with 'changed mind'
If US Senator John Kerry, who is known to be sympathetically inclined towards Pakistan, returns from his visit with a changed mind, Islamabad may have to suffer "severe consequences" that would ruin whatever remains of the tattered US-Pak relationship, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Australian sailor charged over filming himself raping a colleague
An Austalian sailor has been charged with the rape of a female colleague and for filming the incident on his phone. ANI

Penelope Cruz wants to keep son out of spotlight
Penelope Cruz has revealed that she kept her post delivery life a secret because she wants her son to grow anonymous. ANI

Carla Bruni is pregnant, says Sarkozy's father
French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is expecting a child, the President's father has revealed in an interview with the German Bild newspaper. ANI

Now, Ponzi king Madoff's frying pans, diamonds and wine put on auction block
Jailed Ponzi king Bernard Madoff's personal effects are being sold off, and they include items ranging from his wine collection to diamonds and frying pans. ANI

Saudi Govt mulling visa process change in wake of consulate worker's killing in Pak
The Saudi government is considering changing its visa procedure in Pakistan following the death of a Saudi Consulate employee in a terrorist attack in Karachi on Monday. ANI

Hindus commend Kazakhstan on plans for inter-religious relations center
Hindus have applauded Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev's reported proposal of establishing a Center for Study of Interethnic and Interreligious Relations. ANI

Australian police crackdown may cause more planking deaths: Psychologist
A crackdown by Australian police on planking could lead to more deaths of "extreme plankers", a psychologist has warned. ANI

Family of Davis' victim shifts to Pak's Toba Tek Singh
The family of the deceased Faheem Shamshad, who was shot dead by a United States national Raymond Davis, has shifted to Pakistan's Toba Tek Singh city. ANI

Americans 'turning to tech to spice up their sex lives': Playboy poll
A new Playboy survey has discovered that more Americans are now turning to electronic gadgets to spice up their sex lives, with a quarter claiming they've been photographed nude. ANI

Rights activists charge Bahrain police of sexual assault, psychological abuse
A prominent Bahraini rights activist tried to tell a judge how he was sexually assaulted and threatened with rape while in government custody, but Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was forcefully removed from the courtroom. ANI

AQ Khan says he created Pak nuke program to save it from "Indian nuclear blackmail"
Pakistan's nuke program was created to save it from "Indian nuclear blackmail", and the country is "forced to maintain this deterrence until its differences with India are resolved," Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, has said. ANI

Book royalties make Obama worth millions of dollars
The White House has released the 2010 yearly financial disclosure forms of US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, revealing that book royalties helped Obama earn millions of dollars. ANI

'No place for sharia law in Australia': Government
The Australian Government has rejected a proposal to introduce Sharia law in the country. ANI

Controversy over Cameron's denial to his 'second kitchen's cost' revelation
A controversy has broken out over claims that British Prime Minister David Cameron has fitted a second kitchen in their Downing Street home, but refused to reveal its cost despite claiming to be transparent. ANI

US drone attacks kill 15 in Pakistan's North Wazirstan Agency
At least 15 people were killed in two separate United States- led drone attacks in Pakistan's North Wazirstan Agency on Monday. ANI

Cambridge beats Oxford to top Guardian ranking of UK varsities
Cambridge University has beaten archrival Oxford to take first place in the Guardian ranking of UK universities ANI

Artistically manipulating corporate logo may make firms 'untrustworthy'
A Boston College researcher has suggested that the visual power of a brand can be the first breakthrough companies make with their customers. But efforts to artistically manipulate the typeface of a corporate logo can backfire for firms. ANI

UK women over 35 years read pirated e-books!
A new survey has discovered a new breed of pirates taking over the Internet - women over the age of 35. ANI

Pak Punjab Cabinet decides to give up 'begging bowl' of 'poisonous' foreign aid
The Punjab Cabinet has decided to reject foreign aid, and its recommendation will be sent to Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif for a final approval to the decision. ANI

Tory peer was on 'flight to India when he claimed London hotel costs'
Tory peer Lord Hanningfield has been accused of fiddling with his House of Lords expenses while on a plane to India. He claimed overnight accommodation in London, Chelmsford Crown Court has heard. ANI

US weaker, but still best country in world, say majority of Americans
In the aftermath of the economic collapse, a majority of Americans perceive the United States to be weaker. But they also believe it is the best country in the world, according to a poll. ANI

Sex drive slow, only 3 pc people say they have sex daily: Poll
According to a recent poll conducted by adult products company Adam and Eve, only three percent of the respondents said they had sex daily. ANI

U.S. speeds up direct talks with Taliban
The Obama administration is reported to have decided to speed up direct talks with the Taliban to report progress toward a settlement of the Afghanistan war in the U.S. Congress. ANI

NATO choppers violate Pak airspace again, injure two Pak officials in shelling
In the latest incident of NATO helicopter incursion into Pakistani airspace, its choppers shelled a Pakistani security post on Tuesday, injuring two officials. ANI

US rejects over 40% 'dubious' Pakistani 'war on terror' bills: WSJ
The United States and Pakistan are engaged in a billing dispute, with Washington rejecting over 40 per cent of the claims submitted by Islamabad as expenses to fight al Qaeda and other terrorists along the Afghanistan border, according to a report. ANI

IMF chief jailed after graphic sexual assault revelation
International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been denied bail and sent to New York's Rikers Island jail after prosecutors revealed graphic details of his brutal sex attack on a hotel maid before Manhattan's criminal court judge. ANI

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy TV interview sparks pregnancy rumors
For months, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had avoided to confirm the news, but a cryptic television interview by the French First Lady has fuelled speculation that she is pregnant. ANI

Criminal complaint to be filed against Force India driver Adrian Sutil
Force India driver Adrian Sutil may face legal action as Renault owner Eric Lux has decided to file a criminal complaint against him for causing "grievous bodily harm" during an argument at a night club in Shanghai. ANI

Soon, Sydney will house Australia's biggest brothel
Sydney will soon house Australia's biggest brothel, with an entire floor of a three-storey complex devoted to suites each containing two king-sized beds, a lounge, pool table and spa. ANI

Osama's father-in-law had rejected matchmaker's proposal to marry his daughter
Osama bin Laden's father-in-law has claimed he was against his daughter's marriage with the killed al-Qaeda leader, and that he completely lost touch with her after the 9/11 terror attacks. ANI

New York to scare speeders to slow down by flashing skeleton images
New York City is set to scare its speeders in to slowing down by flashing images of skeletons by the side of the road. ANI

PML-N demands Pak-US accords during Musharraf's rule be made public
The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has asked the government to disclose all defence and security agreements reached with the United States during the rule of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, and seek approval of such documents from parliament. ANI

Most Americans believe Osama's death will increase terror attacks: Poll
Most Americans believe Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death will increase incidents of terrorism or have "no impact" in reducing terrorism worldwide, a poll has revealed. ANI

Recognize work of Indian authors: Malay Tamil Writers Association
The Malaysian Tamil Writers Association has appealed to the government to recognize the work of local Indian authors. ANI

UK MPs want forced marriage to be criminalized
Forced marriage should be made a criminal offence to show that it will not be tolerated in society, Britain's ministers have said. ANI

Employees are 'knowledge hiding' rather than sharing info
A lot of companies have jumped on the bandwagon of knowledge-sharing, such as spending money on developing knowledge-sharing software. Then, why is knowledge transfer not happening? ANI

IMF head feared political opponent would pay a woman 1,000,000 Euros to allege rape
International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn feared that one of his political opponents would pay a woman more than one million dollar to say that he raped her. ANI

Clinton to visit Pakistan for "in-depth strategic discussion" about bilateral cooperation
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to visit Pakistan for an "in-depth strategic discussion" about bilateral cooperation, and the US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Marc Grossman, will be leaving for Islamabad this week 'to lay the groundwork for her eventual visit', the State Department has said. ANI

Pakistan to return tail of US' stealth-modified helicopter used in Osama raid: Kerry
Pakistan has agreed to return the tail of the American stealth-modified military helicopter that was damaged during the May 2 raid that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, US Senator John Kerry has said. ANI

Pakistan's "actions, not words" to determine ties with US: Kerry
US Senator John Kerry has warned Pakistan that their bilateral relationship, which has reached the "make or break" level, will now be determined by Islamabad's "actions, not words". ANI

Exclusively.In - a one stop wedding boutique for Indian brides in US
Wondering how to organise your Indian wedding in the U.S.? Don't worry, as traditional wedding just got a bit easier to plan. ANI

Nawaz urges Pakistan to stop treating India as 'biggest enemy'
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that the nation must stop treating India as its biggest enemy. ANI

Pursuing happiness can make you feel worse
Everyone wants to be happy and they try every possible thing to find joy but even happiness can have a dark side, according to researchers. ANI

High Speed Broadband and VOD Delivery Named Hot Topics at Broadband World Forum Asia 2011
The key to successful high speed broadband penetration in the Asia-Pacific region is strong government support and a clear regulatory vision, said industry expert Giorgio Migliarina at last week’s Broadband World Forum Asia 2011. Business Wire India

Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company Launches Non-Lethal Vehicle Arresting Device
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MHL Technology Reaches Major Milestone With the First MHL-Enabled Smartphones Now in Mass Production
MHL, LLC, the entity responsible for administering the MHL Consortium and the adoption, licensing and promotion of the MHL™ (Mobile High-Definition Link) Specification, has announced that the first mobile phones with MHL connectivity are now in mass production – the Samsung Galaxy S II and Infuse™ 4G Business Wire India

SunTech Medical Launches Disposable Blood Pressure Cuffs
SunTech Medical, Inc., a leader in non-invasive blood pressure measurement products and technologies, has announced the release of their new line of disposable blood pressure cuffs. Business Wire India

Quintiles & Population Genetics Technologies Partner to Deliver Cost-Effective, Large-Scale Genomic Testing to Biopharma
Quintiles, the world’s leading biopharmaceutical services company, and Population Genetics Technologies Ltd Business Wire India

The Wait is over for Heavy-Duty Compact Toshiba C10 System
TOSHIBA TEC (TOKYO:6588) unveiled their compact and ultra-silent WILLPOS C10 heavy-duty terminal to cater for mission-critical mobile applications in manufacturing, transportation, retail and energy-related industries. Business Wire India

Varicent Kicks off Annual User Conference Uniting Global Customers and Partners with Industry Experts and Thought Leaders
Varicent Software Incorporated, an innovator and global leader in incentive compensation management and sales performance management (SPM) solutions, kicked off its annual customer and partner gathering, INSIGHT11, in Boston, MA Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Acknowledges Withdrawal of Proposal by Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. and IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.
NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) has acknowledged the withdrawal of the proposal from Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) and IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (NYSE: ICE) to acquire all outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext. Business Wire India

Leading Restructuring Partner Gregg Galardi Joins DLA Piper in New York
DLA Piper has announced that Gregg Galardi, formerly a senior partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom LLP, will join the firm as partner and co-chair of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group, resident in the New York office Business Wire India

SABIC and ExxonMobil Chemical Award Contracts, Sign Technology Agreements for Proposed New Elastomers Project
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and affiliates of ExxonMobil Chemical announced that Front-End Engineering Design contracts were awarded and that all components are in FEED phase for the proposed new elastomers project at their Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company (KEMYA) joint venture petrochemical plant. Business Wire India

CORRECTING and REPLACING GT Solar Announces Multiple New Orders Totaling $84.3 Million for DSS Crystallization Growth Furnaces
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LUXEON A Moves Into Volume Production and Extends the Portfolio Delivering Freedom From Binning
LUXEON A, announced earlier this year, has moved into volume production and has been submitted for an Innovation Award at Lightfair 2011. This is the second hot tested and specified LUXEON LED from Philips Lumileds this year that also delivers on the promise of Freedom From Binning Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Announces The Great Getaway Promotion
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, announced its latest global promotion yesterday – The Great Getaway Business Wire India

Tupperware Brands Corporation Chairman and CEO Rick Goings Elected Chairman of Business Executives for National Security
Tupperware Brands Corporation announced that Chairman and CEO Rick Goings has been elected Chairman of the Board of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a non-partisan organization that supports the U.S. government by applying pro bono best business practice solutions to its most intractable national security challenges Business Wire India

Power Integrations Doubles Power Output Capability of LinkZeroT-AX Zero-Standby Switcher IC Family; Launches New How-to Video
Power Integrations (Nasdaq:POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today introduced two new members of its LinkZero-AX product family (LNK585 and LNK586), along with a PI University introductory video course that explains how designers can achieve 0.00 watts of standby energy consumption Business Wire India

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