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A bird weighing just two teaspoons of sugar scares off a predator 40 times its size by imitating the "hawk alarm" of other species, scientists said Wednesday. The trick is used by the brown thornbill, one of Australia's tiniest birds, to scare off its much larger enemy, the pied currawong, they reported in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The eight-gram (0.28-ounce) tiddler artfully copies the warning cry used by other bird species against attack by the goshawk - a predator even bigger and scarier than the currawong.

Taylor Swift may be best known for bubble-gum pop anthems loved by teenage girls, but at 25 she has shown herself to be a formidable force in the business world, as Apple found out. Apple, a $750 billion tech leader that is rarely described as laid-back in its commercial strategies, quickly did an about-face Sunday after Swift threatened a partial boycott of its new streaming service unless the company improved compensation for artists.
Pixar's critically acclaimed "Inside Out" - an animated look at the mind of a pre-teen girl - could not defeat the dinosaurs of "Jurassic World" at the North American weekend box office. But Pixar, now part of the Disney empire, nevertheless set an impressive record - for the biggest opening of an original movie, animated or live-action, not based on sourced material, with $90.4 million in ticket sales.
There was a time when a new video game adaptation was enough to make film critics gag, but the big money involved is starting to attract a new level of talent. Video game movies have an ignoble history in Hollywood, dating back to the dark days of the early 1990s when clangers like "Super Mario Bros." starring Bob Hoskins and "Street Fighter" with Jean-Claude Van Damme were stinking up the screen. But the lure of tapping into the world's estimated 1.8 billion gamers has kept drawing film-makers back for more, and the new projects seem determined to up the quality and match the success of superhero franchises.
At the breakfast table, specifically Sundays, my father would narrate anecdotes from history, religion, politics, film world and a host of subjects, to me and all my siblings. A special session used to be about witty, dry, rousing, wise, electrifying parries, invective repartees, razor edged comments of politicians. His favourite was of course Churchillian wit.
The NAS15 is a student-built racing car, all set to compete in the Formula Student (FS) competition to be held at Silverstone, UK, from July 8 to 12. Last weekend the Interactive NUST FS team of 25 talented undergraduate engineers hosted a roadshow as part of their campaign "Racing to Learn" targeting school boys and girls to show how much knowledge can be acquired from participating in the FS competition.
Global time will be set slightly forward by a "leap second" this summer in a small step for clocks that may cause a giant headache for the part of mankind that manages big computer systems.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln