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An astounding world with unusual landscapes and queer creatures reflects Tassaduq Sohail's paradox thinking. His work shows versatility of handling subjects, paints and compositions in a solo exhibition at Ocean Art Galleries, Karachi.

Mothers are more likely to respond to their infant's vocal cues than fathers, and infants respond preferentially to mother's voice, according to a new study. Researchers also found that mothers may be more likely to vocalise back and forth with female babies compared to male babies.
The "Desk of the King" took nine years of work for the cabinetmakers of Louis XV, its rich inlays, secret drawers and innovative design making it one of the many masterpieces of 18th century French furniture. Now, this and other treasures of furniture design from 1650 through 1790, corresponding to the reigns of Louis XIV through Louis XVI, are on display at Versailles in a noteworthy show, "The 18th Century at the Source of Design."
For millennia, the sight of a comet filled humans with awe or dread. The birth of Jesus, the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Great Plague of London, the coming of war or peace, bountiful harvests or famine.all thought to be portended by cosmic herald. Bit by bit, mysticism about comets has been replaced by fact as scientists discover more about these epic and ancient travellers of the skies.
Apple has focused its advertising campaign for the iPad Air 2 on the fact that it is the world's thinnest tablet computer. But a test shows that what impresses isn't so much its size as its powerful display. When the first iPad Air came out a year ago, it was already the thinnest machine Apple had ever cranked out, at 7.5 millimetres.
When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over the road. Despite being engrossed in the latest instalment of Candy Crush or busy chatting with their friends on messaging app Line, most manage to weave around cyclists, skateboarders and fellow Tokyoites.
A high-tech version of the reputedly life-saving punch to a shark's nose is being tested in an effort to protect humans without harming the toothy predators or other sea creatures.


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