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To learn the secret behind aging gracefully, you may want to check out the bowhead whale, the majestic denizen of the Arctic waters that boasts a lifespan topping 200 years. Scientists last Monday unveiled the genetic blueprint for the bowhead whale, a genome chock full of clues behind this creature's exceptional longevity and remarkable disease resistance.

A computer programme that analyzes your Facebook "likes" may be a better judge of your personality than your closest friends and family, according to research out Monday. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was led by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University. Through data analysis, computers can be a better judge of people's personalities and psychological traits, the authors said.
Google on Wednesday began turning smartphones into real-time language translators - of both written and spoken content. The California-based Internet titan is hoping that, along with making it easier for people to understand one another on their travels, Google Translate will serve as a useful tool for teachers, medical personnel, police and others with important roles in increasingly multi-lingual communities.
Coming of age tale "Boyhood" won the coveted Golden Globe for best drama on Sunday, while the quirky period caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was the surprise winner for best comedy or musical, in a big upset to awards season front-runner "Birdman." The first major awards for the Hollywood film industry this year were scattered widely among many films, potentially setting up a complex race towards the industry's top honors, the Oscars, on February 22.
The Golden Globes triumph of Amazon's online series "Transparent" highlights the increasingly blurred lines between televion and the Internet. "TV and the Internet are becoming one and the same, and in a few years that line will completely dissolve," said media analyst Jeff Bock of box officer tracker Exhibitor Relations.
In a NT contract what do you do as declarer on the first trick? Simple - you count your losers and winners, like in this one: As south, on the lead of QS in a contract of 3NT, you count your 8 winners - 5 in clubs, 2 in spades and 1 in heart. So you need one more. How do you get it? Simple - by giving up a heart to the king so that your QH becomes the 9th trick. Of course for that you preserve your AS in dummy and play the KS on the opening lead.
Children's cartoons depict death more often than films for adults, and their main characters are more than twice as likely to be killed off, according to research released last Tuesday. The study found the main characters in children's cartoons were two and a half times as likely to die as protagonists in films for adults, and were almost three times as likely to be murdered - often in violent ways.

 



 
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