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February 11, 2013
First Published: 00:11 IST(11/2/2013)
Last Updated: 00:13 IST(11/2/2013)

Fox bites off baby's finger as he sleeps
PTI
London: A fox has torn a four-week-old baby boy's finger off after dragging him from his cot in what is believed to be the worst attack of its kind in Britain. The baby was attacked by a fox in his home in Bromley in south-east London on February six, the police said. The child's mother, in the next room, heard a piercing scream then a heavy thud as the four-week-old boy was flung to the floor by the fox. She saw that the baby's hand was lodged "halfway down the animal's throat".

Bruce Springsteen Musicare 2013 Person of the Year
PTI
London: Bruce Springsteen was recognised as MusiCare's 2013 Person of the Year at a star-studded event hosted by comedian Jon Stewart and held in conjunction with the annual Grammy Awards .

The 63-year-old rock singer, nicknamed 'The Boss' has actively supported many charities over the years, including those focused on homelessness, hunger and helping veterans, and last year he participated in benefit concerts to aid victims of superstorm Sandy. Among the stars who performed at the gala were Sting, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Elton John, Tim McGraw and Patti Smith, the Telegraph reported.

His wife, Patti Scialfa, accompanied her husband on vocals and guitar as he performed several of his hits.

App can be used for psychological testing
IANS
Oslo: An iPhone app, known as iDichotic, places psych-ological testing at fingertips, yielding results as reliable as lab tests, says a new study.

Dichotic listening, a lab test, indicates which side of the brain is most active during language processing.

The iPhone app was launched in 2011.

"We found that the results from the app were as reliable as those of controlled laboratory tests," says Josef Bless, doctoral rese-archer in psychology, University of Bergen, the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Holiday snaps help track whale sharks
IANS
London: The photographs on a holiday helped scientists track the movements of giant endangered sharks in the Indian Ocean.

The study, led by a researcher from Imperial College, looked at hundreds of images taken by the public, of which many  were downloaded from image-sharing websites such as Flickr and YouTube. Individual whale sharks could be succe-ssfully identified in 85% of cases, surprisingly close to the 100% identification was possible in photographs taken by researchers.


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