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  • Updated: Oct 26, 2012 00:48 IST

Dream phone app for parents
London: For parents, who have been trying to drag their children's attention away from their phone, help is at hand in the form of a new application that allows adults to control their kids' mobile from afar.

The AlphaBlue app, which costs 2.99 pounds a month, allows parents to block a child's access to the internet, certain websites or text messaging services when they are meant to be at school or doing their homework.

The app's inventor, Graeme Menday, a former army officer who trained Princes William and Harry at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, said he came up with the idea after his son began playing on his phone during school.

"My 12-year-old was using his BlackBerry when he was meant to be doing his homework and was text messaging at school," the Daily Mail quoted Menday as saying.

Indian loses bid to woman's virginity
New York: A Japanese man fended off strong competition from an Indian to secure a date with a 20-year-old Brazilian student, who sold her virginity for $780,000 after putting it up for on-line auction for "charity".

Catarina Migliorini, sold her virginity to Natsu, from Japan, who won the competition against a big-spender from India, Rudra Chatterjee and American bidders Jack Miller and Jack Right. PTI

'Lost' Beethoven hymn discovered
New York: A rare example of German composer Beethoven's religious music writing has been uncovered following the discovery of a previously unknown hymn, after 192 years.

The passage was written in a sketchbook but had previously been regarded as an exercise or a sketch for another piece.

Barry Cooper, a leading expert on the composer said it was a rare example of the composer writing religious music. The piece had not been identified earlier as "it looked like a series of notes".

Scientists change colour of gold
London: In a breakthrough, scientists have, for the first time, found a way to change the colour of the world's most iconic precious metal - gold.

Researchers from the University of Southampton have discovered that by embossing tiny raised or indented patterns onto the metal's surface, they can change the way it absorbs and reflects light - ensuring our eyes don't see it as 'golden' in colour at all.

Equally applicable to metals such as silver and aluminium, this technique could be harnessed in a wide range of industries.


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