Man kills dad's cat with frying pan on Thanksgiving
Portland (US), Nov 29: Police in Maine have arrested a man accused of killing his father's cat with a frying pan on Thanksgiving - a day after he was released on bail for a separate incident.
The Bangor Daily News reports that 43-year-old Ryan T. Carleton faces new charges including animal cruelty and violating the conditions of his previous release.
The Daily News reports that the man's father called police in Piscataquis County on Thursday to report that he had found his cat's body after he let his son stay with him the night before. Carleton had been released on bail Wednesday following an arrest on charges that he stole his mother's car. An address and phone number could not be located for Carleton, a former Guilford resident.
It was not immediately clear whether he was represented by an attorney. He is being held pending a court hearing scheduled for Monday. (AP)
Another one-horned rhinoceros dead in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nov 29: Another one-horned rhinoceros has been found dead in Nepal's Chitwan National Park, taking the death toll of the endangered species to 16 since July this year, according to an official.
Lokendra Adhikari, an information officer at Chitwan National Park, told Xinhua news agency that an injured rhinoceros aged between 20-25 years died in course of treatment on Saturday morning.
"We had rescued the injured rhino from a ravine at Maruthi Khola region of the national park on Friday," he told Xinhua. "However, we couldn't save it."
The male had broken three legs and had injuries in body parts.The park officials suspected that the animal could have fallen from a cliff while walking.
"The total death toll of rhino has gone to 16 in the last four months of the current fiscal year," said Adhikari.
"Among them, four were killed by poachers while remaining 12 died due to natural reasons." (IANS)
World's smallest atom-memory unit created: Researchers
Houston, Nov 29: Researchers have created the smallest memory device yet, an advance that may lead to faster, smaller, and more energy-efficient electronic chips for consumer electronics and brain-inspired computing.
The scientists from the University of Texas at Austin in the US also found the physics that unlocks dense memory storage capabilities for these tiny devices. In the research, published recently in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the scientists reduced the size of what was then the thinnest memory storage device, shrinking the cross section area down to just a single square nanometre. According to the researchers, getting a handle on the physics that pack dense memory storage capability into these devices enabled them to make the device much smaller.
They said ultrasmall holes in the material provide the key to unlocking the high-density memory storage capability. "When a single additional metal atom goes into that nanoscale hole and fills it, it confers some of its conductivity into the material, and this leads to a change or memory effect," explained Deji Akinwande, a co-author of the study. (PTI)