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How Internet can help those who self-injure

Toronto, July 22 (IANS) Positive messaging through social media could be a powerful tool to help people overcome non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), a new study has found. The study, published in the journal Digital Health, suggested that those who engage in NSSI, the Internet can provide a less threatening and more anonymous information and support network, especially if individuals are no...

12 hours ago
Greening vacant lots can reduce depression in urban areas

New York, July 22 (IANS) Greening sidewalks, parks and vacant or dilapidated spaces could be an important and inexpensive tool to help address the rising cases of depression, anxiety and stress in urban communities, suggests a study. Dilapidated and vacant spaces are factors that put residents at an increased risk of depression and stress and may explain why socioeconomic disparities in ...

1 day ago
Cell towers, mobiles unlikely to harm humans: Official

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Current scientific evidence do not support any harmful effect on the human body by electromagnetic field radiation of cell phone or its towers, said a Department of Telecommunications (DoT) official on Saturday. The radiation norms in India are below the safe limits prescribed by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and Word Health O...

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Decoded: How to reverse signs of ageing

New York, July 21 (IANS) Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have found the way to reverse the action of wrinkled skin and hair loss which are considered as the hallmarks of ageing, in a mouse model. The findings showed that, when a mutation leading to mitochondrial dysfunction is induced, the mouse develops wrinkled skin and extensive, visible hair loss in a matter of weeks. ...

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Do-gooders are more hated at workplace: Study

Toronto, July 21 (IANS) Are you highly cooperative and generous at your workplace? Well, it does not pay to be a do-gooder always. In a competitive circumstances, it can attract hatred and social punishment, researchers said. It was found that cooperative behaviour attracted punishment most often in groups whose members compete with each other. This was even the case when punishing or de...

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Facebook suspends US-based analytics firm over data concerns

Washington, July 21 (IANS) After the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook has now suspended Boston-based data analytics company Crimson Hexagon over concerns that it harvested users' data. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal late on Friday, the social media giant was investigating whether the analytics firm's contracts with the US government, a Russian non-profit organ...

2 days ago
'Screening HIV, syphilis can cut new HIV cases in India by 7%'

New York, July 20 (IANS) Combining testing and treatment of HIV with syphilis among sex workers and gay men could reduce the number of new HIV cases in India by seven per cent, and potentially avert over 50,000 new infections, in a decade, says a Lancet report. The research suggested that using HIV screening, antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat the infection, and antiviral drugs to pre...

2 days ago
Binge drinking in adolescence impairs working memory: Study

New York, July 20 (IANS) Parents, take note: If your teenage child is drinking alcohol, it may impair his/her working memory, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, also suggested that teenagers who binge drink are 15 times more likely to become alcoholics during adulthood. The brains of young teens are at a stage of development that makes t...

2 days ago
This AI robot chemist could cut cost of drug discovery

London, July 20 (IANS) Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), researchers have trained a robot to automatically explore a very large number of chemical reactions which could reduce the cost of discovering new molecules for drugs. The researchers believe that the self-driving system, underpinned by Machine Learning (ML) algorithms, could also help discover new chemical products including mat...

2 days ago
Novel eye drop may treat age-related vision loss

London, July 20 (IANS) Scientists have been developing an eye drop that can be self-administered, thus revolutionizing treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) -- the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Currently treated by injections of sight-saving drugs into the eye which must be administered by medical professionals, it is estimated that, by 2020 there will...

2 days ago
'Hotel Transylvania 3...': A spirited middlebrow entertainer

Film: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation; Director: Genndy Tartakovsky; Voice Cast: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Mel Brooks; Rating: *** (3 star) Despite its flimsy premise about true love and we are all the same, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summ...

3 days ago
Novel AI technology could help protect water supplies

Toronto, July 19 (IANS) Researchers have developed a novel artificial intelligence (AI)-based software that could make monitoring at water treatment plants cheaper and easier and help safeguard public health. The new technology is capable of identifying and quantifying different kinds of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, as a threat to shut down water systems when it suddenly prolifera...

3 days ago
Beef jerky, processed meats linked to maniac episodes: Study

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Love to gorge on beef jerky, salami, hot dogs and other processed meat as part of your evening snacks daily? Beware, these processed meats laced with chemicals such as nitrates, to preserve them from spoilage, may contribute to mania -- an abnormal mood state characterized by hyperactivity, euphoria and insomnia, a study has found. The findings showed that peopl...

3 days ago
Sunscreen can reduce skin cancer risk by 40% in youth: Study

Sydney, July 19 (IANS) Young adults who regularly use sunscreen reduce their risk of skin cancer by 40 per cent, a study has found. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between two and three million non-melanoma skin cancers and 1,32,000 melanoma skin cancers occur each year globally. The global incidence of melanoma continues to increase, however, the main factors ...

3 days ago
Mindtree donates $2mn to Stanford University to boost academics in AI

Bengaluru, July 19 (IANS) Mindtree, a global technology services and digital transformation company, on Thursday donated $2 million to Stanford University to boost academic focus on artificial intelligence (AI). The donation would help the University's School of Engineering to establish in perpetuity an endowed Faculty Scholar position with a preference for faculty whose academic focus i...

4 days ago
Scientists discover new 'Meghalayan age' in Earth's history

London, July 18 (IANS) Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct Earth age and are calling it a new chapter -- the Meghalayan Age -- the onset of which was marked by a mega-drought that crushed a number of civilizations worldwide. The new classification came about after stalagmites on the floors of caves in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya were discove...

4 days ago
Smartphone use may lead to behavioural problems in teenagers

New York, July 18 (IANS) Think twice before handing over a smartphone to your teenager as new research warns that adolescents who frequently use digital devices are more likely to develop symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Teenagers who are heavy users of digital devices are twice as likely as infrequent users to show symptoms of ADHD, showed the findings publis...

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Education top priority in ties with India, says Australian envoy at opening of UNSW office

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) In a major step to take forward its widening outreach to India, including in student recruitment and collaborations in cutting-edge research, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, on Tuesday evening inaugurated its new premises in the Indian capital as Australia announced its intent about making India a major focus of its economic and diplomatic strategy with...

4 days ago
Scientists discover new 'Maghalayan age' in Earth's history

London, July 18 (IANS) Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct Earth age and are calling it a new chapter -- the Meghalayan Age -- the onset of which was marked by a mega-drought that crushed a number of civilisations worldwide. They divide up the 4.6-billion-year Earth existence into slices of time. Each slice corresponding to significant happenings -- such a...

4 days ago
Low-cost technology can bridge knowledge gap in India: COL president

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Using technologies that are affordable and accessible can help India bridge the digital and knowledge gaps which are widening due to multiple factors such as gender discrimination, income disparity and cultural practices, among others, says the President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). COL, an intergovernmental organisation established by Commonwe...

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