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Recipe for safer batteries — Just add diamonds

While lithium-ion batteries, widely used in mobile devices from cell phones to laptops, have one of the longest lifespans of commercial batteries today, they also have been behind a number of recent meltdowns and fires due to short-circuiting in mobile devices. In hopes of preventing more of these hazardous malfunctions researchers at Drexel University have developed a recipe that can ...

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Drones relay RFID signals for inventory control

Radio frequency ID tags were supposed to revolutionize supply chain management. The dirt-cheap, battery-free tags, which receive power wirelessly from scanners and then broadcast identifying numbers, enable warehouse managers to log inventory much more efficiently than they could by reading box numbers and recording them manually. But the scale of modern retail operations makes even radio frequency ID (RFID) scanning ...

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High salt intake associated with doubled risk of heart failure

High salt intake is associated with a doubled risk of heart failure, according to a 12-year study in more than 4 000 people presented today at ESC Congress.1 “High salt (sodium chloride) intake is one of the major causes of high blood pressure and an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke,” said Prof Pekka Jousilahti, research ...

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Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of death

Higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of death, according to research presented today at ESC Congress.1 The observational study in nearly 20 000 participants suggests that coffee can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people. “Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world,” said Dr Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital ...

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Women motorbike riders group – Biking Queens – calls on PM

A group of 50 women motorbike riders from Gujarat – the Biking Queens – today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The group says they have driven over 10,000 km, covering 13 States/UTs, and interacted with people on social themes, such as Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao; and Swachh Bharat. On 15th August, 2017, they unfurled the tricolour ...

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Rural Games to take Place in Delhi

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Minister shri Vijay Goel today announced that the first edition of Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsav will kick-start from Delhi and will take place between 28th August to 3rd September, 2017. The Rural Games will aim at popularising the indigenous games like wrestling, athletics etc. and will also have fun games like ...

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High Salt Intake Doubles Risk of Heart Failure: Study

High salt intake is associated with a doubled risk of heart failure, according to a 12-year study in more than 4,000 people. The study assessed the relationship of salt intake and the development of heart failure.  This study used 24 hour sodium extraction, which is considered the gold standard for salt intake estimation at individual level. “High salt (sodium chloride) ...

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Modi Assails Bargaining Style of India

In his ‘Mann Ki Baath’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed the countrymen not to bargain too much with autodrvers and vegetable vendors when they could spend huge amounts on their restaurant bills without a second thought. Taking cue from a phone call from one Aparna from Pune who complained about her friend repeatedly bargaining over small amounts with auto drivers, ...

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ISRO to launch new satellite IRNSS-1H on August 31

IRNSS-1H

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch its next satellite on August 31. ISRO said it would put into orbit the IRNSS-1H satellite at 18:59 hours on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, using the rocket PSLV-C39 from Sriharikota. The payload would augment the capacity of India’s seven-satellite ‘NavIC’ constellation or the GPS equivalent in space. The NavIC constellation consists of 3 ...

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Finally Rs.200 Note Gets Into Circulation to Bridge ‘Missing Link’

200 note

As reported earlier, new Rs. 200 notes have entered the circulation with many ATMs being recalibrated to provide the notes which are similar in size to Rs.500 notes but vary in colour with the colour yellow dominating the appearance. The Reserve Bank of India, the central bank, has described the ne note as the missing link in the demonetisation process ...

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PM condemns violence over Dera Chief Gurmeet’s Conviction

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the instances of violence in parts of the country, which erupted following the court ruling convicting the local sect guru. “The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence and urge everyone to maintain peace. The law and order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with ...

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Omega-3 intake reduces cardiac death risk : A comprehensive new study

Results from a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology showed that in 14 randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) of 71,899 people, consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3s reduced the risk of cardiac death by a statistically-significant average of 8 percent. Cardiac death accounts for about two-thirds (about 405,000) of all cardiovascular disease deaths in the United States, and ...

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A more complete picture of the nano world

They may be tiny and invisible, says Xiaoji Xu, but the aerosol particles suspended in gases play a role in cloud formation and environmental pollution and can be detrimental to human health. Aerosol particles, which are found in haze, dust and vehicle exhaust, measure in the microns. One micron is one-millionth of a meter; a thin human hair is about ...

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Cabinet approves New Central Sector Scheme – “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana”

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the renaming of the new Central Sector Scheme – SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) as “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) ” for the period of 2016-20 coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle. Earlier, CCEA in its meeting ...

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National Sports Museum to be established in New Delhi

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is going to establish National Sports Museum, first of its kind, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The decision was taken three months back and after a series of meetings and his personal visits to several locations in the capital, the current venue for museum was finalized by the Sports Minister Shri Vijay ...

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Is childhood obesity a psychological disorder?

A team of researchers, including senior investigator, Bradley Peterson, MD, director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, used fMRI to investigate neural responses to food cues in overweight compared with lean adolescents. The team observed that food stimuli activated regions of the brain associated with reward and emotion in all groups. However, adolescents at ...

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Social media culture can encourage risky and inappropriate posting behavior

The use of social media is pervasive among young adults, but not all posted content is appropriate. Now a new study by the University of Plymouth investigates why young adults might post content on social media that contains sexual or offensive material. Led by Dr Claire White from the University’s School of Psychology, the study suggests that such risky social ...

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NITI Aayog to launch “Mentor India” Campaign

NITI Aayog will launch the Mentor India Campaign, a strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders who can guide and mentor students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs, established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission. CEO NITI Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant will unveil the online nationwide initiative in the capital tomorrow on Wednesday, 23rdAugust. ...

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National Sports Awards – 2017

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year, Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years, Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal ...

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PM hails SC judgement on Triple Talaq

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has hailed the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on Triple Talaq. Calling the judgement historic, the Prime Minister said that it grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment. “Judgement of the Hon’ble SC on Triple Talaq is historic. It grants equality to Muslim women and is a ...

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A tougher tooth

Fewer trips to the dentist may be in your future, and you have mussels to thank. Inspired by the mechanisms mussels use to adhere to inhospitable surfaces, UC Santa Barbara researchers have developed a new type of dental composite that provides an extra layer of durability to treated teeth. The potential payoff? Longer lasting fillings, crowns, implants and other work. ...

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Using machine learning to improve patient care

Doctors are often deluged by signals from charts, test results, and other metrics to keep track of. It can be difficult to integrate and monitor all of these data for multiple patients while making real-time treatment decisions, especially when data is documented inconsistently across hospitals. In a new pair of papers, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory ...

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Religious affiliation impacts language use on Facebook

Are you more likely to use words like “happy” and “family” in your social media posts? Or do you use emotional and cognitive words like “angry” and “thinking?” The words you use may be a clue to your religious affiliation. A study of 12,815 U.S. and U.K. Facebook users finds use of positive emotion and social words is associated with ...

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Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu in Telangana

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the gathering after receiving a State Reception being hosted by the Government of Telangana, in Hyderabad on August 21, 2017. The Governor of Telangana, Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan, the Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri K. Chandrasekhar Rao, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Deputy Chief ...

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Sedentary behavior increases risk of death for frail, inactive adults

Sedentary time, for example, time spent sitting, increases the risk of death for middle-aged and older people who are frail and inactive, but does not appear to increase the risk for nonfrail people who are inactive, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Many studies have looked at the benefits of physical activity on health, ...

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Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased heart failure risk in older adults

A recent study found an elevated risk of heart failure in more than half of older individuals, and this risk was significantly associated with vitamin D deficiency. Specifically, vitamin D deficiency was linked with a 12.2-times increased risk of heart failure. The study, which involved an analysis of the medical records of 137 individuals in Brazil aged 60 years and ...

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Performance of Domestic Airlines for the year 2017

Traffic data submitted by various domestic airlines has been analysed for the month of July, 2017. Following are the salient features: Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-July, 2017 were 657.21 lakhs as against 560.87 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 17.18%. Click below to see the performance of domestic airlines for the ...

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