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Where to go for honeymoon? Take tips online

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From international destinations like Australia, Mauritius, Middle East and the Maldives to destinations like Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, the Andamans and Goa at home -he most sought after destinations are available on the site, said a statement.Talking about the emerging trends in honeymoon bookings, Mohit Gupta, chief business officer-Holidays, MakeMyTrip said: “Customization is a top priority, especially for the one’s travelling internationally. We have seen between 25-30 percent…

Fatty foods can destroy stomach's signals to the brain: Study

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New University of Adelaide research has found the nerves in the stomach which signal fullness to the brain appeared to be desensitized after long-term consumption of a high-fat diet. The findings could explain why many dieters tend to regain the weight they have lost. PhD student Stephen Kentish investigated the impact of high-fat diets on the ability of the gut to signal its fullness, and whether those changes revert back to normal by losing weight. Study leader Associate Professor Amanda…

Google maps find alien 'spaceship' on Moon?

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The controversial images appear to show the object with a row of seven light dots along the edge, and many UFO sites have reportedly likened the object to an alien spaceship.The two-sided object on the lunar surface was discovered by a paranormal researcher, identified as WowForReel, who posted a video of the finding online, a news channel reported."It's unique and unusual in the area," said WowForReel. "After going there on Google Moon and staring at this thing for quite a long time I can…

Children at risk due to second-hand smoke

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A study shows that exposure to second-hand smoke at home or in the car dramatically increases the odds of children being re-admitted to the hospital within a year of being admitted for asthma.To determine tobacco exposure, the researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Children’s Hospital measured cotinine in the blood and in saliva of more than 600 children.Cotinine is a substance produced when the body breaks down nicotine and provides a…

New molecule may be key to younger looking skin

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Researchers from the Newcastle University, UK, have identified the antioxidant Tiron and compared the protection offered against either UVA radiation or free radical stress by several antioxidants, some of which are found in foods or cosmetics. While UVB radiation easily causes sunburn, UVA radiation penetrates deeper, damaging our DNA by generating free radicals which degrades the collagen that gives skin its elastic quality, researchers said. The team found that the most potent…

Caffeine stirs memory: Study

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A team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, found that caffeine enhances certain memories for at least a day after they were formed. Evidence for caffeine as a memory booster has been anecdotal until now. This is because the process of registering memories -- say, reading a book ahead of an exam -- may happen in conditions where the person is eager to absorb and retain information. This makes it hard to distinguish between someone's natural alertness and that derived from…

Ways to control food cravings

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Here are some of the psychological ways to deal with intense cravings: • Think of a favourite activity: When a craving hits, imagine yourself engaging in a favourite activity. A study has found that replacing a donut in your mind with an image of a favourite activity like dancing, hiking or watching a movie and employing all your senses -- the shapes, sounds and colours associated with that activity -- may be an effective way to reduce the intensity of a craving. • Smell products with…

Rejuvenate yourself with 'smart' travel choices

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GoEuro, a travel search website, has suggested five places in Britain that can help in detoxifying your body - whether you are looking for an active weekend away or something a little less strenuous.Here's the list: • Secluded Scottish national park: To help you nurse your New Year hangover, why not visit one of Britain's quieter national parks such as Cairngorm National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands? Cairngorm has one of the most impressive glacial landscapes outside of…

Ultrasound can boost sensory performance

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The study provides the first demonstration that low-intensity, transcranial-focused ultrasound can modulate human brain activity to enhance perception."Ultrasound has great potential for bringing unprecedented resolution to the growing trend of mapping the human brain's connectivity," said William 'Jamie' Tyler, assistant professor at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute."So we decided to look at the effects of ultrasound on the region of the brain responsible for processing tactile…

OMG! For best French fries, look at Jupiter

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Sounds fancy but for future space travelers, scientists have answered where in the solar system can they find the best French fries - on Jupiter. Scientists reached a European Space Agency centrifuge to see what gravitational conditions would produce the perfectly-fried French fry.Using a special deep fat frier, John Lioumbas and Thodoris Karapantsios at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, tested different orientations of French fries under different gravitational conditions. They…

Earth may have a dark matter disc

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Ben Harris at the University of Texas at Arlington conducted an analysis of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite orbits and found that Earth is heavier than thought, perhaps due to a halo of dark matter. Dark matter is estimated to constitute more than 80 percent of the total matter in the universe, but little else is known about it, including its distribution in the solar system. Harris collected nine months of data from several GPS satellites that are in orbit around our planet and…

Tradition of New Year's resolutions borrowed from Romans

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"Rome's highest officials made a resolution to remain loyal to the republic and swore oaths to the Emperor on 1st January," said Professor Richard Alston from the Department of Classics at Royal Holloway University. "A grand ceremony marked the occasion, where the Roman legions would parade and sacrifices were made on the Capitoline Hill. This annual event renewed the bonds between citizens, the state and the gods," Alston said.New Year's Day offered all Roman citizens an opportunity to…

Women lose more work days than men due to illness: Study  #women  #work  #illness

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According to the study, women work fewer days in a year and as a result, lose almost 15 percent of their work days to illness, while men lose only six percent. "Being ill, therefore, has a greater impact on a woman's income than that of a man. On the other hand, women's health expenditures tend to increase more compared to men," the GDNWorking Paper 'Managing Healthcare Provision and Health Outcomes through Local Governance' said. The paper reveals significant positive impact of local…

Scientists create first living 3D human arrhythmic tissue

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The research was made possible after scientists successfully formulated the precise type and ratio of cell types that produce highly functional cardiac tissue. Arrhythmia is a condition in which the feedback of electrical pulses of the heart is interrupted, leaving the heart unable to contract and pump blood effectively. With the right cellular composition, the researchers were able to engineer the circular tissue model associated with arrhythmia. The team then applied electrical pulses to…

Unemployed men age faster: study

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Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Oulu, Finland studied DNA samples from 5,620 men and women born in Finland in 1966.They measured structures called telomeres, which lie at the ends of chromosomes and protect the genetic code from being degraded.Telomeres become shorter over a person's lifetime, and their length is considered a marker for biological ageing. Short telomeres are linked to higher risk of age-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart…

Blood test can predict life expectancy: Study

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Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, collaborated with scientists at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on the new study using the complete blood count (CBC) risk score, an inexpensive tool that uses all of the information in the common blood test.Physicians have used this CBC lab test for years, but they did not understand that all of its components provide information about life expectancy, according to lead researcher, Benjamin…