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  • Polio returns to PNG after 18 years

    26 June, 2018 4:39 PM 35

    An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the government said, with the virus detected in a child 18 years after the nation was declared free of the disease. The WHO said there was one confirmed case — a six-year-old boy with lower limb weakness from Morobe province — with the disease detected

  • Belize’s reef, an underwater wonder, may be out of risk

    26 June, 2018 3:27 PM 30

    Govt. action may spur UNESCO to drop it from danger list. Just a stone’s throw away from the coast of Belize, brightly coloured tropical fish mingle with sharks, manta rays and sea turtles around a sprawling reef beneath the waters of the Caribbean. The Mesoamerican Reef, an underwater wonder world whose survival was considered to be at risk for years

  • Space tourism takes its toll on body: NASA astronaut

    25 June, 2018 5:13 PM 38

    Many are unprepared for the rigorous trip, says Anna Fisher. People who sign up with space tourism companies for a trip beyond the Earth may be unprepared for the rigours of spaceflight, according to a NASA astronaut. To date, only the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, has taken tourists into space, between 2001 and 2009. However, aerospace companies

  • Toothpaste contribute to antibiotic resistance

    20 June, 2018 3:30 PM 38

    Triclosan is used in over 2,000 products A common ingredient found in toothpastes and hand washes could be contributing to the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, a study has found. The study, led by Jianhua Guo from University of Queensland in Australia, focused on triclosan, a compound used in more than 2,000 personal care products. Mr. Guo said while

  • Kerala most at risk of cardiovascular disease, finds national survey

    19 June, 2018 4:37 PM 38

    Adults in urban areas and those with a higher household wealth, are more at risk Two recent national surveys of nearly 8,00,000 adults between 34 and 70 years, has found that people of Kerala — across sexes — were most at risk of cardiovascular diseases while those in Jharkhand were least likely to have the condition. A gender break down, however, puts the women

  • FB unveils a platform for blood donations

    14 June, 2018 4:18 PM 51

    The new blood donations centre can be accessed from the explore menu on the device. Facebook has launched a new blood donations centre on its platform to encourage its 217 million users in India to donate blood for the needy by showing opportunities to donate blood in their city, including blood donation events and requests for blood donors

  • UN Environment chief applauds India's efforts to phase out single-use plastics by 2022

    9 June, 2018 8:15 AM 61

    Erik Solheim said the programme will be stronger with India’s support, sending a clear message to other countries. Calling the World Environment Day celebrations in India “historic”, UN Environment chief Erik Solheim has said by announcing that it will phase out single-use plastics by 2022, India has demonstrated global leadership. During an event to celebrate

  • Apple Watch may get solid side touch sensitive buttons

    9 June, 2018 7:16 AM 60

    The new buttons will vibrate slightly under the fingertip, using the haptic effect Apple calls the Taptic Engine. Apple is likely to replace the physical side buttons on the Apple Watch with solid state buttons that but r be touch-sensitive. The button configuration on the wearable would remain the same with a button and a digital crown situated on one side of the device

  • Now, repost Instagram Stories you are tagged in

    8 June, 2018 6:53 AM 48

    Facebook-owned Instagram announced a change to its “Stories” feature which will allow users to instantly repost a “Story” they are tagged in, as theirs. “When someone mentions you in their story, you receive a notification in your ‘Direct message’ thread with that person. Now you’ll see an option to add that content to your own story,” Instagram wrote

  • Amazon unveils almost hands-free streaming TV device Fire TV Cube

    8 June, 2018 2:11 AM 53

    Alexa for couch potatoes is coming — Amazon’s new streaming TV device will let users shout out when they want to turn on the TV, flip channels or search for sitcoms all without pushing any buttons. The Fire TV Cube is not entirely hands-free yet, however. Some apps or streaming services may require viewers to pick up the included remote to rewind or stop a show. Amazon