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People in India these days want greater control over the food they consume. There is also increased attention to choosing the ingredients. Preferred are food items with enriching and nourishing features and properties which prevent diseases and empower the body to gain immunity. There are a few food items which Indians consume on a daily basis like salt, sugar, milk and oil. Oil is the first element and base for almost all Indian recipes. It is the major component which contributes to the body's fat requirements. So, the oil we choose decides the fats we consume.

 A computer-assisted-design work on the Mars 2020 rover. (Photo: Courtesy, NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Los Angeles: As the US space agency NASA prepares to send its next Mars 2020 mission in search of signs of life on the Red Planet, a Pasadena-based company is busy developing the rover's robotic arm which, it says, will be more efficient than the one currently deployed on the Curiosity rover.

Beijing: China is planning to develop a floating nuclear power platform in five years in a bid to provide stable power to offshore projects and promote ocean gas exploitation, it was reported on Tuesday. Wang Yiren, vice director of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, made the announcement, the People's Daily reported. 

Bengaluru: For the last two years, 13-year-old Twinkle of Lucknow has had a problem. Blood flows out of her eyes like tears do. Despite treatment by experts, the tears of blood from the have not stopped. Because of the strange condition, Twinkle has not been able to attend school. Occasionally blood also oozes out of other parts of Twinkle’s body. The girl’s condition has the family deeply worried about her future. The curiosity of the people about the girl’s condition makes the family feel that stigmatized.

A moderate 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Uttarakhand on the night of February 6. As usual, there was the news rush -- breaking news, specialists' comments and the like. But the earthquake news was somewhat eclipsed by the current charged election environment. An earthquake's effects are all-pervasive and every sector needs to account for it. Earthquake mitigation efforts during the post-seismic period require large amounts of financial aid. However, in most of the states, the disaster management offices are normally headed by the Revenue Secretary.

In a room laden with glass jars, tubes and chemicals, air rich with the intoxicating aroma of several chemical substances, a few men relentlessly toiling away in excitement in an effort to obtain something that would gift humans with the power to generate riches: a formula that can convert copper to gold. This is a typical scene from the stories set in medieval times depicting the life of an alchemist. 

Mumbai: Stem cell treatments can lead to great improvement in patients suffering from Parkinson's disease, extreme pain in the groin and other neurological issues as it helps in the regeneration of tissues -- a new treatment option, said doctors on Friday. The doctors said they reached the conclusion after two patients suffering from Parkinson's along with cervical spine issues and extreme groin pain, respectively, showed improvement to a great extent.

Kolkata: Indian scientists have designed high precision DNA probes for breast cancer detection, which they claim can bring down costs of diagnostics ten-fold. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology - Guwahati relied on 'magic bullets' of science, a class of molecules called aptamers, that can bind to virtually any molecule, clasping it in a firm lock-and-key fit.

New York: Is your kid suffering from asthma? If yes, he or she may be more likely to become obese later in childhood or in adolescence, researchers have warned. The findings showed that young children with asthma were 51 per cent more likely to become obese over the next decade as compared to those who did not have condition in which a person's airways become inflamed. "Early diagnosis and treatment of asthma may help prevent the childhood obesity epidemic," said Frank D. Gilliland, Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the US. 

Bengaluru: In the wake of 15 schoolchildren dying in a tragic bus accident in Uttar Pradesh, reportedly due to foggy conditions, a renowned atmospheric scientist has called for an immediate end to practices that include the operation of traditional brick kilns in the region and the burning of crop residue in Punjab. The accident at Etah, in which 16 schoolchildren were also injured, reportedly took place under bad weather conditions and poor visibility.

London: A new research in cognitive science suggests that our memory also records physical sensations as part of the words stored. According to a study published in research journal 'PLOS One', similar to an entry in a reference book, the brain records a word like 'whisk', associating it with concepts such as 'inanimate' and 'kitchen device'. "In addition to this, the brain connects the word to one's own experience -- how a whisk feels, for instance, and that a spinning motion is related to it," the researchers said.

Mumbai: A study by Indian researchers suggests that a population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously, a finding that could provide an opportunity to study these waves almost permanently. The study by Professor Sudip Bhattacharyya of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, and Professor Deepto Chakrabarty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US found that a population of neutron stars should spin around their axes much faster than the highest observed spin rate of any neutron star. 

Washington: In its latest close flyby of Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft captured the seventh of eight features forming a ‘string of pearls -- massive counterclockwise rotating storms that appear as white ovals in the gas giant's southern hemisphere, the US space agency said on Wednesday. The image was taken by the JunoCam imager on December 11 as the Juno spacecraft performed its third close flyby of Jupiter, NASA said. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 24,600 kilometres from the planet.

London:  Regular use of antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of mortality by 60 per cent among individuals with Alzheimer's disease, a study has shown. Antipsychotics -- also known as neuroleptics or major tranquilisers -- are a class of medication primarily used to manage psychosis including delusions, hallucinations, paranoia or disordered thought.

Kolkata: Mass genetic screenings that track populations vulnerable to arsenic poisoning -- much before cancerous symptoms start showing -- can help tackle its scourge in Bengal and across South Asia, researchers say. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Calcutta and CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (CSIR-IICB) have corralled evidence of genetic links to heightened arsenic damage risk.

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