Mark Zuckerberg goes from ‘Atheist’ to ‘It’s Complicated’

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and reportedly the fifth richest person in the world, no longer wants to be identified as an ‘atheist’, he said on the social network he created. “No,” he said, when asked if he was (still) an atheist. “I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.” Perhaps in keeping with his newfound appreciation for religion, Zuckerberg, who used to list himself as ‘atheist’ on his Facebook profile, no longer does…

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Brett Lee works towards a deafness-free India

On the occasion of International Week of the Deaf, renowned Australian cricketer and global hearing ambassador of Cochlear Ltd Brett Lee asked to take a pledge to free India from deafness. Australian cricket icon, Brett Lee, was announced as Cochlear’s first Global Hearing Ambassador in 2015. Brett’s target is raising awareness about hearing loss. Consciousness levels on hearing issues and possible remedial measures are extremely low in certain parts of our country. As Cochlear’s Ambassador, Brett has been spearheading a ‘Sounds of Cricket’ campaign to raise awareness of the significant…

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Worried about your diet? Try CSE’s new online interactive tool

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has launched an online interactive tool to help people know about their food and dietary habits. “What we eat affects our health. But most of us do not know what we eat and how it affects our health. ´KNOW YOUR DIET´ is a first of its kind initiative to help people of India know about their food and dietary habits. We hope that it will ignite a ‘Good Food’ movement in our country,” said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general of CSE. “From across India, over…

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Glenmark Pharma discovers potential new anti-cancer drug

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said its overseas subsidiary has discovered a molecule that can potentially be used in targeting even difficult-to-treat lung cancer and colorectal cancer. The GBR 1372 molecule was discovered in the pharma company’s Swiss laboratory and that the company plans to file an application with the US Food and Drug Administration to approve the compound as a ‘investigational new drug’ or IND. Unlike normal cancer drugs that try to control cancer by disabling epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), the new compound kills cancer cells through redirecting T cells to…

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US FDA updates warning against widespread use of fluoroquinolones

The US Food & Drug Administration issued a warning against casual usage of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, arguably the most widely used broad-spectrum antibiotic in India. USFDA advised that the side effects caused by the use of fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs would outweigh the benefits for patients who have alternative treatment options. Patients with acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options should look at other options, the FDA said.  Fluoroquinolones should be reserved for those who do not have alternative treatment options. In an FDA safety review, the fluoroquinolones,…

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Uflex develops technology to cut papaya packaging, transportation costs

Uflex, one of India’s biggest manufacturers of plastic packing, said it successfully performed flexfresh liner bag trials to determine the possible shelf life extension for Papaya. The trials were jointly performed with Perfotec — company which develops technology to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables — in India as well as Holland with help from leading growers and importers. Perfotec and Uflex have been working with fresh produce growers to maximize shelf life using active modified atmosphere packaging (AMAP) solution. ¨The major benefit of using the Flexfresh…

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Ayush ministry signs MOU with US Pharmacopeial to strengthen traditional medicine

Ministry of Ayush, government of India signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with United States Pharmacopeial Convention for cooperation in the field of traditional medicine. The aim is to promote the safety, quality and integrity of traditional medicines and botanical dietary supplements, the government said. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. The initiative will be executed by the Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine &…

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LG introduces mosquito repellent TV in India @ Rs 26,900

LG Electronics has introduced a ‘Mosquito Away’ TV which uses an ultra sonic device to drive mosquitoes away. “It offers the Indian consumers complete peace of mind. So far in India, Televisions were just for viewing entertainment, but now with the LG Mosquito Away Television, you not only experience great viewing but also bring home an innovative solution to keep your surroundings mosquito free,” the company said. The LG Mosquito Away TV, developed as per the Indian insights by consumers, is equipped with an Ultra Sonic device which once activated,…

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Admins of Kerala Facebook group face death threats over anti-religious posts

The administration panel of Kerala’s biggest anti-superstition and rationalist Facebook groups has come under death threats for prompting believers to desert the Islamic faith. The blog, named Mujahir 2015, is written in Malayalam, the language spoken in Kerala. “Those who insult the Prophet must be killed,” the blog said. “To carry out (such an act), a Muslim does not require anyone’s permission.” The blog also gives the photographs of the administrators of the Facebook group. NOT THE FIRST TIME This is not the first time that the group, Freethinkers, has…

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India’s largest parody religion calls ‘believers’ to mega congregation

Dinkoism, India’s largest parody religion, is holding its first ‘mega congregation’ this Sunday at Calicut in the southern state of Kerala. The religion was floated after rationalists and science activists — tired of holding ‘logical’ arguments with religious fanatics about everything from evolution to abortion to women’s rights — decided exaggeration and caricature was the best way to expose the absurdity of most religious beliefs. Dinkoism is built around Dinkan, a rat with super powers who saves lives in children’s weekly ‘Bala Mangalam’. Through Dinkoism, the super rat is coming back…

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MIT to help build LIGO gravitational observatory in India

The Government of India has given in-principle approval for setting up Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in India at a cost of Rs 105 cr (Rs 1.05 bln). “The LIGO-India project will establish a state-of-the-art gravitational wave observatory on the Indian soil in collaboration with the LIGO Laboratory in the U.S. run by Caltech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,” it said. “The project will bring unprecedented opportunities for our scientists and engineers to dig deeper into the realm of gravitational wave and take global leadership in this new astronomical…

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Two-thirds of Indians could see temperature rise by over 2 degrees due to climate change

The impact of climate change on India would be more drastic than on many countries, according to a new paper released today by IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Gandhinagar and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). The country would need over $1 trillion from now until 2030 to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, the study added. Climate change has lowered rainfall in areas such as the western ghats, Gangetic Plain, and central India during the period of 1951-2013, the paper said. Climate change projections showed that India…

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Some of us are aging thrice as fast as normal – Study

Some people age far faster than others even if they look young, a study of over a thousand people conducted by University of Otago in New Zealand confirmed. The study found that at a real age of 38, some of the participants were showing signs of being much older than they should be even if they looked only 38. In contrast to their chronological ages (of 38), these ranged from under 30 to nearly 60 years,” said the report. In other words, each member had a “hidden pace of aging…

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