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WeChat Seeks Even More China Clicks With New Mini-Apps

In a cluster of refurbished Mao-era industrial buildings in Guangzhou, developers at China’s top messaging app, WeChat, are redesigning key parts of its product to spread its tentacles to just about every aspect of Chinese life. Around 1,500 developers, mainly twentysomething males, have been tasked with increasing user engagement through new ‘mini-programs’ on WeChat that look and operate much like apps on Apple Inc’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems – but are far less data-intensive. WeChat, owned by Tencent Holdings, says it’s not a direct challenge to the dominant…

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What’s Your Daily Salt Intake? Even 5 Gram Can Put You at Risk of Heart Attack

No other ingredient is as basic but as important as salt in the culinary world. Without it, it is almost impossible to hit the right flavour note and make all the ingredients come together into a gastronomic joyride. A little sprinkling of the white crystals into a bowl of salad, steaks, omelette, stir-fries, soups, etc is customary. Now, coming to Indians, the love affair with salt goes another level. It is almost like a compulsory side that has to accompany every meal. Even our snacks and small bites come smeared…

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Part of brain continues to grow even in adulthood

Have you ever noticed that the ability to recognise faces, a critical aspect for everyday social interactions, improves from childhood to adulthood? A study has revealed that in humans, a part of the brainresponsible for face recognition continues to grow into adulthood, while the region that helps to recognise places stays the same. The study was published in journal of Science. According to researchers, the ability to recognise faces, which is critical for everyday social interactions, improves from childhood to adulthood. In seeking to better understand brain activity to recognize…

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ITO even more polluted than Anand Vihar

If you thought Anand Vihar was the most polluted spot in the city and curbing emission levels there could bring down the capital’s sky rocketing pollutionaverage, take a look at ITO. The ITO station, which was out of order for nearly three years, started operating again from July 2016.PM2.5 levels recorded there are often as severe as Anand Vihar, at times even higher. TOI assessed PM2.5 levels for the past fortnight and found that ITO recorded higher levels than Anand Vihar. For example, the PM2.5 average at ITO between December…

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Even low levels of manganese can cause manganism

Welders exposed to airborne manganese at estimated levels set under federal safety standards can also develop neurological problems like Parkinson’s disease and the current safety standards may not adequately protect workers from the dangers of the job, a new research has found. According to a study published in the journal Neurology, the more welders are exposed to manganese-containing welding fumes, faster the workers’ signs and symptoms worsen. “We found that chronic exposure to manganese-containing welding fumes is associated with progressive neurological symptoms such as slow movement and difficulty in speaking,”…

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10 Fruits That Are Even Healthier Than You Think

While you’ve been busy putting in some major sweat sessions at the gym and eating protein-rich and metabolism-boosting foods, there’s a good chance you’ve been eating plenty of fruits as well. If you typically go straight for the apples and bananas and never stray from your norm, you’ll want to take a look at this list of the top 10 fruits that are even healthier than you think. 1. Papaya You may not find these fruits growing anywhere near your apple orchards, but this tropical fruit offers a ton of…

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