Weekly poll: Sony Xperia XZ1, hot or not?

Sony has updated its flagships piecemeal – the XZ added 2160p video capture that the X Performance was missing, the XZs improved the camera yet again and now the Xperia XZ1upgrades the chipset to 2017 standards. Did Sony cover everything you wished for with this latest iteration of X phone? The obvious thing that it’s missing is a bezel-less design that is standard for late 2017. A dual camera may be another, but by the sound of it the new Pixels will stick to one cam per side so dual cameras…

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What is super malaria or superbug?

What is this “super malaria” or “superbug” that is “spreading fast” in Southeast Asia? The spread of life-threatening super malaria is posing a new challenge in the health sector. The fast spread of the mutated strain of the dangerous disease is an alarming global threat, scientists have warned. Facts about super malaria The strain of super malaria or superbug that is now spreading fast in Southeast Asia is known as PfPailin. The parasite was first detected in Cambodia. It has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern…

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3 out of 100 mothers 19 years or below

Maternal mortality rates in Delhi have increased marginally – from 0.37 per 1,000 live births in 2015 to 0.41 in 2016. In another worrying trend, the percentage of teenage pregnancies has gone up significantly. According to government data, three out of every 100 women (3.10%), who delivered kids in Delhi in 2016, were 19 years and below. The percentage of women from this age group delivering kids stood at 2.75, 1.93, 2.03 and 2.21 in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively . Dr Alka Kriplani, professor and head of obstetrics…

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Kozhakattai or Modakam: Lord Ganesha’s Favourite Ladoos from Tamil Nadu

South Indian desserts are revered and loved around the country, especially during festivities. The unique flavours and the prerequisite use of coconut give the essence of an authentic South Indian sweet. One of the most popular and traditional desserts from Tamil Nadu is Kozhakattai, Modakam or Modagam, which is also similar to that of Maharashtrian Modaks. Modakams were adored by Lord Ganesha and is believed to be a symbol of his earnestness and wisdom, a prize obtained from his parents. Kozhakattai is prepared as a prasadam on Ganesh Chaturthi to invoke…

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Infants who are peanut-sensitised or have peanut allergy are not necessarily allergic: Study

“This is a very exciting development for those of us who have been treating an increasing number of kids with peanut allergies in the past 25 years,” said Amal Assa’ad, Managing Director, ACAAI Food Allergy Committee, US. “To be able to offer parents a way of reducing the risk of their children developing peanut allergies is remarkable and of real importance.”   The authors recognised early introduction of peanut-containing foods may seem to depart from recommendations for exclusive breastfeeding through six months. Introduction of peanuts did not affect the length…

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Healthiest Way to Cook Mushrooms: Grill or Microwave Them!

Mushrooms are a great addition to any meal, You can bung in them your salad, pair them up with a bowl of creamy pasta or simply saute them in olive oil and dry herbs to enjoy the meaty flavour. But are these correct and only ways to cook and consume mushrooms? Probably Not! According to a new study, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, mushrooms should be grilled as boiling or frying them can destroy their nutritional value. Mushrooms are one of the few natural sources of Vitamin…

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