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A weekend in Singapore

A weekend in Singapore

A weekend in Singapore

With seat-belt buckled and waiting for the Scoot Airlines flight to take off from Chennai, I involuntarily started to hum “Darling, Darling I love You” and “Joyful Singapore, Colourful Malaysia”. Given that these are hit Tamil numbers shot in Singapore, you might have guessed that it was to the tiny city-state that I was headed.

Smartphone app may help manage mental illness

Smartphone app may help manage mental illness

Researchers have developed a smartphone app to help middle-aged and older adults self-manage their mental illness and other chronic conditions, suggests new research. First, the researchers determined the technical abilities and needs of middle-aged and older adults with serious mental illnesses using smartphones. The researchers then developed the content and modified an existing smartphone platform.

Facebook 'kills' Lifestage app dedicated to teens

Facebook ‘kills’ Lifestage app dedicated to teens

Facebook has shut down its standalone social networking app Lifestage that it released a year ago for high schoolers. Not many people know about this Snapchat-like app as only users aged 21 or younger could sign up for it. According to a report in the Business Insider, Lifestage was intended to help teens find and

FaceApp removing 'ethnicity filters' after outrage

FaceApp removing ‘ethnicity filters’ after outrage

FaceApp, the popular photo-filter application, said it was removing new “ethnicity filters” after angry users condemned the update as racist, the media reported. The feature prompted users to alter selfies with “black,” “Indian” and “Asian” filters. It gained widespread attention this week as social media lit up with comments that called the feature offensive. “FaceApp’s

Researchers develop new method to 3D print living tissues

Researchers develop new method to 3D print living tissues

In a step towards helping repair damaged body parts, scientists in Britain have developed a new method to 3D-print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures. In the study published in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers demonstrated how a range of human and animal cells can be printed into high-resolution tissue constructs. The approach could

Merkel reaffirms target of 1 mn electric cars by 2020

Merkel reaffirms target of 1 mn electric cars by 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed the goal of 1 million electric cars running on German roads by 2020, the media reported. “I have not pulled it back. I said that we have to do more, otherwise we would not be able to make it,” Merkel said. Merkel said in May that “as it looks at

Social environment can shape male, female behaviours

Social environment can shape male, female behaviours

Besides genes, human environment and culture can also influence gender-specific behavioural traits, claims a research. For some masculine and feminine behaviour-related traits, the interactions between the genetic and hormonal components of sex with other factors create variability between individuals. On the other hand, environmental factors supply the stable conditions needed for reproduction of the trait

Different brand choices can make dent in relationship

Different brand choices can make dent in relationship

Do you like Coke while your partner prefers Pepsi? Beware, difference in brand choices can affect our happiness in relationships more than shared interests or personality traits, suggests a research. “People think compatibility in relationships comes from having similar backgrounds, religion or education,” said Gavan Fitzsimons, professor at the Duke University in North Carolina. “But

Get detoxifying mantra right after festivities

Get detoxifying mantra right after festivities

After enjoying the long weekend, it is time to flush out the toxins. Drink warm lime water with honey every morning and opt for steamed or stir-fried vegetables to detoxify, say experts. Sonia Narang, Wellness Expert, Oriflame India, and Mehar Rajput, Nutritionist and Dietitian, FITPASS, share some detoxifying tips. * Drink two or three cups

Binge-watching TV may cut sleep quality, up insomnia risk

Binge-watching TV may cut sleep quality, up insomnia risk

Young adults with the habit of binge-watching television shows for over three hours in one sitting may be at risk of having poor sleep quality, increased fatigue and insomnia, researchers warned. Binge viewing is when people watch an excessive amount of the same TV programme in one sitting. The findings suggest that increased cognitive arousal

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