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How Twitter contributes to ‘social jet lag’

How Twitter contributes to ‘social jet lag’

New York: People’s social media usage, which largely mirrors daily work schedules and school calendars, is causing a huge amount of “social jet lag” and disrupting their biological clocks, reveals a study that analysed patterns of activity on the social media platform Twitter. Social jet lag — a syndrome related to the mismatch between the body’s


How Internet can help those who self-injure

Toronto: Positive messaging through social media could be a powerful tool to help people overcome non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), a new study has found. The study, published in the journal Digital Health, suggested that those who engage in NSSI, the Internet can provide a less threatening and more anonymous information and support network, especially if individuals are

Decoded: How to reverse signs of ageing

New York: Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have found the way to reverse the action of wrinkled skin and hair loss which are considered as the hallmarks of ageing, in a mouse model. The findings showed that, when a mutation leading to mitochondrial dysfunction is induced, the mouse develops wrinkled skin and extensive, visible hair


Researchers create world’s smallest ‘computer’

Chicago: Researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) in the US have come out with the world’s smallest “computer” — a device measuring just 0.3 mm to a side, completely dwarfed by a grain of rice. Unlike traditional desktops that retain their program and data with or without a power back-up, these new microdevices lose all

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

Google introduces recruiting app 'Hire' for businesses

Google introduces recruiting app ‘Hire’ for businesses

In an apparent move to compete with Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, Google has launched ‘Hire’, a recruiting app for small- and medium-sized businesses that also integrates seamlessly with G Suite. “Hire makes it easy for you to identify talent, build strong candidate relationships and efficiently manage the interview process end-to-end,” Berit Johnson, Senior Product Manager at Google