Suffering from chapped lips? This is how you can prevent it
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Suffering from chapped lips? This is how you can prevent it

Chapped, cracked and dry lips are the worst things about winter. Our lips lose moisture much faster than other parts of the body as there are no sweat or oil glands beneath the surface. "In winter, keeping the skin of the lips soft and smooth can present a problem due to lack of moisture and the effect of lip make-up," said beauty expert Shahnaz Husain. "But, before you move to expensive beauty salons for time consuming expert treatment, some home remedies like intake of sufficient quantity of fluids in form of soups, green tea, seasonal fruits, oil nourishment and intake of clean water can provide sufficient hydration and moisture to the body to get smooth lips in winters," she added. Husain further said that nutritional deficiencies can also lead to dry and chapped lips. Vitamins A, C and B2 are important for the lips. She recommends eating foods like citrus fruits, ripe papaya, tomatoes, carrots, green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole-grains, oats, and milk products. "Use glossy lipsticks and lip balms. Avoid soap and powder on lips. Remove lipstick with a cleansing cream or gel. Apply almond oil or cream at night and leave on," she added. Husain recommends the usage of argan and coconut oil to nourish the skin on the lips. Argon oil is actually native to Morocco, where it has been traditionally used for food purposes, as well as to treat skin and scalp problems. Today, it is being increasingly used to make cosmetics like moisturisers, creams, lotions, face packs, hair oils, hair conditioners, etc. Argan oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E. Since it contains Vitamin E and antioxidants, it helps to delay the visible ageing sign and even rejuvenate the skin. It protects the youthful properties of the skin, like elasticity and resilience. As it is easily absorbed by the skin, it can be ideal for care of the lips. The fatty acids also nourish and soften the skin. The oil was used for medicinal purposes to cure skin problems and also heal and soothe burns. It nourishes the skin and improves skin texture. Coconut oil has also been valued for its nourishing and moisturizing ability. It has a great skin softening ability and helps to make the skin soft and smooth. It may be applied on the lips and is also said to protect the skin from the damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun. It is said to protect the skin better than cream. It also helps to heal cracks on the lips. In fact, it can be used to remove make-up from the face, including the lips. "Coconut oil may be applied on the lips and left on overnight. Or, it can be left on for 15 minutes and wiped off with moist cotton wool. The advantage is that unlike other preparations that may contain synthetic ingredients, coconut oil can be safely applied on the lips and even ingested. Another advantage is that unlike other oils, coconut oil does not become rancid," Husain said.
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Garlic is good for you ! It prevents various diseases
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Garlic is good for you ! It prevents various diseases

Fluorine is one of the most reactive elements in the periodic table and widely used in the pharmaceutical industry.
Natural garlic-derived compounds combined with flourine could be used as a potent drug therapy to block tumour growth and formation of blood clots, a study suggests. For centuries, garlic has been used as a natural medicine. Scientists have found that compounds in garlic serve as a natural antibiotic to prevent and fight various diseases and illnesses. In a study published in the journal Molecules, the researchers from the University at Albany in the US hypothesised that adding fluorine into natural garlic-derived compounds would enhance beneficial biological activity. Fluorine is one of the most reactive elements in the periodic table and widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. To test their hypothesis, the scientists modified several garlic compounds, replacing hydrogen atoms with fluorine atoms. Once completed, they used 10-day-old chick embryo eggs to compare the effectiveness of the fluorine-modified compounds and unmodified compounds as anti-angiogenesis and antithrombotic agents. Anti-angiogenesis agents are used to fight against cancer by blocking tumour growth, while antithrombotic agents help reduce the formation of blood clots. The results showed that the modified compounds were superior in biological activity and should be considered in the development of future drug therapies. "Our results show evidence that new pharmaceuticals can involve modifying naturally-formed garlic compounds to enhance their beneficial biological activity," said Eric Block, from the University at Albany.
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Is rain and joint pain related? Here is the answer
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Is rain and joint pain related? Here is the answer

There’s no correlation between achy joints and rainy weather, a study has found, debunking a common belief dating back centuries. Researchers from the Harvard Medical School in the US used a “big data” approach, linking insurance claims from millions of doctor’s visits with daily rainfall totals from thousands of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather stations. Previous research had suggested that people’s activity level is likelier than the weather itself to cause pain. The study, published in the journal BMJ, examined 11 million visits to doctors between 2008 and 2012. The research team asked a variety of questions: Did more patients seek care for back pain or joint pain when it rained or following periods of rainy weather? Were patients who went to the doctor for other reasons more likely to also report aching knees or backs around rainy days? What if there were several rainy days in a row? Even in the absence of a “rain effect” in the overall group, did patients with a prior diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis report more pain? The answers to all of these questions showed no meaningful link between joint pain and rainy weather. Overall, 6.35% of doctor visits included reports of pain on rainy days, compared with 6.39% on dry days. “We did not see any correlation between rainfall and physician visits for joint pain or back pain,” said Anupam Jena, from the Harvard Medical School.
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Dinosaur with flesh and bones found in India
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Dinosaur with flesh and bones found in India

Dinosaurs are a different group of reptiles of the clade Dinosauria. They first arrived during the Triassic period, between 243 and 231 million years ago, although the actual origin and timing of the evolution of dinosaurs is the matter of active research. This species had gone vanished from Earth nearly 65-million-years ago, the only way we can see them now is by animated graphics, but then here is the latest news that fired up the science department. Investigators have found a creature body with flesh and bones that match the dinosaurs. Mystery as partially-preserved remains resembling a dinosaur is found with tissue still on its bones in India. Specialists have been left mystified after the body of a creature matching a dinosaur was found with flesh still on its bones. Experts are puzzled by the shape and structure of the body as it has a notable similarity to the dinosaurs. It has been given for carbon dating to know the real age. The partly protected remains were found by an electrician wiping out a substation that left untouched from last 35 years in Jaspur, a small city in Uttarakhand, India. It was not possible for a dinosaur skeleton to be so well conserved after so long, Aaryan Kumar, who is continuing a PhD in Paleontology from Delhi University, told local media. He said: ‘It looks like a dinosaur, but we can’t say anything until all the tests are done.’ Kumar said that ‘Non-avian dinosaurs have been gone for the past 65 million years, but it does relate theropods, a suborder of dinosaurs which involved bipedal carnivores. ‘But a dinosaur skeleton could not have been found in such a well-preserved situation after millions of ages without it being in a fossilized condition. The only slightly possible way is it was chemically preserved to save it in a repository. But if that was the situation, how did it end up here?’ The Deinonychus, the Coelophysis and the Dromaeosaurus are among the dinosaurs that relate the shape of the 28cm-long strange creature. They are all types of theropods, a suborder of dinosaurs that varies in size from the mighty T Rex to the small Anchiornis. Dr Dhakate stated the specimen had now been sent to Dr Bahadur Kotlia, a palaeontologist at Kumaun University, for historical investigation. One initial suspicion is that it could be a genetically deformed animal foetus from within the goat family, but for now, the puzzle continues unsolved.
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Download Google Chrome beta and start muting autoplay videos
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Download Google Chrome beta and start muting autoplay videos

Back in September, Google said Chrome 64 would address several user concerns around content that autoplays, most notably, the ability to have autoplay videos go silent by default. Now, if you’re really keen on testing it out, you do so today by downloading the Chrome 64 beta. The company said the full autoplay video blocking feature, which is part of a broader ad blocking effort in Chrome that’s been in the works for quite some time, would arrive in the consumer version of the browser come January.

The setting to have autoplay content automatically muted is in Chrome 64’s permissions bar. Unfortunately, this isn’t a one-and-done setting — it has to be done for every website you want it applied to — but it will mute sound for any content that is navigated to under the parent domain.

Other bonuses in Chrome 64, as noted by 9to5Google, include an improved pop-up blocker, additional security measures that prevent malicious auto-redirects, and support for HDR video playback when Windows 10 is in HDR mode. On Chrome OS, there is also a new “split view” feature that allows for easier multitasking with multiple windows.

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Twitter’s ‘Moments’ feature has been introduced for all in India
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Twitter’s ‘Moments’ feature has been introduced for all in India

The micro-blogging site, Twitter, has rolled out Twitter 'Moments' feature to its userbase in India. Introduced on Friday evening, the new product will allow the Twitterati in India to curate stories by stitching together multiple tweets into a slideshow. People in India will now be able take their own tweets, from their followers, of trending hashtags, and curate them all together in the form of a story. Moreover, the 'Moments' tweeted will be open to be shared privately. "While people were able to view 'Moments' from select partners before, they can now make and share 'Moments' and tell their own story. People can simply visit the Explore tab on Twitter or Twitter Lite, where they will discover stories unfolding on Twitter every day," Twitter India said, in a statement. 'Moments' also provides for marking the thread of tweets as sensitive material, if need be.
Interestingly, the feature has been available to users in United States for about a year-and-a-half and has been quite successful. Twitter has also made it easier for users to discover latest 'Moments' across various news categories with the new 'Explore' tab featuring 'Moments' by Twitter's Curation team and @MomentsIndia partners. "This gives Indians the opportunity to tell their stories globally, sharing the wonderful things that happen every day in the country with the rest of the world," the statement added.
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From Jan 1st, No More Bank Transaction Charges on Digital Payments Upto Rs 2000
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From Jan 1st, No More Bank Transaction Charges on Digital Payments Upto Rs 2000

Tired of paying bank transaction charges for every single digital payment? Well, the government has given the green signal for a proposal, under which you will not be charged for BHIM, UPI, and debit card transactions up to Rs. 2000. “Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) applicable on all debit card/BHIM UPI/ AePS transactions up to and including a value of Rs. 2000 to be borne by Government for two years with effect from 1 January, 2018 by reimbursing same to the banks,” Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. MDR is the rate that banks levy from merchants for the provision of debit and credit card services when payment is made at a merchant point of sale (PoS). However, the rate is often charged from the customers by merchants, who cite lesser margins, due to which the former prefer paying in cash despite having debit cards. In 2012, RBI had fixed the MDR for debit card transaction at 0.75 percent for transaction values up to ₹2,000 and at 1 percent for transaction values above Rs. 2,000. A committee comprising Secretary Department of Financial Services, Secretary Ministry of Electronics & IT and the CEO, National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), would be deployed to look into the industry cost structure of such transactions that will help in forming the basis of determining the levels of reimbursement. With this move, the consumers and merchants will no longer have to bear the burden of MDR at least for the next two years as long as the transactions remain under the Rs. 2000 slab, thus paving the way for an infrastructure that has greater card-acceptance, and a cashless economy.
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This 15-Year-Old School Girl Created Bio-Plastic From Prawn Shells
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This 15-Year-Old School Girl Created Bio-Plastic From Prawn Shells

When 15-year-old Angelina Arora saw the huge number of plastic bags being carried out of a Sydney supermarket, the first thing that came to her mind was the immense environmental damage caused by these one-use conveniences. A student of Sydney Girls High School, the Australia-based budding scientist decided to look for biodegradable alternatives. Experimenting with compounds made from everyday household items (such as glycerin, corn starch, potato starch and vinegar), Angelina created six bioplastics and put them through five tests, including testing for clarity, endurance and decomposition. These experiments led to Angelina picking up the first prize in chemistry in her age bracket at the STANSW Young Scientist Awards 2016, for designing a different plastic made out of corn starch (though biodegradable, it dissolved on contact with water, making it impractical for everyday use). As a result, Angelina was introduced to top scientists at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) who are now mentoring her through her current project — turning discarded prawn shells into bio-plastic! The young student was at her local fish and chip shop, looking at all the discarded seafood waste  (piles of crab and prawn shells, all destined for the bin), when she was struck by the though that there had to be a better, more sustainable way of disposing them. So she took a few kilograms of discarded prawn shells to her school science lab and got to work. Her consistent and well-researched experiments soon yielded result when she succeeded in using shrimp shells to create a strong, light and biodegradable plastic. Prawn shells consist of a hard yet flexible protein called chitosan, a version of chitin — the second most abundant organic material on the planet, that is found in fungal cells, insect exoskeletons, spider webs and crustacean shells.
  With help from her mentors’ guidance and a litre of hydrochloric acid, Angelina managed to extract this versatile protein from the prawn shells and combined it with fibroin, a extremely sticky protein that she extracted from the silk of silkworms.
“It is the same protein that spiders use to make webs. It’s very sticky. When you mix it with chitin, it produces a fabric that is flexible, strong and exhibits all the properties you want in plastic. In short, the final material has the strength of a prawn’s shell and the flexibility of a spider’s web. The plastic also degrades completely with nothing harmful left behind”, Angelina explained, adding that while the shells needed a lot of preparation before being used, it was a lot less than what conventional plastics needed.
Encouraged by her parents, Nitin and Aashima Arora, Angelina put together a detailed report (accompanied by pictures of the remarkably malleable and sturdy bioplastic she had made) of her innovative work. This led to her being recently awarded the second prize in chemistry at 2017’s STANSW Young Scientist Awards. The enterprising youngster now hopes that biodegradable alternatives like hers will contribute towards phasing out planet-clogging plastics and cleaning up the environment. Especially in the world’s oceans — a cause close to Angelina’s heart ever since she found thousands of tiny plastic fragments in the gut of the fish bought from local fishmongers. This significant global problem is illustrated by fact that the infamous Pacific trash vortex ( the large area of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean) is primarily made up of plastic debris that fish keep getting entangled in and dying, wreaking havoc on the region’s ecological balance. Interestingly, a similar project is under way in Egypt’s Nile University in which prawn shells are cleaned, dried, chemically treated, ground and dissolved into a solution that dries into thin films of plastic.
“If commercialized, this could really help us decrease our waste. And it could help us improve our food exports because the plastic has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties,” says Irene Samy, a professor overseeing the project said.
In India, a country with an extremely long coast-line, fishermen and seafood vendors are always looking for economically viable ways to dispose of discard prawn shells. In fact, they often have to pay to get it cleared away.
 Instead of throwing these readily available shells away, they can be used to make fully compostable plastic bags. Not only is it more sustainable in the long run, it can also reduce the amount of food waste produced in the country.
Researchers at at Harvard’s Wyss Institute also say that there is plenty of room for growth. Literally, in fact: the nutrients in this bio-inspired plastic makes an excellent fertilizer after its broken down. Working towards fine-tuning its commercial manufacturing, they have been able to already make fully biodegradable products such as egg cartons, chess pieces and even cell phones.
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India has increased the import tax on electronic products !
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India has increased the import tax on electronic products !

India has increased the import tax on dozens of electronic products such as mobile phones and television sets, a government statement said, to help curb supplies from overseas and build up the domestic industry. The rise in tax from 10 percent to 15 percent on handsets will make imports of phones - including most of Apple's iPhone models - more expensive at a time the company's revenue growth is slowing in India's $10 billion smartphone market. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a flagship Make-in-India programme to expand the domestic industrial base, and one of the areas showing success is electronics. Pankaj Mohindroo, president of the Indian Cellular Association, said on Friday the tax hike will boost domestic manufacturers who are making about 500 million cellphones a year, more than double the output three years ago. Eight out of 10 phones sold in 2017 have been made locally, data from Counterpoint Research showed. Samsung Electronics assembles in India most of the handsets it sells in the country. Apple currently only assembles its iPhone SE models in India and imports its others. The company has sought a range of incentives and tax relief from the government for it to expand its manufacturing in India, but government officials have said they are unlikely to make exemptions for Apple. Tarun Pathak, an associate director at Counterpoint Research, said the government's new tax notification, announced late on Thursday, will impact mobile phones companies heavily dependent on imports. "It will impact Apple the most as the company imports 88 percent of its devices into India," he said. "Either this will lead to increase in iPhone prices or force Apple to start assembling more in India." Aside from cellphones, the government also raised the import tax on video cameras to 15 percent from 10 percent and doubled the one on television sets 20 percent, its statement said. On Monday, a delegation of Indian telecoms equipment manufacturers met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, seeking government help to promote the domestic industry while he prepares the budget for 2018/19. India's goods imports in the seven months ending October rose 22 percent to $256.4 billion from a year earlier, raising concerns among policymakers.
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Now you can mute people on Facebook with the new Snooze button
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Now you can mute people on Facebook with the new Snooze button

Facebook today is launching a new feature designed to give users more control over what content they see in their News Feed: a “Snooze” button. The option, which will become available via the top-right drop down menu on a post, will mute content from a person, Page or group for 30 days.

The new feature can serve as a way to dial down the content you don’t want to see, without having to fully unfollow or unfriend someone. For example, if you’ve had enough of someone’s political rants or baby photos, you can temporarily opt to see less of them in your News Feed. You could also turn off a particularly chatty Facebook friend whose continuous updates clutter your feed. The option could be useful for people going through a breakup, too  – that is, one where they’re staying connected socially, but don’t necessary want constant reminders of what an ex is up to. That’s an area Facebook has explored in the past, with the 2015 debut of tools to help you see less from former flames. However, not many people seem to know these features exist. Snooze, on the other hand, will be far more visible. For Pages and Groups, having a Snooze button means they may be able to better retain their less active users, who may have otherwise unliked them or left the group to avoid their content. TechCrunch first spotted Snooze in testing this fall, when different lengths of time were being offered. Today’s launch has settled on a month as the right amount of time spent on mute. Snooze joins a series of other content controls for News Feed, like Unfollow, Hide, Report and See First, which give people more ways to customize their experience, notes Facebook. The update, while seemingly minor, comes at a time when many people – including some ofFacebook’s early founders – are questioning whether social media is having a negative impact on people and society as a whole. A network that’s too tuned to what people want to see, and provides that to them by way of algorithms, can lead to addiction and an inability to relate to different people and opinions.
The flip side of Facebook’s tool set for deep personalization, including now Snooze, are these ongoing concerns that Facebook’s social network can become overly comfortable for people. It allows people to ensconce themselves in a world where everyone thinks like them, enjoys the same things, and posts similar news and other things. But this is not the real world, where people’s opinions can wildly differ. The result of this bubble effect is a reduction in being exposed to new ideas, and an increased intolerance for those who don’t share your same beliefs. Snooze, in that context, could be seen not as an empowering tool, but one that could potentially lead people to further distancing themselves from friends with different perspectives – whether political, religious, cultural or otherwise – simply because it’s something you don’t want to see. But at least Snooze’s forced cooldown period could stop people from unfriending people with these opposing viewpoints. Facebook notes that when the Snooze period is about to end, it will notify you of this – presumably, in case you need to snooze them again. You can also reverse a snooze at any time, the company notes. The Snooze button is rolling out today, across Facebook.
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