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Meditation and yoga best medicine for body and mind

Yoga & Meditation

As we all know that “Health is wealth”. If you have health you have the most precious blessing in the world. There are many ways to get health but yoga and meditation are best for health. It is reported by many people that they get physical and mental health benefits through yoga and meditation.

This is not only stated by the people; it is proved by the researchers also. And a new article which is published in “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience” stated that yoga and meditation have a positive effect on mind and body. They found these results by an experiment which they have done on the participants who practice yoga and meditation for 3-months. And the researchers found that it put the positive effect on (BNDF) signaling, the cortisol awakening response (CAR) and immunological markers. And this also enhanced subjective well-being.

The study examined the participant before and after practicing yoga. And the results show the positive effects of the yoga and meditation on the mental and physical health of the participants. The participants practice meditation daily and also yoga along with vegetarian diet. The researchers also observed the relationship between yoga and meditation with depression and anxiety and the result was the yoga and meditation eliminate the anxiety and depression. The mindfulness is also increased in the participants of this research. These practices play a vital role
in mood regulation, stress response, immunity, inflammation, and metabolism.

Yoga image

Credit: Yoga Journal

The research team said that they have observed in their study that these practices have a positive link to increase flexibility and well-being.“The observed increased BNDF signaling possibly related to enhancing neurogenesis and/or neuroplasticity, increased CAR likely related to enhanced alertness and readiness for mind-body engagement, and increased anti- and pro-inflammatory cytokines possibly indicating enhanced immunological readiness.” Said by Dr. Cahn.

About positive effect of yoga and meditation to reduce depression Dr. Cahn further said: “An intriguing possible link between the effects on BNDF and the CAR is hippocampal functional integrity since increased BNDF levels due to physical exercise has previously been shown to relate with hippocampal neurogenesis and likely relate to its positive effects on well-being and depression.”

So, yoga and meditation both are best for both mental and physical health and it also enhanced flexibility and bring positive effects on people who practice both of these best health exercises.

Source: Science Daily

5 Incredible ways you never knew to use your Smartphone and the camera

A person who is isn’t a professional photographer carries a digital/ SLR (single lens reflex) camera anymore because there is no need.

A Smartphone has in the market offers lens sharper with clear resolution than ever.  Some Smartphone comes with multiple lenses as well. Most of the journalist uses the smartphone camera to take pictures. iPhone and other phones with advanced clarity and resolution are used to shoot the entire film.

Certain apps allow using the camera more efficiently, not just for regular picture taking but many more.

Phone can absorb the visual information and use it for everyday task. The phone can now help to learn the phone number.

If your Smartphone search is restricted to making calls, better ways are there. Apps along with a camera offer several features, which a digital camera cant.

With Smartphone camera you can learn foreign languages, solve math problems and maintain/track shopping list.

Top powerful ways to use Smartphone camera:

  1. Visual search engine: Not just regular search engine, just search pictures or snap photos. Camfind is an app available both on Android and iPhone (iOS) to search. Camfind is similar to image search websites but helps make video search easy and practical on phone.
  2. Amazon, eBay: Just search for the scan code, product picture or barcode, it will pull up the description of the product you are looking for with most of the details
  3. Scan QR code: You can use authenticator like Authy, Google authenticator or secureauth. All these apps are useful for two-way authentication, works on several websites, much easier than remembering the answers to the security questions. Secureauth, the app allows using VPN (virtual private network), best to connect into an office network and work from home. It is convenient if you forget the VPN token key. Scan QR code allows using line, WhatsApp, Viber to use as a web application.
  4. Solve a math problem: Photomath app, allows you to take pictures of tough equations and upload and it offers a solution to a complex math problem.
  5. Start up the Google Translate app, tap on the camera icon, and point the camera lens at what you’re trying to translate. It will display the changed text right on the screen.

If you get missed call or got a call from number, you don’t recognize, just use 5 methods

  1. Google: Just type the number in google search and it will help you get up the details.
  2. Zabasearch: If you don’t find any information just use Zabasearch, it’s a huge online database for personal information. Zabasearch as an option ” reverse phone lookup”, help finding location, and even full background check.
  3. Social media- Facebook, just type number in facebook search box, this lets you find the person if you have the number associated within their profile
  4. Search username:  If you remember or know the username and want the phone number, just search it with their username. It is common, online user profile and usernames are often associated with the phone number/Google voice number.
  5. AnyWho:  Allows lookup and easy way look into yellow sections in the app, makes it very handy

 

Credits: Foxnews

Game of Thrones, Season 8: to include movie-length episodes in 2019

Winterfell/Jon Snow

Season eight is planned to hit screens early next year, but fans can’t anticipate any expectations from the show since the writers of the show have broken away the plot of the show from George R.R. Martin’s books, on which the series is based.

George R.R. Martin’s five books which provided the basis for the episodes, but fans are waiting since seven years for the next book — The Winds Of Winter.

The actor, who plays Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), famous as half-man, admitted the end of the show will be “heartbreaking”.

Deborah who is the art director of the fantasy epic since the fourth season said there would be only 6 episodes, but they would huge, and surprising.

Kudos to the HBO’s new security measures, nothing on high scale has leaked about season 8. Except that episode would be less but longer would be about 3 hours each.

Some new information about season 8 was leaked online, and while no source guarantee they’re genuine and true, they at least give the appearance of being legitimate, when compared to leaks from season 7

If you want to continue the suspense and wait until the show is aired, don’t read below. Few leaks, similar to information release before the launch of season 7

 

Episode 3, Season 8

  • Tyrion, Arya, Sansa, Brienne, Podrick and the Hound are all in a wagon; The Hound is driving the wagon. They are racing through a camp being overrun by wights.. At the end of the page, they’re boarded by a Dothraki wight. Or the wagon might crash first.

Episode 5, Season 8

  • Jaime and Cersei are arguing in the Red Keep throne room, the mountain the mute is there. Cersei has Jon Snow in prison, Cersei is fighting with Jaime for abandoning her “in a time of need”, and Jaime is trying to convince her that fighting the enemies like White Walkers is better for survival than battling Jon and Daenerys.
  • It sounds like the city is getting besieged by someone, very likely the White Walkers. To stop them, Cersei is about to do the unthinkable in aggression and Jaime is not pleased with her strategy.
  • It’s not explicitly mentioned but she’s going to blow up the city with wildfire rather than let it fall.
  • Brienne and the Hound ride through the streets of the city on their way to the Red Keep.

Episode 6

  • It sounds like the White Walker threat has been reduced, and Daenerys (or some other “queen”) is in power. Bronn lamenting while traveling with Tyrion that he’ll likely never get that castle, which Jaime promised to Bronn and has “gotten himself killed.”

 

 

 

Credit: HBO

 

IPL-Ben Stokes and Mitchell Starc received highest bid

Ben-stokes

Bengaluru: The Eleventh season of Indian Premier League’s (IPL)auction for the players started off yesterday. According to the report, Ben Stokes received the highest bid of the league. Stocks was bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping price of Rs 12.5 crore. Australian batsman Mitchell Starc also received a huge amount in the auction. Starc was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 9.4 crore.

Karun Nair, who got Rs 5.60 crore, was bought by Kings Eleven Punjab. In the meanwhile, none of the clubs has shown interest on West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, who is considered to be the greatest player in Twenty-20 history. The below average performance in past seasons has resulted in a tough time for Gayle this IPL season. A total of 580 players are considered for this year’s IPL auction out of which 219 are foreign players.

Other IPL players details

KL Rahul- Kings XI Punjab (Rs 11 crore)

Shikhar Dhawan- Sunrisers Hyderabad (Rs 5.20 crore) retained by right-match card

R Ashwin- Kings XI Punjab (Rs 7.6 crore)

Kellan Pollard –  Mumbai Indians retained the cash-strapped Indian Premier League (IPL)

Ajinkya Rahane – Rajasthan Royals retained their cash prize of Rs 4 crore

Gautam Gambhir – Delhi Daredevils (Rs 2.8 crore)

Dwayne Bravo – Chennai Super Kings have retained the player

Glenn Maxwell – Delhi Daredevils (Rs 9 crore)

Harbhajan Singh -Chennai Super Kings (Rs 2 crore)

Faf du Plessis and Chennai Super Kings have retained the play

Shakib Al Hasan – Sunrisers Hyderabad (Rs. 2 crores)

No clubs need these IPL players in their team

IPL auction

In the Eleventh season of IPL(Indian Premier League), England’s Ben Stokes turned out to be a valuable star. On the other hand, no team is interested in previous year super player.

The cricket fans were shocked that no one showed interest in bidding on West Indies super batsman Chris Gayle. Royal Challenger Bangalore(RCB) player Chris Gayles price was set to be 2 crore INR.

The clubs did not want to take the bowler Lasith Malinga of Mumbai Indians in previous seasons. He was badly affected by bad form and injuries.

None of the clubs has shown interest on Ishant Sharma, who is in Kolkata Knight Riders.Pragyan Ojha, Parthiv Patel, and Murali Vijay are other Indian players who did not even get any clubs.

There are many superstars who do not get any bid after Gayle. New Zealand’s hunter Martin Guptill and Australian all-rounder James Faulkner are few among them. England’s Joe Root one of the best batsmen in recent cricket not considered by any clubs.

Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Johnson, Sam Billings and Jonny Bairstow were disappointed at the auction on day one. According to the report, clubs will come forward to buy them on coming auction days.

The auction consists of 580 players including 361 Indians. Of these, 16 players are included in the top list with a base price of 2 crores. Marquee players are the top players in the auction. Each of the teams can buy a minimum of 18 players and a maximum of 25 players.

The auction will be held in Bangalore yesterday and today. After a two-year ban, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will come back this season.

Bigger Honey bee colonies have quite combs than smaller ones

honeybee

It is a common a belief that as bee colonies getter bigger, more the bees buzzing sound. But the latest study conducted by researchers from Cornell University reports that bigger honey bee colonies make less noise than smaller ones.

Michael Smith, from Cornell University, says, “The surprising result was that—and at first I thought something must be wrong—when there are more bees on the comb, the vibrations are actually reduced”.

Studies reveal that bees vibrate to communicate with other bees among its colonies. They perform a waggle dance to pass the message among the comb regarding the location of flowers. Queen bees also use the same way of dance vibrations to communicate with other queens. But to convey the message vibrations efficiently, the noise in the comb should be reduced.

To study the exact noise level, Smith with the help Po-Cheng Chen who built chips to measure vibrations in three dimensions using an accelerometer. The chip can absorb 800 samples of vibration in one by eight of a second.

Chen and Smith then placed the chip near a comb with different colony size, such as entire colony, half colony etc. They even performed the same studies with an entire colony at different times of a day. The number of bees in and out of a comb varies at a different time a day.

 

honeybee

Source: Time Magazine

Smith also tested whether combined weight of bees reduces the comb vibration. Plain sheet wiggles more than a piece of paper with paper clips. For this, he added some dead bees to comb to see how it has any effect on vibration. From the detailed research, Smith says the additional bees “had absolutely no effect whatsoever on the comb vibrations, which showed us that the bees are actually doing something to damp these vibrations,”

The research shows that the superorganism such as bees, ants can overcome the physical obstacles in their own ways. The National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Garden Club of America funded the work.

Source: Cornell University

Research paper: DOI: 10.1007/s00265-017-2399-9

Padmaavat on Facebook live- over 17,000 people seen

The most anticipated and controversial film Padmaavat released on Jan 25th all over the world. The movie directed by Sanjay Bansal portrait the story of Rajput queen Padmavathi. Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor play the lead cast in the film. Deepika Padukone plays the role of Queen Padmavathi.

Few multiplex owners from 4 different states have pulled out the movie due to the violence going on in the movie. But within hours of the release, the movie went line on Facebook. The movie has been live on Facebook and has seen by more than 17,000 people.

Since the movie has gone live on social media on the first day of release, it will impact the collection in a negative way. As per the report, the production team reported the Facebook to tackle the sharing of videos further among the users. In recent time, many highly anticipated movies have gone live on Facebook. Reports shows, Facebook has zero tolerance to those pages and account which spread such contents online.

Facebook acquires Confirm.io – an ID verification startup.

Confirm.io

Facebook Inc is acquiring Boston based software company – Cofirm.io which specializes in authenticating government-issued identification cards, the two companies said on Tuesday. The software helps to understand more about who purchases the ads on its network.

Recently the US. lawmakers expressed their fear on Facebook’s limited source to track its advertisement buyers. Social media advertisements influence the election-related campaigns in a huge way.

Confirm.io, a Boston based privately held company shared this news through their official website. The acquisition will take three years to integrate this technology with Facebook to keep its users safe.

Facebook through its official website confirms “technology and expertise will support our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe.”

As per the report shared by Reuters, Confirm Inc employees will continue their operations from Facebook Boston office. Terms and conditions of this acquisition are yet to be revealed.

Facebook has earlier suspected Russian agents had been paying to influence the electorate during 2016 presidential election. As a precaution to these activities, Facebook has decided to have more hold on its advertisement buyer’s identity.

The company later said it would begin requiring organizations running election-related ads to confirm their identities.

With a Facebook page and credit card, an advertiser can purchase the ads as per his wish. The social media giant has more than 6 million advertisers all over the world.

Confirm.io says that its technology will ask for proof of identity for online transactions made by the users which could bring down fraudulent activities.

Source: Reuters

Five young female porn stars dead in three months trigger spate of deaths

Porn death

Olivia Lua, Olivia Nova, August Ames, Turi Luv, and Shyla Stylez., the five women belonging to the adult film industry, died in less than 3 months.

Derek Hay of L.A. Direct Models, which worked with both Lua and Nova, said it was a “coincidence” sudden deaths in such a short time.

He claimed these deaths could have been prevented by safeguards in place to reduce depression or drug abuse. Stress which porn stars get at the job they do and attacks from online trolls. Stress can be another reason causing these deaths.

One common thing amongst these five deaths other than profession is age.

Olivia Lua was 23-years and died in Rehab, California facility.

Nova 20-year-old was found dead on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas.

Ames, 23, hung herself in December 2017, after she was bullied and mocked by the mockers online and called homophobic for refusal to on-camera sex with men who had done gay porn.

August Ames’ husband, Kevin Moore, told online mockers have “her blood on your hands” and that August had screenshotted every single abusive message she has received for him to know the pain and shame she had faced

Turi Luv, died due to a drug overdose, in December 2017. Luv was 31-year-old.

Recently retired from the porn film industry, Shyla Stylez, 35-year-old, died in November 2017 in her sleep. She worked in the industry for over 10 years.

These sudden deaths in months happened across the US and Canada. Primary cause suspected are suicide, accidental overdose, and UTIs.

Olivia Lua’s family and close friends had a deep concern at the heavy dosage of prescription drugs Olivia was taking and the danger this caused to her. it is believed, mixing of prescription drugs along with recreational drugs or alcohol, are the primary cause of her passing.

It is not clear if any of the five adult film actors who have died in short gap knew one another.

So far, there has been no proof of a link between any of their deaths other than the fact that they were all young and porn stars.

Adult actress Raven Hart told one magazine: “If you get into this business really young, and you are already predisposed to your own personal issues of depression or whatever else, working in porn may intensify your issues, this is not a career for everyone. When you are younger you get taken advantage of more and if you don’t stand up for yourself or you don’t make it known that you are a professional, then these types of things can happen.”

The reasons for death at such a young age are unexplored but Societal jibe and norm has exacerbated the deaths

Credits: DailyMail

Blinking dead stars to chart way for Space Station

Space Station

An experiment by International Space Station demonstrated that blinking dead stars can help on charting the path for Spaceships. During a meeting of the American Astronomical Society, researchers with the SEXTANT (Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology experiment, SEXTANT) reported this experiment. The technique works like a GPS.

Pulsars are another name for Dead stars. They emit beams of radiation that regularly sweeps past our Earth like a lighthouse. Tackling these radiation beams help the space station to find its exact location in the space. This works like how GPS uses the satellite signals to determine your position of your mobile device. Thus, a space station no longer needed to rely on radio telescope communication to determine its coordinates. Radio telescope communication gradually gets inaccurate as the spaceship move from earth.

 

Dead Stars

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With the help of 52 X-ray telescopes SEXTANT measure the signals from five pulsars. Astronomer Keith Gendreau of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., reported that with the help of these signals, researchers were able to locate SEXTANT’s position.

On Earth, knowing your location within 10 kilometers isn’t that impressive — GPS can do much better. But “if you’re going out to Pluto, there is no GPS navigation system,” Gendreau said. Thus, when we travel far from earth pulsar navigation will help us to estimate the positions with less effort and high accuracy.

Credits: Science News

Computer Program that Calculates Jail house tenure in U.S is more racist than Humans

US Jails

Before an accused person is sentenced, is required to take a quiz. It is for those who commit crimes in some U.S. states. Crime accused are required to take a 137-question quiz.

A software program called Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions, or COMPAS has a list of question and it then calculates the sentence based on risk analysis. It includes risk for reoffending, and help a judge determine a sentence based on that risk assessment.

A computer program used to calculate jailhouse tenure is less accurate, more expensive and racially biased than a random human assigned for the same task.

The questions, ranging from queries about a person’s criminal history, are part of this software program.

This program was researched by Dartmouth researchers, who claimed that random, untrained people could assess about a person’s criminal better than the expensive software could.

COMPAS is meant to crunch the numbers on a person’s life, determine their risk for reoffending, and help a judge determine a sentence based on that risk assessment.

Few questions like substance parents’ of the criminal use, to or “do you feel discouraged at times?”

Take Eric Loomis, man from Michigan arrested in 2013, who pled guilty to attempting to flee a police officer,

While the offense was not violent, COMPAS assessed Loomis’s history and reported him as having “a high risk of violence, recidivism, high pretrial risk.” Loomis was sentenced to six years in prison based on the COMPAS assessment.

COMPAS analyzed answers to the 137-question quiz, which asks questions about the person’s criminal history, social life, family history, and opinions. The questionnaire does not ask a person’s race.  But those about parents’ arrest history, neighborhood crime, and a person’s economic stability — appear biased against black defendants, who are disproportionately imprisoned or underpaid in the U.S.

A 2016 ProPublica investigation analyzed the software’s results across 7,000 cases in Broward County, Florida, and found that COMPAS often evaluates a person’s risk for practicing future crimes. These incorrect assessments nearly doubled among black defendants as compared to white defendants.

Source:  ProPublica

Women’s March 2018-UK, in heavy snow and sleet.

Women's March in UK

Over thousand women turned out back past the memorial to women in the second world war, protesters chanted “Time’s up” and “We want justice not revenge” on Sunday.

The event organized by Women’s March London, a similar protest in 2017 shut down central London.

The event was named as Time’s Up rally, launched in January by women in Hollywood to counter sexual misconduct in the entertainment business and workplaces following the Weinstein scandal and #MeToo movement.

#MeToo movement started with countless allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But soon, personal experiences began pouring in from women in several industries across the world, and the hashtag #MeToo became a rallying cry against sexual assault and harassment at workplace.

The US election proved a catalyst for a grassroots movement of women to assert the positive values that the politics of fear denies.  Last year January 21, 2017, on the first day of Donald Trump’s Presidency, women-led marches, welcoming all participants, which took place across the world, with the scale being largest in Washington D.C.

Exactly one year later, really happened in London, again to stand up against the heinous crime of gender inequality and sexual harassment by men at workplace

Activists across the globe gave speeches at Time’s Up rally in support of equal rights, sexual harassment, and misconduct.

The Labor MP Stella Creasy gave one of the most igneous speech. Creasy said: “A year ago, everyone told us this was a flash in the pan. They said women will march and then they’ll go home and nothing will change. That’s the point. Everything has to change because #MeToo isn’t just some hashtag, it’s saying we’re not going to cope anymore, we’re going to change the rules.”

People chanted across from British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office on Sunday with posters reading “We Are Powerful” and “Time’s Up” commemorating the anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Emma McNally, the core organizers of the March, said Sunday’s rally went extraordinarily despite snow and sleet.

“We’re so pleased to see everyone out in great numbers on a day when the weather is absolutely atrocious, but that just says it all. Time is up. People are sick of it. We’re constantly being sold there is no alternative, but we’re not having it anymore.”

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