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Flu outbreaks prediction on Fitbit

A study done in the United States used heart rate and sleep data from Fitbit to predict and therefore alert public health officials about real-time outbreaks of flu more accurately than the “current surveillance methods” Besides counting steps and how much you have slept, the Fitbit on your wrist can also tell you if you are coming down with a …

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Mushrooms are having a moment

They’re popping up in papads, jams and cakes; as health boosts in bread and coffee; and in urban gardens Natasha Rego “People are realising that mushrooms are a real superfood,” says food technologist, Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Directorate of Mushroom Research (ICAR-DMR), Himachal Pradesh, Anuradha Srivastava. “They contain no sugar, so they’re ideal for diabetics. They’re good for …

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Catching them young

Drawing young fans to Tests is key, believes the writer. In this exercise, length of time becomes a crucial factor. Shorter the duration of a match, less intense is the scrutiny of talent, technique, temperament and character Ayaz Memon The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which had kept itself aloof so far from the raging debate on whether the tenure of …

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Athletics in Goa: A Review

Looking at the current state of athletics in Goa, the writer believes that it is of utmost importance that new talent is spotted and groomed  Augusto Pinto Athletics in its broadest and oldest sense encompasses all kinds of human sports competitions which require physical skill.  In its more narrow sense, however, it refers to sports competitions which involve running, jumping, …

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How the flea market is changing

Madhusree Ghosh Goa used to be synonymous with flea markets in India. Hippies who’d run out of money would sell their stuff bit by bit and other hippies or travellers would pick up assorted items of clothing, junk jewellery, bandanas and sundry accessories for a pittance. The hippie hubs — Kerala, Goa, Dharamsala, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata — still have …

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In their eyes

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Nature has a reason for everything. A creature’s environment plays the main part in deciding how its eyes develop and function. For instance, starfish have five eyes at the end of each arm, but they can only see shade and light and huge masses of land. They don’t need to see any more than looming coral reefs, …

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Be messy, maybe

Karan Thapar If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, Einstein is once supposed to have asked: “Of what, then, is a messy desk?” I’m afraid this question has started to haunt me. Mine is a pristine desk, neat, free of paper, prettily arranged and always in frightening order. Until Einstein commented to the contrary, I was …

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Little women: Love, life and those growing-up years

Poulomi Banerjee “Make it short and spicy,” says a man (probably a publisher) to Josephine (Jo) March in the trailer of the latest screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’ (the film released in the US on December 25), “and if the main character is a woman, make sure she is married by the end”. It is not known …

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Next stop: Tokyo Olympics

Sandip Sikdar With his “best ever year” behind, B Sai Praneeth is focused on just one target— qualifying for the Olympics. Even though he is the highest ranked Indian in the world at No 11 and is likely to make it to Tokyo, the 27-year-old is taking nothing for granted. And why would he? Sai Praneeth was nearly there on …

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Sweet dreams are made of these

Dhiman Sarkar On seeing the message on her phone, Sweety Kumari knew she was supposed to make a call. “But I was too stunned to react,” she says. So, after sending her the text, it was the Rugby India (RI) official who did. “Get ready for calls from the media,” the official told her. The official then forwarded the awards …

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