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China's Hainan to allow visa-free stay for 1 month China's Hainan to allow visa-free stay for 1 month


Beijing, China's smallest and southernmost province of Hainan will allow foreign tourists from 59 countries to stay for up to one month without a visa, immigration authorities said on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka gets 700,000 tourists Sri Lanka gets 700,000 tourists


Colombo, Sri Lanka received 707,924 tourists in the first three months of this year, an increase of 17.1 per cent compared with the corresponding period last year, a minister said on Monday.

Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga told Xinhua news agency that the country could have attracted more tourists in March if not for the outbreak of communal violence in Galle and the subsequent declaration of the state of Emergency.

Daily meditation may keep you attentive in old age Daily meditation may keep you attentive in old age



New York, Want to stay attentive in your old age? Start doing meditation. Regular and intensive sessions over the course of a lifetime may help you to stay focussed and attentive even in advanced years, according to a new study.

"This study is the first to offer evidence that intensive and continued meditation practice is associated with enduring improvements in sustained attention and response inhibition," said lead author of the study Anthony Zanesco, now at the University of Miami.

10 percent Indians hopeful of tasting success within a year 10 percent Indians hopeful of tasting success within a year



New Delhi, Despite pressures of a competitive job economy, one in 10 Indians feel optimistic about achieving success within one year, which is double the global average of 5 per cent, according to a LinkedIn survey on Wednesday.

"The growing optimism in India's macroeconomic environment shines through in the confidence Indian professionals feel towards achieving success," said Deepa Sapatnekar, Head of Communications for India, LinkedIn.

Alzheimer's patients may benefit from cell therapy Alzheimer's patients may benefit from cell therapy

 New York, Transplanting a special type of neuron into the Alzheimer's brain can restore memory and other cognitive functions, a study has revealed that can lead to new treatment. The brain relies on the perfect coordination of many elements to function properly. If one of those elements is affected, it affects the entire body. In Alzheimer's disease, damage to specific neurons alter brainwave rhythms causing a loss of cognitive functions. The inhibitory interneuron is particularly important for managing brain rhythms

Teachers may help reduce mental health problems in children Teachers may help reduce mental health problems in children


New York, Researchers have found that school-based services delivered by teachers and other school-based professionals can help reduce mental health problems in elementary-aged children.

"Given the limited accessibility of traditional mental health services for children school-based mental health services are a tremendous vehicle for overcoming barriers to mental health care and meaningfully expanding the reach of supports and services for so many children in need," said lead author Amanda Sanchez, from the Florida International University.

Social media use may affect teenagers' real life relationships Social media use may affect teenagers' real life relationships


 

Toronto,  Even as effects of social media use on mental well-being is hotly debated, a new study says that spending too much time online can create problems in real life relationships of teenagers and vice versa.

Results of a survey conducted by Professor Candice Odgers of University of California, Irvine and her colleagues showed teenagers from low-income families reported more physical fights, face-to-face arguments and trouble at school that spilled over from social media.

Now add friends in live chats on Facebook Messenger Now add friends in live chats on Facebook Messenger



San Francisco, Facebook has rolled out a new feature in both iOS and Android apps that can allow users to add more friends and family members to a live audio and video chats in Messenger.

With the update, users need not hang up and manually add people into a conversation before restarting the call.

Leave women alone: Designer Masaba Gupta hits back Leave women alone: Designer Masaba Gupta hits back



Mumbai,  New generation designer Masaba Gupta on Tuesday took a dig at those putting "strange badges" on women on the basis of what they wear or drink.

"Can someone talk about how women should just wear/do/eat/drink what they like instead of constantly putting strange badges on them basis what they can't do. Please leave us alone, in our torn jeans, chugging beer, cackling away...Or not!" Masaba tweeted.

Indian youth prefer dating apps over matrimonial sites Indian youth prefer dating apps over matrimonial sites



New Delhi, Young Indians are connected more through mobile dating applications and social media platforms, instead of matrimonial sites and advertisements, a survey showed here on Tuesday.

"Majority (around 55 per cent) of the total respondents said they had used a dating app for casual dating, meaningful relationship/connections outside the prescribed norms and traditions," an Assocham statement said quoting the survey.

Super wood could replace steel in cars, airplanes Super wood could replace steel in cars, airplanes



New York, Researchers have found a way to make wood so strong that it could replace steel in any application, including in cars and airplanes.

The researchers believe that the new process, detailed in the journal Nature, could make wood stronger than even many titanium alloys.

Can meditation make us better individuals? Can meditation make us better individuals?



London,  Disputing popular claims that meditation can change how people behave towards others and make them more compassionate, new research suggests this is not the case.

Meditation plays no significant role in reducing aggression or prejudice or improving how socially-connected someone is, said the study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Researchers show mind-reading equipment nearing reality Researchers show mind-reading equipment nearing reality


New York, Researchers, including an Indian, carried out a study using equipment to read the minds of participants and find out what song they were listening to by decoding the signals sent by their brains to the machine.

Don't miss your date with 'super blue blood Moon' Don't miss your date with 'super blue blood Moon'


New Delhi,  A special evening is knocking at the door of the enthusiastic stargazers as they will get a rare chance of viewing a "super blue blood Moon" on Wednesday.

According to NASA, the January 31 full moon is special for three reasons.