Former US President Barack Obama have nine different creatures named after him !

Former US President Barack Obama

Barack Obama left the white house on 20th of Jan 2017. He finished his presidential tenure and is headed on his new journey to becomeCitizen Barack Obama. He may or may not have roles in politics, but his name will live forever. The scientific community have immortalized him by giving his name to nine different creatures from extinct lizards to trapdoor spiders. Obama is going to keep the record of having most animal species named after him among US presidents followed by Theodore Roosevelt with seven. Now President Donald Trump has an extinct sea urchin and scaly headed moth named after himTetragramma donaldtrumpi and Neopalpa donaldtrumpi respectively. Sirindhorn, the princess of Thailand, has the most species named after her of any political leader, with thirteen. Lady Gaga has a whooping 19 species of fern named after her.

 

Nine different creatures that have been named after Barack Obama

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Biotechnology: is this a field of Hope or field of Disappointment for Biotech aspirants

Biotechnology: A success or failure in India

Biotechnology is globally recognized as a rapidly emerging and far-reaching technology. It is aptly described as the “technology of hope” . But in Indian scenario, this field has failed in delivering what it promised in terms of employment. Way back from 2000, the word ‘Biotech’ has been used and been projected as technology of future, but looking at 2017 we have not reached any big milestones leaving aside some top names like Biocon, Dr Reddys, Bharat Biotech, Shantha Biotech. The employment opportunities are still desolate.

Revenue and growth but says a different story. As per recent records Biotechnology industry contributes 10-12% to the growth of the country every year.  India is among the top 12 biotech destinations in the world and ranks third in the Asia-Pacific region. India has the second-highest number of US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)–approved plants, after the USA and is the largest producer of recombinant Hepatitis B vaccine. The industry is projected to touch a target of 100$ billion by 2025 according to Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE). At this stage we have over 600 companies with Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)pitched at 20%.

The first two paragraphs contradicts. The first one is the voice of thousands of students who took up Biotechnology as their course of study and second paragraph gives the numbers from Biotech industry. It’s very much needed to understand why two groups assess the same situation differently. My effort here is to bring attention to those points.

Biotechnology Industry is a Blanket term

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Autism numbers rising

Autism  is a growing problem worldwide

Autism: The number of children diagnosed with autism has grown

The prevalence of autism is on the alarming rise. Autism is the world’s third most common development disorder. Autism is ten times more common today than it was in the 1980s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some studies point towards a 10% to 17% rise annually in the last couple of years.  Also, autism is far more likely to affect boys than girls, a fact that is still unexplained.

Autism is a growing problem worldwide and possesses a greater healthcare and economic burden to the developing nation like India. India is home to  10-15 million people with autism. In India, most children with Autism are diagnosed between 3 and 6 years of age.

 

Autistics are one of the largest minority groups in the world – Steve Silberman

Autism is the result of multiple genes , anywhere from three to 20, interacting with each other.

Do you know enough about this Disease

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Top Home Healthcare service providers

Homecare services

Is your father ailing and you cannot be near him, or are you out of a surgery and looking for support to get back to your life or are you a new mother….don’t panic you can reach out to any of the home based healthcare service providers. They will provide at home, healthcare assistance.

  1. India Home healthcare

http://www.indiahomehealthcare.com/

India Home healthcare started its journey in 2009. They mainly provide  geriatric care, new born care, post-operative care, primary care and physiotherapy. Services are available as packages which include service from trained nurses along with visits by Client Care Coordinates, Physician, Physiotherapist, Dietitian etc. They even provide continuous care by being at patient’s bedside, either at the hospital or at home, through Registered Nurses, Associate Nurses or Caretakers, depending on the level of patient’s need. They have entered into partnership with US based Bayada Home healthcare services, Nationwide Primary Healthcare Services Pvt Ltd and many more. Currently you can avail their services if you are in Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore or Chennai.

 

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Boat clinic – “a ship of hope in a valley of flood”

Boat clinic in Assam

There are about 2,400 small and medium island villages in Assam on the Brahmaputra inhabited by a population of about 3 million. They are locally called chars or saporisas in Assam. They represent 8 percent of the total population of the state of 30 million.  Every year the big and mighty Brahmaputra river floods.  Lacs of people get displaced and extensive property, crops and livestocks are destroyed. Health problems become acute. Many get affected by water-borne diseases. A major problem for these people is access to medicines and sustained health care.

Sanjoy Hazarika, director, Center for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES).

The boat clinic is the brainchild of Sanjoy Hazarika, director, Center for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES). It was while working on a documentary film in Assam in 1996, that Hazarika heard of a pregnant woman dying on a sapori, trying to reach a medical facility. By 2004, Hazarika, a former New York Times reporter came up with the idea of a ‘boat clinic’— that would take doctors and basic healthcare to these areas. He presented this idea to world bank and won the innovation prize (called Akha or hope) in the year 2005.

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Why people like action movies: Some science to it

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Action movie have been always a safe bet for movie producers, though the budget involved in making a perfect one is too high keeping in mind they have to burn several trucks and collapse many buildings. Action films is all about larger than life visions. When we watch action movies, we expect a spectacular display of events. Filmmakers have developed an armory of cinematic devices  like slow-motion, continuity editing, close-up to direct viewers minds to the screen during movie watching.

Though people say they watch movie to relax, the real fact is brain is very alert and active throughout the entire three hours. The truth is our brain processes most of the stimuli from a movie the way it would process it in real life.

“You know there is nothing up there on the screen that can touch you or hurt you or pull you out of your chair but we react as if they can,” Washington University psychology professor Jeff Zacks

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Roast potatoes ‘a potential cancer risk’

Acrylamide is found mainly in plant foods, such as potato products

Potatoes  and Acrylamide

Acrylamide is a chemical used primarily as a building block in making polyacrylamide and acrylamide copolymers. They have proven without doubt to be causing cancer in animal models. Scientist believe that the case is not going to be different in humans. The evidence from human studies is not complete.

Researchers in Europe and the United States have found acrylamide in certain foods that were heated to a temperature above 120 degrees Celsius, but not in foods prepared below this temperature . Potato chips and French fries were found to contain higher levels of acrylamide compared with other foods.

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Ice Cream and Science

Good quality ice creams contain more fat and less infused air, making for a denser, richer ice cream

 

Everyone loves to eat ice cream. Its smooth texture, sweet taste and rich flavor makes it a perfect dessert.

Did you know that chemistry plays a great deal in making the ice cream perfect ?

Know the science of making ice cream to make the perfect one

Why ice cream floats in an ice cream soda ?

Ice cream has a lot of fat which floats, ice crystals float, and a lot of air which definitely floats. Those ingredients help make ice cream a great floater!

If you refreeze melted ice cream, why is it never as good as it was before?

When the ice cream melts, the liquid ice cream fills up the air pockets. When it refreezes, there are fewer air pockets, so the ice cream is less airy and fluffy. The other reason is that when the ice cream melts, the original tiny ice crystals melt. Refreezing the ice cream makes larger ice crystals which makes the ice cream too crunchy.

Why ice cream tastes overly sweet at room temperature ?

Cold tends to numb the taste buds, because of which they become less sensitive. So more sugar needs to be added to produce the desired effect at the low temperatures in which ice cream is usually served. Hence when you taste ice cream at room temperature it will taste overly sweet.

Why we get head ache while eating ice cream?

It is a kind of short-term headache typically linked to the rapid consumption of ice-cream, ice pops, or very cold drinks. It is also known as Brain freeze. Sensation of brain freeze is caused by a dramatic and sudden increase in blood flow through the brain’s anterior cerebral artery. As soon as the artery comes to normal, the brain-freeze pain sensation goes off.

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The latest service to reach your doorstep: HEALTHCARE

Healthcare @ Doorstep

Indian consumers are opening up to a new service – Home based healthcare.

They offer the best of the service at the comfort of your home. Now children working abroad need not feel guilty of putting their parents to old age home, but feel happy that parents can get the needed support and medical care at their own home. Also in this busy world when everyone is on a rush and has no time to even perform a health check-up, it’s really a boon that service providers come home to collect blood, urine sample and post results through mail. They even offer doctor visit at home.

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Food we eat can contribute towards Climate Change

carbon ‘Foodprint’

Food’s carbon footprint, or Foodprint, is the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food you eat. How the food is grown or raised and how the food is cooked –both contribute to the carbon footprint.

How Carbon emission is mapped to food?

To understand how carbon emissions is linked to food production, we have to look into all those processes that help in bringing  food from the field to our plates:

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