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Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova fails drug test

08 Mar 16
Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova said on Monday that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open because of a substance she's been taking for a decade now due to health reasons. Sharapova will be provisionally suspended starting March 12.
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Donating Old Ski Jackets to People in Need

22 Jun 17

In United States, resorts are donating old ski jackets in charity to provide warmth to needy people. The National Ski Areas Association’s Sharing Warmth Around The Globe (SWAG) has delivered around 265,000 jackets and various other things for the good causes. They did this worldwide from Tanzania to Tibet.

The person behind this idea is Cheryl Jensen whose husband ‘Bill’ became the CEO of Vail Resorts in 1999. Vail took out 12,000 of its outdated staff uniforms that included ski jackets and trousers. The very first round of ski jackets was donated to displaced families in Kosovo in the year 2000. The next step by Cheryl was to list out all resorts that could donate for the project. The NSAA coordinated with the resorts around the USA for the collection of ski jackets.

This program helped 24 different countries and benefitted a lot of people. A social care foundation in Poland and rangers in Mongolia’s national parks were helped by providing old ski jackets.

Content: www.telegraph.co.uk



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Oldest Indication of Human’s Impact on Earth’s Geology Found

22 Jun 17

The Dead Sea in Israel gave evidence for the earliest evidence of human’s impact on the geology and ecosystems of Earth. The evidence found is at least 11,500 years old. Professor Shmuel Marco and co – authors along with him from Tel Aviv University found basin – wide erosion rates within core sample retrieved from Dead Sea.

Tectonic and climatic system of the period recorded were incompatible with the found erosion rates. Professor Marco said that it is necessary to study fundamental processes as the environment is in danger. This discovery gave a quantitative assessment of human’s impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems.

Dead Sea basin was excavated up to 1, 500 – foot – deep drill core. The research done is a part of Dead Sea Deep Drilling Project. The sample from core provided scientists with a sediment record of last 220,000 years.

Content: www.sci-news.com



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The Evolution of Cricket Bats

21 Jun 17

The first cricket bat was a simple plank of wood used to club a ball away. Over centuries, cricket ball has evolved a lot. In the 17th century, when cricket became a sport in England, the earliest cricket bats looked like hockey sticks with a thick base and a long thin shaft. These were used since 1624.

Soon bats became thicker, bearing more resemblance to modern cricket bars. But until 1771, no limitations were there on the bat’s width. So, a player named Shock White used a bat which was wide as a set of stumps. Following this unfair practice, the bat width was restricted to 4.25 inches. In 1835, the length was restricted to 38 inches. Bats soon evolved to be lighter, swollen and refined blades.

After 1830, cricket bats were made out of two different pieces of wood- one for the handle and the other for the blade. This strengthened the bats.  

Modern day’s highly sophisticated bats have a suspension- like rubber running through their handles to prevent vibration in the hands while hitting the ball. These bats are made of willow, bear a ridged back, and have a flat front (sometimes curved).  

Content: www.holdingwilley.com



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The Performance of Premature Babies in School

21 Jun 17

Often parents of prematurely born infants fear that their children may find it difficult in school. But the results of a new large-scale study by the Northwestern University dispel these fears and reassure parents.The study analyzed 1.3 million infants born between 1992 and 2002 in Florida, with gestational ages between 23 to 24 weeks, who in the period between 1995 and 20012 attended Florida public schools.

They found that two-thirds of prematurely born babies at 23 or 24 weeks became ready for KG at the right time. And, unbelievably, almost 2% of them excelled in school, and most of them demonstrated high degree of cognitive functioning. Though this group usually scored low on standardized tests, those prematurely born babies at 25 weeks or thereafter performed just a bit lower than full term babies.

In fact, with increasing length of pregnancy after 28 weeks, there were negligible differences in test scores. Parents of premature infants therefore need not worry about their child’s future educational outcomes. The researchers in their future work will concentrate on how service-providers and parents can aid future premature children to attain their full potential, said one of the researchers. 

Content: www.sciencedaily.com



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Yuki Bhambri- Dudi Sela Beat Top Seeds to Reach Quarter- Finals

20 Jun 17

Nottingham: Yuki Bhambri of India and his Israeli partner Dudi Sela shocked everyone during the Nottingham Challenger pre-quarterfinals. The team has beaten the top seeds Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald to make it to the quarter finals.

The pair managed to beat their competitors 7-6(6) 6-7(7) 10-3 in the first round of the grass court tournament worth 127,000 euro. The close contest continued for the duration of 1 hour and 45 minutes. The first set witnessed 3 breakpoints, all of which were saved by the Indo- Israeli pair to win the set.

Apparently, Yuki has also won his opening singles round on Monday against local wild card Jay Clarke. He will now face Italian player Thomas Fabbiano in the pre- quarterfinals. 

Content: www.firstpost.com



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