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Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī: Our Loving Amma

20 Aug 17

“She has different names; some call her Devi and other calls her Amma (Mother). ”Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī is a well known spiritual guru from southern India. 58 years old loving Amma is usually famous as the "hugging saint" among her followers. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally.

Amma’s selfless love and compassion toward all beings have made her a rare being who has achieved full enlightenment on her own. Many people believe that she is a divine soul in a human body. People from all cast and creed, in fact, the entire world know Amma. However, Amma says that her religion is love. She has never asked anyone to change their religion but only to contemplate the essential principles of their own faith and to try to live accordingly.

What is it that makes Amma different from any other spiritual leader? Mata Amritanandamayi conducts free public programs throughout the world. In her talks, she offers words of wisdom and guidance on both personal fulfillment as well as the most pressing matters of our time. We need more leaders like Amma who can make our world a better place to live.

By: Priyanka Negi

Content: Wikipedia



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Fabric-Based Sensor Bringing Revolution into Fitness World

19 Aug 17

A new soft, stretchy fabric – based sensor has been developed by a team of scientists that has the potential to transform any piece of clothing into a fitness tracker. The sensitive sensor moves and flexes along with the person’s body to accurately detect any sort of movement.

The sensor has been developed by using a thin sheet of silicone which is a poorly conductive material. Then this silicone is sandwiched between two layers of silver – plated conductive fabric. The silver part is a highly conductive material.  The sensor sensitizes movement by measuring the changes in capacitance. It can also measure by its ability to hold electrical charge of the electric field between the two electrodes. The sensor will actually bring revolution into the world of fitness.

The sensor will help athletic clothing to track physical performance. It will be used in soft clinical devices to monitor patients in their homes. The sensors will allow new robotic systems to imitate apparel.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: Hindustan Times

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Aristotle and His Philosophical Journey

18 Aug 17

The well known Greek philosopher Aristotle is famous for his contribution of both symbolic logic and scientific thinking to Western philosophy. He had a huge role in making advances in the branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, moving away from the idealism of his mentor Plato to a more experiential and less mystical view of the nature of reality.

Aristotle was the one who seriously advanced the theory of Virtue Ethics. Till now, this theory has had been one of the three major schools of ethical thought taken most seriously by contemporary philosophers. With all these contributions, he may have been the single most important philosopher in history until at least the late 18th century.

Aristotle took pursued his education at Plato’s school and remained there until Plato’s death. After completing his studies, Aristotle served as a tutor to Alexander the Great. Unfortunately, like his mentor Plato, most of Aristotle’s work was lost at first. Unlike Plato, Aristotle’s works were never recovered. However, during the medieval period, his work was initially ignored by contemporary philosophers because of their primary concern with theological questions.

He got reorganization when St. Thomas Aquinas synthesized Aristotle’s views with his own Catholic theology. He also reintroduced Aristotelian philosophy to the world and established the foundation for the scientific advances of the Enlightenment.

 By: Priyanka Negi

Content: Hindustan Times

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Reduce Pollution with No Negative Influence on GDP

17 Aug 17

The new study has found regulation which will help in reducing pollution efficiently. The regulation will also not negatively affect GDP. A new research shows that the air pollution policy can reduce the extent to which population growth in urban cities causes an increase in pollution emissions. The new policy is very advantageous as it does not disrupt the economic growth going in metropolitan areas.

There is a forever need to scrutinize trade-off between the economic profits and environmental costs of urbanization. It is because of the move of global population towards urbanization to achieve higher quality of life. Everyone is aware of the fact that half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. United Nations projects an addition of another 2.5 billion people in cities by 2050. The companies cluster in cities to get best of the talents and receive higher productivity. How pollution scales up with population growth remains unknown.

The relationship of scaling is necessary for policymaking. The study was led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and it appeared in the journal PLOS ONE.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: www.sciencedaily.com


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Meet Checkpoints on T Cells to Attack Tumors

16 Aug 17

A research report showed the checkpoint inhibitors that can fire up various types of T cells to attack tumors. In detail it can be explained as there are cancer immunotherapies that are able to block two different checkpoints on T cells. It launches immune attacks on cancer by expanding different types of T cells that infiltrate tumors.

The research is developed by researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report in the journal Cell. Jim Allison who is a Ph.D., Chairman and Professor of Immunology at MD Anderson said that the mechanisms of these two therapies mostly don’t overlap. Thus, it provides a reason that combining both works well than either alone. Mouse tumor models and human melanomas were treated with either anti- CTLA-4 or anti PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors. The researchers analyzed infiltrating immune cells from the mentioned models and melanomas.

The researchers used mass cytometry where they analyzed 33 surface markers and 10 intracellular markers to provide characterization to infiltrating cells.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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