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French Open: Jelena Ostapenko Reach the Final After 1983

13 Jun 17

After 1983, Jelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian Grand Slam finalist after blasting past Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky. The birthday girl from Latvia became the first unseeded player to reach the final. Now she will play Romanian third seed Halep in the summit clash, as per the reports.

Before this Ostapenko, the world No 47 is the first unseeded player to reach the final at Roland Garros since Mima Jausovec in 1983. 20 YO player Latvian is also the youngest woman to advance to the final of a major since a 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki finished runner-up at the 2009 US Open.

As per the reports, she will take on third seed Simona Halep from Romania in the summit clash. Halep beat second seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the French Open final for the second time. Jelena will be a first-time Major winner while victory will also crown Halep as the new world No 1, replacing Angelique Kerber. Halep had lost to Maria Sharapova in 2014 final.

Content: sports.ndtv.com


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Bony Labyrinth; Clue To Ancient Human Dispersal

19 Apr 18

Our ears are in charge of collecting sounds around us, processing them and passing the sound signals to our brain. It does not end just there, the ears help you to walk straight too without losing your balance. Made of three different sections, the outer, the middle and the inner ear together process all the sounds that we hear.

It is a well established fact that the very first humans emerged in Africa. However, there is a constant research to find the point at which the human dispersal started and how the human moved to different parts of the Earth. This story of dispersal is constantly getting rewritten. During the last one year research shows that the early humans moved out multiple times however, the details are limited to the DNA that has been found of our ancient ancestors. A very recent study reveals that the one of the body part that was often overlooked now sheds light on the ancient human movement. That part is the “bony Labyrinth” of the inner ear. The maze like structure of the vestibule, semicircular canal and the cochlea that looks like a pretzel is known as the “bony labyrinth’. It has been found that this structure differs slightly from person to person but tends to look similar amongst people who share the same genetics. This morphological similarity could help us find how far the humans migrated from Africa; given the fact that initially all the bony labyrinths looked similar or were similar as they all had the same genes.


By: Madhuchanda Saxena

Content: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180403140345.htm


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Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang

19 Apr 18

Born in 18th of June 1989 in Laval, France Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a Gabonese professional football player who plays for the English club Arsenal as well the Gabonese National Team. He is also the Gabonese team captain. Interestingly his father Pierre Aubameyang too was an International Football player and the former captain of the Gabon.

Aubameyang’s senior career began in 2008 after he was promoted from the youth setup in Milan. Aubameyang worked hard on his performances and established himself as a goal scorer. He was the second top goal scorer with 19 goals and also won the Coupe de la Ligue 2013. This paved his move to Bundesliga Club, Borussia Dortmund for a whopping fee of 14 million Euros as is rumored. While in Germany under the keen eyes of Jurgen Klopp, Aubameyang moved from being a mid fielder to a complete forward. He established himself as one of the best forwards in the world scoring 141 goals in 213 games. He relocated to England and on the 31st of January 2018, he joined Arsenal club for a staggering club record deal worth 56 million pounds which also makes him the most expensive Gabonese player till date. He lived up to his name by his spectacular start in Club Arsenal career by scoring 3-2 win over Southampton. His form offers optimism. The six goals that he scored have come at the rate of one every 102 minutes, which certainly puts him amongst the very best in the Premier League this season.


By: Madhuchanda Saxena

Content: http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11670/11323121/pierre-emerick-aubameyang8217s-record-breaking-start-at-arsenal


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Study Proves The Importance Of Dog Speak For Bonding Between Pet And Owner

18 Apr 18

Scientists have proven that just like baby talk leads to a greater bonding between the baby and the parent, dog speak can also strengthen your bond with your canine friend. Scientists at the University of York proved that speech interaction can improve attention and help humans to socially bond with your pets. Previous studies on the subject have proved that talking in high pitch voice improved connection with puppies but didn't make much difference with dogs.

During the experiment, humans were made to talk to dogs both in dog speak and adult speech with no dog related content. The former talked to dogs with dog directed speech such as 'you are a good boy' and 'shall we go for a walk?' and the latter said phrases such as 'I went to cinema last night'. After the attention to the speech was measured, the dogs were allowed to decide which speaker they wanted to interact with physically. The researchers also experimented on whether or not it was the high pitched emotional voice that attracted them or it was the words themselves.

Not only did they found out that our canine pets preferred more dog related content in your speech, they also proved that high pitched emotional voice was almost irrelevant and it was the dog related words that mattered more. The research is definitely useful for pet owners, veterinary officials and rescue workers.


By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180306115803.htm

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Ben Cutting Announces His Retirement First Class Cricket

18 Apr 18

Queensland's Ben Cutting has called his time off from the longest format, but will continue to play in the T20s. Cutting made his debut performance in the format in October of 2007 and went to build a remarkable career for himself as a fast bowling allrounder. He will still play in the KFC Big Bash cricket for the Brisbane heat. In the total of 51 first class matches, he scored 1561 runs at 23.65 and tool 170 wickets at 28.41. The 31 year old has also played in 4 ODI matches and 7 T20s for Australia. He is currently playing for the Mumbai Indians' squad in the Indian premier League.

Ben Cutting posted a heartwarming message on Instagram stating his retirement. He wrote that he won't be part of contract list for coming season and will be shifting his full time focus on the shortest format of the game and building his business. He also thanked the Queensland cricket for all the opportunities given to him over the years.

Due to a shift in his focus towards games shorter formats, he was not part of the Shield match in Queensland's triumphant 2017-18 campaign. Cutting was also a part of the World XI last September against Pakistan in Lahore. He was bought by the IPL team Mumbai Indians from Hyderabad Sunrisers at the IPL auction of this year for a sum of AUD$426,000. He has also been re-signed by St.Kitts& Nevis Patriots for the Caribbean Premier League for a sum of AUS$110,000.


By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://www.cricket.com.au/news/ben-cutting-announces-retirement-first-class-cricket-queensland-bulls-continue-t20-heat-mumbai/2018-04-09

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Coloring books V. Real Art Therapy

17 Apr 18

In the present day’s stressful lifestyle, it is extremely important for an individual to effectively cope up with stress. Nowadays, many adult coloring books are available in the market that claim to be helpful in reducing negative and stressful feelings. Lately, a new study has revealed that these books available in the market advertise themselves as “art therapies”, but they are actually not.

Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor in Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions, stated that although coloring has some affirmative effects, but it is definitely not as effective as engaging an art therapist. Undoubtedly, coloring reduces stress and improves mental situation but it is neither useful in developing relationships nor in any personal development. Kaimal and her Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal study co-authors -- Janell Mensinger, PhD, associate research professor in Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health, and doctoral stduents Jessica Drass and Rebekka Dieterich-Hartwell organised two 40 minute sessions. The first session was that of pure coloring and the other one involved direct input from an art therapist. It was observed that the art therapies were more powerful and produced better results such as improved mood and better creativity in individuals. It was inferred that stress levels reduced by almost 14% during open studio session and 10% during the coloring session.  Negative mental states also showed 7% decrease for coloring; 6 percent for open studio. It was also noticed that the participants showed increase in self-efficacy, creative agency, and positive feelings after their art therapist-aided open studio sessions. As a result it can be concluded that coloring does allow for some reduction in distress or negativity, but does’nt facilitate further creative expression, discovery and exploration.

By: Anuja Arora

Content: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171214144533.htm

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