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18 Jan 17

Proteins build, maintain and replace your body tissues. Your muscles, organs and immune system are composed mainly of proteins.

Proteins are made up of long chains of basic units called amino acids. There are 22 different amino acids. 13 of these can be synthesized within your body. The remaining 9 amino acids cannot be produced within your body. You have to include them in your diet. Hence, these are called as essential amino acids.

The protein that you eat is processed by your body into a variety of specialized protein molecules like cardiac muscles, hemoglobin, etc. The best sources of protein are poultry, beef, eggs, fish, dairy products, seeds, nuts and legumes.

Proteins from animal sources, like milk and meat, are called complete proteins. This is because all nine essential amino acids are present in these. Most vegetable proteins are called incomplete proteins as one or more of the essential amino acids are lacking in these. Vegetarians should therefore consume a range of protein-rich vegetable foods.

Children need to intake approximately 1 gram of protein for every kilogram of their body weight. As they grow up, their protein requirement will keep on increasing till they reach adulthood. 

Content Source: http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/protein.

Image Source: http://telengananews.com/signs-of-protein-deficiency-in-body/

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Delhi’s Forgotten Historical Gems

19 Sep 17

Delhi has given shelter to everyone and it’s a place full of historical monuments. These places remind us the stories of ancient times and early India. It’s often called a best destination for tourist.

However, there are many places which are ignored by tourists and residents. There is a treasure trove of monuments out there, waiting to be explored. There are various other structures and monuments and Adham Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli Village is one of those. This tomb is built by Akbar in 1561 for his foster-brother Adham Khan, son of Maham Anga, who Akbar ordered killed by repeatedly throwing down the walls of the Agra Fort.

As per the history, this tomb is considered unique because of its octagonal shape. Most of the tombs of 3rd century BC are hexagonal. Many people believe that Akbar wanted to build a tomb for Adham in respect for his mother Maham Anga, while making it matchless in the sense that this was a tomb of a traitor.

Content: wikipedia.org

By: Priyanka Negi

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An Eye on Earth- Search of Hidden Worlds

18 Sep 17

A group of scientists from Queen's University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have come out with a new discovery that find out that how an alien observer can able to detect our Earth using our own techniques. They found that at least nine planets are well placed to observe movement of Earth. Solar missions like SuperWASP and Kepler have discovered thousands of stars other than sun in the solar galaxy and have named them “Exoplanets.”

The new concept is that, various planets in our Solar System could be seen while passing through their “transit zones” that is the area near their host star. Many other planets can also be seen depending upon the time and distance from the star. Smaller planets are more likely to be seen as larger planets block out more light while passing through their host stars. It is observed by the astronomers that three planets at most could be observed from anywhere outside of the Solar System, and that combinations of three planets are not possible.

Detecting a single planet is higher than two or three planets. It is estimated that there are tens of the worlds that are favourably located to detect the Earth and are capable of sustaining life. In future scientists may target these transit zones to search for exoplanets with favourable living conditions.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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Builder of Lutyens’ Delhi: Sir Sobha Singh

17 Sep 17

Sardar Bahadur Sir Sobha Singh was the father of well-known Indian writer Khushwant Singh. He was a civil contractor and leading builder of Lutyens’ Delhi and real estate owner of Delhi. He was born in a small village lura Hadalji in Khushab, Shahpur District which was a part of British India (now in Pakistan).

He was born in 1890. Sobha Singh joined his father’s business of civil construction after attending school for few years in Amritsar. The 22 year old Sobha Singh shifted his base to Delhi as building contractors when Hardinge, the Viceroy of India, announced the plan to shift to British Indian capital city. After the shifting, building contracts were given out and Sobha Singh became the senior-grade contractor. After the Coronation Durbar, plans for new city were made immediately.

King and Queen laid the foundation stones. Sir Sobha was the sole builder for the South Block and War Memorial Arch (now India Gate). He has also worked on some parts of Rashtrapati Bhavan and Vijay Chowk.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: en.wikipedia.org

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Brain Stimulation; a Boon for Children with Learning Difficulties

16 Sep 17

Maths is something that most of the children find challenging and thus it’s become essential to help those with difficulties to learn better. The learning capacity of children depends upon the different educational and cultural backgrounds, and the developmental conditions. Now-a-days a technique called deep brain stimulation (DBS) is being offered for children with primary dystonia, a type of movement disorder in which wrong brain signals cause involuntary muscle contractions in mind. It’s a famous technique for the treatment of many movement disorders in adults.

However, it is warned that there may be complications due to DBS in children. This method is suggested to improve the performance of children with mathematical learning difficulties. Experiment was done on some children and was found effective in improving learning skills; however, it is also warned that it is not full-proof technology because research is still going on in this regard.

This technique may have some psychological side effects on children depending upon the difference in age group. It may have an adverse effect on the typical abilities of children of different culture. Brain stimulation is more effective in adults than in children. But still it has so many advantages in the way of improving in learning and numerical training of kids. But it’s advisable to apply it with due care.

Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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Reduced Navigational Skills- A Sign of Neurodegenerative Disease

15 Sep 17

A human mind performs a number of functions all the day, even when we are sleeping. With the help of our mind, we are able to live a normal life. Navigation is a technique to focus on the process of monitoring and controlling the movement from one place to another. Ageing affects the capacity of mind in various ways. It is considered among the biggest known risk factors for most of the human disease. The key structure of the 'navigational network' in our brain is very sensitive. Aged people are considered more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease or Dementia (Memory Loss). Neurodegenerative disease is a blanket term that is used for a series of situations that initially affects the neurons in the human brain that are called the building blocks of the nervous system that includes spinal cord and brain. It is impossible to replace Neurons as they do not reproduce. So, if it gets damaged it can’t be replaced by the body. They are incurable diseases that lead to death of nerve cells. It directly creates trouble in movement like navigating places, routes or an address. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can reduce the consequences of the disease. However; it also varies as per individual's medical history, genetic risk factors, and performance on tests that measure memory.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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