Monthly archives: October 2014


Don't Tell Your Son That "Boys Don't Cry," Tell Him This Instead

Ladke nahi rote hain!” All too often, parents trot this hoary old chestnut, throwing the words “Are you a girl?” or “Don’t behave like a girl” and “Boys don’t cry!” at every sobbing male baby, child or young adult. Only the ‘weaker sex’ can cry, not boys and definitely not men, implies this desi admonition used by parents, grandparents, siblings and teachers to tell boys they are meant to be […]

The goodness of ajwain (Carom seeds)

Ajwain or carom seeds is a common herb found easily in any Indian house. The Ajwain plant is also known as bishop’s weed and belongs to the Apiaceae family. There are a plethora of health benefits of eating ajwain. Though it has a pungent smell and a bitter taste, it is used widely in Indian households for its medicinal properties and also for culinary purpose. Here are a few health […]

YouTube considering paid subscriptions

Google (GOOGL, Tech30) acknowledged late Monday that it is considering a subscription service that would allow viewers to skip the ads that run before many YouTube videos. That move would dramatically change the revenue model for the video colossus. Most of YouTube’s services are free, so the site largely relies on advertising to pay the bills. “YouTube right now is ad-supported, which is great because it has enabled us to […]

US used at least 1,000 Nazis as Cold War spies: Report

WASHINGTON: In the decades after World War II, the CIA. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show. At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J Edgar Hoover at the […]

Jonas Salk's 100th Birthday: Google Doodle honours scientist who developed polio vaccine

New Delhi: Google on Tuesday celebrated the 100th birthday of Dr Jonas Salk – the American medical researcher and virologist who discovered and developed the first successful inactivated polio vaccine – with a doodle on its homepage. Visitors were greeted with a doodle on the Google search page which depicts the scientist standing on a street with children playing around him. Two kids are also depicted holding a placard saying, […]

Sleeping with more women reduces prostate cancer risk: Study

Toronto: As compared to men who have had only one partner during their lifetime, having sex with more than 20 women is associated with a 28 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, research shows. However, having more than 20 male partners in one’s lifetime is associated with a two-fold higher risk of getting prostate cancer compared to those who have never slept with a man, according to […]

The wonder that is tomato juice

While tomatoes are known for their several health benefits, did you know that tomato juice is equally healthy? Packed with a host of minerals and vitamins, tomato juice contains Vitamin A, K, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6. And that wasn’t reason enough for you to drink tomato juice, read this — it also comprises minerals such as iron, magnesium as well as phosphorous. Not only are these vitamins and […]

Taming Our Monkey Mind

Our mind, on average, has over 50,000 thoughts in a day – even while busy with a certain task, it is forever racing ahead with numerous other thoughts – of potential rewards, missed opportunities, future actions and so on. Besides, for many of us, a large proportion of these thoughts have a negative slant – thoughts like, “I wish I were healthier; I dislike myself for being so socially awkward; […]

Indian Air Force Reportedly Issues Security Warning Against Xiaomi Products

Is using a Xiaomi smartphone a security risk? The Indian Air Force (IAF) seems to think so. In a circular apparently distributed by the IAF to its personnel and their families, it advises against using handsets made by the Chinese company, according to a recent report. Xiaomi is no stranger to allegations of spying on its users – in July, a security firm had reported that Xiaomi phones were pre-loaded […]

Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, promises to share work toward 'what makes the universe exist'

Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook, promising to share his work toward discovering “what makes the universe exist” with his followers of his new account. “Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit,” Hawking writes. “Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the chance, I’m eager to share this journey with you.” His page has also posted a […]