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Common Plants To Purify Your House Air

High pollution levels in our cities make it essential for us to have air purifiers, how about we use natural ones?

1. Chrysanthemum

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In the NASA research, this plant was an air-purifying champion, removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air. Popular and inexpensive at garden stores, they can be planted outside after they’re finished blooming.

Pollutants removed: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene.

2. Chlorophytum comosum

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Spider plants grow quickly and look great in hanging baskets, especially in your work space. Sometimes they even produce lovely white blossoms.

Pollutants removed: formaldehyde and xylene.

3. Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

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It tolerates a lot of neglect, is forgiving when over-watered, is relatively effective at removing many air pollutants, and it a great starter houseplant for people without much indoor-gardening experience.

Eliminates: formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide and more.

4. Palm Trees

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This sturdy plant is known for its easy elegance and height. Bamboo palms transpire a healthy dose of moisture into the air, making it a welcome addition in dry winter months.

Eliminates: formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, chloroform and more.

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One of the best plants for removing formaldehyde, it also removes benzene and certain VOCs that are emitted by harsh cleaning products—making it another good office plant if your maintenance staff doesn’t use green cleaners.

6. Snake Plant

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This is one of the hardest houseplants to kill. Although it does need to be watered occasionally, it generally prefers drier conditions and some sun.

Pollutants removed: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene.

 

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Why satellites sometimes lose their GPS connection

London, ‘Thunderstorms’ in the ionosphere are to blame for loss of GPS signals on low-orbiting satellites, says a study that used data from the European Space Agency’s Swarm mission. “What we see here is a striking example of a technical challenge being turned into exciting science, a true essence of an Earth Explorer mission such as Swarm,” said Rune Floberghagen, ESA’s Swarm mission manager.

“These new findings demonstrate that GPS can be used as a tool for understanding dynamics in the ionosphere related to solar activity. Perhaps one day we will also be able to link these ionospheric thunderstorms with the lightning we see from the ground,” Floberghagen noted. Launched in 2013, ESA’s three Swarm satellites are measuring and untangling the different magnetic fields that stem from Earth’s core, mantle, crust, oceans, ionosphere and magnetosphere – an undertaking of at least four years.

As with many satellites, the Swarm trio carries GPS receivers as part of their positioning system so that operators keep them in the correct orbits. In addition, GPS pinpoints where the satellites are making their scientific measurements. However, sometimes the satellites lose their GPS connection. In fact, during their first two years in orbit, the link was broken 166 times.

The new paper, published in Space Weather, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, described how Swarm had revealed a direct link between these blackouts and ionospheric ‘thunderstorms’, around 300-600 km above Earth.

“Ionospheric thunderstorms are well known, but now we have been able to show a direct link between these storms and the loss of connection to GPS,” one of the study authors Claudia Stolle from GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, noted. These thunderstorms occur when the number of electrons in the ionosphere undergoes large and rapid changes. This tends to happen close to Earth’s magnetic equator and typically just for a couple of hours between sunset and midnight.

As its name suggests, the ionosphere is where atoms are broken up by sunlight, which leads to free electrons. A thunderstorm scatters these free electrons, creating small bubbles with little or no ionised material. These bubbles disturb the GPS signals so that the Swarm GPS receivers can lose track, the study said.

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Women prefer smartphones to their spouses: Study

London,  (IANS) If your wife is spending less and less time with you and the warmth that you shared with her has cooled off, you have a new object to blame — her smartphone, suggests new research.Such is the dependence on a smartphone now that a fifth of the respondents in a survey said they would find it more difficult to be without a phone for a week than their partner.

Keeping tabs on the social media, checking emails and sending texts mean women on an average spend 12 hours more a week on their mobiles than with a loved one, showed the Britain-based survey conducted by Bausch & Lomb Ultra contact lenses.

The study also showed that those who have become dependent on the phones may experience stress, anger and panic if they cannot access their phones when they want.”All of this interaction and addiction with our digital devices creates problems for our eyes,” psychologist Chireal Shallow told The Sun.

“More than half say their eyes feel tired at the end of the day,” Shallow said.A study published earlier in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour also found that using a cellphone can ruin romantic relationships and increase levels of depression.”Something as common as cellphone use can undermine the bedrock of our happiness — our relationships with our romantic partners,” one of the researchers James Roberts, Professor at Baylor University in Texas, in the US, said.

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What Happens To The Body When You Fall In Love?

Men are from Mars and women from Venus – except when they are in love. Falling in Love is a bit crazier than you think about it. The feeling might make sky your limit or might leave you on grounds simultaneously. It will take you to the different era, different world perhaps. You will feel like the luckiest person on the face of the earth. But the truth is, a lot of it is a play of hormonal changes.

Though it is said that “People in love sometimes don’t realise how stupid they look to the world.” But one should not ignore that this is why Love is called Blind.

Lets look into the beautiful world of love but with a logical perspective:

1. Hormonal changes and here you blush! :)

Being attracted to someone hikes your adrenaline, then with the deepening of this feeling, you blush, you sweat and your heart-beat reaches the sky.

2. Your Brain goes moonstruck

Falling in love leads to fall in Serotonin level which gives you the feelings of anxiety and obsession with the person you desire for. In short, you become obsessed with the person. This hormone level also falls when a person is suffering from Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Though the states are same but are different in nature.

3. Dopamine is making you feel love addictive

Sleeplessness, less appetite and lack of calmness are some of the symptoms of love. These are basically the consequences of Dopamine hormones. This hormone is also responsible for making you feel love addict. Falling in love increases the release of dopamine, and makes couples feel elated and energetic about each other.

4. You think “Yeah! This is Perfect

Whatever That perfect person does, will seem great to you. Well, you are on a honeymoon period right now. The initial stage (12-18 months) of love is perfect for everyone. The chemical change are on storm and then the true test of relationship begins.

5. Level of Testosterone differs

At this stage, Testosterone level in men falls down, while in women it goes up. Other research has shown that falling in love really does make us blind to our partner’s faults.

6. And when there is so much Dopamine, you finally KISS :)

As dopamine spikes during love experiences, you crave more. This does not end till the period of initial stage or so called “honeymoon period.”

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Dating is horrific: Dakota Fanning

Los Angeles, Oct 5 Actress Dakota Fanning finds dating horrific. The 22-year-old is currently single and says she doesn’t like the idea of being in a relationship, reports etonline.com.

“I find dates, in general, horrific. We have to sit there and ask these questions and pretend to eat a meal, and it just feels so stiff,” Fanning told Town & Country magazine.dakota-fanning

“The way I prefer to meet someone is through a friend because that means the person is most likely not a freak,” she added.

During the interview, Fanning also revealed that she has split from her boyfriend Jamie Strachan.

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“The Runaways” actress added she does not like talking about it.

“I was raised by very traditional southern parents with southern manners. You don’t air your dirty laundry to people that aren’t your family or your friends. Why would I ever want to portray myself as anything other than together?” she said.

The couple was together for almost three years.

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Your sugar-laden beverages may up risk of cancer

New York, Oct 4 (IANS) Love to drink that sweetened soda, or other sugar-laden fruit juices, sports drinks, energy drinks? Beware, as you can be at an increased risk of developing various cancers, a study has found. “Recently growing evidence suggests a link between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and the risk of pancreatic and endometrial cancer, as well as the risk of colon cancer recurrence and death among cancer survivors,” said Melinda Sothern, Professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences in New Orleans, US.

Additionally, such individuals may also be at risk of developing health issues like obesity, diabetes and cardio-metabolic diseases. As more people are surviving cancer, the consumption of added sugar will be an increasingly important risk factor. The American Heart Association recommends a consumption goal of no more than 450 kilocalories (kcal) of sugar-sweetened beverages or fewer than three 12-ounce cans of soda per week, the researchers said.
“Although consuming added sugar is not recommended, people are not usually aware of how much sugar they get from sugar-sweetened beverages,” said lead author Tung-Sung Tseng, Associate Professor of Public Health at LSU Health New Orleans.

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The results of the study indicate that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption behaviour varies across cancers and may be related to age. Intervention programs to reduce consumption of added sugar be focused on lower socio-economic status, young males, as well as cervical cancer survivors, the researchers suggested.
They also recommend that custom intervention to decrease added sugar consumption be conducted for both non-cancer individuals and cancer survivors in communities and the medical care system.

For the study, the team examined data from 22,182 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003-2012 data.
The survey measured the consumption of sodas, fruit-flavoured drinks, sweetened fruit juices, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened teas and coffees and other sugar-sweetened drinks.

It also ascertained cancer, smoking and obesity status, as well as demographic characteristics including age, gender, race, educational level and poverty/income ratio. For the overall study population, 15.7 per cent had high sugar intake from sugar-sweetened drinks. People with no cancer history had a higher sugar intake than cancer survivors, although this could be due to other factors including older age and gender.

The sugar intake from sugar-sweetened beverages among women with cervical cancer history was much higher (60g/day) compared to other cancer survivors who consumed only around 30-40 g/day.
The research team also found that individuals who had high sugar intake (80g/day sugar) from sugar-sweetened beverages were younger, male, black, obese, current smokers, low-income, or had education levels at or below high school.

The study is published in the journal of Translational Cancer Research.

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Brangelina head for split as Jolie files for divorce

Los Angeles, Sep 20  One of Hollywood’s highest profile marriages has come to an end, after actress Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt, CNN reported.
First, it was the Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt divorce that made our hearts ache with agony, now its this.

Is Brad Pitt truly jinxed when it comes to love? Is Jolie doomed to not have her soulmate forever? *Sigh*

Jolie filed for divorce on Monday citing irreconcilable differences. It breaks our heart to see another couple head down for a split. Is there no such thing as “Till death do us apart”?

Angelina is seeking physical custody of their six kids, suggesting that Pitt get visitation rights. Jolie did not seek spousal support, E! Online added.

Jolie and Pitt got together in 2004 after starring in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and secretly got married in 2014 in a chapel at Château Miraval in the village of Correns, France. Although Pitt had denied that they were involved during the shooting of the movie, Jolie had confessed that the two fell in love while filming.

Jolie adopted daughter Zahara from Ethiopia, and in early 2006 she announced that she and Pitt were expecting a baby. Shortly thereafter, Pitt was granted the right to legally adopt Maddox and Zahara.

Their daughter Shiloh was born in May 2006, and son Pax was adopted from Vietnam in March 2007. Jolie gave birth to twins Vivienne and Knox in July 2008.

The couple announced their engagement in 2012. All we can wonder is that where did the love go?

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Man stealing jewellery from Drake’s tour bus arrested

Los Angeles, Sep 8| A man named Travion King was arrested on campus at Arizona State University after he reportedly stole about $3 million worth of jewellery from rapper Drake’s tour bus.

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The man was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, reports tmz.com.
King, whom police have described as a transient, was found with a briefcase that contained all of the jewellery belonging to Drake’s DJ Future the Prince. The man was later booked for felony burglary.

As previously reported, the incident took place when Drake and his “Summer Sixteen” tourmate Future were playing the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday night.

During the show, the thief boarded the two rappers’ tour bus parked outside the venue and ran off with the jewellery-filled briefcase.

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अच्छी फोटो के लिए छोड़ देें बुरी आदतें

हम जब भी कैमरे के सामने आते है तो कोशिश करते है कि हमारी फोटो सबसे अच्छी आए। कई बार तो अच्छी फोटो नहीं आने पर कैमरे और फोटोग्राफर में भी कमी निकालने लगते है, लेकिन ऐसा करने से कुछ नहीं होगा। इसके लिए हमें अपनी कुछ बुरी आदतों को छोड़ना होगा। आइए जानते है, क्या है  वह बुरी आदतें जिन्हें हमें अच्छे फोटो के लिए छोड़ देना चाहिए।

1. कूबड़ निकालना

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2. होठों को दातों से काटना

 

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3. कनखियों से देखना

 

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4. मुंह टेढ़ा करना

 

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5. नाक ऊपर करना

 

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6. बालों को उंगलियों से घुमाना

 

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7. व्यग्र रुप से देखना

 

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8. हाथों को मरोड़ना

 

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9. उंगलियां तोड़ना

 

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10. खरोंचना

 

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11. भौहों को तोड़ना

 

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12. भौहें चढ़ाना

 

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13. सिर आगे झुका कर रखना

 

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