OPPO F7 keeps family tradition of stunning selfies alive

OPPOF7 is a new handset from the Chinese handset maker in its ‘F’ series family of phones and it packs a stunning selfie feature keeping in tradition with the F series smartphones. OPPO is among the few of those credited with starting the selfie-centric smartphone craze. The effort paid off well and OPPO has been refreshing its “F” and “A” series from time to time. The new F7 smartphone follows the new trend of having a screen with 19:9 aspect ratio — a notch above the display that we first saw on the Apple iPhone X. OPPO has priced its F7 …

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Global warming said to have catastrophic effect on Great Barrier Reef

The extended marine heatwave of 2016, which is said to be the result of global warming, has had a catastrophic effect on the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have revealed. According to a study published online in Nature, 30 per cent of the corals in the northern Great Barrier Reef were lost in the months following the marine heat wave from March to November 2016. For the study scientists mapped the geographical pattern of heat exposure from satellites, and measured coral survival along the 2,300-km length of the Great Barrier Reef following the extreme marine heatwave of 2016. The amount of coral death they measured was …

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Biodegradable shoes using mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste manufactured

Biodegradable shoes using mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste have been developed by a team of scientists at the University of Delaware (UD). Scientists believe that their invention could pave way for more sustainable fashion. The shoes have been created using a bio-composite material they sourced sustainably from common regional products. This material forms the sole of their prototype shoe. The project began in 2015, when researchers made fabric from mushroom mycelium, the interlocking root system from which the part of the mushroom that we eat on our pizza grows. The researchers then experimented with growing different species of mushrooms and using different …

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Autism rate in US increases by 15%, CDC says

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed in its latest report that there is a 15 per cent increase in prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 11 surveillance sites from the most recent report two years ago. The report also points out that the prevalence of ASD is the highest since the CDC began tracking ASD in 2000. ASD is a developmental disorder characterized by social and communication impairments, combined with limited interests and repetitive behaviors. Early diagnosis and intervention are key to improving learning and skills. Rates have been rising since the 1960s, but researchers …

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Wearable tech also blamed for distracted driving

Wearable technology is one of the reasons behind distracted driving, a new study by scientists at The University of Texas at San Antonio has concluded. Researchers discovered that while a driver texting with a wearable device can marginally reduce their level of distraction, it ultimately makes texting while driving just as dangerous as with an ordinary cell phone. More than a quarter of car accidents reported each year are attributed to some form of distraction among drivers, often the result of talking or texting while driving. Nine people are estimated to die every day in the U.S. from distracted driving and …

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Monstrous marine reptile ichthyosaur was the biggest ever marine animal

In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists have revealed discovery of a jawbone fossil that is said to be of ichthyosaur that scientists estimated at up to 85 feet (26 meters) long—approaching the size of a blue whale. The fossil was found on a rocky English beach. Scientists say that ichthyosaur, which appears to be the largest marine reptile ever discovered, lived 205 million years ago at the end of the Triassic Period, dominating the oceans just as dinosaurs were becoming the undisputed masters on land. The bone, called a surangular, was part of its lower jaw. The marine reptile’s length was …

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Type 2 diabetes patients who have breakfast later in the day could have higher BMI

Scientists have established an association between type 2 diabetes patients having lunch later in the day and their risk of having a higher BMI. Researchers published their findings in the journal Diabetic Medicine, wherein they have tried to explore a link between having breakfast later in the day and increase in BMI and if so, what specific factors about evening preference contributed to the increased risk. They recruited 210 non-shift workers living in Thailand with Type 2 diabetes for their study. Morning/evening preference was assessed using a questionnaire that focused on preferred time for waking up and going to bed; time of …

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Facebook can’t see WhatsApp messages

Much to the relief of millions of WhatsApp users, Facebook CEO has testified before senators in the US that Facebook systems systems do not see the content of messages being transmitted over WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg was testifying before US Senators in connection with Facebook’s data breach scandal and foreign interference in election. WhatsApp users have been concerned over the possibility of their data being misused just like data from the social networking platform was also misused. Zuckerberg has also said that they will do everything possible to ensure that the upcoming elections in India and other countries are fair and at …

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Breakthrough paves way for cheaper and sustainable plastic semiconductors

Scientists at University of Waterloo have devised a new method to produce cheap, flexible and sustainable plastic semiconductors. The team at the University developed a way to make conjugated polymers, plastics that conduct electricity like metals, using a simple dehydration reaction the only byproduct of which is water. The team has successfully applied this reaction to create poly(hetero)arenes, one of the most studied classes of conjugated polymers which have been used to make lightweight, low- cost electronics such as solar cells, LED displays, and chemical and biochemical sensors. Dehydration is a common method to make polymers, a chain of repeating …

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25% of kids under 6 have smartphones

In a startling revelation a new survey has found that 25 per cent of all children under the age of six have a smartphone. The survey findings bring to light a major question that is still unanswered – what is the correct age at which a child should be handed over a smartphone. Researchers found that eight in 10 parents don’t limit the amount of time children spend on their phones. According to the researchers from online trade-in outlet musicMagpie, 25 per cent of children aged six and under already have their own mobile and nearly half of these spend up …

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