Jan 24, 2014

It’s official! Men Have More Trouble Remembering

Research finds men are more absent minded than women... no matter whether they're 30 or 60
-Women find it hardest to remember names and dates, say researchers
-Well educated people are less forgetful than poorly educated people
-People with depression have more memory problems than other people

If your husband has one again forgotten the wedding anniversary date or your boyfriend has not left birthday wish on WhatsApp, take heart. Even researchers are puzzled why men forget most. “It was surprising to see that men forget more than women. This has not been documented before,” said professorJostein Holmen from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

'Fastest ever' commercial internet speeds - Clocks 1,83,501Mbps in tests

Researchers create fastest-ever commercial internet connection clocking up speeds of 1.4 terabits per second.In a breakthrough, scientists in the UK have achieved the "fastest ever" broadband speeds of 1.4 terabits per second - enough to transmit 44 high-definition movies at once.Downloading the entire English version of Wikipedia would take just 0.006s. The largest file ever uploaded to a torrent site, almost 750 GB of World Cup soccer matches, would take only four seconds to download at these internet speeds.

A joint research team from French telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent and BT created the connection using an existing 410km-stretch of fibre optic cable between BT Tower in London and a BT research campus in Suffolk.Using a new protocol named Flexigrid the researchers were able to overlay several transmission channels over the same connection. The resulting ‘Alien Super Channel’ was comprised of seven 200 gigabit per second connections, increasing transmission efficiency by 42.5 per cent when compared to previous efforts.

Jan 23, 2014

Scientists discover working night shifts damages DNA

Scientists disrupted the normal sleep-wake cycle of 22 volunteers until they were sleeping in the middle of the day.They then tested the activity of genes in blood samples taken from the participants. The research showed a six-fold reduction in the number of active genes working to a 24-hour “circadian rhythm” cycle.They included many linked to the regulation of biological processes, indicating that shift work or jet lag may have far-reaching physiological and health effects.

Working night shifts throws the body into chaos, scientists have warned.They showed that a topsy-turvy sleep cycle causes havoc deep inside DNA.The findings might help to explain why people with jet lag feel so miserable, with ailments ranging from nausea and anxiety to stomach complaints and memory problems, scientists said.Tests found that hundreds of genes whose activity should rise and fall on a daily basis lost their rhythm when people had jet lag, while other genes developed abnormal cycles of their own.

Jan 22, 2014

It’s ‘123456’ Worst passwords of 2013 followed by long-time favorite 'password'

In news that will have computer security experts celebrating and shaking their heads, it seems that the most popular password is no longer ‘password’. It’s ‘123456’. SplashData has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet. For the first time since SplashData began compiling its annual list, "password" has lost its title as the most common and therefore Worst Password, and two-time runner-up "123456" took the dubious honor. "Password" fell to #2.

Jan 18, 2014

How To Avoid Pain During an Injection,Just Look Away

If the thought of blood or pointy needles makes your stomach turn, than injections are probably your worst case scenario.We may try to close our eyes, think of our happy place or even ask a friend to hold our hand. Health professionals are now advising people to look away, according to a study from the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.

A group of German investigators has found that, in fact, your past experience with needle pricks, along with information you receive before an injection, shape your pain experience."Throughout our lives, we repeatedly experience that needles cause pain when pricking our skin, but situational expectations, like information given by the clinician prior to an injection, may also influence how viewing needle pricks affects pain," says lead author Marion Höfle, a doctoral student in the research Multisensory Integration group