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Handshake could reveal true age

A handshake can tell a lot about a person. Researchers said Wednesday the strength of someone's grip may reveal how fast they're aging, their education level -- and even their future health. The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis researchers reviewed more than 50 published studies from around the world for their article in the journal PLOS ONE. They found that people with more education at age 69 tended to grip just as strongly as less educated people at age 65,...

Death Of Kushtia Kid

It was rotten watermelon

Researchers have found no chemical in watermelon, consumption of which was thought to have caused the death of a child and illness to 29 others in Kushtia last month. “We didn't find any chemical in the fruit, but there was entero-aggressive E coli in only two samples,” Prof Mahmudur Rahman, director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told newsmen at his office in the capital yesterday. He said bacterial contamination in rotten and odorous watermelons might have caused...

Govt to continue support for scientific endeavours

Govt to continue support for scientific endeavours

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought all-out cooperation of scientists, researchers and technologists of the country in building the nation as a dignified one in the world by utilising their power of innovation. Assuring all sorts of assistance and cooperation in this regard, she said that despite limited resources, her government would continue its...

Tell how intelligent a man is just by looking at him: Scientists

Tell how intelligent a man is just by looking at him: Scientists

Researchers have found we have an inbuilt ability to tell how intelligent a man is just by looking at them, reports the Daily Mail Online. Team baffled by results - and found they do not work on women Say prediction was not based on face shape - but a combination of facial features The team from...

Smoking bans 'improve child health'

Smoking bans 'improve child health'

Laws banning smoking in public places have had a positive impact on child health, an international study in the Lancet suggests. Researchers found a 10 percent reduction in premature births and severe childhood asthma attacks within a year of smoke-free laws being introduced. A research team analysed 11 previous studies from North America and Europe. The...

Active mums 'have active children'

Active mums 'have active children'

The more active a mother is, the more physically active her child will be, suggests a UK study of 500 mums and four-year-olds. But many mothers' exercise levels fell way below recommended levels, it said. Researchers from Cambridge and Southampton universities used heart-rate monitors to measure activity levels over seven days. The study, published in Pediatrics,...

Children's diets 'far too salty'

Children's diets 'far too salty'

Children in the UK are eating far too much salt, with much of it coming from breads and cereals, research suggests. Children should eat less than a teaspoon of salt a day, but 70 percent of the 340 children in the study published in Hypertension ate more than this. Breads and cereals accounted for more...

New threat to ozone layer identified

New threat to ozone layer identified

Scientists have identified four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer. Two of the gases are accumulating at a rate that is causing concern among researchers. Worries over the growing ozone hole have seen the production of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases restricted since the mid 1980s. But the precise origin of these new, similar substances remains a mystery, say scientists. Lying in the atmosphere, between 15 and 30km above the surface of the Earth, the ozone layer plays a critical role in blocking harmful UV rays, which cause cancers in humans and...

Seaweed could be key to weight loss: Study

Seaweed could be key to weight loss: Study

Seaweed could be the secret ingredient to losing weight, research has suggested. Scientists at Newcastle University said a compound found in common seaweed would stop the body absorbing fat. Tests showed that alginate, found in sea kelp, can suppress the digestion of fat in the gut. The findings, published in the journal Food Chemistry, showed that...

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