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How to chequemate your creditor (The Funny Side)

By Nury Vittachi: Cheques are dying out, a report says. This is a tragic loss of an ancient Asian invention - so I learned from the new Museum of Accountancy in India. That country invented that form of promissory note way back in the Mauryan period (321 to 185 BC), when Westerners were still evolving from jelly-like invertebrates in warm ponds.


Tips for eating out with family / friends

London, Oct 30: One in five calorie-conscious youths are shunning their friends in favour of their figures, admitting they would cancel plans, or have done so in the past, for fear of ruining their diet. But there are many options to get the right food while dining out with family or friends.


New book reveals how tea came into being

London, Oct 30 : A new book has revealed a lot about the evolution of tea culture in our society.


Did you sleep well? This device will show

Tokyo, Oct 30 : Japanese video game company Nintendo Thursday announced it will develop a device to track and improve the quality of sleep, the latest venture of the company to get into the "eHealth" business.


India gets its 'spook' on to celebrate Halloween (Lifestyle Feature)

By Karishma Saurabh Kalita, New Delhi, Oct 30 : "Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldronbubble," said the three witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The day of the dead, better known as Halloween, will be celebrated all across the world Friday and Indian restaurants, cafes and nightclubs are in full swing to get their "spook" on.


Plant-based raw materials to produce consumer goods?

New York, Oct 30 : Imagine wearing trousers made out of corn or a T-shirt made of sugar. With bio-based raw materials coming to the fore, this could, in fact, be the future of the consumer goods industry.


Cleaning products poison indoor air: Study

Washington, Oct 30 : That lavender air freshener in your bedroom may create a pleasant odour but it might spike indoor aerosol levels, that could seriously hamper the quality of indoor air.


Enjoy Halloween with some easy to make cocktails

New Delhi, Oct 29 : Planning a perfect Halloween party this Friday, but confused about what drinks to serve to the guests? Try four delightful DIY (do it yourself) drinks that are easy to make at home.


Sad music evokes positive emotions

London, Oct 29 : Why do people find solace in sad songs? To get over emotional stress and start their life afresh, an interesting study shows.


Poor maths behind fewer female economists: Study

London, Oct 29 : There are fewer women studying economics than men -- all thanks to maths.


Now, chair that gets you standing with just press of a button

Washington, Oct 28 : Ikea has come up with a range of adjustable desks that can help you quit your sedentary lifestyle.


Now, umbrellas that you can never lose

Washington, Oct 28 : A company has come up with an umbrella that can never be lost, as its traceable.


Now, rating system that tells you which junk food is the least bad

Washington, Oct 28 : An environmental organization in America has developed a new database that breaks down which foods are good and not so good.


Making mistakes while learning sharpens memory

Washington, Oct 28 : A new study has observed that making mistakes while learning can actually sharpen the memory and lead to the correct answer, but only with very close guesses.


Women tend to ignore heart symptoms more

Toronto, Oct 28 : Partly due to a perception that coronary artery disease is a "man's disease", women are more likely to delay seeking care when heart symptoms strike, a research has found.


How women can get the first date right

London, Oct 28 : If you have only talked over the phone, looked at a profile picture or texted each other - he really doesn't know exactly how you look until you turn up on your first date. So the first important thing is to dress right for the first meeting.


Infants know what your eyes tell

New York, Oct 28 : The ability to respond to eye cues develops during infancy - at seven or so months, finds research.


Proper breathing is key to body, mind control

By Amar Chandel: Breathing is the most essential and frequent activity that we engage in from birth till death. Yet it is one of the most neglected aspects of our existence because we erroneously presume that it is entirely an involuntary function.


How tea tastes different every season

Washington, Oct 27 : A new study has revealed that shifting patterns of precipitation affect key chemicals responsible for the flavor and health properties of tea.


Meet the strongman who consumes 20,000 calories per day

Melbourne, Oct 27 : American professional strongman Robert Oberst's shells out 450 dollars per-week on grocery bills as he consumes 20,000 calories in a day, it has been revealed.


Now, apple that fizzes in mouth like soda

London, Oct 27 : New range of genetically modified apple has been created which will fizz into your mouth when you take a bite.


Fashion do's and don'ts for curvy women

London, Oct 27 : Are you overweight? Is selecting the right outfit a challenge for you? Here is an expert who can guide you through the right wardrobe.


Errors sharpen memory while learning

Toronto, Oct 27 : Committing mistakes while learning can benefit the memory and lead one to come up with the correct answer, but only if the guess is a near miss, a research revealed.


Pay attention to your baby for emotional well being

London, Oct 27 : If a mother responds more sensitively to her baby during playtime, the child is less likely to display callous, unemotional behaviour as a toddler, new research has discovered.


Manipulative parents leave kids in distress later

Washington, Oct 26 : Teenagers whose parents exert more psychological control over them have more problems establishing friendships and romantic relationships later, found a study.


'Selfie' to cure skin problems

New York, Oct 26 : If you have a skin problem, taking a selfie of the affected area and sending it to your dermatologist for analysis is a good idea.


Facebook pushing kids to hop onto junk foodwagon: Study

Sydney, Oct 26 : If your growing kid cannot think beyond junk food like burgers or pizza to satiate his/her hunger pangs, blame Facebook.


Sex positions that women with 'bad backs' must avoid revealed

Washington, Oct 25 : Scientists have found the sex positions that are worst for women with back problems, giving them hope for better sex lives.


Get your date right, check out how

London, Oct 25 : Going on a date? Don't let the nervousness or excitement take over your style judgement.


Look stylish in leather trousers

London, Oct 25 : Leather trousers are stylish, but the thought alone puts many women off them. Hence it is important to get the styling right for these wardrobe essentials and choose the right fit.


How to create the perfect sleep environment

London, Oct 25 : A good night's sleep is vital for your health and well being. From keeping away distractions from your bedroom to maintaining the right temperature, an expert gives some advice on how one can get a sound sleep.


Let your mind wander to boost mental performance

New York, Oct 25 : Engaging brain areas linked to so-called "off-task" mental activities such as mind-wandering and looking back at good times can actually boost performance on some challenging mental tasks, new research reveals.


Positive gossip fosters self-reflection and growth

London, Oct 25 : Why are people interested in listening to gossip about others' achievements and failures? To promote self-reflection and growth.


In tech-era, parent-child relationship blooms on multiple channels

New York, Oct 25 : Calling home may not be enough, nowadays, to maintain an adequate parent-kid relationship in the era of technology, as connecting via multiple channels such as Facebook, smartphone or email seem to better develop the bond.


Top things that annoy people revealed

London, Oct 24 : A new survey has revealed the top 50 reasons of why people get annoyed which also includes traffic jams and difficulty to get parking spots.


Beetroot boosts athletic performance: Study

Washington, Oct 24 : A new study has revealed that beetroot is beneficial for athletes and may help in boosting their performance.


Reminiscing boosts performance during mind-bending tasks

Washington, Oct 24 : A new study has revealed that reminiscing can help enhance the performance while performing challenging mental tasks.


Proof that exercise is bad for your health

By Nury Vittachi : Your narrator met an old friend while practising for a triathlon the other day. That is, he was practising for a triathlon: I'd just taken a taxi to the shop for a second box of donuts.


Why China does not want a boundary settlement with India

By Ranjit Singh Kalha : Recent transgressions by Chinese troops in the northern border areas of India and the protest note by the Chinese foreign office on road building in Arunachal Pradesh have again highlighted the fact that the Sino-Indian boundary issue remains to be settled, despite negotiations for nearly half a century.


Light alcohol consumption in people over 60 sharpens their memory

Washington, Oct 23 : A new study has demonstrated that people who are 60 and above without dementia can consume light alcohol which ultimately makes their memory sharp.


Light drinking sharpens memory for people above 60

New York, Oct 23 : Research shows that if you are above 60, having a drink or two could sharpen your memory.


How risky behaviour emerges among teens

New York, Oct 23 : Children who show poor decision-making skills at age 10 or 11 are more likely to indulge in high-risk health behaviour during their teenage years, says a study.


Even a gentle touch balances unsteadiness

London, Oct 23 : Even the light touch of someone's finger could help people maintain balance when they feel unsteady on their feet, a research found.


Want to stay sharp? Develop a rich vocabulary

London, Oct 23 : Possessing a good vocabulary could shield you from incipient dementia when age catches up with you, a study has found.


Violent 3-D games increase anger in players

Washington, Oct 22 : A new study has found that playing violent 3D games can increase the anger level in video game players.


Looks influence the biggest judgments, says study

Washington, Oct 22 : New research has revealed that people commonly judge facial traits/expressions to judge ones capabilities and personality.


'Therapy dogs' can help college students deal with anxiety, loneliness

Washington, Oct 22 : A new study has revealed that animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students.


Marriage woes, history of depression increases obesity risk

Washington, Oct 22 : A new study has revealed that marital hostility and a history of depression can increase the risk for obesity in adults by altering how the body processes high-fat foods.


Violent, 3-D gaming ups aggression in players

New York, Oct 22 : People playing violent video games in 3-D tend to exhibit aggressive tendencies later on -- more than people who play using traditional 2-D systems, a new research has found.


Marital woes can make you fat

New York, Oct 22 : If you have a history of depression, picking up fights with your better half could increase the risk of obesity by altering how the body processes high-fat foods, says a new research.


Teenage self-harm leads to mental problems in adulthood

London, Oct 22 : Those who inflict harm upon themselves as teenagers face an increased risk of developing mental health and substance misuse problems as adults, a research has revealed.


After dal makhni comes chicken with lentils (Foodie Trail)

By Monish Gujral : Lentils are a good source of proteins. All mothers are always busy forcing bland blended dal down their young ones' throats, telling them how healthy it is. And why not? I have always had a childhood crush on lentils. Boy! What a thing to have a crush on.


Eating fruit and vegetables makes you happy

Sydney, Oct 22 : Australian researchers said Wednesday that eating large amounts of fruit and vegetables can make you happier.


People in metropolitan cities prefer masculine men, feminine women

Washington, Oct 21 : A new study has demonstrated that assuming that humans want their men to be manly and their women feminine is a new urban habit.


Now, electronic 'EyeCane' that enables the blind

Washington, Oct 21 : A new Electronic travel aids (ETA), the "EyeCane," has been developed that is tactile and provide auditory cues that can enhance the mobility of blind users.


Depressed people, too, believe in brighter future

Toronto, Oct 21 : Like most adults, even depressed people believe in a brighter future, but for them this optimistic belief may not lead to better outcomes, found a research.


Couples who communicate likelier to have happy marriage

London, Oct 21 : A new study has suggested that communication and compromise can be a key to happy marriage.


Why people accept inequality

London, Oct 21 : Inequality can be fair too and the brain knows it, a new research has found.


Now, age your favorite whiskey by 3 yrs in just 24 hours!

London, Oct 21 : A Portland-based company has claimed to help whiskey drinkers age their favorite tipple by three years in just 24 hours.


Tips to look gorgeous during festive season

New Delhi, Oct 21 : It's festival time and apart from indulging in shopping and partying, one should also take good care of one's skin. The revelry should not stop you from looking gorgeous and a head-turner.


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