World’s toughest maths competition: Two UK girls to make rare appearance on a platform for brainy boys

The rarefied world of international mathematics competitions has traditionally been where brainy teenage boys show their genius for problem solving. This year however, for the first time in a quarter of a century, two girls have made it into the UK squad for the International Mathematical Olympiad , the largest, oldest and most prestigious of international maths contests. The competition starts next week in Rio de Janeiro, when 17-year-old Rosie Cates from Cambridge will become the first female in the six-strong UK team for almost a decade. Naomi Wei, also…

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Scared to go to US: Indian students worry about physical safety, says survey

Washington Indian students have a “high level of concern” about potential study in the US and a large number of them worry about their physical safety and about the feeling of being welcomed, says a new survey. The Institute of International Education (IIE) suggested that the final outcome of the US Supreme Court order in June that temporarily upheld President Donald Trump’s executive order to restrict entry of nationals from six Muslim majority countries to America weighs on their mind. With over a million international students pursuing higher education in the…

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IIT-KGP to help eastern India students learn more about free online courses

Kolkata The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will approach institutes of higher education in eastern India to familiarise students and teachers with free online courses offered by National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). NPTEL, a joint initiative of the IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, offers 160 courses in various categories like agriculture, computer science, management studies, mathematics and basic science, engineering and humanities. While over five5 lakh students had enrolled for NPTEL courses this year, only about 7% of them were from Eastern India. “The biggest…

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SC to see if IIT can withhold result of student accused of sexual harassment

The Supreme Court has said it will examine whether an IIT can withhold the results of a final-year student, who was terminated after being held guilty in a sexual harassment case. A bench of justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao issued notice to the Centre and IIT Kanpur on the plea of the student, who challenged the Allahabad High Court order dismissing his plea. Advocate Manu Shanker Mishra, appearing for the petitioner, said the results of the final semester should be given to the student as the delay is…

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Delhi University (DU) takes steps to ensure ragging-free campus

New Delhi With the academic year about to begin, the Delhi University has taken a slew of measures to ensure ragging-free and disciplined campus. At a proctorial meeting with officials of the DTC, Delhi Metro and the Delhi police held on Friday, decisions to make the campuses women-friendly were also taken. The university will set up two control rooms in North and South campus from July 20 to August 2 for easing the induction process of the freshers. The Delhi police will deploy women police personnel in plain clothes in the…

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Poor sleep may point to onset of Alzheimer’s disease: study

Poor, disrupted sleep may indicate the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in people who are otherwise healthy, a study warns. Researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US found that people who reported worse sleep quality, more sleep problems and daytime sleepiness had more biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease in their spinal fluid than people who did not have sleep problems. Those biological markers included signs of the proteins amyloid and tau and brain cell damage and inflammation. “It’s important to identify modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s given that estimates suggest that…

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Things you need to know about swimming during menstruation

Will you get terrible cramps or catch an infection? Women often come across these questions when they think of swimming while menstruating. If you enjoy swimming during the rest of your cycle, there’s no reason to stop just because you have your period. Female health app Clue has answered eight commonly asked questions about swimming when you’re on your period, reports femalefirst.co.uk. * Is it unhygienic to swim while menstruating? There’s nothing unhygienic about swimming during your period. If you use a tampon or menstrual cup, it’s unlikely that any…

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Childhood obesity may lead to hip disease, suggests research

Obesity may put children at increased risk of hip disease, a condition that can cause life-long morbidity, suggests new research. Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) is the most common hip disease of adolescence. The condition always requires surgery, can cause significant pain, and often leads to a hip replacement in adolescence or early adulthood. “Ultimately this study helps us to better understand one of the main diseases affecting the hip in childhood,” said one of the study authors Daniel Perry from the Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool, in…

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Malaria medicine shows promise in reducing Zika virus transmission from mother to foetus

A drug already in use to treat malaria and certain autoimmune diseases in pregnant women has shown promise in reducing transmission of Zika virus from mothers to their foetuses, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher. The drug, Hydroxychloroquine, works by inhibiting autophagy, a process by which cells remove toxins and recycle damaged components to generate energy. Researchers showed that Zika virus may manipulate this process in the placenta to infect the developing foetus. In a study published online in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, the researchers,…

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Why do women fall prey to eating disorders? Here’s the answer

A woman’s desire to diet and seek a slim body may depend on the attractiveness of a romantic partner, a study has found, highlighting the fairer sex’s risk of developing eating disorders. The study showed that women who were evaluated as less attractive were more motivated to diet and be thin if their husbands or partners were more attractive than them. Conversely, this extra motivation to diet did not exist among the women who were more attractive than their husbands. As for men, their motivation to diet was low regardless…

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