Lego launches bricks with Braille for children

Updated on Aug 21, 2020 12:10 AM IST

The Braille bricks will have the same shape as the regular Lego bricks, but the studs on top are rearranged.

Each brick shows the printed version of the symbol or letter.(www.legobraillebricks.com)
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Social fluency redefines relationships!

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Updated on Aug 20, 2020 05:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySwati Chaturvedi

Happy, relaxed, buzzed, wasted: Language used to describe alcohol intoxication may give clues to drinking habits

The language young adults use to describe the effects they feel from drinking alcohol may give insight into their drinking habits, according to a new research.

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Updated on Aug 20, 2020 09:20 AM IST
Pennsylvania [US] | ByAsian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

Depression rate doubled among adults during coronavirus lockdown

Rates of depression appear to have almost doubled in Britain since the country was put into lockdown in late March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to official statistics.

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Updated on Aug 19, 2020 03:42 PM IST
London | ByAssociated Press | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

‘My spirit broken’: LGBTQ+ Mexicans battle to ban conversion therapy

Widely condemned by leading medical groups, including the World Psychiatric Association, conversion therapy can range from psychological counselling to religious practices and even sexual abuse in an effort to change someone from gay to straight.

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Updated on Aug 18, 2020 03:53 PM IST
Mexico City | ByReuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

Half of parents report butting heads with child’s grandparents over parenting

Clashes over parenting choices and enforcing parents’ rules can cause major strife between a child’s parents and grandparents, a national poll suggests.

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Updated on Aug 18, 2020 08:38 AM IST
Washington DC | ByAsian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

Here’s why social connection is strongest protective factor for depression

A team of researchers named social connection as the strongest protective factor for depression and suggested that reducing sedentary activities such as TV watching and daytime napping could also help lower the risk of depression.

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Updated on Aug 18, 2020 08:21 AM IST
Washington DC | ByAsian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

Jealousy, envy can be important in strengthening friendships, relationships: Study

Not all friend guarding behaviours focus on trying to control a best friend; jealousy also led people to commit to being a better friend.

Jealous feelings were related to the value of the friendship and also motivated behaviours that maintain friendships. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 17, 2020 11:33 AM IST
Arizona (US) | ByAsian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Children prefer to explore choices instead of going for instant rewards, says study

Exploration seems to be a major driving force during early childhood - even outweighing the importance of immediate rewards, according to the study’s co-author and professor of psychology at the Ohio State University, Vladimir Sloutsky.

Despite what adults may think, kids’ search for new discoveries is anything but random. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 16, 2020 08:28 PM IST
Ohio | ByAsian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Say what you feel, and speak up early

Honesty, even at the ‘maybe’ stage of a relationship, can only be a good thing.

Why do people feel such fear at the idea of telling someone that they might like them romantically?(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 16, 2020 01:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySimran Mangharam

Campus capers by Zuni Chopra: Little by little

Look at every fresh second and every new moment as a chance to choose, a chance to make a different choice; and perhaps, if you make it enough, it’ll be a choice that sticks.

It is time to cultivate, step by step, practices that, if made resilient enough, will kick in effortlessly when life starts up again.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 16, 2020 09:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByZuni Chopra

Humour: The colour code

From neon shockers to pastel soothers, colours both reflect and transport us.

The relationship between colour and mid-life crises is so evident, we rarely even comment on it any more.
Updated on Aug 16, 2020 11:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRehana Munir

Pregnant mother’s immunity linked to emotional challenges for kids with autism

Kids with autism, who were born to mothers who had immune conditions during their pregnancy, have more chances to show behavioural and emotional problems, according to a new study.

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Updated on Aug 15, 2020 01:59 PM IST
California [US] | ByAsian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

Independence Day 2020: For LGBTQI+, freedom is...

As we celebrate our 74th Independence Day today, members of the LGBTQI+ and activists tell us what freedom is for them

Respect, solidarity and equal rights are some of the things that denote freedom to the LGBTQI+(Photo: Samir Jana/HT. For representational purpose only.)
Updated on Aug 15, 2020 02:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | BySanchita Kalra

‘Secret’ life of sharks: Reef sharks show surprising social networking skills

The reef shark social skills bears similarities to certain birds and mammals but differs in terms of behaviours including nesting, mating, making vocalisations or friendly interactions.

Gray reef sharks, the subject of a study on social behaviour among sharks, are seen in the Pacific Ocean around the Palmyra Atoll, about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southwest of Hawaii in this undated photo released on August 12, 2020.(Yannis Papastamatiou/Handout via REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 15, 2020 11:53 AM IST
Hawaii | ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Business, leadership barriers rise for Black women at workplace amid pandemic: Sheryl Sandberg

Black women are much less likely to be promoted to senior leadership roles and have interaction with senior managers than their White counterparts, according to a report released Thursday by LeanIn.org, the nonprofit organization Sandberg founded.

Facebook, which has been under fire from civil-rights leaders in recent weeks about how the company moderates hate speech on its platforms, also has significant work to do to increase Black representation.(Facebook)
Updated on Aug 14, 2020 11:53 AM IST
ByBloomberg | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Black women’s natural hair may cause hindrance in landing prospective jobs, study finds

To avoid discrimination, companies should consider using “blinding” in their hiring processes by removing a person’s name or other information that hints at gender or race from an application or assessment.

The research, forthcoming in Social Psychological and Personality Science, indicates that a bias against afros, dreadlocks, braids, cornrows and other natural Black styles may keep those job seekers from opportunities. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 13, 2020 07:43 PM IST
ByBloomberg | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Coronavirus pandemic makes birth more lonely for women in Peru

Peru’s National Perinatal and Maternal Institute has dedicated about half its facilities to care for infected pregnant women. Between April and the start of August, more than 2,000 infected patients gave birth there, with 120 newborns testing Covid-19 positive.

Maria Alvarez, 24, stands near a window next to a room where a wooden box adorned with a pink coloured cross that contain the cremated remains of her husband who died from the new coronavirus in June, sits on a shelf in the home of friend who has offered her a place to stay, in Lima, Peru, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Maria, who had an asymptomatic case of COVID-19, gave birth to her first child the day before at the National Perinatal and Maternal Institute in a special ward for mothers infected with the virus.(AP)
Updated on Aug 13, 2020 07:21 PM IST
Lima, Peru | ByAssociated Press | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

Covid-19: Hyderabad trans community sells pickles and other eatables to earn livelihood

The idea of making pickles and being self-reliant came after people in the transgender community shared their experiences of discrimination and ill-treatment.

A group of transwomen in Hyderabad are preparing and sell pickles and other eatables for a living. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 13, 2020 12:10 PM IST
Hyderabad, Telangana, India | ByAsian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

A once-in-6,800-years opportunity: Neowise comet lends a perfectly romantic backdrop to this man’s proposal

John Nicotera was looking for a special moment to propose to his girlfriend Erica Pendrak. He seized the perfect one while enjoying an evening gazing at the Neowise Comet.

The couple, along with their photographer friend Tim Leach headed to Old Forge, New York, to see this magnificent celestial event.(@YohnnyNic/Twitter)
Updated on Aug 12, 2020 07:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Covid-19: Pandemic has shattered global Class of 2020’s hopes for landing first job

One important long-term effect for young graduates who take longer to find good first jobs is lower pay over the course of their careers, experts said.

US careers website Glassdoor says the number of jobs advertised as “entry level” or “new grad” was down 68% in May from a year ago. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 12, 2020 11:15 AM IST
London | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Singer Camila Cabello sends love to fans, shares tips on meditation and mental health

The 23-year-old musician dressed in red printed dhoti-pants and a yellow off-shoulder top, posed with her guitar and keyboard in the recent picture.

Camila Cabello urged her fanbase to be “extra gentle, soft and kind” to oneself and also to others as the world is grappling with the coronavirus, which has become a global gloom.(Camila Cabello/Instagram)
Updated on Aug 11, 2020 01:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com

Spending time in nature promotes well-being of children and young adults: Study

Time spent in nature was also a predictor for active care for nature in adulthood. The findings of the study support strategies and policies that ensure that young people have access to wild areas, parks, gardens, green neighbourhoods, and naturalised grounds at schools.

One of the most surprising findings from the review was the complete disconnect between researchers studying the benefits of childhood connection to nature and those studying responses to environmental threats.(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 10, 2020 07:42 PM IST
London [UK] | ByAsian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Promises could encourage students to be honest towards studies too, says study

Cheating and dishonesty, even on a small scale, can undermine trust and lead to costs for others, and society at large. Cheating in academic settings is a problem worldwide.

Promises could be a powerful way of encouraging and sustaining honest behaviour in an academic context. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 10, 2020 11:07 AM IST
New Delhi, India | ByAsian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Life Hacks by Charles Assisi: Winning the work-from-home war

Find ways to ease into your day, ask co-workers for space when you need it, delegate all you can to tech.

When I embraced working from home a few years ago, after the initial euphoria, I hit roadblocks too, says Charles Assisi. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 09, 2020 01:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Humour: The square root of fear

Numbers don’t lie, but they can inflict suffering in countless other ways.

The role of mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi has been essayed by Vidya Balan in her recent film.(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Aug 09, 2020 11:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRehana Munir

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Déjà vu

I’ve always been a fan of comfort reading; but the lockdown has made me comfort-watch old TV shows as well.

While rewatching The West Wing, one realises so little changes in the world over time.(Aparna Ram)
Updated on Aug 09, 2020 12:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySeema Goswami

Life in times of Covid-19: Depressed now? Just wait for the rest of 2020

People have buried loved ones without funerals, cancelled anniversary trips and missed the births of their grandchildren. They’ve postponed weddings and proposed over Skype. Between now and the end of the year, things will only get worse.

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Updated on Aug 08, 2020 03:25 PM IST
Bloomberg | ByVirginia Postrel | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

‘Hey Bro’: New Zealand abusers turn activists to stop domestic violence

The 0800 Hey Bro hotline has provided advice to about 2,000 abusive men and linked them to other services to stop them harming their partners.

Screengrab from 0800 Hey Bro website.(www.hewakatapu.org.nz)
Published on Aug 07, 2020 05:47 AM IST
Wellington | ByReuters| Posted by: Alfea Jamal

‘Love is not tourism,’ says couple separated for 6 months by coronavirus pandemic

On social media, separated couples have been lobbying under the hashtags #LoveIsEssential and #LoveIsNotTourism for governments to allow them to reunite amid the travel restrictions on account of the coronavirus pandemic.

Florian Mehler talks to his partner Renata Alves, who lives in Recife Brazil, during an interview with Reuters looking at the issues of binational couples separated by coronavirus measures who are trying to get regulations changed so they can meet again in person, in Wiesloch, Germany, August 3, 2020.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 05:59 PM IST
Wiesloch, Germany | ByReuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
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