SCIENCE & TECH

Use your right brain, secure your password

Shakespeare wrote, ‘All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players’. In IoT, actors have rephrased this sentence to, ‘Cyber security is the stage, where netizens are influenced to act as puppets.’ Celebrities and media houses, too, have a say in this. It is well-explained in the hypodermic needle theory and media effects theory. There are psychological studies and papers published across the globe on how

Think twice before you sign up for an app

Amid the ongoing Facebook data leak row, a new study has said more than 3,300 Android apps on Google Play have been improperly collecting personal data of their users. Ask a Chennaiite about his/her one-day use of an app, and s/he would certainly say that they use tiny trump cards more often for chatting with dear ones, ordering food and watching videos. But these apps might become a headache when

Orkut says 'Hello' again to India

Orkut Buyukkokten, the founder of Orkut.com, launched his new network ‘Hello’ in India on 11 April. The app is built specifically for the new mobile-generation and brings people together around their interests to create positive, meaningful, authentic connections and sustained social engagement. News Today had an exclusive conversation with him where he spoke about Hello, Orkut, user experience and technology, among others. Excerpts from the interview: Q) Tell us about

Ketamine nasal spray can fight depression

Washington: A novel nasal spray of ketamine – often misused as a party drug – can rapidly treat symptoms of major depression, and suicidal thoughts, a study has found. The study, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, compared an intranasal formulation of esketamine, part of the ketamine molecule, to a placebo for rapid treatment of symptoms of major depression, including suicidality, among individuals at imminent suicide risk. The researchers

Taking pills in pregnancy may harm baby's fertility

London: Taking painkillers during pregnancy may lower the fertility of the unborn child in later life, scientists have warned. The study identifies that these drugs may also affect the fertility of future generations, by leaving marks on DNA. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that certain medicines, including paracetamol, should be used with caution during pregnancy. Researchers stress that advice for pregnant women remains unchanged. Current guidelines

'Caffeine used to create novel gels for drug delivery'

Boston: Caffeine is well-known for its ability to help people stay alert, but scientists have now come up with a novel use for the stimulant – creating biocompatible gels for drug delivery and other medical applications. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US loaded the gels with two antimalarial drugs. The material could also be used to carry other types of drugs,