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Scientific Breakthrough: Believing in the God is something natural!




LONDON: Savants have recently conducted an interesting research on relationship between logic and religious belief.

Their findings contradicted the previous convictions that those who embrace strong religious beliefs are more sensitive and less logical.

Now, academics from the universities of Coventry and Oxford are of the view that religious beliefs are not associated with intuition or rational thinking at all.

The study was conducted on pilgrims who had been made to go through different assessments including a brain stimulation experiment.

Pilgrims have been canvassed apropos the potency of their beliefs and the extent of time they spend on the pilgrimage.

Pundits observed their intuitive thinking levels via a probability task, where contributors had to choose between a logical and a gut feeling choice.

Their up shots found no connection amid strength of supernatural belief and intuition.

Similarly in the second study, they used mathematical puzzles as to boost intuition, but again no association has been found between intuitive thinking levels and supernatural belief.

In addition, in the final part of their research scientists used brain stimulation as to augment the levels of cognitive inhibition, which is thought to control analytical thinking.

The process entailed running a painless electrical current between two electrodes placed on the participant’s scalp as to trigger the right inferior frontal gyrus, a brain zone that regulates inhibitory control.

It is pertinent to mention here that atheists used this particular area of the brain more when they want to contain their feelings about the God and supernatural ideas.

On the contrary, researchers discovered that other factors like upbringing and socio-cultural processes are considered significant when it comes to play a role in nurturing religious beliefs.

This is the first sort of its study that defies the two-decade-long conviction of cognitive psychologists. 

According to them, believing in the God is something natural and intuitive. Moreover, they reckon  that a child learns to be a believer in the womb.

Journal Scientific Reports has run their findings.

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Digital revolution: Can social media affect school grades?




BERLIN: Social media penetration gets to everywhere. Due to its hype and craze, youngsters tend to adhere to their laptops and phones so as to be connected with the online world.

In such, investigators from Germany set out to know the impacts of using social networking sites such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram on the academic performance of teens.

So as to look into this, Professor Markus Appel from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany and Timo Gnambs from the University of Bamberg have gone through some 59 studies harboring the link amid social media use and academic performance.

The studies comprised on approx 30,000 young people around the world.

Their findings suggest that those kids, who use social media so as to discuss apropos school related matters, have been reported performing slightly better.

On the contrary, those, who use Instagram while studying, log into others social networking sites post or send messages frequently, upload snaps and their activities, tend to perform somewhat worse as such practices trigger distraction when they do homework.

Maintaining that such sites could potentially impact its users non-constructively, academics further reiterate that parents should keep a watchful eye as to know in which activities their kids are involved when it comes to use social media.

Besides, they should inject variety in their activities (such as playing, social networking, studies, physical activities etc) as too much of anything is harmful.


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The faster you eat the fatter you get!




KARACHI: People looking to shrink waistlines may want to adopt three simple eating habits to help them get there. A study tracking 60,000 people monitored eating speed and their evening meal time appeared to be significant factors in the struggle to lose weight.

Specifically, eating more slowly, avoiding snacks after dinner, and not eating within two hours before going to bed were all linked to weight loss.

The people were asked to report the speed at which they ate as fast, normal, or slow. The researchers found those who ate at normal speed were 29% less likely to be obese than fast eaters. The findings for slow eaters were 42% less likely to be obese.

Other habits the researchers looked at —including eating or skipping breakfast, and how much sleep— had no significant impact on weight.

 A dietitian nutritionist and health psychologist maintained: “When you tend to eat quickly, you may miss out on your body’s cues for satiety, or fullness, and end up eating more. Natural slow eaters may be attending to their body’s cues for filling, and eat a more appropriate portion during each eating occasion”. 

The study concludes that changes in eating habits can affect obesity, BMI and waist circumference. If you tend to be a fast eater try practice mindful eating, in which you consciously pay attention to each bite of food you put into your mouth and notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.


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Asthma and pregnancy: What is the link?




SYDNEY: Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects lungs, resulting into mounting breathing troubles. It is now considered a common ailment as it is getting widespread rapidly due to environmental pollution.

Believe it or not, but a latest research has discovered a strong association between asthma and infertility.

According to the details, some specific prescriptions for asthma (particularly the quick healing medications) could potentially harm women’s aptitude to conceive.

For carrying this study out, academics have been through the records of over 5,600 preggos in the initial phase of their pregnancy.

All of the participants were from Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Ireland, who expected their foremost child.

Their outcomes revealed that those females, who took up quick asthma relievers, have been reported with having complications when it comes to fall pregnant.

It is pertinent to point it out here that those ladies take more than a year to conceive and the odds are up to 30 percent high.

It is to be noted that short-acting asthma preventers provide abrupt relief from the uncomfortable symptoms, whereas long-acting asthma relievers try to control the condition gradually.

While supporting their up shots, the study senior investigator Luke Grzeskowiak from the University of Adelaide held that besides affecting lungs, asthma also triggers inflammation in any part of the body such as the uterus, which, in return, affects the health of eggs in the ovaries.



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