Six air purifying house plants.

We all know that plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the day time. But it not well known that some plants also have the ability to purify the air. Check out six cool plants that purify the air around them for us.

1. Bamboo Palm:

The Bamboo Palm removes formaldehyde from the air and also acts as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant:

It absorbs nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.

3. Areca Palm:

The Areca Palm is said to be one of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant:

The spider plant is a great indoor plant that removes carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities from the air. Spider plants are one of the three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.

5. Peace Lily:

The peace lily is often placed in bathrooms and laundry rooms because of its ability to remove mold spores. It is also known to remove formaldehyde and trichloroethyne.

6. Gerbera Daisy:

The Gerbera Daisy flower is known to remove benzene from the air. It also helps improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving

more oxygen at night.


Mobile phone set to detect cancer.



A new health service using mobile phones has been conceptualized in Bangalore. The Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre (MSCC) of Narayana Hrudayalaya in collaboration with SANA (a research group at Harvard/MIT), has launched the ‘mhealth’ to detect cancer.

The technology that SANA has developed includes certain automated questionnaires which are directed to patients onsite by a trained health worker. If most of the questionnaires are answered affirmative, the health worker will take high quality lesion pictures using the phone camera.  The condition will then be diagnosed by the software’s decision making algorithm or by uploading the entire data to the server for the cancer specialist to take a look and analyse the case.

According to a study, most cancer patients get themselves diagnosed late in the stage four tumours which is very expensive to treat. The new mobile technology will help in faster and earlier diagnose of cancer. If the patients are diagnosed at an early stage, they can be treated much better and the cost will be much more economical.

Infant fixing gaze could be early sign of autism.


baby gazing

If an infant fixes his or her gaze on a particular object for a very long time, it could be an early sign of developing autism, say researchers.

In a study conducted involving two groups of infants, one normal and the other believed to be in the high risk of autism, the team found that when the babies of the high risk group were not engaged by their parent or caretaker, they spent far more time gazing at the toy than the caregiver. According to the study author, this showed a subtle early marker for autism.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which causes difficulties in social interactions, impaired communication skills and unusual thought and behavioral patterns.

Night light increases cancer risk.

A new study has found more link between light at night (LAN) and cancer. Previous studies have shown that living in areas that have more night time illumination increases risk of prostate cancer for men and breast cancer for women.

The study examined four groups of lab mice that were injected with cancerous cells.  Each group was exposed to different duration of light. The group that was exposed to the least amount of light had the least cancerous growth (0.85 cu cm, average), the group that was exposed to more light had a little more cancerous growth (1.84 cu cm, average) and the group that was exposed to the most light had even more growth (5.92 cu cm, average).

Remedy for cough.

Here is a home made cure for cough.


1. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

2. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger.

3. 1 tablespoon honey.

4. 1 tablespoon apple cedar vinegar.

5. 2 tablespoons water.

Mix them up and you have a natural cure for coughs.



Note: If your cough lasts for more than three weeks, it is recommended to consult a doctor.