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.


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).

Go out in the sun without sunblock.

Hi. I just found out something cool for people who dont care about sunblocks or those of you who are lazy to use sunblock. Read on to find out.

Vitamin D is the new nutrient superstar, linked with lower risk of all sorts of disorders including heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatism. And now it looks as if it helps with weight loss, too.

    During the summer of 2008, in a small trial of 38, a researcher from the University of Minnesota, USA, reported that those with more vitamin D in their blood lost more weight. For every extra nanogram per millilitre (ng/ml) they lost an extra 225 grams.



Other trials, too, have linked higher vitamin D levels with less obesity. But why? All vitamin D experts agree that a lot more research is needed – but in the meantime, one interesting theory is emerging from Imperial College London. Because sunlight is the main source of vitamin D, a low level of vitamin D may make the body think that winter is on the way, and therefore that it has to store more food.

    There’s also much debate about how much you should be taking. The official recommended daily alowance is 200 IU (international units) but many experts are now suggesting 1000 or even 2000. A daily dose of 1000 over several months would raise your blood level by 10 ng/ml, meaning you could lose an extra 2.3 kilos on top of what you’d expect to on your diet.

But don’t worry too much about all those figures – talk to your doctor and see that you get enough not-too-harsh morning or evening sunlight.

If you like wearing sunblocks, you could get out in the morning and evening sunlight as written above, morning sunlight before 10 AM IST is best (you dont have to bother about UV rays). Or you could take vitamin D supplements.

For those of you who dont care or are too lazy to use sunblocks, you get it free everyday. So enjoy the sun – plus the skin burns.

Weights can fluctuate 2.2 kg in 24 hours.


beauty conscious elephant.

The biggest culprit is water (and the water in the food you eat). The calories in a litre of soda would add about 45g if you didn’t burn them off, but step on the scale immediately after drinking it and you’ll be up around a kg; go to the bathroom and you’ll likely drop 450g to 680g. You even lose water weight – about 1kg a day – just by breathing and sweating. Day-to-day fluctuationscan be the result of a high-sodium meal or your level of hydration, while your menstrual cycle can cause changes all month long. “It’s important to keep the bigger picture in mind,” says Mohr. No one meal or single splurge will move the scale’s needle in a lasting way unless it becomes a habit. However, a difference of 100 calories at every meal could add up to more than 13kg in a year – in either direction.