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When it comes to IVF, persistence pays off

A new study has revealed that two-thirds of couples undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment need up to six attempts to have a successful pregnancy. Scientists at the universities of Bristol and Glasgow said the process is not a “single shot” as chances of success increased with the number of treatments, the Independent reported. The authors…

Self-compacting high-performance concrete now fire resistant as well

Self-compacting high-performance concrete (SCHPC) has till now suffered from one weakness – when exposed to fire it flakes and splits, which reduces its loadbearing capacity. Empa scientists have now developed a method of manufacturing fire resistant self-compacting high-performance concrete which maintains its mechanical integrity under these conditions. Wood crackles as it burns in a chimney…

Mirrors make unhealthy food less tasty

Watching yourself in the mirror while eating can reduce the perceived tastiness of unhealthy food, according to scientists who suggest that placing mirrors at restaurants could help diners make healthy choices, reports. People often choose the unhealthy food because they think it is tastier. Aiming for solutions promoting healthy eating practices and ultimately combating obesity,…

Mirrors make unhealthy food less tasty

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Watching yourself in the mirror while eating can reduce the perceived tastiness of unhealthy food, according to scientists who suggest that placing mirrors at restaurants could help diners make healthy choices, reports. People often choose the unhealthy food because they think it is tastier. Aiming for solutions promoting healthy eating practices and ultimately combating obesity,…

Global warming could make insecticides less effective

Global warming may impair the effectiveness of an important insecticide against mosquitoes that can transmit dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and other diseases, new study has found. Researchers from Montana State University in US showed that permethrin becomes less effective at killing the yellowfever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) as temperatures increase. These mosquitoes, which are found in…

It’s beauty startups vs horizontal cos

StayGlad, an on-demand beauty services provider, just closed its first institutional round of funding from Silicon Valley fund Bessemer Venture Partners and Anil Chopra, ex-CEO of Lakme. What’s interesting is that last week Bessemer led a $25-million round in Gurgaon-based UrbanClap, which is a horizontal local and home services marketplace and in some way competes…

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