Eating leafy green vegetables like spinach could help maintain muscle strength into old age.Researchers from Edith Cowan University tracked the diets of 1420 West Australian women aged over 70 and found that those who ate more nitrate-rich vegetables like spinach, rocket and lettuce had significantly better muscle strength and physical function.Measuring musclesMuscle strength was assessed by measuring participant’s grip strength. Physical function was quantified using the timed-up-and-go (TUG) test, which measures how long it takes to rise from a chair, walk three meters then return to the chair to sit down.Related StoriesNew drug provides hope for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy’Text neck’ may be causing bone spurs in young peopleStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskLead researcher Dr Marc Sim from ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences said a decline in muscle strength and physical function are associated with greater risk of disability and even premature death.He says previous research in older populations has shown that a 1 kg decline over 12 months in grip strength is associated with a 33 per cent increased mortality risk. Every one second slower TUG time increases mortality risk by eight per cent over three years.“Poor strength and function are also associated with other adverse outcomes such as falls and fractures, which substantially compromise an individual’s independence,” he said.“In our study we found that eating one cup of spinach, rocket or lettuce a day may increase grip strength by up to 2 kg and improve TUG time by up to 1.6 seconds.”Nitrate and blood flowDr Sim said while it was unclear exactly how nitrate positively influences muscle function, one possible mechanism could be improved vascular function and blood flow.“We know from previous research that nitric oxide is a vasodilator, which means that it widens your blood vessels, potentially allowing greater blood flow to your muscles. In fact, nitrate supplements are used by athletes to improve endurance and performance.“It could be that higher daily nitrate intake consistently increases muscle blood flow, thereby facilitating musculoskeletal health,” he said.The study follows on from previous ECU research that found a link between eating nitrate-rich vegetables and a lower risk of death from stroke and heart disease.Where to next?Dr Sim said the next step would be to conduct an intervention study to test precisely how nitrate-rich vegetable consumption influences muscle function.Confirmation of the health benefits of dietary nitrate would be used to inform future dietary recommendations. Mar 25 2019Popeye was on to something. Eating just one cup of leafy green vegetables like spinach each day may help maintain muscle strength and mobility into old age. Source:https://www.ecu.edu.au/features/postgraduate/leafy-greens-key-to-maintaining-muscles
This undated artist’s rendering provided by The Boring Company, shows an electric public transportation vehicle that is part of a proposed high-speed underground transportation system that will transport passengers from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport. A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel confirmed Wednesday, June 13, 2018, that The Boring Company, founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been selected to build the transportation system. (The Boring Company via AP) A newly announced project by billionaire innovator Elon Musk for a tunnel transit system that would carry travelers to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport at up to 150 mph (241 kph) is just another project on a growing list of Musk dream projects. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Chicago airport plan is one of many Musk dream projects (2018, June 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-chicago-airport-musk.html Elon Musk says LA-area test tunnel almost complete (Update) Explore further A look at some of the SpaceX and Tesla CEO’s most ambitious projects, where they stand now and some hurdles to their completion:MARS MISSIONSArguably Musk’s boldest or most far-fetched project, depending on who you ask, is one to send manned missions to Mars. He’s even spoken about colonizing the red planet. According to the SpaceX website, the “aspirational goal is to send our first cargo mission to Mars in 2022.” The first unmanned Mars mission would seek to confirm the presence of water and identify other resources that could help sustain human life. And the manned Mars mission? Musk’s goal is for that to happen just two years later, in 2024. By contrast, NASA has spoken about the mid-2030s as a realistic goal for sending humans to Mars.A powerful new rocket capable of making it to Mars is already being developed. The Los Angeles harbor commissioners in April approved a permit for SpaceX to build a facility on port land to manufacture it.Among the unresolved challenges: How to protect humans from radiation on Mars, which lacks the atmosphere of Earth. There are psychological challenges, too. Humans on Mars, especially before a full human colony is established, would have to grapple with a sense of extreme isolation—and boredom.TUNNELINGChicago is one of several cities where Musk has spoken about using tunnel-boring technology developed by his Boring Co. for transportation projects. Among the furthest along is one that would scoot commuters underground on electric sleds called skates to the Los Angeles International Airport. Weeks after tweeting last year that snarling traffic was “driving me nuts,” Musk said work on a tunnel was about to start. Last month, he said a portion of a tunnel was almost finished under an LA suburb and would soon be ready for testing. Among the challenges for any such project is to secure the necessary approval from state and municipal governments. Last year, a suburban city council approved an approximately 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) test tunnel from Musk’s SpaceX rocket plant to a point east of LAX.HYPERLOOPMusk also wants to overhaul the entire U.S. transportation system. He envisions an ultra-high-speed hyperloop system that involves nearly airless tubes that speed special capsules over long distances at up to 750 mph (1,200 kph), using magnetism and solar power. It would carry both people and cargo.It’s an idea many states are taking seriously. Several have said they are conducting feasibility studies, including Colorado, Texas and Missouri. Missouri was looking at whether such a system could be installed to move people between St. Louis and Kansas City in a half-hour’s time.’BETTER’ BRAINSMusk in 2017 announced a new venture called Neuralink, which is developing “ultra-high bandwidth implantable brain-computer interfaces to connect humans and computers,” its website says. Implants could treat neural disorders. Musk has also raised the possibility of artificially intelligent computers posing a threat to humanity in the future, and he says linking brains to computers could put humans’ abilities to process data on par with supercomputers. Linking technology directly to the human body is already happening, including to help deaf people hear. At least some neuroscientists say putting the timetable for actually hooking up brains to computers in terms of several years is overly optimistic. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
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COMMENT April 01, 2019 The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Sunday submitted its suggestions on the draft e-commerce policy to the Government. The traders’ body stressed on the need for a quasi-judicial or judicial body with adjudication and enforcement authority to put the policy into effect. The CAIT further reiterated its demand that the cash on delivery (CoD) mode of payment for e-commerce players must be scrapped. It further called for central registration of every e-commerce player indulging in business through any form of digital mode. “The Government is unaware about the numbers of e-commerce entities working in the country and therefore it is most necessary that a compulsory central registration system should be in place,” a press release from CAIT stated. SHARE COMMENTS Published on e commerce policy SHARE SHARE EMAIL
Close XGhostbusters of Goa: on director Sujoy Ghosh’s first Netflix series, ‘Typewriter’The People’s Film Collective is taking socially relevant films to Bengal’s remotest parts’Sathyam Paranja Vishwasikkuvo’ review: a believable tale that hits homeUnder the ARCLIGHTSNow, women take centrestage in South Indian filmsFrom ‘Kabir Singh’ to ‘Article 15’, here’s how Bollywood fared till now in 2019‘Rocking Star’ Yash promotes his wife’s film ‘Aadi Lakshmi Purana’‘Sathyam Paranja Viswasikkuvo?’ is for families: Sajeev PazhoorRam Charan joins Instagram with a throwback picturePaying homage to David LynchGhostbusters of Goa: on director Sujoy Ghosh’s first Netflix series, ‘Typewriter’The People’s Film Collective is taking socially relevant films to Bengal’s remotest parts’Sathyam Paranja Vishwasikkuvo’ review: a believable tale that hits homeUnder the ARCLIGHTSNow, women take centrestage in South Indian filmsFrom ‘Kabir Singh’ to ‘Article 15’, here’s how Bollywood fared till now in 2019‘Rocking Star’ Yash promotes his wife’s film ‘Aadi Lakshmi Purana’‘Sathyam Paranja Viswasikkuvo?’ is for families: Sajeev PazhoorRam Charan joins Instagram with a throwback picturePaying homage to David LynchGhostbusters of Goa: on director Sujoy Ghosh’s first Netflix series, ‘Typewriter’The People’s Film Collective is taking socially relevant films to Bengal’s remotest parts’Sathyam Paranja Vishwasikkuvo’ review: a believable tale that hits homeUnder the ARCLIGHTS1 / 10 Share Article Updated: 3 Irony dies a painful death in a seemingly superfluous scene somewhere in the middle of Super 30 when a woman falsely accuses mathematics genius Anand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan) of sexual harassment. Of course, we might be told that it did happen for real, that Kumar had to actually face such a terrible obstacle in his greater cause of educating underprivileged kids for Indian Institute of Technology entrance examinations. But to me, the sequence felt strategically placed in what is supposedly a fictionalised account of Kumar’s life; as though in one swipe Vikas Bahl was trying to exonerate himself of all the sexual misconduct charges that were heaped on him in the height of the MeToo movement. Treated casually, like a joke, it also felt like a broad attempt to shame and silence women for bringing such issues to light.As a critic, one is told to separate the art from the artist. It’s an issue I’d be eternally conflicted about. And what of a case so special as this one, in which the artist is planting himself in a passive aggressive way into his work? Does one remain so naive as to not notice, and ignore? Does one buy into it being a mere coincidence?Super 30Director: Vikas BahlStarring: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Virendra Saxena, Pankaj Tripathi, Aditya Srivastava, Vijay Varma, Amit SadhRun time: 154 minutesStoryline: A biographical film on mathematician Anand Kumar’s educational programme of training 30 underprivileged kids for IITThere is lot else that is really amusing about Super 30. Like the blue-blooded Roshan, as Kumar, talking of bringing down the hegemony of the privileged. Harping on how king’s son won’t be the king; the one who truly deserves the crown will claim it. Rather than taking it with any modicum of seriousness I could almost hear Kangana Ranaut spouting Bollywood’s much reviled N word—i.e. nepotism–through Roshan/Kumar. That’s because the film itself remains a feel-good, facile, protracted and eminently boring look at class dynamics while barely touching upon the accompanying caste conundrums.A salutary cause and an inspirational story about the triumph of the underdog doesn’t necessarily make an engaging film. More so when artificiality looms large – be it in the mounting, the dreadful brown-facing of the fair actors or the faux Bihari accents of the urbane fellas. Everything feels rehearsed and consciously righteous. Roshan, in particular, seems to be working too hard at evoking earnestness, ending up being more himself than the character. Lack of spontaneity means a disconnect than empathy for both him and his team of 30. The only one who seems to be improvising is Pankaj Tripathi as the education minister of Bihar but it’s sad to see him getting patronised increasingly as a comedian by the audience than one of India’s finest character actors that he is.The awakening of Kumar’s consciousness is sudden and not well founded at all. The riddles-based Home Alone like climax is laughable than rousing. Super 30 would have worked well had it stuck to being raw and rooted or been a more whimsical take on the disenfranchised like, say a Lagaan. It prefers wallowing in its mediocrity, using some of the hoariest tropes of story-telling – the breaking of a cycle chain standing for the end of life; an invitation letter from Cambridge getting burnt, signifying the death of dreams or a storm portending upheavals in life. The rag tag team of a Lagaan might still be alive in people’s minds but there is not a single memorable character in the entire lot of students here. In fact the staging of Sholay in English by the poor students felt uneasy and gratuitous, showcased for our privileged gaze. There is lot of sensible talk about what’s to be scared of when there is nothing to lose? “Chhalaang Lagana” (to take a long jump) is what the film advocates. Wish it could itself also take a small leap of faith, if not more, cinematically speaking. SubmitPlease enter a valid email address. Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published. July 12, 2019 12:44 IST Recommended for you SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER Actor Hrithik Roshan in an image from ‘Super 30’. Photo: Twitter/@super30film Updated: Namrata Joshi July 12, 2019 12:44 IST Comments AAA Related TopicsEntertainmentReviewsMoviesHindi cinema © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. 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