Gamer Santanu Basu has come a long way. Defying his parents, travelling penniless and without a ticket, he took part in his 1st national level championship in 2007. Recovering from pancreatic cancer, the gamer-turned-entrepreneur is now steering his startup Lets Game Now into the Metaverse. He talks about his journey and what it takes to be a winner – both in the virtual and the real world – when odds are stacked against you.
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif talks to Akaash Dasgupta about India's upcoming tour of Ireland, captaincy potentially affecting Rishabh Pant's batting, selection headaches for T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli & more
Sanjay Nirupam talks to TOI's Alka Dhupkar about the Shiv Sena's past strengths, its convenient embrace of Hindutva and the challenges it faces.
Vinay Singhal co-founded Wittyfeed, a viral news site. Fondly known as ‘Indore ka Google’, the company was flying high. Till Facebook shut it down.
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Covid-19 podcast: Covid-19 fattens up our body’s cells to fuel its viral takeover
A few months ago, the Lancet published an analysis of worldwide antimicrobial resistance by the antimicrobial resistance collaborators. They attribute 1.27 million (12.7 lakh) deaths worldwide in 2019 directly to antibiotic resistance, while in a total of 4.95 million (49.5 lakh) deaths, antibiotic resistance played a significant role. The rampant use of antibiotics has led to many common bacteria developing antibiotic resistance. To pop antibiotic pills as if they were mouth fresheners or antacids or painkillers, to be taken whenever you feel like one, without any logic or sense, just adds to the unfolding crisis of increasing resistance to antibiotics and consequent increasing morbidity and mortality.
The intermediate results were announced on June 28 and since then three students have died by suicide. The psychologists note that unlike previous years, this year students are under a strong assumption that they would all be promoted irrespective of their marks and unable to come to terms with the reality as many face retribution at home.
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IIIT-Basara has been on the boil for last seven days as thousands of students went on strike to protest lack of faculty, funds, and infrastructure. Late on Monday night the students finally called off the strike after Telangana Education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy visited them and assured them that Rs 5.6 crore will be released for all the minor developments. She also promised that a full-time in-house vice chancellor will be appointed within a week.
We know that breakthrough infections, while uncommon, can spread the virus. But vaccinated people are less likely than unvaccinated people to infect those around them. One of the benefits of the vaccines is their ability to prevent you from getting infected at all. They're not perfect — their main purpose is to stave off severe illness — but they do this quite well. If you're not carrying the virus, you can't spread it.
A study published by The Lancet says that biocide disinfectants commonly used in antibacterial wipes, wound disinfectants, eye drops and ear drops "can inadvertently contribute to emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria", also known as superbugs. The study, conducted by Australia's Macquarie University, which tested the effects of the disinfectant benzalkonium chloride (BAC) on aminoglycosides antibiotics and the ESKAPE pathogens, found that it "drastically increases the frequency at which resistant mutants emerge, through reducing intracellular antibiotic accumulation."
Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have developed an RNA molecule that stimulates the body's defensive mechanism and fights off coronavirus infection at an early stage. In a study conducted on mice, they found that it protected against severe disease and death and even helped immunocompromised mice completely clear the virus from the body.
Covid-19 podcast: Vaccinations in India are approaching the 1 billion, 108 million doses mark
Humans have produced nearly 8 million tons of pandemic-associated plastic waste, and about 26,000 tonnes of it have been released into the oceans, a new study estimates. These plastics can cause injury or even potential death of marine organisms, cause plastic buildup on beaches, and deplete the ecology.
According to a study by the Université de Montréal's Department of Chemistry, 32 non-hospitalised Covid-19 positive Canadian adults were recruited by a hospital 14 to 21 days after being diagnosed through RT-PCR testing. This was in 2020, before the Beta, Delta and Gamma variants emerged. "Everyone who had been infected produced antibodies, but older people produced more than adults under 50 years of age," the study found. "In addition, antibodies were still present in their bloodstream 16 weeks after their diagnosis."
A large study on the real-world effectiveness of Covid vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson has found that the protection against infection reduced significantly over eight months amidst the surge of the Delta variant yet protection against death remained stable. The study tracked nearly 800,000 US veterans from February 2021 to October 2021, measuring vaccine effectiveness against Covid-19 infection and death.
A new study from Israel has strengthened the case for Covid-19 booster jabs, which are currently being rolled out for older and at-risk groups in several countries around the world. And researchers demonstrated the benefits of a vaccine "boost" for recipients of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine — a third shot given at least five months after completion of the two-dose series.
A gene commonly found in people of South Asian descent doubles the risk of lung failure and death from Covid, new research by scientists from the University of Oxford says. The high-risk gene, called LZTFL1, derails a defensive mechanism the cells lining the lungs deploy to defend themselves from the coronavirus. It is found in about 60% of people of South Asian descent, 15% of people of European descent and 2% of those of African descent. The researchers arrived at these figures based on an analysis of nearly 200,000 genomes.