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Howzat! Bars, restaurants gear up for World Cup frenzy

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Get bowled over curated drinks, themed food and big screens as bars and restaurant in Delhi-NCR get set to take the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 frenzy to the next level.

The World Cup in England and Wales will begin with the warm-up sessions from May 24 and the championship begins from May 30.

There won’t be just live screenings of matches, but also an innovative array of cocktails and offers for cricket aficionados.

Restaurateur Zorawar Kalra says his luxurious bar Bo Tai in Mehrauli is lining up a special cocktail menu befitting the World Cup that will be available only till the tournament lasts.

“To provide for an indulging experience, we have special live screening of the matches,” Kalra, founder and Managing Director of Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd, told IANS.

In India, the matches will mostly be screened starting 3 p.m. and they will go on beyond 11 p.m.. Kalra is glad the cricket mania will make people stay longer.

“The timing is definitely an advantage as people are more likely to stay out for longer post work hours than if confronted with a gruelling work schedules,” he said.

DLF Cyberhub, one of the NCR’s most swish and sprawling centres for high-end bars and restaurants, has never failed to strike a chord with sports lovers.

India will be playing their first match on June 5 against South Africa and Cyberhub has something special planned.

“Since cricket is all about joy, madness and passion for the game, there will be face art artistes along with the cheer leaders when India will be playing, so as to add to the excitement of the audience. Also, there will be live DJ, dhols and special lighting effect by Gobo and Strobe Lights,” Atul Atri, Centre Head, DLF Cyberhub told IANS.

Restaurateur Priyank Sukhija, who owns Cafe Open House, Warehouse Cafe, Teddy Boy and Lord Of The Drinks, says they have plans to run offline games that closely resemble the format of sports betting.

“For instance, we can have a special offline betting session like how much do you think this over would be worth runs-wise, and the person closest to the actual value will be given a free beer there and then.

“Such instant gratification is one of the major ways to turn occasional visitors into loyalists while maintaining a great to and fro exchange for people who are already a part of the outlet loyalist group,” Sukhija told IANS.

The Junkyard Cafe, which has multiple outlets, will cheer for Team India with the help of specially-curated drinks and dishes named after the cricketers.

“We are all set to cheer for our players and so we are doing specials at all our outlets. We have introduced mocktails and cocktails like Beware of Indian Players, Sixer Pack, Power Punch drink… There are also special dishes like Calmer Raina Zucchini, Healthy Pitch, Loaded Pitch, Virat Specials,” The Junkyard Cafe owner Umang Tewari told IANS.

Gurgaon-based Friction – The Drinkery too has something interesting to offer. It has introduced a cricket pitch platter, which resembles a cricket field.

Other places that will live up the World Cup fever include Inferno, a new microbrewery in Gurgaon, The Marketplace in Kirti Nagar and Café Delhi Heights.

Now, how’s that?

By Durga Chakravarty

(Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at [email protected])

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Soybean oil diet may trigger genetic changes in brain

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New York, Widely consumed soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes but may also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and depression, report researchers from University of California Riverside, including one of Indian origin.

In a study conducted on mice, the scientists found pronounced effects of the soybean oil on the hypothalamus where a number of critical processes take place. The research team discovered nearly 100 genes – including the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin produced in hypothalamus — affected by the soybean oil diet.

“The hypothalamus regulates body weight via your metabolism, maintains body temperature, is critical for reproduction and physical growth as well as your response to stress,” said Margarita Curras-Collazo, an associate professor of neuroscience and lead author on the study published in the journal Endocrinology.

The research team has not yet isolated which chemicals in the oil are responsible for the changes they found in the hypothalamus.

“But they have ruled out two candidates. It is not linoleic acid, since the modified oil also produced genetic disruptions; nor is it stigmasterol, a cholesterol-like chemical found naturally in soybean oil,” the study noted.

Identifying the compounds responsible for the negative effects is an important area for the team’s future research.This could help design healthier dietary oils in the future,” said Poonamjot Deol, first author on the study.

“If there’s one message I want people to take away, it’s this: reduce consumption of soybean oil,” Deol added.The team compared mice fed three different diets high in fat: soybean oil, soybean oil modified to be low in linoleic acid, and coconut oil.

They believe this discovery could have ramifications not just for energy metabolism,but also for proper brain function and diseases such as autism or Parkinson’s disease.

“However, it is important to note there is no proof the oil causes these diseases,” the authors wrote.

Te same research team found in 2015 that soybean oil induces obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, and fatty liver in mice. Then in a 2017 study, the same group learned that if soybean oil is engineered to be low in linoleic acid, it induces less obesity and insulin resistance.

The team said the findings only apply to soybean oil — not to other soy products or to other vegetable oils.Do not throw out your tofu, soymilk, edamame, or soy sauce,” said Frances Sladek, a UCR toxicologist and professor of cell biology.

“Many soy products only contain small amounts of the oil, and large amounts of healthful compounds such as essential fatty acids and proteins”.

This study utilized male mice. Because oxytocin is so important for maternal health and promotes mother-child bonding, similar studies need to be performed using female mice.

Coconut oil, which contains saturated fats, produced very few changes in the hypothalamic genes, said the researchers.

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Researchers explain why cancer risk is higher in males

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London, DNA differences between men and women may explain why cancer risk is higher in males, according to a new study.

In findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers have reported that loss of function in certain genes of the sex-determining Y chromosome, which is present only in men, may cause them to have an elevated risk for cancer.

Using data from 9,000 individuals, the researchers studied Y-chromosome gene function in patients with various types of cancer. The findings showed that cancer risk increases with loss of function of six key Y-chromosome genes in various types of cells.

“Recent studies have shown that complete loss of the Y chromosome, which is essential to foetal sex differentiation, occurs, with aging, in the cells of some men,” said study author Juan Ramon Gonzalez from Barcelona Institute for Global Health in Spain.

“Although the loss of the Y chromosome has previously been associated with higher incidence of cancer, the causes of this association are poorly understood,” Gonzalez added.

These six Y-chromosome genes are involved in cell-cycle regulation, the failure of which can lead to tumour development.

According to the study, understanding the biological differences between men and women in cancer is crucial for the development of personalised lines of treatment and prevention.

“Men are not only at higher risk of cancer than women, they also face a worse prognosis. In fact, these differences partially account for the lower life expectancy of men,” Gonzalez added.

According to the researchers, although men may be more exposed to carcinogens due to the type of work they do and at higher risk because they are less likely to consult a doctor, the study has shown that there are also biological factors that increase cancer risk among men.

“In fact, it seems that one of these factors can be found in the Y chromosome, the very essence of maleness,” said study lead author Alejandro Caceres.

Suppression of the Y chromosome can occur as a result of loss of function in the chromosome, which would explain previous findings, or as a result of other mechanisms mediated by the chemical (epigenetic) inactivation of the same regions, the research said.

“Certain environmental exposures, for example to tobacco or other harmful substances, could affect chromosome function and lead to epigenetic modifications,” Gonzalez said.

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Our dance moves are as unique as fingerprint: Study

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London, Our dance style is almost always the same, regardless of the type of music, and a computer algorithm can identify the dancer with astounding accuracy, a new research suggests.

“It seems as though a person’s dance movements are a kind of fingerprint, each person has a unique movement signature that stays the same no matter what kind of music is playing,” said study co-author Pasi Saari from University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.

According to the study, published in the Journal of New Music Research, over the last few years, researchers at the have used motion capture technology–the same kind used in Hollywood–to learn that your dance moves say a lot about you, such as how extroverted or neurotic you are, what mood you happen to be in, and even how much you empathize with other people.

“Our original idea was to see if we could use machine learning to identify which genre of music our participants were dancing to, based on their movements,” said study first author Emily Carlson.

Recently, they discovered something that surprised them.

The 73 participants in the study were motion captured dancing to eight different genres: Blues, Country, Dance/Electronica, Jazz, Metal, Pop, Reggae and Rap.

The only instruction they received was to listen to the music and move any way that felt natural. The researchers analysed participants’ movements using machine learning, trying to distinguish between the musical genres.

Unfortunately, their computer algorithm was able to identify the correct genre less that 30 percent of the time. They were shocked to discover, however, that the computer could correctly identify which of the 73 individuals was dancing 94 percent of the time.

The computer was less accurate in identifying individuals when they were dancing to Metal music.

“There is a strong cultural association between Metal and certain types of movement, like headbanging, it’s probable that Metal caused more dancers to move in similar ways, making it harder to tell them apart,” Carlson said.

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