Monday, August 21, 2017

7 Simple Ways To De-Stress Your Life

Stress, if left untreated can take a toll on your health causing anything from binge eating to heart diseases. So, give your body a much deserving break by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, brisk walking, hatha yoga, and stretching. Other surefire ways to ease stress levels could be taking a lavender bubble bath and sharing a good laugh with friends.
You might not like to admit it, but stress is a normal part of life. We all experience it sometimes! Unfortunately, chronic stress can cause long-term health problems. So it’s a good idea to try and change the way you handle it.

7 Ways To De-Stress

Here are seven easy things you can ease those stressful feelings.

1. Take Deep Breaths

There’s a good chance that your heart (and brain) is racing. Give your body a break by taking deep breaths for 20 to 30 minutes. This will encourage calmness by bringing more oxygen to your brain.1 The best part, you can do this anywhere, right from your work desk to the bus stop.
7 simple ways to de-stress your life

2. Be Creative

Creative tasks can relieve psychological stress. It’s basically like your brain meditating.2Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you need to be Martha Stewart. Simply listening to music, doodling, and coloring will do the trick. You don’t need to make a work of art in order to relieve stress.
7 simple ways to de-stress your life

3. Indulge In Aromatherapy

Some essential oils can relax your body and mind. Chamomile, lavender, and bergamot are great choices. If you’re at home, use them in a diffuser or bath. You can also sniff the bottle or dab a few drops on your feet.
7 simple ways to de-stress your life

4. Stretch It Out

To calm tense muscles, try stretching. This simple act will improve circulation and ease stress. Focus on major muscle groups and hold each stretch for 30 seconds.3 Consider doing yoga to clear your mind, too. Hatha yoga is especially great for stress relief.4
7 simple ways to de-stress your life

5. Go For A Walk

Exercising will help your brain produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters called endorphins. It will also promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.5 But this doesn’t mean you need to run a marathon! A light walk around the neighborhood can help.
7 simple ways to de-stress your life

6. Write In A Journal

Journaling is a therapy which not too expensive. Simply writing down your thoughts – no matter how crazy or wild – will bring you peace. It even encourages positive emotional and mental growth after a stressful situation.6
7 simple ways to de-stress your life

7. Have A Good Laugh

You’ve probably heard that laughter is good for the soul. Well, it’s true! Laughing increases endorphins and decreases anxiety and depression. It’s even considered as a form of therapy.7 Try watching a funny movie or television show. Watch video clips of your favorite comedian or cute animals. Even a phone chat with a friend can help you out.
7 simple ways to de-stress your life
Remember, stress management is a crucial part of self-care. Be kind to yourself under stress. If you treat it with respect, it will love you in return.
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With the MP3 format well and truly dead, what’s the way ahead?

The end of an era

By Chethan Rao | May 15, 2017, 03.52 PM IST

Most streaming services today utilize the highly efficient AAC file format for better music playback. This essentially means that not a lot of people are reliant on the MP3 format anymore. Keeping this in mind, The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, which created the format, has decided to stop licensing some MP3 related patents, essentially marking its demise.

The folks at the Fraunhofer Institute claim that AAC is the “de facto standard for music download and videos on mobile phones.” Keeping this in mind, the move is understandable. But what is the future of music streaming and playback? As most of us are aware, it’s AAC. Although it has been around for almost 20 years, it was always considered to be an alternative to MP3.


AAC or Advanced Audio Coding is the evolution of conventional audio file formats. It can achieve better sound quality compared to MP3 with almost the same bitrate, making it a highly popular option among streaming services today. Naturally, it was designed to be the successor of MP3. With the file format widely accepted by almost every mobile manufacturer today, the use of MP3 is pretty much redundant. Almost every major company has already embraced AAC, including YouTube.

Will MP3 die completely?

Of course not. Just because the Fraunhofer Institute will stop licensing MP3 related patents to companies, doesn’t mean MP3 will cease to exist right away. It will be a slow transition, especially in some parts of the world where MP3 files are still prominent. But the idea is to eventually phase out MP3 altogether in favor of AAC.

End of an era

MP3 files have been a large part of our lives. However, it wasn’t without its shortcomings. The file format was responsible for widespread digital piracy back in the 90s, which hit the music industry pretty badly. Interestingly, when the iPod was unveiled several years ago, Apple offered the AAC format as an option for all music. So it seems like manufacturers always had an inkling about where MP3 was headed.


Object teleported from Earth to Orbit for the first time

PublishedJul 12, 2017, 9:59 am IST
UpdatedJul 12, 2017, 9:59 am IST
The object-in-question is a photon, which travelled from Gobi desert to a satellite called ‘Micius’ orbiting 500 kilometres in total.
‘Micius’ is described to be a highly sensitive photo receiver that is equipped with the ability to detect quantum states of single photons launched from the ground.  (Representational image)
 ‘Micius’ is described to be a highly sensitive photo receiver that is equipped with the ability to detect quantum states of single photons launched from the ground. (Representational image)
Researchers from China have successfully teleported an object from Earth to the Orbit. The object-in-question is a photon, which travelled from Gobi desert to a satellite called ‘Micius’ orbiting five hundred kilometres in total. This is believed to be an important step towards establishing a global-scale quantum internet.
Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford University Ian Walmsley tells the World At One how quantum entanglement works and how teleportation could be utilised. He explained that such a deed is achievable through a process called ‘Quantum Entanglement,’ wherein two particles react as one with no physical connection between them.
‘Micius’ is described to be a highly sensitive photo receiver that is equipped with the ability to detect quantum states of single photons launched from the ground. The aforementioned satellite was developed with the aim to enable scientists to carry out tests that involved quantum entanglement, cryptography and teleportation. “Long-distance teleportation has been recognized as a fundamental element in protocols such as large-scale quantum networks and distributed quantum computation,” says the Chinese team to MIT Technology Review. “Previous teleportation experiments between distant locations were limited to a distance on the order of 100 kilometers, due to photon loss in optical fibers or terrestrial free-space channels.”
At first, the research team created entangled pairs of photos at the rate of 4,000 per second on Earth. Following which, they attempted at teleporting one out of the many pairs of entangled photons to the satellite. Meanwhile, the others remained on Earth. Finally, the researchers measured the photons both on the ground and the orbit and confirmed that teleportation was taking place. “This work establishes the first ground-to-satellite up-link for faithful and ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation, an essential step toward global-scale quantum internet,” says the team.