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From Jeff Kinneys Wimpy Kid series to Amar Chitra Katha, Bookworms throng World Book Fair in New Delhi
New Delhi, Jan 8, 2017: From Jeff Kinneys Wimpy Kid series to Amar Chitra Katha, the second day of the ongoing World Book Fair saw huge demand for childrens’ books from tiny book-worms who thronged the venue in large numbers.
With weather remaining pleasant and not playing a spoilsport like Saturday, the book fair witnessed a large number turning up at the Pragati Maidan. As hours passed by, the crowd which was in a week-end mood kept coming in large numbers.
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This year, many of the stalls have focused on children’s book giving the kid visitors a reason to rejoice. Accompanied by their parents, the children crowded from one stall to the another looking out for their favourite books.
“I come to book fair every year. Though I have my board exams but spending few hours at book store is worth. It gives readers to pore over variety of books which one cannot find online,” Gauri Bharadwaj, a student of Seth Anand Ram Jaipuria School who purchased Devdutt Pattanaik’s “Devlok”, told IANS.
Aatharv Srivastava, a class 1 student in Viswa Bharti School, was holding a copy of “My First Book of Dough Modelling” as he happily roamed around the stalls saying he is looking for more books on art and crafts and painting books.
Jeff Kinney’s book Wimpy Kid series seemed to be the latest favourite among the children while “Game of Thrones” too remained popular. Some classic book series written by author Enid Blyton, John Grisham, Geronimo Stilton still found place in almost all the book stores.
J.K. Rowling’s magical creation Harry Potter series is always preferred by all the kids.
“The variety of books that is available here gives children the scope to know a lot and also encourages reading habit. In an era where almost all the kids are more into digital world, book fairs are the only scope to get them physically attached with books. Kids come and they see others of their age reading books or buying some and they are equally motivated to purchase books,” Shobit Aggarwal, a resident of East Delhi told IANS.
Aggarwal was here for the first time, accompanied by his son Aanjaney, a class 6 student from Amity School who got a Wimpy Kid book for self.
Hindi fable tales like Amar Chitra Katha, Vikram-Betal, comic series like Chacha Chaudhary, books on Akbar-Birbal also found places in the shelves of book stores.
“We tried to revive the popularity of these age old books through some discounts like buy one and get one free and in just two days we have seen huge sale of the books,” said Praveen Bhandari from Partap Publisher and Distributor stall.
Even the international stalls from countries like France, Germany, Spain have focused on the children’s book.
Children’s Pavillion is another attraction at this year’s book fair where a host of activities like drawing competitions, storytelling sessions, skits, author meetings and discussions are being organised. The Pavilion also showcases some of the best of recent publications for children from across the country.
Nearly 800 publishers from across the country and abroad are participated in the Fair, which goes on till January 15.
The US researchers have discovered a class of immune cells that plays a role in miscarriage, which affects about a quarter of pregnancies.
Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that the recently discovered subset of cells known as extrathymic Aire-expressing cells in the immune system may prevent the mother's immune system from attacking the placenta and fetus.
The researchers showed that pregnant mice who did not have this subset of cells were twice as likely to miscarry, and in many of these pregnancies fetal growth was severely restricted.
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"When you're pregnant, the immune system is seeing the placenta for the first time in decades -- not since the mother made a placenta when she herself was a fetus," said Eva Gillis-Buck, from UCSF.
"Our research suggests that this subset of immune cells is carrying out a sort of 'secondary education' -- sometimes many years after the better-known population of the educator cells have carried out the primary education in the thymus -- teaching T cells not to attack the fetus, the placenta and other tissues involved in pregnancy," she added. The findings are published in the journal Science Immunology.
The immune system has to be educated not to attack one's own tissues and organs to prevent autoimmune disease. But pregnancy presents a unique challenge since the fetus expresses proteins found in the placenta as well as proteins whose genetics are distinct from the mother.
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"It was a conceptual leap to link Aire-expressing cells, which are critical for preventing autoimmune disease, to pregnancy," said Tippi Mackenzie, Professor of Surgery at UCSF's Center for Maternal Foetal Precision Medicine.
In the thymus, Aire-expressing cells begin interacting with other immune cells very early in life to teach them what not to attack. The thymus begins to shrink and is nearly gone by adulthood, by which time most immune cells have been educated. But as the thymus shrinks, the population of eTACs in lymph nodes and the spleen expands, the researchers explained.
The study suggests a healthy pregnancy may depend on having these cells around, they added. (IANS/KB)
The tiny emojis being shared on billions of devices worldwide can play a major role in digital communication, with most people saying that emoji compels them to feel more empathy towards others, according to an Adobe report.
Adobe's global emoji study found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
"We were surprised and delighted by the discoveries made in the survey, most notably how enthusiastic respondents were for emoji as a means to express themselves," the company said in a statement.
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Emojis sometimes get criticized for being overly saccharine, but this sweetness is key when it comes to diffusing some of the heaviness of online communication.
"Many of the emoji are focused on positive emotions, so it's easy to insert them into our conversations and lighten the mood," the Adobe study said.
It's not surprising that over half of those surveyed feel more comfortable using emojis than talking on the phone or in person.
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This applies to less intense situations too. Dating, for example, can be tricky — especially when it's online or via digital apps, as it often is now.
The study also found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
In celebration of World Emoji Day on Saturday, Adobe's '2021 Global Emoji Trend Report' surveyed 7,000 people in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. (IANS/KB)
Following the grand Richard Branson show where he carried Andhra Pradesh-born Sirisha Bandla and fellow space travelers on his shoulders after successfully flying to the edge of space, it is time for Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to applaud Sanjal Gavande, one of the key engineers who designed the New Shephard rocket set to take Bezos and the crew to space on July 20.
Billionaire Bezos is set to fly to the edge of space aboard what is touted as the world's first unpiloted suborbital flight. Born in Kalyan, Maharashtra, Gavande is a systems engineer at Blue Origin who always dreamt of designing aerospace rockets.
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After completing Bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Mumbai, she flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University. She also applied for an engineering job at the US space agency NASA but finally landed her dream job at Blue Origin
Sirisha flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University.IANS
Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Mary Wallace 'Wally' Funk, and other passengers are set to liftoff from west Texas and travel just beyond the edge of space on July 20. Blue Origin announced this week that Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old high school graduate from the Netherlands, would join the crew.
Oliver is the son of millionaire Joe Daemen, Founder, and CEO of the Dutch investment company Somerset Capital Partners. Blue Origin, however, did not reveal how much Daemen paid for his son's trip to space. Bezos chose July 20 as the launch date to honor the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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The launch site for Blue Origin's first human flight will be in a remote location north of Van Horn, Texas, from where the firm had launched New Shepard for previous flights. Blue Origin has received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to carry humans on the New Shepard rocket into space.
On July 12, Bandla touched the edge of space with three others, including Virgin Galactic's billionaire CEO Richard Branson. Bandla vaulted into space onboard VSS Unity 22. After the successful spaceflight, Branson carried the Indian-American on his shoulders while celebrating their flight to space, at Spaceport America in New Mexico. (IANS/KB)