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By Nauman Abrar
As children, most of us disliked documentaries because they were long, boring, very close to reality, and based on the truth. That is primarily the reason as adults it can be a very interesting thing to watch as documentaries offer insights into history, the past, the future or just serve the purpose of education. These days, there is nothing like a good documentary with a hot cup of coffee to wash down the pandemic blues. However, the internet is full of documentaries and it is important to invest your time in authentic watches based on your interests, which is why we have compiled the perfect list for you.
All you need is a streaming website such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc. based on the documentary you choose to watch and a stable internet connection so that you can watch without any interruptions. If you are looking for fast and reliable internet service, make sure to check out Spectrum Internet plans because they come with amazing internet speeds, unlimited data, and most importantly, 24/7 customer service to facilitate you in case something goes wrong with your network. With that said, let us move on to the best documentaries available on the internet today.
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My Octopus Teacher
If you are into nature, animals, and discovering the beauty of the planet, then this documentary will hit home. Directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, the movie revolves around a diver’s experience with meeting an octopus whilst exploring the water daily. The entire movie is nothing short of a majestic experience.
Our Rating: 9/10
American Murder: The Family Next Door
It is astonishing how a perfectly kind man, with an innocent face and no criminal record, can kill his pregnant wife and adorable daughters just because he had had enough. The mystery case is based on one of America’s most notorious murders, where gradually, in a year, it was discovered how a seemingly sane man became a murderer. Note: This documentary is certainly not for the faint-hearted!
Our Rating: 8.5/10
For all the video gamers out there, this documentary is the best thing you will watch on Netflix. It gives an in-depth analysis of the video gaming industry and how it came into being. Furthermore, it tells the viewer about the history of big names such as Sega and Nintendo, and how they rose to fame. If you are looking to boast about your video game knowledge, seeking a job in the industry, or just want a great Saturday watch, this documentary is it. It gained so much popularity that a second season is coming.
Our Rating: 10/10
The Speed Cubers
You must have played with, seen, or heard of the Rubik’s cube; a revolutionary box game that anyone can play considering they have a sharp mind and great problem-solving skills. Not only are there people who have been able to solve it, but some have set the world record in solving it at a specific time. The documentary is a very interesting and insightful one, which follows the story of an Australian record-breaker for numerous years until an American rival beats him. Instead of rivalry, this tale becomes that of friendship and togetherness, and of course brilliant minds at work.
Our Rating: 10/10
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness
Yes, we all get bored watching documentaries of famous people and their rise to fame, but there also exist eerie people who have done unspeakable things in their lives and they have been glorified because of that. This documentary is of one such Tiger-loving, murder plotting man with exotic life. A must-watch!
Our Rating: 9/10
We have all had a Taylor Swift phase and some of us are still going through it. This documentary is about the world’s favorite singer who has been on the top charts for quite some time. It follows Taylor’s journey to fame, the obstacles she faced, the secrets of the music industry, and the way she balanced her original and celebrity personality.
Our Rating: 8/10
The Great Hack
The controversy of Mark, Facebook’s owner being involved in selling user data is well known and spread like wildfire some years ago. This documentary dives deep into what that was all about and how user data and information is one of the most useful things on the planet and what good and bad comes from knowing the simplest things about one.
Our Rating: 10/10
Abducted in Plain Sight
Most of us have seen kidnapping documentaries and read stories about kidnappers throughout our life. However, there is a rather peculiar case where a young girl was abducted not once, but twice by her neighbor! The entire story is rather unnerving and how the sociopath’s mind worked to rip the family to shreds is truly mind-boggling and will end up giving you nightmares!
Our Rating: 10/10
Audrie and Daisy
It is the 21st century, the era of virtual news, everyone is speaking about everything that is wrong with us as a society or a nation, and yet, cyberbullying continues to haunt some people. This documentary is based on two 14-year-olds who were sexually assaulted and led to the suicide of an innocent girl. The movie will truly leave you in tears as to how we have failed as humans and that the world is not safe for our little ones.
Our Rating: 9/10
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Indian origin girls -- New Jersey-based Natasha Peri (11) and Dubai-based Priyamvada Deshmukh (12) -- have been named in the worlds "brightest" students list based on results of above-grade-level testing of 19,000 students across 84 countries, according to Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), a part of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
"Peri, a student at Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School, was honored for exceptional performance on the SAT, ACT, or similar assessment is taken as part of the CTY Talent Search," said a statement from the CTY.
Deshmukh, a student of GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai, has been honored for her exceptional performance on the SCAT assessment taken as part of the CTY Talent Search, a university statement said.
She was one of nearly 19,000 students from 84 countries who joined CTY in the 2019-21 Talent Search years. CTY uses above-grade-level testing to identify advanced students from around the world and provide a clear picture of their true academic abilities.
Peri took the Johns Hopkins Talent Search test in Spring 2021 when she was in Grade 5. Her results in the verbal and quantitative sections leveled with the 90th percentile of advanced Grade 8 performance.
"This motivates me to do more," she said, adding that doodling and reading J.R.R Tolkien's novels may have worked for her.
Deshmukh took the Johns Hopkins Talent Search test in Spring 2020 when she was still in Grade 6. Her results in the verbal sections leveled with the advanced Grade 10 performance. She made the cut for Johns Hopkins CTY 'High Honors Awards'.
Due to the Covid19, induced delay in Global logistics support, she finally received her much-awaited "High Honors" pin this week, which she lovingly kept in front of her Grandparents photograph as a tribute to her roots.
The delay in officially getting the certificates did not stop her from attending the summer program at John Hopkins University's CTY in English literature where she studied the confluence of Art and Science in literary writing and completed the course scoring 'A' Grade.
She followed up with top-scoring the second level of Asset Talent Examination which also qualified her for the summer program at Northwestern University this year, where she is learning about world-building in fiction writing this year.
Her elder brother was among the first UAE students to have cleared the Duke University TIP (Talent Identification Programme) when he was in Class 8.
Her parents joke that it's nothing but routine sibling rivalry that she wanted to achieve the same, just a year ahead of her brother. Even though she loves Physics and Computer Science as subjects, unlike her elder brother (who is Chancellor's Scholarship holder student of Astro Physics at the University of Massachusetts), Deshmukh wants to pursue humanities and literature when she goes to college five years down the lane.
As part of Johns Hopkins policy, granular information is not broken down by age or race.
Likewise, it is left to the guardian to disclose the prodigy's name. Within the US, awardees come from all 50 US states.
"We are thrilled to celebrate these students," said Virginia Roach, CTY's executive director.
"In a year that was anything but ordinary, their love of learning shined through, and we are excited to help cultivate their growth as scholars and citizens throughout high school, college, and beyond," Roach added.
The quantitative section of the Johns Hopkins CTY test measures the ability to see relationships between quantities expressed in mathematical terms, the verbal section measures understanding of the meaning of words and the relationships between them.
Basil scientifically called Ocimum basilicum, and also known as great basil, is a culinary herb from the Lamiaceae (mints) family. A common aromatic herb, it is usually used to add flavor to a variety of recipes, but what may astonish one is that there are various health benefits of basil that make it well-known for its immunity-enhancing properties.
Basil seeds or basil essential oil are proven to help prevent a wide range of health conditions, which makes it one of the most essential medical herbs known today. Basil has vitamin A, C, E, K, and Omega 3 components including cooling components too. It also contains minerals like Copper, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Potassium. An ancient Ayurvedic herb, basil has various proven benefits including being anti-inflammatory, ant-oxidant, immune-booster, pain-reducer, and blood vessel-protector.
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This herb also contains cooling components thus making it really helpful for summers. It detoxifies the body and maintains one's body temperature pace. Adding to the benefits Basil contains antioxidant-rich volatile essential oils, which are considered hydrophobic, meaning they don't dissolve in water and are light and small enough to travel through the air and the pores within our skin. Basil's volatile essential oil is something that gives the herb its distinct smell and taste, but basil contains some great healing properties.
In the long history of Ayurveda, basil seeds were also called tukmaria seeds. These seeds may support one's gut health, may complete one's fiber quota, reduce blood sugar, help in weight loss, and also reduce cholesterol.
The herb has rounded leaves.Pixabay
There are more than 60 varieties of basil, with sweet basil being one of the most widely used. The herb has rounded leaves that are often pointed. It is a bright green plant, although some varieties have hints of purple or red in their leaves, basil makes a colorful and flavorful addition to many different dishes.
It has been observed that many of the cooks use basil to thicken their dessert instead of using any artificial/ unhealthy powder to do so. Sometimes people are not able to differentiate between Chia seeds and basil seeds, to make it clear basil seeds are different in nature they are larger and a bit duller in their color. These herbs are used in various recipes as a cooling component in desserts, drinks, and fruit juices for refreshment, also beating the summer heat.
For better digestion, weight loss, and immune system, I suggest this simple recipe which can be easily made at home:
*Take 2 tsp of Basil seeds (sabja) + Add in 1/2 liter of water +10 mint leaves crushed
*1/2 tsp cinnamon powder + A little bit of sendha salt (pink Himalayan salt)
*Or to make a sweeter version one can add organic honey.
*Mix it well and drink it.
This recipe will help to flush out toxins from our body making it feel light and healthy. (IANS/SP)
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)