Invented by a Japanese Maths teacher, Tetsuya Miyamoto, KenKen allows you to test your puzzle acumen and improves someone’s math skills at the same time.  KenKen international championship, which is world’s biggest mathematical puzzle championship, is held in US every year. Gaurav Pandey, a student of Ryan international school, Noida has won the international championship this year. Pandey a class 5 student took less than half the time taken by all the other participants of the championships from other countries to be declared the winner. KNOW MORE

Link between Low thyroxine levels during pregnancy and math abilities of the child:-

Researchers in VU university medical center in Netherlands found direct link between low levels of thyroid hormone, Thyroxine during pregnancy of the mother and low math scores of the children born, during a study of 1100 children. Previous studies have shown low thyroxine levels during pregnancy can result poor mental development of the children but this study links it directly to the performance of the children in math tests.  Results of the study were published in European journal of Endocrinology.  More on the study can be found at KNOW MORE

Sense and avoid drones:-

Flying robots also termed as ‘drones’ are already being used in military applications, agriculture, for filming and other applications but they had to have someone fly these aircrafts remotely. Next step in this direction is for these aircrafts to a). fly by themselves in different environments, b). avoiding collisions with both flying creatures as well as potentially other drones and c). fly during nights as well as dust storms. In January 2014, Intel and Ascending technologies showcased a prototype drone that could navigate on-stage and avoid people walking into its path. Sense and avoid drones will bring a radical change in the way we perform these tasks in future. KNOW MORE

Stress may impact your self-control in eating, a study says:-

  A study done at University of Zurich, Switzerland has shown that stress crumples ones willpower to control eating junk foods. The researchers performed brain scans of the volunteers involved in the study and found that stress biases the decision process in their brain.  It does this by altering two brain pathways, one relays sensory information and one set goals and make decisions based on goals. The findings will appear in August 5th issue of Neuron. More at KNOW MORE

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