Usman Paracha

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I am the owner and editor of SayPeople.com; Science, technology, research, business and Islamic blog. I completed my M. Phil. in Pharmaceutics in 2008.

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  • November 22, 2014
  • 08:28 AM
  • 77 views

Learning the right information with wrong guess

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Guessing even the wrong answer could help in learning the right answer.

Published in:

Memory & Cognition

Study Further:

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, worked on some volunteers and gave them some pairs of words. Some participants were given the word pairs to study, and others were asked to guess the pairs of words before showing the right answer. Researchers found that guessing process, even when it is wrong, helps in better learning of wor........ Read more »

  • November 13, 2014
  • 10:10 PM
  • 93 views

Wikipedia can help in prediction of disease outbreaks

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Wikipedia can be used to predict diseases
Main Points:

Wikipedia can be used to monitor and forecast diseases throughout the world.
Published in:

PLOS Computational Biology
Study Further:

Researchers have successfully monitored outbreaks of different diseases in different parts of the world with the help of Wikipedia. They have successfully worked on influenza outbreaks in the United States, Japan, Poland, and Thailand; dengue fever in Thailand and Brazil; and tuberculosis in China a........ Read more »

Generous, N., Fairchild, G., Deshpande, A., Del Valle, S., & Priedhorsky, R. (2014) Global Disease Monitoring and Forecasting with Wikipedia. PLoS Computational Biology, 10(11). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003892  

  • November 11, 2014
  • 10:14 AM
  • 78 views

You can guess soccer player's game with his face

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Points:

Soccer player’s face can help in predicting the performance of the player on the field. It can also show the tendency of players towards goals as well as fouls during the game.

Published in:

Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology

Study Further:

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and their collaborators have found that the face of the player can be used to know about the performance of the player in the game. With proper study, goal or foul makin........ Read more »

  • November 5, 2014
  • 12:39 AM
  • 74 views

New type of vaccine-resistant polio virus

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Scientists have found a new type of polio virus that is thought to be responsible for the major epidemics of polio cases in the recent times. This polio virus is not affected by polio vaccines.

Published in:

PNAS

Study Further:

Polio is an acute form of viral disease that is caused by inflammation of nerve cells of the brain stem and spinal cord. Virus behind this disease is poliomyelitis. Science has successfully helped humanity in reducing the number of polio cases b........ Read more »

Drexler, J., Grard, G., Lukashev, A., Kozlovskaya, L., Bottcher, S., Uslu, G., Reimerink, J., Gmyl, A., Taty-Taty, R., Lekana-Douki, S.... (2014) Robustness against serum neutralization of a poliovirus type 1 from a lethal epidemic of poliomyelitis in the Republic of Congo in 2010. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(35), 12889-12894. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1323502111  

  • November 3, 2014
  • 09:48 PM
  • 105 views

Babies can identify the angry person

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Babies, even 15-months-old, can identify the anger of adults. Interestingly, they have the ability to change their behavior in response to anger.

Published in:

Cognitive Development

Study Further:

Psychologists have found that babies not only learn from their own social experiences but also from looking at social interactions of other people. This shows that babies have a good level of emotional intelligence that could be more than we think. They start learning about s........ Read more »

  • October 29, 2014
  • 09:13 AM
  • 153 views

7 things you probably didn’t know about blind people

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

1.Blind people can't see in dreams:

Blind people are unable to see even in their dreams but they get a rich combination of different senses in their dreams. They get more feelings of taste, smell, touch, and hear in their dreams as compared to normal people.
2. They have fewer feelings of negative emotions:

Blind from birth people have fewer feelings of negative emotions such as anxiety and depression as compared to normal people.
Blind people see more nightmares (Image courtesy of ........ Read more »

  • October 27, 2014
  • 10:54 PM
  • 106 views

Nature is helpful for your mind even in artificial settings

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

In a study, researchers have found that sounds of nature played in the background even from a recording can help in recovery from a negative experience. In another study, it has been found that watching 3-D videos of trees can help in recovery from stress.
Published in:

Ecopsychology

Environment and Behavior
Study Further:

Everybody knows that moving in nature, listening to different natural sounds, and looking at beautiful sceneries can help in improving overall qualit........ Read more »

Benfield Jacob A.,, Taff B. Derrick,, Newman Peter,, & Smyth Joshua. (2014) Natural Sound Facilitates Mood Recovery . Ecopsychology. info:/

  • September 12, 2014
  • 05:14 AM
  • 191 views

An efficient magnetic field can exist for light particles

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Points:

Scientists have opened a new window in science by finding that an effective magnetic field can exist for light.
Published in:

Nature Photonics
Study Further:

Magnetic field refers to the line of forces that are present around the permanent magnet or a moving charged particle. This field can change the path of charged particles such as electrons. Usually, magnetic field has no effect on neutral particles such as photons, which are present in light. However, the present stu........ Read more »

Tzuang, L., Fang, K., Nussenzveig, P., Fan, S., & Lipson, M. (2014) Non-reciprocal phase shift induced by an effective magnetic flux for light. Nature Photonics, 8(9), 701-705. DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2014.177  

  • September 8, 2014
  • 01:17 PM
  • 190 views

Fingertips can actually perform calculations

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Nerve endings on our fingertips have the same ability of performing complex neural computations as we can find in our brain.

Published in:

Nature Nanotechnology

Study Further:

Researchers have found that our fingertips are able to differentiate the edges and this process of getting knowledge of orientation of edges is performed by both touch and visual senses. Most of these senses and computations occur in the brain as it contains cells of both touch and see that are s........ Read more »

  • February 20, 2014
  • 02:46 AM
  • 502 views

Elements found in two hydrogen atmosphere white dwarfs

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Points:

Astronomers have reported the chemical composition of two white dwarfs, G29-38 and GD 133, outside the solar system. Oxygen, magnesium, Silicon and Calcium are found in both planetesimals.

Published in:

The Astrophysical Journal

Study Further:

White Dwarf:

It is a small, dim, extremely dense star that has collapsed on itself and is in the final stages of its evolution.

Elements in white dwarfs:

Calcium is the most easily noticed element and has been found in ........ Read more »

S. Xu (许偲艺), M. Jura, D. Koester, B. Klein, B. Zuckerman. (2014) Elemental compositions of two extrasolar rocky planetesimals. The Astrophysical Journal. DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/783/2/79  

  • February 12, 2014
  • 11:03 AM
  • 576 views

Formation of jets during the death of stars

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Astronomers have found that only "strongly interacting" binary stars have the ability to end with powerful, bipolar jets of gas and dust.

Published in:

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Study Further:

Nebula:

Nebula refers to a region or cloud of interstellar dust and gas appearing variously as a hazy bright or dark patch. It is also called as nebulosity.

Supernova:

Supernova refers to a catastrophic explosion of a large star in the l........ Read more »

  • February 12, 2014
  • 07:36 AM
  • 519 views

Galaxy of about 8 redshift and about 2,300 light-years width

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Astronomers have reported the discovery of one of the most distant galaxies, dubbed Abell2744 Y1.

Published in:

Astronomy and Astrophysics Letters

Study Further:

Redshift and previous findings:

Redshift refers to a shift in the spectrum of a celestial body toward longer wavelengths, or toward the red end of the spectrum, caused by its motion away from the Earth.

Previously, scientists reported a galaxy dubbed MACS1149-JD1 at a redshift of about 10, i.e. the galax........ Read more »

N. Laporte, A. Streblyanska, B. Clement, I. Pérez-Fournon, D. Schaerer, H. Atek, F. Boone, J.-P. Kneib, E. Egami, P. Martínez-Navajas, R. Marques-Chaves, R. Pelló, J. Richard. (2014) The first Frontier Fields cluster: 4.5mum excess in a z-8 galaxy candidate in Abell 2744 . Astronomy . DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201323179  

  • February 11, 2014
  • 05:32 AM
  • 510 views

One of the strongest indications of water on Mars

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Points:

NASA spacecraft revolving around and studying Mars have found the strongest indications of water flows on Mars while studying seasonal features.

Published in:

Geophysical Research Letters

Study Further:

In a study by NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover, it has been observed that water was present on Mars about four billion years ago that was probably supportive of life (DOI: 10.1126/science.1248097)

Now scientists have found some indications of water on Mars in cer........ Read more »

  • February 11, 2014
  • 01:00 AM
  • 535 views

Mass of neutrons can help in solving a cosmological discrepancy

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Scientists have measured the mass of ghostly sub-atomic particles called neutrinos for the first time by using the observations of the Big Bang and the curvature of space-time.

Published in:

Physical Review Letters

Study Further:

Cosmic Microwave Background:

Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) can be referred to as the fading glow of the Big Bang, i.e. oldest light in the Universe.

Study of CMB helps scientists to study and measure accurately different cosmological........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2014
  • 01:15 AM
  • 307 views

Glass Delusion / Scholar’s melancholy

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Glass delusion is considered as a psychiatric problem that was reported in Europe in the late Middle Ages (15th to 17th centuries) though the cases of glass delusion might be present before that time.

In this problem, people may think that they are made of glass and can be smashed into pieces due to any external disturbance such as by the touch of someone. Sufferer of glass delusion may also think that he is "a urinal, an oil lamp or other glass receptacle, or else he might himself be tr........ Read more »

  • January 29, 2014
  • 04:29 AM
  • 526 views

Hydrogen is connecting galaxies - found about 22 million light-years away

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Astronomer has seen the river of hydrogen flowing through space with the help of NSF's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT).

Published in:

The Astronomical Journal

Study Further:

The data presented by GBT is showing that the shining hydrogen is present between the larger galaxy and its smaller companions. Hydrogen can be seen in the image in the form of dense hydrogen in orange color and the extremely diffuse and extended field of hydrogen in red color. In th........ Read more »

  • January 24, 2014
  • 10:19 AM
  • 552 views

Neptune-sized planet about 431 light-years away from Earth

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Astronomers have found Kepler-410Ab that is a Neptune-sized planet outside of our solar system in a binary star system.

Published in:

The Astrophysical Journal

Study Further:

Kepler-410Ab is found to be rotating around a star present in a binary system named Kepler-410 that is also known as HD 175289 or KOI-42. This system has a fast-rotating planet host star, Kepler-410A, and a fainter companion, Kepler-410B, and is present in the constellation Lyra about 431 light-ye........ Read more »

  • January 21, 2014
  • 10:06 AM
  • 499 views

Quasar reveals “cosmic web” about 10 billion light-years away

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Points:

Astronomers have found a gas cloud in the Universe that is the largest known to humanity. It is about 2 million light years across and reveals “cosmic web”.

Published in:

Nature

Study Further:

Astronomers utilize the 10-m Keck I Telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii and found the remote shining quasar UM 287 that shed light on the nearby gas cloud that is the largest known gas cloud, i.e. nebula, in the Universe. It is of about 460,000 parsecs ........ Read more »

  • January 17, 2014
  • 08:59 AM
  • 503 views

Interesting facts about the moon

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Moon is the only natural satellite of Earth. People want to read about different facts about the moon and you probably have also come after searching.

We want to read about the facts but space agencies are working on the facts. Major space agencies of the world including NASA, ESO and the China National Space Administration are considering sending first manned missions to the satellite by the year 2020. India and Japan are also showing interests to send missions by that time.

Here, I have ........ Read more »

Christian Cajochen, Songül Altanay-Ekici, Mirjam Münch, Sylvia Frey, Vera Knoblauch, Anna Wirz-Justice. (2013) Evidence that the Lunar Cycle Influences Human Sleep. Current Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.06.029  

  • January 15, 2014
  • 08:34 AM
  • 442 views

Space planets found about 2,500 light years away from us

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Points:

Scientists have found a planet about 2,500 light years away in the star cluster Messier 67. This planet has been discovered by using European Southern Observatory Harps planet hunter in Chile.

Published in:

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Study Further:

This planet is present in the constellation Cancer (The Crab) having about 500 stars. This cluster Messier 67 is about 4 billion years old, i.e. almost of the same age as that of Earth and Sun.

This planet in space is of s........ Read more »

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