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The Average Human Body Temperature Is No Longer 98.6 F

One of the most widely accepted standard measurements of the human body, a normal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, has declined gradually for more than 150 years in the United States by about 1.6% since the pre-industrial era, a new study published in the journal eLife finds. The cooling off owes largely to improvements in health and medicine and in part to increasingly cushy lifestyles, the study's researchers think.

It's not known for sure why we're all chilling out, but the researchers have some ideas. "Mostly, I think this is due to our triumph over infectious diseases that affected humans since we descended from apes," Parsonnet says. "We continue to see drops in inflammation even in the last few decades." Less inflammation of body tissues means a lower metabolic rate since the immune system can relax.

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India's digital strike on China: After Chinese apps' ban, govt trains guns on fintech firms

The Centre is going to check several fintech firms for data and privacy violations and may add many app-based lenders to a list of barred entities being collated by it



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Payments giant Paytm says Google's Android monopoly is of grave concern to Indian start-ups

Last Friday, Paytm's app was temporarily removed from the Google Play Store for not complying with the tech giant's gambling policies in India.

India’s National Security Adviser Warns that Fraudulent Activities have Increased as More Consumers are Conducting Online Payments

India’s National Security Adviser warns that fraudulent activities have increased as more consumers are conducting online payments.

Govt needs to cap MDR on debit card at 0.6% to promote digital transaction: Study

The govt needs to cap the merchant discount rate on all types of debit and pre-paid cards at a lower rate of 0.6% of the transaction value with a view to end distortions in the card payment ecosystem and promote digital transactions, says IIT-Bombay study

Privacy concerns as India pushes digital health plan, ID: Reuters

By Rina Chandran India’s government is using the coronavirus pandemic to push its plan to digitise the health records and data of its 1.3 billion people, despite concerns about privacy and increased surveillance, technology and...

Japanese SoftBank contributing to India's digital future: Manoj Kohli

'The software development is the strength of India and you will see in the digital era, the software will become more and more important than hardware..

Vernacular is key to growth in digital, claims Rohit Chadda

In today's progressive internet era, Zee Digital has shown incredible growth every year when it comes to top Indian media publishers.

An SMB today could be a unicorn tomorrow: Salesforce's Arundhati Bhattacharya

According to Zinnov research, in 2019, SMBs offered a massive $30-billion digital opportunity, only 53% of which was tapped by players in the ecosystem. This opportunity is set to grow even further

Freecharge launches several new features to woo India's small and medium businesses

Digital payments platform Freecharge on Tuesday launched several features like Paisa Plus, Payment Links, Dynamic QR, Digital Khata and On-demand Settlement

India says no to free flow of digital data at G20 meeting

Goyal says India is of the view that the concept of DFFT is neither well-understood nor is comprehensive enough in the legislation of many countries.He adds India, like many other developing countries, is still in the phase of preparing a framework for its data protection and e-commerce laws

'Digital technology today is more important than ever': Satya Nadella

As the pandemic has transformed the culture of work, Microsoft has taken this opportunity to build the future of productivity keeping collaboration, learning, and well-being in mind, Nadella said.Nadella also made some key announcements for the IT and developer community

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