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The Biology of Mindfulness and Mindlessness - A Neuroscientist's Perspective

If you're persistently anxious, angry, or self-loathing, your brain will eventually take that shape. At the same time, however, you can shape your brain in a much more positive direction. By harnessing the power of neuroplasticity via regular mindfulness practice, you can become more resilient, develop sharper focus, and manage your emotions more effectively.

The images here are scans of my own brain. The one on the left was conducted as part of a study in 2013 - when I was only two days clean, after 15 years of addiction. The one on the right was taken in May 2018 as part of a TV documentary about stress.

My brain was so different that the person analysing the scans could not identify a visual marker to make a comparison by eye.

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NASSCOM FutureSkills Brings Free AI Learning Programs

With an aim to enhance AI readiness among all individuals in the country, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in partnership with MEITY, today launched an on-demand courseware on Artificial Intelligence. This would be under the NASSCOM FutureSkills initiative and will allow individuals to upskill themselves over the course of the next few weeks. 



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Facebook asks for users' data to generate COVID-19 'heat maps'

Facebook is asking users in the US to participate in a voluntary survey from Carnegie Mellon University to help health researchers generate new insights on

Who are India’s covid-19 patients?

An analysis of the demographic details of thousands of Indian patients infected by coronavirus reveal they are younger than is commonly believed

More than ventilators, India needs thousands of coronavirus contact-tracers

Contact tracing can be important to prevent transmission, in both containment and mitigation phases of pandemic response.

Delhi to Kerala — State response to Covid-19 makes it clear India needs a new health policy

The 123-year-old Epidemic Diseases Act isn’t good enough for a pandemic in the Information Age. India must revisit the National Health Bill that wasn’t passed.

Nasscom seeks slew of relief measures for IT sector

Nasscom urged the government to extend the Sunset Clause by one year in order to ensure that SEZs continue to attract investment and contribute to exports and employment generation. The industry body, which represents the $191 billion information technology sector, also said expenses incurred by companies for enabling employees to work from home should be considered as eligible business expenses.

BPO cos in talks to restructure debt, add credit lines to deal with Covid-19 impact

Voice services have been the hardest to transition to a work-from-home model, as there was little infrastructure available and clients were unwilling to allow private and sensitive data to be accessed outside the protected centres, ET has reported.

Bitcoin Rallies To 3-Week High Amid Strong Momentum

Bitcoin climbed to a more-than three-week high today. As market factors point toward additional upside, will the crypto enjoy more robust gains?

WhatsApp puts new limits on the forwarding of viral messages

Popular messages can now be forward to a single person, down from five. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been under pressure to remove more misinformation related to COVID-19

WrestleMania 36, held without spectators, sets new social media interaction record in WWE history

WrestleMania 36 created a new record over the weekend as it became officially the most social event in WWE history despite going behind closed doors due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Deep Dive: How Fintech Firm XPay.Life Is Taking AI ML To Rural India

The increase of mobile applications has provided an ample amount of opportunities to different kinds of industries in India. One of the sectors that has benefited the most with the increasing use of mobile is Fintech. The Fintech industry has adopted mobile apps aggressively, with digital applications that help exchange money between two parties without…

Telcos Look To Add New Subscribers In Lockdown With Contactless Sales

India’s biggest telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio are looking to offer sales of sim and new connections online.

How fintechs are filling the last-mile gap during COVID-19 pandemic

Fintechs like Payworld, Moneygram, MobiKwik, Freecharge and Paytm are addressing the issue of accessibility with their network of Aadhar Enabled Payment System (AePS) and mATM at retail points

For many, digital payments is the way to buy essentials

Over 50% of all debit and credit card transactions at local and online stores were for food and grocery-related purchases during lockdown

It is time for digital leaders to flatten the curve of the infodemic

It is about time, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook/WhatsApp), Sundar Pichai (Google/YouTube), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Zhang Yiming (TikTok) made some tough calls, much like what their own political leaders have done.

Covid-19 impact: Digital lenders seek moratorium from banks, NBFCs

DLAI, which represents over 80 online lending firms,said that extending RBI’s moratorium to all retail borrowers is only possible at scale if large banks and NBFCs who lend to digital lending companies also extend the moratorium

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