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Go slow on shedding baby flab

Celebrities have started a new craze among new mums — shedding baby weight immediately after giving birth. But according to a new study, women should not put themselves under too much pressure straight away.

Experts from German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) have revealed that overdoing early weight loss attempts could have a negative impact on breastfeeding.

They said that weight gain during pregnancy is not only normal, it is necessary.

The mother’s body has to nourish the growing baby. Her body needs to take on more fluid to support the extra circulation the placenta and baby need. Some of this added weight will usually be lost as soon as the baby is born.

“Often, the extra effort women have to make to look after a new baby and breastfeed after giving birth means the kilos just melt away without effort,” said the institute’s director Peter Sawicki.

“But for about half of all women, the weight will not go away as quickly,” he added.

However, eating for two in pregnancy can cause problems if you are overweight.

Some plants help increase ozone

Some plants can increase the rate of ozone production by up to 50 times, according to a study. Rosemary, juniper, and pine trees are among certain plants that emit chemical compounds known as terpenes, thought to help deter insect predators, or protect the plant from other stresses like high temperatures.

However, upon mixing with pollutants like nitrogen oxides, produced by industry and traffic, terpenes react to produce ozone — a key ingredient of photochemical smogs, and a health hazard that can trigger breathing difficulties and may cause cancer.

A single drop of blood is enough

A single drop of blood could soon be able to identify various blood related metabolites — such as sugars, fatty acids, amino acids and other organic substances — from plant or animal tissue samples.

Called MAILD (Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionisation), the new technique is based on the classical mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS), and it enables researchers to measure a large number of metabolites in biological samples.

Thus, the new method may pave the way for targeted and high-throughput metabolomics as well as in medical diagnostics.

Mass spectrometry is an analytical technique used to elucidate the molecular composition and structure of chemical compounds.

China’s moon base camp by 2030

If reports are to be believed, China may send manned flights to the moon and set up a base there by 2030, and also may land on Mars by 2050.

In a roadmap for the development of China’s space technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said that China’s manned spacecraft could also launch from a moon base to explore further planets in 2050.

The roadmap was part of a report titled ‘Creation 2050: Science, technology and China’s Future’, a long-term strategy for the country’s development of science and technology.

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