Celebrating Madras Week: 10 Wonderful Dishes from Tamil Nadu You Didn’t Know About

Tamil cuisine is full of surprises. You think you’ve tried it all but there will always be these hidden treasures waiting to be explored. Every regional food experience in India is like a valued inheritance, rich with traditionsthat has been passed on over generations. As we’re in midst of celebrating Madras Week (from August 20 to August 27; commemorating the founding of the city of Madras on August 22, 1639), we thought it was apt to bring to fore some forgotten or rather unknown dishes from Tamil Nadu that are equally delicious….

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No food for 8 days. These baby worms didn’t starve

Young worms born to underfed moms handle starvation much better than those born to well-fed moms, new research shows. “Mom somehow provisions the embryo, or programs it.” The study involved two groups of tiny nematode worms called C. elegans. They live in soils and rotting vegetation, where they feed on microbes such as bacteria. Researchers fed one group of pregnant worms a normal diet of bacterial broth, and another group of expectant worms a watered-down version. Then they reared the offspring of both groups without food for the first eight…

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Suicidal teen’s viral video about being bullied didn’t send more kids to ER

Social media publicity about a teen’s suicide wasn’t a driving factor in the rise of emergency department visits by Canadian teens for suicidal thoughts and attempts, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at the rates of suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts before and after the October 2012 suicide death of 15-year-old Amanda Todd from British Columbia. Before her suicide, Todd made a YouTube video describing her years as a victim of cyberbullying. The video went viral after her death. The information for the study covered 2002 to 2013. The researchers…

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