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Hairy situation: Scientists explain how stress-related graying occurs

Marie Antoinette’s hair turned white overnight, according to folklore, before she was executed by guillotine in 1793 during the French Revolution. The ill-fated queen embodied an extreme example of the phenomenon of stress-induced graying of the hair. The biological mechanism behind such graying had long remained a mystery. But researchers said on Wednesday they have figured out how it happens: it is driven by the body’s “fight-or-flight” response to danger. The researchers used mouse experiments to look at how stress affects the stem cells in hair follicles that are responsible for making melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells that give hair its colour – black, brown, blonde, red or somewhere in between. People generally have around 100,000 hair follicles on their scalp. The researchers initially suspected that a stress-induced immune attack might be targeting the melanocyte stem cells, but that hypothesis did not pan out. They then explored whether the hormone cortisol, elevated under stress, might be the culprit, but also was a dead end.

India vs New Zealand: Upbeat India take on injury-struck Kiwis as build-up to T20 World Cup continues

Preparations for the World Cup on top of their agenda, India will take on an injury-hit New Zealand in a rare five-match T20 International series starting Friday during which seam-friendly wickets would be a major challenge for the visitors. Unlike most overseas tours, this will be a quick start for the Indian team. In a tight season, the first T20 comes only five days after their last ODI against Australia at home.

Chinese New Year 2020: Avoid your wife’s family, debt repayment and other taboos

The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is fast approaching this weekend. It is celebrated on the occasion of the beginning of a new year according to the Chinese traditional calendar. The first day of the Chinese New Year is celebrated when the first new moon appears, which is usually between 21 January to 20 February. The festivities usually start the day before the new year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year. This year, in 2020, the Chinese new year will be celebrated on 25th January 2020. Each Chinese New Year is characterized by one of the twelve animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac – last year was the Year of the Pig and 2020 is the Year of the Rat- the animal which symbolizes wealth and the beginning of a new day. With this festival comes a host of superstitions that are apparently supposed to dictate how the next twelve months will play out for each individual. These superstitions surrounding Chinese New Year are to be avoided on the first day of the festival:

‘Jitna uske sar pe baal nahi hai, utne mere paas maal hai’: Shoaib Akhtar to Virender Sehwag

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has hit out detractors for claiming that he praises the Indian cricket team only to acquire more subscribers and earn money. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Akhtar said that he is an unbiased analyst of the game and that he speaks on things that he believes are right. “Just tell me one Pakistan YouTuber who does not praise India when their team does well. Ramiz Raja, Shahid Afridi all praise the Indian side when they do well. Tell me one thing, isn’t it right that the Men in Blue are in fact the number one side in the world, isn’t it right that Kohli is the number one batsman in the world,” Akhtar said.

India vs New Zealand: Where Virat Kohli and team travel, Indian sponsors follow

The Virat Kohli-led Indian team has traversed 7435 air-miles to reach New Zealand for a 42-day cricket tour, and Indian sponsors have followed. India will be playing 5 T20I’s, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests in New Zealand, and each of the three trophies will feature an Indian sponsor. Noida-based water-purifier brand Kent RO has struck a title rights sponsorship deal with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and will lend their name to the T20 series scheduled to begin this Friday. The ODI and Test trophies will be sponsored by Indian whisky brand Royal Stag.

Deepika Padukone is the first and only Bollywood celebrity to ever feature on global Louis Vuitton campaign

The news and Deepika Padukone seem to be inseparable, whether it’s her movie Chhapaak, controversies around it or her, her achievements, Deepika is always in the spotlight. And now the actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and fashionista has added another feather to her cap. There are no two ways about Deepika being one of the best-dressed actors in Bollywood, in fact, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say she is definitely the best dressed of all. And to put an official tag on this title, Deepika is now officially one of the twenty-four faces of Louis Vuitton’s pre-fall 2020 campaign. This makes Deepika the first and only Bollywood celebrity to be featured on Louis Vuitton’s campaign. The campaign based on Louis Vuitton’s rendition of posters of pulp horror movies and books is the brainchild of Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. Ghesquière has been the creative director at the fashion house since 2013.