Lowest mortgage rates in a month barely boost weekly applications, up 0.4%

Mortgage rates moved decidedly lower last week, but neither homebuyers nor homeowners were particularly impressed. Total mortgage application volume rose just 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Volume is down 22 percent compared with the same week one year ago, due […]

Anti-gravity treadmill reduces load on knee joints, may boost recovery post surgery

Using space-age technology, a British scientist has developed an anti-gravity treadmill that can help people reduce their fears of re-injury as well as boost their confidence after knee operations. The anti-gravity treadmill could provide a great environment for healing and help restore the belief that injured people could make a […]

Scientists say controlling brain chemical may boost learning in adults

Learning language or music is usually a breeze for children, but the capacity declines dramatically with age. Scientists from St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the US showed that limiting the supply or the function of the neuromodulator adenosine in a brain structure called the auditory thalamus preserved the ability […]

Ojibway entrepreneur Patrice Mousseau wins big boost for her small business

  An Ojibway entrepreneur will be able to grow her small business thanks to a venture capital group that has women investors supporting women entrepreneurs. SheEO launched in 2015 and called for 500 female “activators” to invest a thousand dollars each to create a pool of capital of $500,000. That […]

China live streaming Would-be internet stars boost billion-dollar market

Jing Qi, a part-time presenter on the live streaming platform Huajiao, underwent cosmetic surgery in March to improve her chances of becoming an internet celebrity. After five hours of rhinoplasty and facial fat injections that left her with gauze covering her nose, eyes, forehead and cheeks, the 27-year-old said she […]

No concessions for Apple, but govt to review mobile manufacturing policy to boost the sector

NEW DELHI: The government won’t offer any special concessions to Apple but is reviewing its entire policy on mobile phone manufacturing as part of an effort to promote the ‘Make in India’ initiative, officials said. This could meet some of the demands that Apple has made apart from benefitting other […]

Amazon plans to add more sellers in key categories in bid to boost market share

Earlier this year, Amazon.com committed to invest a further $3 billion into its Indian operations. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint Bengaluru: Amazon’s India business has increased the number of sellers on its online marketplace to 140,000 and plans to add many more sellers next year in key categories such as fashion and […]