Author Archives: Narsing Rao Sridhar

‘Is there a way to complain against these bullies?’ No Way!

A Manipuri woamn was made fun of her nationality as Indian by a senseless immigration officer at the New Delhi International Airport. She was leaving the country, not entering but the policeman wanted to have "fun" like every one else in "power". He repeatedly asked her to about her "Indian-ness" showcasing the worst side our bureaucracy and the ruthless behaviour ...

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NASA Rover Curiosity to Resume Search Soon

This May 11, 2016, self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Okoruso" drilling site on lower Mount Sharp's "Naukluft Plateau." The scene is a mosaic of multiple images taken with the arm-mounted Mars Hands Lens Imager (MAHLI). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The JPL team operating NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is confident to return the rover to full activity following a precautionary stand-down since July 2, 2016. Ground controllers are communicating with Curiosity, which they said is stable though it put itself into safe mode suddenly, ceasing most activities other than keeping itself healthy and following a prescribed sequence for resuming communications. ...

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India Has 2.1 million HIV Patients, One-third Unaware of it!

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The number of HIV positive patients in India has crossed 2 million but nearly one-third of them are unaware of the fact that they possess the condition, said the Union Health Ministry. Union health ministry’s additional secretary, Health cum Director General NACO (National Aids Control Organisation) Navreet Singh Kang said the focus should be on identifying and diagnosing those who ...

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Antarctica Penguins to Disappear by 2100: Study

A NASA-funded study by University of Delaware projected that Adelie penguins across Antarctica will disappear by the end of this century owing to melting caused by climate change. They said approximately 30 percent of current Adélie colonies may decline by 2060, and approximately 60 percent of the present population might be dwindling by 2099. However, the penguins at more southerly ...

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Scientists Find Pulsating Heart-like Core of Crab Nebula

Scientists found beating heart-like core of the Crab Nebula, an exploding star with its inner region resonating clock-like pulses of radiation and tsunamis of charged particles embedded in magnetic fields. The neutron star at the very center of the Crab Nebula has about an incredibly dense sphere spreading into few miles but with the same mass as the sun, spinning ...

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Banashankari in Bangalore Home to Man 400000 Years Ago, Claims Retired Archaeologist

The city of Bangalore has a history longer than expected as new stone-age implements discovered by archaeologists show that man wandered in the area 400,000 years ago. Dr K B Shivatarak, retired professor of ancient history and archaeology, Mangalore Universitiy told TOI that he has unearthed the earliest pre-historic evidence in Bangalore that can be traced to stone-age man. “The ...

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OnePlus Skips OxygenOS 3.2.0, Rolls Out OxygenOS 3.2.1

China mobile maker OnePlus has skipped the OxygenOS 3.2.0 version of its Android skin and after a brief delay, rolled out its OxygenOS 3.2.1 version for the OnePlus 3 smartphone with additional updates and improvements to its previous version. OnePlus 3’s OTA firmware update, OxygenOS 3.2.0 was actually released earlier but was shelved after finding major issues in it by ...

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Air Pollution Affecting Bees’ Foraging for Food: Study

A team of researchers led by Penn State said the pollution-modified plant odors can confuse bees and, as a result, bees’ foraging time increases and pollination efficiency decreases. This happens because the chemical interactions decrease both the scent molecules’ life spans and the distances they travel. While foraging for food, insects detect floral scent molecules in the air. Wind currents can ...

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Venus Just Missed Hosting Life Like Earth?

If conditions had been just a little different an eon ago, there might be plentiful life on Venus and none on Earth, according to a hypothesis by Rice University scientists. The researchers maintain that minor evolutionary changes could have altered the fates of both Earth and Venus in ways that scientists may soon be able to model through observation of ...

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3 New Astronauts Set Sail to International Space Station

International Space Station Expedition 48/49 astronaut Kate Rubins of NASA, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Takuya Onishi. Credits: NASA

Three astronauts, one each from NASA, Roscosmos and JAXA have set their space journey with the launch of Russian Soyuz MS-01 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 9:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ...

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Coconut Shell Shows the Way to Earthquake-Proof Buildings?

Whenever you break a coconut, you realize that the shell cracks on one side with the other side still remaining in tact prompting you to hit the other side to the ground again. Based on this unique fracture behaviour of coconut shell, German scientists are advocating a new machanism to build structures which can withstand earthquakes. Researchers of Plant Biomechanics ...

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Kanhaiya Kumar Criticises Bihar Education System, Seeks Change

When it comes education and students, Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, spares nobody whether they are allies of his parent party or the Congress that supported him during his arrest, as is evident in his speech on Sunday. Reacting to Bihar toppers’ scam, Kanhaiya Kumar said that the state is not serious about the the education system, ...

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Cabinet Reshuffle: Expected New Faces, New Portfolios

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to expand his Cabinet at 11.00 am tomorrow, Tuesday, almost 18 months after the last one in November 2014, here are some expectations on who will be in and who will be out of the Cabinet. In view of crucial Uttar Pradeswh elections in 2017, it is learnt that the party president ...

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What Arnab Said Over ‘Benevolent-Ever’ Interviewing of PM?

In a highly soft-toned talk unimaginable from a high-pitched news editor arnab Goswami of Times Now when he was interviewing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has shown the viewers the other side of the news anchor. He was trolled for his sheepish manner while conversing with the PM, unlike the BBC or CNN or any other TV News Editor in a ...

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Why Microfinance Sector is Galloping in Numbers and Reach?

The news story in Mint  suggested alarm bells over the rapid growth of microfinance industry in the last three years, not taking into consideration the vital impact of technology on widening the client base and serving them instantly. The rapid IT modernisation has yielded in higher operational efficiency and doubling the number of customers served by each field officer, compared ...

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4th of July, US Independence Day: Interesting Facts at Glance

On 4th of July, every year, the US celebrates its Independence Day with greater national unity marked by functions, display of fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, discount sales, concerts and of course, baseball games. The New York City leads others in displaying the largest fireworks in the country, followed Chicago on Lake Michigan, San Diego over Mission Bay, Boston on the ...

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NASA Extends New Horizons Lifespan Beyond Pluto To ‘2014 MU69’

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NASA’s New Horizons Pluto probe, was the first-ever flyby in July 2015, has got another lease of life to probe beyond Pluto by one more billion miles until 2019 when the spacecraft reaches a smaler space object 2014 MU69 in the dark and frigid Kuiper Belt. “The New Horizons mission to Pluto exceeded our expectations,” said Jim Green, NASA’s Director ...

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